Day 3 of Utah Jazz Training Camp
- Thabo Sefolosha sat out today with a mild ankle sprain
- When Quin Snyder took job his key phrase was “obvious unselfishness” today he changed it slightly to “obvious selflessness.” This might be the same or this might show where the team is. The unselfishness was what he wanted someone to see when they watched the Jazz play. With the incredible depth on this roster the selflessness may have more to do with internal items. The Jazz have one of the deepest rosters and one of the most versatile roster in the NBA. The impact of this is that playing time and rolls could vary night to night, week to week and month to month.
- Speaking of rolls being different Dante Exum talked to the media about playing with Ricky Rubio and Donovan Mitchell. Against almost every team in the league this combination could be successful. For Dante whose strength is his speed and first step to play off the action of Ricky and Donovan would allow him to get the ball with an advantage most of the time and use that strength. Dante says he is comfortable playing and guarding 3s and playing off the ball. He said that during the summer in the games in Los Angeles he was often guarding NBA 3s and didn’t have a problem with it.
- The flip side of this would be a lineup of Joe Inlges, Alec Burks and Royce O’Neale. All good ball handlers, none of them a point guard. However, in Quin Snyder’s system maybe this could find its way on the floor. The point is not that the aforementioned lineup would be on the floor, but it easily could be on the floor together. The Jazz have 7 players who can flip between the 1 thru 3 position and all but Rubio could probably play all 3 of those positions in Quin’s offense.
- Could you imagine if the Jazz first substitution is Dante Exum for Joe Ingles and Jae Crowder for Derrick Favors or Rudy Gobert. This could be a heck of a speed lineup to change the pace and speed of the game. Then you have Ingles and Favors coming off the floor they could re-surface together in the 2nd quarter and that was one of the best pick and roll combinations the Jazz had all of last season. Again, numerous options.
- Nothing is set in stone and with the truncated pre-season Quin Snyder has limited time to discover what combinations he wants to use, but it clear his options are endless and that is why he needs “obvious selflessness.”
- Quin Snyder said the team is working on getting more precise with the actions.
- What is nice for Quin is that the adjustments he has made during the off-season are off the base plays that the players already know and so he is able to teach the adjustments and the precision to those adjustments without having to teach alignment or play structure.
- Jazz will have the 2nd two a day with a night practice tomorrow. Friday they will practice in the morning and have the open event on Friday night.
JAZZ GAME REWIND – Recap of Jazz opening night win in Sacramento
Utah Jazz radio team brings you this short condensed recap of the Jazz opening night win. Voiced by Conner Varney you get a the best moments, the players of the game and the stats of the game.
EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – Smart shots and wins aren’t easy
EMPTYING THE NOGGIN
SUMMARY: Jazz overcome brutal starts to the 1st and 3rd quarter to win in Sacramento ending a streak of 5 straight road opening losses.
- Nothing pretty here. However, road openers are not easy wins no matter who you are playing and I could make a strong argument this is as good as Sacramento will be all year, fresh, fast, at home and geeked for the home crowd.
- The Jazz defense was not good in this game. The Kings ran up the floor on the Jazz and played a great pick and roll game with DeAaron Fox and Willie Cauley Stein
- The league is so good. The influx of talent over the last few years in an era where all the best athletes are playing basketball, the increase of international players and the lack of expansion means every team is really talented. They won’t win a lot of games, but these teams are loaded with talent because the league has never been deeper.
- The Jazz starters had a really bad night. The Kings started the night on a 18-4 run and then went on a 9-0 run to start the 3rd
- Alec Burks, Dante Exum and Jae Crowder changed the game. Alec busted the top off the basket and hit a three and got the Jazz going. Dante’s speed opened the game up and Jae Crowder hit a bunch of big shots.
- Welcome to Rudy Gobert’s new world. Willie Cauley-Stein who has been criticized for taking nights off and being inconsistent was ready tonight and came at the Defensive Player of the Year with the intention of proving a point. Cauley-Stein was terrific. He went into Gobert’s body. His pick and roll with Fox was a problem for the Jazz. From a Kings standpoint it will be interesting to see if keeps that type of focus in games not involving the Defensive Player of the Year
- The Jazz shot distribution was great. Unofficially, I had the Jazz with 80% of their shots as restricted area or 3 point shots. Only 34% of their shots were three point shots but they live at the rim at 46% of their shots. When teams have this shot distribution they win at a very high rate.
- Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert were an offensive force. 14 of 17 from the field. 37 points on 17 shot attempts for Favors and Gobert. That will guarantee a very high level offense if the Jazz can replicate that.
- The bad starts to the 1st and 3rd were a bit unnerving and not being able to put the defensive clamps down was a bit surprising but to be able to have the depth and system to overcome those two things is what separates good teams.
- Donovan Mitchell had a regular night. He struggled to get shots at the rim. He turned it over a bit more. It was a struggle. Yet, his struggle was 24 points on 21 shots. If that is the struggle that is a pretty special player. If he hits one more three all of a sudden it is 27 and it is a big night.
- Joe Ingles was vital in the 2nd quarter to get the Jazz rolling. They went under picks and he made them pay. In the 2nd half the Kings no longer gave him the same looks. 22 points on 9 of 12 shooting.
- AB 3 for 3 from three, Crowder 2 for 4 from three, Dante 1 for 3. These were vital.
- Jazz offensive rating was 116. Defensive rating was 110 and Pace was crazy fast at 106.
- Jazz were 3 of 16 on non-restricted area 2s, Kings were 15 of 36 on non-resticted area 2s. I could make a strong argument that smart shot distribution won the Jazz the game.
POSTCAST – Locke and Boone after the Jazz win the opener in Sacramento
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