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EMPTYING THE NOGGIN Rockets explosion too much for Jazz solid effort

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  • SUMMARY: A n all-time barrage of 3-pointers ended a really good night for the Utah Jazz in a loss to the Houston Rockets, 120-99.

     

    • The Jazz led the game 91-83 after a Thabo Sefolosha 3-pointer from the left corner. Then the Rockets went bananas. Eric Gordon hit three straight 3s from deep and that was just the beginning. The Rockets ended up blowing the Jazz out with a 120-99 win, closing the game in a 37 to 8 run.

     

    • If you run through the history of the great NBA teams, they have these runs that are unstoppable. The great Bulls teams did it with defense. The current Warriors did it with a combination of O and D. This Rockets team does it with 3-point shots and when they link three or four of them in a row, it is lights out. When they hit 8 of 10, it is tough to handle.

     

    • The game was terrific for the Jazz until the Rockets’ The game had 22 lead changes and  14 ties. The game had 11 lead changes and seven ties in the third quarter alone.

     

    • The Jazz’s strategy was to try to get the ball out of the hands of James Harden or Chris Paul and they did it well. It slowed down the Rockets and took them out of their rhythm for most of the night. Even in the onslaught, the shots were made by Eric Gordon, Clint Capela and Trevor Ariza.

     

    • Eric Gordon takes 3s them from five feet behind the line which increases the spacing even more.

     

    • The third quarter was fascinating basketball. Both teams played 5 out (no center, five shooters all outside the 3-point line). The Rockets played it with drives to the basket and then would kick it out to shooters. The Jazz did it inverse with back cutters and passes to the cutters and the Jazz torched the Rockets.

     

    • Donovan Mitchell only played 21 minutes. I believe this was because the other guys were playing well tonight. Ricky Rubio — who hasn’t been finishing games — was very good tonight and was running the team well. Rodney Hood had it going with 26 points and five 3- Joe Ingles has been so solid all the time and was again tonight. One of them would have had to be taken out of the game and I am not sure who that would have been.

     

    • Joe Ingles played 37 minutes. He has played 21 games this year of over 30 minutes. Last year, he played 19 the entire season.

     

    • Joe Johnson got some of his game going in and around the paint, but the 3-point shot is not falling.

     

    • I loved the way the Jazz played tonight. They trailed by one at the half. They held the Rockets to 51 first half points, one of their lowest totals of the season. They broke the Rockets rhythm and style for the majority of the night. Then a great team kicked in with its complimentary players. That is the sign of how good the Rockets are this year.

     

    • I wonder when the last time a team took 16 more 3s than its opponent and lost. I am guessing it doesn’t happen much, if ever.

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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New #1 Points Gained player, Perpelexed about the Jazz and about last year

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Utah Jazz keep losing leads and what were they trying to do defensively

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The Utah Jazz lost to one the NBA’s worst teams the Houston Rockets last night. THis is the 7th bad loss of the season for the Utah Jazz. What has happened to this group and how concerned should we be? The Utah Jazz have blown 7 double digit leads in the 2nd half this season. It the most of any team in the NBA and it is the same amount the blew over the last two season when they were 80-7 in games when they had a double digit lead. This year they are 26-7 and have blown the most 2nd half double digit leads of any team in the NBA. David Locke, radio voice of the Utah Jazz and Jazz NBA Insider brings you the daily podcast on the Utah Jazz, Locked On Jazz, Now live each morning on You Tube Plus a bunch of other topics on why Eric Paschall didn’t play and why the Rockets were a bad matchup and how the Jazz just don’t have answers right now on the defensive end

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