Deron Williams’ return to the Jazz has really got the Jazz their mojo back and they’re playing great basketball. Carlos Boozer is having another great year for the Jazz and his scoring kept the Jazz in the playoff picture while Deron was out hurt. Next for me is Mehmet Okur. I love the versatility that he brings to the team and with his solid jump shot he's just deadly. His rebounding numbers could be better but when you have a guy like Carlos Boozer it doesn’t really matter. A nice fit for NBA JAM.
Grizzlies swingman Ronnie Brewer will miss at least three weeks with a partially torn right hamstring.
Brewer, who was injured Friday during the Grizzlies' 100-87 double overtime loss to Miami, had his condition confirmed this morning after a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam.
Brewer did not travel this afternoon with the team to New Jersey where the Griz will face the Nets Sunday evening. The Grizzlies are officially saying that Brewer will be out indefinitely and a timetable for his return will be set in a week.
Brewer needed crutches when he left FedExForum Friday night. He was walking without crutches this morning. The 6-7 swingman was acquired by the Grizzlies Thursday in a trade with the Utah Jazz. Memphis received Brewer for a protected 2011 first-round draft pick.
He came up with a steal near mid court and was sprinting toward the basket for what would have been an uncontested dunk. But Brewer stopped his dribble shortly after he crossed midcourt. He fell to the floor and grabbed his right leg, grimacing in pain as the team trainer ran to his aide.
"I just thought I'd make a change.''
"Fes has got to learn to be little bit more accountable for being late a time or two, and some of those things,'' Sloan said. "You know, if he's gonna play in this league and doesn't like what we do, that's fine. I don't have a problem with that.
"But if he's gonna stay involved and try to understand what's going on — he's got talent, but it's important for him to stay focused on what we're trying to do and not be jackpotting around.''
"And he's a young guy. It's like he already has the answers as to what's going on out there. And I haven't always seen that in practice, and some of his workouts. He'll tell you he works hard, but I've seen guys work hard. I'm not totally blind.''
Asked further if the decision was disciplinary, then, Sloan responded accordingly, and took only breath while doing so:
"No, not disciplinary. People will probably call it that, or (suggest) I'm trying to be a hard-nosed guy. I'm not a hard-nosed guy with these guys. I just hope that he learns. We've tried to tell him. I don't fine him money. If I wanted to be a disciplinarian, I would take his money. I'm not interested in money. I'm interested in the kid getting better. We've got a lot invested in him. A lot of time. A lot of effort. Our coaches work with him. You know, take advantage of it rather than let it slip through your fingers when it's there. And obviously a lot of people haven't agreed with my substitutions and all those things. But I think we can say that we want guys to succeed, and we've got a lot of people succeed that weren't expected to because they worked hard. We're not trying to hurt him in any way.''
But Batum was annoyed at Brewer, saying the Jazz’ starting shooting guard went at his shoulder intentionally.
"I know he did it on purpose because he tries to get me every time," Batum said. "Last game, he did the same."
Jazz point guard Deron Williams on longtime Jazz big man Jarron Collins, who was in town Monday with his new NBA team, a fast-paced Phoenix Suns team known in the past for its so-called "seven-seconds" offense: "I don't think he's one of those people that's allowed to shoot in seven seconds."
If Fesenko indeed does not play tonight, reserve big man Kosta Koufos — who has been inactive for two of the past three games, and didn't play (coach's decision) in five of the prior six — would be added to the Jazz's 12-man active roster.
...the Utah Jazz appear willing to trade anyone on their roster but point guard Deron Williams(notes), multiple league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
13. Utah Jazz (17-13 overall, 1-1 last week)
SBN Blog: SLC Dunk
Here's a shocker: Utah played one road game and one home game this week, losing the road game while scoring just 70 points and winning the home game by 21 points. At this point, it's comical how differently they play at home compared to how they play on the road. I'm running out of funny things to say about it.
The Jazz also made a trade this week, dumping promising rookie Eric Maynor off to Oklahoma City so they could rid themselves of Matt Harpring's contract and cut their astronomical luxury tax bill down. That means they need a point guard, and Ridiculous Upside, SB Nation's NBA Developmental League blog, goes through some possible D-League candidates. I'm hoping for Mustafa Shakur myself. Why? Someone with that awesome of a name needs to be in the NBA. Case closed.
(Last week: 12)
Maybe it’s a coincidence, maybe not, but today also was the first time I’d heard talk of the Jazz (and Greg Miller) expressing an interest in holding on to Carlos Boozer for the rest of the season and possibly re-signing him as a free agent this summer.