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Jazz Get Past Raptors With Huge 4th   Leave a comment

Yet again, the Jazz had a really bad quarter. This time, they changed things up though, playing solidly in the first before sucking it up in the 2nd. I guess that happens when you turn to your bench and bring in a line-up of Flop, Harding & Knight. Flop has to be the worst player in the league, or right up there. And that’s counting all 2nd-round rookies this year, and all NBDLers that have been called up and even Jason Hart. Harding has been sucking it up for the past couple of games, and that continued. Brevin brings a veteran presence that the team probably needs. He also brings a terrible jumper, overconfidence on his own jumper, the innate ability to cause the offense to stall immediately, and more. Combine the 3 of them with AK (who loves to drive into the post all wild-like and then dish off to Flop) and Korver, and you’re going to have a hell of a time. In a bad way. By the way… passing to Flop should be an offense punished by immediate benching. Luckily for the Jazz, AK & KK carried the Jazz bench, scoring all 38 of the bench points. The rest of the bench (aka the other 3 guys already mentioned) went 0-5 with 3 assists, 1 TO, 4 fouls and 0 points.

Fortunately for the Jazz, Deron, Okur & ‘Sap (getting another start for the Injury Magnet) played well, overcoming off nights from CJ & Brewer, and teaming with AK & KK to lead the Jazz. Deron had 25 & 9, taking over late yet again. Okur couldn’t drain a trey, but went 9-17 for 19 & 11. ‘Sap finished with 18 & 11. Brewer had only 4 points on 6 shots (though he did throw in 5 assists), and CJ had 5 on 5. Truthfully, the game was ugly throughout, before the Jazz finally woke up late. They outscored the Raptors 28-14 in the last quarter, largely due to playing D and having the Raptors miss their jumpers. It ended up being enough, as the Jazz got a road win, something that we’ll take no matter who we’re playing.

Meanwhile, for the Raptors… Chris Bosh had 30 points & 10 boards (before choking?). Jose Calderon had 10 & 11, Anthony Parker had 16 & 11, Bargnani had 20 and 8, and The Matrix was held to 8 & 8. By the way, the caption to the picture is kinda telling for the Raptors. As are the polling results on the home page.

Here’s how the Jazz extended their streak to 11 games.

I’m not a big fan of the bench, outside of the top 3 (top 2 if the Injury Magnet turns on). Well, I like The Koof, but he gets less time on the court than the guys making mid-court shots for money. And Fesenko & Almond, but they’re both in the D-League right now. That leaves the top 3, the next 3 (mentioned above), and Ronnie Price. If this team is really dependent on anyone behind the top 3 for production (which they are, especially with Injury Magnet out), they’re in trouble. If the Brev Brev/Price duo has to play more than 5 minutes (well, just Brev Brev because J-Slow all of a sudden hates Ronnie Price), they’re in trouble. If Flop hits the court, they’re in trouble (and my TV is off if the game is on, but that is irrelevant). If Harding gets called on in any game that isn’t against the Spurs/Nuggets/etc., they’re screwed. I know this is true for most teams beyond the first couple of guys, but given the way injuries are hitting, the Jazz have to be prepared. Turning to Flop & Harding does not equal prepared. If you enter a playoff series against the Lakers/Spurs, and put Flop on the court, you will be laughed out of the building. And eventually run out of it as well.

This whole spiel is probably irrelevant now, given that the big FAs (like Drew Gooden and Joe Smith and Mikki Moore, etc.) have all signed, and the deadline to add players that can play in the playoffs (or something like that) has passed, but still… how the team can leave Flop on the roster and not go try to get someone that can help is beyond me. Hopefully it doesn’t come back to bite us in the backside…

That said, the Jazz won. Guess we might as well enjoy that. The last 5-game-Eastern-Conference-road-swing is underway, and the Jazz have a 1-0 start. Things could definitely have been a lot worse… and it seemed like they would be until 12 PM MST, when they finally woke up (they = Deron, it seems). Up next… the Pacers.

Houston, This Time You Have The Problem   Leave a comment

Okay, not really… both teams played well, but Deron took over late, and there’s no stopping him when he feels it. The game was close throughout, with both teams losing their starting center to foul trouble in the 4th.

The stars? Deron & Brewer yet again. They came up especially huge late. Deron finished with 26 & 14, Brewer had 19 & 4 steals. Oh, and Okur had 16 & 8 before fouling out.

How about AK and his assist of the night?

AK finished with 6 points, 4 assists & 3 rebounds in an off night.

Speaking of off nights, want to know who didn’t have one? That’s right… Booze was feeling it, finishing with 20 & 17 (!). He also had a team high +/- of +15.

Deron was amazing. CJnot so much. He’s gone MIA as of late… coinciding with the return of Booze? He finished 1-6 for the game, with 2 points. His stats offensively since Booze’s return… the first 2 games, when Booze was playing minimal minutes, he was 4-10 (8 points… in 12 minutes!) and 6-10 (15 points). Since then though, he’s gone 2-6 (4 points), 1-5 (2 points) and 1-6 (2 points). Save for the 15 point game, his minutes are hovering near 20 right now (on the lower end), almost 4 minutes lower than his season average.

Booze played well, the bench didn’t, and the Jazz won. Korver only had 2 points, and Harding & ‘Sap each had 4. Luckily the team shot well (50%) and was perfect from the FT line (17-17). Speaking of the FT line (and therefore fouls), the Jazz were called for 11 more fouls and the Rockets shot 15 more FTs. And yet the Rockets fans were complaining. Quite simply, well… first, they should’ve made their FTs (24-32). And second, as sad as it is, in this day and age, the NBA allows flopping (and rewards for it)… so it’ll continue. There were flops on both sides (each center ended up fouling out because of them… depending who you ask). Also, it’s stupid when refs that can’t see the play (behind it all) blow the whistle. Leave it to the guys that can see the play!

Unrelated to the game, but why is the ‘pro-hop’ not an up-and-down or something like that? And speaking of that, you might as well toss out the rulebook, because the refs don’t follow it. Making it even easier for them to help the ‘superstars’… which is highly stupid. Quite simply, the call should be the same whether it’s Kobe or Flop. If it’s a charge on one, it’s a charge on the other. Reaching in? Check. Blocking foul? Check. Anything.

Contract year issues. I think Fesenko, Almond & The Koof (not in a contract year) should all be playing more. If not with the Jazz, then in the NBDL. Taking Flop off of the 12-man roster hurts the team in no way.

The Jazz “are going streaking”, having won 9 straight as they get ready to host the Nuggets (coming off of a win against the Blazers yesterday) tonight. FYI… if you watch the video, you see more of Will Ferrell than you’ve ever wanted to see.

Whiny Little Girl (not so little) obviously went off on the officiating. How dare they call a foul on him?!? That said, this ‘preferential treatment’ is just pathetic and stupid. Oh, and he’s over the back on almost every one of his boards… he’s lucky they aren’t calling that.

If my review isn’t long enough for you, The Dream Shake has you covered. Profanity included. If you want the profanity but not the length, The Dream Shake is there too. Seriously, it seems like they’re closet Jazz fans, given how much time they devote to “hating” the Jazz. Oh, and the sites not only have profanity, but also a lot of ‘Utah sucks’ (to state it nicely) and some anti-Mormon sentiment. Because obviously all Jazz players are Mormon. I’ve never seen how saying “F*** Utah” or “Utah sucks” or “How are your wives?” adds anything to a sports discussion, but eh… I guess that’s all they know. Sad, really… the NBA almost gives us all something to bond over (like hating the Kobes & Celtics and all), but some people would rather not. Eh. Anyhow, enough of that off-topic thing…

Speaking of the Rockets, the game’s “surprising explosion against the Jazz D” was Kyle Lowry. Last time Von Wafer, this time Lowry. What?

Up next, the Nuggets…

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

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

Jazz Roster Ranking   3 comments

BBJ over at SLC Dunk has this thing going where he’s ranking Jazz players from #15 to #1, with the following criteria…

Where I’m going with this is that I’m going to apply the same principle to the current Jazz roster. If you were an editor (GM) and had to start chopping off players, who would be the first ones to go?

We all know the players that are at the top and bottom of this list. The interesting thing will be to see when the axe falls for everyone in between.

There aren’t really any rules set in stone that I’ll go by. But I’ll take into account things such as stats, salaries, chemistry, team need, and whatever else I come up with. For the sake of this column, we’ll assume that everyone in the league has 15 players on their roster and that they’re having to make the same cuts.

If rosters were suddenly cut to 7, who would you want? If rosters were 5, who would you want? And so on. 3. We’ll also assume that everyone’s healthy.

His #15 to #11 can be found here, and #10 to #6 can be found here. I decided to partake, though without separating it into 3+ well thought out posts. Instead, I have 1 post with 1 sentence explaining my thoughts (at least partially). For those that know my thoughts about the Jazz, some of the rankings might be a bit of a surprise, but it’s how I seriously see it right now. (My list below)

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Houston 108, Utah 99   Leave a comment

Houston, we have a problem.

Actually, we have more than 1, as the game showed.

Despite getting 20+ point performances from 3 players (Deron with 32, Brewer with 23 & ‘Sap with 20), the Jazz never really threatened, and the TMac & Crazy Pills less Rockets walked away with the home win. Of the many problems that popped up…

  • The Jazz had only the 3 aforementioned players in double-digits. The Rockets had 5.

  • The Jazz bench got 8 points total, from 4 players. Of the 4 Rockets bench-players to play, 2 of them had more than 8. Each.
  • Okur was 2-13 from the field. Ugh. And he only had 1 assist, meaning that he wasn’t passing it very often.
  • CJ was just 3-8 from the field.
  • Korver was 1-7. No Knees, who didn’t need to play considering that TMac & Crazy Pills were both out, was 1-4. Plus the Jazz played him at the 4 a bit, which is just stupid. Knight jacked up 3 jumpers, and missed them all. Lot of confidence for a guy that’s biggest negative was his inability to make the jumper.
  • Flop was the first guy off of the bench (Flop!), and he only played 5 minutes. Why not bring The Koof off first? And why not bring Fesenko along… he’s a better option than Flop most of the times anyways. Flop missed 1 shot and had 1 TO in his 5 minutes. The Koof, on the other hand, had 4 points (2-3 shooting), 2 boards & 1 assist in 13 minutes.
  • The Rockets were draining treys, going 11-24 from deep. That includes a 5-7 night from Rafer Alston (seriously!) and a 3-5 night from Von Wafer. Um… defense? Wafer lit CJ up early and often.
  • The Rockets shot 60% from the field in the 1st quarter, and 46% for the game. And that would’ve been much higher if Aaron Brooks & Shane Battier hadn’t gone 1-9 from the field (0-4 from long range). Each! That’s just weird, by the way.
  • Late, with the game over… the Jazz were still fouling. And Wafer went in for a dunk despite the game being over, SOB. And J-Slow didn’t play Almond, despite him being a Houston guy. Kinda like when J-Slow refused to play Shorty in Chicago, despite it being a blowout. No wonder some fans out there hate him… I know its all about winning (which he’s never fully done, by the way), but still, when the game is over (either way), why not let the fans see a hometown guy?
  • The team really missed AK. And it’s obvious where not having Booze hurts… the bench is absolutely pathetic right now.

It might be time to make a trade… either to get some help on the bench (because our guys aren’t cutting it), or to get a 2-guard with a jumper (shifting Brewer to the 3 and CJ to the bench). Because this isn’t working. And Booze won’t be back for a while… his return won’t mean sh!t if the Jazz keep playing like they are right now. Especially with the stretch they have coming up.

Oh, and then there’s the whole LHM thing. Really sad.

Jazz Pound Pistons   Leave a comment

Solid win for the Jazz, as they win 99-82 on their home floor. They really helped their chances by shooting 53.5% from the floor, to 35.9% for the Pistons. It was enough of a blowout for Flop & Mo Nuts to get some action. Koufos, AK, Brewer & Price all had solid nights; ‘Sap saw his double-double streak end while playing only 22 minutes, and Deron still can’t buy a shot.

Player of the Game
—> Mehmet Okur: He absolutely dominated his former team yet again. He scored the first 8 Jazz points (and 11 of the first 14), and finished with 15 points in the first quarter on his own. He finished with 22 and 6, and went 8-9 from the field, including 3-3 from the 3-point line. He didn’t even attempt a FG in the 2nd half, due to a combo of foul trouble & blow-out benching-ness.

Jazz/Pistons Tonight   Leave a comment

The Jazz host the Pistons tonight… some quick things…

Still no news on the Booze injury, and Ronnie Price is going to start at the 2-guard instead of Morris Almond, as had originally been rumored.

The Pistons are coming off of a win last night in Denver (before that, a win in Clipperland and a loss in Portland), as they finish off their 4 game road swing tonight. They could be without Rip Hamilton & Rasheed Wallace… though they have won 8 of 9 without the 2.

That’s it really.

Detroit Bad Boys
Need4Sheed, with a mention that Rodney Stuckey could be out as well.

Almond Likely To Start   Leave a comment

Well, CJ is doubtful to play tomorrow night against the Pistons, and Mo Nuts is first in line to replace him.

“I don’t have a problem starting a guy that hasn’t played,” Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said, adding, “He’s playing a lot harder here in practice, and that’s one of the things he had to work on.”

Talking about the leap from the inactive list to the starting five, Almond said: “I’m getting used to it. That’s how quick things change in this league, so you’ve just got to make sure you stay ready.”

Mo Nuts last started a game on December 13 (v. Orlando), where he went 2-8 for 5 points. Seems like he’ll replace CJ just perfectly.

Meanwhile today is January 9th… aka the day that Booze has surgery. The Jazz are still awaiting the results.

Posted January 9, 2009 by Sujal in Carlos Boozer, CJ Miles, Morris Almond

Another Game, Another Injury   Leave a comment

Well, it was bound to happen. The one starter who hasn’t missed a game this season (seriously?) manages to get hurt.

Miles suffered a moderate sprain of his right ankle and left the arena in a walking boot. He had to be helped off the court, but did walk to the locker room, which Williams said was something he couldn’t have done after his injury.

If CJ misses any time, Mo Almond would get his shot at starting.

Posted January 8, 2009 by Sujal in CJ Miles, Injuries, Morris Almond

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