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TWITTER THREAD – Review the game via the tweets of @lockedonsports

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Jazz 22 Grizzlies 17 with 3:22 left in the 1st quarter
Ricky Rubio gets it going early tonight. 4 for 5 shooting 3 assists – 9 points
Grayson Allen started tonight. Went 1 for 3 and had 2 fouls in 8:29 of action
Thabo Sefolosha making an impact without playing. Met Grayson Allen when he came off the floor to help him with a bunch of plays and how to deal with them. Veteran helping the youngster
Jazz 42 Grizzlies 39 with 6:52 left in the 2nd quarter
Jazz on a 7-0 run. Exum with nice open court finish. Rubio continues to make shots
Defenses beginning to have an impact after offensive 1st quarter
Jazz will need to make corner 3 – 3 for 7 so far’
Jazz 54 Grizzlies 45 with 2:41 left
Huge stretch with Gasol out of the game with 3 fouls
19 to 6 run
Rubio and Ingles leads with 14
Jazz 60 Grizzlies 53 at the half
Ricky Rubio with 17 points with 6 assists
Ingles with 14 points
Conley has 17
31 fouls called – 5 Jazz players with 3 fouls and 3 Grizzlies players
Halftime Jazz 60-53
Rudy with 1 shot attempt. Had only 1 shot attempt in the first half in the last game.
Marc Gasol takes a lot of this away and the Grizzlies often bring a third defender into play which opens so one for a three. Usually in the corner
Jazz are 2/7 on corner 3
Jazz 67 Grizzlies 66 with 7:23 left in 3rd quarter
Foul trouble is a major part of this game. Rubio and Allen both with 4.
Exum has to play point in a half court game.
Marc Gasol’s defense is incredible.
Jazz 73 Grizzlies 73 with 2:41 3rd quarter
Offense unable to run without Rubio on the floor forces Quin to go back to Rubio with 4 fouls
Rubio leads the Jazz with 19 and Conley with 22 for Memphis
Memphis 98 Jazz 87
Jazz can’t get stops in the halfcourt.
According to @cleantheglass Memphis half court offense is in the 97% percentile of all games this year.
The Jazz defense can’t stop Memphis 2 man game.
Memphis is playing two man game in middle of floor
Final Score Memphis 110 Jazz 100
First time in 26 meetings both teams scored 100 points
Conley and Mack combine for 47 points. The stretch 5 pulling Gobert out on the floor causing Jazz defensive issues.
Teams have Rudy Gobert game plans

David Locke enters his ninth year as the radio play-by-play voice of the Utah Jazz, having spent the majority of his career in radio in Salt Lake City and Seattle. In the summer of 2016, Locke created the Locked on Podcast Network which has podcast daily bite sized podcasts for every NBA and NFL team. A native of Palo Alto, Calif., Locke graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles with a degree in Political Science and Sociology. Locke and his wife have a son and a daughter.

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EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – How bad was it? What does it mean?

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SUMMARY:  A historically bad shooting night becomes a historically bad margin of deficit for the Utah Jazz

  • For the first time in 40 years of Utah Jazz basketball they lost a basketball game by 50 points.

 

  • The 22 points in the 2nd half is the all-time low for the Jazz franchise

 

  • The 22 points is the 3rd worst half of basketball in Jazz franchise history

 

  • The 29 missed threes are the most three point misses in Jazz history

 

  • The Jazz offensive rating was a 68.1 they have had the worse offensive games the following times since 1996, November 29th of 2005 they had a 67.1 against the Pacers. 4th of February in 2000 v. the Lakers the Jazz had an offensive rating of 67.4 and on 16th of February in 1999 they had a 65.6 offensive rating v. Seattle.

 

  • According to cleaning the glass, the Jazz shot 3 of 21 on non-restricted area 2 point shots and 6 of 35 from three.

 

  • The Jazz were down 6 at the end of the 1st The Jazz were 10 of 22 and 2 of 8 from three in the first quarter.   The game was tied at 34-34- and the Jazz were down one at 39-38 and then it all fell apart at an incredible level.   Rubio hit a layup with 6:34 and then the Jazz missed 12 straight shots until Rubio made another layup at the 1:33 mark.  The amazing thing is they trailed by just 6.  Barnes and Doncic hit back to back threes and the Jazz were down 12.    However, they hadn’t hit anything.  They were 4 of 18 from 3 and just 17 of 45 overall.  My feeling at this point was shots would start to fall and the game was still there for the Jazz.

 

  • However, the opposite happened. The Jazz open to the third quarter was dreadful.    Donovan took a three and missed, Derrick had a contested corner 3 and missed, Donovan turned it over, Ingles turned it over and then missed a layup.  Like that the Jazz were down 17 in just 2:37 of the quarter.   Then it got worse.  Mitchell missed again and turned it over.  Rubio turned it over, Ingles missed a three, Rubio missed a three and eventually, the Jazz would miss 13 straight threes.

 

  • They were down 25 at the end of 3 and wilted in the 4th.

 

  • The question is why. I think it is one of those nights shooting.  It happens.  It happened last year on November 10th Miami.  The 4th quarter is a rarity that they seemed to completely stop playing with any force.

 

  • Does the 50 point margin matter? Other than ruining all metrics for months I am not certain.

 

  • What does matter is that this is not a naturally good shooting team. The offense is getting the Jazz an incredible amount of looks at the rim and corner 3 and above the break 3.  Going into the night the Jazz were getting the most corner 3s and were 0 for 9 and are now shooting 28% from the corner.   .84 points per shot is not going to get it done.  They rank 28th in corner 3s.

 

  • We are getting really close to where this is not small sample size theater anymore. This is 18% of the season.  It is not ok to have a fifth of your season where these numbers exist if it is game 1 to 14 or 53 to 67.

 

  • The three point shooting is obvious because it is in the box score and easy to find but the Jazz were also 1 of 13 (not official) on paint non-restricted area 2 point shots. For the season they are 28% this shots in the paint non restricted area.  28% on a 2 point shot.  This is last in the NBA.   Luckily the Jazz don’t take a lot of those as shots but it a shot they take more than the corner 3.

 

  • I have purposely have not discussed individual players. This was a collective effort.  Dallas deserves some credit.   They have won 4 of 5.  The defense has been great in 4 of those 5 games.

 

  • Here is what I find a bit concerning. The 5 jazz player who take the most threes all average 31% or below other than Joe Ingles.   31% is .93 pts per shot if you are average.   The chances are on a night that 2 of those players will be below average.  7% of the time all of them will be below average and then you get a night like tonight.   I felt the same way at the same point of last season so maybe it will be as silly a thought as it was at this point last year.
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POSTCAST – Locke and Boone try to figure out the significance of this loss

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Utah Jazz post game show on the internet. David Locke and Ron Boone try to figure out what happened tonight and what the significance of the night is for the Utah Jazz

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LOCKED ON JAZZ – Favors/Gobert deeper dig, Warriors, Denver, Boston

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The Jazz have unique lineups with Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert. When you look at those combinations and the numbers on the surface you have to be careful to not be swayed into an incorrect observation.

A deeper dive into those numbers reveals who Favors and Gobert have been playing together, how Rudy is playing with Jae Crowder and why the offense is struggling with Derrick Favors.

Plus, David Locke, the radio voice of the Utah Jazz and Jazz NBA Insider, takes a look at the situation in Golden State as well as in Denver’s sudden losing ways and the Boston Celtics confusion

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