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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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LOCKED ON JAZZ – Defense is rolling, weekend in review and Bradley Beal breakdown

David Locke

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The Utah Jazz took care of business this weekend and now head out on a crucial east coast road trip. David Locke, the radio voice of the Utah Jazz and Jazz NBA Insider, takes a look at the playoff picture and how it is all playing out plus the Jazz stellar defense against the Brooklyn Nets.

Then Locke breaks down Bradley Beal and how the Jazz have to defend him and what it takes to deal with him. Most importantly, how can Rudy Gobert impact his game.

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POSTCAST – Locke and Boone after blow out win and look to the road trip

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Utah Jazz radio team post game show after the Utah Jazz blow out the Brooklyn Nets

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EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – Jazz dominate Nets from early run to the finish

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SUMMARY:  The Jazz go a 27 to 2 run from the first quarter to the second and blow out the Brooklyn Nets on their way to a 114-98 win.

  • Rudy Gobert was a dominating defensive force tonight that ruined the rhythm of both D’Angleo Russell and Caris LeVert. Gobert’s length has such an impact on the opponents shot selection that players get uncomfortable because they are not talking their normal looks.  The Jazz defense has held 7 of the last 10 opponents to under a point a possession

 

  • This game was interesting because both the Nets and Jazz play an analytics heavy game. The Jazz take the  6th most amount of shots at the rim and the 6th most amount of threes for the 4th most amount of “smart” shots at 76%   The Nets take the 12th most amount of shots at the rim and the 4th most amount of 3s for the 5th most amount of smart shots at 75%.   Now that is fine expect that both teams defensively take the same approach and deny these shots.  The Jazz rank 1st at 62.5% and the Nets rank 2nd at 64% at allowing fewest amount of smart shots.   So what happens?

 

  • The defenses won out. The Jazz took 29% of their shots as mid range shots compared the their usual 24% and the Nets shot an unreal 40% of their shots as mid range shots compared to their 25%.   Moreover, neither team shot them very well.  The Jazz were 8 of 29 and the Nets were 9 of 39.  At one point in the game the Nets were 4 of 22 on paint non restricted area shots.

 

  • D’Angle Russell had a miserable night. He finished 2 of 11 on mid range shots.

 

  • Derrick Favors had a sequence of the game when he was so much bigger and stronger than any of the Nets they couldn’t get a rebound. The Nets were trying to play zone and had to bail out of the zone because Favors was too much of a force on the boards

 

  • The Jazz bigs killed the Nets. Rudy Gobert had 23 points and 17 rebounds as well as 3 blocks and Derrick Favors had 13 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks.

 

  • The Jazz were able to get off 13 corner 3 attempts which is a lot and a ton when you consider who they were playing. The Jazz are averaging well over 10 corner 3 attempts for the last 10 games.

 

  • Donovan notched another 20 point game. He has had 20 in 28 of his last 30 games

 

  • 13 three pointers for the Jazz. 12 seems to be the magic number for wins

 

  • Solid win now onto the East for a 4 game trip of huge importance.
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