Connect with us

Utah Jazz

EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – Pelicans peck away in the Paint in comeback win over Utah Jazz

David Locke

Published

on

SUMMARY: The Utah Jazz 4 game win streak comes to an end when the Pesky Pelicans went on a 22-2 run in the 4th quarter to win it 115-112
• The Utah Jazz lead the entire game and were ahead 103-89 with 8:10 left in the game and then the Pelicans went on a 22-2 run.

• The Jazz defensive game plan was built to contain the Pelicans and keep them out of the paint. It didn’t happen the Pelicans took 64 shots in the paint tonight.

• The Jazz offense went from the 8:10 mark of the 4th quarter to the 1:41 mark of the 4th without a field goal. Prior to that the Jazz offense was humming. They had 35 assists on the night. They hit on 14 three point shots. The free throw line is a place where the Jazz have been getting a lot of their points and tonight the Pelicans only allowed the Jazz to get to the line 14 times.

• The Pelicans deserve a lot of credit. They have won three straight games all of the road and all of which they trailed by considerable amounts and fought their way back to win. They trailed by 19 to both the Suns and the Nuggets and 17 tonight. This win might be the most impressive. They already had two wins notched on the trip. They were down 14 with 8:10 left and they could have very easily called it good. Instead, they kept charging and won the game.

• All of this analysis would feel different if Joe Ingles had been able to hold onto a defensive rebound. The Jazz got a stop leading by 1 with 29.4 seconds left but Ingles wasn’t able to control the ball as he turned out of traffic and Elfrid Payton ripped the ball away from Ingles and then corkscrewed a layup over Gobert for the game winner.

• The Jazz stars had been amazing to seemingly win the game for the Jazz. Rudy Gobert had three incredible defensive stops late in the game defending Julius Randle and Jrue Holiday. Donovan Mitchell went in the open court to create offense and brought the Jazz back from down 111-105 to a lead it 112-111 with :43 seconds left.

• That is when Holiday continued his miserable season in the clutch (13 of 52 shooting) and missed with 29 seconds left and the Pelicans stole the rebound.

• That one play changes the narrative from a 5 game win streak and remarkable resiliency and guile. Instead it is a bad loss to the Pelicans making the chances for home court very difficult.

• Since these teams play again on Wednesday the question is whether the Jazz can alter the defensive game plan and find away to keep the Pelicans out of the paint. The Pelicans lead the NBA in points in the paint so they are not the first team that has had this issue.

• This is the first game the Jazz have lost when Kyle Korver had more than 2 three pointers. Korver and Crowder were great off the bench. Both had 20 points and were a combined 9 of 18 from three.

• The Jazz starters looked all night like they had been thru an emotional week and the play of Korver and Crowder was propping them up. With that said, Rudy came to have a bounce back night and had 19 points and 19 rebounds and Favors and Ingles combined for 5 minutes of offensive magic but overall the group didn’t have its usual fire.

• Losses are hard this time of year. Before the night started I projected the Jazz would need to go 17-3 to be certain of home court advantage. 16-4 could get it done but might be a three way tie. This was one that needed to be in the win column for that to happen.

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.

Advertisement
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Utah Jazz

They forgot how good Rudy Gobert is again? Donovan Mitchell, Devin Booker, Bradley Beal or Trae Young where would you rank them?

David Locke

Published

on

David Locke, radio voice of the Utah Jazz and Jazz NBA Insider, brings you the daily podcast on the Utah Jazz, Locked On Jazz. On today’s edition of the show Locke trys to understand how ESPN can rank Rudy Gobert the 25th best player in the NBA. Locke reviews all the impacts Rudy Gobert has on the game and the most important one of all, winning. If you put changed out Rudy Gobert for the players ahead how often would the Utah Jazz actually win more games?

Then Locke digs into the interesting comparison of Donovan Mitchell, Devin Booker and Bradley Beal. Which one of these players should be ranked the highest. Locke compares their numbers and it gets really hard to decipher. Donovan’s ability to play point guard might be the difference in giving him an edge.

Then Locke touches on why the team is heading to Las Vegas and what they hope to accomplish in training camp,

Continue Reading

Utah Jazz

SI ranked Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert where? How do the Utah Jazz get better with Tony Jones

David Locke

Published

on

David Locke, radio voice of the Utah Jazz and Jazz NBA Insider, brings you the daily podcast on the Utah Jazz, Locked On Jazz. Today, Locke delves into the SI NBA rankings and where they put Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert. How is it possible that both of these great players are ranked as high as they after the Utah Jazz had such an amazing season.

Tony Jones of the Athletic wraps up a week worth of shows with Locke. Today the conversation is solely on the Utah Jazz. They start addressing the age of the Jazz players and how concerned should we be about the age of the Mike Conley, Joe Ingles, Rudy Gay and Bojan Bogdanovic.

Why the Utah Jazz will be better this season. The answer is Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert so Locke and Jones address how can Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert get better?

Continue Reading

Utah Jazz

Biggest concern for 21-22 Utah Jazz, Tony Jones on how the Jazz get better and 5 teams in West that could play in or win it

David Locke

Published

on

David Locke, radio voice of the Utah Jazz and Jazz NBA Insider, brings you the daily podcast on the Utah Jazz, Locked On Jazz. Today, Locke opens the show with his biggest worry for the Utah Jazz season. Carrer years last year by Joe Ingles and Mike Conley could be hard to replicate as they both turn 34 years old in the upcoming weeks. Other players like Bojan Bogdanovic and Jordan Clarkson didn’t have career years and could match what they did or improve.

Then Locke is joined by the Athletic’s Tony Jones to continue the talk about 5 teams in the West that could play in the play in game and also could win the West. They did into Jason Kidd and Luke Doncic and how that impacts the Dallas Mavericks. They talk about the growth of Michael Porter Jr. and the Denver Nuggets.

Then they look at the Utah Jazz and how they can get better this year. Tony and Locke review game 6 v. the Clippers and then think about how the addition of Rudy Gay can help the Utah Jazz.

Thanks for making Locked On Jazz your first listen of the day

Continue Reading

Trending