Utah Jazz: No Paul Millsap, no energy, no win against the Atlanta Hawks

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  • fortydam OREM, UT
    March 1, 2013 1:06 p.m.

    King Black, look at the plus minus for Jefferson for the year, not just one game. His lack of defense effects the entire team. When he doesn't rotate or recognize the back pick or move his feet one inch to defend, it puts everyone else out of position. There's a darn good reason he's been traded so often in his young career, and it's the same reason he didn't get moved at the trade deadline. Sports writers all over the country were talking about him killing playoff teams because of the same glaring issues with his defense. Kakashi you are so right, Boozer with less mobility. You will see Boozer trade again because he doesn't play defense. And all of you that wonder about Korver? Really... He has been dealt twice because he doesn't do anything on the floor but hoist up the three. He is one of the poorest perimeter defenders in basketball. Add him with Jefferson and the Jazz give up 160 points a night.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    Feb. 28, 2013 4:48 p.m.

    First of all...the coach should be fired...and Brian Shaw should be contacted right away...ask Indiana if we could interview Brian Shaw for a coaching job...and i can assure you...with the tutelage he got from Phil Jackson and Tex Winter...im sure he will find a way for us to improve...Corbin...got tutelage from Jerry Sloan...but i think...he was sleeping throughout the lesson about having your players play with heart...this year should have been the year to develop the core 4 players...Hayward and Favors are already in their third year...and they should see a consistent 25 mins per game right now...and Kanter and Burks should see 20 min per game...with Big Al...still in the lineup...we would be a mediocre team...and would never reach the next level...he is boozer 2.0...but boozer rebounds the ball better...and is a better shooter...but both have zero difference

  • Mitchell_12 Ogden, UT
    Feb. 28, 2013 1:18 p.m.

    I hope the Jazz see now that Milsap is the one to keep over Jefferson. Jefferson's a great offensive player but there's a reason he's never been able to have a great winning success. Defense! If I was any other team in the league, I would run the pick and roll all day. You can't win games by just trading buckets with other teams... and that right there is why the 2nd unit should be our starting lineup.

  • Jazzledazzle Provo, UT
    Feb. 28, 2013 1:12 p.m.

    Big Al= heck of a nice guy, elite scorer in the post BUT......... Huge liability on defense. I was at the Jazz/Celtics game. Jazz up 2 in OT, Pierce gets a stand up 3 off a pick and pop and Al did not even attempt to go out on him. Al constantly got burned back door last night and he does not rotate.

    If only Al played defense, and did not hold the ball for 5 seconds before making a move, we would be looking at an elite player in this league.

    The Jazz lack of defensive intensity and focus will keep them mediocre until they address it and change the culture.

    As for me, though basketball is in my blood. It's still a game, I love the Jazz, I will keep supporting them. Just please, play with some heart and urgency.

  • millsapfan Provo, UT
    Feb. 28, 2013 12:25 p.m.


    Demarre (this goes for Paul too), let me give you some friendly & professional advice - Play your butt off for the rest of the season, another team (I'm thinking Spurs, they love hussle players & have a quality coach) will pick you up & you'll have a great career. You have too much heart to be here. The days of the Jazz playing with heart are long gone...

    On the bright side, I guess I could always cheer for the Nuggets in the playoffs.

  • B Russ Ephraim, UT
    Feb. 28, 2013 12:09 p.m.

    What do Kevin O'Conner, Tyrone Corbin and Big Al all have in common? All three of them seem to be totally oblivious to the importance of defense in the game of basketball. lol.

  • mojo4 Fruit Heights, UT
    Feb. 28, 2013 11:35 a.m.

    Why is it that everyone except Harpring and Corbin can see the problem with the Jazz is the starting 5 and defense - meaning Jefferson. Sure he scores 20 points a game but he shoots it 20 times. Each player on the team could score if they shot it that much. Jefferson is SLOW and the other team blows by him. Why not put the second 5 in during crunch time? They seem to be the only ones who play catch up. Last night as soon as the Jazz were back in it, Corbin has Jefferson off the bench to come back in - result -JAZZ Lose!

  • King Black Paso Robles, CA
    Feb. 28, 2013 9:30 a.m.

    @coleman51,fortydam, mdp
    You guys are pretty funny no really blaming Big Al for Horford scoring well what about Josh Smith was Favors not guarding him. So looking at points Horford scored 8 more than Jeff and Smith 7 more than favors. So basically they both didnt matter when it came to defense in the middle.

  • Jazzledazzle Provo, UT
    Feb. 28, 2013 9:12 a.m.

    Hey Jazz, next time you take the court, take a heart with you.

    Shout out to the only person who played with heart and passion- Demarre Carrol.

  • Hugh G. Hater Swat Lake City, UT
    Feb. 28, 2013 8:50 a.m.



    I am tired of seeing Watson. He brings nothing.

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    Feb. 28, 2013 8:31 a.m.

    The real problem is starting Earl Watson over Tinsley and Burks. Watson has no business being used except in an emergency. He is terrible and turns the ball over way too much. Good move with putting him in the starting lineup Corbin.

  • coleman51 Orem, UT
    Feb. 28, 2013 8:07 a.m.

    Al Horford literally eviscerated Jefferson in the middle. Our swiss-cheese defense had so many holes I had thought the Jazz looked like a D-league team. This game shows how fragile our team really is when the injury bug strikes. Instead of someone picking up the slack, we fold. Some serious questions need to be answered in the off-season, like which contracts we retain (if any) and which we let go. Rebuilding the team with younger, more athletic players through the draft can't be worse that what we have.

  • John Wicks Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 28, 2013 7:50 a.m.

    Greg should go into the office this morning and can everyone from Rigby to Corbin to include the assistant coaches and then make Jeff H. the head coach. Corbin just can't cut it. The players have started their summer vacations. Maybe get some more tattoo's and some more diamond earrings. What a bunch of overpaid clowns. I won't be renewing my season tickets. I've been patient for over 30 years and this year is the worst one by far.

  • mdp Bountiful, utah
    Feb. 28, 2013 7:49 a.m.

    The Jazz lost because they were outplayed in the middle and by quick guards. Jefferson was badly burned by Horford throughout the game, on both ends. IMHO, the real problem in this game was the lack of scoring from our guards- which blocked up the middle for our bigs.

  • fortydam OREM, UT
    Feb. 28, 2013 7:35 a.m.

    Same story, Jefferson scores on one end, and his man scores, (as well as every driving guard at will on the other end). He is totally lost on the pick and roll! He still doesn't recognize it, even after he is burned on it. His defense is the biggest liability on the team. Far bigger than Carroll in the first or second unit.

  • Americanvet Ivins, UT
    Feb. 28, 2013 12:23 a.m.

    @ The Real Meverick
    I see one big problem with the comments you posted! You didn't capitalize the "M" in the word March.:)

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Feb. 27, 2013 11:07 p.m.

    Jazz headed for one lost and completely wasted season! No playoffs, no trades, lack of pt for the youngsters, no progression or development from the coach. Sadly, I don't see things changing once march hits. There are a lot of road games ahead against good teams. Should have unloaded big al when you had the chance and should have never extended an unproven coach. And why demarre Carroll doesn't start is beyond me.