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

David Locke



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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Utah Jazz

EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – How bad was it? What does it mean?

David Locke



SUMMARY:  A historically bad shooting night becomes a historically bad margin of deficit for the Utah Jazz

  • For the first time in 40 years of Utah Jazz basketball they lost a basketball game by 50 points.


  • The 22 points in the 2nd half is the all-time low for the Jazz franchise


  • The 22 points is the 3rd worst half of basketball in Jazz franchise history


  • The 29 missed threes are the most three point misses in Jazz history


  • The Jazz offensive rating was a 68.1 they have had the worse offensive games the following times since 1996, November 29th of 2005 they had a 67.1 against the Pacers. 4th of February in 2000 v. the Lakers the Jazz had an offensive rating of 67.4 and on 16th of February in 1999 they had a 65.6 offensive rating v. Seattle.


  • According to cleaning the glass, the Jazz shot 3 of 21 on non-restricted area 2 point shots and 6 of 35 from three.


  • The Jazz were down 6 at the end of the 1st The Jazz were 10 of 22 and 2 of 8 from three in the first quarter.   The game was tied at 34-34- and the Jazz were down one at 39-38 and then it all fell apart at an incredible level.   Rubio hit a layup with 6:34 and then the Jazz missed 12 straight shots until Rubio made another layup at the 1:33 mark.  The amazing thing is they trailed by just 6.  Barnes and Doncic hit back to back threes and the Jazz were down 12.    However, they hadn’t hit anything.  They were 4 of 18 from 3 and just 17 of 45 overall.  My feeling at this point was shots would start to fall and the game was still there for the Jazz.


  • However, the opposite happened. The Jazz open to the third quarter was dreadful.    Donovan took a three and missed, Derrick had a contested corner 3 and missed, Donovan turned it over, Ingles turned it over and then missed a layup.  Like that the Jazz were down 17 in just 2:37 of the quarter.   Then it got worse.  Mitchell missed again and turned it over.  Rubio turned it over, Ingles missed a three, Rubio missed a three and eventually, the Jazz would miss 13 straight threes.


  • They were down 25 at the end of 3 and wilted in the 4th.


  • The question is why. I think it is one of those nights shooting.  It happens.  It happened last year on November 10th Miami.  The 4th quarter is a rarity that they seemed to completely stop playing with any force.


  • Does the 50 point margin matter? Other than ruining all metrics for months I am not certain.


  • What does matter is that this is not a naturally good shooting team. The offense is getting the Jazz an incredible amount of looks at the rim and corner 3 and above the break 3.  Going into the night the Jazz were getting the most corner 3s and were 0 for 9 and are now shooting 28% from the corner.   .84 points per shot is not going to get it done.  They rank 28th in corner 3s.


  • We are getting really close to where this is not small sample size theater anymore. This is 18% of the season.  It is not ok to have a fifth of your season where these numbers exist if it is game 1 to 14 or 53 to 67.


  • The three point shooting is obvious because it is in the box score and easy to find but the Jazz were also 1 of 13 (not official) on paint non-restricted area 2 point shots. For the season they are 28% this shots in the paint non restricted area.  28% on a 2 point shot.  This is last in the NBA.   Luckily the Jazz don’t take a lot of those as shots but it a shot they take more than the corner 3.


  • I have purposely have not discussed individual players. This was a collective effort.  Dallas deserves some credit.   They have won 4 of 5.  The defense has been great in 4 of those 5 games.


  • Here is what I find a bit concerning. The 5 jazz player who take the most threes all average 31% or below other than Joe Ingles.   31% is .93 pts per shot if you are average.   The chances are on a night that 2 of those players will be below average.  7% of the time all of them will be below average and then you get a night like tonight.   I felt the same way at the same point of last season so maybe it will be as silly a thought as it was at this point last year.
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POSTCAST – Locke and Boone try to figure out the significance of this loss

David Locke



Utah Jazz post game show on the internet. David Locke and Ron Boone try to figure out what happened tonight and what the significance of the night is for the Utah Jazz

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LOCKED ON JAZZ – Favors/Gobert deeper dig, Warriors, Denver, Boston

David Locke




The Jazz have unique lineups with Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert. When you look at those combinations and the numbers on the surface you have to be careful to not be swayed into an incorrect observation.

A deeper dive into those numbers reveals who Favors and Gobert have been playing together, how Rudy is playing with Jae Crowder and why the offense is struggling with Derrick Favors.

Plus, David Locke, the radio voice of the Utah Jazz and Jazz NBA Insider, takes a look at the situation in Golden State as well as in Denver’s sudden losing ways and the Boston Celtics confusion

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