Monday blahs: Jazz lack energy in dud road loss to Atlanta Hawks

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  • plyxply SLC, UT
    Jan. 24, 2018 11:10 a.m.

    In Junior Jazz we would always identify the worst player on the other team, the guy who couldn't make a shot alone on a court, let alone in a game, then we wouldn't guard him and that was our best defense. Ricky Rubio is that guy. No need to guard him, he is horrible and kills any chance the Jazz have of ever being good. Dump him, eat his contract, but whatever it takes, don't let him play. I can't stand listening to the excuses all of the broadcasters keep making for him. No Harpring, he isn't good, at all. Stop insulting the viewers and for once tell it like it is. Rubio needs to sit at the end of the bench, perhaps he'd be a good cheerleader, but that's it.

  • fortydam OREM, UT
    Jan. 23, 2018 9:05 p.m.

    Everyone shot bad. Three people were diving on the floor for balls when they were playing, Jerebko, Rubio, and O’Neale. People that didn’t look like they wanted to play, Ingles, Johnson, Burks, Favors.

  • scrappy do DRAPER, UT
    Jan. 23, 2018 6:42 p.m.

    It’s funny how such a young team could lack energy

    There is no sense of champions pride in this bunch

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Jan. 23, 2018 2:17 p.m.

    Outside of Gobert and Mitchell there is no reason, other than contracts, to have any of these players back next year. One would expect the Jazz to get one or two quality picks in the draft next year and give a whole new crew of castoff's a try.

  • Bearone Monroe, UT
    Jan. 23, 2018 10:12 a.m.

    That was a very sad excuse for a Jazz game!! I have seen more effort on an elementary school playground. You knew the concentration wasn't there when they missed all those free throws.
    Cdome on, guys--you are better than this!

  • MT-JazzFan Helena, MT
    Jan. 23, 2018 8:44 a.m.

    It is hard to fathom how a team/organization, that fought so hard over the last couple of seasons, in particular last season, has allowed the culture this year to erode every bit of what was built previously. The writers talk about hitting the lowest point, and then there is another game like this one. This culture is poisonous. You can see it in the players and in the coach.

    Culture is established by leadership. Leadership is not just management, it includes individual contributors that are seen as leaders too. In the posts above, grandpa mentions the players who are no longer with the organization, many of those were leaders in their own right. Some would lead by sheer desire to play the game. Others like George Hill were leaders that were an extension of the coach. This team has no identity and no leader on the court (yet).

    The trade rumors are a serious distraction. If you are going to do something, then get it done. But whatever might be done, the character of the players on this team will determine the success of the organization. This team needs some more fighters. Players who are not willing to accept someone taking things from them.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    Jan. 23, 2018 8:35 a.m.

    "We felt like they wanted it a little more than we did and they deserve it."---Rudy Gobert

    Okay--but Rudy, you shouldn't be feeling that way while there's still eighteen minutes left in the game. Also---they didn't want it "a little more" than you did---they wanted it A LOT more than you did.

  • Iowa Jazz Fan 2 Cedar Rapids, IA
    Jan. 23, 2018 8:22 a.m.

    Over the years the Jazz have acquired a reputation of playing hard night in and night out. That has not happened lately. After so many losses the players and the coach have spoken of "lack of focus" and "lack of energy". It's puzzling why the team's motivation has dropped off to this extent. Quin has apparently not figured it out yet; I certainly haven't. There appears to be a lack of chemistry, and Quin hasn't yet found combinations that can jell with each other.

  • fortydam OREM, UT
    Jan. 23, 2018 8:11 a.m.

    Why is Quinn escaping any blame in most of these comments? When Corbin was loosing that's all anyone talked about. From my understanding they don't practice as much, Quinn cuts practices to rest these guys. The team is also always hurt, something has changed and it's not just the players fault. If players go on to other teams and become better, what does that say about the coaching and conditioning of the Jazz. They say the Jazz run a complicated offense, it looks simple to me, pick and roll or dive to the basket and kick out. If defended against they look terrible. They're not that good at shooting the three so why build your offense around it. Sloan's team was tough, high post pick and roll with hard picks. If you missed a pick you rode the bench. He always said they game could be played wearing a suit. These guys don't like contact and the coach must not care.

  • GoRed Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 23, 2018 8:07 a.m.

    I think everyone needs to chill. Anyone who is truly following the Jazz will understand that the very best option for them right now is to try to lose as many games as they can (without being too obvious) in an effort to better their draft choices in June. Just look at the 76ers, for example. They purposely lost for several years in a row, and now they have two cornerstones for their franchise with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. The Spurs did it a couple of decades ago and were rewarded with Tim Duncan, who helped them earn 5 championships.

    Everyone needs to just sit back and enjoy their games, especially with their phenomenally talented rookie Donovan Mitchell. Be supportive and hope they can get a high draft choice in the lottery in June.

    Go Jazz!

  • VeraLouise Sandy, UT
    Jan. 23, 2018 7:10 a.m.

    It makes me crazy every time I hear "They wanted it more than we did." What's up with that? Then WANT IT MORE! Probably all of the trade rumors aren't helping much with morale. But how does a player get away from that in this business? It is what it is. They are still getting paid big bucks to play a game. Suck it up and earn it! (Wow! I'm sounding pretty tough this morning.)

    Go Jazz!

  • Steve C. Warren WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Jan. 22, 2018 11:21 p.m.

    It's good to have Rudy back. The Warriors are probably sweating the fact that the Jazz could earn the 8th seed. Ask Curry to extend a hand, say the word "Jazz," and the hand will begin shaking.

  • Super cool grandpa Orem, UT
    Jan. 22, 2018 10:34 p.m.

    Let's face the facts, if the Hawks are one of the worst teams in the NBA and we lose by 20, then we must be terrible. There are a few teams such as the Kings, Hawks, Magic, Grizzles and Jazz that just are not players in the league. This has not always been this way but present upper management with Dennis Lindsay at the helm has either gave away or traded or walked away a very competitive group of NBA players. Now I'm seeing rumors of trading Hood, Flavors and Alex Burks. We known as the training team for other NBA teams. I'm sure these players will go on to great players for other teams. The Millsaps, Al Jefferson, D Carroll, Trey Lyle, Trey Burks, Kanter, George Hill, Gordan Haywood, and T Booker. There is 4 lottery picks there and not counting at least 2 others we traded. Bottom line something is wrong with this picture. I can not imagine Danny Ainge making so many poor decisions. I truly feel sorry for Gail Miller because she wants to win for Larry and the fans. With our present management we are not a big player in the NBA. Looks like another rebuild. Go Jazz! 😎

  • Dukester VANCOUVER, WA
    Jan. 22, 2018 9:29 p.m.

    Still love the Jazz, however I'm really tired of people saying things like...Theyre a young team still learning...I'm impressed with their energy...They are giving 100%...etc. etc. Lets say it the way it is, The Jazz are terrible. The Jazz are one of the worst teams in the NBA. (You can't argue with their record). Larry would not have put up with this. Come on ownership, its time to shake things up. Lets get some players who can win. But on the other hand, why would a player want to play for the Jazz and be part of a losing tradition.