Thoughts of Utah Jazz Radio Play-By-Play Announcer David Locke
EMPTYING THE NOGGIN—Jazz blown out in Atlanta
Not a lot to empty tonight. Pretty quick story. Jazz lacked the energy needed to play a good team on the road and it showed early and often. I am big believer that more often than not when it looks like your team is lethargic, it may be that shots are not going in. But tonight they didn’t look like they had a lot of zest from the beginning. The offense was very jump-shot heavy early and the transition defense wasn’t strong.
Al Horford may be the perfect big to combat the drop a big pick-and-roll defense because he is so good from mid-range and sets the pick and pops to mid-range. I wonder what Indiana does against Horford.
Enes Kanter was terrific tonight. You could see it early. His first two offensive moves were misses but they were assertive and aggressive moves. Ron Boone pointed out that Kanter was immediately active on the offensive and defensive glass. Enes needs good nights like this. He is a momentum player at this point in his career—good nights build on each other, as do bad nights. He worked hard after practice yesterday with coach Alex Jensen. After he made a few shots he even said, “Why doesn’t this happen in the game?” Alex pointed out that Enes thinks instead of plays when he’s out there, ad tonight he just played.
The game was 14-10 when Trey Burke went out with his second foul, and all of a sudden the Jazz looked like the Jazz of the first 15 games of the season. The blowout was soon to follow, and the Jazz got run out of the building shortly thereafter. However, the Hawks were getting easy looks even while Trey was in the game and Trey was not having a big impact, so it seems as though they were headed in that direction even if Trey didn’t get in foul trouble.
Did the scouting report change on Alec Burks? It looked as though the Hawks may have scouted the Miami tape because Burks didn’t have the room to move that he has had in other games.
The Hawks got off 26 3-pointers. The Jazz had been very good at keeping teams from shooting the three but tonight they lost their bearings defensively. Three 30-point quarters is really poor.
Only one Jazz starter played more than 20 minutes, so they should be ready for tomorrow night.
Jeremy Evans and Gordon Hayward both took huge hits and got stunned. Will be interesting to see how they are tomorrow and how Marvin’s ankle recovers on back-to-back games.
Brandon Rush just can’t get his timing back. He is playing one speed and the game speed is different. Hopefully he will get it soon.