POSTCAST – G-Time puts a Jazz Note on LeBron

INSIDER – Here may be the issue with the Cleveland Cavaliers

The NBA floor has a left side and a right side.  The problem is the Cavaliers need three left sides.

Last year, Kevin Love took 305 left side 3 pointers and only 91 from the right side.  In addition, Love took over 250 left side 2′s and only 90 right side twos.

Here is Love’s short chart

love shot chart

 

Seems like no big deal until you look at where LeBron James was best last year

lebron shot chartLeBron is awesome from the left side, but is below the league average when he has to play on the right side of the floor.

This brings us to Kyrie Irving.   And once again he prefers the left side of the floor

irving shot chartKyrie Irving’s shot chart is almost identical to LeBron James.  The angle right three for both James and Irving is a 27-29% shot.  Irving shot chart is more balanced, but he is better on the left side of the floor.

Not a lot leaning left these days but the Cavaliers three main scores all do when on the basketball floor.

 

 

PODCAST – 2 guys on the Pac-12

Ian Furness and David Locke sit down to discuss the week that was and will be in the Pac-12 Conference.

TIPOFF – November 5 – LeBron is in town

Utah Jazz radio voice and Jazz NBA Insider David Locke gives you a daily conversation, leading off with the NBA 5 and then digging deep on the Utah Jazz.

PODCAST – Get to Know Your Utah Jazz #5 (Jeremy Evans)

Utah Jazz radio voice David Locke sits down with Utah Jazz players to do production pieces for Jazz radio broadcasts, and these interviews have turned into the Get to Know Podcast. Today’s guest is Jeremy Evans.

TIPOFF – November 4 – Flash from Down Under

Utah Jazz radio voice and Jazz NBA Insider David Locke gives you a daily conversation, leading off with the NBA 5 and then digging deep on the Utah Jazz.

EMPTYING THE NOGGIN – Strong night in L.A. for Jazz in loss

  • Strong night for the Jazz. The Clippers hadn’t clicked in yet, and after playing three lackluster games you knew they would be sharp tonight. Lots of things went wrong tonight, and the Jazz fought through them and improved throughout the game. By the end, they were battling the Clippers to the horn.
  • Derrick Favors was limited by foul trouble, and for the Jazz to have a partial performance from their big man and stay in the game is impressive. Favors finished with just six points and three rebounds in 26 minutes. Derrick played nine minutes of the first quarter and had four points and two rebounds. He looked like he was on his way to another substantial night but he played just seven seconds of the second quarter and never found his rhythm.
  • The Clippers hard hedged on the pick-and-roll, which means the big comes out and traps the point guard. This caused a lot of problems for the Jazz early in the game as they committed six turnovers and scored just 20 points in the first quarter. However, the Jazz improved as the night went on, making more and more plays out of the trap and getting more and more open looks. This is a difficult one for the Jazz because they do not play the hard hedge, so they very rarely play against it in practice. Neither Houston nor Dallas play it either.
  • Through four games, Gordon Hayward is averaging 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists per game. He’s shooting 48% from the field, has hit on 37% of his threes and has been perfect from the free-throw line. Tonight, he carried the team when Favors was out. When everyone is asking for leadership, this is a good example of leadership. Tonight, he had 27 points, seven rebounds and five assists. He did commit two turnovers in the fourth quarter.
  • The Jazz went on a 13-0 run in the third quarter to come all the way back from a 15-point deficit in the second quarter to tie the game at 62. The group on the floor was Burke, Burks, Hawyard, Booker and Favors, and when Favors picked up his third foul he was replaced by Kanter. And Hood came in for Burks in the midst of the run. It’s a good sign when a run continues even in the midst of substitutions.
  • The game was tied at 62, 70 and 75. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin came back in the game with 7:33 left in the fourth quarter with the Clippers up 85-82. They promptly stretched the lead to seven at 91-84 with 6:19 left and to nine with 2:52 left.
  • Utah’s bench had a nice night for a road game. Booker was strong again with 12 points, five rebounds and two 3-pointers. Rodney Hood hit two threes and had six points. Danté Exum wowed the crowd with a quick left-hand drive on the left angle with an incredible burst of speed for a layup. Exum finished with seven points, two assists and an awesome blocked shot. Rudy had another solid 15 minutes. He ended up on a Jordan poster, but you have to love that he tries to make those plays.
  • Consider that Exum had eight turnovers the first time he played the Clippers in preseason and tonight he was fine and really was more than fine. That’s remarkable. He has incredible ability to take instruction and integrate it into his game. He made three or four plays with his length. All signs with Danté are pointing upward—it’s just going to take some time. The goal this year is to build the foundation for him to build off in the future. This is as much off the floor as on the floor. There will be times when he is overwhelmed and times when he finds a rhythm. We’ll all want it accelerated, but it is a process and it will be slow.
  • Enes Kanter had a nice offensive night with with 17 points and nine rebounds.
  • Trey is shooting 33% with just two 3-pointers. He’ll get it going. He was trying very hard tonight to make plays.
  • Solid night tonight. Looking forward to the next two at home.

POSTCAST – Boone and Locke review Utah’s strong performance in L.A.

The Utah Jazz radio team of David Locke and Ron Boone recap the Jazz game with POSTCAST.