EMPTYING THE NOGGIN—Trey for Trey

  • This was an ugly game. If you could envision a game between one team on a six-game losing streak versus another team with a seven-game losing streak with both teams missing important pieces, then you have this one. Neither team scored for the final 3:58 of the third quarter. The Jazz went on a 5-0 run that lasted over six minutes of basketball. Both teams spent most of the night shooting under 40%. That’s all you need to know about everything but the final plays of the game.
  • Trey Burke hit the game-winning 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds left from the right corner. Gordon Hayward drove the floor and brought the defense to him and bounced it to the wing, where Burke had slid down to make himself available before burying the shot. The underanalyzed part of this play is that Trey went to the right spot and made himself available for the shot and then he was ready to shoot.  Oladipo came flying at him and Burke still was able to make the shot.
  • Trey was 2-for-12 going into the final five minutes of the game and he went 3-for-3 in the final five minutes of the game. The kid is crazy clutch. In the final five minutes of games this season he has been unreal. He has hit 30-for-57 from the field and 15-for-26 from 3-pointe range, plus 100% from the free-throw line. The most amazing part of this to me is that he does this in games where he’s not playing well—and he still makes the shots.
  • Tyrone Corbin managed the final portion of the game perfectly. Corbin and Hayward talked as Arron Afflalo was at the line and got what they wanted—and then when the referees stopped the game for a moment, Corbin brought the team together for a quick explanation of what they wanted and they got it done. Also, the Jazz played for two when they should and lengthened the game eventually got the missed free throw by Afflalo.
  • Richard Jefferson was awesome in the first quarter with 17 points. Must have been fun for him to go back in time.
  • Let’s pretend we never saw the first 45 or so minutes of the game.