Utah Jazz get defensive in win over Denver Nuggets

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  • TerryHaimes Sturgis, MS
    Nov. 27, 2012 4:06 p.m.

    If Corbin keeps putting them on the pine, they will shape up. Being one of three teams undefeated at home ain't all bad.

  • OCoug Ogden, UT
    Nov. 27, 2012 12:56 p.m.

    It was a good win for the Jazz, especially considering the absences of Mo Williams and Paul Millsap. Wait, Paul played? He started the year off blazing, but since Coach Corbin moved him to the three in the temporary line-up change in DC he's been non-existent.
    As for Hayward, I'm starting to cringe every time he pumps up an outside shot. Defensively he is a big asset, but offensively he can be a detriment. If I were the opponent I would slack off him until he can start hitting the three consistently. Its not good enough to have a good game, then two bad, the Jazz need Hayward to show up consistently. The Jazz had another player that was hit and miss, remember him, his name rhymes with Me Ray.
    Al keeps doing what he's always done: scoring, playing occasional defense, and not rebounding at the end of games.
    A crossroads is coming and hopefully the Jazz can make the right decision.

  • Americanvet Ivins, UT
    Nov. 27, 2012 11:50 a.m.

    Corbin says "we need to be ready for 48 minutes". If I could just get a nickel for every time I've heard that comment from someone on the Jazz I could be making as much as Big Al. The 24 minutes or so the Jazz played better defense was when some combination of Favors, Carrol, and Kanter were on the floor as others have commented. I thought Hayward gave good effort on defense even though he couldn't hit the broad side of the barn when shooting the ball. Still I like Hayward in there because his shot will come back and he always at least gives an effort to defend. I just celled the police department and filed a missing person report for Burks. Hopefully someone will find him.

  • CB Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 27, 2012 10:50 a.m.

    Oh.......it's so hard getting through that first half. Just pretend that it's the second half
    when you start.

  • The Final Word Alpine, UT
    Nov. 27, 2012 9:48 a.m.

    "Utah Jazz get defensive in win over Denver Nuggets"

    You have to be joking right?

    How you could even print the word defense associated with a game when the Jazz give up 65 (48 in the paint) in the first half is beyond comprehension. I don't care if they played better in the second half.

    The fact is that only due to some fortunate events at the end of the game including Denver missing some completely wide open shots did the Jazz squeak out a victory on their home court.

    The were dominated and dunked on for most of the night and made to look like a bunch of princesses on their home court. Sure a win is a win but what a bunch of sissies to have the gall to get treated like that on your home court.


    Clearly I am not the only person to have this thought based on the total lack of comments on these stories. People are generally increasingly disinterested in this mediocre defenseless team.

    When you have losses to New Orleans and Sacramento not to mention barely beating the hapless Wizards...well this effort doesn't really need much more explanation does it.

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    Nov. 27, 2012 9:32 a.m.

    Millsap is either injured or checked out (wanting to be traded) because he is nonexistent on both ends of the court right now.

    Millsap and Jefferson together are a defensive disaster. Denver 48 points 1st half paint points?

    Jefferson won't defend anything and the problem with keeping him is that his teammates get tired of helping on his man when he won't ever help. Its contagious...or insidious if you will. Lazy defense breeds more lazy defense.

    Unfortunately AJ is the only consistent low post scorer. Favors is progressing but he will not be consistent for a year or two. Same with Hayward...big game or two and then awol for a game or two but such is life with NBA youth.

    Anyways back to the AJ dilemma. Keep him and we will never be good defensively. Trade him and we lose offense. AJ is also bad in the fact he rarely gets to the line. All his shots are fading or push shots. You need a legit low post guy to get to the line. AJ is what he is and he is not championship material.

    This team is near a crossroads. Decision time is coming.

  • mdp Bountiful, utah
    Nov. 27, 2012 8:01 a.m.

    The Jazz seem to have a real balance problem, the best offensive players dont want to play good defense and the best defensive player cannot score. The starting team plays outside, which makes the bigs garbagemen and occasional rebounders when they are lucky. The second team plays defense with energy buy generally cannot hit long shots with consistency, but do well inside.

    IMHO they should not play Foye and Jefferson together because of defensive problems, and they have to play Jefferson with Favors. The smart solution would be to play Jefferson and favors with the distributors Tinsley and Howard, and Milsap/Kantor with the outside shooters (MO,Marvin, and Foye).

  • B Russ Ephraim, UT
    Nov. 27, 2012 7:49 a.m.

    Kudos to Corbin for realizing the only way you can have big Al on the floor is to surround him with 4 players that can actually defend. I hope we have seen the last of the defenseless Milsap Jefferson tandem. Those two should never be on the floor at the same time ever.( unless we are trying to lose.)