What the heck is going wrong in the Utah Jazz’s disappointing 8-11 start to season?

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  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    Nov. 28, 2018 4:48 p.m.

    This is where the "rubber meets the road". The team is "flat" with little motivation. This is where Coach Q earns his money. He is a great coach but he can't go on the floor.---- Ingles and Rubio have lost that "half a step". Mitchell has had his ego padded and other commenters have remarked on his height and other teams have picked up on it. Rudy has no offense. Favors has always had a bad back. Crowder is inconsistent. The team is in deep trouble. ----The poem "One Horse Shay" pretty much epitomizes the problem. The team overcompensated last season with lots of emotion. Now, all the shortcomings are coming apart at the same time.. The wagon is ready to collapse.

  • Loulou67 Centerville, UT
    Nov. 25, 2018 9:13 p.m.

    I think the Jazz organization is forgetting what a huge impact the Jazz Bear had on the energy at the arena. The games have not been fun this year. Not just because they have been loosing but because there is not the energy there has been in years past. Bear made the games fun. The Jazz management fired a teammate the day before the opening game that has to affect the team.

  • CyCarloUte slc, UT
    Nov. 25, 2018 3:29 p.m.

    Mitchell takes too many shots and Favors doesn’t take enough. If they win at500 pace this year I’ll be surprised.

  • EightOhOne St. George, UT
    Nov. 25, 2018 2:06 p.m.

    The Jazz bought into their own hype by both media and fans. Mitchell is too busy trying to be a top scorer and has resorted to being a chucker. He and Ingles are trying to develop this "cool" and "funny" personality. Just wait for the yearly Gobert/Favors injury to sink them even further down the standings. Trying to replicate what Golden State and Houston are doing, minus the elite personnel.

  • Cedar Jim CEDAR CITY, UT
    Nov. 25, 2018 12:46 p.m.

    It all boils down to teamwork, being unselfish, like they were the second half of last season. Mitchell is trying to hard to be the star for the Jazz, while Rubio needs to be what he is, a point guard. Get these two players into their perspective roles, and the rest of the season will fall into place. I agree on the 3 point shot, if the two is there, take it. This team is not a long range jugrnaut at all.

  • mdp Bountiful, UT
    Nov. 25, 2018 10:00 a.m.

    The reason: The Jazz rely on the 3 too much when they are hitting

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    Nov. 25, 2018 8:56 a.m.

    The Jazz problems are totally about their opponents outscoring them in the games. Pretty simple. The solution is also pretty simple - just score more points than the opponent. See how easy that was. . .

  • dreese Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 25, 2018 8:31 a.m.

    Agee with USA Lover. How can you keep shouting 2-10 and 1-13 on three-point shots and expect to win. Crowder can't shoot the three consistently. Why does he keep shooting the long 3 so much? Isn't it better to work the ball inside to Rudy?

  • andyjaggy American Fork, UT
    Nov. 25, 2018 8:14 a.m.

    Would it be out of place to blame Snyder? He seems like the most stubborn man on the planet, he absolutely refuses to try anything new. He keeps running out the same lineup and the same offensive schemes over and over again, even when they have failed to work game after game after game. Try something new, anything new. Start Crowder in Favor's place, start Exum in Rubio's place, try something, anything! And for goodness sakes if the 3's aren't falling don't just continue to shoot them until you are 5/35, tell your guys to try some mid range shots, drive to the hoop, anything!

  • West Jordanians of Utah WEST JORDAN, UT
    Nov. 25, 2018 7:41 a.m.

    Four huge things that I see:
    1) The article hit it on the head- Defense. When the Jazz play their style of defense, they can beat anybody. That’s how they were slaughtering teams last year, including the Warriors. You play solid, unselfish defense, that leads to turnovers and cherry-picking layups.
    2) Everyone but Gobert has been given the green light to shoot the 3 ball. Why are they doing this? While it has worked some nights, it hasn’t worked most of the time. I’d rather have an easy two pointer with possibility of a three point play than a longer three and the chances are slimmer making it. And the green light has caused for the normal role players desire to be the heroes instead.
    3) Missed free throws tells you that they aren’t focused or they aren’t practicing it enough.
    4) Selfish ball. I love Donovan very much, but he’s trying too hard to make the All-Star team so he throws up ridiculous shots that he could’ve easily passed off for an easy basket. I’m confused if Rubio is a point guard or a shooting guard. If we can have T-Wolves Rubio with his amazing passing ability, then the Jazz will contend with Toronto or Boston for the title. Go Jazz!

  • JazzManJapan32 , 00
    Nov. 25, 2018 6:38 a.m.

    Second from the bottom... I have followed the Jazz for 38 years and this has to be one of the most disappointing starts ever.

    Big fan but Mitchell has a fatal flaw... one that cannot be fixed or taught. He is too short, 6ft 2in (in thick bottom shoes). He is only slightly taller than Stockton. He can't shoot so he has to play above the rim. This leads to two things; exhaustion and injuries. It is cool that he can jump over the defender but he has to come down somewhere. With each injury he will lose a little bounce, speed, agility and fearlessness. Love the dunks but even now he barely gets there sometimes.

    The scouting report on him is easy as well... short, stay in front of him. Which is exactly what they are doing to him this year. They are putting taller guys on him forcing him to take bad shots and staying in front of him so he can't get easy shots at the basket.

    I hope he can find a way to compensate since he the type of player the Jazz have needed for a long time. That guy that WANTS to take the last shot.

    When was the last time Favors impacted a game? 10pts, 7rb per outing is solid, I guess.

    Rudy needs to toughen up. Guys have learned to go at him not around him.

  • JazzFanMan Centerville, UT
    Nov. 24, 2018 10:11 p.m.

    Let's see,
    1. Gobert has resorted to flopping and trying to draw calls on most defensive possessions instead of just being extremely aggressive even if he gets a few fouls.
    2. Ingles looks old and tired a large portion of the time. He'd be fine if the Jazz only played one game per week.
    3. Rubio came into the year out of shape and has regressed from last season. He shot has regressed the most.
    4. Mitchell has shown small flashes of brilliance, but his efficiency is terrible and some of his shot selections are ridiculously bad.
    5 Exum has not gotten much better in 5 years and
    6 Crowder has been inconsistent.
    7 Burks has been inconsistent.
    6 They should have kept Jerebko instead of going with Niang who wouldn't start for the SLC Stars anymore.

    The good news is there is time to change a few things, but age and lack of skills are tough to change.

  • water rocket Magna, UT
    Nov. 24, 2018 9:54 p.m.

    As witnessed in the second half of last year, the Jazz have the talent. The problem is the change in focus, with Mitchell being the go to player this year, rather than being the second or third option is hurting the entire team. Mitchell is a fine player, but he lacks the experience to have the keys to this team handed to him.

  • Puukko Orem Orem, UT
    Nov. 24, 2018 8:26 p.m.

    @Brave Sir Robin - San Diego, CA

    Take a walk, this is for Jazz fans only.

  • Coach Bob ALPINE, UT
    Nov. 24, 2018 8:12 p.m.

    The problem starts with inconsistent point guard play. Looks like last year was an aberration for Rubio. Royce’s development this year has also been disappointing. Probably time to make a deal and shake things up. Talent eats chemistry for breakfast.

  • marine2 kennewick, WA
    Nov. 24, 2018 6:16 p.m.

    - go get Korver.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 24, 2018 3:19 p.m.

    Snyder's obsession with analytics hurts us at times. On nights that our 3's aren't dropping, a coach needs to say "Forget analytics...let's pound inside and shoot midrange to find a groove".

  • Hoosier87 American Fork, UT
    Nov. 24, 2018 12:34 p.m.

    I haven’t watched or followed the Jazz for years - but I started to the end of last season and I’ve been religious this year. I’ll share my two cents worth:

    Rudy is FANTASTIC! It’s amazing watching the difference when he’s on the court versus off. I’d build around him (as they have).

    I’m not sold on Mitchell. I know the Jazz will pay him max dollars and try to make him into a super star. I like him , but not convinced yet.

    Now here’s the real issue. The Jazz don’t have any shooters. The NBA is all about three point shooting. Who on this team can shoot?

    I’d go recruit/draft the best shooters. And go pay Jimmer $5m a year and he’d come in a second. It’s exactly what the Jazz need.

    Fun team, just add a few shooters and that would go a long way to fixing what ailes the Jazz.

  • Alekhin Herriman, UT
    Nov. 24, 2018 12:27 p.m.

    The new rule changes have had a bigger impact on defensive minded teams. The Jazz were built on defense and now they are limited with the new rules. It will be hard for them to recover.

  • Little Andy Tremonton, UT
    Nov. 24, 2018 11:52 a.m.

    After nearly a quarter of the season gone with this record it is time to make some changes. Same starting lineup and same rotations. Won three of their games without the other teams star player. Try something new anything.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Nov. 24, 2018 11:49 a.m.

    Nothing is going wrong. It's happening just like everyone (minus Jazz fans) thought.