EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – Jazz end Rockets 5 game win streak

EMPTYING THE NOGGIN

  • The kid was really special tonight.  I delayed writing this for a moment because I don’t want to be too over the top about Trey.   Both the Rockets broadcaster after the game told me how impressed they were with Trey.   He is legit.   He has the it factor.    He isn’t afraid and more than that he wants to make the great play.   The drive over Howard tonight was absurd.   He changes everything about this team and he changes everything for the other players on the team.
  • May I temper the enthusiasm for a quick moment.  This was a great match-up with two very small point guards.  The scouting report is not out on him yet.  Teams will start to react.  Teams will start playing bigger players on him.  Teams will start to tax him defensively and he will go though some struggles.  The road is not going to be without some bumps.  With all of that said what we have seen in his opening few games tells us he is a special kid and he has a very bright future.
  • Jazz are 3-2 with Trey starting.  He has 1 turnover in 89 minutes
  • Tyrone Corbin kept telling us and telling us that what they were asking Alec Burks to do was unfair.  That putting the ball in his hand was not his strength and got him out of his game.  The last two nights when playing with Trey he was able to attack the basket, play in a rhythm, play without the ball and he was terrific on the offensive end.  He still made three or four defensive plays that have to drive coaches insane.   Plays that were the complete opposite of the game plan from shootaround.   That will get better as he matures and if he plays like this on offense the coaches will be able to deal with those a little more than otherwise.
  • Gordon Hayward got going tonight.  The Rockets wanted to hide James Harden on Richard Jefferson and when they couldn’t do that Hayward killed Harden and had 19 points in the first quarter.   Hayward got matched against arguably the worst defensive player in the NBA and took advantage.  That is huge to get him back on track.  This was the night he needed and gives him the confidence to get out of the next slump.
  • Worth taking a look to see how many of Hayward’s field goals were assisted.  You can do it on the nba.com box scores.  That is awesome.
  • Who had a bigger impact on the game tonight Derrick Favors or Dwight Howard?  I didn’t think Howard had that big an impact and I know Favors was a better offensive player tonight.
  • The Rockets didn’t hit a three in the third quarter.
  • Game was tied at 86 the exact same as the other night in Phoenix and for the second straight game the Jazz out played a good team to close out with a win.  23-17 to close over the final 8:00.  With 6:00 left Corbin went to the closing five of Burke, Burks, Hayward, Marvin and Favors.   Trey missed back to back shots and the Jazz looked like they might be in trouble.   Then Favors hot a huge offensive rebound, then Jazz got two more offensive rebounds on the next possession by Favors and Marvin, and it lead to a Favors layup on a sick give from Burke.  Burke then hit the driving layup over Howard.  The key play came when Harden threw a pass to Casppi that he wasn’t ready for and Marvin stole it for a dunk.  Jazz by 5.  Burks hit another driving layup.  To keep it at 5 with 1:38 left and Marvin clinched on a gorgeous three after hawyard gave up a three after Burke had kept his dribble alive to make the play.
  • Clutch play late.
  • These wins are huge.  They are still going  to be hard to come by this year but these push this team forward and help them enjoy playing the game.  They had lost that for a while.

INSIDER – Thoughts on the Pelicans

Here are some quick thoughts on the Pelicans.

Pelicans got a good win against Philadelphia in their last game prior to that they have been struggling with losses to Phoenix, the Lakers and the Jazz. 
Ryan Anderson returned their last game and hit 6 threes and that will spread the offense more for a struggling Tyreke Evans.

Tyreke Evans is shooting the three less since going to New Orleans and is taking less efficient shots than he did in Sacramento and has been much less efficient .

Jrue Holiday was picked up in the off season but he has been turnover prone.

Monty Williams defense continues to be a major struggle last year 28th  The Jazz exploited them in the Pick n roll late in the game in Salt Lake City. Jazz strung the Pelicans big man 30 feet away from the basket creating a five on four on the backside of those pick and rolls.

The bright spot for the pelicans is Anthony Davis is big time and ready to roll.

PODCAST – Locke with the Big Show on home of the Jazz 97.5 FM

Each Tuesday at 5pm Utah Jazz radio voice David Locke joins the Big Show, Spence Checketts and Gordon Monsen, on the home of the Utah Jazz 97.5 FM.  This week the topics included Trey Burks injury, the first two weeks of pre-season and is it better to win just 15 games.

HISTORY – Jazz play first ever game in Salt Lake City

It was Monday, October 15, 1979 and for the first time ever Salt Lake City residents could go see their own hometown team. The Utah jazz would take on the Milwaukee BucksThe Jazz started well scoring 37 points in the first quarter but they would lose to the Bucks 131 to 107. The Jazz starting Line-up on this  night in Salt Lake City included the great Pistol Pete Maravich as well as Adrian Dantley, James Hardy and Gentel Ben Poquette. Maravich lead the Jazz with 29 and Dantley had 23. The the visiting Bucks had Junior Bridgemen whose 28 lead the Bucks along with  Marques Johnson, Brian Winters, Dave Myers and Quinn Buckner in their lineup.  The Bucks shot 59%.  7,721 attended the inaugural regular season game in Utah Jazz history.

Were you there?  Do you remember it?  Leave your memory at the Radio Interaction Line – (435) 709-8896

 

INTERNSHIP – BROADCAST ASSISTANT POSITION

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Locke’s Schedule Breakdown

TEAM STANDPOINT

This is one of the toughest schedules I have seen.  The youngsters are going to be tested early and often. The back to backs are brutal. The travel at times is horrendous and there are numerous serious tests on the schedule.

Start at the beginning. The Jazz open with OKC before playing their first road game against a poor Phoenix team and Jeff Hornacek. However, the Jazz play Friday the 1st in Phoenix and the next night at home v. Houston before flying East for a 4 games in 5 night stretch that includes Brooklyn and Chicago.

After that dip into the fire the Jazz schedule evens out for the Jazz.  However, the next stretch is one of the toughest I have seen.

The Jazz play the 11th of December in Sacramento then go to Denver for one game before returning home for a back to back with San Antonio before leaving the next day to go East for 9 days. Jazz will have one night at home from Jan Dec 10th to Dec 24th and it will be a game day.  Players and staff will not have dinner at home from Dec 8th to Christmas Eve.

January is pleasant with only two back to backs and 8 of the 13 games at home.

February is equally as soft as January in regards to home and road, 7 home games and 5 road but the back to backs are brutal. In Dallas with a game the next night at home v. Miami, In LA with a home game the next day v Philadelphia all in a span of 6 days. Add on an at Portland with Minnesota home the next day.

When February closes the Jazz get hit with a scheduling 2 by 4.  They go on a 6 game 9 day road trip that spans Cleveland, Indiana, Milwaukee, Washington, New York and Philadelphia.

Then comes “the have these guys grown” stretch.  The Jazz play the Clippers, Spurs, Rockets and Grizzlies in a 4 games stretch from the 14th of March to the 19th of March.  That will tell us if they have improved at all because all of those teams will be battling for home court in the West.

I have said this season will be interesting to watch how the young players deal with adversity.  The three biggest tests will be

1 – Opening 4 games in 5 nights road trip that includes going through customs on the final night.

2 – Late Jan and Feb has home games to be won can they gain momentum –  Minnesota, Washington, Sacramento, Toronto, Philadelphia, Boston and Phoenix.

3 – The aforementioned murder’s row in March.  First is the Clippers, Spurs, Rockets and Grizzlies combination and then it is followed by Memphis, New Orleans, OKC, New York and Portland.

FAN STANDPOINT

  • What a start- OKC on opening night and then Houston with Dwight Howard making his first appearance on Saturday night.  Hello season. The two favorites to win the West in the opening two games of the season.  Heck, the entire opening month of November is a rundown of the best in the West, Denver, New Orleans, San Antonio and Golden State make up the next 4 games and with the off-season moves they all made that could be 6 playoff teams in the opening 6 home games.  It doesn’t slow down after that, Derrick Rose makes his first appearance in over a year in SLC and the final home game of November is Jeff Hornacek’s return.   Is it possible every game in November is a must see?
  • Will Jazz fans see Kobe Bryant coming back from his Achilles?  The first trip from the Lakers is Dec 27th and the 2nd game is April 14th the final home game of the year.   Seems fair to anticipate that Kobe could be ready for both of those games.
  • Lots of reunions, Jeff Hornacek returns as a head coach on November 29th, Paul Millsap, DeMarre Carroll and Kyle Korver make their only visit on March 10th, Al Jefferson and Charlotte stop by on Dec 30th,   Deron Williams plays the first game after the all-star break in SLC on Feb 19th and Carlos Boozer and Chicago comes into town on November 25th .

LOCKE TICKET PACKAGES

One game a month that is all I have time for

OKC in the opener in October,   Derrick Rose is back on the floor when Chicago comes on November 25th,  December 14th the Spurs are in town and it is worth seeing in person, if you haven’t seen Ricky Rubio then my January choice is Minnesota on Jan 21st.  February is easy, the Heat are in town the 8th of Feb,  in March as terrific as Chris Paul is to see in person the Hawks have every Jazz fans favorite players so see Millsap, DeMarre and Kyle on March 10th and in April the Blazers and Damian Lillard are in town on the 11th.

5 games I have to see package

OKC in the opener again, the first night with the jumbotron and Kevin Durant

Nov 18th v. Golden State – the addition of Iguodala and watching Steph Curry in person is awesome

Feb 8th – LeBron and the World Champion Heat – what else needs to be said

March 14th – Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and the Clippers

April 14th – Lakers and Kobe – How many more times can we see Kobe and I don’t care what state the Lakers are in beating the Lakers is always awesome

TIDBITS

  •  The first three road games the Jazz play are all against NBA rookie head coaches, Phoenix, Brooklyn and Boston.
  • Of the Jazz 4 road games in LA (2 Clippers and 2 Lakers) all of them are a part of a back to back, with 3 of them have the road game on the back end of the back to back and one where Jazz play the Lakers and the next night are home against Philadelphia.
  • Jazz have lots of games against the same opponent without much time in between.  They play Phoenix and Minnesota in back to backs.   They play the Kings twice in 5 days. They play the Lakers, Pelicans and Grizzlies twice in a week, and Golden State twice in 9 days.  I will keep a close eye on how are guys do in these games where teams scouting will be extra sharp.  Will be interesting to see how our players adjust.