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An uninspring performance by Jazz in Denver

David Locke

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SUMMARY:   Jazz lose 9th in last 11 games in an uninspiring performance in Denver, final score 103-89.

  • The Jazz got hit early in the first quarter when the shots didn’t fall and never regained their footing the entire night. The lack of shooting seemed to preclude them from staying engaged defensively.

 

  • The 2nd quarter was when the wheels completely fell off. The Jazz shot 4 of 18 in the 2nd quarter and at halftime, the Jazz were 5 of 23 on 2 point shots.

 

  • The Jazz didn’t make a non-paint 2 all night. The Jazz finished with 0 mid-range points. They hit just 2 2 point shots not in the restricted area all night.

 

  • The Jazz should be the more physical team when playing the Nuggets and that was not the case tonight.

 

  • The Jazz hit on just 1 of their first 6 shots and it seemed to take away their mojo for the night.

 

  • Donovan Mitchell picked up two fouls being overly aggressive early and the Jazz were down 3 when he went out and Jazz missed 5 straight shots and were down 13 within 2 minutes.

 

  • The Jazz bench didn’t have a good night. The bench was a combined 7 of 34 and 3 for 18 from three.

 

  • Donovan Mitchell had 6 assists and 3 rebounds while finished with 13 points on 5 of 10 shooting.

 

  • Favors scored 20 points for the 5th time this season after only doing it once all of last year.

 

  • Joe Johnson has not found his offensive groove yet this season. He is now 36 of 95 and 6 of 36 from three.

 

  • Tonight is the two year anniversary of Paul Pierce upending Alec Burks. What two years it has been for Alec.

 

  • Naz Mitrou-Long was the feel-good story of the night. He got in the game and hit a three.  He was home in Ontario and taking a nap when the call came that he was going to get a 2-way contract.  His dad answered the call and woke him to tell him he was coming going to the NBA.  How great is that?   He then got busted in the face and had 9 stitches.

 

  • This game wasn’t close. The Jazz went down by double digits at the 7:24 mark of the 2nd quarter and never had the ball with the game inside 10 points again.   In the 2nd half, the Jazz never had the ball with the score any closer than 14 points.

 

  • Jamal Murry got the Jazz in the first quarter with 13 points. Jokic was the force in the 2nd quarter and the Nuggets cruised after that.

 

  • This was not a good performance by the Jazz. Quin Snyder talked about playing with force for most of shoot around today and the Jazz had very little offensive force. Zach Guthire said at halftime that the offense was too horizontal in the first half.  In the second half, the Jazz had better ball movement and got better looks, but were shooting well enough to link anything together.

David Locke enters his ninth year as the radio play-by-play voice of the Utah Jazz, having spent the majority of his career in radio in Salt Lake City and Seattle. In the summer of 2016, Locke created the Locked on Podcast Network which has podcast daily bite sized podcasts for every NBA and NFL team. A native of Palo Alto, Calif., Locke graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles with a degree in Political Science and Sociology. Locke and his wife have a son and a daughter.

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