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EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – The Grizzlies 2 man game undoes Jazz

David Locke



SUMMARY:   Jazz were unable to stop the Memphis half court offense and fell to the Grizzlies at home.

  • Surprisingly the Utah Jazz have started the year 0-3 at home with 2 losses to the Grizzlies


  • More surprisingly the Grizzlies have opened the year 5-2.


  • Even more surprisingly, the Utah Jazz defense was not able to get stops against the Memphis Grizzlies offense.


  • In the pre-game talk Memphis coach JB Bickerstaff talked about how what he wanted on each possessions was getting his best two players in to a two man game with space on every possession. It simplifies the game and is so accurate.  The unique thing the Grizzlies did is at times that space was in the middle of the floor with guys spaced on each side.   At other times they ran the two man game on the side of the floor with 3 players over loading the other side of the floor.


  • With a 2 man game being played in space the difficulty got to be how you deal with Marc Gasol and his ability to pop out to the three point line. Gasol is shooting 50% on threes this season.   When he pops the Jazz have two choices.   One is to have Gobert try to stay with Gasol and now your shot blocker is out at 25 feet.  Your other choice is to switch and now Gobert is stuck in space on the point guard.   Neither is a great option.


  • The end result is that in back to back games the Jazz have faced stretch 5s, Karl Anthony Towns and Marc Gasol, and in both games the opposing guards have had mammoth games.  Derrick Rose had 50 and Mike Conley and Shelvin Mack combined for 47.   My thought is this is all related.  That when Gobert has to stay with the big it doesn’t leave a rim protector to help defensively.


  • According to Cleaning the Glass the Grizzlies half court offense tonight ranked in the 97th percentile of all half court performances this season


  • The Jazz offense was pretty strong tonight. It feel apart when Ricky Rubio got his 4th foul early in the 3rd  The Jazz were un able to get in their offense when Rubio went out of the game.  Quin was forced to go back to Rubio with 4 fouls mid way thru the third and that settled things a bit.


  • Considering the Jazz were without Donovan Mitchell and Alec Burks I would have been really pleased before the game if you told me this was the offensive performance of the Jazz. I wouldn’t have anticipated the Grizzlies to have a 120 offensive rating.


  • Ricky Rubio got it going early which was great. He had struggled in the past against Conley so this was great to see him get his offensive vibe going.   He had 22 points, 2 rebounds and 11 assists.  The 4th foul that knocked him out of the game seemed like a really tough call.  Ricky Rubio was +10 in a 10 point loss.


  • Jazz finished 2 of 8 on corner 3, only got one attempt in the 2nd half


  • Memphis takes away the Rudy Gobert roll. He had 1 shot attempt in the first half which was the same amount he had in the first meeting.   The Grizzlies bring a third guy into who is bumping Rudy while Marc Gasol is playing back in the paint.  It should leave someone open.  The Jazz got 36 three point attempts.


  • Denver game is going to be brutal. 6th game in 6 cities.

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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