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Bits from Dennis Lindsey Interview, 12/13

December 14, 2014
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Trey Burke seems to drift some nights. His shot is inconsistent, and he’s not the biggest or fastest guy in the world. Are you worried about him?
Yeah, so I can understand the question. Here’s what we have early on, is a 22-year-old guard [with] superior handle, very safe with the ball, plays with his head up. He’s very underrated as a point guard if you look at his pure point rating, his assist-to-turnover. So, he’s steady.

I think the nature of the game is, his core game is of a pull-up game, and so he’s facing bigger guys. I think there’s been an adjustment with Quin [Snyder]’s offense…You know, when the final gavel of judgment goes down is very debatable. I gotta continue to remind ourself that he should be a senior at Michigan this year, and he’s facing a gauntlet of point guards.

Certainly, the defense, you know, I know a lot of fingers are pointed at him and Enes [Kanter], and some of those pointed fingers and directions are right and some of ‘em are misplaced, and it’s a collective group, and it’s a collective group that’s very young. I think there’s some things that he’s done, has worked towards, to get better physically. He is faster ’cause he’s lighter this year, and I think that will in time play well.

But yeah, there would be some areas that we certainly want to see some improvement, but the nice thing that, the feedback I get back from Quin is, is “Hey, I can criticize him in front of the group. I can call him out in video. Trey’s come in for extra work. Trey’s edited his own videos.” So, I think his ambition and care factor’s really high. Coupled with his ball skills, his ability to make a pull-up, I think he’ll shoot better from three…

And again, there’s a lot of examples of programs being impatient with young point guards. Kyle Lowry was a very well-traveled–for some different reasons, right–but that would be a good example in one that played r–very well against us recently. So, we’ll give it some time.

Should Derrick Favors be getting more plays called for him?
Well, it’s an interesting question. So there’s, the, you have the classic Hakeem Olajuwon, Tim Duncan in his heyday, Karl Malone on the block. The rules were much different, and you could lift Mark Eaton above the timeline, and his ha–his man that was guarding the “five” had to be above the free throw line.

So the [John] Stockton-Malone pick and roll changed, and Karl’s post-ups changed. It really changed what we did in Houston in a big way, and it changed our philosophy on how we played with Tim [in San Antonio]–Tim’s age, as well as the rule changes.

So, and then there’s guys who score that are more the Amare’ Stoudemire scorers, where there’s a screen, there’s a roll, and that length, that size, that speed, gathering inside of a seam, if you will, is very formidable.

And a big credit goes to Derrick over the last few years. He’s really worked hard at his non-dunk finishing. That’s something, and I think he’s shooting close to 57 percent. There’s also the thought that, look, we were trying to figure out the first couple years with Derrick, is he a “four” or is he a five? And the beauty, I think, now is, is he can be both.

But I think he’s better offensively, has better spacing with a five, and that’s where some of what Enes gives us goes unnoticed. Enes can really space and really shoot the ball, so it’s, he pulls his man away. Derrick now rolls. Instead of having three or four bodies that he’s having to negotiate and finish over, it’s his own guy or it’s a guard who’s a help defender. And many times Enes is out to the corner three or in the high-quadrant three.

And so I think because he’s finished so well, he’s also put in a lot of time and effort on his 17-footer, 15- to 17-footer; the power forward shots, if you will. And so, if he was exclusively shooting those shots, you know, I think his efficiencies and usage would be different.

So, now that we have him in a very good offensive rhythm, I think right now for those, you know, advanced stat connoisseurs, I think he was fourth, third, something like that in PER for centers, as a 23-year-old. So we’re ecstatic. But you know, there’s the question, Derrick and Enes, and that works offensively.

Could there ever be a Derrick and Rudy [Gobert] combination, where Derrick’s playing the four, and he gets more traditional four shots? And Rudy doesn’t space like Enes, so there’s, becomes, the offensive dilemma that you’re trying to solve…Hopefully, in theory, that length can be very significant.

But Derrick made a real commitment to the organization, to Salt Lake, to being here in the off-season. He’s worked really good with Antonio Lang. He’s practicing better, practicing with a better pace, and I think a lot of things are adding up to where we’re glad to have him.

The Jazz are the best third-quarter and worst second-quarter team in the league. Why?
Well, I think, again, we sub, we’re, we don’t have right now that dynamic bench scorer. Jamal Crawford, if you will. We moved Alec Burks to the starting lineup, so we lost that component a little bit. And so, we’ve been searching; get Gordon [Hayward] out early, getting back with a different unit.

The other thing is that we’re trying to establish is, is we really want to play with the pass. And any time you start running a direct play for a player, by definition, bodies stop. Players stop. A guy has it, he massages it a little bit,* and so, there’s that balance of Quin wanting to teach these guys how we wanna play within our flow, within the San Antonio motion, if you will, and those patterns, and play five-man basketball and the ball doesn’t stop and play on the second and third sides.

And then…there may be times wh–you know, going forward, we need to call a set for Alec so we know exactly what we’re going to get. And usually, that’s best done out of timeouts or sideline out of bounds or after a free throw, so there’s a lot of debate going on about which is best, but frankly, some of our second quarter, our personnel woes, to where, you know, it’s, it, we need to find some bench sor–scoring with that group. (1280)

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Game 23 of 82: Utah Jazz vs. Miami Heat (6-17)

December 13, 2014

The funny:

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The facepalm:

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The fanciful:

another sellout

Utah Jazz fans: Best in the league at masquerading as empty seats!

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Pre-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder on Rudy Gobert’s development
Alex Jensen’s done a phenomenal job. Like, that’s the right word to–I mean, his free throws, you know, just being able to, you know, to string plays together. And I, you know, and [Jazz strength and conditioning coaches] Isaiah [Wright] and Mark [McKown] have also been terrific if you look at his balance, and you know, how he’s able to move laterally. He’s able to put himself in position to block more shots. You don’t see that until he gets out on the court and he’s able to make more plays. You know, I think just his ability to finish has really improved.
** Snyder, asked what is the next step in Gobert’s development
I think it’s continuing, you know, he’s an intelligent guy, and continuing to have that intelligence transfer to the court. Understanding, you know, what to do, when to do it, timing, you know, precision, and not just get by on his length and ability. You know, for him to, you know, he’s gonna have to pay attention to detail to continue to develop. That’s what, you know, otherwise you’re a guy that’s long and comes in and you know, can change the game a little bit, but as far as consistent presence, you know, you can’t be that without, you know, the discipline and the focus. He’s competitive…He can do it.

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Post-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder on the final inbounds play
We didn’t have any awareness of the clock. And it’s the same thing. You know, we had plays called, and there wasn’t an, there’s gotta be more force and urgency to get into those plays. You know, they try to deny you, and you’ve gotta work.
** Snyder, asked what it is he likes about Joe Ingles inbounding the ball
One, he’s got, you know, he’s 6-8. You know, when, anytime you have height like that in that situation, it’s an advantage. And you know, he’s rewarded that confidence that we have in him, you know, and just that, to, you know, we didn’t execute the play with enough force. They knocked us off, and you have to do what you need to do to get space and get free. You can’t just fucking,* it’s not like 5-on-0 where you’re just gonna go where you wanna go. And unfortunately, that was the case. He’s been, you know, that was all of us, you know? Everybody’s got a role in that execution late-game.
* I may be wrong, but that’s what I heard.
** Snyder on Enes Kanter
I’ve been really pleased with, you know, I’ve coached Enes hard. You know, and I think he’s needed [it], so, and sometimes that can knock you back a little bit, and challenging him, and I’m pleased the toughness, the mental toughness he’s shown. You know, to, the resolve to do the things that he’s been challenged to do. And the offense comes, you know, he’s played, he’s pla–tried to be really unselfish too, which I think is commendable. But defensively is where I see his focus. You know, he keeps his focus defensively, the offense comes easier.

** Gordon Hayward on the final inbounds play
We’ve executed our plays before to win basketball games. You know, that one just didn’t work out. I think they did a good job taking away what we wanted, and for whatever reason, we couldn’t get the ball in. But you know, we work on ‘em every day in practice, so. Just didn’t work for us tonight.
** Trey Burke on the final inbounds play
Well, we, you know, we had a couple options. You know, I think they did a great job of denying us, and you know, I think Joe [Ingles] felt like he had a extra second left. And you know, obviously it was five seconds, but you know, it was definitely good defense on their part. You know, I felt like we could’ve kinda cut a little harder to get it, you know, get the ball in and get a shot off, at least.
** Burke on the game
Obviously, losing [Derrick] Favors, it was tough, you know, on both ends of the court ’cause he’s kinda like our defensive anchor down there. But Turk [Enes Kanter], and you know, Rudy, they stepped up big for us. Just couldn’t pull it off.

** Enes Kanter, post-game
I don’t really like to, you know, talk about myself. I’m, I like to talk about my team. You know, I think that this team is just getting better. I know we’re losing some tough games, and I know we losing some games that we sh–we supposed to win. But I think that this a long process. This team is, you know, I think we have really something special, and this team, like I said every time, this team has enough talent to beat every team on every court. But we just have to, like I said, just play with more pace and just get a better start.
** Kanter on Quin Snyder
He’s a really good coach, ’cause he understand players. I mean, he has that communication. He has that relationship with the team, that you wanna play for, just go out there for, play for. So, he’s, I mean, he’s teaching us really something really unique, and we just have to, just give him back that answer, and for play [with] more energy.

** Rudy Gobert, asked what changed defensively in the second half
You know, I think, like, maybe my teammates feel better about being aggressive when I’m behind them, and just make everything harder for the other team. Like, in first half, we, I mean, we let them do whatever they want. Just go lay up in the paint, and after they get confident, you know, once you’re confident, they are good basketball players, so when they confident, they just play like pickup game. Just shoot, they feel good, you know, they get to the free throw line. I think we need to put more toughness and make sure they don’t get comfortable at the beginning of the game.
** Gobert, asked if he thinks about keeping the ball inbound on blocks
To be honest, I just try to [block shots]. I need to learn this, try to catch the ball in the air. I might do it later, but I’m just trying to block it. In the moment, it’s hard to think, you know, about catching the ball. But I think about it sometime, but it’s, on the game, I don’t think about it.
** Gobert on new/old teammate Patrick Christopher
I was young when he came [to] play in France. I was 18. And it’s good to see him…I don’t know how old is he…27?…Yeah, he’s pretty old.

Random Stuff, etc.
** People calling Alec Burks “Alec Burke”: Craig Bolerjack
** Here are Cholet Basket teammates Rudy Gobert and Patrick Christopher in 2011, playing hoops with and signing autographs for kids. Rudy’s pants are falling down for most of the video, but it’s SFW:

Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Gordon Hayward on Rudy Gobert, shootaround: His hands have gotten a lot better.
** Media member to Gordon Hayward on Gobert: Did it take you a little while to figure out, maybe, where he wanted it?
** Quin Snyder on Gobert, shootaround: I think for him, you know, tasting some of it, you know, continues to hopefully feed his, you know, his desire.
** Matt Harpring to Craig Bolerjack on EST tipoff: You gonna be up by then?
Boler: Oh, I’ll be up. Yeah. (H/T @its_computers)
** Boler: Alec [Burks] slows down, waits for [Gordon] Hayward.
** Harpring on LeBron James: I’m just not a fan of guys not getting up for other stars coming in your building to play.
** Quin Snyder, post-game: Luol Deng played on top of Gordon, and he went backdoor.
** Steve Brown to Enes Kanter, post-game: Just another one of those games where you have to come from behind again, and I know you’ve done it before, but tonight, just too much.
** Steve Brown to Enes Kanter, post-game, Part 2: The other night, you came from behind and you were able to do it. Does that maybe give you a little bit of false security that you can do that?


Red denotes most recent game.

The curse of the green tie was not to be denied.

game 23

Utah Jazz vs. Miami Heat: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

December 13, 2014
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Hot Hot Hoops.

GO HEAT !!!!
i will be back later.

by XmikeX on Dec 12, 2014 | 9:11 PM

you guys asleep or something?
by crosshanger on Dec 12, 2014 | 9:17 PM

Well that was ugly.
by #ThrowUpTheX on Dec 12, 2014 | 9:37 PM

I missed the beginning.
How was Hamilton as a starter?

by RocketSprocket on Dec 12, 2014 | 9:47 PM

Looked good to my untrained eye.
by #ThrowUpTheX on Dec 12, 2014 | 9:48 PM

Hayward looks like he belongs on one of those vampire shows with that hairstyle of his.
by #ThrowUpTheX on Dec 12, 2014 | 10:04 PM

Jazz announcers talking about Wade in the past tense.
While he’s scorching them right now.

by RocketSprocket on Dec 12, 2014 | 10:06 PM

I got a Jazz stream as well. The tweets they have scrolling by on the bottom of the screen are amusing me.
“Trey Burke and the Jazz will show Wade true skill and athleticism!”
“Jazz must beat the Heat. Do it. Do it now!”

by #ThrowUpTheX on Dec 12, 2014 | 10:08 PM

We’ll keep our eyes open for Trey’s display!
by RocketSprocket on Dec 12, 2014 | 10:11 PM

Hey now. He’s shown quite the athleticism on those fouls sending Wade to the stripe.
by #ThrowUpTheX on Dec 12, 2014 | 10:12 PM

be back later
by XmikeX on Dec 12, 2014 | 10:50 PM


Whats up? What have i missed so far?
by Heat4Life on Dec 12, 2014 | 10:52 PM

damn it.. i gotta split again
by XmikeX on Dec 12, 2014 | 11:07 PM

Does Gobert look like a giant sized Beasley?
by RocketSprocket on Dec 12, 2014 | 11:13 PM

A little bit.
by #ThrowUpTheX on Dec 12, 2014 | 11:13 PM

Game is over.
by Antistratfordian on Dec 12, 2014 | 11:15 PM

Dagger by Bosh
by Heat4Life on Dec 12, 2014 | 11:16 PM

HEAT win!
by #ThrowUpTheX on Dec 12, 2014 | 11:16 PM


Well its not
over yet

by Heat4Life on Dec 12, 2014 | 11:19 PM

Oh crap….
by #ThrowUpTheX on Dec 12, 2014 | 11:24 PM

GO HEAT !
by XmikeX on Dec 12, 2014 | 11:25 PM

Okay. NOW the game is over.
by Antistratfordian on Dec 12, 2014 | 11:27 PM

great win Miami!
Luckily I came back just in the nick of time! I really am the Heat’s lucky charm lol!

by J3an Mari3 on Dec 12, 2014 | 11:31 PM

Bits from Patrick Christoper and Quin Snyder Interviews, 12/11

December 12, 2014
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On Rudy Gobert and Cholet Basket
Me and Rudy were on the same team in Cholet. So, you know, definitely having somebody familiar is cool. … He spoke great English at the time. And the coach spoke English. All the team was, all the team pretty much spoke English. So, it was a good experience. I loved Cholet.

[Gobert]’s definitely a character, though. … I think, he’s still a little raw, but back then, you know, he’s, he was scratching the surface. You know, and I think having the access and the, everything the NBA offers as far as development, and you know, you have the trainers, you have the coaching staff, that’s just trying to get players better.

So I think he’s taking advantage of that, and you know, it’s great to see his game grow within the last time I’ve seen him.

How did you find out about the call-up?
Oh man, I was in an Uber headed to Cheesecake Factory [in Des Moines] to get some food. We had an off-day, and we actually, we were on a four-game losing streak. So I was trying to [get] myself focused and re-trigger, talk to my coach and ask, you know, how can we get this back on track.

And my agent calls me and tells me–he was pretty nonchalant and kinda, it was subtle, like, so I was kinda, said, oh, okay, cool. And then I was in an Uber and he told me not to tell anybody, so I had to, like, text my mom and text my sister, and then once I got out the Uber, I was able to call a few people.

I lost my appetite, though. I didn’t want to eat anymore. I was really excited.

Why do you wear No. 19?
[No.] 19 is because I wore this in Iowa. You know, my two years. I usually wear either 5 or 23, but you know, humble beginnings. You know, I played in the D-League, and you know, that gave me, I feel, my opportunity, that exposure, hands-on, so just kinda paying tribute to that.

Would you have played the rest of your career in Europe if the NBA didn’t work out for you?
I’m not opposed to playing in Europe. I love the culture. I love the lifestyle. The basketball is great. [What about money-wise?] Oh, financially, I mean, you can’t play in the D-League for too long, you know, if you thinking long-term…So you know, heading back over wouldn’t be a problem for me at all, but this is where I wanna be. (KALL)

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What about Joe Ingles’ game allows you to trust him the way you do?
I think his experience on some of the–there’s certain things that I trust him doing. You know, one of ‘em, obviously he inbounds the ball. You know, which, it’s almost analogous to, like, a long snapper or a field goal kicker. I mean, if you don’t get the guy in the right place with the ball, a whole lot of bad stuff can happen after that.

And I saw it last year with Pero Antic when we were in Atlanta, and Pero was inbounding the ball before he was actually playing. Then he broke into the rotation, so, I think Joe can do some things like that.

Just his feel for the game, I trust that he’s gonna make a good decision. I’d like him to be a whole lot, you know, more physical defensively and rebound more and play with more urgency on that end, and I’ve told him a couple times in pretty choice words, and I think he understands that too.

If he can do those things, you know, I think his passing and his kind of acumen for the game becomes even more valuable. He, the guys on the team love playing with him, you know, because he’s so unselfish.

On Enes Kanter’s improved play
You know, his minutes have fluctuated at times based on matchups. You know, it’s a tough cover for him to defend a Carmelo Anthony. It’s a tough cover, even, like, Orlando, a Tobias Harris; Draymond Green in Golden State.

So, there’s matchups that are hard for him, and I think for a player, that, you know, you can look out and you know, that, you can take that a little personally, I guess is what I’m saying. And maybe it feels like the coach doesn’t have as much confidence in you, and I think he went through a period and, where he was feeling that.

And to his credit, you know, he’s really stepped up his urgency, as much as anything, defensively. And I think that’s what we’re seeing…He’s active out on the floor, you know, doing some of those things that I just haven’t seen him do.

And it’s neat, because you start to see that he’s capable of it, and he’s gonna get rewarded for it, and he’s starting to value it. So, I’m really pleased with what he’s doing right now.

On the Jazz’s second unit
It’s huge. I mean, it’s really, really big. It, I think it, there’s nothing that, you know, the starters or, you know, those guys that are playing earlier in the game, makes them happier when they see the bench come in and either, you know, hold the lead, increase the lead or just play really hard.

We can feel ‘em impacting the game, and it’s like body blows in boxing, you know? It takes a toll on the other team over time. And it’s, you know, it’s something I’m committed to, to building our bench.

And there’ll be some growing pains. There has been this year where, you know, we’ve had tough, a tough time with productivity, but I think with that, you know, allows these guys, the Rudy Goberts and the Dante Exums and the Rodney Hoods, you know, the opportunity to, you know, make some mistakes and have growing pains, but just do that, you know, grow. (1280)

Get to Know: Steve Novak

December 12, 2014
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From David Locke’s “Get to Know” series; recorded around September

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Childhood snapshot: Playing basketball with all the neighborhood kids in his backyard (had a half-court)
Childhood room: Would call luxury car companies at age 13 pretending to be interested in buying a car and ask for brochures, photos and posters, then cut out all the cool pictures and hang them all over the walls and ceilings. Also had (“nobody wants to hear it, I know, but”) Michael Jordan stuff up
Best Christmas present ever: Remote-controlled Fast Traxx car
Best basketball moment ever: Scoring 41 points and grabbing 16 rebounds and upsetting No. 2 Connecticut senior year, with NBA scouts watching. I knew that I had proven myself at that point
Worst basketball moment ever: All the losses that end the season
Favorite class: Senior gym
Least favorite class: History of Jazz in college. “Please don’t take this the wrong way.”
How do you treat yourself? Go to Dairy Queen and get a Snickers Blizzard
Why do you wear No. 16? Son was born on the 16th
If you were an actor, what kind of actor would you be? Leonardio DiCaprio in “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Worst job or chore ever: Was elderly woman’s landscaper, and being called “Lawn Boy” by her grandson who was five or six years younger
Superpower: Being invisible
Killing time: Play with the kids
Dinner with three people, dead or alive: Brett Favre (boyhood hero), Robin Yount and late grandfather


Five most frequently used apps on your phone: Twitter, Instagram, weather, TD Ameritrade and mail
Top five musical artists: James Morrison, Gavin DeGraw, Jay-Z, Jason Derulo and Lil Wayne
Top five non-NBA athletes: Brett Favre, Robin Yount, Jose Canseco, Rickey Henderson and Don Majkowski
All-time NBA starting five: Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan (“I’m sorry again”), LeBron James, Timmy Duncan and Shaquille O’Neal. Larry Bird off the bench
Five things you can’t live without: Family, Dairy Queen, Coke (“The soda, that is. Just to clarify”), sweats and Italian food


Mom: The person that molded me into who I am. Always so positive and built me up (“Steven, you know, you have some zits. But they look good on you.”)
Good day in the Novak house when: When sister was at a friend’s house and had the house to myself
First person that recognized your talent: Dad. Taught me the game. He always believed in me and never pushed me too hard
“If that hadn’t happened, I wouldn’t be here today” moment: There’s a million of those moments. Family, community, coaches, health luck, big games at the right time all played a part


First basketball team: YMCA league
First buzzer beater: Against Notre Dame in college
First dunk: Eighth grade game
First pair of basketball shoes: Kevin Johnson Converse
First time your ever saw yourself on television: High school Preps Plus Game of the Week
First nickname: Bomber (given by dad, because I was always running around shooting the basketball from farther away than I should have been)
First car: Ridiculous, awful 1980s Chevy Celebrity
First CD: Master P, “Na Na Na Na” [“Make ‘Em Say Uhh!”]
First jersey: Pistons Grant Hill jersey
First autograph: Robin Yount
First time you ever got in trouble: Lots of times. Most memorable time was when I spit at my big sister from a friend’s car
First pet: Hamster, that died
First time you got dumped: Still waiting

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Game 22 of 82: Utah Jazz vs. San Antonio Spurs (6-16)

December 10, 2014

did jazz win

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Pre-Game Quotage
Quin Snyder on Enes Kanter, via @tribjazz:
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Post-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder on the game
Any win’s a good win. I mean, obviously they’re playing without a couple guys. I don’t think that diminishes the fact that, for us, it’s not so much about beating–it’s just winning a game right now, as much as you want to think big picture and long term and process…But it’s also true that, you know, on occasion, at least, and hopefully more than an occasion, having your work and your effort and your direction affirmed in some way, shape or form with a win is a good thing. I thought we played well last night, and didn’t have that to show for it.

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** Derrick Favors on the win
Man, it’s nice just to get a win, you know, no matter who it’s against. You know, we work hard every day in practice, and you know, we was grinding all the time, and we was in and out of games. So, just to get a win against anybody felt good.
** Favors, asked to compare his and Tim Duncan’s playing styles
Tim Duncan way better than me. (laughs) But nah, I mean, just going up against him, man, you learn so many little stuff that he does…Did I use some of it tonight? Yeah, I used one of his little swing moves he always do in the post. But it might be illegal. But he get away with it, so I try.
** Gordon Hayward, asked what Quin Snyder has asked him to do defensively
Be more of a communicator on the backside. It’s been a huge thing. A lot of times, I’m on the weak side and I can see the whole floor, so. Just really trying to make sure I get guys in the right spots, and then making sure that I’m still engaged even if I’m not in the play.

** Enes Kanter on the win
What a win, man. We needed that so bad. You know, seriously though, we needed that so bad. I mean, we just really pumped up, and excited.
** Kanter, asked if he felt like this was his game
This was our game. Let’s put it that way. This was our game, and we were just, really so happy.
** Kanter, asked if this win means more coming against the Spurs
Oh yeah, so we the world champ now, huh, right?

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** Alec Burks, asked what the Jazz’s defensive breakthrough was
We just got stops. It’s the name of the game. We stopped them from scoring. We get, it helps us out a lot.
** Trey Burke on the game
We felt like we played well on the defensive end more than anything last night, and we just didn’t make plays at the end of the game…We knew that we were getting better defensively as a team, and we just gotta put it all together. I feel like tonight was the first night we played well on both ends of the court, specifically defense.
** Rudy Gobert on playing time and confidence
You know, I feel like the coach give me more confidence, and I just feel better on the court.
** Trevor Booker on the game
Those last three minutes on the bench, I tell you boy, it almost gave me a heart attack. But we pulled it off.

Random Stuff, etc.
** Love that Jerry Sloan was wearing a Jazz sweater!

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Also loved this:

sloan pop

** And then there was this:

brown bear

Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Steve Brown: Manu Ginobili casts a big shadow.
** Matt Harpring on Manu Ginobili’s left shoulder impingement: Don’t you have one of those every morning you wake up?
Craig Bolerjack: We all do, right?
** Boler on Trey Burke: He’s getting banged off the face. (H/T @TaylorLangston2)

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** Brown to Quin Snyder, post-game: How big was the gorilla, to get off your back tonight?
** Brown to Rudy Gobert, post-game: How big is it, to get this win?
** Brown to Gordon Hayward, post-game: How big is this for you?
** Enes Kanter, post-game: I was down. Really down. But that win just got me up.
Brown: Were you down, coming in? I mean, seriously, were you down after last night a little bit?
** Dante Exum, post-game: That last minute went for, I don’t know, a half an hour, and it was the longest minute of my life.


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Congratulations, Brad Jones!

game 22

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

Utah Jazz vs. San Antonio Spurs: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

December 10, 2014
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Pounding the Rock.

will NEVER understand why they didn’t change the name when they went to Utah
by sambunnell on Dec 9, 2014 | 8:08 PM

They tried to but the Utah Polygamists didn’t set well with the NBA.
by spursfan80 on Dec 9, 2014 | 8:09 PM

pretty lights on the trees outside Jazz arena. Bet Utah is gorgeous at Christmastime.
by sambunnell on Dec 9, 2014 | 8:11 PM

Mormon Jazz are shooting well.
by sambunnell on Dec 9, 2014 | 8:24 PM

Gobert needs to play for us.
by sambunnell on Dec 9, 2014 | 8:41 PM

you could never have too much french
by fireballer15 on Dec 9, 2014 | 8:41 PM

Ugh….it looks that we are in for a tough game tonight.
by Chilai on Dec 9, 2014 | 8:42 PM

trade everyone
by Manu’sLongHair on Dec 9, 2014 | 8:42 PM

Can we give them Ayres for Gobert?
by play_splitter on Dec 9, 2014 | 8:47 PM

Ingles for the Jazz looks like a YMCA league guy
by sambunnell on Dec 9, 2014 | 8:48 PM


This may be completely off base, but does Timmy look a bit less svelte than he has been?
by chajamamama on Dec 9, 2014 | 8:51 PM

take it back!
by sambunnell on Dec 9, 2014 | 8:52 PM

You know Gobert was taken ONE PICK ahead of us. Then we took Livio Jean-Charles. I wouldn’t be surprised if Gobert would be a Spur today had he lasted one more pick.
by sambunnell on Dec 9, 2014 | 9:02 PM

IF the SPurs ever make a shot, we can win this game. Ugh my god, stop missing everything guys
by Chilai on Dec 9, 2014 | 9:17 PM

killed on the defensive glass
by fuzzy_quack on Dec 9, 2014 | 9:26 PM

We’re still the better team, y’all. Don’t forget. It’s a really nice advantage to have. And we have it every time we suit up.
by sambunnell on Dec 9, 2014 | 9:34 PM


Utah Jazz coach is scary.
by JohnWilSal on Dec 9, 2014 | 9:35 PM

He used to be the Austin Toros coach
by chajamamama on Dec 9, 2014 | 9:36 PM

Now THAT’S scary
by oldtimeyspurfan on Dec 9, 2014 | 9:37 PM

you don’t remember him? Ol’ Quinn?
by sambunnell on Dec 9, 2014 | 9:37 PM

POP IS EJECTED.
by JohnWilSal on Dec 9, 2014 | 9:41 PM

Pop done
by hurts2bgood on Dec 9, 2014 | 9:41 PM

Pop goes apeshit. I MISS THIS
by JohnWilSal on Dec 9, 2014 | 9:41 PM

LOL POP, typical move to get ejected on purpose to send a message to his team.
by Chilai on Dec 9, 2014 | 9:42 PM

For some reason, I just hate the Jazz. I don’t know why, but playing them is like nails on a chalkboard to me
by ThatTimDuncanGuy on Dec 9, 2014 | 9:43 PM

I hated them back in the Stockton-Malone days, but now I don’t care about them.
by sambunnell on Dec 9, 2014 | 9:44 PM

Even now though…still annoying to play them. Every time they beat them, they act like they won the NBA finals…and I hate that stupid smirk on Gobert’s face.
by ThatTimDuncanGuy on Dec 9, 2014 | 9:45 PM


Spurs can’t afford these garbage games against garbage teams. Not with the way the rest of the conference is playing.
by hoopsaf on Dec 9, 2014 | 9:44 PM

I just want ISO Bonner all day.
by JohnWilSal on Dec 9, 2014 | 9:45 PM

WTF EXUM IS AVERAGING 10% IN 3PTS
by JohnWilSal on Dec 9, 2014 | 9:49 PM

Give bonner the ball and get out of the way
by bet2win on Dec 9, 2014 | 9:49 PM

I wish gobert played for us so I can call him the gobstopper
by mikeesparza on Dec 9, 2014 | 9:50 PM

Gobstopper = GOLD.

My god this officiating is bullshit
by ThatTimDuncanGuy on Dec 9, 2014 | 9:50 PM

we might as well give up rebounding. we can’t even try without getting called for a foul
by alamoaggie on Dec 9, 2014 | 9:51 PM

damn every drive and/or rebound another whistle wtf is this.
by SalvatoreSPURSNJ on Dec 9, 2014 | 9:53 PM

Jesus, is Roger Goodell running the NBA too??? smh
by ThatTimDuncanGuy on Dec 9, 2014 | 9:54 PM

What is this crap….smh. This game is UNWATCHABLE
by ThatTimDuncanGuy on Dec 9, 2014 | 9:57 PM


Fuck you Trey Burke…look at that little scumbag smiling
by ThatTimDuncanGuy on Dec 9, 2014 | 9:59 PM

Somehow this is still very much a game.
by sambunnell on Dec 9, 2014 | 10:00 PM

yikes this is painful.
by Baskets4Everyone on Dec 9, 2014 | 10:03 PM

We suck
by play_splitter on Dec 9, 2014 | 10:09 PM

who is that team in black?
by hurts2bgood on Dec 9, 2014 | 10:07 PM

wtf the announcer just asked if the crowd was gonna rush the floor lmao
by Chanthasouk on Dec 9, 2014 | 10:09 PM

He called it a monumental upset earlier. Does he not realize our injuries? It’s like they’re intentionally stupid.
by HornPossessed on Dec 9, 2014 | 10:11 PM

Next they’ll raise a banner, have a downtown parade
by mikeesparza on Dec 9, 2014 | 10:13 PM


FIRE MESSINA!
by play_splitter on Dec 9, 2014 | 10:10 PM

we’re being outplayed by a below .500 team. wow
by TDzilla! on Dec 9, 2014 | 10:11 PM

a WAAYYY sub-500 team at that.
by Baskets4Everyone on Dec 9, 2014 | 10:11 PM

9 game losing streak looks like the number 1 seed against us
by hurts2bgood on Dec 9, 2014 | 10:12 PM

Favors, sit the fuck down. You just injured our future
by ThatTimDuncanGuy on Dec 9, 2014 | 10:14 PM

Was a clean play though
by sambunnell on Dec 9, 2014 | 10:15 PM

yeah, but they’ve been getting the calls all night
by ThatTimDuncanGuy on Dec 9, 2014 | 10:16 PM

yeah I don’t mind the foul being called, but we can’t be mad at Favors for making a great basketball play
by sambunnell on Dec 9, 2014 | 10:17 PM

Playoff game for the Jazz fans?
by mikeesparza on Dec 9, 2014 | 10:25 PM

Basically. Those announcers were jizzing themselves lol
Kudos, I guess.

by HornPossessed on Dec 9, 2014 | 10:26 PM


bah humbug
by TDzilla! on Dec 9, 2014 | 10:26 PM

welp there it is
by sambunnell on Dec 9, 2014 | 10:26 PM

good thing we play another awful team tomorrow night.
by Baskets4Everyone on Dec 9, 2014 | 10:27 PM

The Jazz were an awful team.
by JohnWilSal on Dec 9, 2014 | 10:28 PM

I’m happy for Quin. Though of course I’d rather him never get this win. But it’s undoubtedly a huge career milestone for him.
by sambunnell on Dec 9, 2014 | 10:27 PM

Welp, time to blown out the team and start from 0. Fire everyone!
Gotta give it to the Jazz. They wanted it more.

by Suave Groove on Dec 9, 2014 | 10:31 PM

Game 21 of 82: Utah Jazz at Sacramento Kings (5-16)

December 9, 2014

So, how about those good ol’ days when EnergySolutions Arena and Sleep Train Arena were, respectively, the Delta Center and Arco Arena?

Good times. And as you can see in the video above, Arco Arena had the second best crowd in the league.

Pre-Game Quotage
** Rudy Gobert on what’s surprised him about the NBA
When I got [to the NBA] last year, yeah, that was way more physical for me. So, that’s why I worked in the weight room all year…At the end of the season, I was feeling way better. I was practicing better, but I still wasn’t really in the rotation, so I couldn’t really show it in the game.
** Gobert on his goals
I want to be starter. I mean, not, may–if I’m not this year, then three years, yeah. I want to start…I want to get, like, 10 dunks, try to get 10 dunks a game. And I don’t know what my role will be on offense. I know I’m not gonna shoot a lot of shots. I’ve just got to finish and…do the right play at the right time.
** Gobert, asked whether Quin Snyder has talked to him about his role
Of course, of course. And he really believes in me, and that’s what I like, you know? He really p–give me confidence, and he knows what I can do good, what I can do not very good. So, he knows I can pass. I showed before summer league…I can really pass. So now he try to give me more the ball.

kanter kiss

Post-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder on the game
I think the result was different, for me at least, in that I felt like we, I think our approach to the game on the defensive end was better than it’s been. Obviously, still, you know, you can always do better, but I felt like we competed, particularly, you know, the first and the third quarter. And then some things got away from us in the second and particularly the fourth, where they made some plays and they made some shots, and we weren’t able to make the same plays offensively that they were making.
** Snyder on Derrick Favors picking up his fourth foul at the beginning of the second half
That’s a tough situation for our team to be in. I think everybody’s, I mean, I’ve been told numerous times about our record without Fav, and you know, although at the same time, I thought Rudy [Gobert] really responded and gave us some good minutes. It’s just, you know, I thought we weren’t–[Favors] anchors us a little bit offensively too, and we didn’t have that as well.

Turn up the volume and listen to @rudygobert27 scream! #utahjazz #rudygobert

A video posted by moni (@monilogue) on

Random Stuff, etc.
** People calling Ramon Sessions “Raymond Sessions”: Matt Harpring
** People calling Nik Stauskas “Stock-us,” “Stau-kas” and everything in between: Craig Bolerjack
** Sadly, the Tyrone Corbin reunion/revenge game was not to be, as Corbin tore his Achilles’ tendon playing pickup with the other Kings assistant coaches.

And the other highlight of the night… #eneskanter #mouthpiece #chickinthebackisdisgusted #utahjazz

A video posted by moni (@monilogue) on

Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Matt Harpring on Rudy Gay, pre-game: You gotta get to him, put a body on him, and make it haaard… (H/T @5kl)
** Harpring on Rudy Gobert: Hollins wanted to go up right away, but noticed the length was there and then was forced to make another move.
Craig Bolerjack: You know, and Ryan Hollins is a big guy, but Gobert, look at him! (H/T @5kl)
** Boler: Gay backs in on Hayward. Stops, pops.
** Harpring on Favors picking up his fourth foul: Favors, I’m gonna have to get on him.
Boler: Favs is going to have to ride the pine.
** Harpring on Enes Kanter throwing his mouthpiece: I can’t get behind that. Even though I’ve done that.
** Kings commentator on Gobert: He’s kinda like the cartoon guy, the Rubber Man. Just extends up, and keeps going.
** Boler on Nik Stauskas: Mike Malone is riding the young man as far as he can.
** Boler, trying to sell tickets: Holiday package. (H/T @5kl)


Red denotes most recent game.

game 21

Thanks to @JazzGameNight and @candybarr15 for the assist on the W-L record tonight.

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