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EMPTYING THE NOGGIN Jazz blow out another opponent as everything continues to click

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SUMMARY:  Utah Jazz followed near perfection v. the Warriors with a dominating performance against an inferior opponent.

  • The Jazz blew out another opponent tonight.  Phoenix is not good.  However, if they play from ahead they can give you trouble.  The Jazz eliminated that early and ran away to a mammoth win.   The final was 129-97.  The Jazz lead by as many as 41 at one point.

 

  • The Jazz got the three point shot falling again on the offense as they hit on 15 of 29 from three point range. The Jazz season has swung so much based on if they are making the three point shot or not and recently it is falling.

 

  • Defensively, Ricky Rubio undid Devon Booker who was playing the point guard. Ricky never let him get comfortable.  Rubio’s hands were active and pestering Booker who is not a comfortable ball handler.  He finished 7 of 24 shooting, but most noticeably was 1 for 6 in the 2nd quarter when the game got away.

 

  • Rudy Gobert’s impact defensively in the middle should never be underestimated. Again tonight the opponent wasn’t able to make shots they are used to because they are altered by Gobert.  TJ Warren in particular likes to work in the mid range and he had no chance with Gobert hovering around, he was 2 for 5 and had been averaging 22 points a game.

 

  • Donovan Mitchell did it again. Tonight it was 40 points for the 2nd time in his NBA career.  Remarkably, tonight he did it on just 19 shot attempts.  He hit 7 three pointers tonight and I believe all of them were catch and shoot.  Donovan is shooting 42% on catch and shoot but 29% on off the bounce three.  Tonight, I don’t believe he took and off the bounce three point shot.

 

  • Ricky Rubio had another strong night. He was on his way to another double double and maybe a triple double if he hadn’t got into foul trouble.  He finished with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists.   He made his first two layups of the night and that opened up his game.  He has a great burst to the basket and if he can start finishing regularly it will make a huge difference.  When he finishes well, then his search dribble has more punch.

 

  • Rubio worked well with Rudy tonight. They have changed some of the angles and it is giving Rubio a better window to pass into and Rudy an easier route to catch the pass.

 

  • Joe Johnson continues to get better and better on the offensive side of the ball as the season progresses.

 

  • I love how Royce O’Neale and Alec Burks are building off each other. They are very similar players.  Both are drivers, both can handle, both a really good rebounders, both are average three point shooter,  both can be physical defenders.

 

  • Derrick Favors continues to play very well. He was a force on the boards tonight.

 

  • The Suns are a poor team and their defense was porous. Give the Jazz credit for staying engaged, taking advantage and never letting the Suns get into the game

 

  • 4 in a row

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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10 Burning Questions about the Utah Jazz off-season

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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’s epsiode Locke hits on the 10 burning questions of the Utah Jazz off-season

1) What can be learned from the Milwaukee Bucks winning the title?

2) Are Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert behind in their timeline path to a title?

3) What are the Utah Jazz options with the 30th pick of the NBA Draft?

4) What should the Utah Jazz overall strategy be moving forward?

5) Has the NBA changed and should it impact how the Utah Jazz roster build?

6) What are the Utah Jazz options in Free Agency? And what players could be avaliable?

7) Will the Utah Jazz be able to re-sign Mike Conley?

8) Are their players at the 30 pick of the draft that can play now for the Utah Jazz?

9) Can the Utah Jazz move up in the NBA Draft?

10) Can the Utah Jazz acquire Damian Lillard

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Utah Jazz

What can Utah Jazz learn from the Milwaukee Bucks title ?

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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’s episode

* What would it be like to have a Game 6 of the NBA Finals in Utah ?

  • Winning a title is so one in a million is really right to have that as the end and only goal
  • What did it take for the Milwaukee Bucks to win the title
  • What can the Utah Jazz learn from the Bucks and how does it change your view point of the Utah Jazz off-season
  • What is the best way to approach the desire to win the title
  • Draft look at Ohio Point Guard Jason Preston
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Utah Jazz

Who will be on the board for the Utah Jazz and what position will be ready to play?

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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.
Now live on You Tube for every episode

Today’s show
* Who will be on the board for the Utah Jazz at pick 30
* What position is most likely to be able to make an impact
* Free agent market is going to pay some people according to John Hollinger
* Game 6 Bucks v. Suns tonight .

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