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EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – No one wins when respect goes away

David Locke

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SUMMARY:  Super solid performance from the Utah Jazz as they control the game for its entirety and beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 120-100

  • The Jazz lead by 9 at the end of the 1st quarter, they lead by 9 and the half, they lead by 10 at the end of 3 and then they blew the Wolves out for a 20 point win.

 

  • The early portion of the game was dictated by Karl Anthony Towns getting two early fouls and the Jazz taking advantage to run out to the 9 point lead and the Jazz closed the 1st quarter on a 11-2 run that they would never relinquish.

 

  • The Wolves got the game to 2 at one point in the third and then the Jazz took it right back to 9 and stayed a comfortable distances away from the Wolves the rest of the night.

 

  • Donovan started strong tonight with 4 assists for three pointers in the 1st quarter as well as 7 points.

 

  • For a period of the game Derrick Favors was the best player on the floor as he dominated the offensive glass stealing rebounds and creating extra opportunities for the Jazz offense

 

  • The Jazz defense was not impactful until late in the 3rd quarter and then in the 4th quarter they shut down the Wolves.

 

  • According to cleaning the glass the Jazz took 44% of their shots at the rim and 39% of their shots as threes. That is amazing shot distribution.  The Jazz continue to have one of the best shot distributions in the NBA.  It is worth a few points every night.

 

  • Jazz offensive rating was a 122 tonight. Defensive rating was near 100 again, last check had it at 102.  The Jazz have held opponents below a point a possessions in 5 of the last 8 games before tonight.

 

  • Raul Neto was +7 in 13 minutes

 

  • Dante Exum had a sore knee and Thabo Sefolosha had a tight hamstring and neither were available for most of the night.

 

  • Kyle Korver moved into 50th all time on the games played list and took 9 three points

 

  • Minnesota had a brutal travel day yesterday stuck in an executive terminal (limited, no food, no commerce) or the plane for 8 hours in Denver before finally going back to the hotel and spending the night in Denver and then flying out mid morning and arriving here at noon. They wore out.

 

  • Gail Miller addressed the crowd before the game and may have had the signature quote for what she will be remembered: “No one wins when respect goes away.”

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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