TIPOFF—March 26—Your questions dominate the show

TIPOFF—March 25—Dissecting the defense

EMPTYING THE NOGGIN—Uncontested shots again

  • If Richard Jefferson had hit any of the three open 3-pointers he missed to open the game, would the energy and the night have been different?  You never know, but I doubt it.
  • The Jazz got outworked tonight.
  • The Jazz defense has been on a steady decline for the month of March and this was the nadir.  The Pistons came in 27th offensively over the last 10 games, they were 27th in FG%, they had been shooting 31% from the three point line and tonight they shot 55%, 53% from three scored 114 points.   Crazy
  • Jazz were +1 with Kanter and Favors on the floor together tonight in 19 minutes and -21 the rest of the game. The Jazz shot 15-for-34 (and 5-for-15 from 3-point range) with Kanter and Favors on the floor tonight.
  • We talked all night on the broadcast about how bad the Pistons are with both bigs on the floor and how good they are with one of the two on the floor. Tonight this proved true as well. In the 17 minutes Drummond and Monroe were together, the Pistons were -5. In the other 31 minutes they were +25.
  • The Jazz had no fast-break points until the 4:20 mark of the third quarter.
  • Gordon Hayward was the bright spot with 32 points and six assists tonight.
  • The Jazz were 13-for-44 (29.5%) on uncontested shots tonight. The Pistons were 22-for-42 (52.3%) on uncontested looks. That is a minimum of 18 points in a 20-point game.
  • Marvin can’t make a three right now. Everything is front rim. He was 1-for-5 and is now 9 for his last 45 from deep.
  • Favors reverted back to being inconsistent. Thurl Bailey said on our broadcast that we have seen how much the Jazz miss Favors when he doesn’t play, and tonight should count as one of those nights.
  • No bench spark without Alec Burks.
  • See you Wednesday night.

POSTCAST—Locke and Boone on a Simpsons edition

TIPOFF—March 24—How many Devars can you have in one day?

POSTCAST—Boone gives Trey some major love


  • This was an ugly game. If you could envision a game between one team on a six-game losing streak versus another team with a seven-game losing streak with both teams missing important pieces, then you have this one. Neither team scored for the final 3:58 of the third quarter. The Jazz went on a 5-0 run that lasted over six minutes of basketball. Both teams spent most of the night shooting under 40%. That’s all you need to know about everything but the final plays of the game.
  • Trey Burke hit the game-winning 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds left from the right corner. Gordon Hayward drove the floor and brought the defense to him and bounced it to the wing, where Burke had slid down to make himself available before burying the shot. The underanalyzed part of this play is that Trey went to the right spot and made himself available for the shot and then he was ready to shoot.  Oladipo came flying at him and Burke still was able to make the shot.
  • Trey was 2-for-12 going into the final five minutes of the game and he went 3-for-3 in the final five minutes of the game. The kid is crazy clutch. In the final five minutes of games this season he has been unreal. He has hit 30-for-57 from the field and 15-for-26 from 3-pointe range, plus 100% from the free-throw line. The most amazing part of this to me is that he does this in games where he’s not playing well—and he still makes the shots.
  • Tyrone Corbin managed the final portion of the game perfectly. Corbin and Hayward talked as Arron Afflalo was at the line and got what they wanted—and then when the referees stopped the game for a moment, Corbin brought the team together for a quick explanation of what they wanted and they got it done. Also, the Jazz played for two when they should and lengthened the game eventually got the missed free throw by Afflalo.
  • Richard Jefferson was awesome in the first quarter with 17 points. Must have been fun for him to go back in time.
  • Let’s pretend we never saw the first 45 or so minutes of the game.

TIPOFF—March 21—League-wide uncontested shots, and what would Silver do?

Utah Jazz radio voice and Jazz NBA Insider David Locke looks at how the NBA can use the NCAA model, and then digs into Utah’s uncontested shots this season and league-wide numbers on uncontested shots.

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