Skirting the bug

Jerry Sloan typically refrains from making preseason predictions. When he does wander toward that territory, the Jazz head coach’s comments usually come with a qualifier: A lot depends on injuries. Some teams avoid them — at least ones that hurt … Continue reading»

Okur return has Jefferson giddy

The happiest man in Jazzland to have back Mehmet Okur? It may just be Al Jefferson, who has been starting in the center spot at which Okur has opened — prior to this season — throughout his lengthy career with … Continue reading»

Above-average scorers

At 29.9 points per game, LeBron James went into Wednesday night’s game in Utah as the second-leading all-time scorer – by average – against the Jazz. At 29.3 points per game, Dwyane Wade went into Wednesday night’s game in Utah … Continue reading»

From Humphries to Millsap

Power forward Paul Millsap’s 19-point, 15-rebound double-double against New Jersey on Wednesday came on a night during which he was matched for much of the game with Kris Humphries. Jazz fans have Humphries, at least in part, to credit – … Continue reading»

The price of perfection

Ah, the price of perfection. In Utah, it comes with a cost. Or so suggest two from the Jazz after they opened their 2010-11 NBA regular season with a 22-point loss Wednesday night in Denver and a 16-point loss to … Continue reading»

A couple points on the points

ANAHEIM – Jerry Sloan’s impressions of Deron Williams after his All-Star point guard played Tuesday for the first time since sitting out two preseason games? About what you’d expect, the Jazz coach suggested. “I think he’s a little rusty, had … Continue reading»

Awards dinner

LOS ANGELES — Best quote of the night following Utah’s preseason win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday had to be the one from big man Al Jefferson, who thought the Jazz deserved something more than a pat on … Continue reading»

Saturday tidbits

LOS ANGELES — Tidbits from the Jazz’s 103-91 preseason win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night … X X X Rookie Jeremy Evans looked quite good with nine points, seven rebounds and 4-for-5 field shooting in 28 minutes … Continue reading»

Hayward: Just move on

LOS ANGELES — Whether it’s committing a foul or missing a shot, Jazz coach Jerry Sloan doesn’t want rookie swingman Gordon Hayward to get so down on himself when he does. “I think he’s concerned about getting in foul trouble,” … Continue reading»