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.
LOCKED ON JAZZ – Defense is rolling, weekend in review and Bradley Beal breakdown
The Utah Jazz took care of business this weekend and now head out on a crucial east coast road trip. David Locke, the radio voice of the Utah Jazz and Jazz NBA Insider, takes a look at the playoff picture and how it is all playing out plus the Jazz stellar defense against the Brooklyn Nets.
Then Locke breaks down Bradley Beal and how the Jazz have to defend him and what it takes to deal with him. Most importantly, how can Rudy Gobert impact his game.
POSTCAST – Locke and Boone after blow out win and look to the road trip
Utah Jazz radio team post game show after the Utah Jazz blow out the Brooklyn Nets
EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – Jazz dominate Nets from early run to the finish
SUMMARY: The Jazz go a 27 to 2 run from the first quarter to the second and blow out the Brooklyn Nets on their way to a 114-98 win.
- Rudy Gobert was a dominating defensive force tonight that ruined the rhythm of both D’Angleo Russell and Caris LeVert. Gobert’s length has such an impact on the opponents shot selection that players get uncomfortable because they are not talking their normal looks. The Jazz defense has held 7 of the last 10 opponents to under a point a possession
- This game was interesting because both the Nets and Jazz play an analytics heavy game. The Jazz take the 6th most amount of shots at the rim and the 6th most amount of threes for the 4th most amount of “smart” shots at 76% The Nets take the 12th most amount of shots at the rim and the 4th most amount of 3s for the 5th most amount of smart shots at 75%. Now that is fine expect that both teams defensively take the same approach and deny these shots. The Jazz rank 1st at 62.5% and the Nets rank 2nd at 64% at allowing fewest amount of smart shots. So what happens?
- The defenses won out. The Jazz took 29% of their shots as mid range shots compared the their usual 24% and the Nets shot an unreal 40% of their shots as mid range shots compared to their 25%. Moreover, neither team shot them very well. The Jazz were 8 of 29 and the Nets were 9 of 39. At one point in the game the Nets were 4 of 22 on paint non restricted area shots.
- D’Angle Russell had a miserable night. He finished 2 of 11 on mid range shots.
- Derrick Favors had a sequence of the game when he was so much bigger and stronger than any of the Nets they couldn’t get a rebound. The Nets were trying to play zone and had to bail out of the zone because Favors was too much of a force on the boards
- The Jazz bigs killed the Nets. Rudy Gobert had 23 points and 17 rebounds as well as 3 blocks and Derrick Favors had 13 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks.
- The Jazz were able to get off 13 corner 3 attempts which is a lot and a ton when you consider who they were playing. The Jazz are averaging well over 10 corner 3 attempts for the last 10 games.
- Donovan notched another 20 point game. He has had 20 in 28 of his last 30 games
- 13 three pointers for the Jazz. 12 seems to be the magic number for wins
- Solid win now onto the East for a 4 game trip of huge importance.
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