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EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – Strong bounce back as Defense hold, Conley touches and Bojan explodes

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SUMMARY:  The Jazz bounce back and blow out the Sacramento Kings 113-81

  • This was a blow out the Jazz lead by 10 at the end of 1 , 23 at the half, 35 at the end of 3 and that was all she wrote.

 

  • This was a mixture of the Jazz being good and the Kings being terrible.

 

  • Considering the 3:30 arrival and the poor offensive game last night this was an impressive effort by the Jazz.

 

  • The Jazz offense lead to great defense. The Kings in their first two games have been awful in the offensive half court.  Their entire game is based on getting out and running and playing off misses and mistakes.  Last year they were the #1 team in the NBA off of turnovers.  Tonight the Jazz held them to just 12 transition possession and forced them into 88 half court possessions.

 

  • According to cleaningtheglass.com the Kings offensive rating was a 71.7 in the halfcourt. That is really bad.

 

  • The Jazz defense has held all three opponents below 1 pt per possession. This is the standard of excellence to do in the first three games is really awesome.  If the Jazz are good defensively they are going to be really good this year.

 

  • Mike Conley played with the ball much more tonight. Quin Snyder told Mike to go get the ball and lead the team.  In Memphis, Mike had 83 touches a game and with the Jazz he was getting just 50.  In the front court he had dipped from 38 touches to 21.   The other way to say it is he went from handling the ball around 40% of the time he was on the court to 32% of the time.  Interestingly, when he touched the ball he was dribbling more than in Memphis and holding the ball longer.  To me those are signs of indecision.

 

  • Tonight, Mike played with the ball much more (not sure on the numbers yet) and he lead the team and in turn looked much more comfortable. He took two shots at the rim which was more than the 1 he had in the first two games.  He created opportunities for his teammates and he was in control of the game

 

  • The Jazz hit on 18 of 37 three point attempts tonight. The 37 attempts is the most encouraging numbers.

 

  • Bojan Bogdanovic was superb early in the game with 12 1st quarter points. The array of way he scores is awesome.  He drove the basket and was stronger than his defender.  He came off the pick and roll with a handle and got to the rim.  He took catch and shoot threes. He took deep catch and shoot threes.  Bojan finished with 26 points on 10 of 18 shooting and 5 of 9 from three.

 

  • Low burden night for Donovan Mitchell. He was 6 of 9 from the field.  People wanted Donovan to me efficient this year  He is shooting 58.9% from the field and 50% from three and 93% from the line.

 

  • Good night for the Jazz. Last night was in large part because the Lakers were very good.  Tonight was in large part the Kings are very bad.   However, this is what you need to do against bad teams.   Good step for the Jazz tonight and the purple uniforms looked awesome.

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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Danny Ainge the Executive Part 1 – Rebuild to Championship – What can we learn

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In a part series a deep dive look into Danny Ainge career as a General Manager and what we can learn from how he might run the Utah Jazz. Ainge’s career has 4 stages and today we look at the first two the rebuild to the Championship. In the next episode we will look at the Fleece into a contender. The common threads of Ainge’s career are a great read of the moment, a variety in the types of players he acquires, added value that matters, perfect recognition of his talent, fleecing of other teams and he doesn’t always hit on this draft picks but he doesn’t miss. David Locke, the radio voice of the Utah Jazz and Jazz NBA Insider brings you the daily podcast on the Utah Jazz. Locked On Jazz Podcast https://www.lockedonjazz.net/ LockedOnJazz.com https://buff.ly/2FEZTVY Apple https://apple.co/3Dc8QBq Spotify https://spoti.fi/3IfvgVX Stitcher https://bit.ly/3pkGyzB Google https://bit.ly/3I8TwJz Follow David Locke on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DLocke09 #NBA #UtahJazz #DonovanMitchell #RudyGobert #NBAPodcast

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Luka Doncic and Dallas made Phoenix look like Utah and it was a bad day for Centers

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Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks made the Phoenix Suns look the same way they made the Utah Jazz look. How did they do it? What does it mean for the Jazz and the Suns looking forward.

The Game 7 match-ups were a bad day for Centers in the NBA. Brook Lopez who had led the take away the rim style of NBA defense in Milwaukee had Grant Williams shooting 16 three point shots and the Celtics got the win. The Phoenix Suns #1 pick Deandre Ayton was played off the floor by the Dallas Mavericks as well as “internal” issues. Plus, the Mavericks 5 out drive offense makes it very hard for a center to defend on the perimeter.

David Locke the radio voice of the Utah Jazz and Jazz NBA Insider looks at all those options and sets the table for what the Utah Jazz can do.

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Five off-season models for the Utah Jazz. Which do you prefer?

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The Utah Jazz are confronting a pivotal off-season. How will they proceed? One school of thought, it has run its self out and to blow it all up? What benefit does that have? From there, there are three different approaches, trying to add a home run to the already set core of Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert. Another approach would be to move the a bunch of pieces to add pieces and add depth. The final choose would be to narrow down to one of the core pieces are re-mold the franchise with that core piece. David Locke the radio voice of the Utah Jazz and Jazz NBA Insider looks at all those options and sets the table for what the Utah Jazz can do. Locked On Jazz Podcast https://www.lockedonjazz.net/ LockedOnJazz.com https://buff.ly/2FEZTVY Apple https://apple.co/3Dc8QBq Spotify https://spoti.fi/3IfvgVX Stitcher https://bit.ly/3pkGyzB Google https://bit.ly/3I8TwJz Follow David Locke on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DLocke09 #NBA #UtahJazz #DonovanMitchell #RudyGobert #NBAPodcast

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