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EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – Jazz discipline crushes another terrible team

David Locke

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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

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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