Utah Jazz basketball: Jazz overcome slow start to top T-Wolves, 97-93

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    Feb. 14, 2013 7:47 p.m.

    I loved Harpring's play. When his shots wern't falling he would drive inside and get fouled. By the end of the game his white body was red with slaps. He got his points and almost always off the bench. We certainly don't need a lazy small forward.

  • fortydam OREM, UT
    Feb. 14, 2013 2:07 p.m.

    I agree AV, that big lineup is awesome. Williams is a bit lazy at times, I think Carroll plays like he might not get another check. I feel the same way about Hayward when he disappears for a game or two. Hayward is young though. Williams should be able to find a niche somewhere in this offense, I think he has the same problem as Hayward, he misses two shots and then folds up tent for the game. We need him to shoot his way out of, or be more arresive In a slump. Look at Foye, makes eight, misses ten. Hayward and Williams miss two, and not only stop shooting, but almost hide from the ball. I'd like to see Splitter, and Patty Mills for Al Jefferson in the paper tomorrow.

  • dhsalum Saint George, UT
    Feb. 14, 2013 10:49 a.m.

    The reason ATL was happy to get Harris for Williams is that Williams has an option for next year and they want to clear cap space to amke a run at Dwight Howard or Chris Paul if either doesnt re-sign in LA.

  • Americanvet Ivins, UT
    Feb. 14, 2013 10:06 a.m.

    Yup I heard Harpring make that comment as well and yet he played the 3 and was a decent scorer and like Carroll he was very aggressive on defense and hustle. Did you also see the Jazz go to that big line up last night that I wrote about yesterday. Jefferson,Favors and Millsap were awesome together last night and you know Sap will score playing the 3 spot. Carroll is going to get his points when he plays the 3 and so would Hayward when he plays there. So what's the difference when Corbin has Williams playing the 3? I don't get why Marvin can't work and create his own shots like Carrol. You might have heard that Atlanta was thrilled to trade Williams to us for Devon Harris. Williams has never lived up to expectations and the last few years in Atlanta his numbers just kept going down. I was hopeful that a change of climate would give him a chance to show his stuff but how long do we wait? I'm not seeing any change and in fact his numbers are going down further as the season progresses.

  • Elcapitan Ivins, UT
    Feb. 14, 2013 8:55 a.m.

    Williams time = marketing time. We will see. Good posts people, five very good posts to this point.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    Feb. 14, 2013 8:24 a.m.

    Feb. 21 is the trade deadline. I am sure that this is one of the reasons that AJ and Sap are palying with a "new will". Jefferson is costing 15 mill. You know that the Jazz cannot afford the high rent district. Millsap is at about 8 mill but will want a huge payday for next year with a multi year contract. The Jazz unfortunately should go for the salary cap, play Favors and Kanter, and go out and get a "D Will grade" point guard. If the Jazz would get a pass first point guard to feed the dancin' Foye, he would score thirty per. Jefferson and Millsap are great but there are starving people out there who watch basketball among other overpaid sports. Mo Williams played great before his injury. However with nine free agents, the Jazz have some work to do. Favors and Kanter are on five year contracts at three and two respectively. Favors is a hot commodity and the Jazz have to figure out a way to keep him happy. There is no loyalty. It is all about money. The Jazz have to act accordingly in the name of the fans.

  • fortydam OREM, UT
    Feb. 14, 2013 8:21 a.m.

    Like I said yesterday, But I guess Harpring said it better, the Jazz do not run plays for the three.. They never ever have, ever! I watched Dantley, Thurl, Malone, AK, Boozer, and Jefferson PF/C, all take turns at the four. Do you remember any of the small forwards in those years getting much offense? The three in Utah is designed to set screens for the four and for the rub off two guard shot at the top of the key. Same ole three play offense Frank Layden ran for Griff, Horney, Matt, etc. It's the UCLA high post pick and roll from the sixty's. Same offense, different players, different coach. Worst defensive center in the NBA. Funny how when Jefferson sits, the second unit with Favors and Kanter brings them back. Not by scoring a bunch, but keeping the other team out of the paint.

  • milner Centerfield Sanpete, UT
    Feb. 14, 2013 7:19 a.m.

    Slow start and finish! Had it not been for Foy Jazz loose!

  • Jazzledazzle Provo, UT
    Feb. 14, 2013 7:12 a.m.

    Glad the Jazz won. It make the win against OKC count more. Up 90-77 with less than 3 minutes left.... If Burks does not block Rubio's layup, the Jazz might have dropped this one. That was a lazy pass by Earl. Good hustle by Burks. The Jazz have to have more focus and mental toughness than that.

    All in all, good win though. The Jazz needed this one.

    @ Americanvet

    I am disappointed in Marvin Williams too. I just think Carrol coming off the bench is a nice spark, so I don't know who they would start in his place. Williams does bring length and decent defense. Maybe he just does not fit our system. Harpring made a good point, the Jazz don't run many plays geared to the small forward.

  • Americanvet Ivins, UT
    Feb. 14, 2013 12:32 a.m.

    Boy, the last couple of minutes of the game were real ugly but the Jazz held on for a nice win. Marvin Williams, our starting small forward now has 2 points total in the last 2 games but still has his starting job. However, I thought Corbin did a good job tonight mixing up the line up and giving the best players the most minutes on the floor. Williams only played about 15 minutes so maybe Corbin is seeing the light. Nice job tonight coach.