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EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – Solid and much needed win for Utah Jazz

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SUMMARY:  Utah Jazz put together complete effort to get first home win of the season over the Dallas Mavericks 117-102.

  • This one lined up for the Jazz, the Mavericks are team dependent on transition offense and they played last night and the Jazz were able to hit the Mavericks first and take away their transition and control the game throughout.

 

  • The Jazz had a 18-12 lead when they went to the bench in the first quarter, which was a nice change. The Jazz have been trailing too often after the start of the 1st and 3rd  This time the Jazz starters did a really nice job on both ends of the floor .  Ingles had two corner three and Favors had another.

 

  • Then the Jazz went to the bench with Jae Crowder and Alec Burks and they took over the game. Very quickly the Jazz were up 20.   Both Crowder and Burks played great games.  Alec Burks catch and shoot game is greatly improved.  He has put in incredible with with coach Jeff Watkinson on this portion of his game.  The biggest part is Alec thinking catch and shoot before dribble and taking the shot.  He was 3 for 4 on catch and shoot tonight and has been over 50% this season.

 

  • Alec had 18 in just 15 minutes

 

  • Jae Crowder is having a super year for the Jazz. He said that he was going to have a better year this year with the passing of his mother over a year ago as well as an off-season to understand what the Jazz want.  This has come to fruition.  He was +13 again tonight.  The lineup with starters and Crowder for Favors is +33 this year.

 

  • Quin altered the rotation a little tonight and the main thing he changed was Donovan played shorter stints. This maybe due to the injuries, but it also allowed Donovan to play with Dante in the 2nd unit and it was a great combination.   It also put Alec in the game with Crowder and a spread floor.

 

  • The Mavericks are the #1 team in transition and the #25 offense in the half court. The Jazz were able to keep them in the half court tonight.  Partially because they made shots.  Also because they did a better job getting back in transition.  Also because Dallas is not as good as Toronto.

 

  • The corner 3 is a really important shot to the Jazz. Quin Snyder’s offense gets the 3rd most corner threes in the NBA and the Jazz came in 29th in the NBA in shooting on corner threes.  Tonight they hit 3 early in the game and finished the night 5 of 15.  15 corner 3 shots is amazing.

 

  • The Jazz shot distribution is incredible this season. Tonight they took 34 shots at the rim, 43% of their shots.  Jazz are over 40% for the season and that has only been done once in the last 5 years.

 

  • The Mavericks turned the ball over on 25% of their possessions

 

  • Donovan Mitchell had 23 points and had two spectacular dunks tonight. One on the final play of the first half and then 2nd on a follow in the beginning of the 3rd  Donovan also had a season high 7 assists, plus 5 rebounds.   9 of 17 shooting.

 

  • Jazz lead by as many as 26.

 

  • Solid win and much needed.

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 – Why so passive? How Harden blows up the Jazz defense? Donovan Mitchell 2nd year playoffs

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The Utah Jazz are getting ready for Game #3 v. the Houston Rockets. David Locke, the radio voice of the Utah Jazz and Jazz NBA Insider takes a look at why the Jazz looked so passive in Game 2 in Houston. Then Locke digs into what makes Harden so unique and why he has blown up the #1 defense in the NBA. Locke also takes a look at what other 2nd year players like Donovan Mitchell have done in their 2nd year playoff season.

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LOCKED ON JAZZ – How good is Houston? Jazz can’t hit open shots. Facebook Live questions

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The Utah Jazz have been blown out in both of the first two games of their first round series with the Houston Rockets. David Locke, the radio voice of the Utah Jazz and Jazz NBA Insider tries to figure out what has happened and why it has happened. Plus, it is a live show so Locke takes your questions from Facebook live.

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EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – Opening stretch tells the strory

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Summary:  The Jazz start poorly, the Rockets pounced and Harden was amazing it all lead to a Rockets blow out of the Jazz.

  • The Jazz opened the night turning the ball over on 4 of their first 8 possessions. The Rockets scored 10 points on those 4 turnovers and that would tell the story of the night. The Jazz trailed 12 to 4 at the first time out.

 

  • Then Harden went nuts. He is incredible.  He never misses a read.  In Game 1 the Jazz took away the step back and free throws.  In the first quarter he had as many step backs and as many free throws as he had all of the first game.  I really have no idea how you are supposed to guard him,  He was 5 of 11 on step back tonight.  He makes those at 40%.   You have to take that away but the only way to do that is to play him from behind and force him into a drive.

 

  •  He has become the perfect modern player.  The league values the three.  He can make it at nearly 40%.  The league knows you can’t afford to have a 40% three point shooter take 15 to 20 threes a game so you have to play him in this strange manner to force him to drive. Harden would take 20 threes if you let him.   No one has ever had his three point shooting step back coupled with his handle and his passing.  This just destroys the defense.  When you force him to drive he has the floater game and he reads the defense perfectly.

 

  • The Jazz defense failed in transition tonight. According to cleaningtheglass the Rockets averaged 1.7 pts per transition and only .94 in the half court.  The .94 is a little above average but the Rockets are usually much better than that in the halfcourt.  They are the #2 halfcourt team in the NBA.  So the Jazz halfcourt defense was actually ok tonight.

 

  • The Jazz offense is where things should be most concerning. The Jazz were not able to score with regularity against the Rockets in the playoffs last year, they weren’t able to score against them in the regular season and they haven’t been able to score against them tonight.

 

  • The Rockets offense averages about 116 pts per 100 possessions. Even if the Jazz have a great defensive night hey will be around 108 but the Jazz offense v. the Rockets all season has been below 1 point per possessions.  Until that is fixed it is hard see a scenario where the Jazz defense can hold the Rockets offense down far enough to win a game.

 

  • The talk around the Rockets is that they are a better team than a year ago. A year ago they won 65 games and were a Chris Paul hamstring or a glutton of missed 3s away from winning the title.

 

  • The Jazz average .74 pts in the half court

 

  • Rubio and Crowder are a combined 2 of 14 on open threes.

 

  • The Jazz came into the night 22 of 100 on above the break three point shots v. the Rockets this year. It continued again tonight as the Jazz shot 6 of 27 on above the break 3 and some of those were late.

 

  • The Jazz have lost the first two games by 52 points. The Rockets look to be capable of winning the title
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