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Mavs Rule
10-12-2003, 11:50 AM
The game winner was the only shot he hit all game (1-5), but it was good enough.
Raja Article (http://www2.sltrib.com/jazz/main/index.asp)


New Jazz produce classic ending
By Phil Miller
The Salt Lake Tribune

It's a little suspicious, isn't it? Stripped of their stars, the Jazz need to generate some excitement and sell a few tickets. So their Delta Center debut -- complete with a couple of impressive rookies, a back-and-forth game, and a buzzer-beater to pull out the victory -- smacks a little too coincidentally of NBA Productions, Inc.
But Raja Bell didn't know he was following any script.
Bell spun and floated an 8-foot rainbow into the basket as time expired Saturday, capping an all-around successful preseason home opener with a 90-89 victory over Seattle.
"It's pretty cool," said Bell, who had missed his first four shots on his new home floor before getting open for the game-winner. "The fact I even got the ball was really cool."
That's because Bell last played for Dallas, a team that wouldn't have let him even touch the ball in that situation. But with no Nowitzkis, Nashes and Finleys in Utah, Bell figured he was as good an option as anybody. "I don't even know what option I really was," he said with a laugh.
Andrei Kirilenko led the Jazz with 14 points and seven rebounds, and Carlos Arroyo added 11 in just 19 minutes. But the most surprising contributions came from a couple of rookies who haven't even turned 21 yet.
Sasha Pavlovic, the Jazz's first-round draft pick in July, exhibited far more calm than a 19-year-old should, scoring nine points on 3-for-4 shooting. And Mo Williams, fighting for a roster spot with Weber State guard Jermaine Boyette, made an impression with tough defense, collecting six rebounds and three steals.
"Mo got his hands on the ball, and created a couple of things," said coach Jerry Sloan.
And despite his 6-foot-1 frame, Williams sneaked into the lane to steal away the most important rebound of the night, a missed free throw by Sonics guard Reggie Evans with one second to play.
The rookie had already hit a couple of jumpers in the final 1:35 to keep the Jazz within range, setting up the Jazz's final play. Matt Harpring inbounded the from midcourt, and Bell set a screen for Pavlovic. When his defender followed the rookie, Bell was briefly alone in the lane.
Harpring fired the ball to him, and Bell turned to the basket.
"One second is really a lot of time," Bell said. "I turned over my right shoulder, and there was the big fella [Seattle center Jerome James]. I just tried to get it over. Sometimes when you shoot that floater, you have a tendency to leave it short, so all I was worried about was getting it up and over. And it fell."
The Jazz rushed the floor to mob Bell, the surprisingly large crowd of 16,319 roared, and the officials huddled to watch a replay that confirmed the shot beat the clock.
There's no way to tell how many new fans were won over by the play, but Harpring figures there were a few.
"This is pretty fun," he said of the 2-0 Jazz. "We're going to be a scrappy team, and I know fans appreciate a scrappy team."

MavsFanFinley
10-12-2003, 01:09 PM
Did you see the picture on the front page of nba.com?

http://cache.nba.com/media/jazz/bell_170_031011.jpg

The players swarmed him and it looks like they just won a championshiop instead of a preseason game.

Anyhow, good for Raja. Hope he likes his new digs in Utah.

Drbio
10-12-2003, 01:48 PM
Congrats Raja. One team's spare is another teams savior.

MavsFanatik33
10-12-2003, 02:00 PM
Happy to hear it, ain't gonna happen against us though Raja!

EricaLubarsky
10-12-2003, 03:14 PM
he ended up 1-5 which sucks for a non-rookie, but I'm happy for him.

LRB
10-12-2003, 03:20 PM
Originally posted by: EricaLubarsky
he ended up 1-5 which sucks for a non-rookie, but I'm happy for him.

Actually I'd say 1-5 sucks for anyone, but like you Erica I'm happy for him.

DrtyFlthyNasty
10-12-2003, 03:41 PM
he was more than a scrub for us. he helped try to shed the mavs "soft" label. getting in peoples face and hitting some BIG shots in the playoffs incase some of u seem to forget.

MFFL
10-12-2003, 03:45 PM
Yippee!

The Super Spare has made himself a home.

Drbio
10-12-2003, 04:37 PM
Originally posted by: DrtyFlthyNasty
he was more than a scrub for us. he helped try to shed the mavs "soft" label. getting in peoples face and hitting some BIG shots in the playoffs incase some of u seem to forget.

He was nothing more than a middle to the end of the bench role player here. A couple of games does not shed the spare label. If he were important, he'd still be wearing Maverick blue.

FilthyFinMavs
10-12-2003, 04:46 PM
Wow look at tha love for Raja lol. I just can't get or understand the negativity towards him. I thought he played some good ball in the playoffs.

MFFL
10-12-2003, 04:48 PM
Originally posted by: FilthyFinMavs
Wow look at tha love for Raja lol. I just can't get or understand the negativity towards him. I thought he played some good ball in the playoffs.

If we had a better bench then Bell would have never seen the court. Bell wouldn't get 5 minutes per game with THIS team.

LRB
10-12-2003, 04:55 PM
Originally posted by: MFFL

Originally posted by: FilthyFinMavs
Wow look at tha love for Raja lol. I just can't get or understand the negativity towards him. I thought he played some good ball in the playoffs.

If we had a better bench then Bell would have never seen the court. Bell wouldn't get 5 minutes per game with THIS team.

True.

FilthyFinMavs
10-12-2003, 04:56 PM
Originally posted by: MFFL

Originally posted by: FilthyFinMavs
Wow look at tha love for Raja lol. I just can't get or understand the negativity towards him. I thought he played some good ball in the playoffs.

If we had a better bench then Bell would have never seen the court. Bell wouldn't get 5 minutes per game with THIS team.


That may be true, but he produced when he was on the court. You won't find his production in statistics.

MFFL
10-12-2003, 05:01 PM
Originally posted by: FilthyFinMavs

Originally posted by: MFFL

Originally posted by: FilthyFinMavs
Wow look at tha love for Raja lol. I just can't get or understand the negativity towards him. I thought he played some good ball in the playoffs.

If we had a better bench then Bell would have never seen the court. Bell wouldn't get 5 minutes per game with THIS team.


That may be true, but he produced when he was on the court. You won't find his production in statistics.

I'd rather have more talented players. Ones who DO produce statistics. But I liked Bell in an underdog kind of way.

DrtyFlthyNasty
10-12-2003, 05:02 PM
Yep statistics are numbers... sometimes they dont add up. watching the playoffs you can see raja was way more than just a spare.

LRB
10-12-2003, 05:14 PM
Originally posted by: DrtyFlthyNasty
Yep statistics are numbers... sometimes they dont add up. watching the playoffs you can see raja was way more than just a spare.

1 game does not a spare label remove. And if you're 1 for 5 in your best game, then I'm sorry you're a spare.

MavsFanFinley
10-12-2003, 05:46 PM
Wow look at tha love for Raja lol. I just can't get or understand the negativity towards him. I thought he played some good ball in the playoffs.

I wish Raja well in Utah. He did the job he was asked to do, but we were able to replace him with players that will fill his role and then some. And it didn't cost much more.

LRB
10-12-2003, 05:50 PM
Originally posted by: MavsFanFinley

Wow look at tha love for Raja lol. I just can't get or understand the negativity towards him. I thought he played some good ball in the playoffs.

I wish Raja well in Utah. He did the job he was asked to do, but we were able to replace him with players that will fill his role and then some. And it didn't cost much more.


I totally agree with every word MFF. I really think that most of the posters wish Raja well also. He plays hard and gives it his all. But still this can only overcome a limited amount of talent difference.

ReDIRKulous
10-12-2003, 06:17 PM
Like Nick Van Exel... I loved Raja until he left the Mavs... THEN trashed them.

Drbio
10-12-2003, 07:08 PM
We called Raja a spare all alst year. We also gave him serious props when he had a game or two of decent production.....but that doesn't change the fact that he was a spare on last years team. It's not a knock on the guy. He just wasn't a starter or a consistent contributor. Ergo...he was a spare part.

Maybe he won't be a spare for Utah.

MavsFanatik33
10-12-2003, 09:40 PM
Originally posted by: MFFL
If we had a better bench then Bell would have never seen the court. Bell wouldn't get 5 minutes per game with THIS team.
Which is probably why he didn't remain a Maverick, I really don't blame him.

Chicago JK
10-12-2003, 09:49 PM
Good for Raja and I am glad he is still in the NBA. I really admire the players who don't have fame and fortune handed to them. Raja worked his butt off to make it to the NBA. After playing in numerous leagues around the world Raja has made it as a situational player. Player's like Raja and Griffen are the types of player a lot of the younger players should look up to. Very few can be a Dirk, KG, or Duncan. Although players like Raja and Griffen look for niches on teams and then work their butts off when given the opportunity. Raja's spot on the Mavs won't be missed, but I always like hearing the stories of players who take the road less traveled to the NBA.

sike
10-13-2003, 06:46 PM
God bless Raja Bell....he saved my puppy and gave me popcorn....and then hit the game winner

LRB
10-13-2003, 06:52 PM
Originally posted by: sike
God bless Raja Bell....he saved my puppy and gave me popcorn....and then hit the game winner

Did he help your grandma across the street to? i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif

sike
10-14-2003, 12:50 PM
yes, but only after he bought her a new blue wig...what a guy!