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Off-Day Odds and Ends

November 14, 2014
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One. Kyle Korver on his dagger 3-pointer against the Jazz:

“I practiced that shot last year with Quin. That was the one he was always trying to get me to work on. It’s a little ironic that the first time I shoot it, it’s tonight.” (AJC)

Quin Snyder on Korver’s quote:

(laughs) Someone told me that, and I was really upset. I got mad. I’m thinking, “Kyle, why did you have to choose us?” ‘Cause he wouldn’t do it last year.

W–the whole theory for him is w–you know, just back up. And sure enough, he backed up. And I wish he would’ve started doing that last year and given us a break before we come back.

So anyway, I’m happy for him and obviously disappointed that he picked the wrong time to do that. (1280)

Two. Quin Snyder, asked how he handles player shooting slumps like the one Trey Burke has been in:

You know, I think you, it depends on the situation or the player. I think early on, we just ignored it. You know, you think, I don’t think Trey’s the kinda guy that is gonna suffer confidence-wise, but you’re paying attention a little bit to, you know, what is, what are the external factors that we’re noticing, where you’re not ignoring it entirely.

You’re just, sometimes those things, players figure ‘em out, and you know, you intervene too quickly and you actually don’t help the problem. I think some of it, for him, is he started to, he missed a few, had a few tough shooting nights, and then started to press a little bit. Maybe took some shots that were not as good shots, which obviously, you know, taking contested shots, they’re harder to make.

So, we did, we sat down and watched some film of him in the preseason. You know, just a little bit ago, he was, you know, gosh, he shot it about 50 percent or something from three. It was terrific.

And then the other thing you wanna talk to him about is, you know, there’s lots of ways to impact the game, and last night, you know, he still didn’t shoot it great from three, but I thought had a much more solid game and distributed the ball.

And sometimes, when you take, you know, in your own mind, you take the pressure off making every shot and do some other things, defend and you know, and lead and things like that, pretty soon you’re making shots too. So that’s, you’ve gotta come at it from a few angles. (1280)

Three. Gordon Hayward, after the Indiana game:

I mean, I think wherever we go, we believe in ourselves and kind of expect to win, which is a big difference than last year, you know? And so, as long as we play the way we’re capable of playing, you know, we can compete with any team in this league.

Hayward in his new blog post today:

I definitely have a different feeling about this team than some of our other recent teams. Any given game, I feel like we have a chance to win, and I kind of expect that if we play well, we will win. That’s kind of the mindset of the whole team. In previous years, that wasn’t necessarily the case. We believe in ourselves a lot more than we did in the past.

Conversation between Craig Bolerjack and DJ/PK today on 1280:

What I actually sense, there’s more of an attitude of, like, “Could’ve, we should’ve really won”…I really believe that’s a totally different mindset than last year…I see an improvement, I really do, from a year ago, in the attitude that they bring after a loss.

You think the light has been turned on for Gordon Hayward?

There is, the light is on. There seems to be more of an urgency and a confidence, PK, that rides with him. I think you probably see it as well, and I think most fans do. He’s a different guy. … I like his attitude, and I like the way that he looks at the media, not down-eyes-casted, but more direct. And I think that’s big when you’re dealing with the media, and actually, again, he’s talking to the fans. I think that he’s taken a whole new approach and a whole new role.

The number one thing for me you didn’t mention, I just think his attitude, his mood, to me it’s like a fog is lifted. He didn’t want to play for Ty[rone Corbin]. He did not want to play for Ty. He didn’t believe in Ty. [Maybe] he should’ve taken more responsibility and he shouldn’t have been blaming other people and all that, but the fact is he didn’t think they could win with [Corbin]. He thinks they can win with [Quin Snyder], and it’s just changed his whole mood.

Both were lame ducks, if you ha–if you really want to break it down even more. … We knew after the All-Star break when no extension was offered, DJ, that Ty was done. He knew it. Gordon knew it. [Hayward's] contract was in flux. And so, you put those two together, and you’ve got some issues. And the way the Jazz would lose, I, you’re right. There was a cloud, a dark cloud hanging over him. And it seems to have been, I know it’s cliche-ish, but you know, I think he’s play–and again, it goes back to what Quin Snyder asked him to do earlier in this season at camp, was play free. Have some fun. Show passion. Show yourself and the fans that you really enjoy this game. And I think I see that.

Four. How tall is too tall?
Gordon Hayward: Rudy’s pushing too tall.
Derrick Favors: I saw Yao Ming one time in person when I, my rookie year. He was, like, 7-5, or something like that. I was like, “Man, that’s a tall guy.”
Toure Murry: Above 7 feet.
Trey Burke: 7-5, 7-4.
Rudy Gobert: 7-5 is very, very tall…It’s too tall. Pro–people when they see me, probably say the same.
Ian Clark: Rudy Gobert.
Alec Burks: Rudy’s too tall…I couldn’t deal with being that tall.
Dante Exum: Probably 7-2.
Trevor Booker: 6-10.
Jeremy Evans: 7-1.
Rodney Hood: It’s a guy named Sim Bhullar.
Enes Kanter: Probably around, like, 7-3, 7-4.
Steve Novak: As long as you can get up and down the court, in the game of basketball I think the taller the better. (Utah Jazz)

Five. How did you pick your jersey number?
Gordon Hayward: Liked watching Ray Allen and Manu Ginobili growing up.
Alec Burks: Wore No. 11 in high school, which was taken at Colorado, so he went to No. 10.
Toure Murry: No. 23 was his college number, and he’s worn it ever since.
Dante Exum: No. 7 was retired with the Jazz, and No. 11 was the first number he wore with the Australian national team.
Steve Novak: Son’s birthday is July 16, so he’s worn No. 16 since his son was born.
Rudy Gobert: Was the 27th draft pick. Motivation.
Trey Burke: Wears No. 3 for the Holy Trinity, and was a fan of Allen Iverson growing up.
Ian Clark: Chose No. 21 because he can play both the “two” and the “one.”
Trevor Booker: No. 35 is retired with the Jazz. No. 33 is his younger brother’s basketball number.
Derrick Favors: Wears No. 15 because his birthday is July 15.
Jeremy Evans: Wanted to wear No. 22 in high school, but it was taken. No. 40 was the only number left.
Enes Kanter: When he entered the NBA, his mom told him he has to stay humble even if he becomes the best player in the world. No. 0 means staying humble.
Rodney Hood: Picked No. 5 because there are five people in his immediate family. When he plays, he has them in his heart. (Utah Jazz)

Game 9 of 82: Utah Jazz at Atlanta Hawks (3-6)

November 13, 2014

memo tweet

Pre-Game Quotage
** Everybody loves Quin:

quin tweets


** Derrick Favors, asked how far has he come and what he’s improved on
You know, when I first got here, I really didn’t know what it took. You know, I just thought I’d just go out there and just play, just use my natural ability. But you know, playing Al [Jefferson] and Paul [Millsap], you know, I learned that, man, I have a lot of stuff I gotta work on. And then coming into last year, you know, I figured out what I need to work on. Like, yeah, I can score on guy, use my natural ability, but then throughout the season, they start taking certain stuff away. And that’s the stuff that I worked on this summer.
** Favors on how far he’s come since the day he was traded
Dealing with the trade and dealing with a lot of personal issues…I just wanted to get past that. And to be here now, where the Jazz gave me an extension and I know Imma be here for awhile–hopefully they don’t trade me or nothing–but you know, I know Imma be here for awhile, so that kinda help me out. It kinda help me open up a little bit more. It help me feel a little bit more comfortable here. And you know, that’s one of the main reason why I spend my whole summer, whole off-season, in Utah.


Post-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder on the game
That’s tough, ’cause we played really well, and we had some shots that we’ve been making, and some of ‘em were in the basket, and some of ‘em were, you know, just, it’s tough. Missed a couple free throws, and did a lot of things well. Took care of the ball really well, which we haven’t been doing as much. And you know, I just thought a couple breaks down the stretch, and, that didn’t go our way. … There were some plays that we had a chance to make [at the end of the game] that we couldn’t make. And I don’t think it was for, you know, some egregious mistake that anyone made. It’s just one of those things.
** Snyder on what was drawn up at the end of the game
Well, you know, we drew one thing up out of the timeout, knowing that they would probably foul ’cause they had a foul to give. And we had another play that we execute–we just, at the end of the game, you have to be tougher, stronger. You know, it’s less about, you know, knowing what you’re gonna run, which we did, and you know, getting to where you need to go at a time when the games gets really physical.


** Derrick Favors on the game
I think overall we played a good game, you know, until the fourth quarter. Atlanta started executing they plays, and kinda locked down defensively. And we were just missing open shots that we normally make. So I mean, I think we played hard. We were just, Kyle Korver just started hitting shots. Paul started hitting shots, and you know, we just couldn’t hit shots.
** Favors on shots falling for Trey Burke and Alec Burks tonight
It was good to see, man. Trey been having a rough time with his shot, so it was good to see his shot start to fall and him gain confidence. And Alec, you know, he started doing Alec Burks things, you know, going to the basket, making all kind of crazy shots, making things happen on the offensive end. So it was good to see them start hitting they shots, and that opened up the lane for me.
** Favors on being 1-2 instead of 3-0 on the road trip
I think it just stuff we need to learn, down the stretch in the fourth quarter. You know, both games in Indiana and against Atlanta tonight, you know, we gave it away in the fourth. So I think it’s just an experience thing, that we’re gonna have to learn to execute plays in the fourth quarter, really lock down and focus on the defensive end, and you know, just win the game.
** Favors on playing at home in Atlanta
It’s always good to come home. I love coming home. I mean, I love Utah too, but ain’t nothing like coming back down south to Atlanta.

** Trey Burke on finding his shot tonight
It was definitely a night where I got some, you know, go–better looks than I have, you know, lately. You know, I just gotta stay with it, man. I think, you know, when your shot’s not falling, you have to find other ways to affect the game, and you know, I feel like I could be one of those guys who can, you know, get eight or nine assists, you know, around that area, every game. You know, I have to just be able to continue to create for my teammates, you know, and, you know, the shots are gonna come.
** Burke on a locker room that is disappointed but more positive than last year due to players knowing what they have in the new coach and everything else
Yeah, it’s definitely, you know, we do have a positive attitude right now. I think we’re all kinda disappointed, you know, that we didn’t come up with the win. You know, being up eight or nine points with five minutes left, we definitely felt like we were in control of the game. But you know, you gon have some games like that, you know, where, you know, I feel like all of us, you know, we missed shots that we usually hit, and you know, we just gotta learn from it and move forward.

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Random Stuff, etc.
** The Utah Jazz: World Leader in Deleted Content.

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At least we still have this:

** Quin’s hair tho.

quin hair

** Ugly Christmas Utah Jazz sweater now available online. Not ugly enough for an ugly Christmas sweater though, if you ask me.

ugly sweater

Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Matt Harpring on Rudy Gobert and Paul Millsap: The length of Gobert really bothering Millsap. (H/T @dianaallen)
** Craig Bolerjack: Horford lost the handle trying to bang with Gobert.
** Bob Rathbun: The length and girth of the Jazz certainly a big story…We have seen Favors, Kanter, Booker really do some damage.
Doominique Wilkins: They’ve gotten the job done, inside. (H/T @prodigal_punk)
** Wilkins on Enes Kanter: Big fella has a stroke! (H/T @dianaallen)
** Wilkins on Gobert: You get a lot of use out of a guy that size. (H/T @dianaallen)
** Boler on Dante Exum: Boy, I’ll tell ya. Being long, is a plus. (H/T @JuMuJazz, @jfasioe and @hessrp)
** Ron Boone on Kyle Korver: They really kept Korver from getting off. (H/T @@801Loaf)

game 9

Thanks to @J1mmyOlson and @TaylorLangston2 for the assist on the W-L record tonight.

Utah Jazz at Atlanta Hawks: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

November 13, 2014
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Peachtree Hoops.

First look at Snyder’s team.
Should be an interesting game.

by BPC1120 on Nov 12, 2014 | 6:40 PM

Funny how Millsap, Korver and Demarre all broke out when they left the jazz haha
A shame they didn’t have a good coach

by Roger the Shrubber -_- on Nov 12, 2014 | 7:17 PM

Oh no
Trey Burke made a shot. Hell has frozen over

by a hooter’s baby on Nov 12, 2014 | 7:55 PM

Of course these guys learn to shoot against us
by Throw on Nov 12, 2014 | 7:55 PM

Kyle Korver!
by FalconsFan0125 on Nov 12, 2014 | 7:59 PM

Good lord Kyle
by Throw on Nov 12, 2014 | 7:59 PM

Kyle Korver all the way from Joseph Smith’s underwear drawer!
by ATL Bruno on Nov 12, 2014 | 8:01 PM

I hate Trevor Booker
by a hooter’s baby on Nov 12, 2014 | 8:03 PM

Making the Jazz look like world beaters while we’re on defense. Just lovely
by crappybassist96 on Nov 12, 2014 | 8:12 PM

And Booker continues to kill us for whatever reason
by Throw on Nov 12, 2014 | 8:12 PM

Of course Burks gets his shot back and Booker knows how to play off the dribble against us. Why? because Hawks thats why
by Throw on Nov 12, 2014 | 8:13 PM

The greatest trick the Jazz have ever pulled was proving to the world that a 13 point lead existed. And just like that, poof it was gone
by Throw on Nov 12, 2014 | 8:32 PM


by King_of_Hearts on Nov 12, 2014 | 8:33 PM

Hayward fouls Korver
White Collar Crime

by a hooter’s baby on Nov 12, 2014 | 8:54 PM

Ha ha!
by Nique Fan on Nov 12, 2014 | 8:55 PM

Heyward went to the barber and said “Give me the Conan O’Brien”
by Edwin G on Nov 12, 2014 | 8:55 PM

Ha ha
I can’t look with a straight face now

by AtlHawksgirl on Nov 12, 2014 | 8:56 PM

Not pompadoury enough.
by Nique Fan on Nov 12, 2014 | 8:57 PM

the jazz just made our frontcourt look like a bitch
by HawkNestMonster on Nov 12, 2014 | 8:56 PM

This game is absurd.
by Edwin G on Nov 12, 2014 | 9:02 PM

So this is looking like the allstar game
by Throw on Nov 12, 2014 | 9:02 PM

Sap with the revenge game, and making up for DMC’s revenge game as well.
by Nique Fan on Nov 12, 2014 | 9:08 PM

Aah ref cmon
by AtlHawksgirl on Nov 12, 2014 | 9:25 PM

They seriously just call a foul anytime a white guy blocks a shot.
by crappybassist96 on Nov 12, 2014 | 9:25 PM

Mark Eaton would struggle nowadays then.
by Nique Fan on Nov 12, 2014 | 9:26 PM

by AtlHawksgirl on Nov 12, 2014 | 9:33 PM

by ATL Bruno on Nov 12, 2014 | 9:33 PM

by HawkNestMonster on Nov 12, 2014 | 9:33 PM

by Edwin G on Nov 12, 2014 | 9:33 PM

by crappybassist96 on Nov 12, 2014 | 9:33 PM

Milsap cannot be stopped
by Throw on Nov 12, 2014 | 9:33 PM

PAUL MILLSAP! awesome.
by greg_t on Nov 12, 2014 | 9:33 PM

by Nique Fan on Nov 12, 2014 | 9:33 PM

Millsap has nipples
Let’s milk him!

by a hooter’s baby on Nov 12, 2014 | 9:36 PM

what the heck
by Throw on Nov 12, 2014 | 9:37 PM

by HawkNestMonster on Nov 12, 2014 | 9:37 PM

by AtlHawksgirl on Nov 12, 2014 | 9:37 PM

Wow Korv3r
by crappybassist96 on Nov 12, 2014 | 9:37 PM

Kyle Korever!
by FalconsFan0125 on Nov 12, 2014 | 9:37 PM

by Throw on Nov 12, 2014 | 9:37 PM

by Edwin G on Nov 12, 2014 | 9:37 PM

by ATL Bruno on Nov 12, 2014 | 9:37 PM

by greg_t on Nov 12, 2014 | 9:38 PM

by Estevan.McGee on Nov 12, 2014 | 9:38 PM

by BPC1120 on Nov 12, 2014 | 9:38 PM

These guys are causing heart attacks.
by wmcgee_va on Nov 12, 2014 | 9:40 PM

Sigh of relief.

by ATL Bruno on Nov 12, 2014 | 9:44 PM

by FalconsFan0125 on Nov 12, 2014 | 9:44 PM

by Dan28jet on Nov 12, 2014 | 9:44 PM

17,10,6 for korver hahahahaha
by Dan28jet on Nov 12, 2014 | 9:46 PM

Dub dub
Sap with the Grown Man double-double, 30/17/3 with 2 steals and 2 blocks.

by ATL Bruno on Nov 12, 2014 | 9:49 PM

Millsap should have had 37…Robbed of two and 1(s) and a clear foul on a three point attempt when he was wacked in the eye. Dont tell me that with his aggressiveness all night he got 0 FT Attempts
by Dan28jet on Nov 12, 2014 | 9:52 PM

Bits from Quin Snyder Interviews, 10/23 and 10/24

November 12, 2014
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Players seem to be excited about playing in your system…
I think a lot of what we’re doing offensively is a series of reads and players being able to recognize situations, you know, make decisions that lead to opportunities to make another decision, and another decision, and hopefully at that point, you know, get to generate some, you know, a high percentage shot.

It’s a little less predictable than, maybe, [the coach] just calling a play. It requires a little more confidence from me to allow these guys the, you know, the freedom to make some mistakes. But I think it gives them an opportunity to really share the ball and play together, and ultimately to feel like more of a unit.

When Dante Exum had eight turnovers in one preseason game, you didn’t exile him to the end of the bench. You tried to educate him. How do you handle players, and do you handle them all in the same way?
I think it’s definitely one by one, and there’s probably an overarching, you know, group umbrella. There’re certain standards and certain things that we believe that we have to commit to as a group, and within that framework, I think each young man and each player is different. And I think that timing of some of those situations impacts, you know, how you wanna approach somebody, too.

I think there’s, often times during, in a game, there’s a window that’s a very teachable moment. Also during a game, sometimes it’s best to not even acknowledge or say something, that it’s better to wait ’til later, whether it be on film or whatnot.

And I think for us during practice, all those opportunities, we have to take advantage of them as much as we can, with our group. And sometimes there’s things that you’re saying to one guy that could apply to two or three of ‘em, but you don’t want to keep stopping practice. So you may just try to say it once, and say it in a way that everybody knows that it’s important.

So, that’s something we’ll keep trying to read and keep a pulse on. And I, sometimes when guys make mistakes, if they know what they’ve done, the best thing I can do is help ‘em figure out why they did it, and how not to do it again, as opposed to just being, you know, really angry about the mistake. I mean, I may feel that, but it doesn’t seem that that, to me, is the most productive way for us to, you know, to not have it happen again.

What are the advantages of playing fast?
I think the main thing is easy baskets, you know, to the extent that you can gain an advantage getting the ball up the floor quickly, that, the hope is that you’ll have some sort of numbers advantage in a fast-break situation.

If that’s not available, you know, hopefully you can play against the defense even if it’s five-on-five, and you don’t have, you know, a fast-break advantage, that you can play against a defense that isn’t entirely set, you know, which, again, hopefully can lead to a high percentage shot if not, you know, if not a layup.

And then from there, you know, I’d rather not have to pull it out, set it up, call a play. I think that puts a ton of pressure on your execution. There’s some imperfections in playing fast, that oftentimes it’s not as, it may not be as pretty. It looks loose. There may be some more mistakes, but on the whole I think it gives you a better chance to generate some easy field goals. (1280)

* UDQM: I’d rather not have to pull it out, set it up.

Have your players bought in to your system? Do they fully understand your concepts?
I think they’ve definitely bought in. Understanding is a process. I think that, especially the way that we wanna play, supplanting some of the way they’ve done things previously with the new way of doing things, the new way of playing, takes time.

And even if those other habits were good habits, we’re, you know, changing habits no matter how they fit into a new concepts is, takes time. It’s hard.

Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors only started 28 games together last year, and it didn’t work out well. You’ve played them together more, with more success. What have you seen from them?
I think, you know, they both probably are more skilled than I realized, and maybe even than they realized.

So, playing them together, I think there’s had to be a real willingness on their part to adjust to one another, where one of ‘em may be spaced out on the floor. One of ‘em may be rolling, one of them may be popping. Because they’re both capable of doing those things, and they can present matchup problems because of their size.

By the same token, defensively, they’re both big guys, and you know, having one of ‘em out on the floor defensively can be difficult. So, they’ve had to get comfortable with that, those matchups, and maybe being uncomfortable. And they’ve been willing to do that.

So, I’m sure there’s gonna be growing pains with them. Spacing is different with two bigs; two traditional bigs, I should say. It’s a lot easier to have a stretch guy that can space the floor that way, but when it comes to two bigger guys, to, having ‘em duck in or move or replace are all different kinds of ways you try to utilize ‘em. (NBA TV)

Bits from Phil Johnson Interview, 10/28

November 12, 2014
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phil johnson

This team looks different under Quin Snyder than it did under Tyrone Corbin. What are some of the differences you’re seeing?
Well, Ty was, had some veterans that were on his team that they had brought in with contracts and so forth, to get salary cap money.

And so, you bring guys in that really aren’t committed to the program, and then, and he also had some guys that were very inexperienced. You’re talking about, you know, some of his young guys [in] Trey Burke, some of these guys.

So, it’s different from just the roster standpoint, that they’ve got younger guys [now]. They’ve got guys that are more committed and that type of thing. As far as coaching styles, I think [Snyder] is committed to more, as much, spacing the floor, ball movement, that type of stuff.

But it remains to be seen how effective all that stuff is. It all amounts to whether it works and whether or not you win games.

On the 2003-2004 season, which was predicted to be the worst team in NBA history
That team won 40 games. What we did was, we changed our style of play a little bit. We were m–we were not as much of an inside-type team going to Karl Malone, w–similar situation this year. We changed our offense a little bit. We were more of a perimeter-type team.

Andrei [Kirilenko] had a really good year. We had some guys step up and play well. And yeah, it’s a similar situation to what’s happening now, because we did change how we played, and, because of what, our personnel, and so, but you have to do that as a coach. You have to change as times go on.

** People calling Kawhi Leonard “Kuwamee Leonard”: Phil Johnson

On Rodney Hood
[Shooting] is really a lot to do with confidence…

He has a lot of confidence. He’s worked on his shot. He knows what he’s doing. He is an overall good basketball player. He has a good feel for the game. I look for him to ha–contribute quite a bit this year, because he knows how to play. He has an understanding defensively. He can pass; he’s not just a shooter. And so, I think he’s got a good overall game.

On Alec Burks and player development
I think that the way he was, has been brought along has really helped him be a good player.

For instance, last year, Trey Burke was hurt and they didn’t have Marvin Williams. I read in a paper it was only because of Trey Burke being out that they went one and four…Marvin Williams had a lot to do with that. Both those guys were out. And they did not have an adequate backup point, and so, Alec Burks played point last year.

Well, everybody would think, well, that’s terrible. Well, no it isn’t, because it’s great for the development of Alec Burks. And he came off the bench, and he developed his game, and now he’s ready, I think, to have a very good year because of the way that he was brought along. And so, he’s developed a lot, and so I think that is important to players, is how they, they’re not just given a spot.

For instance, okay, you’re gonna go, you’re gonna, we’re gonna play you no matter how many mistakes you make. No matter what goes on, you’re gonna play. That, to me, that’s the worst thing for a basketball player to learn how to play basketball in the NBA. (1280)

Game 8 of 82: Utah Jazz at Indiana Pacers (3-5)

November 11, 2014

before to after

Pre-Game Quotage
** Gordon Hayward, asked whether this is his team and his time
You know, it’s, it is. It’s time for me and for Derrick Favors to really step up. And you know, we’re both not extremely vocal guys, and that’s okay. And coach has said that’s okay…He’s our leader, and we’re right there, and he can lean on us, and we can lean on him, and a lot of that will be just us being out on the court, and being our hard-working guys that we are.
** Hayward on Quin Snyder being a vocal guy
He gets guys moving. And if they’re not in the right spot, he’ll get ‘em to the right spot. And that’s what we need. Like I said, we’re a young team, and we need to be directed.
** Hayward on his friendship with Jeremy Evans
We are still together, the last two to survive from when we were here five years ago. And it’s really great to have a guy that’s on the team that can be your friend.
Evans says it’s time to up the ante from Subway.
What does he want? He wants me to take him to Ruth Chris or something? Is that what? He’s usually fine with the free lunch that I give him from Subway, so. I’m gonna, maybe he should start paying for me.


Post-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder on the game
I thought we came out really hungry, and I thought there was a stretch, I think, you know, midway through the third, end of the third quarter, where we had some good emotional juice. I think our guys care, you know, but that’s gotta translate into a little more toughness on the glass.

** Gordon Hayward on the game and his 30 points
Yeah, you know, not good enough. Didn’t win. And so, that’s pretty unfortunate. You always wanna win when you’re at home, and I mean, it’s tough ’cause I felt like we kind of had this one, and then we kinda just fell apart late. And you know, maybe that’s tired legs on a back-to-back or whatever, but I think a lot of it was mental mistakes, especially defensively, and you know, not necessarily picking up all the loose balls.
** Hayward on expectations of winning
I mean, I think wherever we go, we believe in ourselves and kind of expect to win, which is a big difference than last year, you know? And so, as long as we play the way we’re capable of playing, you know, we can compete with any team in this league.
** Derrick Favors on the game
They just made shots. You know, we had good energy. You know, we came out, did the game plan, but you know, they just made shots.
** Favors, asked if there’s anything he wishes he could’ve done better on Roy Hibbert
I did what I had to do. You know, he just made tough shots over me. Ain’t nothing I can do about that.
** Favors on his homecoming in Atlanta
I’m going to the house. I’m going back my momma house, man. Chill for a minute before the game. That’s all Imma do.


Random Stuff, etc.
** People calling Luis Scola “the Pacer”: Matt Harpring (H/T @its_computers)
** People who think “üçlük” is pronounced “koo-klu”: Craig Bolerjack
** The best part of tonight: Rudy Gobert’s tweet, albeit censored.

[Note: And of course, this tweet was gone within a few hours.]

rudy rooks

Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Matt Harpring on Rudy Gobert: He’s gotta realize how long he is.
** Craig Bolerjack: Hayward puts it up, and out.
** David Locke: Alec Burks gets beat off the backdoor. (H/T @5kl)
** Harpring on Solomon Hill and Gordon Hayward: Hill snuck one in on him.
** Boler: Alec puts a shot up. Came out like a cork.
** Harpring on Roy Hibbert: He finds his length very useful.

game 8

Thanks to @RxMike12 and @Silverarrow82 for the assist tonight on the W-L record.

Utah Jazz at Indiana Pacers: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

November 11, 2014
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Indy Cornrows.

Utah intrigues me
favors, hayward, burks, exum, burke

by dbcb on Nov 10, 2014 | 6:48 PM

I like them.
Don’t forget about Gobert.

by infinityzero.systemerror on Nov 10,2014 | 7:12 PM

Snyder’s hair….
by denggoy1 on Nov 10, 2014 | 7:11 PM

quiet night on here
by Rogco on Nov 10, 2014 | 8:00 PM

Different vibe compared to last year, huh?
People have lives all of a sudden ;)

by Gwen on Nov 10, 2014 | 8:01 PM

You’ve got to look back at the 70′s hair and clothing styles
and just scratch your head

by gut19 on Nov 10, 2014 | 8:03 PM

I do the same thing when looking back on my childhood and teenage years.
by infinityzero.systemerror on Nov 10,2014 | 8:04 PM

I have a picture of my mullet on the fridge right now
no kidding.

by gut19 on Nov 10, 2014 | 8:05 PM

I use to straighten my hair.
Good god. What was wrong with me.

by infinityzero.systemerror on Nov 10,
2014 | 8:07 PM

I think it’s better than the 80′s though.
That was a dark age of fashion.

by Gwen on Nov 10, 2014 | 8:05 PM

You don’t like acid wash jeans?

by gut19 on Nov 10, 2014 | 8:06 PM

Combined with the mall hair, neon colors?

by Gwen on Nov 10, 2014 | 8:08 PM

Looks like AJ’s getting some gray
by gut19 on Nov 10, 2014 | 8:10 PM

Isn’t he only about 27 or something?
by Gwen on Nov 10, 2014 | 8:10 PM

I’ve got plenty of gray in my hair.
Life is hard.

by infinityzero.systemerror on Nov 10,2014 | 8:11 PM

My gray hairs….
Have gray hairs……

by KRex61 on Nov 10, 2014 | 8:12 PM

You know your old when your pub…. I better stop.
by infinityzero.systemerror on Nov 10,2014 | 8:13 PM

you know you’re old when your pub gives you a senior discount?
by royhibbertgoodkisser on Nov 10, 2014 |8:20 PM

Ok, Ok, I’ll bite
Just how bad is Gordon Hayward’s new haircut?

by Gwen on Nov 10, 2014 | 8:19 PM

I’ve seen worse (looking at you, Kirilenko).

by _JazzMan_OS on Nov 10, 2014 | 8:23 PM <—- Jazz fan

It’s crazy to think that Burks used to be planted on the bench.
by infinityzero.systemerror on Nov 10,2014 | 8:31 PM

It seems to me the majority of these NFL primetime games have been pretty awful.
by Gwen on Nov 10, 2014 | 8:44 PM

Cam Newton is blessed with the utter and complete lack of even marginally talented wideouts.
by infinityzero.systemerror on Nov 10,2014 | 8:49 PM

He has Olsen, though.
And he’s good

by Brandon Burton on Nov 10, 2014 | 8:51 PM

Double cover.
Game over.

by infinityzero.systemerror on Nov 10,2014 | 8:57 PM

OT: Ooof, just read where IU’s QB football commit, de-committed and now committed to Penn State
by Gwen on Nov 10, 2014 | 9:04 PM

All I know is that you can’t believe teenagers
They change their minds every 5 minutes

by Gwen on Nov 10, 2014 | 9:05 PM

I was worried about that.
The Star had an article about him going on a visit to PSU, but still being firmly committed to IU. That was 2 weeks ago, talk about changing your mind fast. You’d think IU being as desperate as they are for QBs he’d stay committed for sure; guess not.

by Brandon Burton on Nov 10, 2014 | 9:06 PM

Nice to see a win tonight.
by Gwen on Nov 10, 2014 | 9:25 PM

by Smrick on Nov 10, 2014 | 9:26 PM

Game 7 of 82: Utah Jazz at Detroit Pistons (3-4)

November 10, 2014

Pre-Game Quotage
** Trey Burke on the importance of learning to play from a coach in Quin Snyder who played the same position as him
We can relate to each other. He understands, you know, the attack that it takes to get the job done at the point guard position. So you know, he can tell me certain things that will benefit me, you know, much more than, you know, a coach that may not have played my position. So, you know, it’s an exciting thing to know that, you know, your coach played your position. At the same time, he knows what he’s talking about.
** Burke on whether sharing a back court with Dante Exum intrigues him
I’m perfectly fine with that. You know, Dante, he brings a lot to the table. You know, his versatility, his size, and you know, his ability to get to the rim and make plays. So you know, I definitely feel like we all can work out together. And you know, it should be an exciting year. I’m excited.
** Burke on whether he can bark at his teammates if he has to
I will, if I have to. You know, and I expect, you know, my teammates to bark at me when, you know, I’m not doing my job as well. Because you know, coach Snyder, I think that’s one thing that he really does a great job at. He holds everybody accountable, from the coaching staff to all of the players.

treys parents

Post-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder on the game and Alec Burks
You know, I thought that we kept at it. You know, I thought Alec, towards the end of the game, really took the challenge to guard [Brandon Jennings], and I thought his size, you know, helped. And it’s something we’ve been talking to Alec about, is playing on both ends. And he really–I’m proud of him. He took it to heart, and I just, it’s an excellent opportunity for him. I think he, you know, what he did on the defensive end was as significant as anything anybody did on the other end.

burks jennings

** Gordon Hayward on having a quiet night until the fourth quarter
Wish that I could’ve made some shots earlier in the game. Maybe we wouldn’t’ve been in that situation. But I think, some of the coaches, you know, said keep shooting, man. Keep being aggressive. Got some to fall. I got some easy ones, which, once you get a couple easy ones, couple free throws, the basket, you know, it opens up for you, and kinda just went on from there.
** Hayward on what was going through his mind during the last 4.5 seconds
You know, I probably should’ve just attacked him, but I was thinking if I hit this three, it’ll puts us up four, and you know, make, take a little pressure off of us. But, ended up missing the shot and just, still, you know, we get a, we got a win defensively with a big time stop, and I guess that was kinda how the game went.
** Dante Exum on how he’s been able to limit his turnovers
All the coaches have been putting in my head to kind of get rid of the ball early and not try, dribble into the traffic. You know, at a early age that’s worked for me but you know, I’m in the NBA now so I gotta get it off early; you know, get it back later.


Random Stuff, etc.
** Exactly what you’d expect a Ron Boone tweet (DM?) to be like:

booner tweet

** Before the game, Enes Kanter tweeted:

enes gingerbread house

Remember the last time Enes tweeted this same phrase? (#RIPFunEnes)

enes gingerbread

** Trevor Booker video bomb during Dante Exum’s post-game interview:


Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Craig Bolerjack on Rudy Gobert: Little wiggle, Rudy, good D.
** Boler: Trey Burke, puts it up, can’t find it.
** Boler on Trey Burke’s head-to-toe yellow Michigan uniform: Yeah, he was using that Sharpie. Got a workout before that game.
** Matt Harpring on Burke: I know he needs something easy right now.
** Harpring on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s two consecutive 3-point attempts: You can’t give a guy two chances right in a row.
** Harpring on Dante Exum: It doesn’t look that fast ’cause he’s so long but when you see it live, it’s impressive. (H/T @dianaallen)
** Harpring on Gordon Hayward: You can’t go under on Hayward anymore. (H/T @5kl)
** Quin Snyder, post-game: We were able to hang in there and kind of grind away.

Undefeated with red ties and Antonio Lang halftime interviews.

game 7

Thanks to @davidjsmith1232 and @purpleandblues for the assist on the W-L record tonight.

Utah Jazz at Detroit Pistons : Opponent Game Thread Highlights

November 10, 2014
tags: ,

Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Detroit Bad Boys.

Detroit Bad Boys is the birthplace of Opponent Game Thread Highlights, and the posters there did not disappoint tonight.

Go, maybe not so shitty team, go!
by JWurm on Nov 9, 2014 | 5:52 PM

Smith will shoot even worse now.

by Ben Quagliata on Nov 9, 2014 | 6:10 PM

We ain’t got dis

by rames on Nov 9, 2014 | 6:21 PM

My sister thinks Quin Synder is hot
by Goose15 on Nov 9, 2014 | 6:22 PM

I agree
by Ben Quagliata on Nov 9, 2014 | 6:24 PM

Don’t lie, you ain’t got a sister.
by Kriz on Nov 9, 2014 | 6:31 PM

i think we should make our players play league of legends
it seems to help hayward a lot lol

by southdetroit on Nov 9, 2014 | 6:22 PM

I can see it now
Everyone is pissed at player JMSMO0vE6 as he always takes mid with…who’s the crappiest character now? Nunu? Zilean?

by The truth Rodney White on Nov 9, 2014 | 6:28 PM

Jazz announcers really good?
They seem to be watching the game and be knowledgeable and not be annoying. Wow.

by MrHappyMushroom on Nov 9, 2014 | 6:29 PM

Quinn Snyder looks like a Batman villain
by heWizard on Nov 9, 2014 | 6:30 PM

I was thinking Die Hard villian
by bugman222 on Nov 9, 2014 | 6:32 PM

Not European enough.
by heWizard on Nov 9, 2014 | 6:32 PM

Either superhero movie villain or shitty boyfriend of protagonist’s love interest.
by Kriz on Nov 9, 2014 | 6:33 PM

The judges will also accept “Shitty Stepdad”
by heWizard on Nov 9, 2014 | 6:35 PM

by Kriz on Nov 9, 2014 | 6:36 PM

I hate how my stream is perfect in the ads
And terrible in the game

by Ben Quagliata on Nov 9, 2014 | 6:34 PM


Wow Augustin sucks
by Goose15 on Nov 9, 2014 | 6:34 PM

That was terrific Augustin…
Stand there and watch Exum spot up for a three. After the shot is released, lunge at him and smack him on the hand. That was both lazy and stoopid.

by MrHappyMushroom on Nov 9, 2014 | 6:35 PM

Wow Augustin fucking sucks
by Goose15 on Nov 9, 2014 | 6:36 PM

Saw that Gobert dunk coming a mile away.
by Kriz on Nov 9, 2014 | 6:37 PM

Which is, coincidentally, how far away Dre was standing.
by heWizard on Nov 9, 2014 | 6:37 PM

Who the fuck is Ingles?
by Justin Lambregtse on Nov 9, 2014 | 6:39 PM

Changed his name from Jason Smith yesterday.
by MrHappyMushroom on Nov 9, 2014 | 6:39 PM

The word ‘english’ in spanish.
by Kriz on Nov 9, 2014 | 6:41 PM

Trust Joe Ingles to get hot against us.
I’m glad for the fellow Aussie, but fuck you Joe.

by Ben Quagliata on Nov 9, 2014 | 6:40 PM

Stan’s going for that
not-quite-recovering alcoholic look today.

by MrHappyMushroom on Nov 9, 2014 | 6:39 PM

If there’s a heaven
Chuck Daly is looking down disapprovingly at Stan’s grooming and lack of dressing panache

by Frankdog on Nov 9, 2014 | 6:49 PM

Byron Scott is not a good head coach
by Goose15 on Nov 9, 2014 | 6:49 PM

Byron Scott is not a good anything, really.
by Ben Quagliata on Nov 9, 2014 | 6:50 PM

Which makes him a GREAT head coach for the Lakers.
by heWizard on Nov 9, 2014 | 6:50 PM

Snyder looks like he’d be a mean drunk
by Frankdog on Nov 9, 2014 | 6:50 PM

Stan looks like he is a bumbling drunk.
You’re right about Snyder. Very Ray Liotta in something wild. Or one of those stock broker serial killers.

by MrHappyMushroom on Nov 9, 2014 | 6:53 PM

Burke is awful. I like exum a lot though
by Goose15 on Nov 9, 2014 | 6:53 PM

Hey! Benecio Del Toro’s coaching the Jazz!
by Biz Markie Moon on Nov 9, 2014 | 7:00 PM

Nice finish to the half
by stevenyc on Nov 9, 2014 | 7:02 PM

What’s Utah’s coach doing in this tequila commercial?
by Biz Markie Moon on Nov 9, 2014 | 7:16 PM

Somehow, I feel like Exum getting minutes because Burke has foul trouble is not a great deal for us
by stevenyc on Nov 9, 2014 | 7:26 PM

Too much Swag… [Brandon Jennings]
by JWurm on Nov 9, 2014 | 7:28 PM

He swigged when he should have swagged
by heWizard on Nov 9, 2014 | 7:28 PM

Fuck exum
by Goose15 on Nov 9, 2014 | 7:45 PM

josh’s long two’s are butt clenchers
by 104rog on Nov 9, 2014 | 8:04 PM

Quin Snyder scratches his ear, wonders where the coke dealer is
by Biz Markie Moon on Nov 9, 2014 | 8:09 PM

Them buttholes are tight.
by Kriz on Nov 9, 2014 | 8:09 PM

Josh not taking that 3 gave me a halfie
by heWizard on Nov 9, 2014 | 8:10 PM

I don’t like Hayward
by TheGille on Nov 9, 2014 | 8:11 PM

Kanter with the ultimate sin. Closing out on Josh Smith.
by Rban on Nov 9, 2014 | 8:11 PM

by The truth Rodney White on Nov 9, 2014 | 8:20 PM

What the fuck
by benjals on Nov 9, 2014 | 8:20 PM

by Biz Markie Moon on Nov 9, 2014 | 8:20 PM

Fuck off, we blew an 11pt lead to a shit team
And wtf was that play?

by Ben Quagliata on Nov 9, 2014 | 8:20 PM

I wouldn’t call the Jazz a shot team.
Just because they were last year doesn’t mean they are this year.

by IamPAP on Nov 9, 2014 | 8:26 PM

by mannie32 on Nov 9, 2014 | 8:21 PM

shitty team is shitty
by Aris Kafadogias on Nov 9, 2014 | 8:21 PM

by TDP on Nov 9, 2014 | 8:23 PM

For those keeping track at home, here’s a list of what Pistons fans think Quin Snyder looks like:

–Batman villain;
–Die Hard villain;
–superhero movie villain;
–shitty boyfriend of protagonist’s love interest;
–shitty stepdad;
–mean drunk;
–Ray Liotta in the wild;
–stockbroker serial killer;
–Benicio Del Toro;
–guy in tequila commercial (who may or may not be Ray Liotta);
–guy looking for his coke dealer.

Bits from Dennis Lindsey Interview, 11/7

November 9, 2014
tags: , ,


On Gordon Hayward’s marriage and muscles
We got to Vegas, and I was like, “Oh my, what happened?” …

He said, “As it turns out, I’m newly married, and my wife is a very good cook.”

In hindsight, maybe he wasn’t eating, he was eating like a bachelor instead of a married man. So, I’m sure that pleases all the women out there, that we need ‘em.

Did you know Trevor Booker could have this kind of effect on this team?
No. No. No. None of us did. Now Quin [Snyder], Quin had a lot to do with us taking a second look. Trevor had a, some good moments against Paul Millsap, and you guys know how we feel about Paul, and how Quin feels about Paul, and Paul feels about Quin.

And so, there, we always knew, and when [Booker] played college ball, that he had some real fight. And the one thing that the system has allowed him to do is play-make a little bit. I’m not saying he’s Boris Diaw as a passer, but he’s playing that, where he can take his guy off the dribble and make a pass or a lob to Rudy [Gobert] with his left hand.

And certainly, we want to emphasize our spacing and he’s not gonna shoot 50 percent from three. But h–I think Quin has given him [the go-ahead] as far as his shot goes, especially from the corners, allowed him to take it. …

Frankly, I’m worried he plays so hard, we gotta make sure that he’s taking care of himself on off-days and recovery days, ’cause he’s just a naturally hard-playing and tough guy, and we needed that edge.

On the foul that Derrick Favors was called for against LeBron James
I like my money. I work hard for it, so I don’t want the league taking a piece of my check. I’ll say this. I put in a call to the league. …

Derrick did leave his feet, but I feel like he landed and twisted. So, as much as anything, you have to communicate with the league, and the league officials who work really hard, and really good at what they’re doing. And I really like how our game’s officiated, and I say that sincerely. I think they’re working really hard. …

You do want to learn from these, and that way Quin can go out and instruct Derrick and our other bigs in this situation. “This is how you have to play it.” And so, I’ll reserve judgment until I’m able to talk to the league.

Lindsey, Snyder and Randy Rigby all spoke at length this week about how much they respect NBA officials and what a great job the officials are doing. Coincidence?

On playing the Mavericks, UDQM
Really, what Quin and our coaching staff want our young guys to focus on is their mindset tonight, going into this game, because the Chander-Nowitzki-Monta Ellis, that, Monta Ellis rubbing off Dirk Nowitzki, or Chandler, Tyson Chandler going to the rim and Dirk’s space, that’s a unique combination.

It’s a little bit like when Deron Williams was rubbing off Carlos Boozer, and you had Mehmet Okur in the weakside slot, lifted.

It’s a very tough coverage, so you better communicate. You better be physical. You better help. You better recover. When the ball goes up, you better get to a body early, and stick ‘em. And if we don’t, then it will happen again. And then we’ll have another big, long video session and some habit counseling, if you will.

What attracted you to Joe Ingles when he was released by the Clippers?
Really, a credit on that is going to Quin. Look, [the Spurs] have scouted Joe since he’s been 16, 17 years old. He’s no secret [in] professional basketball, and he moved from, to two very good clubs in Barcelona two years ago; last year, he won a Euroleague championship with Maccabi Tel Aviv. David Blatt was the coach.

And we s–we respect international basketball, and so we’ll make sure that our coverage, our pro personnel coverage, is very strong. Joe was the team captain for Team Australia. I think he averaged 11 points a game, shot 40 percent from three.

But really, his best characteristic is that left hand. He can really pass the ball and find angles. And Quin was a passer as a player, and sometimes you gravitate to guys that are ball-movers. And we like big wings. Joe’s body, you wouldn’t think it, but he’s all of 6-8 and 225. He’s a little thicker than you’d, than his jersey hangs on his body. And he has a little toughness.

And he was actually, this is a small, ancillary point, but he was Dante [Exum]‘s basketball hero growing up. He was Dante’s first autograph.

And so, we, Justin and I, Justin Zanik the assistant GM, and I went over to Spain to watch the World Cup this summer, and Dante was rooming with Joe, the team captain, right, to make sure the young guy’s doing the right thing. And he talked about how much he loved Joe, and we’re like, “Well, how’s it going?”

He said, “Mate, you’re in a room with another guy for 35 straight days. You tell me.” But yeah, so there’s certainly a connection with Dante.

And really, Quin, when he was an assistant coach at CSKA Moscow with Ettore Messina, competed against Joe several times. Had coffee with him in the lobby, and knew that his DNA fit our DNA. And so, we have high hopes that he can find a real role for us. (1280)


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