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EMPTYING THE NOGGIN RETURNS – Jazz fall at home to Minnesota in errily similar fashion to last year

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EMPYTING THE NOGGIN

Summary:  Minnesota outplays the Utah Jazz for all 48 minutes with an aggressive defense and a transition offense.

  • Similar to last year when the Jazz fell early in the year to the Minnesota Timberwolves the Jazz lost tonight 116-111.   There are a lot of things to find in tonight’s game but on the simplest form the Jazz will have a hard time winning when their two leading scorers shoot a combined 9 of 39 from the field and 3 of 14 from three.

 

  • The good news is the Jazz showed a lot of offensive adaptation that will serve them well throughout the season. The Wolves really got into the Jazz physically on the high pick and roll and the handoff plays.  This was blowing up the Jazz spacing and their ability to get a rhythm.  In addition, after watching film of the Jazz taking nearly 30 catch and shoot threes against the Blazers the Wolves didn’t leave any of the Jazz shooters playing the pick and roll with two guys.  Their were no passing out for threes in the early part of the game.    The Jazz did a nice job adapting by brining the pick and roll down to the baseline and curling Conley and Clarkson into the middle and when the Wolves wouldn’t leave the shooters this game them nice lanes to the basket.  Finally, the Jazz put Rudy Gobert on the baseline and let their player drive to the basket and this created offensive rebound opportunities and some driving lanes.  If teams aren’t going to leave the shooters the floor should be open for one on one play and the Jazz have much better one on one players than they had a few years ago.

 

  • Defensively the Jazz numbers by the end of the night were alright but in the first half they had a defensive rating of 129 and they allowed Minnesota to be in transition an incredible 28% of their possessions.

 

  • Mike Conley had a great second half brining the Jazz back and scoring 9 straight to open the third quarter. He had 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.

 

  • Rudy Gobert got his 4th foul :30 into the 3rd quarter and that blew up the Jazz rotations. Last year, Towns was only on the floor for 4 minutes when Rudy was off the floor and he had more time tonight than all three games last year.

 

  • Rudy Gobert had 18 points and 17 rebounds.

 

  • The Joe Ingles/Derrick Favors pick and roll yielded nothing tonight in fact its inability to get going in the 1st was when the game swung toward Minneosta.

 

  • Last year when the Jazz lost to Minnesota early in the year Donovan was 5 of 23 tonight he was 6 of 23.

 

  • Donovan is not making the off the bounce three yet.   He might have made one making him unofficially 2 for 11 for the season.  I will check that to be certain.

 

  • Anthony Edwards is the real deal. Great job by Minnesota on the first pick

 

  • Late in the game they went to Russell on a high pick and roll and each time he went right on the pick and then veered back left into a mid range jumper. He hit 2 on Joe Ingles, missed when guarded by Conley and then hit again when guarded by O’Neale.

 

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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New Utah Jazz Head Coach Will Hardy: What formed him, what influences, style of play and staff

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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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