EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – 1 play somewhere


  • Disappointing loss tonight.   Even without Hayward and Hood for most of the night the Jazz at home should beat a short handed Wolves team.   The jazz had control of the game with a nice 4th quarter surge but allowed the Wolves to score 11 points in their final 4 possessions of the 4thquarter and that sent the game to overtime.


  • In close games this year the Jazz have relied on Gordon Hayward to handle the ball in late game situations and when Gordon couldn’t play v. New York they turned it over to Rodney Hood.  Neither were available tonight and it was really evident.


  • If the Jazz make 1 of the 4 defensive stops they needed late in the game, if the Jazz made some of the free throws they missed early in the game, if the Jazz didn’t allow 36 4thquarter points, if the Jazz didn’t turn it over 18 times tonight we are not talking about Trey Burke.


  • However, they didn’t and Trey Burke went 4 for 22 on a night when the Jazz desperately needed Trey to deliver.   I said on the broadcast I don’t care if Trey shots 20 shots tonight no one else is willing to shoot it and he is going to have to fire.  Had he made 5 the Jazz win.


  • Trey does need to find a way to avoid these brutal shooting nights.   I discussed this earlier this year.  Too often he has terrible shooting nights.  26 out of 70 games this year (37% of games) he has shot 33% or less.  In 18 of 70 games this year he has been at 25% of less (26% of games)


  • Without Hayward, Joe Ingles and Trey Burke were the primary ball handlers and they combined for 11 turnovers.


  • The Wolves double teamed Favors in the post and forced the ball out of his hand.  The Wolves were guarding him with Budinger for a large part of the night and he is much smaller but with a double coming all the time the Jazz were unable to take advantage of mismatch.   With the lack of shooting from many of the Jazz players they were unable to victimize the doubles.  Ingles did a nice job early in making them pay.


  •  Rodney Hood left with Gastointestinal distress.  I don’t know if this is related but last year at Duke he had issue with getting sick before games and in the Clemson game got sick and then came back to hit the game winning shot.  I believe this is not the first time this year for him to experience this but it is the first time he missed time.


  • Trey did a nice job defensively the time he was switched onto Wiggins battling him in the post and denying the ball


  • Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine have sick skills and were both terrific.  The athleticism is amazing and as they learn the game they will be really good.  If Kevin Love leaves Cleveland after 1 season it may go down as the worst trade in NBA history.  Cleveland will have traded one year of Love for a 14 time all-star


  • Elijah was more aggressive driving to the basket tonight.  He made some nice plays and drew some fouls.  He is struggling to finish at the rim.


  • Gobert had 18 points, 17 rebounds (11 on the offensive) and 6 blocks.


  • The Sean Kilpatrick story is pretty special.  Painful when he is not on your side but the idea that he got an NBA contract because he was close enough to an arena in an emergency and then in that contract gets a chance to play because Kevin Martin decided he was uninterested in playing and then he hits 3 three pointers and scores the first 13 points of his NBA career.  Pretty cool.


Gordon Hayward is really important.  Sure glad the Jazz matched that contract.

POSTCAST – Jazz 104, T-Wolves 106 (OT)

David Locke and Ron Boone discuss Monday night’s home overtime loss to Minnesota.

TIP OFF – March 23rd – PAAC Monday, NBA 5 and Hood is Good

Utah Jazz radio voice and Jazz NBA Insider David Locke gives you the  PAAC Monday, the NBA 5 and then digs deep on the Utah Jazz

EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – Every bit as good in person


  •  The Warriors are fabulous.  They are statistically one of the great teams the NBA has seen.  They are one of 7 teams with a differential over 10.  They are #1 in FG% and DFG%.  They are #1 in defensive efficiency and #2 in offensive efficiency (a good game away from #1).  They look every bit the part when you see them in person.


  • The Jazz fought hard.  They stayed in the game for most of the night but the Warriors are on a totally different level.  The Warriors hit you with their explosion and the game is over.  Tonight they hit the Jazz and the Jazz fought back to get into the game but it never felt as though the Warriors weren’t in control or were in any trouble.


  • The Warriors defensive game plan was great.  Bogut would be in the restricted area while Gobert had the ball outside the three point line and they wouldn’t worry about it at all.  Steph Curry didn’t guard Dante Exum.  Curry leaked over into every play never fearing Dante would do anything.   This is exactly how someone should guard the Jazz right now.  The impact is no room for Gordon and every offensive possession becomes a sludge.


  • Rodney Hood was very good.  He is doing some nice things offensively.  He is figuring out how to get where wants to on the floor.  How to hold his ground and when to go and catch.   Hood went 9 for 14 without making a three pointer he finished with 19 points.


  • Trey Burke was an offensive savior from the three point line.  Burke hit 5 of his 11 three point attempts.


  • The Warriors exposed the Jazz weaknesses.  The speed made some of the players look slow.  Their physical presence made some of them look weak and moveable.   This is what great teams do. They play with such force and pace that they expose where your weaknesses are and that is what happened to a few of the Jazz players.


  • Favors was nice in around the rim and hit his first three pointer of his career. Favors really battled inside and worked insanely hard on defense getting switched out on Curry on numerous possessions.   The role of playing the power forward is causing Favors to move a great deal more than as the center and the fatigue factor has to be higher.


  • Gordon Hayward was clearly affected by the fall in LA.  He was not himself.  He was not quick and didn’t have any explosion.


  • Rudy Gobert had a limited impact on the game


  • In the first quarter the Jazz only allowed 3 field goals in the half court and allowed 4 in the fast break.  But as the game went on the Warriors started scoring in the half court as well.  The Warriors are a lot like the Oregon Ducks football team relentlessly coming at you.  They come fast and with lots of weapons and it has to wear you out as the game goes on.  Defensively they rotate perfectly and are always in the correct area.


  • The Warriors top 7 minutes players from last year are back this year and that allows them to have terrific continuity to everything they do even with a new coaching staff.


  • Warriors average 110 points, they got 106.  They average 25 fast break points at home, they got 25.  The Jazz defense was not able to have an impact on the Warriors.


  • This was a great test and reminder of where the Jazz want to go and how far away it is.  The Warriors are the elite team in the NBA.  No one else is close.   They are 33-2 at home.  The Jazz battled played with the Warriors but never for a moment had a chance to win.   This was a great reminder of how long the road still is going to be for the Jazz to the elite of the NBA

TIP OFF – March 20th – Defensive Metrics

Utah Jazz radio voice and Jazz NBA Insider David Locke looks at how defensive metrics showed the Jazz defensive surge was coming

EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – Impressively Stifling Defense for a Tired Team


  •  Tired, worn out, emotionally and physically spent and the Jazz put out an awesome defensive effort.   I get it the Lakers aren’t good.  But they aren’t 73 points not good.  The Jazz defensive rating tonight was around 82 pts allowed per 100 possessions.  The Lakers average 101.  That is a crazy big difference.   To do that when you don’t have an offensive game going, when you are tired and it is hard to play defense is really impressive.  Jazz went over 10 minutes without a field goal and won the game.  That is amazing.


  • I was talking with someone with the Lakers on my way out and he said, dang every shot was contested.   It is a good point.  The Lakers were just 3 of 11 from 3.  They shot 8 of 35 outside of the paint.    Gobert is awesome.  Favors is formidable.  But the defensive growth is more than any one player.  Gordon Hayward told me after the game that the guys are really holding each other accountable and when guys screw up the guys are yelling at each other to get it right.


  • A huge part of the Jazz game is offensive rebounding.  They are #1 in the NBA in offensive rebounds.  The Jazz got 2 offensive rebounds and 0 2nd chance points tonight.  Never thought I would see that with this team.  The Offensive rebound is such a vital part of the offense to lose those points is really hard to overcome.


  • The Jazz were dead early in the game and in the third quarter Hayward did what really good players are supposed to do.  He willed his teammates along the way.   He brought an increased energy level and command on the game and forced his teammates to join along with him.


  • Huge night for Trey Burke.   Dante is 0 for his last 11 and the Jazz needed Trey tonight and he delivered.  Trey kept the in the game in the early 2nd quarter and then made two mammoth plays late in the game.  The split of the pick and roll defense on the low dribble was one of the better plays I have seen from him.


  • Gordon Hayward is averaging 21 points a game since Feb 1st.  when you consider the Jazz are playing only 92 possessions a game and the league is averaging 96  Hayward’s 21 points is probably closer to 22 on an average pace team and 23 or 24 on Golden State or Houston.


  • Tonight Hayward scored 27% of the teams points and had 5 assists.  He accounted for 10 of the 25 field goals and 11 free throws.   He is being a complete stud.  Did I mention his 4 steals?


  • Joe Ingles 3 three pointers were very big tonight.


  • Trevor Booker put up 10 points, 5 rebounds (the only 2 offensive rebounds) and 4 assists.


  • Jazz starting back court was 0 for 11.  Lots of wins have blurred the picture a little bit but this team still has a long way to go and the last two nights from Exum and Hood are a good reminder of how long they still have to go before they have a solid footing every night.


  • Rudy’s streak of 10 consecutive game with 10 rebounds ended tonight.


  • Ron Boone had the TV stats guy chart the Jazz in the last 4 seconds of the shot clock and the Jazz were 4 of 9.  The Jazz for the season are using 11% of their possessions in the final 4 seconds of the shot clock but recently that number is up to 14%.  For the season the next closest is 9%.


  • Winning games when the starting line-up shoots 11 of 36 is really hard.   Harded when that is 1 for 11 from three.


  • Jazz have won 4 of their last 6 they trailed at halftime


  • Solid defensive win.  The defense was crazy good again.  The Lakers never scored over 20 points in a quarter.  They shot 40% and below 30% from 3.    Continuation of lots of really good things taking place.

POSTCAST – Jazz fight off the Lakers

TIP OFF – March 19 – Historically great and Good to Great

Utah Jazz radio voice and Jazz NBA Insider David Locke gives you the NBA 5, loooks at PAAC by position and then digs deep into the Utah Jazz play against Washington