San Antonio Spurs give Utah Jazz inhospitable reception in playoff return

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  • Johnson72 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 30, 2012 7:27 p.m.

    My job this season is almost done... Now I was totally surpised the team from Utah made the Playoffs... Good luck to them.

  • fortydam OREM, UT
    April 30, 2012 2:41 p.m.

    Tyler.. Kanter is just a baby! His defense however was far superior to Jefferson's and has been all year! Jefferson hasn't a clue how to play defense. Kanter was out of basketball for almost two years. He did however break Dirk Nowitzki's Nike Hoop summit record. He will be a great center piece. If you are looking for Kanter to match big Al in offense, the Jazz will be required to throw the ball to him every single play like they do Al Jefferson. Jefferson has scored 49.2 percent of his shots this season, Kanter 49.6. So you can do the math. One player gives up layups and stands paralyzed on pick and roll defense, the other plays very good defense for a 19 year old kid. coleman51 you comments are right on! Iowa Jazz Fan 2 right on, almost, I think he's always nailed to the floor. I think the best the Jazz looked was with Millsap and Favors in the post. They were within four or five points with that lineup the first half. Jefferson comes in, we are down 14 in five plays.

  • ouisc Farmington, UT
    April 30, 2012 12:06 p.m.

    Still proud of this Jazz team. They held off a solid Phoenix team to get into the postseason, and they're playing an exceptional San Antonio team.

    I don't expect the Jazz to defeat the Spurs in this series. Nobody does. Game 1--the Jazz came out with fire and intensity, but it turns out you need a bit more than that to defeat the level-headed Spurs. Corbin got outcoached and most of the Jazz players were outplayed. Our defense still welcomes opponents into the paint and Parker destroyed us when he penetrated--either with his own shot or dishing it off for dunks.

    I'm going to enjoy seeing this team respond and improve against a very talented Spurs team. The Jazz we've seen this season will be more ready for Game 2 than they were for Game 1. This is way funner than watching probabilities in preparation of a draft lottery!

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    April 30, 2012 11:01 a.m.


    Good grief you are negative. Sure the Jazz could lose 4 straight but the Spurs are the likely world champs IMO. They have more playoff games with one player than our entire starting lineup combined!!

    We all know, or should have known, going into this that all these young players were not going to just mow through the Spurs. They still could get a win or two.

    EVERY good team in the NBA goes through these same steps before they get good. The reality is this team already has a load of young players and if anything they could use more veterans stars vs more youth via the draft. Corbin is already struggling to get all our young guys the minutes they need as it is because we have so many.

    OKC was an absolutely awful team and Durrant was a shooting % disaster before he got better and he was a one-of-a-kind-talent.

    It takes time so quit acting like a team like this should seriously be challenging the Spurs.

    They have loads of veterans and allstars. We have young hopefuls. Come back in 3 years and we will be pounding the Spurs into oblivion.

  • Iowa Jazz Fan 2 Cedar Rapids, IA
    April 30, 2012 10:11 a.m.

    I'm glad that Big Al is planning on watching a lot of film. There's plenty for him to learn from his defensive performance in this first game. I don't THINK his feet were nailed to the floor . . . but they might as well have been.

  • coleman51 Orem, UT
    April 30, 2012 7:34 a.m.

    What makes this loss even worse, is the real possibility that the Jazz will lose four straight. Once they are four and out, the off-season does not look bright for the Jazz either. Toronto and Golden State had a coin flip to determine who would be the 7th and 8th pick of the draft lottery. Golden State won so they will pick seventh. What that means in total is that the Jazz will be swept in the playoffs, and will have lost two lottery picks in the draft leaving them with no first round choices. This season then becomes a disaster with the worst of all outcomes for the off-season. Unless the Jazz offer something very costly, there will be no team that will trade with them so they can get a first-round pick and build for the future. This might be sobering to some die-hard fans but it is reality as to what the Jazz face.

  • Tyler Ray Taylorsville, UT
    April 29, 2012 9:05 p.m.

    I think this is a good opportunity to watch our four big men and see who can handle the pressure of the playoffs. Millsap played reliably as usual. (he always shows up against excellent defending teams). Favors was solid defensively and shows hes not afraid to play against the legend Duncan. Al played adequately on offense but gets lost going one on one especially against great big men. Kanter choked hard and so far hasn't lived up to being a #3 pick. He may someday be good but not great.