TIPOFF – October 17 – Sample size grows, results stay the same

Utah Jazz radio voice and Jazz NBA Insider David Locke gives you his daily podcast. Today he opens with the NBA 5 and then moves into a deep dig on the Utah Jazz.

JAZZ GAME REWIND – Jazz blow out the Lakers

Did you miss the Jazz game? Do you want to know who played well and what the key stretch of the game was? Tune into the Jazz Game Rewind to get a recap on last night’s action.

EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – Jazz blow out the Lakers

  • Ron Boone said it best after the game. It’s hard to be sure how much of this is real, but I’m certain it’s a lot better than losing these games.
  • The offense was strong again tonight. The ball movement was a constant. The Jazz scored 30 or more in each of the final three quarters. There was a sequence in the second quarter where the Jazz looked as sharp as you could imagine. They got into a flow and started making reads and getting good looks. The Lakers were not interested in defending.
  • The Lakers are awful. I’m not sure how much Jeremy Lin, Nick Young, Robert Sacre, Jordan Clarkson and Steve Nash are going to be able to help that crew, but if they don’t help it’s going to be a long, tough season. The last two games, the Lakers are 0-for-8 from 3-point range. They have taken 168 shots—for an average team, 41 of those would have been 3-point attempts … and the Lakers have only taken eight threes. Their offense is archaic.
  • Derrick Favors had another terrific game. He’s really good playing in space, and this system is going to be his next step. He may never be a great shooter, but his athleticism on the pick-and-roll is going to be a force.
  • Danté Exum bounced back very well tonight. We learn a little about Danté every day, and today we learned a lot of good things. After being humbled by Chris Paul, he came out with a strut and confidence. When Ronnie Price got up on him on the first possession, he dealt with it and was prepared for it. He was being forced to use his left hand and he answered it. He is so quick that if you overplay him too much he’s gone. As he gets stronger and more experience, there is no way people are going to be able to overplay him because he’ll complete plays in the paint—he’s so quick if he beats you, he’s in the paint. Danté had 13 points and six assists (and zero turnovers) in 19 minutes.
  • Rodney Hood played a very solid game and got to go up against his childhood hero Kobe Bryant. He’s shooting it really well and put a few 1-on-1 moves on the floor that were solid. His release point is so high that he’ll be able to get his shot off.
  • Carrick Felix made his first appearance but it looked as though he was out of rhythm. Toure’ Murry got some time and grabbed a rebound or two and had an assist but nothing remarkable.
  • Both Brock Motum and Jack Cooley got sometime tonight against the Lakers’ third unit and held their own.
  • The best play of the night was a Rudy Gobert pass from top of the key to a back-cutting Gordon Hayward from the right wing to the basket. A gorgeous dime for Rudy.
  • Rudy Gobert played 11 minutes and had a stat line of nine points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal. He and Exum are developing a really good relationship on the floor.
  • Trevor Booker showed an array of offensive moves.
  • Solid win against an awful team. Things keep moving in the correct direction.

TIPOFF (Audio Only) – October 16

Utah Jazz radio voice and Jazz NBA Insider David Locke gives you his daily podcast. Today he does the NBA 5 and then moves into a deep dig on the Utah Jazz.

PODCAST – 2 guys on the Pac-12

Ian Furness and David Locke look big picture at the Pac-12 Conference, then go over last week’s action before delving into what might happen this week.

TIPOFF – October 15 – Communication and why Derrick Favors could have a big year

Utah Jazz radio voice and Jazz NBA Insider David Locke gives you a daily conversation about the Utah Jazz and the NBA. Today he discusses Quin Snyder’s football-like approach and Derrick Favors playing in space.

INSIDER – Two plays from Gobert show his new strength

The basketball world was murmuring about Rudy Gobert and his 20 rebounds this morning. Last year, Rudy came to the Jazz with an almost unfathomable 9-foot-7 standing reach. The potential was obvious. The work that was going to have to be done was equally obvious.

If you go back to what the Jazz coaches and front office said about Rudy last year, every comment was laced with how he likes the game and how he’s willing to work. The work is paying off. Utah’s strength and conditioning staff of Mark McKown and Isaiah Wright built a solid plan for Gobert, and the work is coming to fruition.

Two plays last night best exemplify the newly found strength of Rudy Gobert. The most obvious was an incredible offensive rebound amongst four Los Angeles players. Rudy’s length was able to get him the first contact on the ball. He then proceeds to tap it a few more times before pulling it out of the crowd. The key here was that he was on balance for the entire play. A year ago, he wouldn’t have been able to stay with the play while taking the contact to the lower half of his body.

The second play was a fast break where Rudy sprinted with great alacrity past the defense and got a pass from Ian Clark. Rudy, though, was running so fast with such big strides that there was no way he was going to be able to catch the pass and in one continuous motion put the ball in the basket. Instead, Rudy made the catch and remarkably was able to control his body well enough to come to a complete stop and make a move to the hoop. Again, a year ago I doubt he had the body control to be able to make the catch, and even if he made the catch he likely would have traveled.

Rudy deserves the credit on these plays. He came to the NBA with the intention of being very good, and he’s not satisfied with a lesser role. In addition, the work of McKown and Wright is key to a successful franchise. It often goes without great recognition, but it’s some of the most important work that’s done behind the scenes.

JAZZ GAME REWIND – Jazz move to 3-0 in preseason with win over Clippers

Did you miss the Jazz game? Do you want to know how the game played out? Do you just want to relive the excitement? This is Jazz Game Rewind, which gives you the key stretches of the game, the player of the game and more. It’s voiced by Matt Baiamonte.