On Enes Kanter and contract negotiations
I think Enes is very ambitious, and we want to use his ambition and his work and, you know, his obvious skills at 6-11 to integrate that into the group, so it’s clean integration where i–you know, where we’re, when we integrate his skills, we don’t want it to be at the cost of another player or the team itself.
And last game was a great example, of Enes and Trey [Burke] and Alec [Burks] leading the group to a comeback victory, and I see that coming.
I, again, we just gotta remind everybody on Enes, is he should be a senior at Kentucky this year. And something tells me he’d be pretty good if you put him in a college basketball setting…Enes’ work capacity’s great, and we wanna capitalize on that.
Are you a better team this year than last year?
I’d say that the West is so daunting, and it’s one of the things I love about being in the West…Our guys, as they develop and they learn how to win, they’re doing it under the highest possible level of competition.
And so, you’re only as good as you are relative to your competition. And the West is as daunting and as deep as I’ve ever seen it before. Even the rebuilding clubs have very significant talent, and they’re coming together, and so I think it makes for very interesting plots and storylines along the season.
But I do, I love it for our group. I love it for our group because there’s no way to escape the competition. Night in, night out, our guys are gonna have to bring it, and that’s a great way to develop a young group, in my opinion.
So, again, I don’t mean to avoid the question. It’s just, it’s always relative to your competition, and we’re nowhere close to where we wanna be, but I think we’re at the start of a real interesting and special foundation.
Do you, at some point, need to start Dante Exum?
Of course I understand everybody’s excited about Dante, and you know, the size and length and skills and that Aussie charisma.
And that’s one of the reasons why we’re excited, but that can be in conjunction with Alec Burks. That can be playing with Trey Burke…He can play with Joe Ingles and Gordon [Hayward] in the back court.
So, he’s a playmaker. So whether it’s as a “one” or a “two” or a small ball “three,” you know, a few years down the line, he’s someone that can go off the dribble, he can read the court, his shooting’s developing.
And we’re excited, Quin’s very excited about him, because with Dante, he’s just a very mature ma–young man. He’s been raised great, and we don’t have to tell him something twice. And that’s, I know that sounds simple, but that’s really profound in many ways when you’re dealing with a 19-year-old who was playing high school basketball in Australia last year.
Just imagine the jump in competition. And he doesn’t seem overwhelmed. He’s poised, he’s, certainly, he’s gonna get knocked around, and, but again, the biggest goal is to build an emotional, physical, even spiritual base here to allow him to work from a strong base going into next season.
And in some ways, he’s already exceeded what I thought that he could do, within an NBA game, and so, you know, good for him and we’ll build from that point. (1320)
How does it help you to know your head coach believes in you?
It helps me a lot. You know, we have a, our own personal relationship. You know, we talk a lot off the court, on the phone and things like that. So we see eye-to-eye all the time. You know, sometimes we don’t see to, eye-to-eye, but you know, he trusts me.
He sees what, you know, type of player I can be, and you know, he’s with me every day in practice. So, you know, he knows what type of potential I have inside of me. You know, he’s just gon continue to trust in me, and I’ve just gotta continue to play though.
Has Quin Snyder lived up to what you thought he would be when he was first hired?
Definitely. You know, you don’t know how it’s gon be with a new coaching staff, you know, coming into this new year, but you know, when I first talked to him in the summer, you know, I liked what he was talking about.
I liked what type of coaching style he had, and you know, when I had the opportunity to meet him for the first time, you know, I knew that he would be, you know, the right coach for, you know, with the type of pace that he wants us to play with, the type of demands he holds us to.
You know, he holds everyone accountable from the coaching staff to all of the players. So, I think that’s something that you need out of your head coach.
You know, [some coaches are] just coming in and you know, not really holding everyone accountable as they should. And coach Snyder, he does that every single day, so that’s something that makes us better as a, as an entire, you know, organization.
Do you like seeing Quin Snyder’s rah-rah cheerleader side?
Definitely. You know, he’s a player’s coach. He, you know, he’s a guy that played before, so you know, players can relate to him, you know, definitely. And you know, you want your coach, you know, a lot of times coaches just coach.
But with coach Snyder, he’s a coach; he’s also like a motivator. He’s a guy who’s gonna encourage his players and, to try to bring the most out of them. You know, at the same time, he’s gon get on you if he, if, you know, you’re not doing your job or if he sees something that, you know, he needs to get on you about.
So, that’s something that’s gonna bring the most out of all of our players, and I think that’s something that we need in a coach like him.
Who was your favorite player growing up?
My favorite player was A[llen] I[verson]. You know, just, AI was my favorite player. I watched him all the time, and you know, h–just, his size, being his size and the way he impacted the game. And then, you know, besides AI, you know, I think, that was, yeah, AI was probably my favorite player…That’s who I really watched all the time. (1320)
Do you think Quin Snyder’s technical foul was intentional?
I suspect that Quin did that intentionally, and I think it was a well-placed technical to send a message to his team that he was in charge of, he’d take care of the officials.
And number two, it’s their job to wake up and really work through, you know, coming off the road and the doldrums that, you know, a long road trip can do when you come back and all of a sudden, have that first home game.
And he did a m–I think a masterful job of really getting our players back, focused and search inside themselves to really come out of that game and to prove that they could win it.
On Quin Snyder’s halftime speech
His speech to that team was extremely impressive at halftime. And number one, he did wake them up and helped us to fight back and get close to almost, just being a few points down at halftime. But I’ll tell you, what he then did in getting them to come out in the second, the third quarter, and really take control of the game, was very impressive.
And I’ll tell you, I was motivated when I walked out of that locker room. I know Greg Miller was motivated. We both commented to each other that, you know, Quin did a masterful job. …
He is masterful at voicing and expressing feelings, and then bringing ‘em together. He expressed to them, again, that he knew that they were tired, that they’ve come off of a long road trip and that i–to–it’s easy to get sluggish. But you have to fight through it. You have to dig inside deeper, and find in yourself.
He then immediately showed some plays and showed some of the things that the guys had recently done, to–the right things to do, that we were then doing that was working for us, and said, and showed ‘em on video, and said, “Guys, this is who we are. This is Jazz basketball. Keep doing this. This is where we need to improve” and pointed out specific things.
He then turned and specifically called out some individual players and said, challenged them to pick themselves up. They’ve got it in ‘em; he knows they have it in it. So not only did he challenge ‘em, but he then reinforced his confidence in ‘em, that was very well done. And those players, I think, really appreciated that.
And he didn’t pick on ‘em in a negative way. He just, again, reinforced that they had it in ‘em, that they could be better. They know they had some challenges, mistakes, but you know what, we’re now past that. We can go out there and now take control of this game. So, it was a, I was very impressed with the caliber of the coaching style that Quin did with our players.
On what else the coaching staff is doing well
The other thing that I think our coaching staff is doing a great job at, is he, they’re then doing their work to recognize our players’ abilities, and putting them in the best way and designing plans so that they can achieve those goals, and those expectations.
They’re not trying to get them to do things that are unrealistic, or that are awkward at all for their talent level or in our style of play. It’s a very reasonable expectations. Sometimes they’re ho–they’re a little bit challenged and reach a little higher, but they’re reasonable expectations…
When these guys then hit these challenges, he recognizes ‘em. He rewards ‘em and, in front of their peers, and you know what, that’s how a great coach reinforces and gets the most out of their players.
How defensive numbers are like world peace
Well, I, we’re doing a number of things [to improve the Jazz’s defensive numbers]. I really appreciate what’s the coaches are doing. They’re not just taking the defensive numbers. They’re looking at, and we had a good discussion, Dennis [Lindsey], myself, Justin Zanik, and Quin, about the defensive, tha–those defensive numbers.
So what we’re l–trying to now do, which I really think makes all the sense in the world, what you’re seeing them do is what makes up those defensive numbers. What are the ali–the elements that cause those defensive numbers to be impacted, and then let’s start working on specific areas that can then help improve those numbers. And let’s get the players, not just focusing on the defensive numbers.
To me, the defensive numbers sometimes is, like, is making a statement, “world peace.” Well, what makes up world peace? Or what makes up the defensive numbers? And let’s start chipping away at some of those specific areas that then is, as we improve those areas, our defensive numbers will continue to improve.
And Qu–that’s one thing, is Quin and the coaching staff are doing now, is drilling down on some of those specific areas. And as we continue to work on those, we’re gonna see those numbers continue to improve. So, the, we’re gonna be monitoring more specific things and I think we’ll continue to see, hopefully, if we make the adjustments, make, give the time and effort into it, the numbers will continue to improve. (1280)
** Quin Snyder, asked if there’s an area where the team is further ahead than he’d expected
Not really. You know, I, it’s hard. You know, I like our team. I like our guys. I think, you know, the thing that I’m most happy about is that they are on the same page, and they’re on the same page with me. So regardless of where we are right now with my expectations, I think the key is for us to keep, you know, keep grinding and keep moving forward and keep getting better.
** Derrick Favors on how to deal with plantar fasciitis
Basically rest, really. I mean, it ain’t pretty much nothing else you can do. You gotta rest, put ice on it. It gon take awhile to get back healthy, but you know, main thing to do right now [for Rodney Hood] is just take your time and rest.
** Trey Burke, asked whether execution down the stretch is something the Jazz can get this year
I think it’s something we can get this year, for sure. You know, we’re, one thing that’s good about this team is that we learn at a high pace, at a fast pace as well. And coach Snyder, he demands a lot out of, you know, everyone, including the coaching staff. So, it’s something that we’re gonna have to consciously buy into, which is the defensive end more than anything. You know, offense is gon come, but when it comes down to those last, you know, six minutes in the game, it’s tight, you know, both teams are battling, you know, it’s gon come down to really defense.
** Burke, asked which aspect of defense the team can throttle down and improve vastly in
Yeah, I think it’s just collectively playing team defense. You know, a lotta times, if a guy gets hot, the guy that’s guarding that hot guy may, you know, start, you know, just worrying about him instead of the team, and, instead of trusting the team. So I think everyone has a job off the ball. You know, on ball, I think we’re doing, you know, a pretty good job, you know, of guarding guys. But off the ball is really where we can improve.
Jazz bigs playing pinball with Dante Exum
** Quin Snyder on his technical foul
I think sometimes when you’re pulling this and pushing that, and you know, I was getting on my team, and I was getting on my staff. I was beating myself up for not having us ready. I just felt like, you know, there was no answers. And you get frustrated. Sometimes that frustration spills over into other parts of the game.
** Snyder on looking for juice
Those games when you come off the long road trip are always, the come-home games, are always a tough game…We didn’t have any energy. So, anywhere you can find it. That’s what we told ‘em. Any, you know, look under a rock, look in each other. Anywhere you can find some juice, try to find it.
** Snyder on the team effort
Jeremy [Evans] came in, even though it was only two minutes. And you know, everybody had a little part in trying to pick us up. And you know, what Alec [Burks] was doing defensively and on the defensive glass, to me, was crucial. I mean, he’s a guy that, he had juice. And so did Trey [Burke], I thought, you know, running the team. It’s the best job Trey’s done of just keeping his composure, and a lot of guys had good efforts in the midst of a difficult situation. Dante [Exum] hit some big threes. You know, Enes [Kanter] did a good job around the bucket. You know, when [Derrick] Fav[ors] and Gordon [Hayward] don’t play their best game, we have to have other people that have their back. And we did tonight.
Alec Burks, thrilled to be interviewed by Steve Brown
** Derrick Favors, asked about the young guys extending the lead while they were on the floor
Man, I don’t even know who the younger guys are. Y’all been calling us the young guys for five years. So, it was good to see those guys come out there and hold it down while me and Gordon [Hayward] was getting a rest or whatever. They did a good, a great job.
** Trey Burke on what triggered the comeback
I think coach Snyder did it all. You know, his tech basically set the whole tone throughout the whole building. You know, he got on us when we went to the locker room and he held us to a higher standard…We needed a spark from somewhere, and coach Snyder gave us that spark.
** Alec Burks, asked what Quin Snyder said to him when he challenged him in Toronto
Just, I ain’t gon say what he said, but you know, just, he just challenged me, you know, man to man, you know? He talked to me, you know, in front of the team, so I took it, I took the challenge on.
** Enes Kanter, in response to a question on the crowd
I just wanna say that too, you know, that, how about Alec Burks? You know, played unbelievable, you know, got second double-double straight from his second game. I think if he’s keep playing like that…this team’s gonna be good.
You had your own double-double.
Well, I wanna give the credit to my teammates, so.
** Dante Exum on Alec Burks’ double-double
Quin talked to, called Alex*–Alec out in one of our team meetings and said you should be getting rebounds, like, 10 rebounds a game. The last two games he has, so it’s about, you know, raising that expectation, and everyone knows he can do it, and he’s gone out and shown he can.
* People calling Alec Burks “Alex”: Dante Exum
** Exum on Quin Snyder
He’s played the game, and has that love and passion for the game. So, we all respect him in that way, and showing, him showing the passion and how he has our back. And he challenges us in a way that no other coach has. … We just needed that wake-up call, and coach was very energetic in making sure, as he say, like, we need to find our juice. And you know, I think we found it, so.
** Joe Ingles on Quin Snyder’s tech
I was actually asking [Steve] Novak something at the time, so I didn’t see him until he was all the way over…I think he was standing next to [Scott Brooks]. So I couldn’t really hear what he said, but yeah, I mean, that’s, he’s a passionate guy. Yeah, it’s great, and I think that got us going at the end of that second quarter. And then came in and did his thing at halftime, and we came out ready to go…He was emotional…He’s great at that…It was a pretty perfect thing.
Random Stuff, etc.
** People calling Dante Exum “Diante”: Craig Bolerjack (H/T @bjcseven)
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Craig Bolerjack on his “buckle up”: They’re coming earlier, aren’t they?
** Boler on Trey Burke and Derrick Favors: Burke penetrates, and gives it to Favors.
** Matt Harpring on counting an airball as an assist and sounding rapey: Boler, I don’t know if I’d ask. (H/T @Mark_R_Pereira)
** Harpring on Anthony Morrow and Dante Exum: When Morrow went up, he actually went into Exum to shoot the ball. He didn’t go straight up.
** Boler on Serge Ibaka miss and Rudy Gobert rebound: Bangs it hard, Rudy with the tip out.
** Boler on Steven Adams’ free throw technique: It’s almost like he cups the ball. Look at this, the right hand.
** Harpring on “Where Are You Watching” submissions: C’mon, give it to me. Niiice. (H/T @5kl)
** Harpring on Joe Ingles celebrating a made 3-pointer: I’m going to dinner with him on the road…I’m changing partners.
Boler: Ha ha ho ho.
Harpring: All you have to do is give me that reaction. I mean, I’m waking you up on the road. I’m like, “Boler, let’s go. Wake up. Wake up.” (H/T @dianaallen)
** Steve Brown to Derrick Favors, post-game: Was it simply a matter of you just needed the prod?
** Steve Brown to Derrick Favors, post-game: How physical was it in there? Because it looked pretty physical.
** Quin Snyder on Trey Burke saying his technical sparked the team: Whatever Trey needs to do or use to get going, I’m okay with it. I don’t plan on doing that all the time.
Thanks to @dianaallen, @bjcseven and @chang_max for the assist with the W-L record tonight.
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Welcome to Loud City.
Burk, Burkes, Hayward, Kanter, Favours
Reggie, Lamb, Thomas, Ibaka, Adams
by Mullayo on Nov 18, 2014 | 8:14 PM
Adams gets his baby hook going
11-6 good guys
by Mullayo on Nov 18, 2014 | 8:17 PM
Adams has 4. I didn’t see one of those. Lamb has 5, Reggie has 2.
Hayward, Favors and Kanter all have 2
by Mullayo on Nov 18, 2014 | 8:20 PM
[Mullayo keeps the game thread going all by his/her lonesome.]
39-26 Jazz undergoing a slow painful death of a thousand cuts (screens really)
by Mullayo on Nov 18, 2014 | 9:00 PM
Morrow leading scorer what I want to see
Scoring spread around. Morrow 8, Lamb 7, Adams 6, Ibaka 5, Perk and Jackson 4and Collison 3
100% frees tonight against 58%
by Mullayo on Nov 18, 2014 | 9:02 PM
OKC started off really well, for 2/3rds of half. Moving the ball sharing it around. But faded and Reggie lost it again.
I gotta go to work good luck y’all.
by Mullayo on Nov 18, 2014 | 9:27 PM
We are fooling ourselves if we think Thunder are winning anything this
year or next
This team is literally dog shit. Worse than dog shit. KD and Russ can’t fix this. By the time they come back Thunder will be lucky to be 5-15 or 4-21 and by then it’s way too late. Might as well tank and hope to get a good 1st round pick to carry the franchise after KD leaves for Washington. I can’t take this anymore. I had hope after the Boston game but hope is now gone. And Reggie Jackson. Go somewhere else. I don’t want you on my team. You overdribbling selfish prick
by OverReactionaryFan on Nov 18, 2014 | 9:56 PM
Quin Snyder, asked if it’s encouraging or discouraging to lose close games
I think it’s predictable on some level…If you can, you know, understand why [tough situations] happened and try to overcome it, I think it is, it’s a good thing. It’s encouraging for us. Now, whether we’re able to do that, I mean, here or not, is a whole ‘nother animal, but at least to be able to notice and be aware.
Snyder, asked what he’s most pleased with right now with the team
I just think the, some of the resilience, you know, it’s a long road. What we’re doing doesn’t come, you know, in a day or a month, and over the course of a season, it’s just kind of a steady progression. I feel like, if we can stay resilient, we can keep getting better.
Snyder, asked what the biggest thing he’s still not seeing
Really, just tw–three things that we call negative plays. One of the two we’re, one of the three we’re doing okay with, which is fouling. We’re not fouling and putting teams on the free throw line [excluding the Knicks and Toronto games]…but you know, we gotta take better care of the basketball. And we gotta do a better job on the defensive glass.
And some of the turnovers, you know, will come up as your pace comes up, and the way we’re, you know, if you’re playing with the pass and the ball is moving, there’s a greater likelihood, there’s great m–some more opportunities for you to potentially turn it over, but I’d say that’s not, you know, that doesn’t, we don’t want that to be just an excuse. It’s something we gotta improve at.
Derrick Favors on being in many more close games this season compared to last season
I think everybody’s a lot more comfortable with their role this year. Lot more experience, lot more familiar with what’s going on and what it’s take to be in games on the road and how to play and, you know, and that’s a big difference from last year.
Favors, asked about his matchup with Serge Ibaka
I don’t know if I’m gonna guard him. He play the “four.” I play the “five” now, so I’m probably not gonna guard him.
Gordon Hayward on his improved shooting
Definitely worked on it a bunch this summer. And then, just having the experience to know where my shots are coming from helped me out a lot, so just learning a lot from last year.
Hayward, asked if it’s encouraging or discouraging to lose close games
It’s both. I mean, it’s encouraging that we’re there, and we’re giving ourselves a chance. Discouraging when we make little mistakes that cost us the game, so. Hopefully they’re different mistakes and not the same ones. Those are the ones that are the most frustrating, when you kind of keep doing the same things over and over. But for the most part, I feel like our end-of-game execution’s been pretty solid, and we’re getting good shots.
Hayward on his “beard”
I’ll probably shave it here in a little bit, when the wife gets annoyed of it.
Biggest NBA adjustment?
I think the pace. The pace has been kind of a step up. And definitely the physicality, from what I’ve played in kind of the juniors to playing professionally against men in the NBA.
Have you spoken with John Stockton?
No, not yet. But we have Jerry Sloan, who’s around for a lot of the practices, training sessions, and even [at] summer league. So he’s talked to me and kind of said, like, you know, you’re doing well and just keep going. And you know, that’s good, from such a great coach, to hear that.
Which NBA player are you keen on matching up against?
I think it would probably have to be Derrick Rose. He’s kinda been a player that’s, obviously been up and down with his injuries, and it would be good to go against him. And I’ve watched him and kind of looked at his game and studied it over the past couple of years, so just to go up against him, you know, would be pretty good.
Biggest adjustment from Europe to the NBA?
Probably just the speed and, I guess, strength of some of the guys. It’s, Europe’s a lot smaller, and just the style of play is slower…It’s taken me a little time to adjust, and I mean, I came into this program pretty quickly and started playing from the get-go, so it’s been a bit of a fast transition.
What’s been your experience playing in Quin Snyder’s system? You seem like a perfect fit.
Yeah, Quin’s a great coach, and I think his experience in Europe and what he’s done over there is, has kind of helped me transition a bit easier, ’cause a lot of the stuff we run is European stuff, and some of the stuff, the styles that we play is European style.
So, it’s helped me adjust probably a lot quicker than what I would’ve if it was a kind of normal American situation with a more, I guess, a coach that [doesn’t have] experience in Europe. And yeah, I’ve just kinda fitted in nicely, and I mean, the guys have helped me out a lot…
I had one practice [before playing in his first game with the Jazz], and so I wish I could’ve spent more time to learn the system and so I’ve just been slowly picking up and offensively getting kind of better by the game, but it is hard. You kind of lose where you are sometimes. And yeah, the guys have been great. I just gotta keep improving, watching video, and hopefully it’ll all come together a bit quicker.
Who does the best and the worst Australian impression on the Jazz? (UDQM)
The guys are a lot quieter here. The locker room, the Clippers was very rowdy, and pretty enjoyable. It’s just a different enjoyment here. So to be honest, no one’s really, it’s more the coaches and trainers that try and do it than the palyers here. …
Alex Jensen’s my little, we all have individual coaches and he’s mine, so yeah, we just like to get into it. It gets me going a little bit. (Nick Metallinos on Youtube; H/T @Texas)
** Quin Snyder on ball sharing and ball movement tonight
It started to stick a little bit in the second half, which is natural when you get tired, and they turned it up on us. I think, you know, when the ball’s going through the net and you’re taking it out of bounds, it’s very difficult to get the pace into a possession, and that’s, you know, a lot of times what allows you to move. You get an advantage, and you’re able to keep it.
** Snyder on what he’s learned about the team on this road trip
Yeah, I just think for us, it’s gonna be incremental. I mean, we had, you know, our third back-to-back, I guess, in this season, and our preparation, our approach was significantly better than the last two. And, so that progress, and, we just gotta hang onto it, and know that it’s a process for us. I mean, it’s not like it’s gonna come overnight. And we’ve gotta hang on really tight to those things right now, because it’s not habit yet. And creating habits takes a while, especially when you’re talking about, you know, five guys on the floor working together, and five guys coming off the bench. And you know, all that interaction, it gives you the possibility for being disjointed. And you know, I thought we had energy and we were unselfish. We really moved the ball, and we really tried to defend. There was a couple situations that, you know, we weren’t, we didn’t do a good job in, but I think by and large, we were focused.
** Trey Burke on the game
I think we came out a little slow. I think we competed all the way to the fourth quarter, but you know, they went on their run and they kinda killed us at the end. …I think we moved the ball really well. You know, they were playing back on the pick and roll, so we had a lotta, you know, options coming off the screens, and I think we made the extra pass. You know, like I said, we just kinda died in the fourth quarter.
** Burke on finding more success on this road trip than road trips last season
I think we grew a lot as a team this road trip. We were in pretty much every game. You know, so I think it’s definitely an eye-opener for us, knowing that we got better, knowing that we can compete with some of the better teams in the league.
Random Stuff, etc.
** It’s been well documented by now that Joe Ingles was Dante Exum’s basketball hero growing up, not to mention his first autograph. The two were also roommates while playing for the Australian national team this summer. A few months ago, Ingles (@joeingles7) posted a photo of a very young Exum wearing his (Ingles’) old Dragons jersey. The photo of Ingles below was shown on the Jazz broadcast tonight.
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Raptors HQ.
by Belisarius on Nov 15, 2014 | 6:40 PM
is good. Making the most of their talent. Would like to see the Raps move the ball more too… seems we’ve gone away from that
by unknown guest on Nov 15, 2014 | 8:57 PM
by Belisarius on Nov 15, 2014 | 9:45 PM
hats of to the Jazz
by unknown guest on Nov 15, 2014 | 9:49 PM
I like their young core of guys
I hope things turn out well for the Jazz
by Belisarius on Nov 15, 2014 | 9:51 PM
I hope they change their franchise name to something more idelogically appropriate…
by Jenge on Nov 15, 2014 | 9:53 PM
like the Utah Brewers…
by Jenge on Nov 15, 2014 | 9:55 PM
or Utah Sundevils?
by unknown guest on Nov 15, 2014 | 9:56 PM
I think they could change the name to any kind of generic sports team name (Cougars, Knights, Tigers, etc) and it would be better than Jazz.
by Belisarius on Nov 15, 2014 | 9:56 PM
** Re-post from yesterday, because it’s relevant.
Quin Snyder on 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.
** Quin Snyder on the last shot
We just thought, you know, Gordon [Hayward]’s been tough to guard, and he would draw some attention. And Trey [Burke] was able to slip out after screening for Derrick [Favors]. And I think Gordon was the focal point. You know, Trey’s the guy that’s, you know, been known for hitting big shots, and I think he was, he’s one of those guys that gets excited when he gets the ball. And you know, Gordon’s been like that too.
** Snyder on why Enes Kanter played limited minutes
With Carmelo [Anthony] kind of alternating between the “three” and “four,” you know, and then they went with the sh–you know, more of a shooting lineup with [Travis] Wear for a good chunk of the game, where Trevor [Booker] was playing good, and we went small with Gordon ’cause he was defending Carmelo so well. And you know, I thought it was a game for Steve [Novak]. You know, Steve, we’ve talked about the, you know, there’s gonna be a stretch of games where he doesn’t play, and then there’s gonna be [situations] or games where suddenly, you know, it’s a good fit. And tonight was one of those moments, and I thought he did a really good job.
** Derek Fisher on his message to his team after this loss
Excitement. Belief. In who we are, in what we’re made of. That was New York City right there. That was New York City…That’s a team right there. And we’re gonna get rewarded for what just happened tonight.
** Trey Burke on the last shot
You always think about the next play. You know, so when you, when the Knicks had the ball, you know, you have to, you know, obviously you want your team to get a stop but you have to think, you know, worst case scenario. He hits a three, now what? You have to start thinking ahead, and I think that’s what I did…So I was already prepared for that shot, you know, if I had the opportunity…You could probably take two dribbles, with two seconds [left]…Once I caught the ball, my back was turnt towards the ba–or it was turnt away from the basket, and I was, like, facing the crowd. So, I had to turn around and you know, create separation, and you know, I stepped back and knocked the shot down.
** Gordon Hayward, asked what was the difference down the stretch compared to the last two games
You know, I wanna say it was getting stops, but we couldn’t seem to get a stop. I think tonight, huge free throws. Derrick Favors steps up and knocks down two free throws. So that kinda kept us in it. And I think it was just competing, and it would’ve been unfortunate if we lost this one too, because the other two felt like we should’ve won both of them.
** Hayward on defending Anthony
We tried to put numerous guys on him, and he still was able to have his way a little bit…You have to just try to do everything you can to battle him, and that’s what I tried to do, and it still didn’t necessarily work. You know, he still put up 46 or whatever.
Random Stuff, etc.
** People calling Steve Brown “Boler”: Matt Harpring
** Steve Brown with the Unquote of the Night: “[Pablo] Prigioni looks like someone just told him he wasn’t Italian, or Argentinian, or whatever.”
** Methinks someone is obsessed with his new hair (with the exception of the first one, all of these are from the second half):
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Steve Brown on not understanding what Matt Harpring is talking about: Three minutes in…you’re over my head. That’s for sure.
Harpring: You have length, and non-length.
Brown: And that too. Hehehe. Been over my head for a long time.
Harpring: Watch the size.
Brown: That’s true. That’s true. It’s getting brutal here.
** Harpring: We know that Carmelo Anthony doesn’t like it when you get into him. We know this.
Brown: And how do we know this?
Harpring: Well, I know this.
** Harpring on Alec Burks: Carmelo just goes backdoor on him. Makes it look easy.
Brown: He has the strength to get up and finish.
** Brown on Cole Aldridge: Aldridge could not go up. How ’bout on the other end, and, oh, going down hard. Oh my. That’s, that did not look good. Booker came down very hard.
Harpring: It’s good that he’s popping up right away.
** Brown on Trevor Booker: Booker got stripped, but he ran the floor.
** Brown: Joe Ingles is gonna be taking the warmups off, and he’ll go in.
** Brown: A tight one in the Garden.
** Harpring on free throws: The first one’s always the hardest. You get that one to go down, second one becomes a little easier.
** Brown to Gordon Hayward, post-game: Carmelo Anthony, you guys were banging all night long. That takes a lot out of you.
Undefeated with Antonio Lang!
Thanks to @cubsmodano for the assist on the W-L record tonight.