Tuesday, May 8, 2012

News On The Horizon 5/8/2012

The Utah Jazz? Gone till November--Ball Don't Lie

Though Gordon Hayward is a good all-around athlete who brings plenty to the table in different areas, he was a below-average 3-point shooter in his second season (at 34 percent), and despite the Jazz' sixth-ranked offense, the group badly needs someone to space the floor. We know that Gordon Hayward's 6-for-33 mark from the floor (1 for 12 from long range) during this year's postseason was obviously an aberration, but Gordon is still going to have to make a major improvement in that area if he's to play alongside those bigs up front.
The Jazz have one year left to figure this all out, decide to keep all their of semi-stars, none of them or some of them. And despite the 5 1/2=month run -- full of reps, learning experiences and a surprising playoff trip — the Jazz really aren't much closer to figuring out the answers yet. Not with Favors and Hayward still developing. Not with all that potential cap space in 2013. Not with so much left to determine.

Utah Jazz will not give up, will continue to compete--Deseret News

"Experiences are invaluable. Just playing in the postseason is good for us as a team," said Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward, who's getting his first taste of NBA playoffs. "We just have gotten outplayed thus far, but I don't think you should ever play for picks."
On Sunday, the Jazz pupils shared what they've learned from Professor Pop:
Hayward rattled off a list he's learning (maybe re-learning) from the Spurs: "They do all the little things well. They share the ball and they play really well defensively. They're always there on their rotations. …You got to play the whole 48 minutes, especially against a team like this. Any mistakes, they'll make you pay. Turnovers, bad shots, missing an assignment, it can turn into a quick two, four, six points."

Utah Jazz-San Antonio: Game 4 instant analysis--Deseret News

Shutout: Gordon Hayward and Alec Burks are two obvious reasons why the future is incredibly bright for the Utah Jazz. But there will be growing pains along the way, with Monday being a prime example. The talented pair of guards went scoreless, going a combined 0-15 shooting from the floor.

Strike-shortened season ends too soon--Deseret News

In some ways, this was one of the more memorable Jazz teams, not unlike those of the early 1980s. It, too, is just starting to find itself. Whether Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter, Jeremy Evans, Alec Burks and Gordon Hayward become stars is an open-ended question. But two things are clear. First, the Jazz have more athleticism and versatility than older Jazz teams ever had. Second, they aren't yet ready for prime time.

Monson: Jazz guard Raja Bell says he has no clue why he isn’t being used--Salt Lake Tribune

"It’s not really my call," he says. "I’m guessing he doesn’t think I’m the right fit for us. I’ve got to support that. I go out there and help any way I can. I’ve played the Spurs in a lot of playoff series, so there’s some stuff I see — and I try to talk to Gordon [Hayward] and Alec [Burks] and try to give them some pointers here or there. Any way I can help, I try to do that."

Kragthorpe: Jazz have one last chance to get it right at home--Salt Lake Tribune

If we all were curious about how the Jazz’s young players would perform, the answers have been discouraging. Everybody wanted to see more of Derrick Favors in Game 4, and they got five missed free throws from him. Gordon Hayward, one of the NBA’s most improved players since the All-Star break, went 1-for-10 from the field. Enes Kanter is overmatched against San Antonio, and Alec Burks is not much better.

Utah Jazz had a shot in Game 4, but they couldn’t shoot--Salt Lake Tribune

The Jazz shot 36.4 percent, including 4-for-17 by Paul Millsap, 0-for-8 by Alec Burks and 0-for-7 by Gordon Hayward.

Jazz notes: Gordon Hayward's first postseason marked by missed shots--Salt Lake Tribune
Spurs complete sweep of Jazz in Game 4--Salt Lake Tribune

Jefferson’s voice broke midsentence as he answered a question. Millsap acknowledged he was off all series. Gordon Hayward said he was severely disappointed in a playoff run that saw the second-year guard shoot just 18.1 percent (6 of 33) from the floor. But the Jazz’s postgame interviews also were filled with optimistic looks ahead at 2012-13.

Monson: Sun will also rise on Jazz--Salt Lake Tribune

"I wouldn’t consider it a success," Gordon Hayward said. "I consider it improvement. It’s not a success unless you win the whole thing."
Maybe that fact brought new substance to a playoff experience that heretofore had been a beatdown. Favors put in a terrific effort, while Gordon Hayward and Alec Burks combined to go 0-for-15 and Enes Kanter was 1-for-1. None of those three youngsters having previously lived through the intensity of the playoffs, you had to wonder whether facing San Antonio was a little like a class of kids who had just mastered multiplication heading into a class in which differentiation was on the agenda.
Beyond the players, it’s now up to Kevin O’Connor to get the rest of the walls up and the roof nailed on. It will be worth seeing from the ground level where the ceiling for the Jazz eventually will be. At this point, that’s something none of us knows. After watching the Spurs, though, it will have to be high for Utah to ever realize Hayward’s definition of success.

Kurt Kragthorpe: Utah Jazz benefit from exposure to Spurs’ greatness--Salt Lake Tribune

Corbin showed a willingness to adjust in Game 4, starting Derrick Favors (16 points, 10 rebounds) up front with Jefferson (26 points) and Paul Millsap, who struggled with 4-for-17 shooting. So that strategy partly worked, but the Jazz struggled elsewhere. Alec Burks and Gordon Hayward went a combined 0-for-15, further making the point that the Jazz’s outside shooting is the biggest issue to solve over the summer, among other shortcomings.

Butler agrees to resolve Title IX issue regarding too few men's scholarships--The Indy Star
Butler to resolve federal issue regarding scholarship distribution--The Indy Star
Fans favor A-10 move (Part I)--Indy Star Butler Insider

Men's Basketball: A Championship Season Remembered--detroittitans.com

Men's basketball: Ex-UWGB player Heuer will transfer to UW-Stevens Point--Green Bay Press Gazette

"Bobo" Niang commits to Milwaukee--PantherU

Panthers In The Pros: Catching Up With Chad Pierce, Lindsay Laur And Sarah Hagen--uwmpanthers.com

Panthers In The Pros: Catching Up With Chad Pierce, Lindsay Laur & Sarah Hagen--Horizon League Network

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