EMPTYING THE NOGGIN
Summary: Jazz use a massive 2nd half run to blow out the hapless Cleveland Cavaliers
• Jazz trailed by 1 at halftime and by 9 in the 2nd quarter and it made everyone a bit nervous that the Jazz were about to drop a game they couldn’t afford to lose to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The shots weren’t falling, the spread floor of the Cavaliers with Channing Frye at center caused the Jazz some problems. The Cavaliers were fearlessly playing one on one going right at the Jazz defenders and drawing fouls.
• Then reality set in and the superior team put out a mammoth butt kicking in the 2nd half. The Jazz won the 2nd half 69-42. The Jazz lead by 20 tonight for the 12th time this year. Milwaukee has done it 15 times, including tonight. Oklahoma City and Philadelphia have lead by 20 14 times and the Raptors have lead 13 times. The Jazz are tied for the 5th most amount of 20+ point leads. Then when you consider the Jazz have only played 3 games against the 9 teams with a differential below 2 it is really impressive. Tonight that was not the case but 10 of the 12 times the Jazz have lead by 20 this year it has been against a high level opponent. This is usually a pretty good indicator of how good you are.
• Speaking of bad teams. This was the Jazz third game against the 9 teams with a differential under 2. The Jazz will play a total of 20 games against those teams. If the Jazz schedule had been equally distributed the Jazz would have played 6 more games against bad teams by this point of the season. How differently would we feel about the Jazz? In addition this was our 23rd road game of the season. Again if our schedule had been equally distributed we would have played 19 road games at this points. So take away 4 road games which is about 6 plane flights and add 6 games against bad teams and what do you think the narrative around the Jazz would be?
• I think this goes for how we view our players as well.
• Rudy Gobert was dominating tonight. Cleveland took 23 shots at the rim the entire game and made just 12. It feels like teams try it early and then just give up because it is worthless cause.
• The Jazz defended the ball much better in the 2nd half and stopped fouling at the rate they did in the first half.
• 8 Jazz players were in double figures.
• Donovan Mitchell night was really interesting. He only took 12 shots and seemed to play a very calm game. He scored 18 points on those 12 shots. He was very efficient. He was in control and he had 5 assists. The narrow area Donovan has to live is nearly impossible. He is the offensive player on this team. He is the player that can go one on one and get a shot. He is the scorer. This burden leads him to feel the need to take 20 shots a night. This often includes many low percentage shots. Then he gets criticized, from me and others, for being inefficient. Tonight he didn’t do that. He took the good shots. But what happens to his other 8 attempts. Do other people make them? Against a better team does he have to take them? Who takes them instead and is that better? Then when the answer to any of these is no Donovan is again forced to take more shots and force shots and hurt his efficiency. It is a really difficult spot for a 2nd year player.
• Joe Ingles 12 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Great all around game
• Dante was really solid again tonight. He is getting better and better. Playing New York and Cleveland makes players feel better about themselves and then they can build off those night for more good nights.
• Jazz have 17 more games against the lesser opponents. Probably have to win 15.
EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – Revamped Game Plan and Shot Making leads to Jazz win in Minnesota
SUMMARY: The Jazz revamped their game plan and knocked down shots to win the away part of the home and home with Minnesota.
- After playing the uniqueness of Karl Anthony Towns on Monday the Jazz were more prepared for his excellence in the second match-up. Towns is so unique that it is hard to understand what you are encountering until you have experienced it. This game the Jazz stayed attached to him and never game him air space for three point shots. Gobert was willing to go out to 30 feet and guard him if needed. Towns post game is good but it isn’t good against Gobert. He tried to drive on Rudy and that is not a great answer for him either. So when the Jazz took away his three point shots they really took away a lot of his game. Not sure many other teams can do this because the uniqueness of Gobert takes the other aspects of Towns game away and makes him a bit less versatile.
- Home and Home off a loss with Quin Snyder as your head coach and the competitiveness of Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell and I like the Jazz chances.
- Rudy was committed to not letting Towns comfortable. He only took 5 shots in the first three quarters and only had 3 points at halftime.
- The Wolves lived on the Jeff Teague/ Karl Anthony Towns pick and roll in Salt Lake and but with Andrew Wiggins back in the lineup they used it far less than they did in the first meeting.
- Bojan Bogdanovic had a monster night. He had 30 points on 6 of 11 from three point shooting. Love the 11 attempts. He was also +38 on the night. He also went to the free throw line 7 times.
- The Jazz got hot from three in the 4th quarter and busted the game open. The Jazz went 7 of 11 from three and Bojan had 3 and Donovan had 3. 11 of 24 shots in the 4th quarter were three point attempts.
- The Jazz 2nd quarter offense is really an issue. They are 29th Amazingly they are positive in the 2nd quarters because the defense is that awesome.
- The Jazz defense is amazing. They held another opponent under 100 pts per 100 possessions tonight. The league average is 107 and the Jazz defense is a 100. 7 points better than league average.
- Andrew Wiggins took 22 shots and was 1 for 10 from 3.
- Not sure the Jazz can play Dante Exum and Emmanuel Mudiay at the same time
- Jeff Green had a really good night. He played the back up center as well as some power forward. He was very engaged and played well on both ends of the floor. He does a really nice job of drawing fouls
- Mike Conley had 8 assists and 0 turnovers. He kept himself out of the problem areas on the floor. He also added 16 points. He had 5 assists in the 4th quarter and he added a huge walk up three. He also “Nashed” on the dribble a few times which he never did in Memphis as he learns how to play a different way in Utah that is a good sign
- Donovan was 1 for 8 in the floater zone.
- Karl Anthony Towns took 2 shots that weren’t threes the whole night
- These two game were the exact same. Jazz lead by 6 with about 9 minutes left on Monday and the Wolves went on a 20-4 run. Tonight the Wolves lead by 6 with 9 minutes left and the Jazz went on a 12-0 run and it become a 22-8 run.
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