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Moving   Leave a comment

So… I figure I might as well get this out there. Especially now that I’ve finally got a post up.

While this has been much fun, I’ve decided to move on… and join the guys over at True Blue Jazz… a greater blog than this one, though (sorry to all of them over there) the names don’t even compare. JazzMat wins, running away.

But, as I said, that blog is just a bit better than this one (understatement of the year?), and makes it easier on me. No more having to scrounge for recaps when I haven’t seen the game… I can leave that to others. Eventually, I’ll be looking ahead to the off-season (yes, before the season is over), but for now… here’s my first post, looking at the backup PG conundrum.

Thanks to all the visitors I’ve had here… hope to see you all over there. Because, as they say… the grass is always greener on the other side. (Though what if the other side is a lake? Then what?)

Posted March 21, 2009 by S S in Uncategorized

Very Late Weekend ‘Recap’   Leave a comment

A note to the Jazz team that we saw this weekend…

That’s it… no reason to talk about the craptastic 3-game stretch we had to put up with.

Posted March 16, 2009 by S S in Game Recap

Jazz, Hawks & Physicality   3 comments

Channeling my inner “Jazz are weak” side Steve Luhm

Watching the Jazz’s 100-93 loss at Atlanta on television, I once again had to laugh about their reputation as a physical team, which always seems to be discussed when opposing players and coaches are asked about Utah.

When he played, coach Jerry Sloan was tougher than a cheap steak.

When he played, Karl Malone was as physical and intimidating as any player in league history.

When he played, John Stockton was a tough and physical as possible for a 175-pound point guard.

Those days are long gone, however, and this team is not physical or intimidating. In fact, the Jazz’s lack of physical toughness is the one thing they lack that other top-tier teams possess.

As Luhm brought up…

— With 9:47 left in the second quarter, Zaza Pachulia drove to the basket and, while attempting to create some space for a layup, he hit Paul Millsap square in the face with an elbow.

— With 6:05 left in the third quarter, Deron Williams drove to the basket and had his layup blocked by Al Horford, who kicked his leg out on the play and hit Williams in the sternum with a karate-like shot.

— At the end of the third quarter, Ronnie Brewer beat the clock with a layup. Atlanta’s Josh Smith was trailing the play but caught up with Brewer as he released the shot. Smith ran through Brewer and landed on top of him as time expired. Brewer crashed to the floor and cut his lip.

Yeah… ‘physical’ doesn’t begin to describe the Jazz.

The Jazz are off again tonight, before looking to start a new winning streak with a back-to-back in Miami (tomorrow) and Orlando (Sunday).

Posted March 13, 2009 by S S in ATL Hawks

Deron Named Player Of The Week   Leave a comment

Though it’s not the Player of the Month he deserved last month, Deron did get Player of the Week honors for the past week for the Western Conference. He averaged 25.3 ppg and 11.3 apg in the 3 games, and came up huge at the end of all 3 games in leading the Jazz to wins.

Posted March 9, 2009 by S S in Awards, Deron Williams

First Place!   Leave a comment

Sacramento 114, Denver 106

Thank you Kings!!!

Of course, it’s not a guarantee to last (the Jazz have one of the tougher schedules amongst the Western Conference playoff teams), but still… you take what you can get. And first place is always nice. Especially with the way the first round shapes out if the playoffs started today…

(4) Utah (40-23)
Games remaining: 19 (7 Home, 12 Away)
vs. +.500: 12 vs. Div: 4
(5) New Orleans (39-22)
Games remaining: 21 (9 Home, 12 Away)
vs. +.500: 11 vs. Div: 7

Jazz lead 2-0
Jan. 7: at Jazz 116, Hornets 90
Feb. 21: at Jazz 102, Hornets 88
April 5: Utah at New Orleans

Posted March 8, 2009 by S S in SAC Kings

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.

Dear Booze…   Leave a comment

Please return. Now!

The more time you miss, the more we have to see of Flop (until J-Slow wakes up, which sadly will probably be never). And as he proved today, he sucks.

Posted March 8, 2009 by S S in Carlos Boozer, Jarron Collins


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