Archive for February 2009

Jazz Survive Pesky Wolves   Leave a comment

Well, that was too close for comfort… at least until the final 5 minutes, when the Wolves finally faded. The Jazz started slowly, but got a lift from Kyle Korver, who was on fire to end the first quarter/start the 2nd. Which is good, because he imploded in the 2nd half… shooting wise. (4-5 in the first half, 0-4 in the 2nd half.) Though he finished with a +33… which is amazing, because the Jazz only won by 17.

AK has been on fire as of late. Which is huge. I’d say more, but as they say, a picture is worth 1000 words… and there’s quite a few pictures there. I don’t have that many words to write.

By all accounts, Ronnie Brewer owned the 4th quarter. I don’t remember, because I was just following online. But it’s Ronnie Brewer, so I wouldn’t doubt it. He did have 16 of his 20 points in the 4th quarter. Oh, and kudos to booner for his helping the Jazz too.

The Jazz had 7 players in double-digits. The T-Wolves had 5. Only 2 double-doubles though… Deron, who struggled for most of the game, and Kevin Love… who had his at halftime! Yay for defense! Though it seems Deron always struggles against Minny.

Booze is back… kinda. Memo Okur had a bad first quarter (just 1 shot, which went in, 2 fouls, and some bad D), but finished with 25 points (4-5 from long range).

Luckily for us, ESPN didn’t have to make an excuse for the T-Wolves. Speaking of ESPN, Amar has up a post on the wwl… one including an epic tangent. Seriously.

The Jazz shot 53%, which is great. Plus 38% from downtown, and 33-38 from the FT line.
Oh, and speaking of the Wolves, they (like the Blazers & Thunder) kinda scare me. All 3 teams are loaded with draft picks, and have talented youngsters. The Wolves… they have a solid front-court duo of Al Jefferson (injured right now) and rookie Kevin Love. They also have guys like Ryan Gomes & Randy Foye (trading Brandon Roy for him still has to hurt) and Sebastian Telfair around… plus Corey Brewer (injured) and Rodney Carney (who I love using on NBA 2K7). Stop-n-Pop has a look to the kinda-near future (after the draft), and it’s not making things better. Not mention, they have a future pick of ours (the Korver trade) as well. If the Jazz catch fire, it could be the pick this year.

I’ll take the win last night though. The Jazz have now won 6 straight, and host Sacramento on Saturday.

Booze’s Return…   Leave a comment

Let’s be honest… whether we love Booze or hate him, this is huge for the Jazz. He, when healthy, makes the Jazz a much better team… both with his presence on the court, and the strengthening of the bench. No doubts about that (last years playoffs excluded).

The Jazz will finally have their preseason starting 5 on the court together today (first time all season!), and it’ll allow them to put ‘Sap back on the bench.

SLC Dunk
Siler
The Cowhide Globe
Peachtree Hoops

Booze expects to play about 5 minutes/quarter today as he tries to get back into shape.

Posted February 23, 2009 by Sujal in ATL Hawks, Carlos Boozer, Paul Millsap, Pregame Thoughts

Booze On Monday?   Leave a comment

He could be back as soon as Monday.

With Carlos Boozer expected to return tonight, the Jazz would have all 15 players on their roster healthy for the first time this season. That could leave Kyrylo Fesenko , Morris Almond and Kosta Koufos all designated for the inactive list.

Oh… poor The Koof. What did he do wrong? Other than totally school everyone in dancing, that is.

Sloan said he would consider sending all three players to the NBA Development League’s Utah Flash, though the Jazz could only send two of them at any one time.

Kinda unfortunate for Almond as well. His Jazz career might be coming to an end, and he can’t even get off of the inactive list. And it’s most definitely not due to a lack of talent… he’s got plenty of that.

Posted February 22, 2009 by Sujal in Carlos Boozer, Kosta Koufos, Morris Almond

Bryon Russell… Comeback?   Leave a comment

Ex-Jazzster Bryon Russell, him of the Stockton to Malone days, is interested in coming back. Conversations have gone on between his agent and 4 teams… the Celtics, the 76ers, the Thunder and the Suns. Interesting. The Thunder though?

“I want to help some playoff teams and get back into the game that I love,” said Russell of playing in Boston. “I work out every day. The rust part can get worked out just by playing with the fellas. I wouldn’t take away from The Big Three [in Boston]. I would love to play with them. I have nothing to prove. I want to lend a helping hand with the loss of [James ] Posey by playing defense, knocking down jump shots, and basically playing the role of a Posey. I got some life in these legs. Now that the [trade] deadline is over, I think people are looking to add a veteran on their squad. I’m hoping I can provide that.”

The Celtics really seem desperate for bench help. I’m surprised the Kobes aren’t mentioned… aren’t they talking with Cheap Shot Bob and the likes too?

Greg Ostertag… it’s time to start warming up again. Your name is next.

Posted February 22, 2009 by Sujal in Bryon Russell, Greg Ostertag

RIP LHM   2 comments


Thanks for everything.
You will be missed.

Posted February 21, 2009 by Sujal in Off-topic

Mikki Moore, Free Agents   Leave a comment

He’s a free agent now.

“I’m kind of glad that I’m leaving Sacramento because I thought that I was going to make a home here,” Moore said by phone. “Especially after having a good season in New Jersey, I thought that they wanted me and needed me here. So I was looking forward to retiring here, but it just didn’t work out that way.”

So… do the Jazz cut someone to sign him? Or not? (Doubtful, but eh… need something to blog about.)

Posted February 20, 2009 by Sujal in Mikki Moore, Rumors

Mikki Moore?   Leave a comment

Mikki Moore? He might be an option if the Kings release him.

According to ESPN.com, Mikki Moore will be bought out and released by Sacramento, which would give the Jazz an opportunity to sign him for the rest of the season for a much smaller investment than they would have made trading for him.

And more importantly…

According to ESPN.com, Mikki Moore will be bought out and released by Sacramento, which would give the Jazz an opportunity to sign him for the rest of the season for a much smaller investment than they would have made trading for him.

Bye-bye Flop or Almond?

Posted February 19, 2009 by Sujal in Jarron Collins, Mikki Moore, Morris Almond

Rotoworld On Booze   Leave a comment

Carlos Boozer (knee) is expected to return to practice on Friday.
This doesn’t necessarily mean he’s about to return to game action, though. When asked if Thursday’s game would be his last in a suit, Boozer laughed, which in some ways sums up his whole cavalier attitude (no pun intended) toward coming back from this injury. Boozer also said he doesn’t know how many practices he’ll need before he returns, but odds are it’ll be more than one or two. And there is, of course, always the possibility of a setback.

As they say… “boom, roasted”.

Posted February 19, 2009 by Sujal in Carlos Boozer

Trade Talk And Booze Talk   Leave a comment

Update: The Tyson Chandler deal has been rescinded by the Thunder. Shocking… I was even going out of my way to praise the team for the way they were building.

Starting with the ever-present Booze, well at least ever-present in the news…. not so much in the games. First, he is out Thursday, at least. Hey dude… February 17 was yesterday.

Meanwhile, from Yahoo! comes this bit

When the Detroit Pistons sheered nearly another $1 million in salary-cap space with the trade of Alex Acker to the Los Angeles Clippers this week, GM Joe Dumars further solidified his franchise as the favorite to sign Utah Jazz forward Carlos Boozer as a free agent this summer.

The Jazz and Boozer have grown tired of each other, and league executives believe Utah is more inclined to re-sign power forward Paul Millsap to a long-term contract.


In trade news… a 3-way deal of sorts. At it’s end…

Sacramento gets: Andres Nocioni, Drew Gooden, Cedric Simmons, Ike Diogu
Chicago gets: Brad Miller, John Salmons
Portland gets: Michael Ruffin

Blog a Bull, Sactown Royalty, and Blazer’s Edge have thoughts (BE already has like 3 posts up on it). The Kings get a trio of expiring contracts, plus Nocioni (who many people wanted for the Jazz once upon the time… me not included). Ruffin hasn’t even played this season, has he? He’s now been traded twice this season (both today, since I don’t think this was a 3-way, more like 2 2-team deals). Chicago gets a starting C (what about Noah?) And Salmons, who will probably end up on the bench… unfortunately for him and a lot of fantasy players.


The Grizzlies decided to thank the Kobes for stealing Pau Gasol from them last year, taking back Chris Mihm for a conditional 2013 2nd-rounder. 3 Shades of Blue.


Yesterday, it was Tyson Chandler to Oklahoma City for Joe Smith, Chris Wilcox and the draft rights to Devon Hardin. At The Hive and Welcome To Loud City. And here’s At The Hive explaining that it’s not a “give up on the season” trade. Sigh… if only it was.


Earlier Tuesday, the Kings traded for Sam Cassell. Sactown Royalty and CelticsBlog with thoughts.


And for a chuckle to end it… the Rockets owner on T-Mac’s season coming to an end…

“Daryl (Morey, the Rockets general manager) and I were talking this morning. We both discussed how great Tracy is in the playoffs. There’s very few people who have the ability to step up their games in the playoffs and he does. So we’re not looking to run away from Tracy.”

Posted February 18, 2009 by Sujal in Carlos Boozer, Rumors, trade

Quick Hits   Leave a comment

Just some quick hits while I try to recover from an anatomy test (and the lack of sleep that came with it)…

  • HOF finalists include 2 of our own… John Stockton and J-Slow. And many other famous names.
  • Do (or did) the Rockets have interest in Booze? Don’t they already have enough injury-prone guys?
  • I’ve joined the twittering crowd. Not solely Jazz related, but there’s some stuff there. Kyle Korver is also on Twitter… don’t know about the rest of the team. He doesn’t update much though.
  • No real Jazz rumors as the deadline approaches… kinda sad. Makes the weekend a bore too.
  • The Popularity Game takes place tonight or tomorrow or something… I really have no idea. And I don’t really care.
  • Nate Robinson won the Slam Dunk Contest by jumping over a person to dunk it. Déja vu?
  • Elsewhere… Terry Porter might be fired. John Paxson might step down. Vinsanity might be on the move. Amar’e feels slighted by the trade rumors. The Cavs are trying to add a big. AI got a hair cut. A-Rod cheated and pitchers reported for Spring Training… sorry, wrong sport.

Posted February 15, 2009 by Sujal in Carlos Boozer, Jerry Sloan, John Stockton, Kyle Korver

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