Big Game Ahead … Big Changes For Jazz?

SALT LAKE CITY – Al Jefferson summed the state of the Jazz pretty well: “That last game I saw no advantages nowhere.”

That said, what was supposed to be somewhat of an edge coming into the series was Utah’s big lineup going against the smaller Spurs. But through back-to-back wipeouts in the first two games, Jazz coach Ty Corbin has not used Jefferson, Paul Millsap and Derrick Favors often or effectively enough.

“Derrick should play more,” Corbin said before Friday’s practice. “I’ve got to find a way to get him on the floor.”

The second-year forward has played a total of 47 minutes in the two games, but not frequently in tandem with the other bigs. He’s shot 6-for-14 from the field, scored 12 points and grabbed 17 rebounds.

Corbin has allowed himself to be outmaneuvered in the series by allowing San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich to dictate matchups by going small.

“I think the big lineup could hurt them if we get into it early in the game instead of going to it when we’re already down,” Jefferson said.

The Jazz trailed by only 31-26 in Game 2 when Favors went to the bench. But without him over the final 7:05 of the half, the Spurs went on a 22-2 run to blow the game wide open.

“It just so happened to have happened when I got out,” Favors said very diplomatically. “That’s just basketball.

“It’s hard, but other guys just got to come in and do the job. I’m just waiting my turn, being patient. It’s hard being a competitor, because you want to play. But liked I said, I have to wait my turn.”

Game 3 would seem to be as good a time as any.


  1. charles says:

    Jazz need to use their youth and energy better. Kanter, Favors, Burk are not being effectively used in this series. I mean the most likely outcome is that the jazz lose. At least go out fighting and teach the young ones some lessons.

  2. chandler says:

    jazz will win dont doubt

  3. Michael says:

    None of us Jazz fans expect them to win the series with the Spurs. Jazz have already over achieved this season just by making the playoffs. (which NO ONE predicted would happen at the beginning of the season). Jazz need to see this post season for what it is…a handful of 19-21 yr olds earning invaluable playoff experience. Nothing to be ashamed of Jazz…keep your heads up…your day is soon to come!

  4. jazz need to sign malone and stockton to have a chance in this series its over

  5. Why waste your time Jazz? Prepare your team for next season.