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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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LOCKED ON JAZZ – Why so passive? How Harden blows up the Jazz defense? Donovan Mitchell 2nd year playoffs

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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.

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LOCKED ON JAZZ – How good is Houston? Jazz can’t hit open shots. Facebook Live questions

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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.

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EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – Opening stretch tells the strory

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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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