** Brad Stevens on extending Jared Sullinger’s game back to the 3-point line
Well, I mean, we all know that a, you know, a 33-percent 3-point shooter is better than a 47-percent 2-point shooter, so, from long range. And I think that that’s something you have to consider, you have to factor in. He’s not there yet, but he has the ability to stretch it. He can really, you know, him and Kelly [Olynyk], for them to become the best players they can be, they have to eventually make threes at a very, very consistent level.
** Derrick Favors on his injury
It’s very frustrating, man, ’cause one minute it feels good. Soon as you go out there and play, you know, reinjure it again. You know, it’s tough, but you know, I just gotta take care of my body, listen to my body, get a lot of rest, do a lot of treatment, just get it right.
** Trey Burke on his recent shooting woes
I would say, it’s just confidence, and making sure I’m getting the, getting arch on my shot. I think a lot of my shots, you know, when I get tired, are flat. And then it’s short, and then they’re going left or right. For me, it’s just about, you know, making sure I’m getting the proper lift on my shot, and shot selection as well. I think I’m getting much better at that.
** Gordon Hayward on the most important thing the Jazz have to do against Boston
Make sure we come out and start early with a lot of energy. Especially with a team like this, try to put them away. It’s the last game on their road trip, and try to put them away early, and run them out of the gym. So hopefully, we come out with a lot of energy.
Surprising and shocking to everyone, Boler correctly used the word “Hammer!” on this play.
** Tyrone Corbin on the Jazz being the aggressors
I thought early was great, you know? You know, they showed signs that we had to get better from the last ball game we played, and at the end of the game there I thought they were a little bit aggressive and we had to respond to it. And it’s good for this young group to learn, ‘specially this time of year in the second half of the game, how teams pick up the pace defensively and put their hands on you. We gotta learn how to execute during those times.
Morgan Jeweler’s Moni Jazzfanatical’s Play of the Game
** Marvin Williams on Derrick Favors’ return
Just knowing that he was gonna suit up, you know, tonight, was a good feeling. I think that just boosted the morale in itself, just having him back, man. And Derrick’s been huge for us all year, offensively and especially defensively. So just having him back in the lineup, I think excited everybody.
** Gordon Hayward on what he’s doing on and off the floor to not press
Well, just trying to stay mentally calm. I mean, it’s easy to get frustrated, especially with the amount of games that it’s been like this for me. But we’ll see.
** Enes Kanter on the win
We felt really good out there and we had so much fun. And I’m just, we just happy that we won.
Rudy Gobert Gets Popcorned
Rudy Gobert forgot to bring donuts (as part of his rookie duties) to shootaround today.
** Gobert: I knew something was coming. I could feel it. But I didn’t know what.
** Gobert: I guarantee you that the rookies, if I’m here, the next few years, you know, they will get something too.
** Surprising and shocking to no one, Rudy’s Instagram reply to Brandon Rush has been deleted. (H/T @RxMike12):
** Gobert, asked whether he has any suspects: I’m sure it’s Rich. Jefferson…I know it’s him.
** Richard Jefferson on there being a picture of him and Andris Biedrins popcorning Kent Bazemore’s car last year: I don’t, like, honestly, you know, just because you have a prior conviction does not mean that you are guilty of what they had. (Video via KSL)
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** David Locke/Phil Johnson: You should never let the ball get stolen from behind. (H/T @swissbarker102)
** Ron Boone on Alec Burks: I just wonder what kind of body he’s gonna have, 15 or 20 years from now.
** Booner on Enes Kanter: The body ended up making contact there with Bass from the backside.
** Craig Bolerjack: The muscle of Enes Kanter!
** Boston announcer: They usually have trouble scoring but not tonight. (H/T Diana Allen)
** Booner: Derrick really didn’t want to stretch out, and I don’t blame him. You know, you never know what that hip is gonna do.
** Booner on Matt Harpring’s hair: He plays with it enough…he just uses his fingers.
** Boler: Wallace, banging down low outside Johnson.
** Booner on Jazz defense on Jeff Green: Just what they call, just smashing him over there.
** Richard Jefferson on Derrick Favors: Heck yeah. Heck yeah. You always defend when you got a big fella behind you.
To close: My good friend Max Chang (even though I’ve never met him) kicking ass in the halftime competition! H/T @UGottaLovItBaby for the video:
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: CelticsBlog.
another must (not) win game!
by spinetingler on Feb 24, 2014 | 3:26 PM reply
by Natalie617 on Feb 24, 2014 | 9:03 PM reply
Favors looks strong for dem…
we desperately need some more length to this team.
we are so undersized. (twss)
by Scuba Bleeds Green on Feb 24, 2014 | 9:28 PM
Agreed…our big guys play small….and our small guys are small
by tstorey1 on Feb 24, 2014 | 9:31 PM
Yes Yes Yes
Very exciting and encouraging score
Keep going tank!
by playdream on Feb 24, 2014 | 10:00 PM
LOL KNICKS JUST GOT KINCKS-ED AGAIN
by paolost on Feb 24, 2014 | 10:04 PM reply
Did we just allow the Jazz 59 points in the first half? man.
by paolost on Feb 24, 2014 | 10:10 PM
Jazz hitting 60%….cheaters
by tstorey1 on Feb 24, 2014 | 10:10 PM
AND OF COURSE WE DON’T GET THE BALL INBOUNDS!
by paolost on Feb 24, 2014 | 10:11 PM
Our offense just plain sucks.
by mmmmm on Feb 24, 2014 | 10:18 PM
What a joke this is
by Clintarico123 on Feb 24, 2014 | 10:12 PM
I hope the 2nd half RR goes into murder mode and just destroys the Jazz by himself. Wishful thinking.
by paolost on Feb 24, 2014 | 10:28 PM
I hate how all we do is shoot jumpers.
by Clintarico123 on Feb 24, 2014 | 10:31 PM
Why don’t other teams ever go cold against us? smh
by paolost on Feb 24, 2014 | 10:32 PM
Awful call looks like the refs are mad at Stevens
by Clintarico123 on Feb 24, 2014 | 10:32 PM
I forgot the jazz are one of the best teams in the league
by Clintarico123 on Feb 24, 2014 | 10:34 PM
……………………………. we suck.
by paolost on Feb 24, 2014 | 10:35 PM
that old guy can jump <——————— RJ
by Scuba Bleeds Green on Feb 24, 2014 | 10:39 PM
I hate him
by paolost on Feb 24, 2014 | 10:40 PM
He looks just like he did when he came into the league
Maybe his body doesn’t age?
by Celtics4Lifeee on Feb 24, 2014 | 10:40 PM
oh man THESE REFS
by paolost on Feb 24, 2014 | 10:42 PM
These refs are awful I truly hate the nba
by Clintarico123 on Feb 24, 2014 | 10:42 PM
Sheesh – the Jazz are shooting 61%.
by mmmmm on Feb 24, 2014 | 10:42 PM
Is that Derrick favors or wilt chamberlain
by Clintarico123 on Feb 24, 2014 | 10:43 PM
Total phantom foul call against Green there.
Pathetic refs are the only thing worse than the Celtic’s shooting.
by mmmmm on Feb 24, 2014 | 10:45 PM
This is disgusting
by Clintarico123 on Feb 24, 2014 | 10:46 PM
WTF is this?
by Celtics4Lifeee on Feb 24, 2014 | 10:48 PM
Really looks like a scrimmage…Jazz just working on their stylin’
by tstorey1 on Feb 24, 2014 | 11:03 PM
Moving screen if I’m rondo I punch canter
by Clintarico123 on Feb 24, 2014 | 11:11 PM
leave the ball there
lets go home
by Scuba Bleeds Green on Feb 24, 2014 | 11:11 PM
U no u stink when burkes is acting cocky around rondo.
by Clintarico123 on Feb 24, 2014 | 11:14 PM
What’s with Hayward…? Seems like he is just another Jeff green, if he gonna play like this i don’t want him
by Saeed Ghassemzadeh on Feb 24, 2014 | 11:19 PM
He’s shooting 18% in his last ten games from three.
by Clintarico123 on Feb 24, 2014 | 11:20 PM
That’s bad looool!
by Saeed Ghassemzadeh on Feb 24, 2014 | 11:21 PM
Did I just see streamers fall from the sky
by Clintarico123 on Feb 24, 2014 | 11:23 PM
Only thing worse than staying up late for west coast trips is when they lose every game
by Green attack on Feb 24, 2014 | 11:24 PM
How close were you to making a trade?
You never really know, because you don’t exactly know where the other teams’ walkaway is, and how close, you know, at some level it doesn’t matter. It’s, you know, we went through the league a few times, and we just didn’t find anything out there in the market that was compelling enough to, you know, to move our picks or move our young players, move our vets, you know, reduce our [cap] room.
You know, there were avenues, you know, in each particular area, but I think, you know, Kevin [O'Connor], Kevin just did a real good job over the years of balancing, you know, where we’re at, you know? We’ve got some very good young players, and didn’t have to take a lot of lottery teams to do that. You know, he and Bob [Hyde] and Randy [Rigby] have been very disciplined with the salary cap and you know, what am I gonna be, undisciplined to trick it up for a few games? …
I think we got something special and organic going, and we just decided that our hand was the best hand to play, you know, moving into the draft and then to free agency.
Were there thoughts to make a trade not to make the team worse, but to further development this year?
Yeah, if I felt like the development was being interrupted by the veterans we have. But you know, you just, it’s the proverbial “You can’t grow a flower amongst rocks and weeds.” And so, I feel really good about the opportunity that our young guys are getting.
And it’s a balanced opportunity, and it’s an opportunity that is being earned by those guys, not given. You know, Rudy [Gobert]‘s played some minutes of late because of Derrick [Favor]‘s injury, and you know our defensive challenges. And so, he’s had to work to, and fight for that opportunity, and guess what, our defense is better when Rudy’s on the court. And we expect that to go forward as well.
And you know, Alec Burks, you know, has had to earn his opportunity behind, you know, the veterans we’ve had the past few years. Last year [with] Randy Foye, you know, this year, [with] Gordon Hayward and Richard Jefferson, and you know, he’s earned the opportunity to be one of the better, you know, offensive perimeter guys off the bench in the league. And we expect more going forward, and you know, those steps need to be earned.
** Dennis Lindsey does not play golf.
Greats like Hakeem Olajuwon, Tony Parker and Tim Duncan were all number one offensive options from the jump. Is this always the case?
Well, I wouldn’t totally agree with that…You’ve seen John [Stockton]‘s evolution. I don’t think anybody would have said his first four years that he would’ve been a primary piece, the primary piece, however you’re looking at it. Hakeem’s development was really late-career development.*
Now, you wouldn’t ever want to bank on that when you look at, you study the historicals. It basically backs up what you’re saying, that if they’re a primary option, they’re a primary option really quick. And you know, look, that’s our challenge. …
This is gonna be tricky going forward, continuing to add young guys to our group, because if you get too many, you might like them all individually, but collectively you can’t win with ‘em because they’re all looking for, you know, the bigger prize and to get paid. …
I think [we have] an interesting mix, and certainly, we’re not perfect and certainly, we need to look for the proverbial franchise player, where it’s, you know, obvious to all of us that that’s the guy, and you know, we’ll continue to look at that while we’re developing the young players that we have. (1280)
* By Stockton’s fourth year, he was a full-time starter who averaged 15 points, 14 assists and 3 steals per game. In his fourth season, meanwhile, Olajuwon was already a four-time All-Star who led his team in minutes, points, rebounds, blocks and steals.
** Tyrone Corbin on the Jazz being 0-9 without Derrick Favors
We need all of our pieces. We talked about it before. We need everybody that we have, and Derrick is a key part of what we’re doing, and it’s a young team, man. And unfortunately for this group, if one guy seem to be out, of the key guys we have, it throws the whole rhythm off.
** Corbin, asked whether the Jazz’s defensive inconsistency is on him (Corbin) or the players
That’s on everybody. I’m not playing the game. You know, we put guys in position. The guys have to make plays. So, I mean, we have guys back there. You want me to suit up and go on the floor?
** Corbin, asked for his thoughts on Enes Kanter’s performance tonight
He scored. You know? He, you know, we, when, especially when Derrick’s out, and we wanna try and go to him more on the block. I thought he did a good job getting the ball on the block.
** Corbin, asked for his thoughts on Rudy Gobert’s game
Well, he’s getting better. He’s getting better. He’s understanding pace of the game a little bit. He have to get stronger. But he’s working and trying to focus on the things we want him to get better at.
** Trey Burke on defending outlet passes
It’s just getting back. We didn’t get back, in time. It’s not really nothing else to it. You know, when one guy shoots the ball, the other three guys have to get back. And you know, if you shoot the ball and then the guy looks for a second or two, it’s already too late. [Kevin Love]‘s just getting the ball and throwing it, so it’s just a matter of us, we have to do better, do a better job of tuning into the scouting report.
Who goes for the offensive rebound and who gets back?
Usually, whoever shoots, the other two guards [get back]. It’s the shooting guard or small forward. Shooting guard shoots, the point guard and the small forward [get back]. It’s just the other two guys that’s playing the perimeter. The bigs are usually down there fighting for rebounds. So it’s our job to make sure we got back, but we didn’t do that tonight.
** Marvin Williams on the Jazz’s defense
Obviously, when [Derrick Favors] is not back there, it’s kinda difficult for us to keep guys out of the paint.
Is there a way to fix that, scheme- or playing-wise?
No, the coaching staff does a great job of putting together a game plan for us, and I think we’re trying to go out there and do our best to execute it. But obviously throughout the course of the game, you’re gonna have breakdowns.
Are there any concerns the scheme is regressing?
Nah, I don’t think so. You know, like I said, it’s been like this all year, man…You know, we’ve won two, and lost two, and won three, lost three. It’s just part of maturing, man, and getting better.
** Enes Kanter on scoring 25 points and what was working for him on offense tonight
I’m not really worried about my scoring, you know? We just lost, we just, three straight loss…My teammates, they just trust me, that’s it.
** Phil Johnson, post-game
You simply can’t have two of your starters, Marvin Williams and Gordon Hayward, come up with 10 points, 2 rebounds, and 1 assist. You can’t win this, with the makeup of the Jazz. Those two guys did not perform tonight. And they didn’t, they really didn’t do anything. I mean, that’s just not good enough.
Random Stuff, etc.
** Congrats to Trey Burke on his second consecutive Rookie of the Month Award.
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Craig Bolerjack: You want a hot player? There he is. Mr. Love.
** Matt Harpring on Richard Jefferson: He could’ve been selfish and went up.
** Harpring: Kevin doesn’t want to bang with you all night. Plus, Boler, what happens on defense, you get tired when you bang. (H/T @UGottaLovItBaby)
** Harpring: There’s a lot of energy being used by Kevin Love to try to keep out a strong man like Kanter. And he told me before the game, when I was talking to him, he was like, “Man, I gotta guard that strong guy down there. It’s gonna wear me out.” So he knows Kanter’s gotta do his job, and wear him out.
** Boler: Barea goes inside Dieng pops the rim.
** Tyrone Corbin, post-game: Most nights we hold it in there for awhile, but we have that lapse when they really hurt you. So we just gotta keep plugging it in.
** Song title suggestion on the post-game show: “Open the Door for Love To Do More.”
To close: Nikola Pekovic chowing down.
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Canis Hoopus.
by keylimekai on Feb 22, 2014 | 9:11 PM
1-23 when Enes starts, ouch
by googoleeoottooooleeoottooooleeeatta on Feb 22, 2014 | 9:12 PM
How the heck did Miami lose to this team
by FreeDieng on Feb 22, 2014 | 9:24 PM
They scored fewer points
by davechisholm on Feb 22, 2014 | 9:25 PM
How is that possible
by FreeDieng on Feb 22, 2014 | 9:26 PM
why exactly would they have benched kanter
that dude is huge and skilled
by skott75 on Feb 22, 2014 | 9:26 PM
I’m going to hold back my excitement after this.
by Dogpile on Feb 22, 2014 | 9:34 PM
wa? Bazz plays now?
by skott75 on Feb 22, 2014 | 9:35 PM
We’re playing the Jazz, it’s like D-League
by RussianBeesnyestEenterest.com on Feb 22, 2014 | 9:35 PM
Gobert is reallllly good at being tall. Possibly top 5 in the league.
But in all seriousness he isn’t shabby
by LovinRubio on Feb 22, 2014 | 9:41 PM
I think he is #1 in the league at reaching high in the air without jumping
by Suspicious Sal on Feb 22, 2014 | 9:42 PM
Utah crowd is terrifying
by RussianBeesnyestEenterest.com on Feb 22, 2014 | 9:42 PM
by uncle rico on Feb 22, 2014 | 9:43 PM
It’s cool to see them support that crappy team so much though
by RussianBeesnyestEenterest.com on Feb 22, 2014 | 9:45 PM
Not much else out there
in terms of teams. But great National Parks.
by uncle rico on Feb 22, 2014 | 9:46 PM
good skiing too
was out there this past week and got a day in
by eshold on Feb 22, 2014 | 9:46 PM
not a great beer trip
by eshold on Feb 22, 2014 | 9:48 PM
Bolerjack telling it to Harpring
Harpring is a moron
by davechisholm on Feb 22, 2014 | 9:56 PM
If I get league pass next year, I’m definetly paying for choice of home/away feed.
These guys are shit.
by PoundFoolish on Feb 22, 2014 | 9:57 PM
I’m really surprised how often the brewer leakout works this late in the season
by skott75 on Feb 22, 2014 | 10:08 PM
it always depends on the team we play
some teams make it a point to stop and some teams are the jazz
by Suspicious Sal on Feb 22, 2014 | 10:09 PM
is the worst
by Open_Court on Feb 22, 2014 | 10:09 PM
Jazz are 1-23 in games Kanter starts
by FreeDieng on Feb 22, 2014 | 10:12 PM
[Rather lengthy discussion on the legality of sodomy in the state of Utah]
So many fouls.
These kind of games where you basically are watching just a bunch of free throws are so boring
by ballhero300 on Feb 22, 2014 | 10:39 PM
Known as @ Utah
by Airete on Feb 22, 2014 | 10:40 PM
Harp just admitted idiocy!!!!
by davechisholm on Feb 22, 2014 | 10:46 PM
what did he say?
by keylimekai on Feb 22, 2014 | 10:47 PM
Said Love is the best PF
by davechisholm on Feb 22, 2014 | 10:47 PM
by RussianBeesnyestEenterest.com on Feb 22, 2014 | 10:46 PM
ROFL at Harpring
by BG Murphy on Feb 22, 2014 | 10:46 PM
Harpring is really sticking is foot in his mouth right now
by bittenbysnakes on Feb 22, 2014 | 10:47 PM
Seriously Harpring, this is the worst possible game
to make your “he’s a great player, but he doesn’t help them win/doesn’t make his teammates better” argument.
by BG Murphy on Feb 22, 2014 | 10:48 PM
Love is trolling Harpring right now
by keylimekai on Feb 22, 2014 | 10:50 PM
by FreeDieng on Feb 22, 2014 | 10:58 PM
by RussianBeesnyestEenterest.com on Feb 22, 2014 | 10:58 PM
Triple double, you assholes!!!!,
by davechisholm on Feb 22, 2014 | 10:58 PM
the non Harpring guy sounds like he’s about to cry
by keylimekai on Feb 22, 2014 | 11:03 PM
I would cry to if I had to work with Harpring
by RussianBeesnyestEenterest.com on Feb 22, 2014 | 11:04 PM
These jazz announcers bash Love but praise Barea good lord
by mnsportswopwopwah on Feb 22, 2014 | 11:05 PM
did harpring really just list excuses for why the jazz didn’t win?
by bittenbysnakes on Feb 22, 2014 | 11:16 PM
thoughts on gobert?
can he ever be a contributor?
by eshold on Feb 22, 2014 | 11:17 PM
rather have Burke and Gobert
than Bazz and Dieng.
by keylimekai on Feb 22, 2014 | 11:18 PM
i am sure this has been brought up already..
..but who was that Jazz commentator sledging K.Love?
CHOKE ON THAT TRIPLE/DOUBLE YOU FUCKING IMBECILE!!
what a goose!
by Cyberdyne on Feb 22, 2014 | 11:40 PM
by eshold on Feb 22, 2014 | 11:40 PM
** Tyrone Corbin on Damian Lillard
He keeps coming. You know, he keeps coming for a young guy.* You know, [Trey Burke]‘s played him a couple times here, so you gotta understand, he’s down, All-Star break, spent some time with him there. And he’s a great player. Young player who’s gotten better every night out there on the floor. So it’s a great example for [Burke] to understand the work that it takes to continue to get better in this league.
** Corbin, asked whether he’s happy with his young core to this point
We’re getting better. We made some strides. You know, it’s, young guys in this league, man, you take a couple steps forward, and at times you may take a couple steps back. And that’s just, building guys in this league. And one of the things that, you know, we, the guys we have a couple years experience with, is they’re playing different roles. So how do they handle the load that they have? And I think we’re getting better in those areas.
** Tyrone Corbin on the loss
I thought the pressure in the fourth quarter, give their veterans credit…They came out right from the beginning of the fourth. We got a turnover, they got a 3-point shot, we got, made another, a mistake, and they scored on it, and they ran from there.* So, give them the credit. Their veterans took ‘em through in the fourth, and we didn’t respond to it. You know, that’s part of growing with a young group, what it takes to finish games out.**
* Re “give their veterans credit”: Damian Lillard, a second-year player, scored 14 points in the 4th quarter, including 11 straight and scoring and assisting on 16 of the Blazers’ 19 points from the “they ran from there” point.
** Re “we didn’t respond to it” and “that’s part of growing with a young group”: Just for the record, Richard Jefferson and Marvin Williams both played 7+ minutes in the fourth.
** Enes Kanter on tying his career high in points
You know, I’m just trying to do my job. You know, just trying to help my teammates, and you know, I’m, last six, eight, like, last I can remember what games, I’m just trying to be a defensive-minded player. You know, I think, that’s what more important and that’s what coach tell me do too.
** Trey Burke on whether rest during the All-Star break made a difference
I think so. You know, the rest that I got over All-Star Weekend wasn’t the type of rest that I wanted, but it was enough. And you know, I think it’s helping me out starting off this second half of the season. You know, I just gotta continue to be aggressive and make plays for others on this team.
Random Stuff, etc.
** The Andi of NBA dancers, i.e. the girl that brought a one-piece bathing suit on The Bachelor (via @utahjazz):
** People calling Alec Burks “Alex Burke”: Blazers announcer Mike Rice (H/T Blazers game thread)
** People calling Enes Kanter “Eee-nis”: Mike Rice (H/T @UGottaLovItBaby)
** People calling Trey Burke “Trey Burks”: Matt Harpring (H/T @5kl)
Unintentional Dirty Photo Machine of the Night (UDPM)
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Blazer’s Edge.
Who on Utah is gonna put up 40?
by toddthebodd on Feb 21, 2014 | 7:07 PM
Burks for sure
by JP503 on Feb 21, 2014 | 7:08 PM
Playing Utah is as forgiving as bowling with the bumpers in the gutters.
by Acab on Feb 21, 2014 | 7:19 PM
The Jazz are AWFUL on the break
by KingWes on Feb 21, 2014 | 7:22 PM
Covered wagons only move so fast.
by ParticleAccelerator on Feb 21, 2014 | 7:23 PM
gobert’s length is bothering throb
by colbymac on Feb 21, 2014 | 7:25 PM
Taking it to Gobert is not the better alternative T-Rob.
by bowdown on Feb 21, 2014 | 7:25 PM
Also Gobert’s arms are stupid long
by KingWes on Feb 21, 2014 | 7:25 PM
he has arms like that guy from the fantastic 4.
by lightskin350 on Feb 21, 2014 | 7:27 PM
Why does Burks look like Wade every time we play them?
by KingWes on Feb 21, 2014 | 7:29 PM
Man, pass the freaking ball Mo.
by ParticleAccelerator on Feb 21, 2014 | 7:29 PM
by heybabydrinkyourmilk on Feb 21, 2014 | 7:30 PM
forget about it……as soon as he crosses halfcourt…….greenlight.
by lightskin350 on Feb 21, 2014 | 7:30 PM
Yeah. It’s like dollar signs come rolling down his eyeballs.
by ParticleAccelerator on Feb 21, 2014 | 7:31 PM
I don’t think it says anything about Alex Burke in the scouting report.
by heybabydrinkyourmilk on Feb 21, 2014 | 7:40 PM
by thankyouforblaze on Feb 21, 2014 | 7:40 PM
That’s what Mike Rice keeps calling him.
by heybabydrinkyourmilk on Feb 21, 2014 | 7:41 PM
Didn’t he win a slam dunk contest?
by Blazing Chargers on Feb 21, 2014 | 7:41 PM
Garrett is a name associated with either outlaws or sheriffs
by Steve Postfontaine on Feb 21, 2014 | 7:41 PM
Kanter and Burks vs Portland = Shaq and Wade circa 2006
by KingWes on Feb 21, 2014 | 7:46 PM
HOU cut Ronnie Brewer, so he’s also available.
by thankyouforblaze on Feb 21, 2014 | 8:12 PM
Elite defender, but cant shoot
Would be interesting on the Blazers
by JP503 on Feb 21, 2014 | 8:13 PM
A tandem of Kanter and Boozer would be so cool on the bench
by KingLamarcus on Feb 21, 2014 | 8:16 PM
I wonder if Batums gas is worse than mine right now
by KingLamarcus on Feb 21, 2014 | 8:19 PM
Wish we had Paul Milsap
He would fit in perfectly; he can play both C and PF.
by G from Hawaii on Feb 21, 2014 | 8:29 PM
Tonights episode of Blazers basketball sucks.
by dpnim on Feb 21, 2014 | 8:31 PM
U-G-L-Y-. You ain’t got no alibi
by colbymac on Feb 21, 2014 | 8:31 PM
Are we playing in Salt Lake or something?
Where’s the home court advantage?
by Stryder9 on Feb 21, 2014 | 8:31 PM
lot of mormons though
by Steve Postfontaine on Feb 21, 2014 | 8:33 PM
Wow…this is just awful
by SlickRick1987 on Feb 21, 2014 | 8:35 PM
No kidding. This is the Jazz. THE JAZZ. At home!
by ParticleAccelerator on Feb 21, 2014 | 8:36 PM
Burke killing lillard. Boo
by blazermaniac32 on Feb 21, 2014 | 8:37 PM
oh FFS Burke is not that good
by KingWes on Feb 21, 2014 | 8:37 PM
if the Blazers lose tonight
they arent making the playoffs. Just my gut feeling.
You cant lose a game like tonight.
by Toll Booth Willie on Feb 21, 2014 | 8:39 PM
I don’t know what to say anymore. This is turning into one of the worst seasons just with that historic start being completely wasted like that..
I hope for the best
by RoseCityFinest on Feb 21, 2014 | 8:40 PM
Good lord is this team bad right now. This may go down as one of the biggest collapses in league history, based on their early season record.
I am hoping for a 7-8 seed at this point.
by byronirvin on Feb 21, 2014 | 8:41 PM
Finally a little spark!
by blazermaniac32 on Feb 21, 2014 | 8:44 PM
Ill bet Batum took a big dump and is feeling better.
by KingLamarcus on Feb 21, 2014 | 8:45 PM
The Jazz roster stinks!
by ferrariford2 on Feb 21, 2014 | 8:45 PM
Don’t ruin this Mo.
by ParticleAccelerator on Feb 21, 2014 | 8:48 PM
Ruin is his middle name
by dpnim on Feb 21, 2014 | 8:49 PM
No hero ball Mo.
by Blazing Chargers on Feb 21, 2014 | 8:48 PM
Come on, Mo
by SlickRick1987 on Feb 21, 2014 | 8:48 PM
Get the frak out Mo
by KingWes on Feb 21, 2014 | 8:49 PM
Mo you’ve got to be kidding me.
by ParticleAccelerator on Feb 21, 2014 | 8:49 PM
that ref needs to be hit by a truck
by TheDSpot on Feb 21, 2014 | 8:50 PM
HATED JAZZ ALL MY LIFE.
I don’t care about their current roster. Just HATE. HATE. HATE.
by oddmanin1998 on Feb 21, 2014 | 8:52 PM
WHY SHOOT THAT MO
by SlickRick1987 on Feb 21, 2014 | 8:53 PM
Mo don’t shoot
by KingWes on Feb 21, 2014 | 8:54 PM
Get Mo OUT before he loses this game.
We need this win tonight………badly.
by lightskin350 on Feb 21, 2014 | 8:54 PM
NO FOULS, geeeeeez Mo,
by thankyouforblaze on Feb 21, 2014 | 8:58 PM
How does Mo foul so much?
by axel360 on Feb 21, 2014 | 8:58 PM
if you cant defend
by philantre on Feb 21, 2014 | 8:58 PM
Mo with the obligatory foul on the perimeter
by KingWes on Feb 21, 2014 | 8:58 PM
copy and paste 4-5x game
by Carthage on Feb 21, 2014 | 8:59 PM
Tyrone Corbin lol
I expect him to be gone next year
by dpnim on Feb 21, 2014 | 9:01 PM
Hayward has the NBAs most “want to punch” face
by TheDSpot on Feb 21, 2014 | 9:02 PM
For me its Dudley or Carter-Williams
by ParticleAccelerator on Feb 21, 2014 | 9:02 PM
Seriously guys? Blake Griffin. And I like him, too
by thankyouforblaze on Feb 21, 2014 | 9:03 PM
The entire Rockets team
by KingWes on Feb 21, 2014 | 9:03 PM
Hansbrough or Westbrook
by RipCityLifer! on Feb 21, 2014 | 9:03 PM
Kevin Martin or Kenyon Martin
by Steve Postfontaine on Feb 21, 2014 | 9:04 PM
Yes to Blake Griffin and Chris Paul’s whiny face too.
by Stryder9 on Feb 21, 2014 | 9:04 PM
R-Jeff looks like a walking Starbucks Frappuccino.
Did I spell that right?
by MiledAnimal on Feb 21, 2014 | 9:04 PM
by tspured on Feb 21, 2014 | 9:07 PM
by occassia on Feb 21, 2014 | 9:07 PM
by Blazerfan72 on Feb 21, 2014 | 9:07 PM
by blazermaniac32 on Feb 21, 2014 | 9:07 PM
Mo, Mo, Mo.
by ParticleAccelerator on Feb 21, 2014 | 9:07 PM
Mo is love. Mo is life.
by ParticleAccelerator on Feb 21, 2014 | 9:10 PM
Foul us again, Jazz…
We need some MCMUFFINS
by SlickRick1987 on Feb 21, 2014 | 9:09 PM
this game proves one thing: we have no weaknesses and barring a total meltdown, we’ll sweep the Heat in the finals.
by RipCityLifer! on Feb 21, 2014 | 9:12 PM
good loss for the jazz
tanking teams always want to look competitive the first 3 qs, but make sure they lose in the 4th. Jabari Parker is meant to be a Jazz
by Toll Booth Willie on Feb 21, 2014 | 9:13 PM
Gosh, how awkward does that sound “… is meant to be a jazz”
AFAIK its correct, but it just sounds so wrong
by FearOnFig on Feb 21, 2014 | 9:15 PM
First, a little interruption from Tyrone Corbin.
Corbin was asked during practice today whether he would, in retrospect, have handled the last 30 seconds of the Nets game differently.
Maybe. Maybe. We’ll see. Maybe. I decided to go the way I did. I wanted to wait. I thought they were gonna go a little sooner, but they waited, and we fouled ‘em.
It seemed like there was a “miscommunication”* on whether to foul last night. Walk us through that scenario.
Well, you know, I mean, obviously, [the directive to foul] has gotta come from the sideline, but players should know, coming out of the timeout, coach kinda explained what was going on, what we’re trying to get. And I don’t know if they didn’t realize, you know, that we needed a foul right away.
But I saw, I know, you know, a couple guys, couple of people on the bench kinda stood up and said, “Hey, we gotta get ‘em.”** And then, the amount of time, the message was relayed, and I, you know, it was a little late, and Trey [Burke] fouled with, I think with about eight seconds on the shot clock.
And so, yeah, I think it was just a miscommunication or misunderstanding.
* More like “no communication.”
** As you can see here, this didn’t really happen.
Enes Kanter went for 18 and 10 last night, but he struggled defensively. Rudy Gobert therefore got playing time, but he struggled offensively. What was the conversation on minute distribution between those two?
Well, you know, again, it, you know, it’s one of those things where the staff and certainly coach C♥rbin is, you know, trying to figure out the best thing for us.
You know, as you said, you know, we have one guy that’s, probably his strength, if he has a strength at this point, Rudy, is, you know, his length and his defense. And Enes’ strength is really offense.
So, you know, just trying to get both of those guys to continue to improve in both areas, is what we’re trying to do. But you know, it’s a game-by-game, minute-by-minute situation, that coach C♥rbin has to make those decisions, you know, who to have in the game, and when to have ‘em in the game.
What do you hope to learn or see from your team in the last 29 games?
I’m hoping to see us, to, one, continue to get better. To continue to improve, on the small things. Continue to improve defensively. Rebounding the basketball. Our hustle game, you know, when you talk about the hustle war. Just to see us continue to fight. That’s the main thing. The effort is the main thing.
To see us continue to go out there and put forth the effort, to compete and try to win games. See if we can get better offensively, obviously. But the main thing right now is, is to see us continue to compete. Continue to see our young guys get better.
Has it been tough to keep the locker room together?
These guys are, they’ve been great. They’ve been great, and I think coach C♥rbin has done a tremendous job of keeping that locker room the way it is. As you said, he did it last year, in a different scenario. And now, on this year, you know, he’s keeping all of the guys engaged.
And I think that’s why you see, you know, a guy like Diante Garrett comes off the bench, whenever his number is called, you know, he’s ready to go. And John Lucas hadn’t played a few games, but the last time he came in, he was ready to go. So you know, I think that’s a credit to coach C♥rbin.
I think he’s done a tremendous job of keeping everyone engaged, and ready to play…I think coach C♥rbin has done a great job of really just communicating with these guys. (1280)
What it’s like in the front office before the trade deadline?
Well, it’s, this is an exciting time. And we continue, we had a very good meeting today. I appreciated, we had time with Greg and Steve Miller. Dennis [Lindsey], Kevin O’Connor, Bob Hyde and myself, Justin Zanik.
And again, more than anything, as we talked about things and talked about any kind of conversations. And the conversations to this point have been, very quiet out there. … It’s been relatively quiet as it relates to our front. Now, that could change at any time, and Dennis, and Justin are, and Kevin, are working hard, and prepared.
But more than anything, it also gave us an opportunity to get together also with Greg, and Steve, and reiterate where we’re at with our plan, with our desire, to continue to build this team. To see this young core of players continue to get experience and grow. And for us, that we realize, and that we’re taking some pain right now, but you know what, we really reinforce that we know this is the right direction that we should be going for the Utah Jazz, to really help us have the best chance of building a championship-caliber team.
And so, everything I think that we’ll be looking at, and the directions that Dennis will continue to assess, is will those opportunities, if they come along, enhance and add to that opportunity for, of going with what our plan is. And that is, is building this team, and, with the strategy that we’re in.
Are the Jazz ahead of schedule, being a .500 team since Trey Burke came back and Tyrone Corbin settled on this starting lineup?
We’ve, I think from the development standpoint, that the, has been going on, I think we’re a little ahead of schedule there…
[The young guys are] making better strides than we had initially anticipated to this point. So we feel that we are on task, if not a little ahead of it.
On Deron Williams
Deron gets associated to a certain degree with [Jerry Sloan's resignation]…
He was a young player, and I think Deron has grown a lot. Deron has now been able to recognize what he had here. The experience that he had here, the coaching staff that he had around him, for a young player, was invaluable for him. And I think he now appreciates it, more, now than ever.
Deron is a good man. Deron’s a friend of mine, and you know, I was, I watched Deron grow up in the NBA, and he’s become a very good father, a very good husband, and I think has learned a lot from, unfortunately, some of the good things and decisions he made, and some of the wrong decisions he’s made, and unfortunately, that’s life, and life in the NBA. …
Hindsight is 20-20. I think the do-overs would happen not only on that night, but I think transitional periods in people’s time, and, of the, maybe could’ve corrected things so that things would’ve changed more than that night.
But in the preceding nights of the months ahead of that, to be able to have better communication, to, better open dialogue, of really, feelings, and being able to hopefully work through issues, and talk through ‘em, on a higher matur–more mature level.
How do you hope Deron Williams and Andrei Kirilenko are received by the ESA?
We have classy Jazz fans.
I would hope that our fans would give Deron the respect of applaud and appreciation of the years, and Andrei, of what they’ve done for the, us, as Jazzmen.
And then when it comes to the battle, and once the battle begins, I don’t want anyone cheering for anyone but Utah Jazz players, because we’re out to go and win this game tonight. (1280)
No foul as the clock ticks down.
A) Tyrone Corbin’s fault;
B) Sidney Lowe’s fault, for failing to shuffle up the sideline to remind Ty to tell Trey Burke to foul (as tweeted by @Mac_Jazz)
** Tyrone Corbin, asked about his mid-season report card
We’ll talk. We’ll talk a little bit. I don’t, report cards are, whatever that means. I mean, that’s just some media guys saying we giving you a grade, and hell, you know, put ‘em on a report card. So I mean, you know, a pass or fail, whatever that means.
** Corbin, asked what he’s looking to accomplish in the remainder of the season
Continue to get better. Continue to grow this group of guys, and be as good as we can be now, and work from here.
Is there a specific aspect…?
Trey Burke and Derrick Favors photo(video)-bombing Gordon Hayward
** Andrei Kirilenko on returning to Utah as an opponent
We figure out over the years, me and my wife, you know, always when we’re land in Utah, we feel like we coming home. And it’s the same feeling right now. It’s a lot of great memories here, a lot of nice moments, and of course it’s gonna be, I’m gonna feel it for the rest of my life. No matter what.
** AK on the Jazz retiring a number for Jerry Sloan
Look, it [should have been] long time ago, there. But you know, he is a symbol of the Jazz, and, along with John Stockton, Karl Malone. You know, those three guys really represent last 20-30 years of the Jazz history. And it’s a huge deal. You know, he’s, Jerry Sloan’s the guy who made me the basketball player as I am right now, in Jazz uniform. And you know, I will never forget that. I’m very grateful for this, and I will definitely remember the time working with Coach Sloan. You know, everybody in that time was a family. Always ups and downs, you know, with a family, but it’s gonna be a lot of great memories.
** Deron Williams, asked whether he’s talked to Jerry Sloan at all
I haven’t. I haven’t, but you know, he’s definitely deserving of [being honored by the Jazz], man. You know, it’s, he’s one of the best coaches to ever do it. You know, I had a great five and a half years playing for him. You know, I learned a lot from him. You know, a lot of toughness, a lot of, mentally. And so, you know, I definitely felt blessed to come in, you know, as a rookie and spend my first five and a half years, you know, under him.
** Deron on whether he’s surprised or mystified by the reception he gets at the ESA
Not really, not ’cause of how everything went down. And so, you know, a lot of people blame me for Coach, you know, stepping down, so you know, the guys that love him, and, you know, they’re gonna see it that way.
** Deron on what it’s like playing with Andrei Kirilenko again
It’s great. Man, it’s great to have, you know, AK on my side again. You know, what he brings to a team is unmatched, you know, his energy, his effort. You know, doing the little things here and there, and definitely happy to be playing with him again. I think we have great chemistry on the floor from playing together so long, and so it’s fun playing with him.
** Trey Burke on the All-Star break
I rested up pretty well. You know, I had a great time out there. I was exhausted when I got back though, so you know, I know it was critical these last two days for me to get a lot of rest.
** Richard Jefferson on whether the All-Star break threw off momentum
No, because we focus, we were focused going into the break, and I think that kinda shows how we are as a team, and kind of, what we want to accomplish. We understand that making the playoffs is probably gonna be slim, but you know, we still feel that we can get better as a team, and as individuals.
** Tyrone Corbin on the Jazz’s post defense
We missed [Derrick Favors] a lot. I mean, you know, the guys that we have in there, we gotta do a better job. We, you know, we try and keep our big back to protect the rim for us, and we got out of position a few time…We just have to continue to get better at protecting the basket.
** Corbin, asked what he’s doing to combat late-game turnovers
What do you mean, late? Late?
Late in the game.
It happen when it happen. What do you, what’s your question?
How are you trying to combat late-game turnovers?
Not make them. Just not make turnovers.
** Corbin on whether there was confusion on the last Nets possession over whether Trey Burke should foul
Well, I thought they were gonna go quick. And they held it back, and I decided to go ahead and foul ‘em.
** Corbin on whether players are mentally affected by the trade deadline
Axe yourself. If you were on the line the next couple days and tomorrow you may have to move your family, would that be on your mind? So it’s the same thing for any player. You know, so I don’t know why you try to make it a big deal it wouldn’t be. It’s on your mind.
** Trey Burke on the Jazz’s unforced turnovers
I don’t think it was nothing they were doing, in particular. I think it was just some miscues on our part, and you know, mistakes that we can definitely control.
** Burke, asked if he was waiting for Ty to tell him to foul with 32 seconds left
Yeah, I think we were gonna play it out at first, but it would’ve been kinda, you know, wouldn’t have been enough time, so, you know, he t–he went ahead and told me to foul, and send him to the line.
** Andrei Kirilenko on the Jazz
I think [the Jazz's] young guys are very, very talented and they can play basketball. So little bit of patience from the fan standpoint, and I think next year, and the year after that, gonna be great year.
** Deron Williams on his face
It hurts. … I thought it was broken, ’cause I’ve broken my jaw before, and it felt about the same at first.
** You get a haircut, and you get a haircut, and you get a haircut!
** In contrast, this may be the most hair we’ve ever seen on Richard Jefferson.
** Matt Harpring’s hair is taking on a life of its own.
Random Stuff, etc.
** People calling Andrei Kirilenko “Drei”: Steve Brown
** If you were watching the Jazz broadcast at the beginning of second half, Matt Harpring was talking about–specifically in regards to Kevin Garnett–how sad it is to watch a player’s decline. He mentioned playing with Dominique Wilkins at the end of Wilkin’s career, and how weird it was to be playing ahead of Wilkins as a rookie, and whether it’s better to leave the game going out on top rather than playing past your prime.
Dominique Wilkins, however, remembers the end of his career a little differently than Matt Harpring. (Big hat tip to @slapfisk.)
** Marvin Williams was in a patriotic mood.