Chinese Basketball Association named Lester Hudson as MVP of the 2013/2014 season. He had a terrific year with Xinjiang Flying Tigers averaging 26 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game. Sportando
I thought he could have helped the Jazz especially at the beginning of the year when Burke was out. He made more sense than Tinsley with his ability to shoot and defend.
Jazz are now 1-22 when Marvin Williams doesn’t play 20 minutes. Problem is Marvin doesn’t seem right and I am not sure how Tyrone can get him 20 plus minutes right now
He's inconsistent. They really want him back? Only way I'd have him back was on a one year contract coming off the bench on the cheap but than what happens with Evans?
Gordon Hayward continues to play very well on this trip. He is not a vocal leader. But he might be making a statement of leadership with his consistent play right now. He is staying engaged in the game. He is battling through every possession. His defense was terrific on Camelo for the brief time he was guarding him. He was very aggressive going to the basket. He hit his shots both 2 and 3’s and he finished at the rim. Solid effort 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists.
It seems to be Gordon has stopped trying to be the #1 option and feel the burden of being the go to guy and is just playing. He looks more comfortable, his shot selection is better and he is playing much better.
Good. That's the player he is not the go to guy.
Thru 3 quarters the Jazz were 3 of 20 from 3. Trey was 1 for 10 and 0 for 8 from 3 and Marvin was 1 for 7 and 0 for 5 from 3 at that point of the game
That's ridiculous! Take it to the hole. Pass the ball. Something other than continuing to throw up bricks.
One play summed up the game. Jazz went to Favors on the left block being guarded by Chandler. For some reason that I don’t know the Knicks decided to double Favors. Favors makes the easy pass out to Burke who is wide open because his man went to double and the Knicks didn’t rotate at all. It was a terrible defensive play. Just terrible but Trey came up short on the 3 and it lead to a easy bucket on the other side. When the other team is awful you have to take advantage.
Knicks were last in the league in points in the paint, last in the league in fast break points and last in the league in free throws. They got 15 fast break points,
Over the last 15 games the 76ers have had worst run of any team in NBA history. The Jazz have to show up and play an inferior opponent tomorrow.
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After the Bucks game maybe the Jazz can continue their losing ways!
Back in October, Lindsey warned that he wouldn’t respond to queries about Corbin’s next contract the entire season after answering one question about it at media day.
“The Miller family is known for their support for players, of coaches, of management. We’re going to stand by our record,” Lindsey said at the time. “I think as you guys have seen with Coach Sloan, the internal promotion what we did last year and support of Ty and the staff with the Raja Bell situation, coaches here are very well-supported. Beyond that, the Miller family and the management team, we’re not going to comment past that point.”
Interesting comments there. Sloan certainly had the support. See how much Ty gets from the new GM.
Utah Jazz center Andris Biedrins hadn’t seen playing time in a while. His last minutes (two of them) came in mid-December against the Miami Heat.
But on Wednesday, the veteran center was moved to the inactive list for the first time this season for a reason other than injury or illness — and it could mean more opportunities for forward Malcolm Thomas and guard Ian Clark.
"We will get a chance to look at some more things going forward," Jazz coach Ty Corbin said after Friday morning’s shootaround at Madison Square Garden. "That’s not saying we’re doing anything other than continuing to try to develop this group of guys. But we want to see where guys are, see what we have, and see where we go from here."
Thomas and Clark have regularly been listed as inactive, watching games from behind the bend, dressed in suit coats.
On Wednesday, Thomas got the nod in place of Biedrins, and though he did not see time on the court, the forward from San Diego State senses an opportunity.
"Very anxious," he said of awaiting his time on the court. "I’ve been working hard on just staying positive and waiting for my turn. It seems like it’s coming now. I just have to be ready when my name is called."
If that happens Friday as the Jazz look to end a four-game losing streak against the struggling New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden, it would be his first action in seven games.
Thomas has played in three games, logging a total of 17 minutes and scoring four points, since being waived by the Spurs and claimed by Utah earlier this season.
Clark, who turned 23 years old on Friday, is in a similar situation. The undrafted rookie out of Belmont has averaged 8 minutes in the 12 games he’s played this year. His last time on the court came Feb. 1 against the Clippers.
"It’s difficult," he said of the lack of playing time. "Anybody who’s been in my position would say the same thing. You just find ways to deal with it. My way is to not worry about it and just keep working."
In practice, Clark, a 6-foot-1 shooting guard, has been working on his ball-handling and play making, hoping to market himself as a true combo guard.
Thomas, a self-described energy and hustle guy, is honing his jump shot while still exhibiting the skill set that got him signed by the Jazz earlier this year.
"I feel like I’m 19, 20 out there because I have so much energy," he said. "I’m just ready to go all the time."
“I can't speak for everybody else,” Jazz co-captain Derrick Favors said, “but as for me, I'm just really (ticked) off right now about the performance and losing the way we've been losing.”
Good to hear he's not hapy about it anyway.
The Jazz’s way of losing of late summed up: a lot and by a lot.
The Knicks improved to 23-40, although they looked like a potential playoff contender while dropping the Jazz to 21-41. OK, let’s not go crazy here. Sparked by Carmelo Anthony’s 29 points, New York resembled a team willing to fight for the eighth seed in the top-heavy Eastern Conference.
And the Jazz?
They looked like April 16, the final day of the 2013-14 season, can’t get here soon enough.
Utah trailed 39-22 after the first quarter and was down by 32 points at one point. The Jazz have now lost five straight games on this road trip, which mercifully ends Saturday night, by a combined 89 points.
This rebuilding team’s struggles have been so extreme while losing to the Cavs, Bucks and Knicks by 20 or more points the past week, flat-out tanking Philadelphia’s management might be scared to death that the Sixers, losers of 15 straight, could lose to the Jazz in a watch-at-your-own-peril matchup.
“We can’t go back in the past,” Jazz rookie point guard Trey Burke said after his four-point, 2-for-12 shooting night. “We’ve just got to move forward, learn from the losses and just keep playing hard.”
Shooting better than 41 percent and losing the turnover count 19-7, things the Jazz did, would help, too.
Scoring more than 22 points in a quarter, something the Jazz didn’t do, would also be helpful.
And then there was that wretched first quarter during which Utah watched Anthony score 18 points and the Knicks hit 70 percent of their shots while taking a soul-zapping 17-point lead.
“To give up 39 points in the first quarter on the road is difficult to overcome,” Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said.
It was enough to change the conversation back to Latvian basketball instead of Utah hoops.
Speaking of which, Biedrins explained that only one other Latvia athlete has ever played in the NBA. That was Gundars Vetra, a 6-6 swingman who appeared in 13 games for the Minnesota Timberwolves back in the 1992-93 season.
Biedrins also pointed out that a Latvian was drafted last June in the second round. However, 6-7 swingman Janis Timma was later cut after being the 60th pick of the 2013 draft.
“That’s it,” Biedrins said. “I don’t have any other Latvians. I’m here alone.”
And you might never see an NBA court again though I'd think there would be interest in him in the off season. He can rebound and defend.