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EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – Perfect Basketball

David Locke

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SUMMARY: The Utah Jazz continued their brilliant play, winning their sixth game in a row in the third largest win in franchise history, 116-69.

  • This is truly remarkable and honestly, it is beyond me what is happening. Twelve games into the season, the Jazz simply couldn’t score. We wondered if this team might finish the season 30th in the league offensively. After the loss to Brooklyn, the Jazz were 6-10 and the question was how many pieces could the Jazz move before the trade deadline, and whether or not it was worth tanking. Since then, the Jazz have won five games (in a span of eight) by 19 or more points. The offense is ranked in the top two in the NBA and the Jazz have the fifth best point differential in the NBA for the season. I don’t really understand what is happening. I am not sure any one of us are sure either, but we do know it is a great deal of fun to watch.

 

  • The first quarter felt like the best basketball the Jazz have played all year (at least until the second quarter). The Jazz won the first quarter 29-15. They moved the ball and they got open look after open look. They got high percentage shots and forced the Wizards into mid-range jumpers.

 

  • In the second quarter, the onslaught continued. The Jazz defense was even better and within 5 minutes, a 14-point lead jumped to 26 and within 6 was at 31. The Jazz led this game 52-21. That is unheard of.

 

  • This was the second worst lost in Washington Wizards history and the Jazz’s third largest win.

 

  • The Jazz’s offense was clicking. They got into the front court quickly and then started putting the Wizards in the blender. “The blender” is when the Jazz are able to break the paint with the drive, kick the ball out, drive again and kick again. At this point, the defense is in a scramble. The other night on the plane, Quin Snyder jokingly said that wasn’t a blender, we had them in the Vitamix. Tonight, they had the Vitamix on high.

 

  • Every Jazz player had a field goal and an assist by halftime.

 

  • My halftime question for Igor Kokoskov was what is it like to watch your team play perfect basketball. He didn’t disagree. That is the best way I can sum up the Jazz’s performance.

 

  • The game never went inside 30 points in the second half.

 

  • Rudy Gobert returned and looked fine. At times, he was a bit off balance. There was a play where you would have thought he would have dunked, but fatigue may have been an issue. He blocked two shots of Gortat’s early and eliminated Washington’s interest in going to the basket.

  • Three minutes into the first and third quarters, Quin Snyder subbed out Derrick Favors and brought in Jonas Jerebko, so the Jazz played only six minutes the entire night with Favors and Gobert on the floor together. The score was 7-7 in those six minutes.

 

  • Favors circled back and played with Jerebko at the 6-minute mark. Favors was +25 in the 18 minutes he played the center and Gobert was +18 in the 15 minutes he played center with someone other than Favors playing power forward.

 

  • The Jazz shot 34 of 75 shots as 3-point shots (45% of all shots) and made an incredible 47%. The Jazz’s shooting is through the roof. They entered the game at 39% for the season and as the third best 3-point shooting team in the NBA.

 

  • Alec Burks led all scorers with 27 points, making it was the first time in his career that he scored 24 or more in three straight games. This is a new Alec Burks playing the game in a different manner than we have seen before.  Donovan Mitchell went over 20 points for the 9th time in his career. That is the same amount of time LeBron James went over 20 in his first 24 NBA games.

  • The Jazz held the Wizards to 28.8% shooting which is the seventh lowest by a Jazz opponent in franchise history.

 

  • Dan Clayton pointed out the Jazz didn’t need to score for the final 18 minutes of the game and they still would have won.

 

  • Ekpe Udoh was out of the rotation.

 

  • Raul Neto was back and superb.

 

  • Joe Ingles is 31 of his last 56 from 3. That is simply stupid.

 

  • I don’t know who this team is right now. The metrics are beginning to make you believe this team might have something, but they also said this team was on the verge of being one of the six worst teams in the league not too long ago. The Jazz may not be favored in more than one game until after Christmas. This stretch will let us know.

 

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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Utah Jazz trade Rudy Gobert – the emotions, the decision making, what did we get and what now

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The Utah Jazz traded Rudy Gobert on Friday after a 4th of July weekend to soak in the biggest news of the NBA trade season we try to digest what it means for the Utah Jazz. David Locke, radio voice of the Utah Jazz and Jazz NBA Insider, take a look at all angles of the Rudy Gobert trade. The emotions of losing one of your own and a beloved player like Rudy Gobert. The player that we knew how great he was and had to argue on his behalf and now someone else gets the pleasure. Locke revisits the decision making tree of the Utah Jazz and how they got to trading Rudy Gobert and why they took this trade rather than other options that may have been on the table for the Utah Jazz. Then Locke looks into what did we really get in this trade and what are the possibilities of benefit for trading one of the great players in franchise history. A look at each of the 5 first round picks and what they could become and the margin starts to expand the farther out you go. Then are the Utah Jazz re-building? Why now would be the question. That is a decision that the Jazz don’t need to make for the some time. Summer league kicks off today and what are the Utah Jazz looking for and who could make an impression. What the Jazz want to see from Jared Butler 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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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

 

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