Utah Jazz: Bucks visit town for what could be called the NBA's 'Lottery Bowl'

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  • Man in Charge Chihuahua, 00
    Jan. 2, 2014 11:48 a.m.

    I hope the Jazz give the starters the night off. They need to lose this one to bridge the gap.

  • fortydam OREM, UT
    Jan. 2, 2014 10:10 a.m.

    gehelmke. Every team in the NBA is looking for expiring contracts, and players to help them in the playoffs. Both Jefferson and Williams fit that category. Them playing, and playing well help the Jazz potential sign and trade possibilities grow by the day. That reason alone should help explain why the Jazz are not playing some of those kids more. I want them to tank, it's easy to think that playing the kids would help that, but they gain a ton by showcasing those two vets. And Corbin has nothing to do with that direction, he isn't ignoring anything, he's taking direction from Kevin and owners. Williams and Jefferson might "NOT" be in the future of the Jazz in the flesh, but their playing well with their expiring contracts are just as important as a low draft pick. There are plenty of high quality players hitting the market next season. Burks is playing as much as he can, and he is needed in that second unit. Kanter is also picking up the slack in that unit.

  • gehelmke Bastrop, TX
    Jan. 2, 2014 8:55 a.m.

    So long as Corbin ignores the fact that he's supposed to be getting experience for the young core of players, and continues to play Jefferson and Williams around 30 minutes a game, the Jazz's chances in the lottery will diminish.
    Personally, I could care less about the lottery. It bothers me that youngsters like Kanter, Evans, and Burks are spending so much time on the bench, thereby missing out on the minutes being given to jefferson and Williams.
    This statement is not to diminish the abilities of Jefferson or Williams. They are both fine athletes. My point is that they are NOT going to be a part of the Jazz's future, while these youngsters might be.

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    Jan. 2, 2014 5:33 a.m.

    Just because the Jazz exceed the expectations of many here and all over the country this year, doesn't mean they won't have some luck moving up in the lottery. Let's leave the speculation until later in the year where it belongs.