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EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – A win that a really team gets for the Utah Jazz

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SUMMARY:  The Utah Jazz come from 15 down at the half to beat the Brooklyn Nets in the final moments

  • This a win that a really good team wins. On the back end of a back to back against a team that got blasted the last time out.  The Jazz fell behind by 15 after playing a poor first half.  The Jazz offense was disjointed to the point of only 6 first half assists.  The defense was not getting back in transition well enough to have an impact.  However, when the 2nd half came the Jazz battled back the way an NBA often plays out.  Then with the game in the balance all of their excellence showed.

 

  • The Jazz defense forced the Nets into misses on 9 of their final 10 shots with the only make being a tip in from DeAndre Jordan. Kyrie Irving missed his final 8 shots of the night as Rudy Gobert prowled the middle and denied the leagues most prolific one on one player the ability to get to the rim.

 

  • The final possessions by the Jazz showed all the skills this team possesses. Donovan hit a runner in the paint to tie the game at 112.   Mike Conley bulleted an amazing pass to Rudy Gobert high above a crowded paint and Rudy made an amazing catch and finish at the rim to give the Jazz a 114-112 lead.  Then Donovan missed a 5 footer and it was Rudy Gobert with an offensive rebound and put back that regained the lead at 116-114.

 

  • Brooklyn shot 9 of 26 in the 4th Whereas the Jazz went 13 of 24 from the field, hit on 3 of 7 from three and 6 of 7 from the line.

 

  • The Jazz bench had a tough first half going 1 for 10 from the field but they carried the day in the 2nd Emmanuel Mudiay went 4 for 4 in the 4th quarter with 2 assists and 10 points.   Jeff Green hit three three pointers in the 4th quarter and brought the Jazz back into the game.

 

  • Jeff Green is a streak shooter and when it is on it is awesome

 

  • Joe Ingles shot has gone wayward and he was 0 for the night but he had the assignment on Kyrie Irving defensively on the final possesions and did an amazing job with his length to bother Kyrie and make him uncomfortable

 

  • In the first half the Jazz were mid range dependent but they were playing with their eyes glued to the rim not with their eyes out. In the third and fourth quarter they were driving to the same spots and then making passes to the open man and getting better looks.  The take what the defense gives you is not the right approach.  You need to be able to force your will on the defense

 

  • Donovan had 30 points without making a three point shot

 

  • Rudy Gobert had 18 points and 15 rebounds

 

  • Mike Conley playng on a back to back didn’t quite have his legs and had 18 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists while making a ton of plays late in the game

 

  • Royce O’Neale defense on Kyrie Irving all night tired him out so he wasn’t as effective late.

 

  • This is an impressive win. This team has won 4 straight and 8 of 11 and are showing signs of who we hoped they would be and the offense still isn’t right.

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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