TIPOFF – October 29 – It’s on, the NBA season is upon us

Utah Jazz radio voice and Jazz NBA Insider David Locke gives you a daily conversation leading off with the NBA 5 and then digging deep on the Utah Jazz. This is what we’ve all been waiting for—Opening Night.

PODCAST – 2 Guys on the Pac-12

Ian Furness and David Locke review two weeks of Pac-12 Conference football action and discuss what is ahead.

PODCAST – Get to Know Your Utah Jazz #4 (Enes Kanter)

Utah Jazz radio voice David Locke sits down with Utah Jazz players to do production pieces for Jazz radio broadcasts, and these interviews have turned into the Get to Know Podcast. Today’s guest is Enes Kanter.

TIPOFF – October 28 – Roster moves, Jazz-Suns comparisons, NBA predictions and inefficiency

Utah Jazz radio voice and Jazz NBA Insider David Locke gives you a daily conversation leading off with the NBA 5 and then digging deep on the Utah Jazz.

PODCAST – Get to Know Your Utah Jazz #3 (Steve Novak)

Utah Jazz radio voice David Locke sits down with Utah Jazz players to do production pieces for Jazz radio broadcasts, and these interviews have turned into the Get to Know Podcast. Today’s guest is Steve Novak.

TIPOFF – October 27 – Rosters, extensions and lineups

Utah Jazz radio voice and Jazz NBA Insider David Locke gives you a daily conversation about the Utah Jazz and the NBA. Today he goes over the state of the Utah Jazz with opening night just days away.

EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – Jazz end preseason with a loss to Phoenix

  • That’s enough—let’s do the real stuff starting Wednesday and see how much of this is real.
  • Playing without Derrick Favors, who had a sore left knee, the Jazz played the Phoenix Suns to the wire before the triple-guard lineup of Dragic, Bledsoe and Thomas was too much for the Jazz. The Suns closed on a 19-11 run to win it.
  • For the first time in the preseason, Utah’s transition defense broke down. The Jazz allowed 20 fast-break points, double their previous preseason high.
  • It feels like Gordon Hayward is a different player. He went to the rim hard for another vicious jam and then a few possessions later went right back to the rim again. He’s faster, stronger and more powerful in the air then he has ever been. It will be exciting to watch him play with this new-found strength throughout the season. He did have two disappointing turnovers late in the game, though.
  • The Jazz didn’t execute the offense great tonight. When they are getting heavy pressure, they aren’t sure on all the options and all the release valves yet. We’ve known all year that there will be some tough offensive games, and that clearly will happen.
  • The Jazz defended the 3-point line great tonight as the Suns hit just 7 of 28.
  • The game had 70 free throws.
  • Jazz had just 14 assists. Rudy Gobert led the team with three assists.
  • Gobert was not spectacular, and that is what I loved about his game. He was just solid. Being solid is really important. Being consistent is probably more important than being spectacular. He hit 6-for-8 from the line and finished the preseason going 21-for-31 from the line (68%). That’s terrific. Rudy is going to be an important part of the rotation this year—he has a really bright future and a super high ceiling.
  • Ian Clark got minutes tonight at the backup point guard when Danté Exum had a hard time with the physicality of the Suns guards.
  • This has been a great preseason. The Jazz have made huge progress and are heading in an exciting direction. The real thing starts next week.

POSTCAST – October 24 – Locke and Boone break down the final preseason game