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.
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