EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – The race to get out of town

EMPTYNG THE NOGGIN
• Sorry no postcast tonight. We exited the building as quickly as possible and as I type this are hoping to get out of here before the snow cripples another Northeastern city. It is snowing hard outside right now. We are about to roll out, get de-iced and hopefully be airborn for a 4 hour plus journey home. This is the most exciting part of the night. It is certainly closer that the game.

• The Jazz torched the Nets defense. The Nets were hedging the pick and roll. This means taking their big out to the ball handler and almost doubling the ball. The Jazz big was slipping the pick and the Jazz guard was quickly get the ball to the rolling big and it was killing the Nets. The Nets were slow brining the next guy over and then the big was able to pass to the corner if they wished or finish at the rim. The Jazz took full advantage of the Nets defensive deficiencies

• Ton of Jazz players had good games.

• Even early in the game when the Jazz were turning the ball over and not making shots the Jazz it was clear if the Jazz stuck with the plan they would be able to get what they wanted on almost every position

• Defensively the Jazz had a problem early in the game and then they changed their coverage a little and played it a bit softer and it derailed the nets offense.

• The Nets were disinterested in the game.

• Trey Lyles is 19 of 40 from 3 this year – 1 short of 50%. I am surprised when it doesn’t go in

• Rodney Hood has hit 27 straight free throws.

• I don’t know if I think Brook Lopez is a helpful player

• Jazz did a much better on the defensive glass tonight. Over the last 10 games they were worst defensive rebounding team in the NBA.

• Gordon Hayward equaled his season high with 9 assists. 8 for 12 shooting, 22 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists. He is doing this every night.

• Love Rodney Hood taking 7 free throws.

• That is about it. Hopefully we get home.

EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – Jazz fall in OT to the Knicks, but second-half D is issue

• Yes, these sting. Another overtime. Another close lose. Another game where the Jazz lead for a a good deal of the game and couldn’t close it. These sting.

• Jazz are making an incredible amount of shots late in games. How these last two games have gotten to overtime or the Sacramento game got to the final Rudy Gay shot is almost impossible. Today it was Trey Burke and Rodney Hood with 3s, Gordon with all three free throws. It really defies all logic that the Jazz have stayed in these games.

• Focus on this game should be on the 62 point Knick 2nd half. Nothing late in the game cost the Jazz the game. The 62 point 2nd half cost the Jazz the game.

• In the first half the Jazz were brilliant not allowing the Knicks to the free throw line, not allowing offensive rebounds and not allowing fast break points. At the half the Knicks had 1 FTA, 2 2nd chance points and 1 fast break basket for a 3.

• In the second half Robin Lopez lead the charge and the Jazz weren’t able to control the same items. Remember Rudy is coming off the MCL he played 44 minutes the other night in Charlotte and tonight he very well may have been playing on dead legs and worn out as the night went on. If he was on dead legs tonight then his effort was through the roof. Really quite awesome actually.

• Rodney Hood was marvelous. Rodney is 1 of 4 players in his draft class playing 30 minutes a night and he is a bonafide scorer. He knocked down the 3 tonight, he took advantage of mismatches. He plays with such patience and control. It is amazing that he is just a 2nd year player. He came into the league a little older with 3 years of college but he is still going to improve and understand the game.

• The Jazz struggled defending the point guard again tonight. Langston Galloway late in the game got way too many open looks.

• The Jazz were shading to Carmelo side to cut off his drive and Carmelo unselfishly passed over the top to open shooters and the Knicks knocked down shots. Carmelo has really struggled late in game this year and tonight he was willing to make the pass

• On Postcast I described Gordon’s play like going out to an amazing restaurant and then getting a bad dessert. The appetizer is amazing, the main course is through the roof. It would be nearly impossible to ask for anything more but then you get to the desert and it is not what you had hoped for it is and it leaves a poor taste in your mouth as the last memory. The rest of the meal was out of this world but you leave thinking about the desert that wasn’t as you hoped.

• Gordon has really been incredible the last few games.

• Quin altered things and tried to avoid ever having only one of Trey Burke, Rodney Hood and Gordon Hayward on the floor together at a time. Those are the only three scorers we have right now and if only one of them is on the floor it has been really hard for this team to score.

• Some big shots by Trey Lyles late in the game. He is going to be a really important piece.

• Carmelo 2nd half was really good.

• Jazz killed Carmelo on the pick and roll all 1st half. Melo says he watched film at halftime to figure it out. Not sure if that is why but the Jazz didn’t get the same actions in the 2nd half.

• Tough way to start this trip. An extra 15 minutes of basketball and nothing in the win column to speak for it.