Utah Jazz: Jazz roll past injury-ravaged Lakers, end Staples Center losing streak

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  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    Feb. 12, 2014 5:11 p.m.

    To be honest...i think now is the time for Dennis to gamble...we now know what we have in Hayward..and we know what we could get with burks...we know that Enes is still far away on making his 3rd overall selection justifiable...and i think at this next draft we could get a SF that is or at par with hayward with the warriors pick...if we could sign and trade Hayward and Kanter and the warriors pick to whoever gets the number 1 pick...we could get Joel Embiid...we still have our own pick...where in we could draft Dario Saric...he would be our SF...we would have Embiid at C Favors PF Saric SF Burks SG Burke PG....we would get Neto as a backup...Ian clark would get his minutes at the 2...Evans can split time at the 3 and 4...while Gobert can improve with his minutes as a 5...

  • Americanvet Ivins, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 4:28 p.m.

    Most players in the league will say what their coaches want to hear, like "I just want to contribute and I'll do whatever coach asks me to do". And yes, Burks time on the floor has definitely gone up with his improved play. But, I don't believe for a second that Burks, or any other player in the league doesn't want to start. Also, the Jazz aren't hiding Burks from other teams by not starting him. Every team in the league has a whole staff of people that are paid to evaluate all the players in the league. Burks is very definitely on the radar of every team in the league knowing his rookie deal ends next year. I'm sure Burks would love to be a starter and he deserves to be starting. The Jazz need to show Burks that he is a main cog on this team by starting him so it improves our chance to be able to resign him. Finally, he is probably the most talented player on the team. Why should Jefferson be starting ahead of him?

  • fortydam OREM, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 3:22 p.m.

    I'd bet Jefferson and Williams are both in other uniforms within two weeks. I think that's why they signed Thomas several weeks ago. Maybe not both, but one will be gone by the trade deadline. I think that will open up playing time for several other players like Ian Clark and maybe force Burks into the starting lineup. Maybe it's time to bring Hayward off the bench, he played better off the bench last year.

  • TerryHaimes Sturgis, MS
    Feb. 12, 2014 3:15 p.m.

    My money is on the Bucks to get the first draft pick. All the west has got is a prayer and Orlando is in the east. Look at the box score. Hayward, Kantor, Burkes, Evans and Favors should be starting. Make a second unit out of the rest.

    Hayward is not regretting for one second that he didn't take the Jazz offer. Watch what he gets. To keep him Jazz will have to pay more than he asked for.

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 11:38 a.m.

    If there is a potential star on this team it is Alec Burkes.

    He was a mess at the beginning of this season. He really was nothing but an occasional flash last season. Look at all the progress he has made.

    Who has shown more progress/improvement?

    On top of that he has an elite NBA skill that stars have. He gets to the free throw line and he does it more than any other Jazz player.

    If he continues to develop better defense and improved outside shooting he would be an all around nightmare for the opposition. Even the defense is livable as it is just not great. There are alot of good offensive players that don't play a ton of defense.

    When Hayward was out Burkes averaged more PPG than Hayward did as a starter.

    It would certainly be an interesting experiment to see what he could provide if he consistently played 36 minutes a game.

    Burkes has confidence and swagger that Hayward obviously lacks.

    Hayward looks like the pressure of not signing a contract last summer/playing for one this season is going to make his head explode almost every game. My guess? He regrets not signing.

  • Objectified Tooele, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 10:17 a.m.

    @ American Vet:

    Burks is getting as much as, or sometimes even more playing time than some of the starters. That's the reason he's been scoring so much and doing so well. It doesn't appear to bother him about coming off the bench as long as he gets the minutes he feels he deserves.

    Coach Corbin says Burks has adjusted to and accepted his role of coming off the bench. In fact, by doing so, his numbers are now better than ever.

    One other factor... starters who do well are usually in higher demand as free agents and command higher salaries than players who come off the bench. As such, maybe there's a financial incentive for the Jazz to do what they're doing... until after they resign him to a longer contract.

    After undrafted Matthews was made a Jazz starter toward the end of the season a few years ago, he then got more attention from other teams and Portland consequently paid a lot of money to steal him away from the Jazz. It was a big loss for us. Perhaps the Jazz are trying to avoid a similar mistake with Burks.

  • KBAR Gold country, CA
    Feb. 12, 2014 9:26 a.m.

    I like him B RUSS, Burks appears to have the most potential on this team. Good to see Jeremy Evans contributing as well. Wish we were losing though.

  • gehelmke Bastrop, TX
    Feb. 12, 2014 9:15 a.m.

    I agree with Doug10...It's hard to get excited when they defeat a team as crippled as the Lakers are at this point....which brings on the question....How bad are they "really" hurt?? Their situation reminds me so much of the year David Robinson and Sean Elliott...the leaders of the Spurs basketball team....both got hurt and laid out the end of the season. This put the Spurs in primo position to get Tim Duncan, which they did, and the rest is history.

    As for this year's Jazz team, they appear to be about on the same plane as the team was last year from an ability standpoint....but a lot younger...They'll draft in the top 10, and should get a player....But you can bet that unless they do some wheeling and dealing, it won't be Parker, or Wiggins, or Randle...and I'm hoping it won't be the hot head...Smart.

  • Americanvet Ivins, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 9:10 a.m.

    I've been pounding the table on these comment boards that Burks needs to be starting and getting big minutes in place of Richard Jefferson. Jefferson can be the spark off the bench. What's the big deal about that you ask? The big deal is that when it becomes time to resign Burks you better believe other teams will commit the starting job to him. Also, Jefferson has made it clear he wants to play for a title contender next year because his days in the league are getting short so he won't even be here next year. Why does that make him a starter over a better player like Burks?

  • B Russ Ephraim, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 8:32 a.m.

    There's your Alec Burks people. How do you like him now?

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 8:28 a.m.

    hard to get excited when the Jazz slug it out and struggle with other basement dwellers.

  • md Cache, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 8:14 a.m.

    "And with the 1st pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Los Angeles Lakers select .... (Parker/Wiggins, etc).

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Feb. 12, 2014 7:29 a.m.

    Dang, our high draft pick is slipping away!

  • atrulson cohoes, NY
    Feb. 12, 2014 6:44 a.m.

    didn't they just loose to the Raptors at home last week?