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EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – Morant steals the show on Conley’s night

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SUMMARY:  A night when the Memphis Grizzlies honored Mike Conley for his time with the franchise their new star Ja Morant gave their fans the ultimate cheer

  • Jazz offense looked better than it had all season in the opening quarter getting great looks and wide open threes but they weren’t able to knock them down. It was crazy balls were doing deep in the cup and popping out.  This is the offense we had been hoping to see, but the shots didn’t fall.

 

  • In the second half the Jazz weren’t making shots but they were living at the free throw line.

 

  • A few times during the game it felt like the Jazz were on the verge of pulling away and when they didn’t it was clear the game was going to wire.

 

  • Memphis is likely the worst team in the Western Conference and they have won three straight with wins on the road at Charlotte and San Antonio and now a home win v. Utah. This may not be true because of Ja Morant and if Golden State sits Steph.  This team is pretty good, there are no easy nights in the West.

 

  • Ja Morant is outstanding. He is the best rookie since Donovan.   He is taking over games and the best player on the floor for extended periods the way Donovan was three years ago.  He has amazing control of the dribble, he has a great wiggle and he can really elevate around the rim.   Most impressive, was how smart he was with his choices and his attack

 

  • Mike Conley had a tough night in his return to Memphis. He didn’t get a field goal in 3 attempts in the first quarter and was 2 of 8 in the first half.  He hit some big shots late in the game with 6 points and 2 assists in the 4th

 

  • The Jazz 2nd quarter was tough. They took just 6 threes out of 23 shot attempts and shot and only had 2 free throws and had 7 turnovers.

 

  • Rudy Gobert was magnificent again. He was 9 of 11 and had 23 points and 17 rebounds.  In the last three games he is now 27 of 32 from the field.   He added 9 screen assists

 

  • Donovan had 29 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists.

 

  • Jazz were 9 of 34 from three.

 

  • Memphis did some nice things late when they played Morant in a pick and roll with the power forward and kept Gobert occupied on the weak side with Jonas Valancinus allowing Morant to have room to drive.

 

 

  • The Jazz were -11 in the 11 minutes Rudy Gobert was off the floor and had a tough time in pick and roll defense.

 

  • The Jazz defensive rating with Rudy Gobert on the floor was a 96.1 and with him off the floor was a 117.9

 

  • Sure looks like Donovan Mitchell was fouled on the final play

 

  • My overall feeling is there are too many bad offensive possessions, a dribble fest till 11 on the clock and then passing out of the post (happened 3 times) a fast break with open shooters on the wing that are ignored (happened once) mid range jumper too early in the clock. When each of those cost you a little bit by the end of the night it is a bad offensive night.

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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NBA Free Agency is here for the Utah Jazz

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NBA Free Agency is day is here for the Utah Jazz. What can we expect to take place? Will the Utah Jazz make a trade? Is this the day Rudy Gobert or Mike Conley or Donovan Mitchell gets traded? Do the Jazz have a free agency move to be made? David Locke, radio voice of the Utah Jazz and Jazz NBA insider take a look at all of these questions and gives you the free agency primer. Is the market drying up on the Utah Jazz? The Clippers and Wizards have already made moves and the Atlanta Hawks have used their draft capital. Rumors continue with Rudy Gobert at the forefront and we take a look at what those deals might be for the Utah Jazz and what would have to be included to make a deal happen. Then a look at the Utah Jazz options at the tax payer mid level contractsand what the Jazz current roster looks like and what could take place. Locked On Jazz Podcast 💻 https://www.lockedonjazz.net/ 🎧 LockedOnJazz.com https://buff.ly/2FEZTVY 🎧 Apple https://apple.co/3Dc8QBq 🎧 Spotify https://spoti.fi/3IfvgVX 🎧Stitcher https://bit.ly/3pkGyzB 🎧 Google https://bit.ly/3I8TwJz

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New Utah Jazz Head Coach Will Hardy: What formed him, what influences, style of play and staff

David Locke

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Reports have the Utah Jazz hiring Will Hardy as their new head coach. The 34 year old assistant to the Boston Celtics and formerly of the San Antionio Spurs is on the verge of becoming the next head coach of the Utah Jazz. The Jazz believe in Hardy giving him a reportidly 5 year deal. David Locke, the radio voice of the Utah Jazz and Jazz NBA Insider, breaks down the influences that formed Will Hardy from his unique college experience at Williams College to his journey to the Spurs bench and all the coaches that have touched him along the way. One thing has been universally true about Will Hardy, everyone knew he was on the path to great things and leading people. The quotes about him from his high school coach to his college coach to Gregg Popovich all tell the same story. Locke also digs into what he believes the style of play will be and what will happen with his coaching staff.

 

0:00: Open

3:00: What is Will Hardy’s journey

5:00: The influence of Williams College

8:00: Curt Tong, the life changer

12:00: Quotes from his coaches

15:00: 6 to 60 it didn’t matter

24:00: Style of play

28:00: Will Alex Jensen stay with the Utah Jazz

31:00: Coaching circles

 

Locked On Jazz Podcast 💻 https://www.lockedonjazz.net/ 🎧 LockedOnJazz.com https://buff.ly/2FEZTVY 🎧 Apple https://apple.co/3Dc8QBq 🎧 Spotify https://spoti.fi/3IfvgVX 🎧Stitcher https://bit.ly/3pkGyzB 🎧 Google https://bit.ly/3I8TwJz

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Utah Jazz free agency decision making tree, the case for Johnnie Bryant and NBA Menus

David Locke

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The NBA Free agency is looking and the Utah Jazz decison making tree is becoming more and more clear. David Locke, radio voice of the Utah Jazz and Jazz NBA Insider, takes you through the steps the Utah Jazz front office is going through to determine what they do in the off-season. the real question is there a good solution and a correct route for the Utah Jazz and do they dictate that ability. Yesterday we looked at the case for the Utah Jazz assistant coach Alex Jensen as the Utah Jazz head coach. Today we do the same with New York Knicks and former Utah Jazz assistant coach Johnnie Bryant. The case for Bryant is very similar to numerous other coaches in the search. Then it is time to go shopping and look at the menus of NBA rosters. Locked On Jazz Podcast https://www.lockedonjazz.net/ LockedOnJazz.com https://buff.ly/2FEZTVY Apple https://apple.co/3Dc8QBq Spotify https://spoti.fi/3IfvgVX Stitcher https://bit.ly/3pkGyzB Google https://bit.ly/3I8TwJz

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