Utah Jazz radio voice and Jazz NBA Insider David Locke gives you the NBA 5 and digs deep on the Utah Jazz.
Jazz Game Rewind takes you back to the key moments of the game, the player of the game, and the stat line of the night. If you missed the game, this will take you through the whole night as though you were there.
• The Cavaliers have won 25 of 26 at home. They have been winning at home by an average of 12 points per game. They have won 41 of 51 since getting Timofey Mozgov. They are the second best team in the NBA. Tonight, the Jazz pushed them to their limit. The Jazz forced LeBron and the Cavs to play a 48-minute game at home.
• The biggest portion of the game for me was when the Cavaliers started to take it to the Jazz from the end of the first quarter to the beginning of the second. The run was 12-3. Last year at the exact same moment of the game, the Cavs went on a 22-3 run. This time the Jazz not only stopped the run but fought all the way back and made it a four-point game at the half with a 9-0 run of their own.
• The Jazz took control of the game in the fourth quarter and led it 91-83—and then LeBron realized the game was in the balance and took over in every aspect. The Jazz still led 95-86 with 7:22 left. LeBron found Love for a three, hit a floater, stole a ball on a poor inbound pass, and drew the foul for a three-point play … and it was a one-point game in the span of 1:17. The Jazz retook the lead by one and then LeBron stole an offensive rebound, hit Jefferson for a driving layup, scored a layup, and hit another layup with a foul to make it a 7-point lead for the Cavs. He was incredible.
• The Jazz lost 18 games by 5 or fewer last year, so this is a recurring discussion, but this doesn’t fall into that same category. Yes, the Jazz offense needs to get better in late-game situations. And yes, the Jazz need to make some better decisions. But this was a highly experienced team built to win a championship playing at home with the best player in the world taking control of the game.
• In the final 5 minutes, the Jazz shot 3-for-8 with two turnovers until the game became a little wacky at the end. If you count the entire five minutes, the Jazz were 5-for-11 with two threes.
• Alec Burks hit four 3-pointers in five attempts. The coaches are working with Alec to shot the three and he is beginning to do it. He had a gorgeous corner three on a fast break.
• The Jazz moved the ball offensively tonight. They had 30 assists on 40 field goalds. Eight players had two or more assists, and seven guys had three or more. Rudy Gobert had a career-high five assists tonight. The nine assists between Gobert and Favors could be an offensive game-changer for the Jazz.
• Trey Burke had another strong game—he is really learning how, when and where to make plays in this league. He’s avoiding the drive into traffic. He’s in much better control with the basketball on the pick-and-roll. He’s taking the spot-up shots that are good ones and avoiding the ones that are forced, and he’s moving the ball.
• The Jazz took away the long passing game of the Cavaliers. They forced a ton of turnovers early and got into passing lanes. The Cavaliers are so talented that they then changed their approach and went to other actions.
• Mo Williams was unreal. Not sure you can beat the Cavs if Mo Williams goes 8-for-9 from the field for 29 points. He didn’t miss. Most impressively, he didn’t try to take over the game; he stayed playing in his space and rolled with the team.
• Gordon Hayward’s defense on LeBron in the first half was terrific.
• Derrick Favors had a great move late in the game, just bogarting Tristan Thompson to the rim for a huge bucket. Another 17 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals for Derrick. He’s really good.
• The Jazz didn’t block a shot. The Cavs had only 40 of their 114 points in the paint.
• I have the game as about 98 possessions, so a poor defensive night for the Jazz to allow 118 points. At the same time, probably our best offensive night of the year.
• Coaches feel good about the progress Trey Lyles is making. They feel he has broken through the thinking stage and is beginning to start playing, and he is playing better.
• Rudy Gobert sprained an ankle. I would suspect the Jazz will be very cautious with this.
• Joe Ingles played 13 minutes and was +7. Didn’t seem like he had a big impact on the game, but when the dude is positive every night you have to start figuring he is doing something right.
• The Cavs are really good. They have the best player in the world. A win would have been great. However, the effort and play of the team were really positive. This is a brutally tough road trip.
• Side note: every flight we’ve had this year has been just crazy bumpy. It’s wearing me out.
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Utah Jazz radio voice and Jazz NBA Insider David Locke gives you the NBA 5 and then digs deep on the Utah Jazz.
• The effort Quin Snyder is getting from the Jazz is just remarkable. Both on the offensive and defensive ends of the floor the level of engagement was fabulous tonight.
• Jazz lead Memphis by 20. That is a blow out in the NBA.
• I’d really rather not single out individual players because this was such a join effort on both ends of the floor. (I will later) The defense is obviously based on the presence of Favors and Gobert but the effort from everyone to execute the game plan was terrific. Dave Joerger before the game talked about how big the Jazz were at the wings as the key to the defense and how much length they can put on the floor.
• With that said Memphis was 17/37 inside 5 feet tonight so obviously Gobert and Favors are game changers.
• The Jazz contested 54 of Memphis 91 shots. Memphis shot just 31.5% on those shots. The Jazz held the Grizzlies to 33% for the game. They allowed just 6 three pointers and only 1 in the first half. Most of the 6 came late when the Grizzlies made a late run.
• The Jazz defensive rating for the season is 90.3. 2 full points better than anyone else in the NBA. The Jazz have yet to play the top offensive teams but it is still impressive.
• The Jazz are doing this while still fouling at an alarming rate. That will not continue so the defense could still get better
• The Jazz allowed 19 points in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter. Under 20 point quarters were a signature of the Jazz defensive prowess last year and it was again tonight .
• Gordon Hayward ran Memphis players off the three point line in the late part of the 4th quarter with an effort level that was second to none. With 1:15 left the game was down to 6 points and Hayward ran Lee off the three point line and forced him into a long 2, which Lee missed
• Going into Thursday’s game Favors lead the NBA in steals, he only played a half so he dropped out of the lead but he had 3 more steals tonight. Rudy Gobert had 4 blocks and leads the NBA in blocks. Then with the score the same off an offensive rebound Hayward ran Conley off the three point line into a long two which he missed. Huge effort plays.
• Derrick Favors was awesome. The work he put in on Zach Randolph and the fight he had to show tonight was incredible. He played 39 minutes while still under the weather. He is the heart and soul of this team. He had 12 points, 16 rebounds, 3 steals and Quin couldn’t have him off the floor.
• Rodney Hood is a really high level engaged defensive player. He had three blocks tonight.
• Triple Wing played 8 minutes tonight and was +6.
• Trey Burke was on fire. He had a career high 6 three pointers. He shot 50% again and scored 24 points. In 4 of the last 5 games Trey Burke has shot 50% or better. He only did that 16 times all of last year and 14 times the year before. His shot selection is a million times better. He is not getting himself in trouble as he did in the past. Trey is 50% from three on the season and has had two half court heaves.
• The level of focus Trey Burke has shown day in and day out on the floor, in practice and in games is significantly different than years past and it is paying off
• Alec Burks opened the game with 2 assists. His ball movement is getting so much better. The Jazz were really good when Alec was on the floor tonight. In the past Alec has had good games and not benefited the team. Tonight was the opposite he did everything to help the team.
• The coaches constently talk about Alec Burks high level of want to. He wants to improve, he wants to be great, he wants to help the team win. It is why this franchise believes in him so much.
• Everyone was good tonight. Neto couldn’t make a shot but the defense when he was on the floor was amazing. He is a pest and breaks the rhythm of the opposing point guard early in the night. It is really valuable. Conley scored early but finished 8 for 25.
• Rudy Gobert was making his 42nd start of his NBA career. He is still learning. He was battling the best center in the NBA and he held his own. Gasol went 4 for 14. Rudy impacted the game in lots of ways. It is super impressive with such a low level of experience.
• Trevor Booker is our Manimal.
• Joe Ingles is shooting 58% and 47% from three and he makes everyone else on the floor better when he is out there. 6 pts in 18 minutes off the bench is subtle but very important. Joe’s play is going to be very key as the season continues.
• Huge test ahead for the Jazz. The best teams in the Eastern Conference in Cleveland, Atlanta and Miami. In addition, the 6th, 7th and 11th best offenses in the NBA so far this year. Plus, Miami and Cleveland are currently top 10 defenses. Orlando seems like the easy one on this trip but it is a back to back and Orlando went 2 OT with OKC, lost to Washington by 1, Bulls by 5 and Houston in OT – those are their 4 losses.
• It is still early. What we saw tonight is what the Jazz can do and how they can play together. This next stretch is tough. There will be more losses than wins between now and December 1st but this team has shown what it can do .
Utah Jazz radio team post game show on the internet
Utah Jazz radio voice David Locke joins DJ/PK for his weekly visit.