Jazz 10 Heat 2 with 9:16 1st quarter
Great start for the Jazz
Miami defense is good in halfcourt and Jazz are getting early action
Miami is 29th offensively in the half court and if Jazz can avoid turnovers that will be huge in this game
Jazz 35 Heat 35 with 7:55 left in the 2nd Quarter
Raul Neto hit a layup with 1:46 left in the 1st quarter and made the score 35-16 since then Miami is on a 19-0 run. Jazz have missed 9 straight shots and Miami went 7 for 9 with Gobert on the bench some of those threes
Heat 44 Jazz 42 with 2:55 left in the 2nd quarter
Jazz miss 15 straight shots until Joe Ingles toss a high floater in at the 5:39 mark of 2nd quarter. 1st Jazz points since 1:46 in the 1st quarter
Whiteside 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Jazz largest lead was 35-16
Jazz 55 Heat 53 at halftime
This is why everyone wants to play fast. Two great defensive coaches that take away the shots you want.
Jazz have two corner 3 attempts and Heat have 1
Jazz 11 rim shots and Heat 5
Jazz 68 Heat 66 with 4:20 3rd quarter
Rudy Gobert controlled taps on rebounds this quarter have been remarkable. Has 17 rebounds.
Jazz look tired. Miami is in on them on every possession. This is going to take a deep dig to have enough juice for final 16 minutes
Heat 88 Jazz 87 with 6:30 left in the 4th quarter
Jazz have missed 6 straight three point shots. Legs might be gone
Jazz have been very good in the clutch this year 8th best team
Miami in the clutch are 27th offensively but 2nd best defensively.
Heat 91 Jazz 91 with 4:23 left in the 4th quarter
Our first tie was when Miami went on a 19-0 run to tie the game at 8:42 left in the 2nd quarter. Since then we have had 15 ties and 12 lead changes.
Possession by possession game the rest of the way.
Who do the Jazz close with?
Heat 102 Jazz 100 – Final Score
Donovan Mitchell gets a wide open three off a brilliant play to win it but it rims.
Dwayne Wade got a whistle late and hit both free throws
Donovan Mitchell drive on play before doesn’t go and not enough contact for whistle.
LOCKED ON JAZZ – Why so passive? How Harden blows up the Jazz defense? Donovan Mitchell 2nd year playoffs
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.
LOCKED ON JAZZ – How good is Houston? Jazz can’t hit open shots. Facebook Live questions
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.
EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – Opening stretch tells the strory
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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