- Fun night at EnergySolutions Arena to start off a great week of NBA basketball. Millsap, Korver and Carroll all coming back to play in Salt Lake. The crowd loved seeing them and we got a close, exciting game in the end.
- The Jazz played dead early (which is very common after a long road trip) and then fired out of the third quarter and went on a 28-16 run to get back in the game. They had the lead heading into the fourth quarter. Utah’s third-quarter run was initiated by a good defensive effort that allowed them to get out into the open floor and make a bunch of plays in the fast break. In the half court they ran it through Enes Kanter, and he was very good. He made a few nice plays in the post, and then when they started to double he passed out nicely and created opportunities for his teammates with his post presence.
- Huge sequence of the game was it was tied and the Favors had an awesome block of Teague but the ball squirted out to Antic who kicked to DeMarre Carroll for a 3 pointer to take a 3 point lead. On the next possession the Jazz executed well and Marvin got a straight down the barrel open three and he front rimmed it. The Jazz got another stop and then Marvin had another good look three and it rimmed as well. Korver followed with a jumper on a tough look in front of the Jazz bench and the Jazz were down 5 and on the wrong side of time.
- Marvin is 25% from three over the last 7 games.
- Gordon Hayward had a slow start and turned it into a strong game with 13 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals. He also had 5 turnvoers.
- Jazz had a miserable time guarding Kyle Korver to start the game, he had Richard traling him, Burks went under and nothing was working. Korver was lighting the Jazz up.
- Burke had 21 in the 2nd half after a 2 point 1st half. He went to the rim more and attacked a few times in the open court.
- Jazz got the fast break going in the 3rd quarter but in the 4th quarter became a half court slow down team. Jazz pace of play for the season is 27th and has been slower in the recent stretch.
- 4 assist for Alec Burks he is playing with a nice rhythm and is not forcing the game. He has made enormous strides.
- Marvin and Richard got their game back tonight. Marvin had 18 points and 6 rebounds and Richard had 15 and got some nice open floor plays.
- Remember how awesome it was to have Kyle Korver closing games on the line?
- DeMarre Carroll 3 for 5 from 3. He has made 75 this year. He made 20 last year and 7 the year before that and zero the two years prior to that.
- Millsap has attempted 159 three pointers this season. He made 2 of 4 tonight.
This is the second in a series of interviews—next will be Derrick Favors.
Utah Jazz radio voice and Jazz NBA insider David Locke looks at the Daily Devar, talks about the hottest teams in the NBA, and then digs deep on the Jazz and Alec Burks.
- Had to get this one, and they did.
- It got interesting tied at 91 with a little under three minutes to play, but the Jazz were able to close it out with Burke, Burks, Hayward, Kanter and Favors on the floor. Simultaneously, Ty was not losing this game and Gordon never checked out in the second half. Ty wanted to continue the development, so despite going against what were probably his best basketball instincts, he closed the game with Burke, Burks, Hayward, Kanter and Favors. They held on.
- Gordon Hayward had a terrific trip. He is just playing basketball. Earlier this year he forced things—he played with an obligation and a burden. Recently, he has just played. He has let the game come to him and made the plays he needed to make. Tonight he had 22 points, three rebounds and eight assists. He went 7-for-15 shooting for his sixth straight game of 40%+ and at least double figures, the longest stretch of his career. He also had three steals.
- Hayward had 12 points in the fourth quarter.
- Marvin Williams and Derrick Favors had been silent for most of this trip, but both of them had much better games tonight. Marvin got over the 20-minute mark (the Jazz are 21-20 when he plays 20 minutes and 1-24 when he doesn’t). Favors had 15 points and 14 rebounds.
- Lineup data: The Garrett, Burks, Hayward, Favors and Kanter lineup played 12 minutes and was outscored 25-23 and shot just 8-for-24 from the field and had an EFG% of just 38%. The four youngsters played four minutes together down the stretch and outscored the Sixers 13-5, going 4-for-5 shooting with one 3-pointer as well. Derrick and Enes played 16 minutes together, and the Jazz shot 12-for-29 with two threes.
- Anything typed in this section has to be put in context that the team they were playing has two impact NBA players on it. Hollis Thompson, who started for them, didn’t start in the D-League the entire time he was in the D-League.
- The matchup of the rookie point guards summed up how they have been playing recently. Burke shot 2-for-9 and Michael Carter-Williams was 2-for-13. The two combined to go 0-for-7 from three. Trey front-rimmed everything. He looked like he had no legs tonight. Foul trouble limited his minutes, but I’m not sure he had more than 23 minutes in his body tonight. He is going to have to learn how to keep himself ready and prepare his body.
- Kanter took 14 shots and had 13 points. He has to find a way to get to the line. The shot total is a little misleading because some are tip-ins (he had six offensive rebounds). But he needs to get to the line.
- The Jazz were awesome on the offensive glass. They grabbed 13 offensive rebounds and had 13 team rebounds—many that had to be on the offensive end of the floor. They were crashing hard. Alec was a part of it, and Enes and Derrick were killing the Sixers.
- Alec had two fatal turnovers tonight—turnovers that happen above the free-throw line. These are really costly. They become an automatic two points every time.
- Some good moves by Ty tonight on the guarding of Michael Carter-Williams. He got Trey off him as much as possible. He played Garrett and Trey together, and he had Burks or Hayward guard him. Nice matchup work. Interesting late that we had Trey on Wroten and the Sixers didn’t go to Wroten.
- If the Jazz didn’t win tonight it would have been close to catastrophic. It probably shouldn’t have been as much of a battle as it was, but you’ve got to take it and run.