Utah Jazz basketball: Sizzling Nuggets give Jazz a heat-check loss

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  • Jazzledazzle Provo, UT
    April 4, 2013 3:41 p.m.

    Can't really fault the Jazz for bad shooting.... They did not turn the ball over a lot.... But defense was a big issue and again, the bigs got owned by Faried, Koufos and McGee. I put that on Millsap, Jefferson and Favors.

    I understand where the Jazz are. Quite frankly whether they make the playoffs or not is not that big of a deal right now. I tend to want them to make it because you should play to win... The big picture, I am wondering when the defensive culture will change. Why do teams like Chicago, San Antonio and Memphis play great defense, but the Jazz cannot rotate properly and give up stand up three pointers and are just bad on defense.

    My wish list as a Jazz fan for next year:

    Burks, Kanter, Favors and Hayward as 4 of the starters. Bring in a point guard, maybe Jeff Teague. Change the defensive culture, whether that means letting Ty go, or Ty teaching this team to play defense. Win some road games. More mental toughness. Just give the keys to the young core we have, add some players and let's go.

  • Sneaky Jimmy Bay Area, CA
    April 4, 2013 2:11 p.m.

    Millsuck has done his time in Utah. Should have traded him when they had the chance.

  • Iowa Jazz Fan 2 Cedar Rapids, IA
    April 4, 2013 11:00 a.m.

    Mo Williams: "You guys weren't expecting us to go 11-0, were you? . . . . we're not going to win every game."

    No, Mo, you're not -- especially when you go 2 -12 and still keep jacking them up.

  • Americanvet Ivins, UT
    April 4, 2013 9:37 a.m.

    @Granny Danger
    You might know what a heat check is (which I could care less about), but I disagree with everything else you said. I'm not satisfied with a "consistently mediocre team that gives us promise for a decent season" at all. It's managements job to find the right combination of coaches and players to battle for a championship every year. If the Bobcats are terrible every year,then they need to take a look at who is in charge over there. I also don't pay "just for the entertainment" as watching the Jazz get punked on their home court last night was not entertaining at all to me. The Jazz have put teams on the floor before that could compete to win a title and I feel it's managements job to get us back to that level, or what are we paying them for? It doesn't have to happen in a year or 2, but I do expect to see us always moving in that direction.

  • Dantley Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 4, 2013 9:27 a.m.

    That is the problem. We were all hanging out hats that we made it to the Conference Finals with Dwill. However, the only reason we made it that year was that Golden State upset the Maveriks in the 1st round.

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    April 4, 2013 8:27 a.m.

    Granny Danger: Failure is not the only possible result of a "heat check". There are nights I have seen Jordan or Bryant or even that punk LeBron continue to do ridiculous heroics with a basketball, only to turn to the camera and shrug it off as if to say, "I can't miss tonight".

    But yes, a "heat check" is where you take an ill-advised shot on the back of 4 or 5 good and difficult shots - or in this case, take on a tough game after a nice but unimpressive run of a few wins.

    All I can add is, YAY! GO LAKERS!!

  • Granny Danger CHICAGO, IL
    April 4, 2013 7:52 a.m.

    A heat check is when you're on fire and you attempt to do something difficult (i.e. take on the Nuggets in this instance) because you feel like you can do anything, only to fail. Thus, it's a check on your abilities.

    As for the rest of the comments, too many people give up on the jazz after a loss or two and then jump on the bandwagon when they play well. We should be thankful they're not the Raptors or worse - the Bobcats, who, if I remember correctly, still haven't even made the playoffs since they were added to the NBA. I'd rather have a consistently mediocre team who gives us promise for a decent season than a team that we know is going to be miserable every year. And when the good seasons like 2007 come around, we should enjoy them as they come.

    Too much emphasis is placed on winning a championship. Sports is entertainment. You're not paying to watch them win a championship. You're paying for the entertainment.

    Anyway, I'm gonna step off the soap box. GO JAZZ!

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    April 4, 2013 7:52 a.m.

    Okay shots were not falling so the Jazz did what??????

    Corbin says that is not who we are.... but his team played like that is who they were.

    He has to stop them from the jump shot group they are.

    If I were Paul Millsap I would be looking for a junior high school team to play for. Imagine him getting 3 rebounds and Koufos getting 13 rebounds, and this is the same Koufos who could not find his way into the key with both his shoes on when he played here.

    It seemed the team did not have a plan B when plan A did not work, come on coach that is your job.

    Did I mention already that Koufos played the game like a pro? Ouch, ouch ouch. Maybe the Jazz should consider a lawsuit against him for acting like a totally worthless player while here and taking their paychecks.

    Maybe after last night they have some still on the team to consider suing.

    ouch ouch ouch that was so painful and mostly an unnecessary loss.

  • Hugh G. Hater Swat Lake City, UT
    April 4, 2013 7:37 a.m.

    Rebuilding since 1999.

  • dumprake Washington, UT
    April 4, 2013 7:15 a.m.

    What in the world is a "heat-check?" I've never heard of that term before and I can't translate that term into any meaningful term I know. If they were playing the Miami Heat, it would make sense, but the Denver Nuggets? I'm lost on this one.

  • oleblu Ogden, UT
    April 4, 2013 7:11 a.m.

    I'm so tired of hearing "it's just one game" and "We will learn from this". Well I'm greatful there are only 6 games left, it has become so painful to watch them. This team needs a winning attitude which Corbin can't seem to give. They will never be good under Corbin!! PLenty of talent.....SO PAINFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jazzledazzle Provo, UT
    April 4, 2013 6:47 a.m.

    Just one of those games. Shots were not falling... The disappointing stat was Millsap having 3 rebounds. Faried won that battle along with Koufos. Jefferson, Millsap and Favors needed to play better.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    April 4, 2013 5:04 a.m.

    The Jazz have been playing very well. This game against the Nuggets at home is an indicator of how far that they have come and how far that they yet have to go. Corbin may not be the one to take them to the promised land. They were outrebounded big time. Obviously, Kanter was missed. It was nice to see Koufos playing well with 13 ribbies. The Lakers are a money team and it will be difficult to dislodge. There will now be an evaluation of the ten Jazz free agents to see if they can take the next step in a successful but "summit challenged" season.

  • jazz4ever San Mateo, CA
    April 4, 2013 5:02 a.m.

    I give up. This team is too frustrating to follow. I think the best approach now is to forget about analyzing why they suddenly play like this and just enjoy whatever they give us. If they make the playoffs..good, they get some experience and hopefully win a couple of games. Advancing as we know is almost impossible..but hey, with this team who knows! If they dont make the playoffs, lets hope the draft ball pops out right and we have some excitement. Look at it as a win-win situation either way... :)

  • evanston Evanston, WY
    April 4, 2013 3:41 a.m.

    Oh how I remember the days of DWILL, Okur and Loozer leading us to the western conference finals. I would never miss a game and knew everything about the team. Now, I don't care to watch them and have no idea when they play or who they play. Jazz stink and have crippled the fan base.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    April 4, 2013 12:18 a.m.

    Well...i kinda new we would lose...since...the only reason we won those few games where against weak/ incomplete teams...and...we just got hot at the right time...unfortunately...Mo Williams and Randy Foye can't shoot his way out of a slump this game...to be honest...i have no clue whatsoever as to the management's plan on getting this team back into contention...would it be through the core 4 and a new coach? or to continue with Big Al and Corbin and let the core 4 go? right now...we are a good team on paper...but a mediocre to a poor one on the court...