Utah Jazz suffer tough loss to Memphis Grizzlies, 103-98

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  • ouisc Farmington, UT
    April 15, 2012 7:02 p.m.

    This is going to be a strange offseason for the Utah Jazz. The fans were told that this was NOT a rebuilding year, yet we have so many signs of teams that are rebuilding: 1) we can't play hard for 48 minutes, 2) need to feel good after losing the games we should have won, and 3) horrible defense down the stretch.

    I'm a fan of the youth we are grooming--and I wish we had played them minutes long before we started playing them, as it was blatantly obvious our "veteran" players were not going to be the difference between playoffs and not.

    But it will be a fine line this offseason working with our young talent, telling them it's okay we didn't make the playoffs even though we're not rebuilding.

  • Hugh G. Hater Swat Lake City, UT
    April 15, 2012 3:07 p.m.

    Another 3 pt barrage dooms the Jazz.

  • Iowa Jazz Fan 2 Cedar Rapids, IA
    April 15, 2012 1:45 p.m.

    Well, it lasted a lot longer than I expected -- the playoff run, that is. At the beginning of the season I had the Jazz pegged for 23-25 wins (wasn't as optimistic as you, Xert -- your prediction was right on!). But, as Xert pointed out, the team has been trying to do this with a lot of first and second year players. These for the most part have done well. Hayward has really blossomed, Favors has been coming on lately. Burks has had ups and downs but mostly ups. Kanter hasn't developed as quickly as I expected.

    Millsap is the heart and soul of this team, and in the prime of his career. He is rock-tough and the closest thing to a clutch player on the team. Anyone still want to trade him? Jefferson keeps the team in a lot of games with his point production; will not comment on his feeble defense. Even so, he has been an upgrade over Boozer.

    Harris, despite his recent flurries, should probably be replaced. And I've been a fan of C.J. for six years -- but no more.

    Thanks, guys, for keeping me entertained longer than I expected.

  • B Russ Ephraim, UT
    April 15, 2012 1:12 p.m.

    @ scalman
    I like your comment. It makes some sense out of all the playing time Al and Devin have been given. I would like to see the lineup you mentioned finish out the year as well. They are the future of this team, let's get on with it.

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    April 15, 2012 11:35 a.m.

    @ B Russ: I don't think the Jazz are settling for anything. I think that Corbin was influenced by management to play Jefferson and Harris more than he might have otherwise to increase their trade worthiness. Both players have bigger upsides (especially Jefferson) offensively, but, as you pointed out, are weak defenders. I see Jefferson, Harris and CJ going in trades this off season. I would like to see the following lineup end the season: Burks at PG, Hayward at SG, Millsap at SF, Favors at C and Kanter at PF. I would like to see the same lineup start next season, unless the Jazz can pick up Goran Dragic as a free agent. That would put Burks in a sixth-man role.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    April 15, 2012 10:43 a.m.

    Turn out the lights, the parties over. That said--I love this team and DO NOT want some weird overhaul. This is an incredibly young team that is relying heavily on rookies and second year players to make lots of contribution and few mistakes. These guys work so hard that this will improve without question. I predicted two games over 500 at the beginning of the season and it looks like I might have been right. But anyone who tries to tell me these guys don't play their guts out or that they will not be improved with seasoning and adding one more outside shooter--is wrong.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    April 15, 2012 9:04 a.m.

    I thought that the analsyis by Mr. Gennessy was very "right on". If you can't "hold the mayo", then the sandwich is not going to be very good.

  • B Russ Ephraim, UT
    April 15, 2012 8:26 a.m.

    Until the Jazz address a couple of defensive weaknesses with the starting five. This team will barely sniff the playoffs. This goal of the organization to shoot for the 8th seed in the playoffs every year is very disturbing. I say replace the defensive liabilities ( Al, Devin and CJ come to mind ) and go for it all.

  • md Cache, UT
    April 15, 2012 5:34 a.m.

    Sad, but predictable. I like this team, but I would rather have the lottery pick than look forward to a 4 game sweep by OKC or the Spurs.

  • ImaUteFan West Jordan, UT
    April 14, 2012 11:25 p.m.

    Game. Set. Match.

    Time to look forward to the lottery.