Jazz 16 Wolves 7 with 8:07 left in the 1st quarter
Jazz on a 14-2 run
Rubio with nifty finish on a reverse side layup over Towns plus a really nice fast break pass to Favors for a dunk
Derrick Favors with another 3.
Jazz 41 Wolves 34 with 6:33 left in the 2nd quarter
Donovan and Rudy back on the floor. they have been +16 per 100 possessons
Jazz 49 Wolves 42 with 3:14 left
Donovan is 2 of 9
Favors 11 pts on 5 of 7 shooting plus 6 rebounds and +11
Jazz shooting 9 of 16.
With Gobert and Donovan and stretch 4 since Dec 12th Jazz offensive rating is 111.2 – team in that stretch is 107
Jazz 53 Wolves 50 at the half
Jazz butchered the close to the half and let up back to back 3s to Bayless
Mike Wells said at half that the Jazz need to break the paint and then get the threes but not threes first. They are shift team force them into shift
Wolves 79 Jazz 78 with 3:08 left in the 3rd quarter
Wolves have made 9 of their last 10 from three to take the lead
First lead 10:56 when the lead 2 to 1
Jazz 103 Wolves 92 with 7:59 left in the 4th quarter
Great stretch for Jazz to open the 4th quarter with Wiggins and Towns on the bench.
Korver has 3 three point shots. Jazz have not lost when Korver hits three threes.
Rubio with back to back buckets has 18 points
Injuries are a big part of this game for Minnesota without Teague, Rose or Jones they have no one with Wiggins and Towns off the floor to control the show and get shots.
Jazz 125 Wolves 111 Final Score
Jazz move to 9-7 on the road v. Western Conference teams 2nd best in the West behind the Warriors
Donovan Mitchell with 29 points and took 10 free throws
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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