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EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – Rubio’s career night, Mitchell’s surge, Jazz Defense

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EMPTYING THE NOGGIN

SUMMARY:  The Utah Jazz continue to amaze all of us with their resiliency, perseverance and winning.  Today it was season series winning victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.

  • This game was hard. The Pelicans have won 10 straight games with Anthony Davis.  Last time the Pelicans lost at home with Anthony Davis was against the Jazz on Feb 6th.   Anthony Davis is a superstar and was great defensively tonight for the first 3 quarters and the Jazz could get nothing.

 

  • The Jazz lead by 10 early and 29-23 after the 1st By halftime the Jazz offense was really struggling and the Jazz trailed by 3, 51-48.   Donovan Mitchell was 1 for 8, Rudy Gobert was 2 for 8, Jae Crowder was 0 for 7 and the Jazz were shooting 33% from the field and 5 of 18 from three.

 

  • The Pelicans stretched the lead to 9, 66-57 with 4:59 left in the 3rd quarter and then the Jazz hit stride and closed the game on a 59-33 run over the final 17:00 to blow out the Pelicans.

 

  • The explosion started when Donovan Mitchell scored 18 points in 2:51 seconds. Mitchell couldn’t get anything going and then he pushed the tempo on a play where Davis wasn’t getting back defensively and got a layup  Then Mirotic checked in for Davis and Donovan started attacking the rim time and time again.   Then the three started to fall and he took the team from down by 5 to up 7 by the time his barrage was over.

 

  • The Jazz defense was great again. The Pelicans came into the game with the 10th best offense in the NBA.  Over the last 10 games they were 9th  Tonight they had an offensive rating of about 100.   That is below the worst offense in the NBA.  The Jazz have held 17 of the last 20 teams to below an offensive rating of 101.  The Jazz have held opponents to below 101 in 29 of the 41 games Rudy Gobert has played.

 

  • A ton of this is Rudy. Tonight Jrue Holiday who is making 68.8% of his shots in the restricted area goes 2 for 7.  It changes everything.

 

  • Anthony Davis was 40 of his last 99 against the Jazz in games when Rudy Gobert played coming into the game tonight. This evening he went 9 of 22.  He is now 49 of his last 121 against the Jazz in games Rudy Gobert played against the him.  That is 40%.

 

  • The rest of the Jazz defenders deserve a lot of credit as well . Rubio is playing more aggressive positional defense.  Mitchell is developing and had his best defensive game of the year in Indiana.  Jae Crowder is a defensively really strong and the lineup with him at the 4 has been terrific.

 

  • Ricky Rubio has never been in a playoff run in his career. He has dropped back to back points/rebound double doubles.  Tonight was a 30 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assist night that is as good as any box score in his career.  He went 10 of 22 from the field 4 of 5 from three and made all 6 free throws.  He had been struggling since all-star break with his shooting.   For Rubio, its his 5th 30 point game of his career and all of them coming in this calendar year.

 

  • Derrick Favors got 3 fouls in 6 minutes in the first quarter.   Then didn’t play again until the 2nd

 

  • Anthony Davis didn’t score in the 4th

 

  • Nikola Mirotic has not been great for the Pelicans after they gave up a first round draft pick for him. The only two first round picks traded were by Detroit and New Orleans.  The Clippers will get a lottery pick from Detroit and we will see what Chicago gets from New Orleans.

 

  • Joe Ingles opened the game brilliantly for the Jazz. He was 2 for 2 on layups on ball fakes in the pick and roll and hit 2 threes.   He finished with 20 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists in 36 minutes.

 

  • Jazz have won 18 of 20 and 11 straight on the road. Still it is going to tough to make the playoffs.  I think the Jazz will have to finish at least 10-5 to be able to get in.  That is why this win and the Indiana win were so necessary.

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

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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,

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

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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?

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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

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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

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