EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – Jazz feast before Thanksgiving

SUMMARY: The Utah Jazz blow out an inferior Chicago Bulls team and have a group feast, 110-80.
• Quin Snyder once talked about his team as a group who goes to Thanksgiving dinner and shares the meal, passes the yams, the stuffing and the turkey, passing it to all of the other people at the table. Some teams let one player eat everything they want and then they pass it and the next person takes everything they want. Tonight, the Jazz emulated exactly what Quin Snyder wanted from his team at Thanksgiving.

• The first quarter was close as both teams shot relatively well, and the Jazz led 25-24. Utah took a 9-point lead at the half, going on a 15-6 run from 5:22 to 1:02 (remember this). In the third quarter, the Jazz went on a 24-9 run from 9:55 to 3:15 and blew the game out.

• Timeouts had an impact tonight. The new rules mean that the first two timeouts are the two mandatory timeouts, no matter who takes them. In the second quarter, the second timeout got taken around the 7:20 mark and the same thing happened in the third quarter. This meant that there was extended basketball at altitude, and in both cases, the Jazz ran away from the Bulls. The only way to stop the clock is a team timeout and they are just a minute. It has been noticeable in the early portion of the season that these are not enough to stop a run. I think this is something Quin could consider using to the Jazz’s advantage. We are a deep team and are used to altitude.

• Derrick Favors was the best player on the floor tonight. He was totally dominating. He was able to get inside and to the rim. He had a gorgeous floater. He was able to move inside and around Robin Lopez. Derrick has consistently been dominant against tall centers who aren’t as mobile as he is. He finished with 23 points, 7 rebounds and was a +27.

• The Jazz moved the ball and got a bunch of good 3-point looks and it resulted in a night of 14 3-point shots on 35 attempts. That is 40% of the Jazz’s shots. This is heading in the correct direction from a shots composition standpoint. Since Gobert has been out, the Jazz have been taking 38% of their shots as 3-point shots. After tonight, they would rank second or third in percentage of FGA that are 3-point attempts. This is a great tribute to the offensive system Quin is running and how he is finding ways for guys to get good looks.

• Over this same stretch, the Jazz have hit 40% of their 3-point shots. This is worth watching. They may have figured out something offensively with the spread floor and a roster of average to above to average 3-point shooters.

• Ricky Rubio took 10 shots tonight. This is more in the realm of where he can be successful.

• I love that Rodney Hood is able to get nine 3-point shots off. If he can add a few more free throw attempts to those nine attempts from 3, he will be become an efficient, bona fide offensive force.

• Jonas Jerebko is playing really well for the Jazz. He had 10 points and 6 rebounds in 22 minutes. He is near 50% for the season from the 3-point range.

• Donovan Mitchell went 1 for 10 and looked exhausted. He has never been through a stretch like this in his career. Lauri Markkanen looked the exact same way and was 1 for 9. Both of them are terrific players, but the schedule in the NBA is so brutal there is no way for a rookie to be able to prepare and be ready for it.

• Mitchell did a nice job of doing other things when he realized he wasn’t making shots.

• If you watched “On the Floor” — the Facebook Live show that airs on the Utah Jazz Facebook page an hour before the game — you saw Donovan learning a new way to finish at the rim. Remarkably, he was able to implement it in one night, though he was not able to finish with it yet. He is a little too strong with the attempt.

• This was a solid win against an inferior opponent. The Jazz did what they needed to. The next two home games (along with some good rest) are really important. As Quin Snyder said, they may only be favored once in all of December.