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Old 05-22-2007, 10:33 PM   #1
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Default Why is Utah's defense worse than Phoenix's?

Man, I swear that Phoenix played better defense. Yet Utah is supposed to be the more "physical" team?
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Old 05-22-2007, 10:37 PM   #2
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Default Re: Why is Utah's defense worse than Phoenix's?

When the Suns are focused they are one of the better defensive teams.

Nash
Bell
Marion
Amare
Thomas

Without a doubt a great defensive line-up.

Utah is very good at rebounding, and defensive rebounding, but in terms of interior defense they have no shotblocker outside of AK, and AK/Harpring/Giricek get burned badly by guys with good footspeed.

also, the Spurs are just hot as hell right now.
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Old 05-22-2007, 10:39 PM   #3
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Where's da hard fouls? Utah, gimme something!
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Old 05-22-2007, 10:40 PM   #4
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Default Re: Why is Utah's defense worse than Phoenix's?

This isn't news they gave up more 50 pt games than anyone. Weak inside defenders, weak guard defenders (Fisher's not bad but not at SG). AK is a roamer he would be a good defender a team full of good defenders. And as has been stated, Suns have nice individual defenders
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Old 05-22-2007, 10:40 PM   #5
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because the Suns have good defensive players at every position except the least important defensive position (PG).
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Old 05-22-2007, 10:40 PM   #6
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Suns defense is under-rated. they have 3 awesome defenders: raja, marion, and kurt thomas.
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Old 05-22-2007, 10:45 PM   #7
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I dunno what it is, Utah's defense looks almost as bad as my Lakers
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Old 05-23-2007, 12:50 AM   #8
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Utah is very good at rebounding, and defensive rebounding, but in terms of interior defense they have no shotblocker outside of AK, and AK/Harpring/Giricek get burned badly by guys with good footspeed.

exactly
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Old 05-23-2007, 12:58 AM   #9
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Old 05-23-2007, 12:59 AM   #10
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Default Re: Why is Utah's defense worse than Phoenix's?

I also think that Spurs are just better prepared. Remeber that Utha has not really played togheter at this level in a long time
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Old 05-23-2007, 01:11 AM   #11
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Default Re: Why is Utah's defense worse than Phoenix's?

It depends on the team the jazz are playing... If they play a shooting team like GS, their defense looks great because they are so good at rebounding. But if they play a team like the spurs, their weakness in defense is easily exposed. As much as i love the jazz, i have always known that they have some weak inside defense. Boozer and memo just can't block shots like other centers and power forwards in the league.
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Old 05-23-2007, 01:12 AM   #12
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Default Re: Why is Utah's defense worse than Phoenix's?

its not so much that the suns defense is better, its that their offense keeps them in close games. that is why the games looked competitive. utah doesnt have the scoring capability besides boozer/williams. when the other players struggle like they are doing, then its hard for utah to stay in the game. on phx, anyone of those guys could knock down big shots time and time again.

Phx also does a better job in the passing lanes.
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Old 05-23-2007, 02:18 AM   #13
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Boozer and memo just can't block shots like other centers and power forwards in the league.

I'll give Okur some slack, because he's not quick, athletic and doesn't have an especially long reach. Okur could be better night in an night out though, he could learn to be better, could play the way he played Yao.

Boozer has no excuse, the guy is big and athletic, he should be 10 times the defender that he is. Boozer is very soft, you'd think he'd be a bruiser with his size and strength, but he really isn't. Boozer has even gotten a great deal better since the Jazz first got him, that just shows how horribly terribly he used to be. Boozer needs to step up. He also missed I don't know how many defensive assignments where he was suppost to help out, he just disappears and only plays one half of the court. Boozer is one dimensional. To compare him in the same breath with Karl Malone has always been an insult to Karl Malone in my eyes. That's not to say Boozer isn't a good offensive player, but he lacks a lot of things.
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Old 05-23-2007, 04:12 AM   #14
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Suns defense is under-rated. they have 3 awesome defenders: raja, marion, and kurt thomas.

Yeah, but their team D is weak due to lack of a defensive leader.

But inside they atleast have KT, Okur and Boozer aren't as good. on the perimeter AK and Marion are a wash, SG Bell is much better than Harpring.

And the Jazz haven't really been a consistent defense all year. Sometimes pretty good, sometimes awful
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Old 05-23-2007, 04:22 AM   #15
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Default Re: Why is Utah's defense worse than Phoenix's?

Agreed, Jazz defense is mediocre at best. That's why AK is so important to this team because of his phantastic help defense.
Sometimes, even often, the Jazz get away with their lackluster defense. But this is the Spurs
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