EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – Wire to wire for Jazz over Pelicans

• Wire to wire win for the Jazz. They blew the lead up to 21 on two occasions and then every time the Pelicans made a run the Jazz made the plays they needed to make. Pelicans got it as close as 6 in the 4th quarter but the Jazz answered the bell.

• Last December 16th the Jazz lost to the Pelicans and fell to 6-19. Since then the Jazz are 40-32.

• The Jazz defense dominated the first half. Offensively they couldn’t get it rolling in the first half. Jazz shot 32% in the first quarter and then went 7 of 19 in the 2nd quarter. Despite they lead it by 9 at the half.

• Trevor Booker played for Derrick Favors who was excused for personal reasons. Booker has been really scuffling. Tonight he played with unabashed enthusiasm. He finished with 13 points, 15 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 3 blocks. He brought an energy level that dictated the game from the start and caused the Pelicans huge problems.

• Jazz defense on Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson was terrific. Gordon finished 1 for 9 and Anderson was 1 for 7. These are the two weapons that feed off Davis and the Jazz didn’t allow them to get rolling tonight. The Jazz defense was brilliant at running guys off the three point line.

• Anthony Davis is incredible. He dropped 36 points, 11 rebounds, had 2 steals and 3 blocks. When Davis is off the floor the Pelicans are a mess. He played 44 minutes and the Pelicans were +1. They lost by 14.

• Alec Burks 4th quarter was a master piece. He went 7 of 8 shooting. He had 2 great assists one to Trey Burke for a three.

• The play of the night was the pass to Trey for the 3 but the behind the back pass to Rudy for reverse layup was terrific.

• The Pelicans got the game down to 8 and Quin called a time out and drew up a gorgeous 3 point shot for Hayward with 5:27 left and he nailed. Huge Play

• Omer Asik might have played the worst 8 minutes of nba basketball tonight I have seen. Pelicans were -16 in his 8 minutes.

• Rudy Gobert 12 points, 14 rebounds, 4 blocks. Another incredibly impactful day.

• Joe Ingles had 3 big three balls in the 2nd quarter.

• The game had 95 possessions tonight. The Jazz holding the Pelicans to 87 points in a 95 possession game is awesome defense.

EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – Lots to be thankful for after Jazz win in L.A.

• Super performance. Ends the Clippers’ 13-game winning streak over the Jazz.

• David Aldridge of TNT tweeted out: “Utah’s defense is just outstanding.” It was tonight. The whole team was terrific.

• 5-5 on the road to start the season in this brutal start of 10 of the first 14 games is really impressive. Over the last two years, Quin’s teams has been surprisingly good on the road. The Jazz’s road performance has far exceeded their home performance the last two years.

• The Jazz starters were +5 in the first half, and then the Jazz starters broke the game open in the third quarter, taking the game from a tie at halftime to a 9-point lead midway through the third. Awesome night for the starters to be +19 in 18 minutes against one of the best starting units in the NBA. Our starters were 18-for-25 shooting when on the floor together.

• Neto had a brilliant third quarter. He had 10 points and four assists and outplayed Chris Paul. Paul is the generational point guard and for Neto as a rookie to go head to head with him and handle himself is a huge step for him. Talking to Neto after the game, it was impressive to me how grounded he was. He said: “I am still going to have bad games and I will have some good games.” His approach is really strong.

• Snyder had a big impact on this game. He changed the rotation to have Hayward start the second and the fourth quarters. He held Derrick out of the first half with two fouls so he could play freely in the second half. He spotted Ingles, Johnson, Lyles to get through stretches, and they were able to survive. He ran some nice 1/3 pick and rolls to get Gordon matched up with Paul. This gave Hayward an advantage and made Paul work on the back end of a back-to-back.

• Hayward was brilliant. He carried the team down the stretch. This was one of the five best games of his career. He has the big games v. OKC two years ago, New York and New Orleans last year, and a great game his rookie year v. Minnesota. I’m sure there are some others, but this one goes into the category of best games of his career. He was the best player on the floor in the fourth quarter.

• Hayward is well over 50% from three his last four games. He had 33 pts, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals. He went 1-on-1 and hit the step-back. He nailed his first two threes. He aggressively went to the basket. He played with super confidence.

• Utah’s wing defense was good tonight. It eliminated Wesley Johnson and J.J. Redick. The Clippers didn’t hit a 3-pointer until the fourth quarter.

• All five Jazz starters were in double figures. Favors put out an incredible effort. He guarded an insanely hot Blake Griffin and then still notched 22 points and another 3 steals. His shooting on the free-throw line jump shot is terrific.

• Rudy Gobert put in another 38 minutes. 10 points, 11 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks. He had a hard time early in the game catching and making offensive plays. When he starts doing that, it’s going to be terrific.

• The Jazz dominated the offensive glass. In the first half, they led second-chance points 17-1.

• The Clippers might be in real trouble. They have lost 8 of 11. They have been down by 15 or more in both of their last two home games. The Clippers’ bench is a disaster. Doc Rivers insists on playing a five-man bench unit, which allows him to play his 5 starters or lineups with four starters more than any other team in the NBA. The impact is a terrible bench unit on the floor. They are playing uninspired basketball.

• Alec Burks is now shooting below 40%. Trevor Booker is averaging 3 points a game and shooting below 30%. And Joe Ingles can’t find a rhythm. These are problems. The Jazz overcame it tonight, but these guys are really important to the well-being of this team.

• Chris Johnson has become a part of the rotation.

• The schedule was brutal to start the year. 10 of 14 on the road and games against a lot of really good teams. The Jazz are sitting at 7-7 with a 5-5 road record. The road wins include Indiana, Atlanta, Clippers and Denver. Those are tough places to win.

• Happy Thanksgiving and see you at the arena in the near future.

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