EMPTYING THE NOGGIN—No Hayward, no good

  • Utah’s defense completely fell apart in the second half tonight, allowing 67 points.  Kyrie Irving came out of the half and took it to the Jazz, dropping 17 point in the third quarter. He got Trey Burke in foul trouble and the Jazz came unglued.
  • The Jazz have been trying to avoid having Trey and Gordon off the floor and tonight it was a disaster. The Jazz were down 4 when Trey went out with four fouls in the third quarter and by the time the quarter was over the Jazz were down 15. Game over.
  • The last line is really all this game was about. I could end this entire piece right now
  • Kanter had a double-double and now has hit double figures in five of the last six games. He is playing with a rhythm and flow to his game that is much better. When he lacked confidence, the game came to him haltingly and abruptly.
  • C.J. Miles started at shooting guard for the Cavs and had nine of the first 11 Cavs points. He finished 6-for-7 for 17 points, and Dion Waiters had 17 points on 6-for-13 shooting. Utah’s shooting guards had a tough night dealing with those two. Jack played some two as well with Kyrie at the one, and he went 5-for-6.
  • Kyrie Irving finished with 25 points, six rebounds and eight assists. He took over the game and was the best player on the floor.
  • The Jazz played Kanter and Favors together but not a lot, and the smaller lineups had a tough time on the boards as Tristan Thompson had 15 rebounds and Varejao had 14.
  •  With Hayward out it was good opportunity for Brandon Rush to get going, but it didn’t happen. 18 minutes, 1-for-4 shooting and two points.
  • Favors flashed some good post moves tonight. He is improving and becoming a more viable option in the post.
  • Marvin took the mask off for the second half. He had a tough night, going 1-for-6 with just four rebounds in 27 minutes.
  • The Jazz are good when they are completely healthy, but when they have any injuries they fall off the cliff.