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EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – Jazz never blink and blow out the Pistons

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SUMMARY: The Utah Jazz crushed the Detroit Pistons. The Jazz took a 10 point lead in the opening 4 minutes of the game and the game never got inside single digits again and stretch out to over 30 for much of the 4th quarter. Jazz win 110-79.
• The Jazz never blinked tonight. They had complete focus the entire game. Their defense in the 4th quarter up by 30 was as good as it was in the 1st quarter. This was a complete dismantling.

• The Jazz scored 42 first quarter points and the Pistons didn’t score 42 first half points. The Jazz first quarter had an EFG% of 95. They were 17 of 21 shooting. The ball moved and the players moved. Rudy Gobert got 4 dunks all on assists from Ricky Rubio. The Jazz sliced the Pistons apart and the never recovered.

• Derrick Favors had a brilliant first quarter. He forced Blake Griffin into 3 for 9, most long 2s and no free throws. On the offensive side he had a 4 plays that show his amazing talents. He hit a corner three, they are beginning to look easy for him. Then he got an offensive rebound off a play where he set the pick for Donovan Mitchell and still hustled to get the rebound. He hit a 14 foot floater and then on a pick and roll he caught the ball in the middle of the lane and bulleted a pass to the corner for a 3.

• Rudy Gobert has scored 20 or more in 3 of the last 4 games. He had a 20-10 double double again tonight. He is playing very strong around the basket.

• The Jazz have been uncomfortable to play. The list of defenders they put on the floor is incredible. No one wants to be guarded by Ricky Rubio, Donovan Mitchell, Joe Ingles, Derrick Favors or Rudy Gobert. Now off the bench the Jazz bring Jae Crowder at you, then Royce O’ Neale comes at you. Jonas Jerebko has been knows as a physical tough defender There is not an easy moment when you play the Jazz right now. It is an uncomfortable night.

• Joe Ingles has become such a good player. He had 17 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Quin has changed his rotation pattern so he is playing the opening part of 2nd quarters with Derrick Favors and that is the Jazz best pick and roll combination.

• The impact Jae Crowder is having on this team is somewhat hard to decipher since the team was playing so well at the deadline, but he is a huge +/- every night. He brings incredible toughness. He is versatile offensively. He is good enough shooter that when people are leaving him it is a bad idea. He is only going to get more comfortable.

• I am not sure how many teams in Jazz history have won 19 of 21 games.

• Donovan Mitchell had a career high with 9 rebounds

• This is solid blow out win by a team on an incredible run.

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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