EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – Jazz solid v. Spurs


  • Solid effort against the best in the West.  The Jazz looked much more relaxed after the win the game before.  They came out and played with a nice spark and played very free.
  • Alec Burks started at point guard and played the best ball he has played all year.  He didn’t force, he got the team into the offense, he ran the offense.  He was in control.  He played very very well and his length had a nice impact on the team defensively.
  • The Jazz game plan on Tony Parker was really good tonight.  They went under the pick and the big built a wall to cut off his driving lane.  It forced Parker into jump shots and in the first half he only got one play at the rim in the first half and Favors spiked it.  In the 3rd quarter the Spurs moved Parker to the wing and he played much more 1 on 1 and then they ran him off tight curls to get him in the paint without the pick and roll.  It is really nice to see the Jazz defense impact an opponent in a fashion where they have to change out of their primary play.   The Spurs are so good and Parker is so good they have an answer for everything and that is why with Duncan and Parker they won 70%.
  • Derrick Favors was terrific tonight.   It is hard to tell sometimes with this team what numbers are legit or whether they are just someone has to get them.  Favors numbers tonight were bonafide.  He took it to Duncan at times, he denied Duncan when he tried to pack on him.  He was a beast on the boards both offensive and defensive end.  20 point, 18 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals and 3 blocks.  Defensively, I though he showed nice growth.  He got a huge block and then on the next play he showed restraint and was able to avoid being lured into the foul Duncan was trying to entice.
  • The Jazz played Richard Jefferson 43 minutes.  This is the impact of Alec playing the point guard but I am not sure if Richard can hold up at 43 minutes a night.
  • Neither Favors and Kanter shot a free throw that is the essence of Spurs defense
  • I respect the Spurs so much that anytime a player gets one thing or doesn’t get something he usually does I assume it is intentional.   I think the Spurs were more concerned about Hayward’s play making tonight and they gave Hayward the mid range jumpers all night.  Hayward couldn’t buy one.  He went 0 for 8 in the 4th quarter.  The Spurs wanted him taking these shots and he wasn’t able to make them play.  It is similar to how the spurs played LeBron in the finals.
  • Marvin Williams played with a broken nose in the 2nd half.
  • Hayward had 9 rebounds, 8 on the defensive end.
  • I loved the 3:35 that Rudy Gobert gave the Jazz.  He made a ton of mistakes and committed 3 turnovers which is a problem but he made an impact just being all over the place
  • Jazz ended up shooting just 38.5% and the offense had no where to go in the 4th quarter. This is going to be season long
  • Parker and Duncan won their 601st game together.