TIPOFF – October – 31, 20 and 8

Utah Jazz radio voice and Jazz NBA Insider David Locke gives you a daily conversation about the Utah Jazz and the NBA. Today he dives into the stats behind Utah’s win over the Clippers.

EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – 20 rebounds and more highlights

  •  The effort to play the way Quin Snyder wants continues at a very high level.
  • Every practice the Jazz start with transition defense, and tonight they allowed only seven fast-break points to the Clippers. The Clippers want to get out and run. The first night they allowed 10, the next night they allowed eight, and tonight it was seven.
  • The ball movement from the Jazz was terrific. They had 30 assists on 41 field goals and six players had three or more—including both Favors and Kanter with three each.
  • Kanter and Favors both made terrific passes during the game.
  • Rudy Gobert grabbed 20 rebounds. I don’t care if it’s preseason or what, 20 rebounds is an absurd number. He only played 21:54 minutes. Everyone wants to talk wingspan, but it’s his 9-foot-7 standing reach that’s the game-changer. He’s above everyone on the rebounds, and as he gets stronger and holds ground it’s only going to get better. Scouting reports will negate this a bit, but he isn’t shrinking anytime soon.
  • Trey Burke and Derrick Favors continue to have very strong preseasons.
  • No one is going to talk about Gordon Hayward tonight, but he had 10 points, six rebounds, four assists and a steal in 26 minutes. So if he played his usual 35 minutes, he suddenly has 14 points, nine rebounds and six assists.
  • Utah’s EFG% was 59.3%.
  • Trevor Booker hit two 3-pointers—he was only 1 for 10 in his career from behind the arc entering the game.
  • Danté Exum did what people didn’t think he could do tonight and knocked down shots. However, his handle is loose and Chris Paul, who has led the NBA in steals six times in his career, smelled blood in the water and once the word was out everyone was after Danté. He over-dribbles and gets himself into trouble. It makes sense at every level he has ever played because he has been able to do it, but now he can’t. It’s all part of the process.
  • Both Rodney Hood and Exum had a tough time on the defensive end. J.J. Redick ran Hood all over the floor and back.
  • The third quarter was a little bit of a reality check. The Clippers fired out and scored 35 points and won the quarter by 10. They got into the Jazz and forced seven turnovers. Doc Rivers was clearly upset with the first-half effort and didn’t let the guys take the whole night off. The good news is the Jazz still shot 50% in the quarter and hit four threes. That is really good that the offense still got looks against the tightened defense.
  • Ian Clark has played well.
  • Blake Griffin is my favorite to win the MVP and the Clippers are my favorite to win the Western Conference.

POSTCAST – Locke and Boone review Utah’s win over the Clippers

The Utah Jazz radio team of David Locke and Ron Boone recap Utah’s win over the Clippers.

INSIDER GAMEDAY Q&A – Is Hayward buried into a stat sheet?

I’m going to try to add another feature to my Jazz coverage at Locked on Jazz. It’s a simple gameday Q&A. I’ll accept questions at the # for the day’s game. Today is #LACatUTA. This is a great way to follow the game with other Jazz fans.

10-13 Question 2

Honestly, Rick I have not been in the locker room this season after a game. Our radio seating makes that much more difficult in some arenas than it used to be.

However, I’m not sure I see this as a big issue. Every player has a stat sheet waiting for him at the end of the game on his chair when he comes into the locker room. There’s a great story from last year when Rudy Gay no longer wanted them on the chairs in Toronto—maybe so his teammates couldn’t see how many shots he was taking.

Gordon has moved his locker, along with Derrick, into the middle of the locker room in order to have a larger influence on the room.

The premise of the question, however, might not be as big of a deal as it sounds. Having your head in the stat sheet may have simply been a way to stay within himself during frustrating times. This season he’ll need to be a leader, but sometimes leadership is silent as well.

INSIDER GAMEDAY Q&A – What is Coach Snyder doing that is original?

I’m going to try to add another feature to my Jazz coverage at Locked on Jazz. It’s a simple gameday Q&A. I’ll accept questions at the # for the day’s game. Today is #LACatUTA. This is a great way to follow the game with other Jazz fans.

10-13 question 1

Westin, I have to be a little careful here, because some of this might be an advantage to the Jazz until the rest of the league gets the scouting report. Being somewhat vague, I would tell you how we run the floor offensively is very creative and different. In addition, his out-of-timeout action in the opening two games has had some wrinkles that are unique to Coach Snyder and his coaching beliefs. The most general way I can answer this is Coach Snyder strongly believes in making the opposition think in the midst of the action and does a lot to make that happen.

TIPOFF – October 13 – Durant is down, Jazz v. Clippers

Utah Jazz radio voice and Jazz NBA Insider David Locke gives you a daily conversation about the Utah Jazz and the NBA. Today he talks about the injury to Kevin Durant and sets the stage for tonight’s preseason game against the Clippers.

TIPOFF – October 10 – Quin spins a little magic in win over Portland

Utah Jazz radio voice and Jazz NBA Insider David Locke gives you a daily conversation about the Utah Jazz and the NBA. Today he talks about Utah’s win in Portland.

EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – Jazz win in Portland

  • Jazz go to 2-0 in the preseason. Either Coach Snyder wanted to make sure his guys got a chance to practice late-game situations or he thinks it’s very important for this group to learn how to win because he played the starting five down the stretch and put big minutes on some of the guys. It worked out well and they gained huge experience late in yesterday’s game.
  • Coach Snyder ran two plays out of timeouts that worked terrifically. He ran a double handoff between Hayward and Trey that got Trey an open three and the clutchest of the clutch did it again and nailed it.
  • Then he ran an iso for Favors at the free-throw line out of a timeout. Favors catches at the free-throw line and everything is open with the spacing and he went 1-on-1 at the defender drew the foul and scored. This is a play they have practiced in camp and I wasn’t sure about Favors as a 1-on-1 player from the free-throw line, but he made a great move and the play was a dandy.=
  • Snyder also had some great late-game substitutions. As Alec Burks was at the line, Rudy Gobert checked in and was on the line when Alec missed the free throw and kept the ball alive on the miss. It bounced to Alec, who picked it up and scored a huge bucket to put the Jazz up by three points.
  • Then Quin played Trevor Booker on the defensive end instead of Rudy so they could switch more effectively on the pick-and-roll. It worked, and Booker ended up guarding CJ McCollum and denying his 3-pointer.
  • Gordon Hayward had a crazy dunk in the second quarter. His first half was terrific. It was as well as I have seen him play other than the OKC game last year.
  • Trey Burke is just stupid late in games. He was incredibly clutch last year and was at it again tonight.
  • All the guys look better.
  • The Jazz didn’t allow a transition point in the first half and didn’t allow any until midway through the third quarter. For the night they only allowed eight after allowing 10 in the first game. If the Jazz can become a good defensive team in transition, that is the first step into becoming a good overall defensive team.
  • Quin played the nine-man rotation he’ll likely play for most of the season (just replace Dahantay Jones with Rodney Hood). Steve Novak got some spot minutes, but the nine other guys will likely be the rotation.
  • Lots of good passes and good stretches tonight.
  • Interesting that in the first quarter, Coach Snyder checked Enes Kanter out of the game and then after talking to him checked him right back in.
  • Down two with :30 left, Quin went for a 3-pointer. Interesting. Wonder if there is math on this or it was just preseason.
  • “Obvious Unselfish” play of the game—End of the third quarter, Trey Burke running up the floor with seconds left bypasses a 14-footer with two seconds left and instead passes to Danté Exum for a dunk at the buzzer.