Utah Jazz: Wake-up call? Jazz can't afford any more snooze sessions

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  • Jazzledazzle Provo, UT
    April 5, 2013 2:37 p.m.

    Just an interesting observation:

    Last year we said " If only the Jazz could shoot from the perimeter." Well this year, they can. It did not do much for their record. This shows the importance of having a closer, and being a good defensive team.

    The Jazz have to tighten up on defense, and they need to have "that guy" who can take over a game.

  • Elcapitan Ivins, UT
    April 5, 2013 1:17 p.m.

    @fortydam is very good. The Jazz are sleepers. I Mostly blame our coaching staff for this softness.

    We do not have a triangle like Sloan, Stockton, and Malone anywhere on the horizon unless it
    were developed around Kanter, a new coach, and a new point guard. However, whar do we do without the go to of Larry Miller. We have along ways to go.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    April 5, 2013 8:35 a.m.

    The comment by @fortydam is quite good.

  • DRay Roy, UT
    April 5, 2013 7:57 a.m.

    Jazz, like bankrupt cities, haven't made hard decisions, (no trades, no player-leaders on the court). Media just continue to parcel out hope while team spirals downward. Who is still interested in this version of the Jazz?--Millers are not making choices for bb success.

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    April 5, 2013 7:48 a.m.

    My Lakers are in the driver's seat, your Jazz are in the back seat. Nobody likes a back seat driver. Time to go back to sleep.....we'll take it from here. Thanks.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    April 4, 2013 11:25 p.m.

    The alarm for a "wake up call" has been going off since well before the trade deadline.

    The Jazz just may grab the 8th spot in the playoffs, but it will likely be one win in five games and another first round exit for them. However, "Hope Springs Eternal" there is always next season.

  • ImaUteFan West Jordan, UT
    April 4, 2013 10:51 p.m.

    How many "wake up calls" do these guys need? Sheesh.

    It's now or never. Pretty much need to win out now if they want to make the playoffs.

  • Queensland Jazz fan Townsville Australia, 00
    April 4, 2013 10:26 p.m.

    The Jazz have improved from three point range this year, and if they make an equal improvement next year, they will be an average (in terms of 3s made) perimeter shooting team. I see this as one strategic priority. Teams who can't shoot threes, in the current game, simply have to overcompensate in many other ways.

    But I agree about the toughness. Utah used to be a physical team, always was under Sloan. Even before Antoine 'Big Dog' Carr there was Mike 'Brown Bear' Brown dishing bruises alongside the Mailman.

    Kanter is tough, and with im anchoring the centre it will set a nice precedent... but we also need some toughness, physicality, from our guards.

  • fortydam OREM, UT
    April 4, 2013 8:10 p.m.

    The Jazz have not been a team with bangers since Adam Keefe played. Any team that starts the game off with big time physical play, sends players like Boozer, Jefferson, Memo, and now apparently Millsap running. It takes their game into the 3 for 10 jump shot and 4 rebounds kinda night. That's why the Jazz get pummeled in the playoffs. Malone use to lay guys out, ask David Robinson and Isiah Thomas. Keefe would pound guys that came into the paint for a rebound, so did the big Dog. This team is soft and it doesn't have any kind of point guard. The defensive mindset of the Jazz has to change by drafting players and hiring coaches that teach toughness, not three pointers. Kanter and Favors will need to erase the soft defensive lazy ways of Al Jefferson from their minds, and their game. The Jazz need to get a top point guard and a couple of bangers to back up Favors and Kanter. Evans will get pushed around by bigger and better players like a little school girl. It's all over now but the draft.