EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – So much so much to empty after huge win

EMPTYING THE NOGGIN
• This is a super win. Come from behind. First win streak of the season, now at 3 and a mammoth performance from Gordon Hayward

• I can’t wait to go back and watch this game there was so much to it. This was be incomplete in that it is only what I can remember from calling the game.

• The biggest play of the night is the Jazz down 2 with less than 10 seconds left Hayward misses a free throw and Chris Johnson runs it down for the Jazz. Then Hayward scored on a hard tough drive to the basket overcoming a reach from Butler and bounce from Gasol to tie the game.

• Then on what may have been the most beautiful possession of the season the Jazz got a slam dunk for Hayward on a magnificent back cut on a dime from Ingles. Neto kept the play alive with an extended search dribble. It gave the Jazz a 7 point lead with a minute to play and the night was theres.

• Hayward was terrific. He started poorly and he carried the team through the key moments of the game and then he made all the plays that had to be made. Hayward finished with 27 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists. The other players this year with that line are LeBron, Harden, Draymond, Durant, Westbrook and Blake. Special company

• What is so exciting about Hayward’s play is nothing unusual is going on. He is not shooting the ball in fact. He was 33% from three in January and scored 22 points a game. He was 1 of 6 tonight and finished with 27 points. This is an enormous step. He no longer has to have a great shooting night to alter the outcome of a game.

• I was talking with a Jazz person who thought his game against Detroit was one of the best he has played all year. He started the night 0 for 6 in the first quarter, but stayed engaged and then when the team had to have him he willed them back into the game ala a Durant or LeBron type who just stays in the game and then finally makes his impact. Tonight fits into that category as well.

• Quin Snyder was all over Raul Neto at practice today. Quin is remarkable of understanding what players he will need on a given night and he knew he needed Neto. Raul had the best night of his career. He is unflappable. He made plays in tough circumstances when seemingly things were going wrong and he kept the play alive. Jazz were +18 with Neto on the floor.

• Joe Ingles is a plus minus machine right now. He was +15 in 19 minutes. He is now +55 in last 80 minutes on the floor

• So much strategy. The Bulls were switching the pick and roll and Taj Gibson was so good guarding the Jazz players that it took Favors out of the pick and roll and made the Jazz play through Rudy Gobert. Gobert is able to facilitate and make plays. He was a threat rolling to the basket. This is enormous if the Jazz can run the pick and roll through both Favors and Gobert.

• Jazz switched a ton. The Bulls were running a ½ pick and roll with Rose and Butler and it was causing the Jazz issues because it left Neto on Butler. Quin went to Chris Johnson and he had a impact on the Jazz ability to defend. So then the Bulls went to a 1/5 pick and roll or a 2/5 pick and roll and got Gobert switching onto the ball handler. Rudy held himself really well in these circumstances. This is something I will keep an eye when I rewatch the game.

• Jazz held the Bulls to 17 3rd quarter points. Quin says the defense is much better than before Rudy got hurt.

• Hood a very solid 19 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists.

• Derrick Rose 3 with :18 seconds left was incredible. He has not made a 3 since Jan 22nd, he was 2 for 11 on 3s on back end of back to backs, he had not made a shot in the final 24 seconds of a game all year. And he nailed a three. Felt like we never get a break and then we got the offensive rebound off the Hayward miss free throw and the world changed.

• Rudy Gobert’s free throws in the final 2 minutes of the game were his first of the season.

• 3 wins in a row. Denver and Milwaukee next. This home stand is huge. 4-2 or 5-1 puts you in position to make a playoff run. Fun night at the Vivint tonight.