Friday, January 27, 2012

News On The Horizon 1/27/2012

Utah Jazz-Toronto Raptors: Report card--Deseret News

Forwards: Paul Millsap continues to build an All-Star resume. He carried the Jazz with 31 points, 11 rebounds and a 3-pointer that forced the second overtime. Gordon Hayward simply can't buy a bucket right now. He was 1-for-9 overall, and 0-for-5 from 3-point range with three airballs. Hayward usually finds other ways to contribute when he isn't shooting well, but not so much on this night.

Grade: B

Utah Jazz small forwards come up small in production--Deseret News

Gordon Hayward, Josh Howard and C.J. Miles were a combined 5-of-25 from the field — ouch! — and basically couldn't buy a basket between 'em. Hayward was 1-of-9, including an 0-for-5 night from 3-point range, while Howard went 0-for-5 from the field in a rare unproductive performance for the 6-foot-7 veteran.

And although Miles managed to score 11 points, he was just 4-of-11 from the floor.

"It's frustrating for me (because) I'm not shooting the ball well and I shoot so many in practice and I see them go in all the time," said Hayward, who did grab seven rebounds. "It's just something I'm working on and shoot it with more confidence."

Of course, it's tough to gain any confidence in your shot when you're struggling the way Hayward has. The second-year pro is now shooting just 37.6 percent (44-of-117) for the season, and only 23.1 percent (9-of-39) from beyond the arc.
Corbin admitted he was surprised to see his small forward trio of Hayward, Howard and Miles all struggle so much with their shooting — especially on the same night.

"It's just one of those things," he said. "We've got to find a way to get better. We've got to keep working at it. And I don't think the three of them will have a bad night on the same night much."

Utah Jazz shooters ice cold from the 3-point line--Salt Lake Tribune

As the Jazz continue to misfire from the 3-point line, the scrutiny of Gordon Hayward intensifies.

He shot 47.3 percent as a rookie and, this year, was expected to be a long-range shooter who stretches the defense.

Instead, Hayward has missed 30 of his 39 3-point attempts.

Since scoring 19 points in a 106-96 win at Denver on Jan. 15, Hayward has scored 18 points on 6-for-27 shooting.

In that four-game stretch, he is 0-for-10 on 3-pointers, including 0-for-5 against Toronto.

“He struggled a little bit — didn’t make shots,” Corbin said. “He’s not the only one but he was one guy, I think, who was thrown off a little by their zone [defense].

“He had a couple of good looks early and he turned them down looking for something better. That throws his rhythm off. … But he’ll be OK.”

Before Thursday morning’s practice, Hayward spoke quietly, vowed to keep working and suggested he’s thinking too much about which shots to take and which ones to turn down.

“That’s part of being a young guy — part of growing, man,” Corbin said. “He comes in early and works. He stays late and works on his shot. ... He’s a capable shooter. He’s just got to make them in a game.”

When it comes to struggling from the 3-point line, Hayward isn’t alone.
Hayward played a season-high 36 minutes against Toronto.

Given his struggles on offense, did Corbin consider going to Josh Howard, Alec Burks or Miles down the stretch?

“When you lose a game, you think a lot of different things,” Corbin said. “That’s one of the things I thought about. Do I leave my bench alone? Should I have done this or should we have run something different? When you lose a game, you critique everything and we’ll continue to do that.”

Bulldog bust: Butler's offense struggles in Milwaukee loss--The Indy Star
Bulldogs must buck up--Indy Star Butler Insider
VF on hold, migrating south--Victory Firelight
Butler vs Milwaukee: Recap Notes--Butler Blue Fever
Butler Beaten By Milwaukee, 53-42--Butler Blue Fever
Cold Shooting Sinks

Bulldogs Fall To Unbeaten Green

First Place CSU Heads to Youngstown State For Key Contest--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Viking rebound--Youngstown Vindicator

Vikings Fall To Wright State,

Detroit (11-11) Faces UIC (6-14)--Titans Update
Former Titan Green Honored at Davis Ellis
Detroit Aims to Keep Rolling

Titans Fall To Hot-Shooting Youngstown

UIC at Detroit--The Chicago Tribune
Hot Mays: Flame-retardant shooter--Whoosh!Net
UIC (6-14) vs. Detroit (11-11)--Flame Fanatic
Flames Trek to Detroit Eyeing Season

Loyola at Wright State--The Chicago Tribune
Loyola (Chicago) (5-15) Squares Off With Wright State (10-12)--LU Wolf Ball
Ramblers Wrap Up Road Trip At Wright State Friday

Women's basketball: UWGB crushes Bulldogs--Green Bay Press Gazette
No. 12/9 Green Bay Defense Stops Butler to Improve to
Phoenix Looks to Remain Unbeaten, Wrapping up Road Trip at

Men's basketball: UWGB answers call, tops first-place Valparaiso--Green Bay Press Gazette
Game #20: UWGB vs. Valparaiso (live updates)--UWGB Basketball
On this day 7 years ago - Jan 26, 2005--Phoenix Fever
Valparaiso vs Green Bay: Recap Notes--Phoenix Fever
Green Bay Gets Needed Win Over Valparaiso, 75-60--Phoenix Fever
Cerroni Leads Phoenix to Win Over League-Leading

Panthers their balance--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Postgame Report: Milwaukee at Valparaiso--Panther Blog Zone
UWM Puts Away Victory Over Valparaiso From Long

Panthers' smothering defense chokes Bulldogs--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Ugly but they’ll take it--PantherU
Work has just begun--PantherU
Butler vs Milwaukee: Recap Notes--UWM Update
Milwaukee Beats Butler, 53-42--UWM Update
StatSheet Projects Milwaukee as CIT Team: 01/27/2012--UWM Update
Milwaukee (14-8) vs. Valparaiso (14-8)--UWM Update
Defense Leads The Way As Panthers Pull Away From

Women’s basketball: Valparaiso’s offensive woes continue--The Post-Tribune
Crusaders rally but fall to Milwaukee women's basketball team--The NWI Times
Valpo Falls at Home to Milwaukee Thursday

Valparaiso starts key trip with a loss to Green Bay--The Post-Tribune
Graduate hoop transfers offer teams immediate help--The NWI Times
VU men trail from start to finish in loss at Green Bay--The NWI Times
Live from Resch Center: Valparaiso vs. Green Bay (MBB)--Inside VU Sports
Tom Izzo worried that Brandon Wood-type transfers could become national problem--The Detroit Free Press
Valparaiso vs Green Bay: Recap Notes--Valpo Daily
Valparaiso Drops One To Green Bay, 75-60--Valpo Daily
Valparaiso (14-8) and Milwaukee (14-8) Square Off--Valpo Daily
Boggs’ Career High Not Enough as Valpo Falls at Green

Preview: Wright State vs. Loyola--Dayton Daily News
WSU coach wants team to spread ball around--Dayton Daily News
Raiders face tough league road games--Dayton Daily News
Wright State (10-12) Battles Loyola (Chicago) (5-15)--Rowdy Review

Wright State women back alone in second place after road win--Wright State University Sports
Annual trip gives students a chance to travel in style--The Guardian
Women lose to Detroit, look for improved consistency in play--The Guardian
Women Win at Cleveland

Penguins tie school record for 3s in victory--Youngstown Vindicator
Kenya Middlebrooks Breaks Single-Game 3-Point Record in 80-67 Win Over

Men's Basketball Hosts Horizon League Leader Cleveland

Milwaukee, Green Bay Collect Wins to Further Close Standings--Horizon League Network
First Place On Line Throughout Weekend--Horizon League Network

Road Teams Take Three Games on Thursday Night in Women's Basketball--Horizon League Network

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