EMPTYING THE NOGGIN
Summary: The Utah Jazz put on a third-quarter blitz of momentous levels to blow out the Portland Trailblazers ending the Blazers 9 game home wins steak while winning their own 9th straight win.
- The third quarter into the fourth quarter is the best basketball the Jazz have played all season. They hit the Blazers to start the 3rd quarter and never let off the gas. If it was a boxing match they would have made the Blazers take a standing 8 count. The Jazz just hit them with everything. Stifling defense, long-range threes, brilliant passing for layups and dunks. It seemed unfair. It seemed like it would never stop. Each moment just increased the level of the Jazz domination.
- The Jazz trailed by 1 at the half. It started as a 10-2 run, then it became a 22 to 5 run and it became a 39 to 17 run and it continued to a 50 to 22 run. This is against a good basketball team. The Blazers entered the game as the 5th seed in the West and with a 9 game home win streak. This was a massacre.
- It is hard to explain all the things the Jazz were doing well.
- The defense was incredible. Rudy Gobert is the greatest defensive player in the world and he alters every possession. When a team tries to play half-court offense against the Jazz there is an entire portion of the floor that is virtually eliminated because of Gobert’s presence. Then you add that each one of the Jazz perimeter defenders can play a step closer and more aggressively because the greatest defensive player in the world is standing behind them.
- Did I mention that Rudy has another guy back there with him that is an elite defender as we?l. Secondary rim defense is a big deal in the NBA. However, it is has been virtually eliminated by the stretch 4. First very few stretch 4s are rim defenders. Second, the stretch 4 brings the secondary rim defender so far from the rim that it makes very difficult for the secondary rim defender to get back in time. The Warriors have this with Draymond Green and Kevin Durant. If someone plays the Jazz without an elite stretch 4 then Favors becomes a secondary rim defender and the Jazz become nearly impossible to score against.
- Joe Ingles improvement over the past seasons is a remarkable story. He just followed a career high with a career high. At key moments of the game he was the primary ball handler. His release on his three point shot has gone from one of the slowest in the NBA to one of the quickest. He was never a threat going to the basket and now if the big doesn’t come over he will finish at the rim. Plus, he is one of the best three point shooters in the league. Now add the intangibles. He is always leading. When Donovan Mitchell got trapped and turned the ball over it was Ingles stopping to talk to him. When Donovan got called for his 2nd foul trailing Damian Lillard it was Ingles helping him thru the adjustment. He signed his deal in the off-season and promised to get better and be a leader for this franchise. He has kept his word.
- The Jazz really struggled to open the game. The pick and roll was all clogged up because the Blazers drop their big into the restricted area and make it nearly impossible to make paint to paint passes. Quin Snyder made great adjustments. First, he moved the pick and roll from the top of the key to the elbow allowing the big man to roll wider and create more space that had to be covered by the Blazers bigs and therefore better passing lanes. It also opened up the passing angles for the guards to be able to hit the angle three which was the open shot. Then the Jazz adjusted again and brought the pick and roll all the way above the time line. This allowed the ball handler to snake underneath the pick or have some downhill momentum to engage the big freeing up other opportunities. This is where Quin is a wizard.
- Royce O’Neal made his first start and was terrific. He had 4 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists, 2 steals and 1 blocked shot. He was +28 in his 33 minutes
- Jae Crowder made his debut with the Jazz and showed the impact he is going to be able to have. He played mostly at the small forward tonight and made 5 of his 11 shots, 3 of 7 from three and had 15 points. He got into the passing act as well with 3 assists to go with his 5 rebounds and a steal.
- Both Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert had double doubles
- Raul Neto was +12 because he is Raul Neto.
- Tonight was the Jazz 31st road game the most in the NBA. The Jazz have also played 37 games against above .500 teams only Orlando, Dallas and Brooklyn can match that.
- Finally, I thought this was a fascinating night for Donovan Mitchell. His defensive assignment was tough in Damian Lillard. The game plan was to play stay attached and trail him in the pick and roll playing with a rear contest. The Blazers see this a lot and Damian just stops on a dime and the defender runs up his back. Donovan got 2 fouls on this. As the night went on he adjusted (as well as the Jazz adjusted some defense with Favors on the pick and roll) On the offensive side he started at the point guard and he had a lot of his plate. Then in the 4th quarter they started trapping him every time and this is still a struggle for him. He got a little better as the quarter went on and finally the Jazz just had him go 1 on 1 and beat Lillard or whoever was defending him. He showed a lot of growth in the game. He had 27 points on a night that was hard.
- 9 in a row – wow what a run. 7 straight wins on the road is only the 7th time in franchise history a Jazz team was won that many in the row on the road. The 9 straight wins is 14th time in franchise history a team has won 9 straight and 4th time in 20 years. The 2010 team win 7 straight on the road in the midst of a 9 game win streak
JAZZ GAME REWIND: 2nd Half propels Toronto past the youthful Jazz
The Jazz fell short in the second half as the Toronto defense shut the new-look Jazz down in route to cruising to an 114 – 82 Raptors victory. Lauri Markkanen shined for the Jazz with 20 points and 5 rebounds but the Raptors length and athleticism proved to be too much for the Jazz riding a dominant 3rd quarter to pull away from the Jazz who played well in the first half, only trailing by one.
Relive the game through the radio highlights. Voiced by Leif Thulin.
Utah Jazz trade Rudy Gobert – the emotions, the decision making, what did we get and what now
The Utah Jazz traded Rudy Gobert on Friday after a 4th of July weekend to soak in the biggest news of the NBA trade season we try to digest what it means for the Utah Jazz. David Locke, radio voice of the Utah Jazz and Jazz NBA Insider, take a look at all angles of the Rudy Gobert trade. The emotions of losing one of your own and a beloved player like Rudy Gobert. The player that we knew how great he was and had to argue on his behalf and now someone else gets the pleasure. Locke revisits the decision making tree of the Utah Jazz and how they got to trading Rudy Gobert and why they took this trade rather than other options that may have been on the table for the Utah Jazz. Then Locke looks into what did we really get in this trade and what are the possibilities of benefit for trading one of the great players in franchise history. A look at each of the 5 first round picks and what they could become and the margin starts to expand the farther out you go. Then are the Utah Jazz re-building? Why now would be the question. That is a decision that the Jazz don’t need to make for the some time. Summer league kicks off today and what are the Utah Jazz looking for and who could make an impression. What the Jazz want to see from Jared Butler 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
NBA Free Agency is here for the Utah Jazz
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
- JAZZ GAME REWIND: 2nd Half propels Toronto past the youthful Jazz October 2, 2022
- Utah Jazz trade Rudy Gobert – the emotions, the decision making, what did we get and what now July 5, 2022
- NBA Free Agency is here for the Utah Jazz June 30, 2022
- New Utah Jazz Head Coach Will Hardy: What formed him, what influences, style of play and staff June 29, 2022
- Utah Jazz free agency decision making tree, the case for Johnnie Bryant and NBA Menus June 28, 2022