Thoughts of Utah Jazz Radio Play-By-Play Announcer David Locke
EMPTYING THE NOGGIN—5 youngs start and get 17 minutes together
We finally got to see the five youngs starting together and playing together. It lasted a grand total of 3:36 before Favors committed his second foul and had to go out of the game.
They ended up playing 17 minutes in the game. They were outscored 37-36. They scored at a rate of 113 points per 100 possessions but allowed at a rate of 112 per 100 possessions. The offensive rebounding rate was 44%, which is consistent with the level of rebounding they have had as a five-man group all season. However, that is not sustainable. The Jazz only allowed the Blazers to shot 10-for-25 when this lineup was on the floor, but they fouled way too much and allowed the Blazers to go 15-for-18 from the line.
The lineup played with pace and had an energy level we haven’t seen a lot of recently. As the game went on some of the guys seemed to wear down. Mental mistakes allowed Wesley Matthews to get a bunch of good looks late in the second quarter and the Jazz lost attention to detail defensively on Lillard late as well. I will have to review some of these plays, but it seemed Alec Burks didn’t have a very good defensive night playing a career-high 42 minutes.
Kanter was a force in the first half and the first quarter. He tied his career high for assists in a game. He’s doing a lot of damage on the offensive glass and rebounding with authority. He’s playing with a confidence that he belongs in the game.
Kanter went 2-for-7 on shots outside of restricted area, and Favors went 1-for-7 on shots outside restricted area.
Utah’s bench was really weak tonight. Gobert played 10 minutes and the Jazz were -12 in those minutes. He played well, but the Jazz couldn’t score when he was on the floor. The Jazz shot 5-for-14 when Gobert was on the floor.
Diante Garrett’s shot has left him.
The Jazz were much better on uncontested shots, hitting 19-of-41. Kanter was just 2-for-10 on contested shots.
It felt like Gobert had an impact defensively. The Blazers shot 9-for-20 when he was on the floor.
Utah’s bench numbers were ugly—Jefferson was -17, Garrett -15, Gobert -12, Evans -7.
Felt like Gordon was very quiet and sat on the bench for a strangely long time in the second quarter. By the end of the night,though, he had 14 points, five rebounds and six assists on 4-for-9 shooting. This is Gordon not forcing the game and only getting nine shots. This is the player he is naturally.
It was nice to see the five youngs on the floor together. It would be nice if there was a larger sample size to see all of them play together. However, let’s not confuse this with whether or not they have had a chance to develop. Development does not have to be with the five of them on the floor. The five youngs have played five of the six most amount of minutes this season. Favors probably learns more and has more success with Marvin on the floor. Richard’s ability to spread the floor very well may help Trey. Alec being on the second unit as the primary scoring punch is better for his development and learning than playing with the starters off the ball. So, it’s nice to see and it will make the final games more interesting, but the five youngs playing together and their development are not intertwined.