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Jazz 18 Mavericks 12 with 6:17 left in the 1st quarter
Jazz are hitting the corner 3 – 3 of 4, 2 by Ingles and 1 by Favors
Doncic 4 pts, 1 reb, 1 ast
Both timeouts have been taken and Dallas on back end of back to back. Big stretch to make Mavericks tired
Jazz 37 Mavericks with 10:39 left in the 2nd quarter
Jazz are out running and out working a tired Dallas team
They are breaking the 45 on the go and catch – O’Neale and Crowder.
Jazz bench has been great. 19 to 6 since Jazz went to the bench
Jazz 53 Mavericks 29 with 5:19 left in the 2nd quarter
Jazz 16 assists on 21 field goals – Rubio with 7 assists and Donovan with 5 assists
No Jazz in double figures
Jazz 68 Mavericks 45 at halftime
Jazz commitment on the defensive end has the coaches most pleased
Donovan with a monster dunk to close the half.
Gobert with 15 points, Rubio with 9 assists
Darrell Griffith joining us on the broadcast talking about the Warriors “They are like how the flip phone became the iphone.”
Jazz 76 Mavericks 57 with 7:20 left in 3rd quarter
Donovan Mithcell has it going tonight – 7 of 9 from the field, two incredible dunks and 16 points
What a life – I watched Ron Boone, Thurl Bailey and Darrell Griffith play when I was a kid and now I talk to them on the radio
Jazz 101 Mavericks 89 with 9:43 left in the 4th quarter
Mavericks on a 15-4 run
A tech on Favors leads to a 5 point play and then a layup and interception on an inbound pass for another layup lead to a quick 4 point swing. That has created a game
Jazz 107 Mavericks 94 with 5:46 left in the 4th
Mavericks got it down to 9
Mavericks went to their starters who are -10 per 100 possessions this year
Jazz went to starters with Crowder for Favors who are +23 per 100 possessions.
Mitchell hits Crowder for tough corner 3
Jazz 117 Mavericks 102 – Final Score
Jazz took 45% of shots at the rim and 35% shots as three. Jazz shot distribution this season is incredible
Alec Burks 18 points in 15 minutes were mammoth
Jazz kept Dallas out of transition and that is where the Mavericks are good

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 – Why so passive? How Harden blows up the Jazz defense? Donovan Mitchell 2nd year playoffs

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The Utah Jazz are getting ready for Game #3 v. the Houston Rockets. David Locke, the radio voice of the Utah Jazz and Jazz NBA Insider takes a look at why the Jazz looked so passive in Game 2 in Houston. Then Locke digs into what makes Harden so unique and why he has blown up the #1 defense in the NBA. Locke also takes a look at what other 2nd year players like Donovan Mitchell have done in their 2nd year playoff season.

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LOCKED ON JAZZ – How good is Houston? Jazz can’t hit open shots. Facebook Live questions

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The Utah Jazz have been blown out in both of the first two games of their first round series with the Houston Rockets. David Locke, the radio voice of the Utah Jazz and Jazz NBA Insider tries to figure out what has happened and why it has happened. Plus, it is a live show so Locke takes your questions from Facebook live.

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EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – Opening stretch tells the strory

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Summary:  The Jazz start poorly, the Rockets pounced and Harden was amazing it all lead to a Rockets blow out of the Jazz.

  • The Jazz opened the night turning the ball over on 4 of their first 8 possessions. The Rockets scored 10 points on those 4 turnovers and that would tell the story of the night. The Jazz trailed 12 to 4 at the first time out.

 

  • Then Harden went nuts. He is incredible.  He never misses a read.  In Game 1 the Jazz took away the step back and free throws.  In the first quarter he had as many step backs and as many free throws as he had all of the first game.  I really have no idea how you are supposed to guard him,  He was 5 of 11 on step back tonight.  He makes those at 40%.   You have to take that away but the only way to do that is to play him from behind and force him into a drive.

 

  •  He has become the perfect modern player.  The league values the three.  He can make it at nearly 40%.  The league knows you can’t afford to have a 40% three point shooter take 15 to 20 threes a game so you have to play him in this strange manner to force him to drive. Harden would take 20 threes if you let him.   No one has ever had his three point shooting step back coupled with his handle and his passing.  This just destroys the defense.  When you force him to drive he has the floater game and he reads the defense perfectly.

 

  • The Jazz defense failed in transition tonight. According to cleaningtheglass the Rockets averaged 1.7 pts per transition and only .94 in the half court.  The .94 is a little above average but the Rockets are usually much better than that in the halfcourt.  They are the #2 halfcourt team in the NBA.  So the Jazz halfcourt defense was actually ok tonight.

 

  • The Jazz offense is where things should be most concerning. The Jazz were not able to score with regularity against the Rockets in the playoffs last year, they weren’t able to score against them in the regular season and they haven’t been able to score against them tonight.

 

  • The Rockets offense averages about 116 pts per 100 possessions. Even if the Jazz have a great defensive night hey will be around 108 but the Jazz offense v. the Rockets all season has been below 1 point per possessions.  Until that is fixed it is hard see a scenario where the Jazz defense can hold the Rockets offense down far enough to win a game.

 

  • The talk around the Rockets is that they are a better team than a year ago. A year ago they won 65 games and were a Chris Paul hamstring or a glutton of missed 3s away from winning the title.

 

  • The Jazz average .74 pts in the half court

 

  • Rubio and Crowder are a combined 2 of 14 on open threes.

 

  • The Jazz came into the night 22 of 100 on above the break three point shots v. the Rockets this year. It continued again tonight as the Jazz shot 6 of 27 on above the break 3 and some of those were late.

 

  • The Jazz have lost the first two games by 52 points. The Rockets look to be capable of winning the title
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