EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – All around fabulous


  • WOW


  • That was a big time performance by the Jazz tonight.  The Bulls are bonafide terrific and the Jazz held them to a season low points, a season low FG% and more than anything else took the game to the Bulls and the Bulls didn’t have a response.


  • The Jazz were ahead by 12 going into the 4th quarter.  The Bulls are the #1 2ndhalf team in the NBA.  You could feel the Bulls clamping down and the Jazz putting out a 5 for 23 quarter with 5 turnovers and the game getting away and the exact opposite happened. The Jazz went on a 14-3 run to end the game.  Just terrific.


  • A lot of the excitement is going to be about Rudy and rightfully so.  This was an entire team effort.  So many players I could single out in tonight’s game for terrific play.


  • Everything went wrong to start and the Jazz absorbed it.  Ingles got 2 fouls almost immediately meaning Exum had to play the 2.   Favors got a ticky tack foul for his 2nd and the Jazz were without Favors for over 6 minutes of the first quarter.  With Hayward on the bench in the 2ndquarter the Jazz went 1 for 8.  In the third quarter, the Bulls went on a 8-1 run and the Jazz didn’t freak out they answered.   That is the biggest sign of growth to me is how much this team endured to get through the game and stay in control. That might be the biggest change of all.


  • Yes as crazy as it all seems Rudy Gobert, at 22 years old.  A year after playing just 434 last year he has become a legitimate game changer.   His defense is franchise changing defense.  His multiple effort plays defensively are what separate him from a good defender and could make him a great defender.  The growth is remarkable.  He still needs to get a lot stronger.  He still needs to mature, but the change in the last year or even the last 18 months since he was drafted is out of this world.


  • Tonight Gobert simply took Pau Gasol who was crazy hot out of the game.  By the third quarter Gasol was playing like a stretch 4 in order to take Gobert out of the paint.  The Bulls couldn’t handle Gobertland.   Gasol knows Gobert from this summer and he couldn’t do anything against him.   Every drive in the 1sthalf was altered by Gober.  In the first quarter the Bulls shot 6 of 23 from the field with Gobert on the floor.  By halftime they were 8 of 33 with Gobert on the floor.  With him on the bench the Bulls were 5 of 13.   By the end of 3 quarter the Bulls were 17 of 55 shooting with Gobert on the floor.  (30.1%)  The impact is incredible.


  • The Bulls shot 16 of 39 (41%) in the restricted area.  That is incredible.


  • Trey Burke played really well tonight. He battled on the defensive end against Derrick Rose.  He went at Aaron Brooks.   He finished the night  with an impressive 6 of 13 with 17 points and 4 assists.  He outplayed Derrick Rose.


  • Derrick Favors was a beast tonight.  We talk a lot about Hawyard’s strength increase but Favors is considerably stronger than he has been.  Jazz strength staff is elite.   Favors dropped 20 again tonight.  10thtime this season, equally the same amount he had all of last year.  Favors had 20 points and 11 rebounds going against the defensive player of the year Joakim Noah.  Favors was 7 of 11 in the paint.  He was the stronger man.


  • Gobert’s offense is not refined but going 5 for 8 with 11 points is a good offensive game. There is a real value to having a dunker.   Tyson Chandler and Brandon Wright are good offensive players.  We get lost needed moves and range when the point of the game is to score points and 8 shots for 11 points is scoring at a nice level.


  • Millsap played very hard tonight.


  • Gordon Hayward played Jimmy Butler to at least a draw.  With 5 assists and 4 rebounds Hayward may have out played him.


  • Joe Ingles is a wonderful complimentary player – 7 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists.  You rarely see him get in defensive problems.  Trevor Booker is playing nicely off the bench in the last few games and was very strong tonight.


  • A wonderful night.  Jazz have won 7 of 11.  The Favors pass to Gobert for the dunk on the high low was the play of the night or was it the Favors dunk or was it the Booker’s shot, or was it Trey’s corner 3 or was it ………

POSTCAST – January 7th – UnBullleavable night in Chicago

TIPOFF – January 7 – NBA 5, Favors/Gobert and Bulls play set

Utah Jazz radio voice and Jazz NBA Insider David Locke gives you the NBA 5, then talks about the value of 3-point shooters, Favors/Gobert and a Bulls play set, plus answers your questions.

POSTCAST – Jazz battle to end v. Pacers


TIPOFF – June 6 – Nerves and trade breakdown

Utah Jazz radio voice and Jazz NBA Insider David Locke gives you the NBA 5 looking at the OKC/CLE/NYK trade, and then digs deep on the Utah Jazz.

EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – Shorthanded but high on effort

  • Great fight by the Jazz tonight. They were shell shocked early as the jitters got to the young kids making their first starts and first NBA appearances. 31-16 after one quarter. From the point on, the Jazz played really hard and for the second and third quarters they just couldn’t get a run of plays linked together. They made plenty of really good plays but they couldn’t get them to create a run.
  • The run finally came in the fourth quarter but impressively right after the Jazz got it to four points the Pacers went on an 8-0 run. Lavoy Allen made two great defensive plays on Derrick Favors and Solomon Hill picked off a poor Gordon Hayward pass for a layup (and one) on the other side and the Pacers were back in control. Yet, the Jazz battled it to the final plays of the game losing by four.
  • One of my biggest pet peeves is coaches not shooing the three when they are supposed to late in games. Too many coaches take the easy two because it feels good but it has no positive impact on your win probability. Quin Snyder does it correctly. It’s so refreshing. There are going to be games when we shoot a three with 40 seconds left and the game is over because we missed, but it is a better play than shooting the two and still being out two possessions. The chances of winning these games is almost nil, but Quin is increasing them by playing the final seconds correctly.
  • Danté Exum looked a bit overwhelmed to start. He was 1-for-6 in the first quarter and 0-for-4 on threes. He got it going a bit in the third but neither he or nor Ian Clark had an assist tonight. The Jazz missed Trey Burke just as much in this one as they did when he was hurt last year.
  • Impressed by the 5 rebounds and 4 assists by Elijah Millsap. If you’re a five-year D-League player you are not going to come into the NBA and score 20. You have to find a niche where you can contribute and he did that tonight.
  • Joe Ingles became the playmaker with Clark and Exum not being able to create. He finished with 8 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Super all-around game in 37 minutes.
  • Huge burden on Favors (43 minutes) and Hayward (41 minutes) tonight. Both answered the bell. Would like Hayward to have more of an impact earlier in the game. Again, what are we asking? He had 24-7-3 but it feels like he was too absent early on. However, what I’m asking is for him to put up 30-10. That’s just stupid so maybe it is unfair to request that. Maybe the other side of the story is that defenses are built entirely to stop him with our current roster situation and Gordon is working his way through the game and figuring out how to put up numbers and he is finding a way every night. If it’s the latter then this is an incredible accomplishment and a huge growth step.
  • Favors had 27-11-1-2 tonight. HUGE!!! And he nailed two clutch free throws. I’m such a big Derrick Favors fan.
  • Don’t care about Exum’s poor shooting tonight but the zeroes in assists, steals and rebounds shouldn’t exist.
  • Gobert effect tonight courtesy of Tyson Ewing: With Gobert on the floor, the Pacers shot 20-for-44 (45%) and with him on the bench they shot 15-for-30 (50%). It’s established that he is a great defensive impact player. The future is the Jazz learning how to score with him. With Gobert on the floor tonight the Jazz were 21-for-46 (46%), and with him off the floor they were 14-for-35 (40%).
  • Two plays that showed the difference in age in these two teams. Indiana in major trouble with Stuckey trapped in the backcourt and veteran David West calls a timeout. On the inbound with only seven seconds left on the shot clock, Stuckey takes the inbound and dribbles into a trailing Danté Exum to draw a foul that Jazz didn’t need to commit. Huge swing. Veteran v. rookie.
  • Overall great effort and lots of interesting experiences. Trey Burke and Enes Kanter are traveling on the upcoming trip. Hopefully they can get healthy. Playing without three of your starters (and four of your top seven rotation players) on an already thin roster, this was a strong performance.

TIPOFF – Jan 5 – Fabuluous defensive trends

Utah Jazz radio voice and Jazz NBA Insider David Locke gives you the NBA 5 about Cleveland and Portland, and then digs deep into Rudy Gobert and Utah’s improved defense.


  •  Jazz have won 6 of 9.
  • Hard to decide where to start. Do you start with Trey Burke’s incredible bounce back or the pure domination of Rudy Gobert? I’m going to start with Trey. What Trey did tonight is really special. He has always had a special moxie to him. To come out after the game he had the night before and be firing and playing without fear is awesome. He didn’t miss tough shots the other night. He was wide open. Tonight he may have been less open on his opening looks. This amazes me. I asked Ron Boone about it and he says that is what you have to do—if you’re a quarterback and you throw five picks you still have to make the next throw. Ok, I got that but it’s still remarkable and it’s what separates professional athletes. Interestingly, the rest of Trey’s game was super as well: 6 rebounds and 6 assists.
  • The defensive impact of Rudy Gobert is undeniable. Tonight was as impactful as he has ever been. His third quarter was just awesome. Pure domination. 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 blocks. Are you kidding? The Wolves shot 3-for-14 in the paint in the quarter. For the night, Gobert changed the game every time he stepped on the floor. When he was on the floor, the Wolves shot 20-for-58 (34%). When he was on the bench, they shot 14-for-28 (50%). There has been a difference all season long but this extreme. Some of this has to do with the opponent. As the Jazz have played better teams recently they have dealt with Rudy and understood how to attack a rim defender, but Minnesota is not at that point.
  • Trevor Booker had a career-high 6 assists tonight. He was terrific with his energy, and his passing was obviously vital. Booker also snagged a season-high 15 rebounds. This was much-needed without Enes Kanter, and playing on the second unit with Jeremy Evans. Evans had the first game-changing impact stretch. The Jazz went on a run early in the second quarter when Jeremy hit his first career 3-pointer and made a few other plays to spark the Jazz to a lead they would never relinquish.
  • Minnesota is really bad right now. They simply don’t have the talent or the experience to win games and barely have enough to compete. Without Martin, Pekovic and Rubio they don’t have the talent to win. Every one of our players was better than the guy they matched up on and therefore had very good nights.  Sometimes it’s that simple.
  • Ian Clark busted out three 3-pointers tonight. Really excited for Ian.
  • Minnesota had six fast-break points the entire night and none in the second half.
  • Overall, the story of tonight is effort and belief. This team has believed it’s making progress all season. Even during the losing streak it never felt hopeless and it never felt like a losing streak. Instead, there was a feeling it would turn around. It has. It’s still going to be tough. The thin roster with the injuries to Alec and Rodney is going to show up when the Jazz play.
  • Sorry this was late being posted. I was showing Ron Boone all of my shot locations excel spreadsheets. He will never admit, but I think he might have been interested. It has some very exciting information about what the Jazz are doing defensively. I will share them on TIPOFF on Monday.