Thursday, January 6th, 2011 at 1:15 pm  |  12 responses

Deron Williams Worried About Jazz Missing the Playoffs?

DWill is not a happy camper these days, and despite Utah currently sitting in 4th place in the Western Conference, he has grave concerns about their play against good teams. The Salt Lake Tribune reports: “The first major, visible cracks in the Jazz’s armor appeared Wednesday night. Guards Raja Bell and Deron Williams pointed them out. As did coach Jerry Sloan and veteran center Francisco Elson, after a 110-87 blowout defeat by the Atlanta Hawks at EnergySolutions Arena before a sellout crowd of 19,911. The humbling loss was characterized by everything that has plagued an up-and-down Utah team this season that leads the Northwest Division by one game but has at times appeared absolutely uninterested in meeting its own high expectations. And it was highlighted by yet another slow start, an obvious lack of energy and a soft approach to a tough game … Williams asserted last week that Utah was not as good as its record, with a series of thrilling comeback victories covering up major holes. Wednesday he went further, acknowledging that the Jazz are not making enough long-term progress as the season approaches a midway point. ‘Obviously we’re struggling, then,’ said Williams, when asked about Utah’s mark against winning clubs. ‘We’re not beating the caliber of teams that we’re going to be playing in the playoffs — if we get to the playoffs.’”

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  • Stepfan

    Deron Williams = Utah making the playoff, but winning their division I’m not so sure.

  • http://psp2423@yahoo.com Eboy

    This is what happens when your in the Western Confernce my friend it just deep with talented teams just play hard everygame and see what happens.

  • Thor

    Nice one hawks

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    I never count-out a Jerry Sloan team. Also other possible playoff teams are underachieving.

  • bdub

    Milsap wasn’t playing vs Hawks though. Love his game.

  • Omnixyience

    you could also say that to LAL, Deron!

  • http://slamonline.com Yknot

    Yeah West is talented but a middle of the road east coast team thrashed them!

  • arjae828

    asking too much of Deron. He can’t continue to carry them like this. His body’s going to betray him any day now. He needs help.

  • arjae828

    Is there another playoff team without multiple allstars?

  • KB8toSG8


    How about sending Deron to…….nowhere except LA….

    Boston = Rondo
    CHI = Rose
    Orl = Agent 0
    MIA = They’ve already got enough ball handlers!!!
    ATL = Gimme a break they aren’t even true stars
    SA = Tony Parker
    DAL = Quite intriguing. They’ve just lost Caron and can do with a great player with Dirk. Dunno if he would commit long term with them though….
    LA = Have a mediocre PG lineup to say the least. With Phil set to leave after this season and Kobe in a few years, Bynum+Deron = One hell of a 1-2 punch.

    Dunno if its possible though esp. since LA has never traditionally traded talented bigs for small….

  • DeeDre

    They Will make the playoffs but im just worried about them becoming another version of the Dallas Mavericks

  • http://dpkst2@mail.rmu.edu daviddpk

    Utah will easily make the playoffs. The key will be Okur and if he can stay on the floor. They need to have Millsap or Jefferson come of the bench they are too small with those two starting. Utah is a top 4 team right now. Much better than Denver and Phoenix and slightly better than LA and OKC. They should be fine.