Thoughts of Utah Jazz Radio Play-By-Play Announcer David Locke
EMPTYING THE NOGGIN—Jazz continue to find ways to win
Jazz win again. They are 9-7 with Marvin and Trey in the starting lineup. They have won 5 of the last 6 games that were within two possessions. This team is learning how to win. They are learning how to play together.
This was an ugly game. Half-court possession after half-court possession. The Bobcats play this way and the game followed that script.
The Jazz made plays last in the game. With the score tied at 67-67 with 4:40 left, Trey Burke hit a three. RJ hit a tough three with 3:43 left and the score 71-69. Favors scored two on a fast break bucket with 2:23 left to make it 76-73 and then Hayward made a gorgeous pass to Favors for a dunk to make it 78-75 after Sessions had scored. Then the game-winner by Burke on the drive, getting it off just before the shot clock expired.
Stunning how little the Bobcats went to Big Al late in the game. Give the guy the ball—he is one of the best late-game scorers in the NBA.
The Bobcats are a bad offensive team (28th in the NBA) but the Jazz made them look like a bad offensive team tonight, and that is important. The Bobcats shot 37%—5% below their season average. They did hit a surprising 7-of-14 from three.
Utah’s offensive rebounding was terrific early in the game and had a huge impact on the Bobcats’ inability to get out in early offense.
Marvin Williams had a terrific game—13 points (on 6-for-8 shooting) and 10 rebounds. But more than that, he impacted the game a ton with his defense on the pick and roll on Kemba Walker, and with his rebounding.
The Jazz are changing up a bunch of their pick-and-roll coverages and are getting better and better at each of them.
Alec Burks had a terrific first half when Gordon Hayward was in foul trouble. He finished with 14 points and six rebounds, but during the first half he filled the roll of Hayward very well and made a ton of offensive plays when they were needed.
Gordon is going to struggle in a half-court game of this nature. He did have five assists and the last one was a biggie.
Trey Burke. The kid has a special vibe to him and it showed again tonight. His teams win. They have always won. He has done nothing but win in his lifetime, and he sees no reason why he shouldn’t win now.
Jazz play nine of their next 11 games against teams below .500.