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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.

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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Cleveland 102, Utah 97   Leave a comment

In a recession, everyone suffers with money problems.


This might as well be a copy-and-paste from the Rockets game. Double-double for Deron (17 & 16) and ‘Sap (24 & 15), and not much else. Two others hit double-digits last night… Korver with 15 and Tonya Harding (read this) had 11. The Koof had 7 points on 3-9 shooting, Fesenko got time (where was he against Houston?) and 2 points… and a slap of LBJ (“The King” if you ask the NBA). King Jackass, if you ask me. I second what clarkpojo said in the game thread at SLC Dunk…

Before this season, I really really liked him. He had a certain humility to him, actually. But his ego has been huge this season. I started getting super bothered when he wouldn’t admit that he travelled against the Hornets and called the “crab dribble”, a move that has been around for about 50 years, his move. He is trying to be a little too big now.

Nails it on the head… and shows what’s wrong with the NBA… because the NBA is letting him get away with it all.

Okur struggled again… going 1-9 from the field and 0-4 from long range. I don’t know what’s up with him, but we need the Okur that went off for 43 points back. And now.

Other Notes
The second unit really kept the team in the game… Sideshow Bob had 5 fouls, and was killing the Jazz early, but when push came to shove, the Jazz stopped attacking the middle (3 FTs in the 2nd half) and settled for jumpers. At some point, don’t you have to attack the middle? Of course, I guess getting very few calls in your favor early (when they attacked, or when James charged over them) kinda limits your desire to attack. Plus you have ‘Sap, who rarely gets a call when he’s hammered… The Cavs were 10-27 from downtown. Um, defense?… Why no Ronnie Price? For all the awesomeness earlier, Brevin Knight has really been struggling of late.

The Jazz have another game tonight (in Denver). A home/road back-to-back, with airplane problems keeping them in SLC longer than expected. If you were someone who thought the Jazz should trade for Michael Redd, it’s not happening this year. Really unfortunate for the Bucks.

Jazz In Dallas Tonight   Leave a comment

Back-to-back games suck. Especially when I have work the day of.

Let’s see… the Jazz won yesterday in front of a very small crowd, needing some solid play late after almost blowing a relatively big lead. The Koof seems to have lost his spot in the rotation (due solely to the fact that he’s a rookie, of course… because his play has been solid) to Flop (uh oh)… Ronnie Price went from starter to DNP-CD… Korver is back out of the dog-house, and Flop made his first basket of the season last night. Oh, and Okur’s shot is MIA since the Pacers game. If you want some more bad, Deron had 8 TOs last night. That has to stop.

As for tonight…

  • The Mavs will be short-handed after their trade yesterday.

  • The Mavs have lost 4 straight games.
  • Dirk the Jerk hates the Jazz.
  • The Jazz are playing the 2nd half of a road-road back-to-back. Take what you want from that info.
  • Mark Cuban, hilarious. Too bad the MLB won’t let him buy the Pirates… and too bad all the other owners are scared out of their minds by a owner that actually cares about his team.

That’s that.

Pacers Come To Town   Leave a comment

Update: ‘Sap is out tonight. The Jazz offensive rebounding stat will be sure to take a hit. As will the Jazz interior offense. AK will get the start.

The Pacers come to town tonight, looking for a happy ending to a 5-game road trip that really hasn’t gone very well so far. They were blown out at Denver (135-115), and then after beating the Suns 113-110 on a buzzer beater, they’ve lost 2 straight close ones… falling to the Kobes 121-119, and then losing to the Dubs 120-117 last night.

Quick notes…

  • Yet again, Ronnie P. will get the start for CJ. It almost seems like J-Slow read this, and decided to go ahead with it… without making any transactions. I don’t know if that’s good or bad.

  • Empty The Bench joins the debate raging in Utah‘Sap or Booze? To note, if it’s one or the other… I completely agree with ETB. And important to keep in mind…

    It’s also hard to imagine Millsap, who will be represented by his uncle Brendrick Simmons, commanding the same asking price as the more high-profile Boozer. In fact, the difference in their projected salaries figures to be in the $4+ million per season range. Utah could use that money to shore up their bench up front or bring in another outside shooter or backup ball-handler. And while Boozer is undeniably more skilled on offense at this point, Millsap may have the greater upside being four years his junior. Millsap has already proven a superior defender.

  • News of Booze finally arrived. If you care, click the link. Because I really don’t. Just know this…

    Given the timetable, two Jazz players privately said they didn’t expect Boozer to return until after next month’s All-Star break.

  • It seems like the Pacers don’t like defense. Will someone on the Jazz go off for 25? And will this be a shootout, like your usual Warriors game, or will the Jazz play solid D and keep it relatively low scoring?
  • Some Pacers/Jazz trade ideas here and here. I’ll have to pass on both of those.
  • Another Jazz trade idea here, this time with the Clips. Again, no thanks… though the idea of Marcus Camby in the middle is kinda nice.
  • Indy Cornrows for your Pacers talk (the game thread is currently at the top).
  • Deron has been sick as of late, but practiced and will play tonight.

The Pacers feature ex-Blazer Jarrett Jack starting at PG, just in case you cared. I don’t know why you would, but eh. I might as well mention a couple of Pacers, no? They also feature Danny Granger, who has been solid this year (at worst). That said 50 points seems unlikely. Just ask SLC Dunk. Oh, and they feature Roy Hibbert, someone who the Jazz were really interested in as the draft rolled around. It didn’t work out, as Hibbert went a lot higher than expected, and the Jazz ended up with The Koof, who has been solid this year in the little time he gets.

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.

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