Utah Jazz radio voice and Jazz NBA Insider talks about the week long trip, where the Jazz stand and why what should have worked didn’t
ENPTYING THE NOGGIN
- This is tough. Tough to watch. Tough to watch the guys go through. If you were paying attention you knew this was coming. I suspected we could win 2 of our first 10 and 1 of our next ten. But I don’t think anyone thought we would spend so much time down double digits and at time 20 points or more.
- What I didn’t consider was how a team where every guy, other than Marvin and Richard, is being asked to play a role they have never player before would react to losing. Marvin and Richard have experience everything this league has to throw at them and they are not surprisingly the most consistent of the bunch. On the other hand, the young guys haven’t experienced this before and therefore don’t have any reference point on how to get out of it and what to do next.
- Let’s take Gordon Hayward for example he is in the doldrums right now. He is being asked to do more than he has ever been asked before and time will tell if he can figure out this role or if it is too much for his game. But for the time being he wants desperately to fix everything that is wrong and doesn’t know how. He doesn’t have a reference point of when this happened last time. They are different players but it is worth noting Kevin Durant went through the exact same stretch his first year and he eventually got out of it. Now he can go back to that when he has a few tough nights and know we will get out of it. Hayward will get out this and will have strong stretches this season. Four years from now Hayward will have a bad stretch and he will be able to go back to the experience of getting out of past slumps and in turn will get out it faster. Right now, however, this last longer because he doesn’t know the answer.
- If you look back at this game the Jazz defended very well early. They just couldn’t make a shot. They hit only 2 of 15 to start the night. They held the Thunder in check pretty well and for the quarter had a defensive rating of 90 which is excellent. They trailed by 9 and the game stayed right there for most of the 2nd quarter. Then the Jazz went dry from the 6:00 mark to 1:00 they went 3 for 12 and had two turnovers. The frustration was obvious watching the guys on the floor and they lost their spunk. They lost their confidence and the Thunder put it on a 15-6 run and the game was over.
- In the third quarter the analogy I used on the air was they looked like a golfer who had sliced his last 4 drives out of bounds and was sitting on the tee box just hoping. Rather than rearing back and ripping that drive you trying to coax it onto the fairway and you start to play defensively without any belief. That is what they Jazz looked like in the third quarter. They just don’t have belief and without the experience of how to get out of these struggles it is a nasty combo.
- Jeremy Evans played his third straight sold game and looks like he belongs in an NBA rotation. Next step is to stretch his range out a little to a three point range but his 6 rebounds were terrific and he continues to impress
- Alec Burks had a nice 4th quarter going 3 for 3 after 0 for 5 in the first three quarters
- We have played the most games and the most road games in the NBA. We have had a depleted roster with limited experience and we have played games against the best in the league. There are few teams that would be “winnable” games but we haven’t had many against those teams yet this year. It is a convergence of lots of things swirling right now.
- Lots will be learned in the upcoming weeks (which don’t get a lot easier) and I am excited to see the growth and experience that our players will get out of these tough times. These are good guys. That is very important in times like this.
LASTLY I ALMOST FORGOT – HOW ABOUT RUDY’S BLOCK AND COAST TO COAST DUNK !!!!
Utah Jazz radio team David Locke and Ron Boone look at where the Jazz stand after the loss in OKC.
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EMPTYING THE NOGGIN
- Jazz have got to find a way to play better defense and not be down 20. As impressive as the fight back was in the 2nd half and the improvement of the offense it is all clouded by being back 20 and having the other team disengage from the game.
- Marvin Williams has been super this year. He told me at the start of the year the achillies bothered him most of the year last year but on a new team he didn’t want to miss time. He looks like a different player this year. He adds a tremendous amount to this team and his leadership has been terrific.
- If you look at the Jazz line-up numbers the only line-ups that are working offensively include Marvin at 4 and the Jazz using Marvin as a 4. Garrett seems vital as well . The Favors/Kanter combo that couldn’t score last year can’t score again this year. Last year, it was predominately against 2nd tier talent and this year it is against starters
- Hayward was a shadow of his usual self to open the game off his 1 for 17 night and was 0 for 2 in the first half. Only 2 shots in the 1st half and had been taking 16 shots a game. Finally, he got an open look from his sweat spot the right wing three and he buried it. From that point on he returned to being Gordon. I wonder if he is going to change his game and not force this offensively like he has been. The team needs him to score but going 1 for 17 isn’t going to do anyone any good.
- Interesting move by Dallas in the first half they matched Dalembert on Favors and Dirk on Kanter. This means they were more worried about the offensive game of Favors than Kanter as the Mavericks want to hide Dirk on the defensive end. Kanter went 0 for the first half and never was able to take it to Dirk.
- Kanter in 4 of his last 5 games has taken 1 or fewer free throws. Kanter is also just 23 of his last 55 from the field.
- The Jazz are really struggling to score when Kanter and Favors are on the floor together.
- Very early for this but Jazz offensive rating based on Point Guard on the floor – Garrett 110.1; Burke 101 and Lucas 88.2. Lots of this is impacted by who you are playing with
- Jazz started the second half with Trey Burke, Gordon, Jefferson, Marvin Williams and Favors. Might be time to go with that to create some offense. Hard for Marvin to guard a lot of the 4’s night in and night out. Marvin v. Ibaka and Boozer the next two nights but that becomes Blake and Gasol at some point.
- Derrick Favors has been solid and consistent.
- Alec Burks made some shots tonight.
- Off to OKC where it is not getting an easier .
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