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EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – A few too many misses and mistakes in Philly

David Locke

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SUMMARY:  A hard fought possession by possession game goes the way of the Philadelphia 76ers in one the Jazz will wish they had back.

  • The idea that the Jazz shot 4 of 22 from three, that they missed 16 free throws, trailed by 16 and still found a way to be in the game down to the final possessions is a tribute to the effort tonight. The Jazz really competed.

 

  • The Sixers jumped out to a 18-4 lead tonight. The Jazz couldn’t get stops in the first quarter.  The Sixers shot 13 of 15 from the field and 5 of 6 from three point range in the quarter.  The Jazz only got 6 stops the whole quarter and allowed 38 points.

 

  • The Jazz defense got better as the night went on. They held the Sixers to 8 of 24 and 0 for 5 from three in the 2nd  In the third the Sixers scored 32 points with a more potent offensive quarter.  The Jazz clamped back down to open the 4th quarter until they took a 5 point lead.

 

  • The Jazz lead the game 95-90 with 8:35 left. A quick 6-0 run by the Sixers gave them the lead at 96-95.  Then Embiid missed a free throw and as Ricky Rubio was coming up the front court Embiid knocked it away from him and it lead to a Butler dunk.   Huge swing from having a change to re-gain the lead to down 3.

 

  • The Jazz were able to re-gain the lead after Donovan hit score on 3 straight possessions and the Jazz were back up 3 with 3:50 left. The teams traded baskets until Embiid hit a three from the corner to tie the game at 103.  We were tied at 105 and 107.

 

  • Ricky Rubio got a steal and Jae Crowder made a great play hustling after Rubio’s missed layup to make it a 107-105 lead. Unfortunately, Rubio tried for the same steal again and fouled Redick at 30 feet away from the basket putting the 90% free throw shooter on the line for 2 and we were tied at 107.

 

  • After a Donovan Mitchell miss, then the Sixers ran a cool play with JJ Redick and Ben Simmons. Simmons was dribbling at the top and Redick came to the ball when Rubio jumped top side to block Redick he just push Rubio into the back of Crowder allowing Simmons to drive straight to the basket.  Jazz ran a nice play to get Ingles a wide open three but the pass back to him didn’t have the muster and it broke Joe’s rhythm and he airballed the three

 

  • With the score 109-107 the Jazz miscommunicated and Jimmy Butler got a cut for a layup and the game.

 

  • Jazz left 16 missed free throws on the table

 

  • Jazz have not made a corner 3 in two games.

 

  • Dante Exum had some really nice sequences tonight. He beat Markelle Fultz and created plays a the basket.

 

  • Jae Crowder is in a shooting blip 9 of his last 46 from the field.

 

  • Donovan Mitchell is beat up and 6 of his last 37 from three.   Sixers had Jimmy Butler guard Donovan Mitchell down the stretch.

 

  • Jazz defense has not been forcing turnovers and they forced 17 tonight.

 

  • I left unimpressed by the Sixers.

 

  • The Jazz shot an incredible 47% of their shots at the rim and only 21% of their shots as threes. This is a big increase in mid range shots.  They made 14 of 30 mid range shots.

 

  • The Jazz did a super job of keeping the Sixers in the half court.

 

  • Moreover, Quin wanted the Jazz to play with more force offensively and they pushed off misses far better than they have all season

 

  • The Jazz really battled. Down the stretch they made some mistakes that really hurt.  Not making shots makes it really hard to win these games.

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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