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EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – Gobert dominates and Jazz do what they should

David Locke

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SUMMARY:  On an emotional day the Jazz control the 2nd half to dominate the Hawks on their way to their 30th win of the season

  • This was quite a day with the Rudy Gobert all-star snub and then the emotional shoot around press event.    It took the Jazz a while to get rolling but when they did it was a dominating 2nd half that lead to the win.

 

  • The Hawks play a unique game. They have good offensive players.  They play fast.  They catch you by surprise a bit and if they are making shots they can get you.  They came in having won 10 of their last 20 with wins over the Clippers, 76ers and the Thunder.

 

  • The Jazz adjusted in the 2nd half to who the Hawks are and how they play and outscored the Hawks 70-50.

 

  • A lot of it was the Jazz started making shots. The Jazz were just 6 of 23 in the first half from three but finished the game 6 of 12 in the 2nd The Jazz took a remarkable amount of corner 3s.  18 tonight.  18 corner threes in this game is one of the highest outputs of any team all season.

 

  • The Jazz held the Hawks to just 29% of their shots at the rim and that was a large increase from what it was earlier in the game.

 

  • Joe Ingles started fast with 10 first quarter points and finished the night with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Plus a very sore hip.  He has put together numerous solid games in a row for the Jazz.

 

  • Rudy Gobert got in foul trouble in the first quarter and had a non-descript first half. After the break he was terrific.  Matching a season high with 25 points and also grabbing 13 rebounds.    His efficiency was amazing.  Gobert took 7 shots and made all 7 on his way to the 25 points.

 

  • The Hawks are a fun young team. Trae Young looks like a really nice NBA player.  He knows how to play with his size.  He is really strong and he gets passes to tough places and his shooting is going to improve.  His floater is nice weapon if he shoots it as well as he has all year

 

  • Kevin Huerter is another really nice player. Wow can he shoot it.  He is somewhere between Klay Thompson and Kyle Korver.  He is not quite the defensive player that Thompson is, but he is much younger.

 

  • John Collins puts up great numbers and is a super rim finisher. Amazingly good at the rim plus he hits on 38 percent of his three point shots.  I wonder how he is going to be defensively in the long run and how his dribble game.

 

  • The Jazz did what they should against a young team. They played the game and when they realized it was going to take a bit more focus to beat them they did exactly that.  It was not a game that too a lot of juice out of the Jazz.  It is why playing the lesser teams is really important and the Jazz have only lost one game against those teams it was in Mexico City.

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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