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EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – Ricky Rubio leads Jazz in dominating performance

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EMPTYING THE NOGGIN

Summary:  The Jazz dominate the Hornets in a no doubt win on their way to the 111-102 their 10th win over the last 11 games

  • The Jazz dominated the game tonight and it was never in doubt. The Jazz dominated the game defensively for most of the night. The Hornets couldn’t finish at the rim.  They couldn’t hit threes and the Jazz defense was stifling.

 

  • The Jazz were able to keep the Hornets in the half court and in the half court the Hornets were completely incapable of scoring.

 

  • Kemba Walker scored 22 points in the final 5:04 of the game. The Jazz lead by 17 when he started this onslaught.  It was impressive I guess but it was completely irrelevant in how the outcome of the game was impacted.

 

  • Kemba Walker was 6 of 17 from the floor tonight with Rudy Gobert on the floor in the first 43 minutes of the game. Then he scored his irrelevant 22 points.

 

  • The game only had 12 possessions left in the final 5 minutes of the game down by 17 there is no relevance to anything that happens.

 

  • The Jazz opened the night with Gobert getting wide open roll after wide open roll to the basket. Charlotte adjusted to this by bringing another defender into the Gobert roll and it bothered the Jazz for a short while but by the end of the night the Jazz had launched 16 corner 3 attempts, making 8

 

  • At one point tonight the Hornets were 1 of 22 from three

 

  • Ricky Rubio was great this evening. He understood exactly what Charlotte was trying to do defensively.  He opened the game hitting Gobert time and time again.  Then the offense stalled with him off the floor and he got it going again in the 2nd quarter when he returned.  He finished the night with 13 assists and was controlling the game.  His ball fakes were tremendous.  He kills defenses that over shift. He reads it perfectly and Quin Snyder has the team spaced perfectly.

 

  • The Jazz were without Derrick Favors and Kyle Korver plus Dante Exum and the 2nd unit really struggled to score tonight.

 

  • Donovan cruised to a 25 point game.

 

  • Over the last 40 years of the NBA a team with a 2nd year guard or wing player who is the leading scorer without a 2nd scorer has never won more than 47 games. Carmelo Anthony won 47, LeBron James had 45, Vince Carter won 41 and Derrick Rose won 40.   Tonight Donovan Mitchell won his 47th

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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