Utah Jazz: Trey Burke scores career high in Jazz's season-ending victory

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  • TerryHaimes Sturgis, MS
    April 17, 2014 4:00 p.m.

    Worst thing about this game is it might leave Jazz management thinking Trey Burke is the point guard of the future. I can't believe Corbin alluded to the growth/development of these players as a positive for the season and a credit to his coaching.

  • John Locke Ivins, , UT
    April 17, 2014 2:52 p.m.

    Of course, and they lose to the Lakers who couldn't find the doorbell at home or away, much less the basket, and all for a higher lottery pick which won't begin to provide what they need...whew.

  • Richie Saint George, UT
    April 17, 2014 1:07 p.m.

    Those kids playing for the Jazz last night had the bit between teeth and they were not going to tank for anyone.

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    April 17, 2014 11:20 a.m.

    You people act like the players are in on a tanking strategy. Players play. They have pride. They don't want to lose. It changed their odds by a grand total of a couple of %. People are acting like the world ended over a couple of % points.

    There are 5 premier players available at the top of this draft. Nobody knows which of them will even be successful in the NBA and they ALL have GLARING deficits in their games. Picking one vs the other likely means far less than people are making it out to be. Look at last years #1 pick. There are no guarantees in the draft regardless of where you pick.

    As far as the game was concerned my question would be why do we need Enes Kanter? He currently refuses to play defense. Evans stats essentially replaced Kanter AND he played defense which makes his play that much more valuable in terms of what he stopped. Conversely Kanter allows all kinds of scoring which negates his offense. Then you throw in Gobert as gravy on top. Kanter should be dealt. Evans can defend the perimeter like he did w Love last night.

    Bye Corbin.

  • gehelmke Bastrop, TX
    April 17, 2014 10:25 a.m.

    So they share some ping-pong balls with Boston...What's the big deal? So we might have to take an Exum or McCrary instead of Jabari...We're going to get a stud no matter what. This is a deep draft...So let's re-think what happened last night.

    Whether he wanted to or not, last night, Corbin, with Kanter and Williams both out, had no choice..He had to start Jeremy Evans at the PF in place of the "no-defense" Kanter...Call it any way you care to, but the job Jeremy did on Kevin Love was inspirational...

    Here's hoping Kanter was paying attention.....Defense is what wins basketball games.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    April 17, 2014 10:19 a.m.

    Several sports writers are reporting on twitter - an unnamed GM being their source - that Corbin and some of the players who won't be around next year wanted to win last night's game as a final insult to the Jazz organization.

    So not only did Corbin & Co. burn the fields, they also scorched the earth on the way out of town so nothing will ever grow again. Haha, I love it.

  • CougarColby Fort Benning, GA
    April 17, 2014 8:52 a.m.

    You guys are crazy, and by the naive comments I am reading you have never played on a competitive team in your life. The Jazz had a bad season, but you can't honestly believe they went out every night and just let the other team blow by them for a dunk or intentionally sagged on D to give an open 3 point look to the other team...idiotic to think that.

    So they beat a Timberwolves team. These are men playing a sport at a professional level which is their major source of income. Of course they are going to be competitive and play hard!

    Now management/coaches choosing which players to play and at what times/minutes they play is a different story. But when you put a professional athlete on the court, they are going to fight 100% to win.

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    April 17, 2014 8:40 a.m.

    And the final nail in the coffin for the jazz franchise has come. Now odds are very slim that they will have a top 3 pick... Good work.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    April 17, 2014 8:33 a.m.

    I don't think this season was about tanking. Getting a top three draft choice (which could still happen) won't turn things around. There are a whole host of problems that need to be addressed.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    April 17, 2014 8:28 a.m.

    Tanking: You're doing it wrong.

    Seriously, on the one night everyone agrees the Jazz need to lose, they go out and get a 2OT win on the road? How does this franchise have even a single fan left?

  • coleman51 Orem, UT
    April 17, 2014 6:38 a.m.

    I can see this game as more damaging to the future of the franchise than any other we have ever played. Why on earth would the Jazz throw themselves kamikaze into this game and win when they could have locked up a fourth pick (depending on the lottery pick)? Now they face the possibility of Boston getting the fourth pick (which I will say now that this is a distinct likelihood) and losing Gordon Hayward to free agency. This so-called high note at the end of the season will likely be a low note during the draft and off-season. The Jazz management decided to throw all their future on the bounce of a few less ping-pong balls rather than secure their future with better odds. I agree with Farmhand20 comments above. Orlando and Boston are delighted over Utah's stupidity and will be the benificiaries of that stupidity.

  • Americanvet Ivins, UT
    April 17, 2014 12:16 a.m.

    I'm all about the ping pong balls but I must say its hard for me to feel too bad to see all the kids play this well. I'm not a big Corbin fan but you can't blame Corbin for anything tonight. He played all the youth and even the new kid on the block. I would like to see a coaching change but let's be fair, Corbin didn't do anything wrong on this night.

  • Farmhand20 Vernal, UT
    April 16, 2014 10:53 p.m.

    It was a foolish way to end an already rough season. The Jazz needed all the ping pong balls they could get. They don't need to share them with Danny Ainge and the Celtics. The only thing this win tonight did was move the Jazz from an 11.9 % chance at #1 pick to about 10.3 % chance. It also give the Celtics the same odds. In addition it lowers the overall odds at a top 3, which could be significant. I honestly appreciate the Jazz's passion in wanting to win, particularly Trey Burke, but are 2 or 3 more wins in an already "out of the playoffs losing season", worth the lower odds in the draft lottery ? Not in my opinion. I can just see it now, Boston ends up picking just in front of the Jazz, and they get the player the Jazz wanted. In addition they sign Gordon Hayward over the summer. Look at the bright side however, Trey Burke might get rookie of the year ? Guaranteed Orlando and Boston would vote for him.

    April 16, 2014 10:53 p.m.

    How stupid was this? Tank the whole season with hopes of improving their draft position and then potentially blow it with the last game. Smart move! Ownership and coaches...what is your next brilliant move?

  • VeraLouise Sandy, UT
    April 16, 2014 9:47 p.m.

    How fun was this!!??!! A good way to end this rough season. Regardless of the ping pong balls, I'm glad they fought this one to the end. Jeremy was terrific, Rudy was good, some good surprises. I hate for it to be over, but will look with optimism to what comes next. I hope there will be fewer negatives in posts to come.

    Thanks Jazzboys!!