Game 28 of 82: Utah Jazz at Orlando Magic (7-21)
** Jacque Vaughn on Jerry Sloan
Do you see that smile that came on my face when you said his name? Unbelievable man. And a lot of things, I still do today is because I remembered ‘em, and, as a first four years in the league of being with Utah. His approach to the game, his competitiveness, his will to win, extremely loyal, a lot of things that I believe in. And I always pulled for him when I left. I’m glad to see him back, and I’m glad that they’re honoring him also.
** Trey Burke, post-game
I feel like I had a poor performance against the Heat, and you know, I just tried to come out here and do what it took to help the team win.
** Burke on Alec Burks
That’s my guy. That’s my guy. Alec, you know, he did a lot, you know, last game, and he did a lot this game. We’re gon need him to come off the bench each and every game to give us a spark.
** Derrick Favors, post-game
Me and Jeremy [Evans] were talking on the bench today, and you know, he gave great motivation to go out there and play…We played together as a team and Trey had a big night for us tonight. You know, he played a great game.
** Favors on his improved free throw shooting
That was a big thing this whole summer, when I was working with the coaches and with Karl Malone, you know, ’cause guys gon foul me ’cause I attack the basket. And they say, you know, “You gotta make your free throws if you wanna-”–and coach told me that too. You know, “If you wanna play in the fourth quarter, you know, you gotta make those free throws.”
** Alec Burks on his strong play of late
Just finding a rhythm. I feel like I’m in a great rhythm right now, you know? I’m just taking advantage of it.
** Burks, asked whether it’ll be “emotional” facing Paul Millsap and DeMarre Carroll on Friday
Nah. I mean, we know them guys. They good people, but you know, it’s a business at the end of the day.
** Gordon Hayward on spacing
Our spacing is getting a lot better…We’re still not there yet, but you know, with Marv[in Williams] out there our spacing seems to be a lot better, and gives Fav a little more room to operate, and us, you know, wings, and slashers able to get to the rim.
** Hayward on the Jazz’s offense
I’m not gonna make any excuses, but [injuries have] been tough on us. And you know, offensively, when we struggle, it’s not fair for our defense. They get transition points, they’re getting to be able to run up and catch us off-guard when we’re not set up. Guys are switched, whatever. So if we get better offensively, you know, our defense will show too. (1280)
Random Stuff, etc.
** People calling Alec Burks “Alec Burke”: Thurl Bailey
** People calling Trey Burke “Trey Burks”: Alema Harrington
** People addressing Gordon Hayward as “G”: David Locke
** First time seeing a fan do this (guy under the basket):
** From the #GeographyFails files: Craig Bolerjack spotting Jazz fans in Orlando and saying Jazz Nation has gone “worldwide.”
** “Driving Miss Daisy” and possibly racist quote: Matt Harpring on E’Twaun Moore, “You gotta make him get up there and be a driver.”
** A “Who Dressed Him?!” for John Lucas III and Alec Burks photobomb, via @Luke1Luk:
** The month of December is a Parade of Backup Point Guards of Jazz Past.
–Dec. 6 and 9: Mo Williams (player) and Earl Watson (player) in Portland.
–Dec. 16: John Crotty (analyst), in Miami.
–Dec. 18: Jacque Vaughn (coach) and Ronnie Price (player) in Orlando.
–Dec. 23: Brevin Knight (commentator) in Memphis.
–Dec. 28: Howard Eisley (player development coach) in Los Angeles (Clippers).
Fan by the tunnel high-fiving players. Gordon Hayward allows him to graze his towel (or tries to swat him away with said towel). Alec Burks walks on by. Richard Jefferson high fives him.
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Craig Bolerjack: Burks, feeling it, rims out.
** Boler: Marvin, deep, no, tipped out.
** Boler: You cannot take it below the “numbers*.” You get around the belt buckle and the hips, you’re gonna have trouble.
* “Numbers” seems to be Boler’s new term for “mid-section” this season.
** Matt Harpring on Hayward bucket: Finish at the rim.
Boler: That’s the key word. He finished.
Harpring: Absolutely. But Trey gave it up early. And that’s something a lot of players don’t do.
** Harpring: Garrett gets caught watching the ball, and then Jameer slips in right behind him. You don’t see those back-cuts often anymore.
** Harpring: What a luxury, having Derrick Favors back there. Athletic, the length.
** Thurl Bailey: Matt, how big is this?
** David Locke to Gordon Hayward: Does it feel as comfortable as it looks?
** Alec Burks: If I see a gap, I try to make the most of it.
To close: Marvin “Baywatch” Williams.