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EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – Jazz win streak ends as Hawks disrupt the flow

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EMPTYING THE NOGGIN

Summary:  The Jazz 9 game win streak comes to an end at the hands of a great defensive plan and an unstoppable Dennis Schroder

  • The Jazz finally blinked. They hadn’t had a misstep since they were last time they were in Atlanta and it might not be a coincidence.   The Hawks play the Jazz differently than anyone else.  The two teams play very similar system and the Hawks were very comfortable defending the Jazz.

 

  • The Hawks drop their big super deep into the top of the restricted area and as it did last time the Jazz played Atlanta it caused the Jazz a great deal of difficulty. The pick and roll game to Gobert was not something the Jazz could get going.   Early in the game they forced Ricky Rubio into a lot of shots and he held his own and kept the Jazz in the game.

 

  • Last time the Jazz played the Hawks they took a season low three point attempts and tonight they shot a season low 3 pt % going 6 of 34.  The Jazz made 4 of their first 8 threes and then made just 2 of their last 26 from three.

 

  • Dennis Schroder owned the game. He had a career high 41 points.   He had 17 in the 4th quarter and made 7 of 10 shots in the 4th   They ran pick and rolls to get him switched on Ingles, Crowder and others and he was able to blow by them and get to the basket.   On the biggest one of the night he floated it over the outstretched arms of Rudy Gobert.

 

  • The Jazz are the first team in this playoff race 3-10 to lost a game with over a 80% win probability. The previous 18 had all been won by the favorite.   This is a significant loss for the Jazz.  With 11 games left it is hard to get these back.   It has to be a game where the Jazz are expected to lose and they surprise with a win and their aren’t many of those on the schedule.

 

  • The Jazz were in positon to win it but Joe Ingles had two great look threes that didn’t fall. He made two huge threes in overtime to start the winning ways in Detroit and they can’t all fall but these two both would have swung the game.  Rudy Gobert outworked three Atlanta Hawks players for an offensive rebound and threw it out to Ingles for a wide open three with :29 seconds left trailing by 2.  The guy who seems to have made everything for two months missed.  Then Quin Snyder drew up a gorgeous out of bounds play and go Ingles a wide open three from his sweet spot for the tie.  It missed.  Tough shot with his body moving at full speed but again it is a shot that Joe seems to make every time.

 

  • The Jazz played the Hawks for 96 minutes this year and never had their usual flow. I wonder if it is because the two teams are so similar and so the Hawks go up against themselves in practice every day and playing the Jazz feels similar.  The Jazz play a different style and are a major adjustment for teams and tonight the opponent didn’t have to adjust.

 

  • The Jazz had been the 2nd best 4th quarter team and 3rd best defense in the clutch before tonight. Schroder ended that.

 

  • Donovan Mitchell is struggling with his long-range shot. He is 2 of his last 18 in the last 2 games.  He is around 25% for his last 11 games.  His above the break 3 and his off the bounce three have dropped under 30%.   He is carrying a mammoth load and a load that is unprecedented for a rookie.  When we see these notes that only one rookie since Tim Duncan has scored 20 points and won over 40 games and that only 6 rookies have lead their team in scoring and won over 40 games since Larry Bird we need to realize what is being asked of Donovan.   I actually thought he made some nice adjustments to his game with some stop and pops late in the 4th.   He is still learning and he is playing his 68th game of the year nearly double his college load.

 

  • The Hawks disrupt the Jazz. They are what I would anticipate a playoff scouting report to look like against the Jazz.   This was not a lack of effort or lack of concentration or taking a team lightly this was just getting knocked out of your flow and never regaining it.   The Jazz never looked comfortable tonight.

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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