About to tip off for the Western Conference Semi-Finals
Utah Jazz v. Houston Rockets
Keys for the Jazz
1) No turnovers to limit Rockets transition
2) Keep the ball moving. If ball stops sign the Rockets switching defense is having its impact
3) Limit three point attempts
It is going to take the Jazz a little while to get used to this. The Rockets play so differently than the Thunder and for that matter anyone in the NBA. Defensively the Rockets switch every exchange. EVERY exchange. They spread offensively to the max – Rockets 17-10
James Harden is really good
Scary thing about the first quarter is Rockets who take 50% of their shots as three point shots only took 7 of 22 shots from three so Jazz defense is largely doing what it wants but Rox have hit 5 of 7 from three and 8 of 15 from 2 – 34-21 end of 1
When I watched Rockets v. Timberwolves I was stunned at how the Rockets were able to go wherever they wanted whenever they wanted. Thought it was Wolves soft defense. Happening today as well. Maybe it is the Rockets – Rox by 20
Rockets offensive rating right now is 149
Way too many …… Palindromes
Jazz trail 53-35 with 4:05 left in the 2nd quarter. Also trailed 42-24. Didn’t trail 31-13 so that is good.
we know about 25 point leads ……..
Rockets 64 Jazz 39 at the half. Rockets have been great.
If you are watching (turn down volume and up the radio) watch how when the Rockets switch the defender switching onto the ball comes forward toward the ball in an aggressive manner rather than the way most teams switch and defender is soft
Things that can be done against switching
1) keep moving the ball
2) pick your own man so he can’t switch onto ball
3) Slip the picks
Nothing new here – Rockets lead it 80-56 They have lead by 10 or more in 37% of their 3rd Q minutes. By 20 or more in 14% of 3rd Q minutes. The leagues best looks it tonight
Raul Neto checks in
Jazz win the 3rd quarter 29-22 but are on the wrong side of another palindrome 86-68 at the end of 3 quarter. Neto, Exum, Burks, Crowder and Favors were on the floor for Jazz run to close 3rd quarter
Dante Exum off the ball with Raul Neto is an interesting idea
James Harden 5 of 7 on step back threes today. That is incredible.
Jazz are getting run today but lots of things about this are ok . They are limiting the Rockets three points shots (28 of 73 shots) The Rockets are making absurd shots and offensively they are understanding better.
Poor pass on a fast break to Donovan Mitchell makes him studder step and Mitchell significantly turns his ankle. As he turned his ankle looks as though Eric Gordon stepped on the already turned ankle. Not sure which order. Looked like it hurt a lot
Jazz fall in game 1 – Rockets 110 Jazz 96. Rockets were great and the Jazz had very little time to get ready. Jazz seemed to get more comfortable as game went on will find out Wednesday if they learned anything . Harden brilliant again with 41 poiints on 12 of 26 shooting
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
New Utah Jazz Head Coach Will Hardy: What formed him, what influences, style of play and staff
Reports have the Utah Jazz hiring Will Hardy as their new head coach. The 34 year old assistant to the Boston Celtics and formerly of the San Antionio Spurs is on the verge of becoming the next head coach of the Utah Jazz. The Jazz believe in Hardy giving him a reportidly 5 year deal. David Locke, the radio voice of the Utah Jazz and Jazz NBA Insider, breaks down the influences that formed Will Hardy from his unique college experience at Williams College to his journey to the Spurs bench and all the coaches that have touched him along the way. One thing has been universally true about Will Hardy, everyone knew he was on the path to great things and leading people. The quotes about him from his high school coach to his college coach to Gregg Popovich all tell the same story. Locke also digs into what he believes the style of play will be and what will happen with his coaching staff.
3:00: What is Will Hardy’s journey
5:00: The influence of Williams College
8:00: Curt Tong, the life changer
12:00: Quotes from his coaches
15:00: 6 to 60 it didn’t matter
24:00: Style of play
28:00: Will Alex Jensen stay with the Utah Jazz
31:00: Coaching circles
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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