EMPTYING THE NOGGIN—Had to get it

  •  Had to get this one, and they did.
  • It got interesting tied at 91 with a little under three minutes to play, but the Jazz were able to close it out with Burke, Burks, Hayward, Kanter and Favors on the floor. Simultaneously, Ty was not losing this game and Gordon never checked out in the second half. Ty wanted to continue the development, so despite going against what were probably his best basketball instincts, he closed the game with Burke, Burks, Hayward, Kanter and Favors. They held on.
  • Gordon Hayward had a terrific trip. He is just playing basketball. Earlier this year he forced things—he played with an obligation and a burden. Recently, he has just played. He has let the game come to him and made the plays he needed to make.   Tonight he had 22 points, three rebounds and eight assists. He went 7-for-15 shooting for his sixth straight game of 40%+ and at least double figures, the longest stretch of his career. He also had three steals.
  • Hayward had 12 points in the fourth quarter.
  • Marvin Williams and Derrick Favors had been silent for most of this trip, but both of them had much better games tonight. Marvin got over the 20-minute mark (the Jazz are 21-20 when he plays 20 minutes and 1-24 when he doesn’t). Favors had 15 points and 14 rebounds.
  • Lineup data: The Garrett, Burks, Hayward, Favors and Kanter lineup played 12 minutes and was outscored 25-23 and shot just 8-for-24 from the field and had an EFG% of just 38%. The four youngsters played four minutes together down the stretch and outscored the Sixers 13-5, going 4-for-5 shooting with one 3-pointer as well. Derrick and Enes played 16 minutes together, and the Jazz shot 12-for-29 with two threes.
  • Anything typed in this section has to be put in context that the team they were playing has two impact NBA players on it. Hollis Thompson, who started for them, didn’t start in the D-League the entire time he was in the D-League.
  • The matchup of the rookie point guards summed up how they have been playing recently. Burke shot 2-for-9 and Michael Carter-Williams was 2-for-13. The two combined to go 0-for-7 from three. Trey front-rimmed everything. He looked like he had no legs tonight. Foul trouble limited his minutes, but I’m not sure he had more than 23 minutes in his body tonight. He is going to have to learn how to keep himself ready and prepare his body.
  • Kanter took 14 shots and had 13 points. He has to find a way to get to the line. The shot total is a little misleading because some are tip-ins (he had six offensive rebounds). But he needs to get to the line.
  • The Jazz were awesome on the offensive glass. They grabbed 13 offensive rebounds and had 13 team rebounds—many that had to be on the offensive end of the floor. They were crashing hard. Alec was a part of it, and Enes and Derrick were killing the Sixers.
  • Alec had two fatal turnovers tonight—turnovers that happen above the free-throw line. These are really costly. They become an automatic two points every time.
  • Some good moves by Ty tonight on the guarding of Michael Carter-Williams. He got Trey off him as much as possible. He played Garrett and Trey together, and he had Burks or Hayward guard him. Nice matchup work. Interesting late that we had Trey on Wroten and the Sixers didn’t go to Wroten.
  • If the Jazz didn’t win tonight it would have been close to catastrophic. It probably shouldn’t have been as much of a battle as it was, but you’ve got to take it and run.