TIPOFF – March 16 – NBA 5, PAAC, switching

Utah Jazz radio voice and Jazz NBA insider David Locke gives you the NBA 5 and then looks into the Utah Jazz.

EMPTYING THE NOGGIN

  • Close game, late game wins are important for this team.  Jazz came into to tonight’s game at 10-16 in games decided by 6 or less.  They are the 2nd lowest FG% and 2ndlowest 3pt% team in the final 5 minutes of a game within 5 points.   To have success in those circumstances are important for the Jazz.
  • Playing Exum, Hood, Hayward, Favors and Gobert for most of the final 5 minutes the Jazz had 7 point lead until Jackson hit a prayer of a 3 point ball.  Then the Jazz committed back to back turnovers and the game was down to 2 with 3:48 left.  Hayward hit a shot, Favors missed and the game was 2 points with 2:36 left.  Favors split two free throws and then the Jazz got clutch.  Rodney Hood it a 10 foot pull up on the left side, Hayward missed a 9 foot drive but came back with a dunk off a Gobert pass on a backdoor cut and then Trey entered for the key offensive possession and in a 1 point game hit a runner on the left side of the floor to put the Jazz up 3.

 

  • Jazz shot 4 of 6 in the final 5 minutes and scored on 5 of 9 possessions.  Huge growth.

 

  • Derrick Favors has been an unreal beast in the 4th quarters since the all-star break.  Tonight he scored 11 points in the 4th.  Second most of his NBA Career.  He is posting up with authority.  He is posting up quicker in a possession.  He has a control of where is shot is going to come from.  He has added a legitimate enough mid range jumper that it has to be respected.   He was 3 of 5 in the 4th quarter tonight and is now 25 of 39 in the 4th quarter since the all-star break.

 

  • Dante Exum played 32 minutes tonight and has now played 128 minutes in the last 4 games.  He finished with 8 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists.  He hit 2 three’s, had a huge floater in the lane and made the play of the night sprinting the length of the floor for a ball in back court catching it and finding Rodney Hood for the lay-up.  His speed was incredible on the play.

 

  • Rudy Gobert hit Gordon Hayward on a back cut dunk with :37 seconds left on a busted play that put the Jazz up 3 that was awesome.  Gobert got the ball on the left sideline with 8 on the shot clock and looked to be in trouble and Hayward back cutted to the basket and got a gorgeous pass from Rudy and finished with a dunk.

 

  • Ho Humm Rudy did it again.  10 points, 19 rebounds, 1 assists, 1 steal and 2 blocks.  This is absurd but he is doing it every night.

 

  • The Pistons shot 16 of 40 in the paint.  The Pistons take 53% of their shots in the paint and tonight the paint was closed.

 

  • This game was played in sludge.  The game had 10 fast break points.  Their were very few fast break opportunities.   This game had about 88 possessions tonight.  Super slow.

 

  • Jazz committed 17 turnovers tonight which is a ton when you realize how few possessions there were.  The Pistons were physical and got into the Jazz bodies and disrupted what they wanted to do.  They played the exact same way Boston and LA did on the pick and roll and it caused the Jazz some real issues.

 

  • Rodney Hood 12 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals in 33 minutes.

 

  • This team is still learning how to win.   These wins are a big deal.  The streak and the momentum this team is on is terrific.  There are still lots of tweaks and steps that need to take place for this team to keep growing and the Pistons exposed a lot of them but the end result was huge growth winning a close game

POSTCAST – Jazz beat the Pistons in late game win

EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – Get very excited

  • Wow. Quin Snyder said before the game this was a barometer test for the Jazz. If this was a barometer …
  • I can get really crazy with optimism right now. Is this team next year’s Hawks team? If they really are a top-3 defensive team, then where can they go? If Quin has turned this team into a top-15 offensive team, what can he do with a team that could actually shoot the ball? Is this a playoff team next year? Is this a team that could host a playoff game sometime soon?
  • Jazz started Exum, Hood, Hayward, Favors and Gobert started tonight.  This could be the  starting line-up for a long time.   Now you find the puzzle pieces that go with those 5.  It is not perfect but it has a lot of aspects of a great starting line-up.  It is crazy long.  Defensively all 5 players are going to be above average defensively.  Favors can switch allowing the Jazz to switch 1-4.  Favors and Gobert are athletic enough to shadow ball handlers off the pick and roll.    It has two shooters with Hood and Hayward (Exum will be a really good spot up shooter as well).  It has three pick and roll ball handlers who can drive and pass.   It has left handed and right handed pick and roll players who can come from both sides of the floor.  It has 5 willing passers.  Favors can stretch just far enough that they can create spacing.    This is a super line-up.  This is the future.
  • The Rockets offense is predicated on the drive to the basket to create the kick out for the corner 3 and Rudy and Favors eliminated the drive to the basket.   With 9 minutes left the Rockets were 17 of 31 shooting in the paint and 7 of 25 from 3.   The jazz had taken the Rockets completely out of their game.
  • Rudy was amazing.  He had 18 rebounds in the first half.  He is the 5thplayerdo that in the first half of game since 1980.   The Jazz completely dominated the offensive glass and Gobert had 12 offensive rebounds.  The jazz ended with 17 offensive rebounds.
  • Rudy had 19 points and 22 rebounds.  I am not sure what to say about him.  He is an unreal athlete.  He plays with amazing fire.  He wants to be the best who has ever played the game.  He is a franchise changing player.  He will be a dominating defensive force in this league as long as he stays healthy and the Jazz will be a top 5 defensive team for as long as they have Rudy.
  • All 5 Jazz starters scored in double figures.
  • The defensive plan on Harden was awesome.   Harden scored 2 field goals in the 1st quarter and then got his next field goal with 7:30 left in the 4th quarter.  He finished 3 of 13.  He never had a rhythm.  He couldn’t get to the rim with Favors and Gobert.
  • The Jazz held the Rockets to 22% from 3 tonight, 7 of 32.  They are holding teams since the all-star break to 29%.   Seems unlikely that this is sustainable.  This will have to come back near the norm.
  • This whole thing and not a mention of Gordon Hayward 29 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists.   That is absurd.  Harden who?   29 !!!.  Quin said it today.  Hayward is a warrior.  His leadership is showing on nights like this as well.  He was not right and he battled.
  • Rodney Hood got the start tonight and brought 3 of 8 from three. Players who shoot a ton of threes are undervalued in this league. That is what Rodney Hood can be in this league. He can bomb and still have enough other skills to get to the rim.
  • Jazz started on a 7-0 run and led it 22-10 and never looked back. A wire-to-wire job by the Jazz.
  • Be excited. This team is good. Maybe really good.

POSTCAST – Jazz vs. Rockets

TIPOFF – March 12 – Blastoff and smoothing

Utah Jazz radio voice and Jazz NBA Insider David Locke gives you the NBA 5 with smoothing talk and then digs deep on Jazz v. Rockets.

TIPOFF – March 11 – NBA 5 and no G-Time

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

EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – Jazz notch another win

  • Ugly is the new beautiful. This one was not for the faint of heart, but it’s a win and the Jazz have now won 3 straight, 6 of 7, and 10 of their last 13.
  • Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert were the two best players on the floor tonight.  Favors dominated the game early with 20 points in the first half and finished with his second-highest point total of his career with 29 points. Plus he added 12 rebounds.
  • Rudy had his impact again—10 points and 14 rebounds to go with 3 steals and 4 blocks. Gobert played 38 minutes.
  • The Jazz really struggle offensively without Gordon Hayward and tonight was no different.
  • Two 50-50 plays changed the game tonight. the Jazz were up 80-77 when a loose ball rebound was batted around, and after an extended battle, Gobert cleared the rebound. Favors scored on the next possessions and Rodney Hood followed, and the Jazz were up seven instead of the Knicks with the ball in a three-point game.
  • Then it got nervous. Hood missed with 1:00 left and the Knicks had the ball within five points, but Danté Exum stole the ball from behind and the Jazz maintained possession and control of the game.
  • Hood did a lot of the ball-handling tonight late with Hayward not playing.
  • Joe Ingles scored seven straight points in the key portion of the fourth quarter to help the Jazz to the lead they never relinquished.
  • Trey Burke was as off as I’ve seen him in a long time. This is not good. Quin rewarded Trey with a starting spot with Gordon out and he didn’t take the challenge. Instead, he was out of sorts and shot 1-for-11 and just 3-for-6 from the line.  Everything was off the front rim.
  • Trey has to stop having nights like this. Trey has had 20 games where he’s shot 30% or less (32% of his games) and 15 games where he has shot 25% or less (24% of his games). You can’t have games like this every third of fourth time out.
  • Knicks are very poor. Thursday against Houston will be great.