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Pelicans expose Jazz long ball defense and get significant win in Utah

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SUMMARY:  Pelicans equal the season series with the Jazz with a 10 point win in Utah behind their star bigs Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins.

  • There a lot of things that can be looked at tonight, but the essence of this game is the Pelicans made their three point shots and the Jazz didn’t.  The Pelicans were 14 of 30 from three while the Jazz finished just 7 of 32 from three.

 

  • The Jazz are not defending the three point shot well. This has some variance and luck to it.  However, the Jazz came into the game ranked 24th in the league defending the three and they are really struggling defending the above the break three.   This was an issue again tonight.

 

  • Some of it however is luck. Rajon Rondo goes 2 for 5, Darius Miller 3 for 5, Dante Cunningham 1 for 2. E’Twaun Moore 2 for 3 and DeMarcus Cousins 2 for 4.  All of those are above their season averages.

 

  • The Jazz got a strong offensive performance from Joe Johnson. Johnson hit his first 6 shots of the night and finished with a 9 of 12 shooting night and had 20 points.  This was his season high.

 

  • The game swung to the Pelicans at the end of the third quarter when they went on a 11-1 run to close the quarter and take a nine point lead going into the 4th

 

  • The Pelicans took a higher level of focus on Donovan Mitchell than they did the December 1st Mitchell couldn’t get to the rim and his outside shot was not falling.  He only made 6 of 17 from the field.  On the other hand, his aggressiveness allowed him to get to the line 10 times, making 9.  He still finished with 24 points on 17 shot attempts which is fabulous.

 

  • Rodney Hood is the Jazz second scorer and tonight he didn’t have it. He was 1 for 10 for 2 points in 33 minutes.  Not sure the Jazz can win a game when they get 2 points in 33 minutes from Hood.   The defense has a high level of focus on Mitchell right now and Hood needs to find a way to take advantage of that freedom,

 

  • Rodney Hood entered the game shooing 37% at home this season.

 

  • When Rodney Hood shoots below 33% the Jazz are 2-8 on the season. The bigger issue is this has happened 10 times in 29 games.

 

  • Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins are unbelievably gifted. The skill set they have with their size are once in a lifetime or once every few generations level of talent.

 

  • These guys are so good that the Pelicans are winning the games they should and they are now 10-4 in games against sub .500 teams. That is going to get them in the playoffs.

 

  • The Jazz offense was the issue tonight with an offensive rating of 100. The defense was average, but I am not sure without Rudy Gobert the Jazz defense is much more than average.

 

  • Donovan Mitchell played 38 minutes tonight, Derrick Favors played 35 minutes.

 

  • The Pelicans were +10 when Anthony Davis was the only big on the floor. They were +6 when both Davis and DeMarcus Cousins were on the floor and they were -6 when Cousins was on the floor.

 

  • This is a tough loss for the Jazz in the playoff picture.

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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12:00: Quotes from his coaches

15:00: 6 to 60 it didn’t matter

24:00: Style of play

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31:00: Coaching circles

 

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