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EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – Mike Conley is alive

David Locke

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SUMMARY:  The Jazz take advantage of a Kawhi Leonard and Paul George less Los Angeles Clippers and blow out the Clippers in a night where Mountain Mike arrives

  • Mike Conley lives.  An 18 point third quarter by Mike Conley had the crowd buzzing for the rest of the night.  Mike who is usually a very cool customer was incredible animated.  When he hit a big three to force the Clippers to take a timeout out the entire team meet him at half court with excitement.

 

  • Conley went 6 for 8 from the field and 4 for 4 from three in the 3rd quarter and the 18 points were his 2nd largest scoring quarter of his career.

 

  • Conley finished with 29 points of 11 of 17 shooting and 5 of 8 from three. The Jazz have now won games behind the offense of Donovan Mitchell, Bojan Bogdanovic and Mike Conley.  That is exactly how the team was constructed.

 

  • The constant so far is the Jazz defense. Tonight the Clippers were very limited so it was not a great test, but nonetheless the Jazz for the 5th straight game held a team below 100 points a possession.  The Jazz did this 46% of the time last year and when a team does this they win 86% of the time.

 

  • Rudy Gobert is completely altering the opponents shot charts. The Jazz forced the Clippers into taking over 50% of their shots as mid range shots in this game.  It is really hard to win when your shot chart is that skewed.

 

  • The Jazz lead by 10 after 1 but were only up when by halftime. Then the Jazz blitzed the Clippers in the 3rd

 

  • The Jazz changed their rotations tonight to let the bench players play longer stints and more collective mintues. It will be interesting to see if this is a new model for the Jazz. They went back to Mike Conley only playing 2 stints a quarter and this allowed Mudiay, Green, Davis, etc to play an extended run and they did very well against the short handed Clippers.

 

  • The Clippers only took 24% of their shots at the rim tonight.

 

  • Joe Ingles was +27 in 31 minutes

 

  • The Jazz went to their offensive lineup of Conley, Mitchell, Ingles, Bogdanovic and Gobert and couldn’t score to close the first half and were on the wrong side of a 14 to 2 run.

 

  • Donovan Mitchell 10 of 17. Only 2 three point shots but he is incredibly efficient right now

 

  • 4-1 start. Interesting next 5 games for the Jazz.  Will Joel Embiid be suspended?  The Warriors without Steph.  Will the Kings come out with all sorts of juice or are they broken?  What are the Clippers with Kawhi like?

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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