Utah Jazz basketball: Jazz save their pre-Christmas road trip with comeback win in Orlando

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  • Americanvet Ivins, UT
    Dec. 24, 2012 10:46 a.m.

    Yeah I'm not sure you've watched the Jazz that closely. Gordon Hayward is neither the best offensive or defensive player on the team. He is good at both and hopefully will continue to improve but not the best at this point. Your take on offensive rebounding is completely wrong. The Jazz average 13.4 offensive rebounds per game which is 3rd best in the league. The Jazz shoot over 76% from the free throw line which is a little better than average in the league. The Jazz rank 14th in the league but are within a percentage point of being in the top 10.

    It's pretty hard to come up with very strong conclusions by just watching "a few games".

  • mdp Bountiful, utah
    Dec. 24, 2012 10:39 a.m.

    The big question is why Corbin keeps playing the first team.

    This teams MO is to fall behind in the first quarter, catch up in the second, fall behind in the third, and come from behind in the fourth. What is the common thread: the first team will not play a lick of defense and they normally want to shoot 3s. The second team plays defense, passes, and hustles.

    My solution is simple... keep Jefferson, Foye, and Milsap on the bench until they decide to put a little effort into stopping the other guys.

  • dumprake Washington, UT
    Dec. 24, 2012 8:06 a.m.

    I watched this game (and a few others); I have these observations:

    1) Gordon Hayward is the only player on the team who plays defense.
    2) Gordon Hayward is the best offensive option on the team.
    3) Al Jefferson is indeed a black hole, he cannot pass, any ball that goes to him never comes back out. He should be traded immediately.

    1) start Hayward, Millsap, Kanter Roy Williams and Favors
    2) trade Al Jefferson immediately, he's not needed and he hurts the team
    3) these guys can play defense but I'm not sure Corbin requires it. Come on coach, demand they play tough defense, every night, every game, every player.
    4) offensive rebounding does not really exist on this team, nobody even hits the offensive board, everybody heads down the floor--somebody must go for the offensive rebounds!
    5) and free throw shooting? good grief, these are mature pros, most have played high school and college basketball and are now pros--and they can't hit a free throw? The Jazz probably should have lost to Orlando because of their horrid free throw shooting. This team is not good enough to win without hitting free throws.

  • Bigpics West Haven, UT
    Dec. 23, 2012 11:38 p.m.

    These guys are "Dr. Jazzkyl and Mr. Hyde." Oy.

    Also, of all the most skilled players the Jazz have, they have three competent point guards who all know the offense and can distribute. So of all the front line players to have out for an extended period, having it be Mo arguably hurts them less, tho' with their 'tweeners, they also have a lot of depth (if no star) in the 2-3 roles. But only two deep at the 4 & 5.

    Tinsley, at least at this stage of his career is not a great shooter. But he seems to shoot 3's as well or better than mid-range jumpers and hope he does most of his shooting practice outside the arc.

    With more minutes to distribute from the bench, altho' he plays a different position, I'd like to see more of what Burks would do with more minutes on more nights, though that places pressure on Carroll, Williams, Hayward and Foy.

    I thought I remembered reading that Foy also has PG skills and some experience, but I've never seen play that role for the Jazz and don't know if he practices the position. Anyone know something I don't?