SUMMARY: For the first time this season, the Utah Jazz’s defense was unable to impact an opponent and the Jazz fell 109-100 to the Toronto Raptors.
- The Jazz defense has been dominant all season. They have held every opponent below their season average, but couldn’t tonight. The Jazz were never able to put the clamps down on the Raptors whose offense made a ton of shots.
- The Raptors’ offensive rating was 117.5 and their effective field goal percentage was 61.3%. This is an unreal offensive night against an elite defense. The Jazz have played great offensive teams this year and this is the first one that was able to shred the Jazz defense.
- DeMar DeRozan was the main star for the Raptors tonight; He had 37 points including 17 in the third quarter. He went 14 of 14 from the line. He has added the 3-point shot to his game and hit 3 of 7; Eight attempts is his career high.
- The Raptors have an awesome rotation. They start with DeRozan and Lowry — two of the best scorers in the league — then they play DeRozan with four bench guys for a period of time and let him carry the game. An athletic group of long, athletic athletes take over for a period of time before Lowry returns and carries the game for a few minutes before closing the half with both of their All-Stars.
- The Raptors’ second unit is made up of players with two or fewer years’ experience who play hard and fast.
- Donovan Mitchell led the Jazz in scoring with 25 points. He was the one guy who was able to go get a bucket on the Jazz roster. The highlight of the night was a nifty spin move to the basket for a layup. Mitchell was 9 of 20 from the field and 3 of 7 from 3, and perhaps the most significant, he didn’t have a turnover.
- Mitchell really struggled at the rim the first few games, but since then has figured out how to navigate in the trees to get shots off at the basket. He will be moving to the top of the scouting report and it will be interesting to see what happens when the league digs into his tendencies.
- Ricky Rubio’s shooting lost its shine for a night; He was 3 for 12.
- Rodney Hood looked like he was bouncing back from his 0 for 11 night, but an 0 for 6 fourth quarter pushed his shooting numbers the wrong direction for 6 of 19. He is now 6 for his last 30.
- Joe Ingles put up another elegant box score: 11 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals.
- The Jazz have done a better job controlling the turnovers in the last three games.
- The Jazz’s offensive rating tonight was a 107.5. They will win most games with this type of offensive performance. They won’t win games with a defensive rating of 117.5.
Good script vs. bad script, where did offense go in Los Angeles and two contrasting plays
The Utah Jazz had the perfect script in Denver. The Jazz were rested the Nuggets were on a back to back. The Jazz had had 3 practice days and were coming off a 4 game losing streak whereas the Nuggets had won the last one out by 37 and were feeling good. Then the Jazz went to Los Angeles and the Lakers had lost 3 in a row, had had two spirited film sessions and practices and the Jazz were on a back to back coming off a big win. The good script and the bad script and the games followed suit. David Locke, radio voice of the Utah Jazz and Jazz NBA Insider brings you the daily podcast on the Utah Jazz, Locked On Jazz, Now live each morning on You Tube There is more to it than that and Locke digs in, but in a league were the margin from the really good to the good to the not as good is really thin these things matter.
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POSTCAST – Utah Jazz offense stumbles in loss to Los Angeles Lakers
The Utah Jazz offense has been the best in the NBA, but tonight in LA they offense came up flat and the Jazz lost to the Los Angeles Lakers.
David Locke and Ron Boone bring you POSTCAST after each Utah Jazz game.
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