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Perfect Game Plan and Ball Movement leads to blowout of the Bucks

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SUMMARY: The Utah Jazz used electric ball movement and a brilliant game plan to exploit the Milwaukee Bucks in a 121-108 win.

  • The Jazz set a franchise record 18 3-point makes and had brilliant ball movement all night. The Bucks are the most aggressive defense in the NBA; They double the ball off every pick and they over-shift to the strong side more than any team in the NBA. The Jazz were perfectly prepared for the Bucks’ defense and moved the ball all night, finishing with 31 assists. They ball faked, threw skip passes and toyed with the Bucks’ defense as though they were on strings on most of all their made shots.
  • The Jazz got 10 corner-3 shots tonight and made seven of them. That is a huge amount. It is not the 20 they got last year against the Bucks, but it was still a lot. The Bucks have altered their defense to try to take away the corner-3 since they got so exploited last year.
  • The Jazz have now beaten the Milwaukee Bucks in 16 straight games in Salt Lake City. It is the third longest streak by any home team in NBA history.  The last time the Bucks won in Salt Lake was 2001
  • The Jazz took 40% of their shots from 3. To do this without a bona fide one-on-one breakdown player is a tribute to the offense, the ball movement, the teamwork and the system.
  • The Jazz came into the game number one in the league in setting picks and number one in passes made, which showed tonight as they abused the Bucks more and more on every pass and every pick.
  • It didn’t feel like Giannis Antetokounmpo had a great night and he finished with 27 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. That is a tribute to what an incredible player he is. He seemed unstoppable at times. It just felt normal.
  • The Jazz only had 10 turnovers tonight despite all the passing. The Bucks are third in the NBA at forcing turnovers.
  • Joe Ingles had a regular season career high with 9 assists tonight. He is also 21 of his last 31 from 3.  That is absurd.
  • Rodney Hood took over the game for a period and ended up with 21 points for his 12th straight game in double figures, which I believe is the longest streak of his career with double figures. He is a much better offensive player right now. He is above average in efficiency for the first time in his career and he is doing it with an increased usage rate.
  • Donovan Mitchell has spurts where he just jumps off the floor. Whenever I watch a college game (rarely to be honest), my rule is an NBA player has to jump off the floor. A good example is when I was watching Stanley Johnson and this kid from UCLA kept jumping off the screen. It was Norman Powell. Donovan is doing this in NBA games. He is doing this against the best players in the world. To jump off the floor as an elite player in your first 20 games as a rookie is rarified air.
  • The Jazz’s December schedule is brutal and Utah could play well and still lose almost of all of their games. At the same time, the Western Conference is not what we anticipated, and if the Jazz can stay above water it may turn out to be a nine-team race for eight spots.

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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Luka Doncic and Dallas made Phoenix look like Utah and it was a bad day for Centers

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Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks made the Phoenix Suns look the same way they made the Utah Jazz look. How did they do it? What does it mean for the Jazz and the Suns looking forward.

The Game 7 match-ups were a bad day for Centers in the NBA. Brook Lopez who had led the take away the rim style of NBA defense in Milwaukee had Grant Williams shooting 16 three point shots and the Celtics got the win. The Phoenix Suns #1 pick Deandre Ayton was played off the floor by the Dallas Mavericks as well as “internal” issues. Plus, the Mavericks 5 out drive offense makes it very hard for a center to defend on the perimeter.

David Locke the radio voice of the Utah Jazz and Jazz NBA Insider looks at all those options and sets the table for what the Utah Jazz can do.

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Five off-season models for the Utah Jazz. Which do you prefer?

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The Utah Jazz are confronting a pivotal off-season. How will they proceed? One school of thought, it has run its self out and to blow it all up? What benefit does that have? From there, there are three different approaches, trying to add a home run to the already set core of Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert. Another approach would be to move the a bunch of pieces to add pieces and add depth. The final choose would be to narrow down to one of the core pieces are re-mold the franchise with that core piece. David Locke the radio voice of the Utah Jazz and Jazz NBA Insider looks at all those options and sets the table for what the Utah Jazz can do. 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 Follow David Locke on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DLocke09 #NBA #UtahJazz #DonovanMitchell #RudyGobert #NBAPodcast

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“Going to be good for a long time” What does that really mean in the NBA

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Ja Morant’s injury has put a damper on the NBA Playoffs, but the commentators keep saying “it’s ok Memphis is going to be good for a long time.” What does that actually mean in the NBA? The Utah Jazz were going to be good for a long tiem, the Portland Trailblazers were going to be good for a long time, the Atlanta Hawks were going to be good for a long time. David Locke the radio voice of the Utah Jazz and Jazz NBA Insider takes a look at all the teams in the past who were going to be “Good for a Long Time” and sees what we can learn from that in regards to where the Utah Jazz stand today. We look at 10 teams that wer labelled “Good for a Long Time” and you voe y or no on their success. 0:00 Open 3:00 The Memphis Grizzlies will be good fora long time 5:00 Portland Trailabazlers 08-09 Brandon Roy, LaMarcus 7:00 Portland Trailbazlers 13-14 Lillard, Batum, LaMarcus 10:00 Minnesota Timberwolves 96-7 KG and Marbury to start 13:00 New Orleans Pelicans – hit F 14:00 Oklahoma CIty Thunder 09-10 17:00 Houston Rockets 27:00 Atlanta Hawks 08-09 Joe Johnson, Josh Smith, Marvin Williams 32:00 The Process 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 Follow David Locke on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DLocke09 #NBA #UtahJazz #DonovanMitchell #RudyGobert #NBAPodcast

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