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EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – Jazz lose control of game and chances for home court

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SUMMARY:  The Utah Jazz eliminate any likely scenario of having home court advantage with a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers

  • After a sluggish first quarter the Jazz regained control of the 2nd game in the 2nd quarter with a solid defensive quarter (allowing 20 points) and good ball movement that lead to great looks. However, the Jazz blinked to open the 3rd quarter and the Lakers took control of the game and stunningly the Jazz were never able to get control of the game.

 

  • You have to be good to beat an NBA team. The Lakers are playing really hard. Every guy they are rolling out is either a free agent or trying to establish themselves as an NBA player and in turn are playing for their careers.  When you don’t make that effort you end up in trouble.  It has happened to both the Clippers and the Jazz the last two games the Lakers played.

 

  • The Jazz brought Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell back in the game with 10 minutes left in a 4 point game and they never got control of the game. Instead Kentavious Caldwell-Pope became an offensive juggernaut and the Jazz couldn’t get a stop.

 

  • The Jazz defense was not good tonight.

 

  • The Lakers did some things to the Jazz offensively that felt different. The Jazz struggle the most offensively this year against Houston who generally switches all picks.  The answer to teams that switch or trap is often to never set the pick and then they aren’t able to switch if the two players never come together.  What the Lakers did (it seemed without re-watching the game) was bring a third player into the play who stopped the drive.  Lots of teams bring a third player into the play and that is usually a wing to deal with Rudy’s roll while taking the big over to the driver (usually Donovan).   This leaves a smaller guy on Rudy and he usually dunks.  The Lakers kept the big on Rudy.   I don’t think the Jazz got more than 1 or 2 Rudy lobs all night and then brought the third guy to the ball.  The Jazz found the open corner 3 for most of the 2nd quarter and the beginning of the 3rd but the Lakers adjusted to that and the Jazz didn’t get it later.

 

  • The Jazz went 0 for 7 on above the break three point shots in the 4th quarter

 

  • KCP went 4 for 4 in the mid range in the 4th quarter and then capped it with a great pass to McGee for a dunk. It is nearly impossible to take away all 3 levels (3pt, mid range and rim) at the same time.  The Jazz take away the three and the rim  (that is smart).  When Caldwell-Pope gets going in the mid range it eventually forces you to pull the big up a step to alter his shot and then McGee sneaks behind the big for the dunk.  That is exactly what happenend.

 

  • Huge sequence of the game early in the 4th The Jazz lead by 2 when Jae Crowder drove the basket and missed a layup and fell to the ground.  The Lakers came back 5 on 4 and Mike Muscala hit a three.  On the next possession Jae missed a three and tried to draw a foul falling to the ground.  Again it was a 5 on 4 and this time KCP hit a three that would get him rolling.  The Lakers now lead 89-85 and Quin went to Rudy and Donovan but the game had swung and the Jazz never got it back.

 

  • The NBA got wacky tonight. Denver sure seems to have purposely lost to Portland with the hope of having Houston slip to the 4th seed and Portland move up to the 3rd  However, the risk for Denver is if they lose on Tuesday they could slip to the 3rd seed behind Houston.   From a Jazz standpoint, the strange thing is if the Jazz are trying to pick their opponent they have very little control, but whatever control they have would be out the window if they won Tuesday.  A in on Tuesday would lock the Jazz into the 5th spot.  There is chance still for OKC to get the 5th seed.  If OKC beats Houston and Milwaukee and the Jazz lose out then the Jazz go to 6th and OKC is 5th.  If this happens and Portland wins out then Denver’s master plan has worked and the Rockets slip to 4.  If that happens there is a chance the Jazz would prefer to play Portland than Houston and could lose on the final night of the year on purpose.  It is a bit nuts.

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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SI ranked Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert where? How do the Utah Jazz get better with Tony Jones

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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, Locke delves into the SI NBA rankings and where they put Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert. How is it possible that both of these great players are ranked as high as they after the Utah Jazz had such an amazing season.

Tony Jones of the Athletic wraps up a week worth of shows with Locke. Today the conversation is solely on the Utah Jazz. They start addressing the age of the Jazz players and how concerned should we be about the age of the Mike Conley, Joe Ingles, Rudy Gay and Bojan Bogdanovic.

Why the Utah Jazz will be better this season. The answer is Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert so Locke and Jones address how can Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert get better?

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Biggest concern for 21-22 Utah Jazz, Tony Jones on how the Jazz get better and 5 teams in West that could play in or win it

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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, Locke opens the show with his biggest worry for the Utah Jazz season. Carrer years last year by Joe Ingles and Mike Conley could be hard to replicate as they both turn 34 years old in the upcoming weeks. Other players like Bojan Bogdanovic and Jordan Clarkson didn’t have career years and could match what they did or improve.

Then Locke is joined by the Athletic’s Tony Jones to continue the talk about 5 teams in the West that could play in the play in game and also could win the West. They did into Jason Kidd and Luke Doncic and how that impacts the Dallas Mavericks. They talk about the growth of Michael Porter Jr. and the Denver Nuggets.

Then they look at the Utah Jazz and how they can get better this year. Tony and Locke review game 6 v. the Clippers and then think about how the addition of Rudy Gay can help the Utah Jazz.

Thanks for making Locked On Jazz your first listen of the day

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Why the West is Wide Open and Tony Jones frolicking and fun across the NBA

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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. On Today’s episode Locke opens up by looking at the ESPN NBA predictions about who will be the breakout teams, the MVP and the win totals in the West.

Locke thinks the MVP listing shows why the Western Conference is wide open this year. Do you believe Donovan Mitchell is just as likely to carry a team in a playoff series as Luka Doncic or Devin Booker or even LeBron James at this point? That is what makes the West so wide open.

Locke is joined by Tony Jones of the Athletic to and they just go hog wild around the NBA from what the Wolves should do for Ben Simmons to if the Los Angeles Lakers are going to be good. It is all part of the summer interview series on Locked On Jazz.

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