Brad Rock: Absence of All-Stars doesn't mean Jazz will miss the playoffs

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  • TerryHaimes Sturgis, MS
    Oct. 18, 2017 4:47 p.m.

    Jazz will be better than last year. 50 plus wins. Jazz will pick and roll people to death with Gobert and Favors with Rubio and Neto running the show. Hood, Ingles, Johnson, Burks and company will rain threes. The new boy will get a lot of chances to score on the last play of a quarter and that doesn't count all the players on the bench that can start on other teams. As for all stars, Jazz have two in Gobert and Rubio. Johnson has never been an all star? Hood will also come close this year. No trades. Play ball.

  • burningblue Provo, UT
    Oct. 18, 2017 9:59 a.m.


    Jazz have an efficient offense, league best defense and a lot of players who are pissed off because they were passed over by other teams. They will make the playoffs with 47 long as they stay relatively healthy. They also have one of the best coaches in the league. Other teams are writing the Jazz off and they'll regret it.

    In other news, Gordon Hayward's injury makes Exum's look "OK."

    Kudos to us.

    Go Jazz!

  • Samwise Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 18, 2017 8:56 a.m.

    Rudy should have been an All-Star last season. I think he will be even better this season. He made the all NBA defensive team and overall second team. So I actually think that we do have an All-Star on our team, even though he hasn't played in an All-Star game yet. He certainly has the talent level of an All-Star. But will one All-Star level player be enough given his surrounding cast? That is the question.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    Oct. 17, 2017 8:59 p.m.

    Absence of all stars doesn't mean the Jazz will miss the playoffs, actually that is what it does mean.

    The reason the Jazz didn't get to the playoffs for 8 years running was the lack of all stars. Are the Warriors going to make it or Cleveland or OKC or Houston? The answer is a resounding yes and the reason is they have all stars. Regardless of the defense they play, because of their all stars they are going to the playoffs.

    The Jazz will go to the playoffs because some of their players step up to the level of all stars otherwise they will stay home. That is the montra of the league and speaking of defense I watched an preseason OKC game and their defense was sick. Carmello was playing like he cared ...even in preseason and their team swarmed Denver and made them appear to be high school players.

    The Jazz have their work cut out for them especially now they have lost Exum. They might want to consider a trade for Jabarii Parker for Exum and Hood at this point in time.