Thoughts of Utah Jazz Radio Play-By-Play Announcer David Locke
EMPTYING THE NOGGIN—Favors Follow gives Jazz the win
Derrick Favors says it was the first game-winner of his life. RADIO CALL A strong one to start with. Hayward drove aggressively to the basket, bringing three defenders with him, and when his shot was long Favors cleaned it up with a Favors Follow.
That was not a good Lakers team. Without Nash, Gasol and Kobe they are a very limited club. When Nick Young is your primary offensive answer, it is not a winning combination. Jodie Meeks was their second leading scorer available tonight. The Jazz didn’t have a good defensive night—the Lakers scored 111.6 points per 100 possessions. The defense was better in the fourth quarter when they held the Lakers to 101.2.
The game slowed down in the fourth quarter. The game was around 24-25 possessions per quarter and the fourth quarter was 21.
Gordon Hayward was one assist short of a double-double with points and assists, which would have been cool since he had back-to-back double-doubles with points and rebounds. Not a lot of players can achieve that.
Hayward was great in the open floor, both on offense and on defense. In a one-possession game he made some plays in the open floor defensively that won the game. In the open floor offensively, he was aggressive and strong going to the basket.
The Jazz had a very good fast-break game. They finished with 25 fast-break points on ten fast break opportunities. That is crazy. Trey Burke’s missed three late, which was a very bad decision, may have been the only miss. 2.6 points per fast break. That is playing in the open court.
The Jazz made a nice halftime adjustment on how the big was playing the pick and roll, which held Chris Kaman to four second-half points.
Hayward had 17 points in the second half on 6-for-9 shooting and 2-for-4 from three.
The game had 16 ties and 14 lead changes, and no team lead by more than eight points at any time.
Utah’s starting lineup was even in 17 minutes. The starters with Alec Burks were -3.
Brandon Rush didn’t play in the second half. Wonder what is going to get him going.
Favors made some nice offensive moves tonight. He didn’t have his jumper going and he still managed 9-for-15 shooting with 18 points and 14 rebounds. It is scary to say this, but I am beginning to wonder how much that is going to be his regular night at some point.
Unusual seven turnovers for Trey Burke, but his postgame comments were dead on about what was happening and what the Lakers did to force the turnovers. Will be really interesting to watch him play the Lakers on January 4. It will also be his first time playing at LA vs. the Lakers, and that is a big moment for players.
Kanter was better tonight.
Walking into a hornets nest Saturday—the Clippers have been jobbed in each of their last two games and are going to want to put a whopping on someone. This could be the toughest challenge of the year. They’ve tried to sneak through the night against us and we have made them play. This is going to be on from the tip.
The Jazz are 8-9 after a 1-14 start. If we had started the year 8-9 and then Trey and Marvin had gotten hurt, we would have been the talk of the NBA.