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EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – Threes and Turnover derail Jazz streak

David Locke

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SUMMARY  – The Jazz offense never returned from all-star break and the Jazz 11 game win streak ended against the Portland Trailblazers

  • Tough night for the Jazz in the playoff push.  They lost to Portland, the Pelicans pulled off an overtime win in Miami, the Nuggets beat the Spurs, the Clippers blew out the Suns and the sad news of the night the Minnesota Timberwolves may have lost Jimmy Butler.

 

  • The Jazz started the night 11 of 16 and 4 of 7 from three in the first quarter. After that they went 22 of 66 from the field and hit on just 2 of 18 three point attempts.  The Jazz didn’t make a three point shot all 2nd

 

  • During the win streak the Jazz were hitting on 44% of their three point attempts tonight they came back to life in a hard fall going 6 for 25 for 24%

 

  • The Blazers defense is interesting. They are the #1 team in the NBA at defending the restricted area and at the same time one of the better teams at not allowing you to shoot three point shots.  Tonight the Jazz didn’t make the ones they got and struggled badly in the restricted area.

 

  • During the win streak the Jazz have regularly taken about 30 shots in the restricted area and tonight they were just 13 of 20

 

  • The two areas that really killed the Jazz was the three-point shooting and the 20 turnovers. The Jazz were really out of synch offensively.  They missed the search dribble or Nash dribble of both Ricky Rubio and Raul Neto.  Rubio played 19 minutes tonight coming back from the hip injury and Neto sprained an ankle today during shootaround.  The way to attack the Blazers defense is the search dribble, Ingles and Mitchell don’t do that.  They are more offensive-minded and try to finish the play on the initial action.

 

  • The Jazz bench was a combined 0 for 9 from three

 

  • Coming back against the Blazers is almost impossible since Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum are so hard to stop. Lillard and McCollum combined for 50 of the 100 points for the Blazers and took 39 of the 87 shots.  This is exactly on par for the season.

 

  • The Jazz never lead and trailed by 10 in the first and 11 in the 2nd before being down by double figures for most of the 2nd

 

  • Donovan Mitchell hit some of his off the bounce threes tonight continuing the trend of improvement. Joe Ingles was good in the restricted area continuing that trend.  Ricky Rubio did  not make his layups tonight.

 

  • The streak had to come to an end at some point, tough to do v. Portland. The playoff run is going to be really hard and the margin for error is slim.

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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