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
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.
Mitchell takes too many shots and Favors doesn’t take enough. If they win
at500 pace this year I’ll be surprised.
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.
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.
The reason: The Jazz rely on the 3 too much when they are hitting
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. . .
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?
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
@Brave Sir Robin - San Diego, CATake a walk, this is for Jazz fans
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.
- go get Korver.
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".
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.
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.
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.
Nothing is going wrong. It's happening just like everyone (minus Jazz fans)