Utah Jazz radio voice and Jazz NBA Insider David Locke gives his Daily Devar, then runs through 2 news notes on the NBA and breaks down the Jazz win over the Bulls and the play of Gordon Hayward
Did you miss the Jazz game? Did you catch the big moments? How about the Hayward to Evans alley opp? Catch it all here on Jazz Game Rewind
EMPTYING THE NOGGIN
- A win. A much needed win. A much better Thanksgiving for the guys off a win.
- This is one of the learning moments for these guys. They got through adversity, they found a way to make a plays and this is the first step in a long process of learning how to win together.
- Big plays tonight by the veterans Richard Jefferson and Marvin Williams. Both were solid. Marvin played 44 minutes and Richard notched 38. These guys are are giving everything they have. They are setting a great example for the younger players on how to approach the game and how to get through tough moments. They stay really cool in big moments.
- Marvin may have been really banged up last year because this is a totally different player this year. He is a better stretch 4 than a 3 but he played both tonight when Jeremy Evans was on the floor. 17 pts, 9 rebounds and 7 of 14 shooting.
- Jeremy Evans is becoming a solid NBA player. He notched 23 solid minutes tonight. Noah drove him into the lane a few times and defensive rebounding is still going to be an issue but he is making enough other plays that he is worthwhile to have on the floor. He had 9 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals. He is able to get above people to make plays. Teams are going react to him and it will be a process but right now it is wonderful to see.
- Big shots, big moments for a lot of the guys. The Jazz went 6:20 without a point in the 4th quarter and lost the lead and then Gordon hit big fade with 4:07 left to give the Jazz a 2 point lead, Burke hit a floater in the lane with 1:45 left, then in overtime Trey nailed a huge 3, Gordon and Jeremy connected on an alley opp wth 1:25 left to virtually clinch the game. Those are big moments
- The alley opp from G to JE was so cool. Those two are the best of friends and for them to connect on this moment after waiting for 4 years was loaded with emotion. You could see JE when he turned to Gordon after the dunk that he had this huge grin on his face almost to say we did it.
- Jazz defense was strong tonight. Bulls shot 39.2% and were 1 for 13 from three. The Jazz have played a lot of great offensive teams this year and to finally play a poor offensive team and show you can defend is a nice step
- Gordon Hayward played how he can be successful tonight. He is not a one on one breakdown player. He is a great teammate. He can make plays with the ball in his hand for his teammates. His natural instinct is to play the team game. He did it tonight with a career high 12 assists and only 1 turnover
- Derrick Favors got in foul trouble and Rudy Gobert was really good in the minutes he played. He wrecks havoc on the floor. 9 rebounds in 21 minutes. When Gobert was on the floor the Bulls shot 10 of 24 with 5 turnovers in that period of time
- Nice win – more can be learned out of good moments than bad ones. We need some of these this season
First, being the #1 option on offense is completely new for Gordon. Last year, he played off of his teammates and had a very successful year. This year he has to make things happen. This is a huge jump. The best players in the NBA struggle with this adjustment. Take a look at Kevin Durant’s first year in the NBA when he tried to be a go to guy. (Yes, Durant was a rookie and Hayward is a 4th year player, but also no one anticipates Hayward being Durant)
Being a number 1 option is making plays for yourself. Very few players in the NBA are capable of doing achieving this with any success.
This year only 48.9% of Hayward’s field goals have been assisted. The most assists have come from Burks and Jefferson, not a point guard. Last year, 69% of his field goals were assisted and most of them by Mo Williams, Earl Watson and Jamaal Tinsley. No one has been hurt more by the lack of a point guard than Gordon.
Gordon is learning how to manufacture his own shot and he is making huge progress. The toughest shot for a player is the mid range shot from 5 to 15 feet. This shot is taken in traffic, usually off a dribble and more often than not means finding a tough shooting pocket.
Last year, Gordon was 34 of 91 on 5 to 15 foot shots (37%). These shots are unassisted shots. Of all of those field goals only 35% of those were assisted last year.
This year, Hayward is 18 of 42 (43%) with a really strong performance specifically from 10 to 14 feet. Of his 10 to 14 feet shots 92% of those shots have been unassisted. Worth noting as well last year in entire season he attempted 91 shot from 5 to 15 feet and this year in 15 games he has attempted half nearly half of that.
In addition, inside 5 feet Hayward is finishing at 58.5% and 52% of those are assisted. Last year he made 53.5% and 62.3% were assisted. These are much more difficult shots when they are self created and he is making them at a higher rate.
If he has improved in these areas how come he is shooting under 40% on the season. Last year outside 20 feet he shot 149 of 360 (41.3%) and on three’s 101 of 242 (41.7%). The key here is 83% of those shot were assisted.
This year, his 20+ feet shots are falling just 28 of 102 (27%) and his three’s 20 for 65 (31%) and the big difference is he is being forced to create these himself. On these 28 field goals 19 have been assisted or 68% instead of the 83% of a year ago.
As Trey Burk gets more comfortable and others on the team start to create opportunities Hayward will start making his outside shots again and in the meantime he is learning how to make shots inside 15 feet which are far more difficult shots.
These are all puzzle pieces to a complete player. It takes a long time for the puzzle to be completed.
Utah Jazz radio voice and Jazz NBA Insider talks about the week long trip, where the Jazz stand and why what should have worked didn’t
ENPTYING THE NOGGIN
- This is tough. Tough to watch. Tough to watch the guys go through. If you were paying attention you knew this was coming. I suspected we could win 2 of our first 10 and 1 of our next ten. But I don’t think anyone thought we would spend so much time down double digits and at time 20 points or more.
- What I didn’t consider was how a team where every guy, other than Marvin and Richard, is being asked to play a role they have never player before would react to losing. Marvin and Richard have experience everything this league has to throw at them and they are not surprisingly the most consistent of the bunch. On the other hand, the young guys haven’t experienced this before and therefore don’t have any reference point on how to get out of it and what to do next.
- Let’s take Gordon Hayward for example he is in the doldrums right now. He is being asked to do more than he has ever been asked before and time will tell if he can figure out this role or if it is too much for his game. But for the time being he wants desperately to fix everything that is wrong and doesn’t know how. He doesn’t have a reference point of when this happened last time. They are different players but it is worth noting Kevin Durant went through the exact same stretch his first year and he eventually got out of it. Now he can go back to that when he has a few tough nights and know we will get out of it. Hayward will get out this and will have strong stretches this season. Four years from now Hayward will have a bad stretch and he will be able to go back to the experience of getting out of past slumps and in turn will get out it faster. Right now, however, this last longer because he doesn’t know the answer.
- If you look back at this game the Jazz defended very well early. They just couldn’t make a shot. They hit only 2 of 15 to start the night. They held the Thunder in check pretty well and for the quarter had a defensive rating of 90 which is excellent. They trailed by 9 and the game stayed right there for most of the 2nd quarter. Then the Jazz went dry from the 6:00 mark to 1:00 they went 3 for 12 and had two turnovers. The frustration was obvious watching the guys on the floor and they lost their spunk. They lost their confidence and the Thunder put it on a 15-6 run and the game was over.
- In the third quarter the analogy I used on the air was they looked like a golfer who had sliced his last 4 drives out of bounds and was sitting on the tee box just hoping. Rather than rearing back and ripping that drive you trying to coax it onto the fairway and you start to play defensively without any belief. That is what they Jazz looked like in the third quarter. They just don’t have belief and without the experience of how to get out of these struggles it is a nasty combo.
- Jeremy Evans played his third straight sold game and looks like he belongs in an NBA rotation. Next step is to stretch his range out a little to a three point range but his 6 rebounds were terrific and he continues to impress
- Alec Burks had a nice 4th quarter going 3 for 3 after 0 for 5 in the first three quarters
- We have played the most games and the most road games in the NBA. We have had a depleted roster with limited experience and we have played games against the best in the league. There are few teams that would be “winnable” games but we haven’t had many against those teams yet this year. It is a convergence of lots of things swirling right now.
- Lots will be learned in the upcoming weeks (which don’t get a lot easier) and I am excited to see the growth and experience that our players will get out of these tough times. These are good guys. That is very important in times like this.
LASTLY I ALMOST FORGOT – HOW ABOUT RUDY’S BLOCK AND COAST TO COAST DUNK !!!!
Utah Jazz radio team David Locke and Ron Boone look at where the Jazz stand after the loss in OKC.