SUMMARY: Jazz blow out another inferior opponent with a 21 point win that was never that close
- The Eastern Conference is truly awful
- The last two nights the Jazz deserve credit for being locked in and playing the game the correct way. When you play teams as bad as Washington and New York are defensively you can get caught up with how easy it is to get a shot and not play the game the right way. Instead, the Jazz have been making the extra pass, working shots from good to great and been dominating offensively. For most of the night the Jazz were averaging 1.5 to 1.7 pts when they cross half court.
- The Jazz shot selection has been through the roof. Tonight they took 41% of their shots at the rim and 44% of their shots as three point shots. When you are getting no resistance this reveals your philosophy and what you believe in as a team and a system. The Jazz were getting whatever look they wanted and the want rim, corner 3 and above the break 3. That is what they got.
- Ricky Rubio is struggling with some of his shots so instead he is attacking and going to the line. Ricky is an 85% free throw shooter. His efficiency is dictated not by making shots but if he goes to the line. His usage is low so when he goes to the line it is a really big deal for his efficiency. Tonight he took 10 free throws and he took 8 v. Washington.
- Donovan Mitchell is suddenly so efficient. Makes you wonder what he would be like if he got to play in the Eastern Conference every night. He shoots 4% better from the field and 3% better from 3 in the Eastern Conference.
- The last of the 3rd team all-nba guard is going to be Bradley Beal or Kemba Walker, likely Bradley Beal. I am having a hard time why he should be getting it over Donovan. He is more efficienct but Washington’s offense is not better than Utah’s and the Wizards are 11 games below .500 compared to the Jazz who are 13 games above .500 Makes me pause at least to consider that maybe Donovan in his 2nd year is deserving of all NBA 3rd That is an incredible thought even if you don’t believe he deserves it.
- The narrative to start the year was Donovan was in a sophomore slump and that he had slipped. He wasn’t great but as the process has played out and the season has gone on he has been amazing. He is so much better than he was a year ago right now. Since Jan 1st he is averaging 28 pts, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. He is shooting 44% and 39% from three while taking 6.5 free throws. He is shooting the three really well right now. He was shooting 43% on above the break threes over the last 12 games coming into the game.
- Good day in the standings with Houston, San Antonio and Oklahoma City all losing. The key is catching OKC because the Jazz likely have the tiebreaker with the Portland Trailblazers if needed.
- Off to Atlanta
Previewing Utah Jazz v. Denver Nuggets and Crossover with Adam Mares plus road to 55 wins
Utah Jazz match up with the Denver Nuggets tonight in an NBA Northwest Division battle. Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert renew the rivalry against Nikola Jokic and Michael Porter Jr.
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 each morning on You Tube
Locke will break down the Nuggets loss last night v. the Cleveland Cavaliers and where they are heading in the early part of the season. Plus, the keys to the match-up tonight v. the Jazz in Utah.
Then Locke looks at what it will take for the Utah Jazz to win 55 games in the Western Conference this season. The Road to 55 and what has to happen for the Jazz.
In the final segment, Locke is joined by Adam Mares of Locked On Nuggets to breakdown where each team stands and look ahead to the Tuesday night tilt.
Strong win in Sacramento, defense carried and running late, Whiteside minutes
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 each morning on You Tube
On Today’s episode Locke discusses a strong win in Sacramento against a feisty Kings team. Those wins are bigger than you think and the Jazz just got a tough one. The Utah Jazz defense was the key early and then they ran late which was a change from how they finished last year at times.
The show will also look at Hassan Whiteside’s minutes and the performance of Trent Forrest in the 2nd half as well as the big guns Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert.
Finally, Locke takes a look at an early trends around the NBA and what is different about the 2021-22 season.
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