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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.

Minor Trades Made… None By Jazz   Leave a comment

Update: Hassan Adams has a Shaun Livingston pulled on him, as he is released just hours after being traded for.

OKC trades a big man … to the Nuggets. The trade is as follows…

Nuggets get: Johan Petro, OKC’s 2nd round pick in 2009
Thunder get: Chucky Atkins, Denvers 1st round pick in 2009

Chucky Atkins. Seriously. It’s a salary dump for the Nuggets (like the Marcus Camby trade before the season and the Cheikh Samb trade a couple days ago… both to the Clippers, no less). The team had no need for Atkins, and decided they needed a young big-man that wasn’t Samb. Atkins is making $3.2 million this year, Johan Petro is at $1.9 million.

I guess my hopes that the Jazz would add a big man took a slight blow, as I had mentioned the Thunder bigs… but I doubt they’ll trade either Sene or Swift now. The Jazz could’ve potentially made a similar trade… Mo Almond & Flop have salaries that add up to $3.1 million, and both are expiring contracts, unlike Atkins. And it’s not like the Thunder needed a PG… they’re already lacking the minutes to keep Earl Watson & Russell Westbrook happy. And both guys have 2 years left on their contract… with Westbrook being on his rookie contract (in other words, and extension can be made). In comparison to Petro, Swift’s salary (if traded) is something like $4 million, while Sene’s is $2.2 million. All 3 are in their final year, and Swift would have to consent to any trade. Even then…



In an interesting move, the Grizzlies, already overstocked with PGs, traded for Shaun Livingston & cash considerations. In exchange for him, they gave the Heat a conditional 2012 2nd round pick. And then the Grizzlies promptly waived him. So let me get this straight… the Grizzlies waived Darius Miles to make room for Livingston, traded for Livingston… and then waived Livingston. What?



And finally, the Clippers made another minor trade… after the aforementioned Cheikh Samb & cash for a conditional 2015 2nd round pick (if it’s in the bottom 5 of the round)… trading a future conditional 2nd round pick to Toronto for Hassan Adams.

I wonder if the Jazz will make a trade to improve… they not only have the available players (previously mentioned here), but also a small trade exception from the Jason Hart trade ($484,000).

Jazz Return Home, Pound Suns   Leave a comment

See, all the Jazz needed was to get off of the road. Maybe if we could petition the NBA to let the Jazz play all their games at home… nah. David Stern hates the Jazz enough to tell his refs to not call fouls when ‘Sap is hammered every play, no way he does anything to even partially help the team. I’m surprised he still lets them play 41 home games.

A solid win after a miserable 1st quarter. The 4th quarter was huge though… the team got hot, they got some solid D, and they walked out with a 109-97 win. The Jazz had a huge advantage on the boards, helped largely by the fact that the Fat Cactus only had 1 board. Yeah… 1! Just FYI… the only Jazz players (that played, obviously) he outrebounded were Flop (who totally sucks) and Koufos, who only played 4 minutes (each finished with 0 boards). On the other hand, his 5 assists would’ve been good for 3rd on the Jazz (behind the 2 PGs). The Jazz also caught breaks with Steve Nash & the Fat Cactus both in foul trouble throughout, helping overcome the 30 points from Amare.

I know there was the foul trouble (especially Nash) that killed them, but the Suns didn’t look like the Suns of last year. The Jazz zone, which they had to use whenever a certain guy with no knees entered because he can’t defend a rock, really seemed to stifle the Suns. Save, of course, the times when a player walked past No Knees and found himself open. Shaq found him too, and the Suns had 2 points. Oh, and the shocking stat (even more than Fat Cactus’ 1 rebound)… Shaq was 75% (3-4) from the line. Nice job Flop.

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Jazz Host Clippers Tonight   1 comment

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EnergySolutions Arena
7:00 PM MST
Probable starters
Hart PG Price
Mobley SG Brewer
Thornton SF Miles
Thomas PF Boozer
Kaman C Okur

Well, talk about getting lucky. One game after not having to face Hit-N-Run when hosting the Nuggets, the Jazz seem like they will be hosting a Clipper team tonight that will be without their 2 big offseason acquisitions… Baron Davis & Marcus Camby. The Jazz will yet again be without Deron Williams. Which won’t be fun.

The Clippers are coming off of a busy offseason. As listed above, they added Davis (free agency) & Camby (a “trade”). They also added Ricky Davis, Jason Hart and Steve Novak, while drafting Eric Gordon, DeAndre Jordan and Mike Taylor. On the opposite end of the spectrum, they lost Elton Brand, Corey Maggette, Shaun Livingston, Brevin Knight & Quinton Ross (among others). Yeah, this isn’t the same Clippers team that we saw last year.
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Posted November 1, 2008 by Sujal in Brevin Knight, Jason Hart, LA Clippers

Hart-less!   Leave a comment

It’s been called for by many people (including me here in pretty much every post). And finally, it’s done. Jason Hart has been traded!!!! He goes to the Clippers for Brevin Knight.

Not much else to say right now. This could potentially impact Ronnie Price’s minutes next season (if J-Slow prefers the vet as his back-up PG), and all but rules out any chance of Kevin Kruger or Tyrone Brazelton (amazing RMR, especially last night) joining the team (unfortunately). To imagine, if the team had worked faster, Shorty might still be on the Jazz.

Well, that’s one guy gone. Just 2 more to go.

I really don’t have much else to say.
ClipsNation on the trade
SLC Dunk on the trade
FLA is back, and has something on the trade as well

I guess something about Knight… he’s not much of a 3-point shooter, but he’s alright passing the ball. Which is all the Jazz will need him to do, of course. Find the open guy. The team has scorers, Brevin doesn’t need to be one of them. Of course, before any of this matters, he has to be getting time. Will he be?

Posted July 23, 2008 by Sujal in Brevin Knight, Jason Hart, trade

Dee Brown… Wizard.   2 comments

Well damn.

The Wizards (& their fans) and Jason Hart win… the Jazz (& their fans) lose. Thanks a lot LHM. “Oh my god, he might corrupt Deron.” Deron’s not 6-years old. He’s matured, he’s married. He knows what he’s doing in life. Picking Hart over Shorty for any reason (basketball or not) is plain stupid. Any owner/GM/coach with half a brain would admit their mistake and cut their losses now. But the Jazz don’t do that. Nope. They’d rather suffer their losses. Because they’re happy “coming close”. I mean… is winning it all even a goal for them? Because they’re not acting like it.
Best of luck to Dee. The NBA needs more guys like Dee (corrupting other players be damned… why aren’t the Wizards afraid of this?). I’ll miss watching the “One-man fastbreak”. Instead… we get the “One man horror show”. Fun fun fun.

Go Jazz?

Posted July 11, 2008 by Sujal in Dee Brown, Deron Williams, Jason Hart, Transaction

Dee Brown… Wizard?   Leave a comment

Well, it seems that Dee Brown has signed a 2-year offer sheet with the Wizards. The Jazz now have 7 days to match the deal, or Shorty will be a Wizard. Meanwhile, the Jazz will continue to run Jason Hart out there as their 3rd string PG… for almost twice the money (if Shorty got the minimum). I’ll let the sink in.

LHM’s fear of Shorty being a bad influence on Deron needs to go away now. How can you justify having Hart over Shorty in any way? I guess this next week will show us a lot… we’ve got 1 week in which to get rid of Hart & match the offer. That, or you’ll probably be seeing Hart as your 3rd-string PG for the next year.

Posted July 10, 2008 by Sujal in Dee Brown, Jason Hart, Transaction

Quiet Offseason… Good Or Bad?   2 comments

Well, it seems as if the Jazz are going to do very little this off-season. Hart will stay because he picked up his option. CJ will be around as long as he isn’t given an insane contract by anyone else. Booze will be the starting PF next year… even if the Jazz lose him for nothing after the season.

The team added a rookie, and that’s it. They’ll potentially call up their guys from the NBDL… though there isn’t space for everyone. That’s 15 players… so 3 of them will either have to be “inactive” or down in the NBDL.

The question is… is that good or bad? I know many people think we should trade Booze simply so that the Jazz don’t just lose him (like they lost Raja Bell a couple years back). No one seems to think the same for Okur, who can also opt out (is it because they’re more certain he’ll be back?).

Anyhow… the team is sitting still.
The Clippers have added Baron Davis.
They could resign Elton Brand, or he could end up in Golden State.
Corey Maggette could end up with the Spurs.
The Warriors are also shopping Al Harrington (for a PG?), and could potentially be offered Shawn Marion for Monta Ellis.
The Lakers will only get stronger with Andrew Bynum coming back.
The Hornets, like the Jazz, are young and will be improving. But there will be changes on their bench.
The Suns will be different. How much (and for better or worse?) is still to be seen.
The Blazers have a ton of talent, and if they put it together they’ll be dangerous.
Minnesota could surprise… or they could still suck.
Seattle Bennett’s Backstabbers still seem to be a couple of years away.
Dallas & Houston will also be in contention… and Memphis could be too if stocking up on young guards is a way to compete.

So, amidst all that happening in the West, will the same Jazz team as last year (with everyone an year older and a 19 year-old rookie added in)… a team that finished 5th in the West and was wiped out in the 2nd round due to the disappearance of a star and the philosophy that playing “physical” (aka fouling) is a great strategy (it’s not)… will that team be able to realistically compete for a championship next year?

That’s what KOC is going to have to answer. My thoughts are obvious and plastered throughout the blog. Thoughts on this? Am I being to concerned about other teams moves? Should the Jazz be looking to make a (semi-)big deal?

Kevin Kruger… Magic?   7 comments

It might not be as disappointing as this (and rightfully so… Kruger has never played for the Jazz), but it’s still a little disheartening. I mean… Kruger was down in Orem all year playing for the NBDL team. And now, he goes back to play in the summer league for Orlando… which he did last year & was the last cut in training camp.

And yet again, the Jazz brass elects to keep Jason Hart over someone else that easily fits the role of 3rd-string (at worst) PG… and fits it better (& at lower cost) than Hart. Plus… Kruger is a better shooter & a better passer. What more do you want in a J-Slow bench-warmer/back-up 2-guard? Ah… the stupidity of the “smart ones”. Refreshing at times, no?

Oh, and there’s free agency news… all over the web. And rumors plenty of them. Enjoy them… very few include the Jazz because we’re too busy finding ways to let Hart & No Knees & Flop blow games for us… and too busy finding ways to keep CJ on the bench all the time.

PS: Magic in the title doesn’t seem like the right word. “He’s a Magic.” It just doesn’t sound right. Kinda like Jazz, which is why I occasionally say type Jazz-ster. But Magic-ster doesn’t sound right either. Trickster? Help please.

Posted July 1, 2008 by Sujal in Jason Hart, Jerry Sloan, Rumors, Summer league

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Dee Brown… Piston?   5 comments

Well, this is unfortunate.

Dee Brown will reportedly join the summer roster of the Pistons, according to The Detroit Free Press.

Now, I really wish the best of luck to Shorty. But this counts as “unfortunate” because I would much rather have him playing on the Jazz as the 3rd PG than seeing him with the same position on another team. Eh well… I guess if J-Slow & KOC would rather have Jason Hart on the roster, we’re going to have to live with it.

Posted June 29, 2008 by Sujal in Dee Brown, Jason Hart, Jerry Sloan, Rumors, Summer league

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