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EMPYTING THE NOGGIN – A Stat Padding, Stress Free blow out win of the Knicks

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SUMMARY:  Jazz make a mockery of the Knicks in the first half and cruise to a 129-97 win over the Knicks

  • The Jazz schedule has not only been road heavy, but they haven’t played any bad teams. Playing bad teams has great value.  It gives you confidence, it is a mentally relaxing game and it is really fun.  The Jazz had a great time tonight making mincemeat of the Knicks defense and destroying the Knicks from the opening tip.

 

  • This game was over within 5 minutes. The Jazz went to the rim time and time again.  There is incredible value in having a game like tonight.  The Knicks have no interior defense and had no clue how to deal with either a Dante Exum/ Rudy Gobert pick and roll or a Joe Ingles/Rudy Gobert pick and roll.

 

  • Rudy Gobert set a career high with 16 points in the 1st quarter and a career high with 22 points in the first half.

 

  • Dante Exum had a career high 13 assists and had almost all of them in the first half. He had a terrific game against a hapless defense.  Dante played with great tempo, he didn’t rush.  He made super reads and threw accurate lob passes to Rudy that the Knicks just had to watch.   Dante was really good finding teammates, playing in control and taking advantage of the 29th ranked defense in the NBA.

 

  • Dante had only 1 turnover

 

  • Thabo Sefolosha had a double double playing in Jae Crowder’s place with 10 points and 10 rebounds. This is another reason games like this are important.  Thabo is working his way back and tonight is a great confidence booster for him

 

  • Royce O’Neale who had been struggling hit two threes.

 

  • Kyle Korver had 5 three pointers

 

  • No Jazz player played more than 27 minutes and these were easy minutes

 

  • This score was 39-17 after 1, 71-36 at the half and then the league mandated we played the 2nd

 

  • A stat padding, confidence building, mentally easy night. So important for the Utah Jazz.

 

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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LOCKED ON JAZZ – Defense is rolling, weekend in review and Bradley Beal breakdown

David Locke

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The Utah Jazz took care of business this weekend and now head out on a crucial east coast road trip. David Locke, the radio voice of the Utah Jazz and Jazz NBA Insider, takes a look at the playoff picture and how it is all playing out plus the Jazz stellar defense against the Brooklyn Nets.

Then Locke breaks down Bradley Beal and how the Jazz have to defend him and what it takes to deal with him. Most importantly, how can Rudy Gobert impact his game.

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POSTCAST – Locke and Boone after blow out win and look to the road trip

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Utah Jazz radio team post game show after the Utah Jazz blow out the Brooklyn Nets

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EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – Jazz dominate Nets from early run to the finish

David Locke

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SUMMARY:  The Jazz go a 27 to 2 run from the first quarter to the second and blow out the Brooklyn Nets on their way to a 114-98 win.

  • Rudy Gobert was a dominating defensive force tonight that ruined the rhythm of both D’Angleo Russell and Caris LeVert. Gobert’s length has such an impact on the opponents shot selection that players get uncomfortable because they are not talking their normal looks.  The Jazz defense has held 7 of the last 10 opponents to under a point a possession

 

  • This game was interesting because both the Nets and Jazz play an analytics heavy game. The Jazz take the  6th most amount of shots at the rim and the 6th most amount of threes for the 4th most amount of “smart” shots at 76%   The Nets take the 12th most amount of shots at the rim and the 4th most amount of 3s for the 5th most amount of smart shots at 75%.   Now that is fine expect that both teams defensively take the same approach and deny these shots.  The Jazz rank 1st at 62.5% and the Nets rank 2nd at 64% at allowing fewest amount of smart shots.   So what happens?

 

  • The defenses won out. The Jazz took 29% of their shots as mid range shots compared the their usual 24% and the Nets shot an unreal 40% of their shots as mid range shots compared to their 25%.   Moreover, neither team shot them very well.  The Jazz were 8 of 29 and the Nets were 9 of 39.  At one point in the game the Nets were 4 of 22 on paint non restricted area shots.

 

  • D’Angle Russell had a miserable night. He finished 2 of 11 on mid range shots.

 

  • Derrick Favors had a sequence of the game when he was so much bigger and stronger than any of the Nets they couldn’t get a rebound. The Nets were trying to play zone and had to bail out of the zone because Favors was too much of a force on the boards

 

  • The Jazz bigs killed the Nets. Rudy Gobert had 23 points and 17 rebounds as well as 3 blocks and Derrick Favors had 13 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks.

 

  • The Jazz were able to get off 13 corner 3 attempts which is a lot and a ton when you consider who they were playing. The Jazz are averaging well over 10 corner 3 attempts for the last 10 games.

 

  • Donovan notched another 20 point game. He has had 20 in 28 of his last 30 games

 

  • 13 three pointers for the Jazz. 12 seems to be the magic number for wins

 

  • Solid win now onto the East for a 4 game trip of huge importance.
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