SUMMARY: A hot shooting night coupled with a great game plan and defensive execution leads to a 30+ point blow out of the San Antonio Spurs.
- This was as good as the Utah Jazz can be. They hit a franchise record 20 three pointers tonight and beat the Spurs 139-105.
- While the story will be about the offense and the three point shooting the real story should be about how connected the Jazz defense was tonight. The Jazz defensive rating in the first quarter was a 76 and at halftime was a 94. They made Aldridge and DeRozan uncomfortable through out the night.
- Aldridge wants to play in the left block and he got their only two times all night. The Jazz were impacting the post up before it got there. They were picking the ball up early, they weren’t concerned about the drive games of any of the Spurs guards so they played tight and impacted the passing angles and in turn Aldridge didn’t get the ball where he wanted it. The same was true with DeRozan. DeRozan would prefer to play the right side of the floor and he never got their easily. He would prefer to post up or settle into his mid-range shots and he wasn’t able to get those.
- The Spurs only shot 2 free throws in the first half and only made 3 three pointers and that makes it nearly impossible to win in the NBA if you aren’t going to shoot threes and you don’t get to the line.
- Royce O’Neale was a defensive star tonight with the effort he put together against DeMar DeRozan.
- The Jazz played offensively with a great deal of force tonight. They have really picked up their tempo recently in how quickly they are getting up the court and on the top of the basket. This started most noticeably in Brooklyn and was evident in both Charlotte and Miami. This is getting them Jazz even better looks and helping the offense get some more opportunities.
- Ricky Rubio came into the game shooting 46% overall and 40% from three over the last 10 games and went 5 for 10 and 2 for 3 from three. He seems to have found a rhythm.
- Donovan Mitchell hit three corner 3 point shots tonight. He was 2 for 15 coming into the game on corner 3 shots. He shot 50% last year.
- Rudy Gobert was great and was +30
- The Spurs are in a vital 7 game stretch v. Western Conference playoff contender and they lost to Minnesota by 39, Houston by 31, beat Portland (who has lost 6 of 7 and 8 of 11) and lost to Utah tonight by 34. They play the Lakers in their next two before playing Utah again. They may have a hard time keeping up with the Lakers speed.
- Jazz have won 4 of 6.
- Jazz set a frachise record with 20 three pointers. They took 12 corner 3s and made 9.
- The Spurs took 52 mid range shots tonight and only took 16 shots at the rim. That is one of the lowest totals of the season.
- Jazz transition defense was great tonight and that has been the biggest problem defensively .
- As good as the Jazz can be. Houston late Thursday.
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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Utah Jazz broadcast team David Locke and Ron Boone breakdown the Jazz tenacious win over the motivated and energetic Sacramento Kings
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