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EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – Which comes first bad shooting or bad transition defense

David Locke



SUMMARY:  Raptors run by the Jazz for an impressive 124-111 win giving the Jazz their 4th straight loss.

  • The Jazz lost their 4th straight at home and their 4th straight overall in a blow loss to the Toronto Raptors.  The final score is not indicative of the margin in this game.


  • The Jazz were playing without Donovan Mitchell and had a miserable time trying to score after the first quarter.


  • The Jazz led the game 31-30 at the end of the 1st They jumped out early.   Royce O’Neale started in place of Donovan Mitchell and ran the floor terrifically early in the game.  He got some early baskets and made plays with his speed that the Jazz hadn’t been making all season.


  • The Jazz shot an incredible 13 shots at the rim in the first quarter.


  • Then midway through the 2nd quarter it became obvious the Raptors were taking control of the game. With about 5:00 left in the 2nd it was obvious there was too much time left in the half and sure enough the Raptors went on a 27-10 lead . The Jazz couldn’t make shots they were 1 of 12 from three at the half.  They had gotten to the rim a ton, but missed everything else.


  • The Raptors have two weaknesses, they are not great in transition defense and they don’t guard the ball handler on the pick and roll very well. Without Donovan Mitchell that meant Joe Ingles and Ricky Rubio had to take advantage.  At the half, Rubio was 1 for 7 and Joe was 2 for 7.   Without Donovan Jae Crowder becomes your third scorer and he was 1 for 7 and 0 for 5 from three.  Rubio is now shooting 32% on the season and 30% from three.


  • The Raptors were taking these misses and sprinting down the floor for easy baskets. Lead by Pascal Siakam, who is crazy fast and Kyle Lowry they got to the rim time and time again.  According to Cleaning the Glass at halftime the Raptors were averaging 1.8 points per transition.   Then it compounds itself because the Raptors are scoring everytime and then the Jazz are in the halfcourt without Donovan Mitchell.


  • The third quarter opened with the Jazz committing 4 turnovers and the Raptors converted that into 11 points and the night was over.


  • There are three factors here and they all built on themselves. The Jazz couldn’t make shots.    Thru three quarter the Jazz were 2 of 17 from three and shooting 41% overall.   This lead to a ton of transition opportunities for a team that uses 21% of their possessions in transition.  The Jazz couldn’t get stops in transition.   This was not freedom of movement rules, this was running downhill down your throat.   Which comes first.


  • If the Jazz have Donovan and are they making more shots because Donovan taxes the defense and then Ingles and Rubio aren’t stretching beyond their usual role then would the transition defense be better. Not clear.


  • The other part of this is the Raptors aren’t great in transition defense but when they are running off your misses the whole game and scoring then you are not going to get transition.


  • The final and important factor here is the Raptors are great. They will win the East by as many as 10 games.  They are by far the best team in the East.


  • Alec Burks was back tonight and without Donovan Mitchell he is the only one who can score. Burks had 12 points in the first 3 quarters and added 8 in the meaningless 4th  He has become a very good catch and shoot player.


  • Hard schedule for the Jazz along with a few injuries has rocked this team a bit and it doesn’t get any easier for a while. This is a tough stretch.

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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Utah Jazz

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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