EMPTYING THE NOGGIN
Summary: The Utah Jazz blow out a disengaged Golden State Warriors team for the 2nd time this season.
- This game was really simple. The Jazz are tuned in. They are dialed. They are playing at an elite clip. The Warriors want to get to the playoffs. They had nothing on the line. They weren’t particularly interested in playing. With that said I thought there was a moment when the Jazz humiliated the Warriors early in the game that the Warriors would fight back and the Jazz were so dialed in that the Warriors decided that wasn’t worth their time
- Every NBA player is inherently competitive so while the Warriors weren’t engaged they aren’t interested in being embarrassed. The Jazz left them no choice
- Donovan Mitchell throttled Klay Thompson in the first quarter of the game. The Warriors were getting on Donovan’s left hip as he drove with the right hand and drive him into the big. He had great patience and worked himself until he felt comfortable despite Thompson leaning all over him and nailed both floaters.
- The play by Donovan that really jumped out to me was he was lifted on the right side. Thompson was guarding him and trying to force him to his right. Donovan started right and then Gobert came for a pick and Donovan was able to get back left off the pick but he did it slowly and in complete control. He coaxed Thompson into the pick. He didn’t rush and he step into an off the bounce three. He has struggled on off the bounce three point shots and being able to control his speed will help a great deal.
- Rudy Gobert had two amazing defensive plays tonight. Klay Thompson came around his curl that gives him an open free throw line jumper. However, Rudy popped out and took away Thompson’s shooting window and forced him to change from a shot to a pass in mid air. Then on another play the Warriors broke down the Jazz defense and Draymond Green got into the paint headed to the basket on the right side of the rim. Rudy was on the prowl so Draymond threw a nifty over the shoulder pass to Kevon Looney who was right on the rim. Rudy was able to change direction from altering Green to block Looney’s shot. For all the talk about Rudy’s wingspan and standing reach the real gift that he has as a defensive player is multiple actions. That is what separates Rudy. The first play is length, timing and scouting. The second is the ability to make one play and then be so athletic that he can make another immediately following.
- Few years back before Rudy was the Rudy we know today I was on the bus sitting next to Alex Jensen on our way to shootaround in NYC. With NYC traffic it was taking forever. I was watching (read bothering) Alex as he was breaking down Rudy film. He told me to watch two plays and both of them involved multiple actions. He then said, this is why he is going to be great. There aren’t guys his size that can do this. It is worth watching for.
- We are on the plane heading to Portland with a chance to win the division and get home court. That is amazing. If this had been a normal season where a team just plays somewhat consistently all season and the Jazz were competing for the 3rd spot that would be remarkable. Add in the injury to Gobert, the December skids and the this season is truly one for the ages.
- It looks like OKC for the Jazz in first round. Where we do not know. If the Jazz win we will be home on Saturday or Sunday. If the jazz lose it is off to the gorgeous plains of OKC.
Wackiness in the West, reminder on how good Mike Conley has been and who is the best offensive player in the NBA
David Locke, radio voice of the Utah Jazz and Jazz NBA Insider delivers the daily podcast on the Utah Jazz, Locked On Jazz.
* The wackiness in the West and how it all stands as we head into the final weekend
- Mike Conley returns and the great season he has had for the Utah Jazz
- The lineups we get back with Mike Conley
- the pick and roll returns with Rudy Gobert
- Points Gained for the final time of the year. Who is the best offensive player in the NBA?
- How are the Jazz players the same or different than a year ago
Staying above water has been amazing but Jazz are running out of steam and live audience
David Locke, radio voice of the Utah Jazz and Jazz NBA Insider, brings you the daily podcast on the Utah Jazz, Locked On Jazz
- Blazers had a great game plan v. the Utah Jazz
- Jazz are amazing to have stayed above water without Donovan and Mike
- However, Jazz are wearing out and a lot is being asked of Joe Ingles and Jordan Clarkson
- Warriors and Blazers were playing playoff games and it showed
- Biggest concern on the Jazz
- Completely freaking out.
Jazz Game Rewind – Jazz offense sluggish as they fall to Blazers
The Utah Jazz fall short to the Portland Blazers, 105-98, as the offense struggled to get into a rhythm while still missing their two All-stars. For a recap of tonight’s action, tune into this edition of Jazz Game Rewind!
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- Jazz Game Rewind – Jazz offense sluggish as they fall to Blazers May 13, 2021
- POSTCAST – Jazz offense wears down and Dame and CJ have the answers May 13, 2021
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