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EMPTYING THE NOGGIN — Jazz control Boston again and win easily v. Celtics

David Locke

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SUMMARY:   Utah Jazz bounce back and blow out the Boston Celtics leading by 20 for much of the 4th quarter.

  • This group plays hard every night.  That is such a big part of what makes a successful team.  They believe in each other, they play for each other and they play hard.  It allows a team to get through tough stretches and bounce back from hard losses.

 

  • The schedule the Jazz are playing right now is brutal. No easy games and a tremendous amount of travel.  Wins like tonight matter even more.  Last year, one of the biggest wins of the year was the Jazz win in Boston. Without Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert the Jazz stole a win in Boston. They had lost 4 in a row and were going to lose the next 3.  It was the one win in the middle the at prevented an 8 game losing streak.  Those wins are really important.  I don’t think the Jazz are about to go a slide of that nature but this win was big and gives the Jazz a chance to change the whole tenor of the trip.

 

  • The Jazz play the Celtics very well. Quin Snyder worked all off-season on ways to attack switching defenses and the Celtics usually switch all picks. The Jazz run their systems and get really good looks against the Celtics.  Joe Ingles on the tight curl is something in two games the Celtics never figured out.   Two of the biggest plays of the night were Dante Exum lobs to Derrick Favors off similar action.

 

  • The Jazz got the best point guard play of the season from Ricky Rubio and Dante Exum. Quin Snyder has really put an emphasis on playing with a thrust on makes and misses after the Dallas game.   They did it for the second straight night and this time it seemed to spur Rubio and Exum to strong games.   Both of them were stalwarts on defense.  Rubio had 20 points offensively of 6 of 13 shooting after starting 1 for 5.  Exum had 10 points, 7 rebounds (yes 7 rebounds) and 3 assists and played great defense.

 

  • The Jazz defense was great all night. They had a defensive rating of 77 after the 1st quarter, then it was 92 at halftime.  They clamped down in the 3rd quarter and had it back down to 86 before finishing the night at 90.3

 

  • The Celtics are not a good offensive team. The Jazz exposed that.  Plus, the Celtics missed a ton of shots, they went 5 of 33 from three.

 

  • Jae Crowder had another great plus minus night. The starters struggled to open the game and then when Crowder came in the game changed.  By the end of 1 the Jazz lead it 29-20.  Crowder was +19 tonight.

 

  • Donovan got it rolling tonight. 28 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists.

 

  • Jazz didn’t get on the rim tonight with just 29% of their shots at the rim but they took 45% of their shots as three point shots.

 

  • Jazz had an absurdly good game on non-restricted area 2 point shots tonight. They  went 15 of 22.   But if you look at it they are almost all around the rim

 

  • Before the game Donovan Mitchell was terrific with a little boy, He was wearing a Brewster #45 shirt, Donovan’s high school, and Ron Boone saw him and brought him onto the floor . Then once Donovan saw him he asked him if he wanted to rebound for him and at the end signed his jersey,  Donovan is the best.   I just talked with Donovan about it and he truly just loves kids.  To me he seems like one but he is wise beyond his years.

 

  • This game was really not very close. It got to 5 at halftime but the Jazz lead it by 15 at the end of 3 quarters and lead by 20 for portions of the 4th

 

  • This is a really nice win for the Jazz. If you are honest about the schedule so far the Jazz have won as many games that you thought they would lose as they have lost games you thought they should have won.

 

  • Ohh by the way did I mention Donovan Mitchell blocked Gordon Hayward when he went up for a slam dunk on a chase down.

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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