I’m going to try to add another feature to my Jazz coverage at Locked on Jazz. It’s a simple gameday Q&A. I’ll accept questions at the # for the day’s game. Today is #LACatUTA. This is a great way to follow the game with other Jazz fans.
Westin, I have to be a little careful here, because some of this might be an advantage to the Jazz until the rest of the league gets the scouting report. Being somewhat vague, I would tell you how we run the floor offensively is very creative and different. In addition, his out-of-timeout action in the opening two games has had some wrinkles that are unique to Coach Snyder and his coaching beliefs. The most general way I can answer this is Coach Snyder strongly believes in making the opposition think in the midst of the action and does a lot to make that happen.
Utah Jazz radio voice and Jazz NBA Insider David Locke gives you a daily conversation about the Utah Jazz and the NBA. Today he talks about the injury to Kevin Durant and sets the stage for tonight’s preseason game against the Clippers.
Jazzgo to 2-0 in the preseason. Either Coach Snyder wanted to make sure his guys got a chance to practice late-game situations or he thinks it’s very important for this group to learn how to win because he played the starting five down the stretch and put big minutes on some of the guys. It worked out well and they gained huge experience late in yesterday’s game.
Coach Snyder ran two plays out of timeouts that worked terrifically. He ran a double handoff between Hayward and Trey that got Trey an open three and the clutchest of the clutch did it again and nailed it.
Then he ran an iso for Favors at the free-throw line out of a timeout. Favors catches at the free-throw line and everything is open with the spacing and he went 1-on-1 at the defender drew the foul and scored. This is a play they have practiced in camp and I wasn’t sure about Favors as a 1-on-1 player from the free-throw line, but he made a great move and the play was a dandy.=
Snyder also had some great late-game substitutions. As Alec Burks was at the line, Rudy Gobert checked in and was on the line when Alec missed the free throw and kept the ball alive on the miss. It bounced to Alec, who picked it up and scored a huge bucket to put the Jazz up by three points.
Then Quin played Trevor Booker on the defensive end instead of Rudy so they could switch more effectively on the pick-and-roll. It worked, and Booker ended up guarding CJ McCollum and denying his 3-pointer.
Gordon Hayward had a crazy dunk in the second quarter. His first half was terrific. It was as well as I have seen him play other than the OKC game last year.
Trey Burke is just stupid late in games. He was incredibly clutch last year and was at it again tonight.
All the guys look better.
The Jazz didn’t allow a transition point in the first half and didn’t allow any until midway through the third quarter. For the night they only allowed eight after allowing 10 in the first game. If the Jazz can become a good defensive team in transition, that is the first step into becoming a good overall defensive team.
Quin played the nine-man rotation he’ll likely play for most of the season (just replace Dahantay Jones with Rodney Hood). Steve Novak got some spot minutes, but the nine other guys will likely be the rotation.
Lots of good passes and good stretches tonight.
Interesting that in the first quarter, Coach Snyder checked Enes Kanter out of the game and then after talking to him checked him right back in.
Down two with :30 left, Quin went for a 3-pointer. Interesting. Wonder if there is math on this or it was just preseason.
“Obvious Unselfish” play of the game—End of the third quarter, Trey Burke running up the floor with seconds left bypasses a 14-footer with two seconds left and instead passes to Danté Exum for a dunk at the buzzer.
Utah Jazz radio voice David Locke sits down with numbers and basketball genius ESPN Insider Kevin Pelton to talk how many threes, who is a championship contender, what offers would he make to Kanter and Burks, and more.