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EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – On Utah Jazz 18-19 Schedule

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A quick emptying the noggin on the Utah Jazz 18-19 Schedule

 

Here is the schedule –

  • The Jazz open on the 17th in Sacramento and then come home to play Golden State.

 

  • Jazz have 11 National TV games

 

  • Gordon Hayward returns to Salt Lake City on Friday November 9th. Home game #6 and it is on ESPN.   Wonder if Gordon will be playing every game at that point or if he will be resting for certain games.

 

  • LeBron comes to town on January 11th and March 27th , the Warriors two visits are October 19th and December 19th

 

  • I said today on Locked on Jazz the first thing to check is who do we only play 3 times. The Jazz play the Spurs and Warriors twice at home and only once on the road and the Jazz play Los Angeles Clippers and New Orleans twice on the road and only once at home.  That is much more favorable than last season.

 

  • The league has made amazing progress in the elimination of 4 games in 5 nights, significant travel on back to backs and time zone back to backs. The Jazz are down to 14 back to backs this season.  More importantly, 2 of them don’t include travel.  Moreover, of the 12 back to back that include travel only 4 of them have a time zone change.   The back to backs aren’t great, but the real problem is the travel on the back to backs.   The West to East travel is particularly bad and the Jazz only change time zones on 4 back to backs.

 

  • Fans get 17 of the 41 home games on a Friday or Saturday night.

 

  • The Jazz schedule is pretty fair, they play 10 games when they are rested and the opponent is not, they play 10 games the opponent is rested and they are not and they play 62 games when teams are at equal rest. The NBA has made amazing strides in the scheduling.

 

  • One of the toughest stretches of the season comes in December. It starts on December 9th with a back to back in San Antonio and Oklahoma City.  Then  the Jazz come home for a single game against Miami before heading back out to Mexcio City.  There is three day break but Mexico City has a lot more than basketball to the trip.  Then Jazz leave Mexico City and go to Houston before returning home for one game against the Warriors and then right back out to Porltand before coming home for Oklahoma City on a West to East back to back.   That is brutal.  8 games, 7 playoff caliber teams in 3 time zones and 9 plane flghts.

 

  • Strange road trip of the year is the Jazz first one. It has a back to back in the middle with 2 days off on each side of the back to back.   This is for player rest but the Jazz will play Houston on Wednesday and then not play again until Saturday in New Orleans.  Then after playing Dallas on Sunday they won’t play Minnesota till Wednesday.

 

  • Jazz play Memphis in 2 of their first 3 home games of the season when you would presume both Marc Gasol and Mike Conley are healthy.

 

  • Jazz are home a lot in January from the 9th to 25th with only one road game in between. Think Snow. The Jazz are only on the road for four single trips (Clippers, Minnesota, Portland and Golden State) from Jan 9th to all-star break

 

  • Time will tell but the close to the Jazz season looks like the softest part of the schedule. The Jazz play Phoenix on the 13th of March and in the final 16 games the Jazz play 4 projected playoff teams (6 if you include the Lakers which we should)

 

  • Two home games a month that is all we ask. This would be my ultimate ticket package.  In October/November (I get three games) I am going to Jazz v. Warriors opener, Jazz v. Raptors on November 5th and November 9th Boston and Hayward.  In December,  James Harden and the Rockets on December 6th and then Christmas is going to be amazing v. Portland.  In January,  LeBron and the Lakers come in on the 11th and Denver on the 23rd of January should be a great game.    In February it could be the month of rookies since Atlanta with Trae Young, Phoenix with DeAndre Ayton and Luka Doncic comes to town with Dallas.    March is the month of young great players.  Giannnis Antetokounmpo and Milwaukee come to town on the 2nd and Anthony Davis and New Orleans play on 4th of March.   But I will have to bypass one of them to see Oklahoma City on the 11th of March and LeBron comes back on March 27th.   Heck, I need way more than 2 games a month to get this done.

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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EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – How bad was it? What does it mean?

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SUMMARY:  A historically bad shooting night becomes a historically bad margin of deficit for the Utah Jazz

  • For the first time in 40 years of Utah Jazz basketball they lost a basketball game by 50 points.

 

  • The 22 points in the 2nd half is the all-time low for the Jazz franchise

 

  • The 22 points is the 3rd worst half of basketball in Jazz franchise history

 

  • The 29 missed threes are the most three point misses in Jazz history

 

  • The Jazz offensive rating was a 68.1 they have had the worse offensive games the following times since 1996, November 29th of 2005 they had a 67.1 against the Pacers. 4th of February in 2000 v. the Lakers the Jazz had an offensive rating of 67.4 and on 16th of February in 1999 they had a 65.6 offensive rating v. Seattle.

 

  • According to cleaning the glass, the Jazz shot 3 of 21 on non-restricted area 2 point shots and 6 of 35 from three.

 

  • The Jazz were down 6 at the end of the 1st The Jazz were 10 of 22 and 2 of 8 from three in the first quarter.   The game was tied at 34-34- and the Jazz were down one at 39-38 and then it all fell apart at an incredible level.   Rubio hit a layup with 6:34 and then the Jazz missed 12 straight shots until Rubio made another layup at the 1:33 mark.  The amazing thing is they trailed by just 6.  Barnes and Doncic hit back to back threes and the Jazz were down 12.    However, they hadn’t hit anything.  They were 4 of 18 from 3 and just 17 of 45 overall.  My feeling at this point was shots would start to fall and the game was still there for the Jazz.

 

  • However, the opposite happened. The Jazz open to the third quarter was dreadful.    Donovan took a three and missed, Derrick had a contested corner 3 and missed, Donovan turned it over, Ingles turned it over and then missed a layup.  Like that the Jazz were down 17 in just 2:37 of the quarter.   Then it got worse.  Mitchell missed again and turned it over.  Rubio turned it over, Ingles missed a three, Rubio missed a three and eventually, the Jazz would miss 13 straight threes.

 

  • They were down 25 at the end of 3 and wilted in the 4th.

 

  • The question is why. I think it is one of those nights shooting.  It happens.  It happened last year on November 10th Miami.  The 4th quarter is a rarity that they seemed to completely stop playing with any force.

 

  • Does the 50 point margin matter? Other than ruining all metrics for months I am not certain.

 

  • What does matter is that this is not a naturally good shooting team. The offense is getting the Jazz an incredible amount of looks at the rim and corner 3 and above the break 3.  Going into the night the Jazz were getting the most corner 3s and were 0 for 9 and are now shooting 28% from the corner.   .84 points per shot is not going to get it done.  They rank 28th in corner 3s.

 

  • We are getting really close to where this is not small sample size theater anymore. This is 18% of the season.  It is not ok to have a fifth of your season where these numbers exist if it is game 1 to 14 or 53 to 67.

 

  • The three point shooting is obvious because it is in the box score and easy to find but the Jazz were also 1 of 13 (not official) on paint non-restricted area 2 point shots. For the season they are 28% this shots in the paint non restricted area.  28% on a 2 point shot.  This is last in the NBA.   Luckily the Jazz don’t take a lot of those as shots but it a shot they take more than the corner 3.

 

  • I have purposely have not discussed individual players. This was a collective effort.  Dallas deserves some credit.   They have won 4 of 5.  The defense has been great in 4 of those 5 games.

 

  • Here is what I find a bit concerning. The 5 jazz player who take the most threes all average 31% or below other than Joe Ingles.   31% is .93 pts per shot if you are average.   The chances are on a night that 2 of those players will be below average.  7% of the time all of them will be below average and then you get a night like tonight.   I felt the same way at the same point of last season so maybe it will be as silly a thought as it was at this point last year.
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POSTCAST – Locke and Boone try to figure out the significance of this loss

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Utah Jazz post game show on the internet. David Locke and Ron Boone try to figure out what happened tonight and what the significance of the night is for the Utah Jazz

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LOCKED ON JAZZ – Favors/Gobert deeper dig, Warriors, Denver, Boston

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The Jazz have unique lineups with Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert. When you look at those combinations and the numbers on the surface you have to be careful to not be swayed into an incorrect observation.

A deeper dive into those numbers reveals who Favors and Gobert have been playing together, how Rudy is playing with Jae Crowder and why the offense is struggling with Derrick Favors.

Plus, David Locke, the radio voice of the Utah Jazz and Jazz NBA Insider, takes a look at the situation in Golden State as well as in Denver’s sudden losing ways and the Boston Celtics confusion

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