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Preseason Game 8 of 8: Utah Jazz vs. Phoenix Suns (5-3)

October 25, 2014


And to add insult to injury, this game was streamed by the Jazz but the NBA made them lock the stream to a 75-mile radius.

At least we (or I) got this laugh out of it:

Random Stuff, etc.
** People still keeping their mouthpiece behind their ear: Enes Kanter (H/T @seanp33):

** The pink grandmas, even more totes adorbs than usual (H/T @5kl):

Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** David Locke: Rodney having a hard time getting it in. (H/T @5kl)

Utah Jazz vs. Phoenix Suns: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

October 25, 2014
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Bright Side of the Sun.

Come on, people. Get into this game!
Just because it’s the last game of preseason, completely meaningless, not televised, Friday night, and there’s a World Series game is no reason to ignore it!

by East Bay Ray on Oct 24, 2014 | 5:13 PM

streaming on Utah Jazz site, but not in my region. Fuckers
by DragonBlade on Oct 24, 2014 | 6:10 PM

We are absolutely going to get beasted inside all year
unless we make a move

by MIDNI6HT SUN on Oct 24, 2014 | 6:15 PM

We just can’t stop anyone inside
by MIDNI6HT SUN on Oct 24, 2014 | 6:19 PM

Gameplan for all Suns opponents this year
pound the ball inside. There will be no resistance.

by MIDNI6HT SUN on Oct 24, 2014 | 6:27 PM

it sounds like
Len is getting a lot of boards.
haha with audio only, can start every sentence with “it sounds like”

by malgus on Oct 24, 2014 | 6:41 PM

sounds like
he also needs to stop fouling

by Bambarra on Oct 24, 2014 | 6:42 PM

well this one might be in the deep freeze already
jazz are ’uge and len and plumlee are in foul trouble so they will offer less resistance than usual.
Doomed I say.

by malgus on Oct 24, 2014 | 6:51 PM

How is it 2014 and I can’t even get a simple illegal stream
get your shit together Utah

by Suave_Monkey on Oct 24, 2014 | 7:12 PM

why can’t we just get damn legal stream of these games by now?

by Cold Bleded on Oct 24, 2014 | 7:15 PM

Dunno if it’s just a bad stream but I’m hearing some fan in the back doing the best dead cat impersonation.
by endless_autumn_ on Oct 24, 2014 | 8:24 PM

So how is Plumlee’s new jump shot looking?
by BenchSplinters on Oct 24, 2014 | 8:30 PM

it sounds good to me
by malgus on Oct 24, 2014 | 8:35 PM

by endless_autumn_ on Oct 24, 2014 | 8:38 PM

We won while shooting 25% from three. I don’t know whether to happy or scared.
by Daredevilish on Oct 24, 2014 | 8:36 PM

Bits from The Trey Burke Show, 10/21

October 23, 2014
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You didn’t play in the last game. How are things with you?
Everything’s good. Coach [Quin] Snyder just came to me the morning of the game, and said, you know, he felt like, you know, I could use a rest today. He wanted Dante [Exum] to, you know, get more minutes, and Ian [Clark] to play more time at the point guard position…

I felt like I could’ve learned by watching. You know, last year, after I got hurt, I learned a lot by watching from the sidelines, so it’s kind of an opportunity to, you know, actually see the game from a different view. I think I was able to learn, you know, as well.

In your opinion, can you and Dante Exum coexist on the floor?
Yes, I believe so. You know, Dante, he’s a versatile guard. You know, he can play two positions. You know, at times when I do come off the court, he can play the “one.” And even when we’re on the court, at times he can play the point guard position and I can play off the ball.

So, I definitely think so. You know, it’s not gonna be easy at first, you know, obviously with him, you know, this being his first year and him having to make adjustments. So, it’s something that we can continue to work on, you know, as a tandem.

What do you think Dante has done well in this preseason so far?
Well, I think he’s definitely done a great job at, you know, being himself out there on the court. You know, I, at times I tell him to, you know, kind of slow down, and you know, just to play and relax.

You know, as a rookie, you know, this being your first year in the NBA, that’s something that I went through last year. Going out on the court, and you know, sometimes trying to do too much and then at times, you know, kinda getting discouraged, you know, if things weren’t going my way.

But he’s definitely been himself. He’s relaxed on the court, you know, since summer league. He’s slowed down more than anything, because with his size, he doesn’t have to play, you know, as fast as he thinks he does. You know, he can get into the paint and make plays, you know, when he wants to.

So, that’s something that I try to continue to encourage him on, just try to, you know, make plays for the team. You know, get in the paint and do what you do best. Just be yourself out there.

Quin Snyder said your defense has become the definition of your game. Is that something you take pride in? Are you glad to hear him say that?
Yeah, I’m definitely glad. It’s something that I do take pride in. You know, I know my, in, you know, I know I can be a good defender. And you know, last year, you know, at times I’d die on the pick and roll, and that’s where, you know, I needed to get better at.

So you know, this summer, coach Snyder came in and he kinda challenged me on it. So, it was something that I, you know, made a conscious effort to get better at, you know, in practice. And now I have to continue to, you know, get better at playing defense and it’ll carry over to e–other things. (1320)

Preseason Game 7 of 8: Utah Jazz at Oklahoma City Thunder (5-2)

October 22, 2014


Utah Jazz at Oklahoma City Thunder: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

October 22, 2014
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Welcome to Loud City.

The last game thread posted was eight days ago for the Thunder’s first preseason game. Shoutout to the one fan who commented his/her way through the game on the newest post on the site (an article on the Thunder’s championship window closing and contending with bad luck) all by his/her lonesome.

It may just be me but everytime I see Chesapeake Arena my mind reorganises it to Cheapskate Arena?
Is it dyslexia or a Freudian slip of some sort – projecting my doubts over ownership’s financial commitment?

by Mullayo on Oct 21, 2014 | 7:05 PM

Jazz starters
Trey Burke
Alec Burks
Gordon Hayward
They’re projected as a 25 win team with a deep bench but below average starters apart from Hayward and Favours.
There are also doubts Favour and Kanter can co-exist like Josh Smith, Drummond and Monroe don’t.
Thunder switch positions with Morrow and Roberson (must be on Hayward not worried by Burkes so much)
Russ, Morrow, Roberson, Ibaka, Adams

by Mullayo on Oct 21, 2014 | 7:09 PM

Down 21-12
Aussie Dante Exum in the game – two on the court should be some kind of rule against it.
Poor refs having to hear them.

by Mullayo on Oct 21, 2014 | 7:29 PM

Russ got two steals and dunks to make it 22-16. Timeout Jazz.
7ft9in wingspan of Rudy Gobert is out there. He’s improved.

by Mullayo on Oct 21, 2014 | 7:32 PM

Rudy Gobert rejected Adams hook shot with his freakish reach
by Mullayo on Oct 21, 2014 | 7:42 PM

Kanter has 16, Favours 11 – maybe they CAN work around each other.
Kanter looks a little slimmer, Gobert has filled out and Favours is about the same.
Hayward has been shut down probably by Roberson but I haven’t been watching him.
Maybe they’ve got so much success in the lane they haven’t needed him.

by Mullayo on Oct 21, 2014 | 8:22 PM

Both teams just using 10 man rotations
This almost feels like a real game in starters minutes etc…. and we’re getting beat by a 25-win team.

by Mullayo on Oct 21, 2014 | 8:38 PM

Adams giving Morrow instructions
Something he’s been doing a lot lately to the newer players.
Wonder what the Jazz want for Gobert?

by Mullayo on Oct 21, 2014 | 8:45 PM

Rodney Hood by name hood by nature 4 fouls in 14mins
by Mullayo on Oct 21, 2014 | 8:47 PM

Gobert just grabbed Adams and swung him round for a do-si-do and a foul.
then did it all over again. Adams bad at the line again 3 of 6. 7pts
85-69 3rd quarter over.

by Mullayo on Oct 21, 2014 | 8:50 PM

Kanter is a handfull and has 21, Trey Burke 18 has improved his scoring efficiency 7-14
by Mullayo on Oct 21, 2014 | 8:55 PM

Skinny Kanter looking like a star scorer. Gobert and Trey Burke improved. Favour and Hayward.
Maybe they’re not such easybeats. Might win 35-games.

by Mullayo on Oct 21, 2014 | 9:28 PM

Nitpicky footnotes on an off-day

October 21, 2014

From Hang Time Blog:

“Staying healthy is a skill” is the way some old-school types have put it, and while that might be too broad — neglecting simple ingredients such as luck and good genes — there is no doubt that durability is an asset. To a player and to his team. …

One way to gauge the durability of players is to check the rate at which they “showed up” for their teams on a given night. Call it a player’s “availability average,” as determined by his appearances as a percentage of his team’s total games during the same period.


I just wanted to add that Karl Malone’s availability average during his 18-year career with the Jazz was 99.3 percent, which would put him at the top of the list. Karl played 1,434 of 1,444 regular season games, and only six of the 10 games were missed due to injury. Four were due to league suspensions. And Karl would have played in at least two of the six injury games but was overruled by Jazz trainer Don Sparks on one occasion.

As for John Stockton…

stockton nash

If you want to read more along these lines on this gameless day, I suggest this post.

Game 6 of 8: Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Lakers (4-2)

October 20, 2014

Post-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder, post-game
[29 turnovers] is obviously too many, and I think, you know, they were aggressive in their pick-and-roll defense early in the game, and we did a good job of moving the ball and not trying to fight it…We just weren’t very tough with the ball, not very tough-minded, and that’s what happened…It was kind of a, one of those, you know, Jekyll and Hyde things. We, I thought there was a number of guys that played very well the first half–like I said, when the ball moved. And when people started trying to do too much on their own, you run the risk of hap–that happening, especially against a team that’s playing hard.
** Snyder, asked whether giving players rest was worth it
Well, I’ve kinda maintained all along that this is a growth process for us. So if we can learn from this, whether it be Dante Exum, Rodney Hood, Rudy Gobert, to have those guys in a position where they had to compete to win without help from Derrick [Favors] and Trey [Burke] and Gordon [Hayward], I think it’s important. I mean, those guys are gonna have stretches during the year–that’s our bench, you know, and they need to be able to play at a level that, you know, can help us either maintain or give us a boost, and they’ve done that. You know, tonight we could play better.
** Snyder on what he’s seen from Ian Clark
I, you know, he’s been good. He’s been, he’s done a lotta good things. I think especially when he’s played with, you know, Dante, Trey. We have some other good ball-handlers, which allows him at times to get off the ball. But the, really, the best thing he’s done is defend. I mean, that’s why he played a lotta minutes the other night, is ’cause he was doing a great job on J.J. Redick.

throwback sunday

** Ian Clark, asked if it’s good he didn’t get many minutes last year so he doesn’t have a lot to unlearn this year
Definitely. Last year, I, it was a learning curve for me. You know, first year in the NBA and everything. Of course you wanna play, but you gotta sit down and wait your turn. And coming in this year, with the new offense, and with the guys that we have around, it’s really helpful for me and the rest of the teammates.
** Clark, asked where he is in the learning curve, and what’s working and what he working on (UDQM)
I, getting up our pace is working. Playing with the pass, playing with each other. I’m still working on pick and roll and point guard skills, but I mean, I’m coming. Coach is helping me, my teammates are helping me, and it’s coming natural, a little bit.
** Gordon Hayward, asked if getting a rest is a two-edged sword, or did he appreciate the rest
I definitely appreciated it. You know, I think it’s one of those things where, you saw we were rolling in the first half, so we were clicking and we’ll be rested and ready to go for OKC.

Random Stuff, etc.
** People calling Alec Burks “Burke”: Matt Harpring
** Quote of the Night: It’s truly a hybrid between an offense and a nothing. — Steve Brown on Byron Scott’s “hybrid” offense
** Gordon Hayward is red-shirting this year:

hayward sun

Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Uncle Steve Brown on Carlos Boozer: He’s good. He’s the best that I’ve seen in a long time with both hands.
** Matt Harpring on Gordon Hayward: He’s longer than you think he is. (H/T @5kl)
Brown: I’m just amazed at how loose he is both on and off the court.
** Brown on Boozer and Rudy Gobert: Boozer’s got the moves down there, but nobody really realizes how long Rudy is until they get in there with him. (H/T @UGottaLovItBaby)
** Brown: That’s a couple of times that Boozer has reached around. (H/T @5kl)
** Brown: Another tight one coming down the stretch.
** Brown: All tied up at 69. (H/T @5kl)
** Brown on Kobe Bryant’s push-offs: And he’s not gonna do it subtly, either. Until he gets caught, he’s gonna bang it away if you want to put that hand even close to him.
** Overheard on truck feed, post-game: Let’s feed him your Ian Clark package.
** Overheard on truck feed, post-game: That one didn’t feel smooth, Steve. That one felt pretty rough.
** Overheard on truck feed, someone coordinating post-game interviews: You want Gordon? Yeah, we’ll take him if Gordon wants to do it…Oh boy, I don’t like that shower behind him. Don’t put that online yet.
** Overheard on truck feed, someone coordinating post-game interviews: Hey Ryan, who else do you need?
Ryan: Alec Burks. Either Ian or Alec.
** Overheard on truck feed, post-game: [sound of someone gargling] It says “Do not swallow,” so what do I do?

Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Lakers: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

October 20, 2014
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Silver Screen and Roll.

Kobe is just chucking away like it’s his last game.

by ~Cartman~ on Oct 19, 2014 | 6:47 PM

Wow, Hayward is owning Kobe right now on defense.
by ~Cartman~ on Oct 19, 2014 | 6:51 PM

And some people think we might make the playoffs?
We probably couldn’t even crack the top 8 in the weak East.

by ~Cartman~ on Oct 19, 2014 | 7:04 PM up

Who thinks this?

If Price is our point guard when the season starts (I’m guessing he won’t even be on the team) we won’t get better…IMO…
I’m hoping we can put Lin and Nash and Clarkson at the PG position before the pre-season runs out so we can get some decent ball movement. I’m sure Price is a decent human being, but he is not an NBA point guard.

by BaldBilly on Oct 19, 2014 | 7:09 PM

Pretty convinced that the Lakers are the worst team in the league right now
by WiiTarded on Oct 19, 2014 | 7:10 PM

They need to either end up with a bottom 3 record or be fighting for the 8th seed
anything in between is a massive failure. At least if they play like this during the season we can get one of the desired outcomes.

by sumo390 on Oct 19, 2014 | 7:14 PM

This is beyond terrible. Surprised the crowd has not started booing yet. Utter crap.
by Shehzeb Imam on Oct 19, 2014 | 7:15 PM

The Jazz, who are not going to make the playoffs themselves, are blowing us out again. That says it all…..
by ~Cartman~ on Oct 19, 2014 | 7:15 PM

Another coaching failure
we can’t be so blind about it.

by cyrusvance on Oct 19, 2014 | 7:17 PM

So this is what they replaced MDA with? SMH
by Shehzeb Imam on Oct 19, 2014 | 7:18 PM

I might get on the #FireByronScott wagon before the #tankwagon.
by Shehzeb Imam on Oct 19, 2014 | 7:39 PM

Ahh, Boozer.
Never change.

by Endless Paradise on Oct 19, 2014 | 7:36 PM

Boozer fail…..just dunk it and scream man!
by ~Cartman~ on Oct 19, 2014 | 7:38 PM

Wow Booz just wow
by Shehzeb Imam on Oct 19, 2014 | 7:38

Damn it Boozer.
by LadyAlannya on Oct 19, 2014 | 7:38 PM

Or, as Boozer would say,

by Endless Paradise on Oct 19, 2014 | 7:38 PM

tie score!!!!!
by BaldBilly on Oct 19, 2014 | 8:06 PM

lmaoo Jazz trolling
by Shehzeb Imam on Oct 19, 2014 | 8:06 PM

Jazz tank looks like serious competition but our 1st half still looks superior
by sumo390 on Oct 19, 2014 | 8:07 PM

I dunno, Jazz tank pulled away last year…never count them out
by ~Cartman~ on Oct 19, 2014 | 8:08 PM

I know how the Lakers can win.,
Probably let’s wait till the opponent’s 2nd or 3rd stringer play against our starting 5.

by PuRpL3NGoLdinToKyO on Oct 19, 2014 | 8:08 PM

Exum is going to be scary in a few years if he stays healthy.
by Shehzeb Imam on Oct 19, 2014 | 8:11 PM

This is some serious
Battle of the Tanks

by cyrusvance on Oct 19, 2014 | 8:15 PM

So glad we didn’t hire the Jazz coach. Looks like a total douchebag
by ~Cartman~ on Oct 19, 2014 | 8:34 PM

Boozer has 19 points on 12 shots, wtf? 9 rebounds and 6!!! steals? Wow
by ~Cartman~ on Oct 19, 2014 | 8:42 PM

Player of the Game: Ronnie Price
by Shehzeb Imam on Oct 19, 2014 | 8:46 PM

Okay other than his offense completely sucking the life out of a 1/2 court set, Price’s D is now apparent and he’s growing on me.
by LadyAlannya on Oct 19, 2014 | 8:58 PM

Bits from Randy Rigby Interview, 10/15

October 19, 2014
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Quin Snyder seems to respond to mistakes with teaching moments rather than sending players to the end of the bench…
I’ve been impressed that, on a regular basis, that, of seeing Quin walk down to the bench with Dante [Exum], with others, and really explaining to the players what he’s seeing them doing right or wrong.

And I mean, he’s been very good at complimenting ‘em at halftime, at the end of the game, on players making improvements and doing some right things. He’ll take occasion, also, to talk through, with them on what they’re doing wrong and why it’s wrong, and what it, w–the consequences that are coming with it.

He’s been very good at communicating to our players our objectives, and what it means to us as a team. And so, he’s been very, very good at tha–in that front.

Is what we’re seeing a good match between a coach and a specific group of players?
Well, it’s still early, but right now, to me…the signs look very positive, that the players are responding very well to Quin. …

There seems to be a real unity around, coming together, of learning and growing and being as good as we can be, and learning, and also taking a long-term approach to this, of saying we’re gonna keep working at this. Not only this season, but going forward.

And they, they’re buying into it. The players are buying into it. I’m seeing a confidence from Gordon Hayward that I’ve never seen before, and a desire of stepping up and being more of a team leader, and really taking a major role in helping this team have some confidence, and some direction.

What have you seen from Rudy Gobert?
I thought his game against, down here, was, with the Clippers, I was very impressed with Rudy and how he performed offensively, but more importantly, defensively, of really making a difference, and his rebounding, his movement.

On a couple of occasions, I was impressed to see him sprinting down, the transition, going from defense to offense, and all of a sudden, he moved down the court, and I turned to the folks that were with me, and said, “Wow. That was Karl Malone style, of seeing a player love to get down the court and get into the offense, and try to get into a fast break of anything.” And I’ve liked when I’m seeing that kind of energy from Rudy. …

I’ve liked how I’ve seen our other players realizing, you know what, with Rudy, you don’t have to barely get that ball up there. You can put it up there way above anyone else, and Rudy’s gonna be able to get that and still put that, slam it down. So, it’s been fun to see us adapt some things to really play into the strength that Rudy brings onto the court.

On Dirk Nowitzki saying it’s difficult for players to play at a high level on the back end of back-to-backs
You know, Dennis Lindsey, when he was in San Antonio, and subsequently, now we’ve done it here. We’ve been doing quite a few injury reports, to that point, on the impact that the amount of games and games played in the periods of time. And there’s a correlation of how much wear and tear a body can take on that.

And that’s why you’ve actually seen, systematically, some teams resting their players over the season, for that reason, of allowing their bodies to recuperate.

And I think there’s gonna continue to be more analytics and analysis done in that front, because again, you do want to, you know, if you’re going to have, let’s say we wanna make sure we have Gordon Hayward, for, like, Karl Malone and John Stockton, 19-, 20-year season, career with us, we, you may want to make sure that you’re not overdoing their bodies, so that they can actually survive that length of time to play in this game.*

* Rigby in April 2012 on Gregg Popovich resting Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili against the Jazz:

It bothers me as well. I enjoyed Phil [Johnson]‘s comments [that Pop resting the Big 3 was the "height of arrogance" and a "travesty"] and I appreciate him having an opinion to that degree.

I started thinking about it and I’ve wrestled whether to say something to the commissioner. When NBA players do not go and play in an All-Star game or do certain things for an All-Star game, there were actually fines that went out.

But they were not doing it because they wanted to rest, and…that same principle is applying right here as well, that people paid out serious money to come and watch the very highest level of competition…and when that doesn’t happen, to me it’s not the style of philosophy that the Utah Jazz have in how we approach each and every game.

Get to know Randy Rigby: What was 16-year-old Davis High student Randy Rigby’s sporting interest hierarchy?
Well, you know, actually as a kid, it was a, I was a heavy, I’ve always been a big watcher of football. I’ve always enjoyed football.

Soccer wasn’t even, didn’t even exist. At least, locally, around Utah, in our minds, in high school. And so, it was probably football first, then basketball and baseball were a pretty close tie in my mind, and in my time, and in what we enjoyed watching and consuming.

As I then grown, over now the time, really, football has continued to stay there, but it has been sliding some. Basketball, for me, continues to grow. That makes sense. But even prior to me being part of the Utah Jazz, basketball continued to grow, and I saw, kind of baseball slipping from my regular viewership and my interest level. And so, basketball has kind of replaced that level.

What do you love so much about football?
You know, for me, football, I mean, it is a, the regular team sport. I enjoyed playing it as a kid growing up. I enjoyed the atmosphere of being out there as well, enjoying the football game.

I enjoy, to a certain degree, it’s fast-paced enough that it keeps my attention, and yet, there is enough break that also allows a little s–bit of socialism,* so you talk to your friends and buddies about the play that just happened, what’s coming up.

So it allows me, I think, to watch the replay and yet be ready to immediately see that next game–that next play that’s coming on there. So I think it has a nice blend to allowing the social aspects of me and my buddies or me and family, or, enjoy the game, and yet keep it moving along. I think that would be, probably, what really catches me.

* Socialism.

Three years from now, which Jazz player will be the biggest star?
I’m, now, a lot of this has gotta be some qualified, that they’ve got a lotta work in front of ‘em, but I really feel that over three years’ time, and I’ll tell you what, I’m vacillating a little bit here ’cause I, as I’m watching Rudy, Rudy’s got a lot of potential, that I keep thinking, “There’s something there that I think we’re gonna really like.”

At the same time, I think Dante Exum, our first-round pick, he’s rough right now. He’s still struggling with his shooting, his talent, but if he can continue in staying healthy, his body maturing, his talent level that he has, I think he’s got some exciti–real excitement for us, for our Jazz fans, for the future.

So, there’s two all them that I really think have a really big upside, if they will continue to apply themselves.* … That’s the two I would kind of look at the real, real tall, even, the most upside that I’m hoping we can see.

* Rigby then goes on to add, without elaborating, Derrick Favors, Gordon Hayward, “even” Enes Kanter and Alec Burks, and Trey Burke to the list.

Randy Rigby: Unintentional Dirty Quote Machine (UDQM)
** On Dante Exum and rookie mistakes: He’s not putting his tail between his legs and just running off. He’s hopefully learning from it.
** On Quin Snyder’s emphasis on transition defense: He’s drilling it into our players again, and again, and again, until it comes natural. There’s been some occasions they haven’t gotten it. Quin says, “Go to the baseline. We’re gonna run some sprints, guys, ’cause we’ll be running, until you guys want it as bad as I do.”
** On resting players to extend their careers: You may want to make sure that you’re not overdoing their bodies, so that they can actually survive that length of time to play.
** In response to the last question: Wow. You’re now putting it on me here, Gordon, ’cause I’ll tell you what. I’m seeing some real future up and coming, what I’m liking from a lot of different fronts.
** On the Jazz’s roster: We got a lot of arrows in that quiver that are going to make the Jazz fans excited. (1280)

Preseason Game 5 of 8: Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Clippers (4-1)

October 18, 2014


Loved the fight. Loved the flow. Love that there were non-iso plays run out of timeouts down the stretch. Love that there were offensive/defensive substitutions at the end. Love that players that were on the team last year look like they’ve taken giant leaps. Love how this felt nothing like a preseason game. Even loved the ugly stretches, because you can see where they’re trying to go with it. And love that the Jazz have some nasty again.

Post-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder, post-game
You know, we’ve been talking about trying to learn, and there’s a ton of opportunities to do that tonight. You know, just, you can’t not be happy with how our guys competed…I’m proud of how they competed.

** Gordon Hayward on whether he was surprised by the level of intensity in a preseason game
No. I mean, I think for us, we’re competing. And we beat ‘em last time, and I think they wanted to try to come out there and knock us out, and I think they might’ve been a little surprised we hung with ‘em. And we had the lead there down late in the game…A couple balls bounce a different way, you know, maybe we walk out of this one with a win.
** Hayward on what the team can learn from this game
I think we just, we learned that we can compete with really good teams. We do it the right way, we do the right thing, and there at the end coach drew up an excellent play. We came out and executed it, gave us the lead and got us a dunk, and that was huge. And so that was good confidence for us, and you know, I think we’re, I like the way we’re headed.
** Dante Exum, asked if the game has slowed down for him
Yeah, definitely, and you know, it’s just a game-to-game thing. And you know, when I first, started my first game, it was just at a high pla–pace, 100 miles per hour. So you know, I’m just trying to adjust to every game, and you know, I think I’m doing t–well.

** Trevor Booker on his scuffle with Blake Griffin
Obviously, he thought it was a flagrant. I thought it was a good foul. It got a little heated. [He] grabbed my head. That’s a–when I got mad.
Are you surprised it got that heated in a preseason game?
Not really, because it was him. We have our history.
What’s the history, Trevor?
We got into it before. Nothing major, though.

Random Stuff, etc.
** People calling Rudy Gobert “Djobert” (ʒobert): Clippers announcers (H/T @dianaallen)
** People calling Jordan Farmar “Farmer”: Matt Harpring
** Mutual Admiration Society:

mutual adm

** Non-Mutual Admiration Society and also UDQM:

non adm

Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Steve Brown, quoting Alex Jensen on Blake Griffin: He said, “We just cannot let him get the ball as deep as he enjoyed it on Monday.”
** Matt Harpring: There’s weak side action going on even though the ball’s on the strong side. (H/T @5kl)
** Brown on Griffin dunk: That’s just simply an accident waiting to happen if you get in front of that.
** Brown on Jamal Crawford and Dante Exum: The old veteran rubbed off the rookie.
** Clippers announcer: Blake is grabbing his groin. His hand has been there the entire time back-peddling. (H/T @dianaallen)
** Brown as the game goes to break: Hawes, on that play, ends up on his backside. So, DeAndre Jordan, you gotta watch out for him. Why? Because he can make you pay if you don’t keep your eyes on him. It’s up! And now it’s down.
** David Locke: Booker penetrates into the body of Hawes. (H/T @edwin_nba via @andrewwallock8)
** Clippers announcer on Dante Exum: You just don’t see point guards THAT long. (H/T Lou Allen)
** Matt Harpring: Hayward going up, not soft. (H/T @5kl)
** Clippers announcer on Derrick Favors: He gobbles up a ton of balls. (H/T Lou Allen)
** Brown on DeAndre Jordan: You cannot look away from this guy at all when he’s inside.
** Brown on the NBA’s replay center in Secaucus: They will get every angle that the home cameras have to take a look at this. Every game is fed into See-cock-us and this is what they’re looking at.
** Brown on Griffin: How much is he going to be penalized, putting the hand behind his neck and then trying to go after it even further?
** Gordon Hayward, post-game: I think it was another one where we could really use those experiences and help us when we get to the real thing.


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