Utah Jazz keep playoff hopes alive with big win in Minnesota

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  • GSnow20 Vernal, UT
    April 16, 2013 11:15 p.m.

    "Biggest game of the year is the next game. We put ourselves in the position to have a chance and that's all we can do," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said.

    Wrong Coach, Biggest game of the year was the second game back in November when you lost 88-86 to New Orleans. The biggest game of the year was Dec 3 when you lost 105 to 104 to the Clippers at ESA after blowing a 10 point lead in the forth. Biggest game of the year was March 4, when you lost 109 to 108 against Milwaukee. Biggest game of the year was March 8, when you lost 89 to 88 against Chicago. To summarize, the "biggest game of the year, is every game you play." That is the difference between a champion, and the attitude "that's all we can do".

  • GSnow20 Vernal, UT
    April 16, 2013 10:47 p.m.

    @ ImaUteFan- Houston may be very motivated to win the game, the problem however is Stern and company are motivated for the Lakers to win. They would much rather see the Lakers in the spotlight instead of the Jazz, even with Kobe out. So don't be suprised to see another game like the other night, where the Lakers had nearly 3 times as many free throws as their opponent. I think it was against GSW.

    @ fortydam- I agree, "kakashi. Always right on!"

    @ Jim Mone -(Associated Press) I didn't realize Al Jefferson was from Spain. (Nice Editing).

  • fortydam OREM, UT
    April 16, 2013 8:44 p.m.

    kakashi.. Always right on!

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    April 16, 2013 6:05 p.m.

    @fortydam and Dhalsum

    i agree with you both...Al Jefferson...posts decent numbers...but hardly a factor for most of the year...Al Jefferson would only be a good number 2 player for a good team...and i am thinking Houston would probably make him an offer during the season...and have Thomas Robinson groomed for a few years...Since Mchale has already worked with Big Al when he was with the wolves...I think...on the draft...we could find a role playing Big...the problem we now have is at PG...the only thing that comes to mind...is to sign Jose Calderon for a short term fix at PG...or...we could experiment on Alec Burks as PG...but still sign Calderon...and waive Watson...Jeff Teague is a restricted free agent...and i doubt if we could sign him...also...the most important thing is...Rick Adelman might leave the wolves...this gives us a chance to get a good coach...there are still others that we could get to coach the team...but that coach needs to be a teacher and a mentor for the core 4

  • Jazzledazzle Provo, UT
    April 16, 2013 3:35 p.m.

    The bad stretch at Milwaukee, Chicago and Cleveland has made it difficult on the Jazz. That is in the past though. The Jazz have to beat Memphis. Houston can get hot from downtown and if they do that, they could knock off the Lakers. Going right down to the wire like last year. Making the playoffs will be helpful even many players will be gone next year. Hayward, Burks, and Favors need this playoff experience. Too bad Kanter is hurt.

    Go Jazz!

  • fortydam OREM, UT
    April 16, 2013 2:50 p.m.

    dhsalum, thanks... it was much better said that way...

  • dhsalum Saint George, UT
    April 16, 2013 11:45 a.m.


    The question is who will fit better with Favors and Kanter next year and beyond--assuming management intends to sign one and let the other go. Millsap is only a mid-level player, true, but he is a very good mid-level player that can mesh with almost any team because he can contribute without setting the entire offense to get the ball in "his spot". Keeping Jefferson and Mo means more of the same, which is not good enough. Playoffs or not, next year let's turn it over to the "Core 4" and try to keep Foye and Carroll to go with a pg and a big from the draft.

    April 16, 2013 11:37 a.m.

    To: ImaUteFan

    Thanks, I didn't realize that, I just knew that Houston had something to play for.

  • ImaUteFan West Jordan, UT
    April 16, 2013 11:03 a.m.

    Actually, RSL, if Houston loses to the Lakers, they are going to be the 8th seed and the Lakers will be 7th. So Houston should be very motivated to win that game.

  • Dustin Idaho Falls, ID
    April 16, 2013 11:03 a.m.

    I would rather see the Jazz get the experience of four playoff games, even if they are all losses, than get another 1st round pick in a weak draft.

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    April 16, 2013 10:55 a.m.

    Paul Millsap is not a go to player. Al Jefferson is. Millsap is a nice mid level player, but nothing more. Anybody who says the jazz would be better off with Millsap instead of Jefferson don't know basketball.

  • TruthBTold SLC, UT
    April 16, 2013 10:18 a.m.

    Looks like that unimaginable loss to Toronto earlier in the season could bite the Jazz in the trumpet.

    April 16, 2013 9:27 a.m.

    Everyone who thinks Houston is going to fold, they won't, they are fighting for the 6th seed, if they lose they will be 7th.

  • Hugh G. Hater Swat Lake City, UT
    April 16, 2013 9:17 a.m.

    So how does AJ on the floor account for Milsap going 3 for 10 over 32(!) minutes?
    Sure maybe he gets less touches but 3/10 is pathetic for a starting jazz bigman.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    April 16, 2013 8:53 a.m.

    fortydam--I don't think that any knowlegeable Jazz fan alive would try to tell you that Al Jefferson is a great all around player and that his defense should be forgiven because he scores a lot of points. But to discount his play and what he has meant to the Jazz in 4th quarters of this season would be even more silly and that's what you seem to be doing. How long have Jazz fans cried about not having a scoring big man? Also, this guy is a pro's pro. He tutors Kanter and takes defensive lessons from Derrick Favors. He wants to win, wants to improve and has no ego. I want big Al on this team next season and for seasons to come.

  • fortydam OREM, UT
    April 16, 2013 8:31 a.m.

    Millsap is always going to struggle when Al is in the game! The Jazz could not make a three out of Thurl when we got Malone. They could not make a three out of AK after his all star year at the four when we got Boozer. When Boozer was hurt Millsap was a 17/17 guy. Now we have the plodding AJ plugging the middle for Millsap. You are right, Millsap will never get better WITH AJ on the team. The worst thing anyone in this organization could do is resign Jefferson. If they do, say goodbye to Favors and Kanter. Some of you guys.. It just isn't about points scored. Jefferson is the worst in the NBA in plus minus. Millsap wasn't much better because he is in the paint with Mr Jefferson. Notice how the second unit, (no matter who was in it came back in every game this year) Because Al Jefferson was on the bench.

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    April 16, 2013 8:02 a.m.

    Doesn't matter which team limps into the playoffs. Utah would be swept in the 1st round, and my now Kobe-less Lakers will only win one game before goin' fishin'....

    My only consolation is that Boston will also exit soon.....

  • Hugh G. Hater Swat Lake City, UT
    April 16, 2013 7:43 a.m.

    Interesting stat from the box score: DeMarre Carol: 7mins= 6 points. Paul Milsap: 32mins=7 points.

  • oleblu Ogden, UT
    April 16, 2013 6:50 a.m.

    Where has this kind of effort been all year? If they played like this all year we wouldn't be in this position! It seems every year it comes down to 1 or 2 games to get into the playoff's. If the team played with this kind of heart all year we would be in the top 3 or 4! I'm afraid Houston will not beat L.A. Wednesday, and once again we will be thinking what should have been!

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    April 16, 2013 4:02 a.m.

    Very sad situation for the Jazz. They go out with their heads held high. However with ten free agents, this may not mean much. Neverthless, the hope is that Mr. Miller with his great business sense will figure it out and do what is best for the Salt Lake community. After all, that is the real story of the season. The team represents the "hopes and dreams" of the community. Big Al has come so far since the death of his grandmother. However,, this is a business and the "well has a bottom to it". I believe that AJ is worth resigning but not at the amount of money that he is asking. In the home game against the Wolves, Favors was +16, Foye +12, Jefferson +4, Millsap -14. That should about tell the story.

  • Americanvet Ivins, UT
    April 15, 2013 11:08 p.m.

    This was a nice win for the Jazz. It all comes down to Wednesday night. It's always hard to know a teams motivation on the last game of the year. You know the Jazz and the Lakers both want to win but it's hard to know how hard either Houston or Memphis will be playing. If I had to bet, I would think the Lakers have the best chance to advance because they are playing at home and they were able to handle the Spurs without Kobe. The Jazz have been beatable on the road all year but they have won 3 in a row on the road. I'll root for the Jazz to make the playoffs but I think it will get ugly for the Jazz if they make it.

  • ImaUteFan West Jordan, UT
    April 15, 2013 10:51 p.m.

    Every Jazz fan should now be a Rockets fan.