Utah Jazz: Tanking? Suddenly hot Jazz earn best win of season over Rockets

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  • kzcedarcity spanish fork, UT
    Dec. 4, 2013 10:24 a.m.

    Trey Burke is the point guard of the future! guys come on we are still going to tank our offense is not consistent neither is the coaching we will have periods of small winning streaks but its a long season. This season is about player development and saving money the draft next year is deep! Still jazz keep it under 25 wins we need another young star!

  • fastfox Ogden, UT
    Dec. 3, 2013 1:05 p.m.

    I never thought the jazz would be as miserable as they were this first 15 games...I think they'll get better and end up winning 20-25 games, however they may still be in the hunt for Wiggins or Parker. More teams 2-7 have gotten the 1st overall pick than the actual worst team in the league, and that is the only reason why I was hoping the jazz weren't the worst in the league.

    Honestly I would take this young core developing together and forming a great team over Wiggins and Parker...though nabbing one of them doesn't hurt! But I still believe a core of Burke, Burks, Hayward, Favors and Kanter can make some noise in a few years. They just have to stay together which is the tough part.

    Agree with most on Corbin...I have been defending him for years, but if the jazz have an opportunity to net Hollins, Collins, Van Gundy, Karl or Sloan, then I say do it. Corbin has done a fine job these past few games though. Kudos to him.

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    Dec. 3, 2013 10:47 a.m.

    Who knew!!

    Having an actual PG that can make a shot (and make the defense have to actually guard him), make a pass to a team mate (some nice pick and roll offense), and break down a defense could make such a difference?

    Oh my gosh Tinsley and Lucas are bad! Sooooo bad. Garrett is a better back up because he is longer/better defender and more disruptive defensively not to mention he understands pick and roll offense.

    What a difference some decent PG play can make.

    Nothing but impressed with Burke. It is not easy to do what he is doing. He is a rookie and playing waaaaaaayyyyyy above how rookies typically play so far. I'm sure there will be slumps but I like his confidence and leadership. Its a good thing he came back too because Favors and Hayward do not have the confidence, cockiness, or personality to be THE leader.

    Burke is capable of making both of them alot better players.

    I have been hard on Favors but last night he delivered what he is capable of every night. Outplaying Howard? Keep it up Favors. Nothing stopping him of delivering that consistently.

  • jazzer St. George, UT
    Dec. 3, 2013 9:53 a.m.

    2 comments on here stood out to me.

    1. Corbins contract is up after this year so the Jazz will not fire him. They are too classy to do so. Let him ride this year and find a coach in offseason.

    2. Talking playoffs, or close to is crazy talk. We will still be close to a top 3 pick and I'm hoping we get lucky and get 1 or 2 but I doubt that will happen. Lets hope.

    go jazz

  • Chickenhawks Kuna, ID
    Dec. 3, 2013 9:23 a.m.

    Parker, Smart, Wiggins!

    Dec. 3, 2013 9:20 a.m.

    To be honest I was hoping that the Jazz would lose this year so that they could get a top three lottery pick, however with three cornerstones on their team (Trey Berks(TB), Howard, and Favors) the Jazz will win 36 games. All three players will have to stay healthy throughout the season for the 36 wins but I believe it is do able. Bring on the next Stockton, Malone and Hornacek!!!

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    Dec. 3, 2013 9:20 a.m.

    I love the comment of "generously announced crowd of 15,801".

  • Dustin Idaho Falls, ID
    Dec. 3, 2013 9:03 a.m.

    I will give Corbin credit for one thing; He found a lineup that seems to be clicking well. I hate seeing Kanter playing 14 minutes in a game, but playing "small-ball" with Favors and Marvin as our big men is working great.

    I am totally torn about winning right now. I am totally on board for the Parker/Wiggins sweepstakes, but I love seeing my team get better.

    I don't really care what happens for the rest of the season, I want Corbin gone. Even if this team finds a way to make the playoffs, I don't think he is the coach of the future. He has consistently shown an inability to develop players and teach them how to defend the pick and roll. I also think some of our players like Hayward will walk if Corbin is still around.

  • fortydam OREM, UT
    Dec. 3, 2013 9:00 a.m.

    As much as I like to read all of the comments in here, it was getting to the point that Corbin was the reason for everything from the high price of gas, to global warming. If any of the complainers had the same issues with Sloan then your comments make sense. There are plenty of good coaches that are out there, and most all them have been fired several times before. Corbin was/is running with (Jerry in the back ground) the same offense and defensive schemes. With a good looking (possibly great looking) point guard all of those plays now look like they work. Changing Corbin would hit the restart button on all of these players. Some will benefit, other will struggle. I want the Jazz to get a shot at Wiggins, so last nights win was bitter sweet. Bottom line, if you hate Corbin, then you have to hate Sloan. Same coaching, different quality (age) players.

  • Sneaky Jimmy Bay Area, CA
    Dec. 3, 2013 8:54 a.m.

    Trey Burke look like he can be an NBA starting PG. Maybe the Jazz can do what Portland is doing. Ever notice how many ex-jazz players are starting on other NBA teams?

  • shaybo Richfield, UT
    Dec. 3, 2013 8:36 a.m.

    @Jake2010, Actually the Jazz aren't a team that fires any coaches, they haven't fired a coach in over 20 years.

  • DavidMiller Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 3, 2013 8:14 a.m.

    I have to agree with Kakashi - it's good to see the team playing well together but winning too much would hurt the lottery chances where the Jazz were expected to pick up another exciting young player to bolster the roster for the next few years. It would be sad if getting to the playoffs in this rebuilding year prevented the team from snagging another great catch to fill out our young core of players and thus doomed them to years of making the playoffs but never really contending.

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    Dec. 3, 2013 5:35 a.m.

    Way to finish, Jazz. Fans can't expect shooting that good every night, but it has to help Burks' and Favors' and Hayward's confidence to have such a strong showing offensively. Burke and Burks again with no turnovers...very impressive and, no surprise, both aggressive offensively. Even if the Jazz lose Wednesday, they will have won 3 of their second ten. Let's see if they can win at least 4 of their next ten. Great to see Favors play well against Howard. Wondering why Gobert didn't back him up since Kanter said that his ankle is still sore.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    Dec. 3, 2013 12:47 a.m.


    i understand that there would be no mid-season change as for head coaches...but would they extend corbin?...or get someone that have a system to contend?...winning is bittersweet...we win..confidence up...but we'll be missing out on Jabari Parker...this is the first time i question a win...lol

  • jazz4ever San Mateo, CA
    Dec. 3, 2013 12:10 a.m.

    Nice to see the team do well and feel good about themselves. If Corbin can surprise all of us and do a stellar job...I say all power to him. I dont mind being wrong! :) Agree with the comments above, even though he still does not seem like a long term coach, jazz does not fire coaches mid season, so they may let him stay for the year. I predict a 20-25 win season. Anything more than 35 wins...all of us anti-corbiners have to admit he is not as bad as we made him out to be. As for Trey Burk, he does look smooth out there. Like a true PG he finds the open man. It will be fun to see him develop in a Jazz uniform. Finally something to be happy about for us fans too. How long will it last? :)

  • Americanvet Ivins, UT
    Dec. 2, 2013 10:56 p.m.

    I doubt we will hear much more from those that decided after the summer league that Trey Burke was a bust. He will surely have bad games like everyone else in the league does but it's obvious there is something special in this kid. All the youngsters looked great tonight with the exception of Kanter but I think he will work himself out of his slump and get some confidence back. My only concern after this game is that we can kiss Parker or Wiggins goodbye. I still don't see us making the playoffs but I think we will start passing up the other bottom feeders and not get the 1st or 2nd pick in the draft. In the long run that's probably not in our best interest. I still am on board that Corbin is not our best option as head coach but we will see how the team pulls together now that we are healthy.

  • Jake2010 bountiful, ut
    Dec. 2, 2013 10:52 p.m.

    @Kakashi - I am one who hasn't liked Corbin as a coach since day one... However, 'our' organization is not one that mid season fires... We either get walked out on or hold off terminating relationships until after a season has finished. What I am most interested to see is what the record is on December 31st. If it is even 17-17 I say we hold on and see what comes! 17-17 means 14-2 for the month... How is that not 'good'? How hard would it be to maintain that and finish the season rather respectably if not with a deep run in the playoffs? Realistic? Well, at least 2 losses so far came after surrendering significant half time leads... I think that historically speaking that has been a long standing nemesis for the Jazz... There were some other games that showed evident loss of heart. So if anyone is in the market to make major changes it would require letting the whole roster and coaching staff go. For it was as much the players as the coaching that resulted in those early losses. Early season pace 6-76... We won't lose 61 more games! Taking the last week the pace is 51-31... Ooh Rah!

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    Dec. 2, 2013 10:23 p.m.

    if Hayward could shoot consistently...he'd be a good 2nd guy to a team...im still not sold on Corbin being a coach...i still think that there are other coaches out there that could do a better job....lionel hollins....for one...i hope Lindsey is playing his cards right...and turn this team around in the next few years....

    i'd like to ask the people who comment here...if Corbin deserves one more year with the team? for me i'd rather get a new coach...with a new system...that would be beneficial to the strengths of the players...

  • Jake2010 bountiful, ut
    Dec. 2, 2013 10:19 p.m.

    Two in a row and three out of four... Expectations are rising Jazz! Keep up the great work! An undefeated December isn't very realistic with the teams out west and the annual holiday trip east, but lack of realistic doesn't eliminate reality! The reality is what you make it! Do you show up every night, play your best... Execute great game plans and just walk off each court with a win no matter the venue or opponent? Or, do you grow complacent, get cocky and lose should win 'em games?