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EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – Burks, O’Neale and Bolomboy shine in blowout win

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Summary:  Utah Jazz seriously outman Maccabi Haifa and roll to a blow out win 117-78

  • On night one I felt the Sydney Kings gave the Jazz enough of a battle to be able to let the Jazz see things and execute their systems.  I am not sure the same can be said tonight.  This was really one-sided.

 

  • Jazz moved the ball and shot it very well. The Jazz hit on 14 of 28 from three.  The Jazz got 3 threes from Alec Burks and Royce O’Neale.

 

  • The Jazz played without Rodney Hood and Joe Johnson due to rest and Donovan Mitchell and Raul Neto due to soreness. The Jazz started Ricky Rubio, Thabo Sefolosha, Joe Ingles, Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert.

 

  • To start the game the crew had a hard time scoring and getting the offense rolling. Finally, they broke through midway through the 1st quarter and it was smooth sailing from there.

 

  • Alec Burks continued his very strong pre-season. He hit some threes early and then drove to the rim with more control than he had in the past.   He has always been a great rebounding guard and he had  8 tonight to go with his 16 points.  Both of those lead the team.   I am not sure where Alec Burks gets minutes with Dante Exum and Donovan Mitchell both in the guard rotation, but he is making a strong claim for playing time.   More importantly, he looks healthy and is playing under control with a nice level of maturity.

 

  • The Jazz seem to have 16 guys battling for 15 roster spots. Royce O’Neale and Joel Bolomboy are two of those battling for roster spots and both had terrific games tonight.  It is really cool when you see guys playing for their career and they both play as well as O’Neale and Bolomboy did tonight.   O’Neale is a really solid player who does a lot of things really well.  He is a good defender, solid passer, nice rebounder and was a stat stuffer in Europe.   Tonight he showed a jump shot hitting 3 of 3 from three.   I have had scouts tell me if he hits his threes he will be a rotation player in the NBA.   Bolomboy has really changed his game from his Weber State days.  He showed a handle, he hit on 2 of 3 point attempts and he still has ridiculous hops.

 

  • Dante Exum burst was dominant for a period of the third quarter. He was blowing by guys with regularity.   I am excited to see Dante against NBA talent and excited to see him as the NBA season goes on.  It will also be interesting to watch him as teams get tired while his speed never sleeps.

 

  • Ricky Rubio had 6 turnovers.  However, he is really committed to pushing the pace and getting this team to understand if they run he will find them.

 

  • Every Jazz player who played scored.

 

  • Phoenix on Friday hopefully the Utah Jazz will learn more.

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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SI ranked Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert where? How do the Utah Jazz get better with Tony Jones

David Locke

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David Locke, radio voice of the Utah Jazz and Jazz NBA Insider, brings you the daily podcast on the Utah Jazz, Locked On Jazz. Today, Locke delves into the SI NBA rankings and where they put Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert. How is it possible that both of these great players are ranked as high as they after the Utah Jazz had such an amazing season.

Tony Jones of the Athletic wraps up a week worth of shows with Locke. Today the conversation is solely on the Utah Jazz. They start addressing the age of the Jazz players and how concerned should we be about the age of the Mike Conley, Joe Ingles, Rudy Gay and Bojan Bogdanovic.

Why the Utah Jazz will be better this season. The answer is Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert so Locke and Jones address how can Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert get better?

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Biggest concern for 21-22 Utah Jazz, Tony Jones on how the Jazz get better and 5 teams in West that could play in or win it

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David Locke, radio voice of the Utah Jazz and Jazz NBA Insider, brings you the daily podcast on the Utah Jazz, Locked On Jazz. Today, Locke opens the show with his biggest worry for the Utah Jazz season. Carrer years last year by Joe Ingles and Mike Conley could be hard to replicate as they both turn 34 years old in the upcoming weeks. Other players like Bojan Bogdanovic and Jordan Clarkson didn’t have career years and could match what they did or improve.

Then Locke is joined by the Athletic’s Tony Jones to continue the talk about 5 teams in the West that could play in the play in game and also could win the West. They did into Jason Kidd and Luke Doncic and how that impacts the Dallas Mavericks. They talk about the growth of Michael Porter Jr. and the Denver Nuggets.

Then they look at the Utah Jazz and how they can get better this year. Tony and Locke review game 6 v. the Clippers and then think about how the addition of Rudy Gay can help the Utah Jazz.

Thanks for making Locked On Jazz your first listen of the day

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Why the West is Wide Open and Tony Jones frolicking and fun across the NBA

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David Locke, radio voice of the Utah Jazz and Jazz NBA Insider, brings you the daily podcast on the Utah Jazz, Locked On Jazz. On Today’s episode Locke opens up by looking at the ESPN NBA predictions about who will be the breakout teams, the MVP and the win totals in the West.

Locke thinks the MVP listing shows why the Western Conference is wide open this year. Do you believe Donovan Mitchell is just as likely to carry a team in a playoff series as Luka Doncic or Devin Booker or even LeBron James at this point? That is what makes the West so wide open.

Locke is joined by Tony Jones of the Athletic to and they just go hog wild around the NBA from what the Wolves should do for Ben Simmons to if the Los Angeles Lakers are going to be good. It is all part of the summer interview series on Locked On Jazz.

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