EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – Jazz end pre-season with loss to Phoenix

EMPTYING THE NOGGIN

  • That is enough, let’s do the real stuff starting Wednesday and see how much of this is real.

 

  • Playing without Derrick Favors who had a sore left knee, the Jazz played the Phoenix Suns to the wire before the Triple Guard line-up of Dragic, Bledsoe and Thomas was too much for the Jazz and the Suns closed on a 19-11 run to win it.

 

  • For the first time in the pre-season the Jazz transition defense broke down.  The Jazz allowed 20 fast break points and in the 3rd

 

  • It feels like Gordon Hayward is a different player.  He went to the rim hard for another vicious jam and then a few possessions later went right back to the rim again.  He is faster, stronger and more powerful in the air then he has ever been.  Will be exciting to watch him play with this new found strength throughout the season.  He did have two disappointing turnovers late in the game.

 

  • The Jazz didn’t execute the offense great tonight.  When they are getting heavy pressure they aren’t sure on all the options and all the release valves yet.  We have known all year that their will be some tough offensive games and that clearly will happen.

 

  • Jazz defended the three point line great tonight as the Suns hit just 7 of 28.

 

  • The game had 70 free throws

 

  • Jazz had just 14 assists .  Rudy Gobert lead the team with 3 assists

 

  • Rudy Gobert was not spectacular and that is what I loved about his game.   He was just solid.  Being solid is really important.  Being consistent is probably more important than being spectacular.  He hit 6 for 8 from the line and finished the pre-season hitting 21 of 31 from the line (68%).  That is terrific.   Rudy is going to be an important part of the rotation this year with a really bright future and a super high ceiling.

 

  • Ian Clark got minutes tonight at the back up point guard when Dante Exum had a hard time with how physical the Suns guards were.

 

  • This has been a great pre-season.   The Jazz have made huge progress and are heading in an exciting direction.   The real thing starts next week.

POSTCAST – October 24 – Locke and Boone breakdown final pre-season game

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TIPOFF – October 23 – Roster sits at 15, but does it sit still?

Utah Jazz radio voice and Jazz NBA Insider David Locke gives you a daily conversation about the Utah Jazz and the NBA. Today he goes over the recent changes to the Jazz roster.

INSIDER – Jazz reduce roster to 15

The Utah Jazz have reduced their roster down to 15 players by waiving Jack Cooley and Dahntay Jones. All expectations are the Jazz will open the season with a 15-man roster.

Jones, a 10-year NBA veteran, played a considerable amount for the Jazz in the preseason. He came with a reputation as a solid defensive player and it showed in the preseason. Cooley got limited action in preseason games, but played well throughout camp. Cooley, who played collegiately at Notre Dame, will be property of the Idaho Stampede in the D-League if he plays D-League.

If the roster holds at these 15 players, the final roster spots will have been earned by Toure’ Murry, who has a partially guaranteed contract, and Brock Motum. Motum played very well for the Jazz in Summer League after spending last year playing professionally in Italy.

Motum was the Pac-12′s leading scorer as a junior at Washington State and, at 6-foot-10 with a nice outside touch, is developing into a stretch 4.

Understand this is all fluid based on what other teams do with their rosters, as well as any possible deals that could develop before league rosters need to be finalized.

Ian Clark has shown the ability throughout camp to play both the third point guard and a backup two guard, which has given the Jazz some nice roster flexibility. Toure’ Murry has a similar skill set. Couple that with Jeremy Evans’ experience from last season and, as you can see below, the Jazz roster has each position well covered.

Utah Jazz Roster

PG – Trey Burke, Danté Exum, Ian Clark

SG – Alec Burks, Toure’ Murry

SF – Gordon Hayward, Rodney Hood, Carrick Felix

PF – Enes Kanter, Trevor Booker, Jeremy Evans, Brock Motum, Steve Novak

C – Derrick Favors, Rudy Gobert

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