EMPTYING THE NOGGIN
- Incredible how these Jazz games all resemble each other. Poor 1sthalf followed by awesome comeback with a furious finish. It sure is entertaining and it is a great learning experience for this team.
- On the final in bound play the Heat front block each player on their route and down 3 you can’t cut back door because you need to get outside the three point line. Great defensive strategy by the Heat. The key players who executed it perfectly were Deng, Bosh and Wade. They have been in big moments and know how to execute in the key moments.
- Lots of little plays by the Heat tonight that showed the experience they have gained over the past 4 years and those are big in one or two possession games.
- Derrick Favors left the game with a sprained ankle late in the first quarter and didn’t return. Huge for the Jazz to stay in a game like this without Favors. Jazz are 0-10 over the past two years when they are without Favors for an entire game. To comeback from down 16 and make it a game is a great effort.
- Rudy Gobert is having a huge impact on games. Tonight he played a season high 25 minutes and scored 9 points (a terrific 5 of 6 from the line), grabbed 11 rebounds, HAD 4 ASSISTS, 1 steal and 5 blocked shots. Gobert Land is becoming a really imposing place.
- The defense was incredible with Gobert on the floor. With Gobert on the floor the Heat shot 15 of 39 (38.4%) and when he was on the bench they shot 21 of 33 (63.6%). That is having an impact. However, when Gobert is on the floor the offense still doesn’t run quite right. With Gobert on the floor the offense shot 17 of 44 (38.3%) and when he is off the floor the Jazz shot 17 of 33 (51.5%)
- Enes Kanter has linked together a really nice stretch of games. He is a bonafide offensive player. The Heat are interior weak and he took advantage with 25 points and 8 rebounds on 10 of 17 shooting. He is able to punish some players. No assists in 36 minutes is not great and that is an area that needs development but he is making strong offensive plays and making a good effort on defense.
- The Heat trap all the pick and rolls and this makes it difficult for the ball handlers. Trey Burke had a tough night and though Gordon had a nice line tonight it didn’t feel as though he was impacting the game.
- Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh grabbed a hold of the game each time the Jazz got close and make a series of plays that put the Heat back in control. Champion plays.
- The two missed free throws by Alec were tough. Down 4 with a gift from the Heat and only making 1 of 3 changed the strategy the rest of the way.
- The Jazz offense needs to add some urgency to its possessions particularly late in games. Overall, we are in the opening stages of a new era and too often the Jazz are just playing to execute correctly and be in the right places instead of really playing with an urgency or a force. That is the next step. It will come. This was another strong night with a lot of little victories in the 48 minute battle.
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