TIPOFF – January 27 – Boston beatdown

Utah Jazz radio voice and Jazz NBA Insider David Locke gives you the NBA 5, then digs deep on Utah’s performance against Boston.

EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – Jazz get beaten up by Celtics



  • Boston got physical and knocked the Jazz out of everything they were trying to do and for the first 24 minutes the Jazz didn’t respond.  Down 24 at halftime and the game is virtually over.  Very little chance you are coming back to win.   It is nice the Jazz had some fight and brought the game back and gave us some entertainment but the reality of the final outcome is they got beat in the 1sthalf that is it.


  • Jazz rallied to within 4 but never got to the top of the mountain.  The Celtics made a quick surge to get it back to 11 and that was it.   Tayshaun Prince and Tyler Zeller were terrific for the Celtics.  Zeller is a nice NBA player.  They got him for free in a salary dump by Cleveland.  He is a solid rotation player.


  • Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart are probably the toughest most physical defensive combo in the NBA and they dominated the Jazz guard.  Dante Exum was physically overwhelmed tonight and finished with 0 field goals.  Trey Burke who made some shots in the 2ndhalf after a poor first half had 0 assists.


  • Trey Burke’s 7 for 20 is a bit misleading he missed two buzzer beaters from longer than half court and two late game bombs.


  • Joe Ingles defense ignited the Jazz in the third quarter. He got up on Even Turner and got two steals and made a bunch of plays.   Another 5 assists as well for Joe.


  • Enes  Kanter had a brutal opening 5 minutes but rallied back with a 20 point and 6 rebound night.  He grabbed another 3 offensive rebounds.   He is averaging 4 offensive rebounds per game over the last 10 games.  He is a big time force on the offensive glass.


  • The Jazz were incapable of playing without Gordon Hayward tonight.  Jazz were -22 in the 13 minutes with him on the bench and +13 with him on the floor.


  • The Jazz are 0-13 when trailing going into the 4thquarter at home.


  • Gordon made a huge defensive play late in the game with a chase down block but none of his teammates ran the floor after his block.  This is going to be an embarrassing film watch for 4 guys.


  • Gordon is averaging 25 over the last 3 games.


  • Enes Kanter has 2 assists in his 302 minutes on the floor and 1 assists in his last 175


  • Boston Celtics shot 55% with Gobert on the floor and 39% with him off the floor.  Jazz shot 40% with him on the floor and 46% with him off the floor.


  • Jazz got physically beaten up today.  Bottom line.  Game was over by halftime.

POSTCAST – Boston gets physical with Jazz

TIPOFF – January 26 – Efficiency why the Hawks and Warriors are so good

Utah Jazz radio voice and Jazz NBA Insider David Locke breaks down the value of an individual possession and why the Hawks and Warriors are so good.

EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – All around dominance


  • This is going to a quick one as I have to drive to Jackson Wyoming to see my sons ski race tomorrow


  • Simply a dominating performance from the Jazz.  They got a Nets team that is reeling and they spanked them.


  • The game turned in the 2nd quarter when the Jazz hit 7 three pointers in the quarter.  The Jazz have not been able to score all year with Gordon Hayward off the floor and Trey Burke lead the 2ndunit to a runaway.   Jazz lead it 58-37 at the half and the night was over


  • Very balanced solid all around performance from the Jazz. Hayward had 24 and a big 1stquarter.  Trey added 19 off the bench and Exum and Ingles threw in 13 and 16 respectively.


  • The defense was solid all night and the Nets never made a run.   The Nets finished shooting just 38.7% and hit only 5 threes.  Plus the Jazz forced 18 turnovers.


  • Turnovers have been a major issue for the Jazz recently.  They are 30th in the NBA at taking care of the ball over the last 10 games.  Tonight they turned it over 6 times in the 1stquarter, then reduced it down and ran away from the Nets.  They ended with 17 which is still high.


  • Ingles had a career high 16 points the night after he had a career high 7 assists.  Not sure why having Dante playing as the starting point guard is helping Joe but it seems to have ignited something in his game and his opportunities to make plays.


  • Jazz defensive game plan was built to deal with the Johnson/Lopez pick and roll low on the left block and they completely eliminated that.  In addition, the Nets never got the Johnson/Jack pick and roll going.  Joe Johnson only had 6 points on 3 of 7 shooting and Lopez was 2 of 9.  Those are the Nets two threats.


  • I thought Enes Kanter moved the ball better tonight than I ever seen from him.  They were creative passes makingplays but they were passes in the offense that kept the tempo and the flow. This has not always been a strength.


  • When the Jazz used both sides of the floor they got good looks and the offense was very effective.

TIPOFF – January 23 – X marks the spot

Utah Jazz radio voice and Jazz NBA Insider David Locke looks at All-Stars and Kobe’s injury, then goes into a deep dig on Danté Exum and Utah’s win in Milwaukee.

EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – Exum starts, Enes shines and Jazz win

  • The Jazz have beat the Milwaukee Bucks, the Detroit Pistons and the Charlotte Hornets all on their floors. Those teams are going to be the 6, 7 and 8 seeds in the East this year. The Jazz would be an Eastern Conference playoff team. I have no doubt. Think about how different everything would feel if we could play in the East and have the confidence of winning half your games and making the playoffs.
  • Good win tonight by the Jazz. Solid fourth quarter performance taking care of the ball. Turnovers were the story of the night. The Bucks are long, active and physical.   They are committed on the defensive end. They are long and able to switch all over the floor. This caused the Jazz major issues. The Jazz, who are having an issue taking care of the ball right now, turned it over 22 times leading to 32 Bucks points.  But in the fourth quarter, the Jazz only turned it over three times and when the Bucks don’t have turnovers they have a hard time scoring in the half court.
  • The Bucks really adjusted to Rudy Gobert tonight. He was dominating in the first half of the game and in the second half they clearly changed how they were playing, bringing a weakside slasher for a pass and never trying to challenge Rudy.
  • Trevor Booker’s shot will forever be the play of the year, but Rudy’s reverse dunk from the left side of the floor to the right side of the rim without a dribble is going to be tough to beat for second this season. That was absurd,
  • Gordon Hayward was the best player on the floor down the stretch. He took over. He scored or assisted on 10 straight points in a 10-0 run that won the game for the Jazz. He was guarded by O.J. Mayo for a little while in that stretch (and yes, you should be asking yourself why the Bucks would have Mayo on Hayward).  Gordon had 13 points and two assists in the quarter and was nails at the line.
  • Back-to-back 20-15 games for Enes Kanter. Wow. Tonight was strong with 13 defensive rebounds and a huge mid-range jumper late in the game. He finished with 23 points and 16 rebounds and hit all six of his free throws. Jazz grabbed 12 of 37 chances on the offensive glass as well.
  • Danté Exum made his first start of the year with a healthy Trey Burke. He looked a bit different tonight. The Jazz played with great pace early in the game and got into the early thrust. Quin wanted three things from Danté tonight: the early thrust on offense, make himself felt on defense and make some plays. 3 for 3. It helps when you hit your shots, and Exum is not going to be a 50% 3-point shooter, but if he can make that shot enough he’ll be able to start driving and getting to the basket when he gets stronger. He had 5 assists tonight. The 35 minutes was a big chunk for Exum. He told us on the postgame show he was coughing and tired on the floor.   Hopefully, with strength he’ll have better stamina than he has right now. He gets tired very easily.
  • The biggest part of Danté’s game was how good he was defensively. He took Brandon Knight out of the game to start.
  • Trevor Booker played great defense late in the game on Giannis Antetokounmpo.
  • Might take Rudy over Giannis, which would make Rudy the #1 pick of that draft if you re-drafted.
  • Rudy had another 14-10 night with huge impact on the defensive end in 35 solid, impactful minutes
  • Jazz played just 8 players.
  • Shooting 45% and nailing 14 3-pointers is a great offensive night on a team as good as Milwaukee. Jazz EFG% tonight was 58%.
  • Joe Ingles had a career-high 7 assists. His biggest assist of the night came before the game when he met with a young Australian girl who has been through major surgeries for a disease that is eating away at her face and the expert in the world is in Madison, Wisconsin. She has followed Joe’s career and Joe met her before the game. Joe is wonderful to have in the Jazz organization.
  • Tip of the hat to Trey Burke for how professional he was dealing with Danté Exum starting and how well he dealt with the media before the game. He also had a solid game.
  • Two soft landings for Danté with Brooklyn and Jarrett Jack and Boston with ???? before he gets Chris Paul and Steph Curry.

POSTCAST – Locke and Boone plus a Dante Exum interview