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EMPTYING THE NOGGIN Two things Jazz will need to do all season

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SUMMARY:  Jazz defense exposed all of Phoenix weaknesses in a 120-102 blowout of the Suns in pre-season game #4

  • If the Jazz are going to be good this year they will need to do two things they did tonight.   First, they will need to be good defensively when Rudy Gobert is off the floor.  Second, they will need to take advantage of inferior teams.

 

  • Last year, when the Jazz went to Derrick Favors and Joe Johnson as the frontcourt the defense was a wreck. The defensive rating was 126, league average is about 106.5 and the worst in the league is 112.   Overall the defense was 107.5 when Gobert was off the floor.   Tonight, Derrick Favors and Epke Udoh had terrific defensive nights.

 

  • Derrick Favors is able to play the pick and roll much more aggressively than Rudy Gobert. With Gobert’s ability to defend the rim when he is involved in a pick and roll you want him to drop back toward the basket.  When Favors is involved he can step up and play even to the screen or even a step above the screen and really impact the ball handler.  He did that tonight and it caused Eric Bledsoe and Devin Booker a great deal of discomfort.  It helps that the Suns don’t have a great, roll big or great passers.

 

  • The Jazz dominated this game with their defense, exposing the weaknesses of the Suns. The Suns are not good passers.  The Jazz forced 31 turnovers.   The Jazz defense was rotating very well and getting into the passing lanes as well as anticipating the next pass.   At the same time, Phoenix is not a good passing team and too often start to pass with no idea where it is going.

 

  • The Jazz are going to need to beat bad teams this year. Moreover, they are going to have to dominate them defensively.  The Jazz roster is deep, but it doesn’t have anyone who can carry the load for a night while the other guys get a break.  Instead, the Jazz will have to bring high level effort each night and most of all when playing inferior teams.

 

  • Ricky Rubio stole a pass on the opening possession of the game and took it for a layup. It ignited the Jazz defense and Rubio’s offense.  Rubio scored 9 straight points to open the game and 20 in the first half of 8 of 10 shooting.

 

  • Epke Udoh is really good defensively. He had a steal out on the floor where he reached in and stole a ball from Bledsoe and he is regularly blocking shots that no one anticipates.  He is not tall, but he is long and it is as though offensive players don’t expect him to get to some of the shots he is able to alter or block.

 

  • Raul Neto played the majority of the back up point guard moments. Quin Snyder said on the pre-game show he doesn’t want to burden Mitchell with the point guard responsibilities.   Donovan Mitchell joined our post game show and said playing the point changes his mentality entirely from playing the shooting guard.

 

  • Alec Burks got the back up three minutes in the first half

 

  • Tony Bradley has learned a nice floater around the rim. He has a very good quick release on the shot.

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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NBA Free Agency is here for the Utah Jazz

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NBA Free Agency is day is here for the Utah Jazz. What can we expect to take place? Will the Utah Jazz make a trade? Is this the day Rudy Gobert or Mike Conley or Donovan Mitchell gets traded? Do the Jazz have a free agency move to be made? David Locke, radio voice of the Utah Jazz and Jazz NBA insider take a look at all of these questions and gives you the free agency primer. Is the market drying up on the Utah Jazz? The Clippers and Wizards have already made moves and the Atlanta Hawks have used their draft capital. Rumors continue with Rudy Gobert at the forefront and we take a look at what those deals might be for the Utah Jazz and what would have to be included to make a deal happen. Then a look at the Utah Jazz options at the tax payer mid level contractsand what the Jazz current roster looks like and what could take place. 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

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New Utah Jazz Head Coach Will Hardy: What formed him, what influences, style of play and staff

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Reports have the Utah Jazz hiring Will Hardy as their new head coach. The 34 year old assistant to the Boston Celtics and formerly of the San Antionio Spurs is on the verge of becoming the next head coach of the Utah Jazz. The Jazz believe in Hardy giving him a reportidly 5 year deal. David Locke, the radio voice of the Utah Jazz and Jazz NBA Insider, breaks down the influences that formed Will Hardy from his unique college experience at Williams College to his journey to the Spurs bench and all the coaches that have touched him along the way. One thing has been universally true about Will Hardy, everyone knew he was on the path to great things and leading people. The quotes about him from his high school coach to his college coach to Gregg Popovich all tell the same story. Locke also digs into what he believes the style of play will be and what will happen with his coaching staff.

 

0:00: Open

3:00: What is Will Hardy’s journey

5:00: The influence of Williams College

8:00: Curt Tong, the life changer

12:00: Quotes from his coaches

15:00: 6 to 60 it didn’t matter

24:00: Style of play

28:00: Will Alex Jensen stay with the Utah Jazz

31:00: Coaching circles

 

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Utah Jazz free agency decision making tree, the case for Johnnie Bryant and NBA Menus

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The NBA Free agency is looking and the Utah Jazz decison making tree is becoming more and more clear. David Locke, radio voice of the Utah Jazz and Jazz NBA Insider, takes you through the steps the Utah Jazz front office is going through to determine what they do in the off-season. the real question is there a good solution and a correct route for the Utah Jazz and do they dictate that ability. Yesterday we looked at the case for the Utah Jazz assistant coach Alex Jensen as the Utah Jazz head coach. Today we do the same with New York Knicks and former Utah Jazz assistant coach Johnnie Bryant. The case for Bryant is very similar to numerous other coaches in the search. Then it is time to go shopping and look at the menus of NBA rosters. 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

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