Jazz 11 Hornets 2 with 9:36 1st Q
Hornets are 25th in the league defending after a miss and 26th at denying shots at the rim.
Early going Jazz are running off Hornets misses and getting to the rim.
Big change for Jazz who have been in fast break the least of any team off a miss
Jazz 37 Hornets 33 with 8:00 2nd Q
Hornets got 14 to 2 run
Jazz had great offensive line-up on the floor with Donovan, Korver, Ingles, Thabo and Favors but didn’t get it going and couldn’t get stops
Defense without Gobert on floor
Cody Zeller in locker-room with rib contusion
Jazz 49 Hornets 40 with 4:45 left in 2nd quarter
Fun game – seems like a lot of talking between players and benchs
Miles Bridges had mammoth dunk
Rudy Gobert then went from top of the key in two dribbles including a cross over to the rim for an even bigger dunk.
Jazz 68 Hornets 64 with 6:50 left in the 3rd quarter
4 Jazz players in double figures. Mitchell 16, Crowder 12, Gobert and Rubio with 10
Jazz not getting out and running off misses as much as early in the game not as many misses as well.
Jazz 79 Hornets 66 with 4:27 3rd quarter
Jazz push off misses and get a transition chances plus a gorgeous pass from Mitchell to Ingles and great execution and the Jazz go on a 15 to 2 run
Jazz 13 of 29 from three – wow how that matters
Jazz 110 Hornets 97 with 4:17 left
Kyle Korver has 14 points in 21 minutes on 4 of 6 three point shooting
Jae Crowder has a career high 6 threes and career high 7 assists
Jazz are 18 of 39 from three. One off franchise record
Jazz 119 Hornets 111 – Final Score
Donovan Mitchell 30 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists
Rudy Gobert 20 points, 17 rebounds, 4 blocks
Korver with 4 threes of the Jazz 18 (1 short of franchise record)
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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