Struggling Utah Jazz suffer stinging loss to Los Angeles Clippers

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  • TerryHaimes Sturgis, MS
    Dec. 29, 2012 6:35 p.m.

    The real story of the loss is substitution patterns. Corbin has finally got total minutes in pretty good shape but other than Millsaps/Favors the substitution patterns are just plain dumb. Heyward got 28 minutes, should probably get around 35 but look how he got them, 55 seconds in first quarter, 12 minutes in the second, 3 minutes 13 seconds in the third and 12 in the fourth, in other words two streaks of 13 minutes and 15 minutes. M Williams 11:05 straigt in the 1st then 8:47 in the 3rd. Watson got 19 minutes, 12 minutes 29 seconds straight in the first half with six minutes and 7 seconds spread over the end of the 3rd and beginning of the 4th. Foy got 29 minnutes, 12 in the 1st, 2:41 in the 2nd, 8:52 in the 3rd and 5:43 in the 4th. Burk got 19 minutes, 9:19 in the 2nd, 3:08 in the third, 6:17 in the 4th (makes 9:25 straight), finished by 18 seconds at the end for Tinsley. If this makes sense to anyone, please explain.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    Dec. 29, 2012 2:08 p.m.

    You cannot lose a 19 point lead at home without knowing that there is a serious problem somewhere. Comments state that the second team did well while the first team did not. The Clippers also had to play their second team for periods of time. With the clock winding down, the first look should be inside. Foye is a good shooter but he just wants to shoot. The injury to Mo Williams has been devastating. If the Jazz continue to free fall, then Jefferson and Millsap will go as their contracts expire at the end of the year. The Jazz continue to need that elusive pass first point guard. They should have gone after Dragic.

  • TandJ LaVerkin, Utah
    Dec. 29, 2012 1:58 p.m.

    Quotes, "It don't matter" and "There ain't nothing." Seems like big Al may have been at least scholastically equivalent to another "one and done" on the Jazz team.

  • coleman51 Orem, UT
    Dec. 29, 2012 11:31 a.m.

    There are a host of reasons why the Jazz not only lost this game but are under .500 for the season. Most of the comments are well taken regarding the loss. I do agree that the referees did not lose the game for the Jazz. The Jazz should never have lost with a 19 point lead in the second half. I believe that the management, particularly Kevin O'Conner made some very bad acquisitions during the summer and the result is what we see now. I also agree that Al Jefferson is wasted money for the Jazz and should be traded. The Jazz organization need to assess their strategy for acquiring players and look toward what is best for the future of the organization. What they did last summer was very short term and not good for the future of the organization.

  • mdp Bountiful, utah
    Dec. 29, 2012 10:18 a.m.

    Same ol same ol. First team falters on defense and falls behind in first and third quarters, second team hustles and gets a lead the first team squanders.

    IMHO, Favors should start at the 5 until Jefferson learns to play defense, along with either Burkes or Carroll thrown in for energy.

    Corbin does not seem to grasp synergy. One thing I dont get... the Jazz help defense results in opponent layups and dunks, the Clippers help defense results in double teams and turnovers. Time to learn from the better team, Jazz.

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    Dec. 29, 2012 9:29 a.m.

    @golfrUte: I strongly disagree with your assessment of the refs. I thought the refs called a fair was a very physical game, which makes it tougher on the refs. I have found over the years that fans who use this excuse when their team loses also scream at refs from the beginning of games. Relax and enjoy the game instead, including great plays by opposing players.
    I thought this was a great game to watch with a lousy ending. Good to see the younger players play more and, for the most part, play well. Foye was incredible, too. Disagree about Corbin going...I think he is a good coach who has the respect of his players. I'm just hoping he plays the young guys more and more as the season progresses, and not just due to injuries to veterans.

  • fortydam OREM, UT
    Dec. 29, 2012 9:17 a.m.

    Why in the world would Corbin sit almost the entire unit that got him the lead? It was four out of the five starters that dug the hole for this team that lost it! And yes it was the same ref that called the hand check fouls against the Jazz, then swallowed his whistle four out of the last five possessions for the Jazz on their end of the court.

    Corbin.. Jefferson and Millsap cannot be on the floor together. Paul cannot defend the paint when Jefferson doesn't rotate or box out. Big AL did have a couple of one on one defensive gems, but his help defense is nonexistent. One of these guys has to come off the bench. I think Millsap is the best and most versatile. His game blossoms when Jefferson is out.

  • -Gilchrist-Kidd- Baton Rouge, LA
    Dec. 29, 2012 9:12 a.m.

    The referees did not lose the game for the Jazz. The two people I blame is Ty Corbin and Al Jefferson.

    Ty Corbin for not putting in their lineup that was working (Kanter, Favors, Hayward, Burks and Watson) when the Clippers were catching up to cut it to 13-15 points after being up 19 and let the lead fall down to 5 points before putting that lineup in. If we had that lineup in we could have got stops and would have not lost that lead so easily. Because all 5 of those players are good at defense in some way.

    Al Jefferson, not only for fouling CP3 at the end of the game (it was a good call, because they are suppose to call a foul when a player swipes down and does not make contact with the ball) but for being a black hole at the end of the game and killing any offensive flow that the Jazz had. They need to trade him, even if it means losing more, because it will help Kanter and Favors get more time.

    I don't blame the refs this game, but the last time these two teams played each other.

  • B Russ Ephraim, UT
    Dec. 29, 2012 9:03 a.m.

    There are two things that must happen to save this team. Replace Corbin and then send Al Jefferson with him. I've seen more than enough of both of them.

  • MR Draper, UT
    Dec. 29, 2012 8:58 a.m.

    When will this Corbin experiment end? Such a mistake to rush to offer an unproven coach a multi-year deal. Corbin wasn't going anywhere. Interim coach would have been a much better title, with a wait and see approach. Ugh. WAY too much talent to be this bad.

  • golfrUte SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Dec. 29, 2012 8:40 a.m.

    If anyone still thinks the NBA referees are not biased towards big market teams, they didn't watch last night's game. Clearly the Clippers are a more talented team, but they got plenty of help in the second half to keep their winning streak alive. David Stern and the NBA don't care about small market teams and they never will.