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EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – Rudy Gobert with a monster night leads Jazz to win

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SUMMARY: Jazz defense clicks in for a dominating 2nd half and Rudy Gobert’s dominance carries the day

• The Jazz defense continues to dominate. They allowed just 35 points in the 2nd half. The Jazz defense of rating was once again under 100 points for 100 possessions. This was the 13th game of the last 17 that the Jazz accomplished this feat. The Jazz defense has been far away the best in the NBA since Dec 12th. Tonight they did it defensively again.

• The Jazz grabbed 90% of all available defensive rebounds. The Jazz have been the #1 defensive rebounding team for the last 20 games and #2 for the season. Andre Drummond is a beast on the offensive glass. The Pistons average grabbing 28% of all available offensive rebounds and tonight they got 10%.

• Rudy Gobert had 22 defensive rebounds and 25 rebounds overall.

• Gobert added 18 points to go with his 25 rebounds as well as 3 assists, 2 blocks and one monumental dunk on Andre Drummond

• The Jazz defense on Blake Griffin was terrific tonight. They made him see a lot of arms and bodies and was never quite sure if it was a double, a dig or a shade toward him. He finished with 19 points on 7 of 17 shooting and he got two three pointers late in the game to pad those numbers and make them look more respectable. Jae Crowder and Derrick Favors did great work on him.

• Donovan Mitchell has had to carry a mammoth load without Ricky Rubio, Dante Exum and Rual Neto. While the offense wasn’t great tonight he did the best he could and lead the Jazz with 28 points and made a bunch of big plays late in the game. After Donovan’s 9 first quarter points the Pistons committed to not let him beat them and was double teaming him throughout the game. He stayed with it and was still able to be the most impactful offensive player.

• Kyle Korver took a season high 14 shots, he only surpassed that once all of last year. He also played a season high 32 minutes. He played 30 or more 4 times last year in Cleveland.

• Grayson Allen came off the bench to give the Jazz a solid 20 minutes that the Jazz desperately needed. He had 8 points and 2 three pointers

• Joe Ingles sprained an ankle to close the first half and played thru that in the 2nd half.

• Ish Smith made the Pistons a much better team than Reggie Jackson did tonight. He changes who they are after being out for 18 games.

• Solid win. 4th in a row. Defense continue to be incredibly dominate.

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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LOCKED ON JAZZ – Kevin Pelton joins Locke for Draft by Numbers and how good are the Lakers

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David Locke, the radio voice of the Utah Jazz and Jazz NBA Insider is joined by good friend and ESPN Insider Kevin Pelton. First, they discuss how good the Lakers are with their team and how is can be constructed. Then it is time to delve into the draft by the numbers.

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LOCKED ON JAZZ – Jazz strategy and why Mike Conley might be the right move and Jeremy Woo of Si.com on the NBA draft

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Then Locke is joined by Jeremy Woo of Si.com to talk about the NBA Draft

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LOCKED ON JAZZ – Impact of the Anthony Davis trade, re-visiting Mike Conley and D’Angelo Russell and draft possibilities

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