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
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
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
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
** 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.
** 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.
** 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:
** Before the game, Enes Kanter tweeted:
Remember the last time Enes tweeted this same phrase? (#RIPFunEnes)
** 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.
Thanks to @davidjsmith1232 and @purpleandblues for the assist on the W-L record tonight.
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
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
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
WHAT WAS THAT
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
FUCK KARL MALONE
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:
–Die Hard villain;
–superhero movie villain;
–shitty boyfriend of protagonist’s love interest;
–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.
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)
** Quin Snyder on Thursday’s practice
We had a film session, which was teaching as much as anything. Just need to be better in our pick-and-roll defense, and I think that we just gotta keep, you know, beating that drum and continue to get better in that aspect of the game…We had about 30 pick-and-roll defensive clips, so whatever enthusiasm there was [about the win], I tried to mitigate it with some reality.
** Snyder, asked how high is Gordon Hayward’s confidence right now
I think he’s confident. What we need him to continue to be is vocal. And when he’s vocal–you know, he needs to share his confidence. You know, being confident by yourself is better than not, but you know, helping your team be confident, and I think that’s the next step for him.
** Snyder on being not outwardly demonstrative when it comes to officiating
You know, I’ve known a number of the referees in the league a long time, and respect them, and you know, obviously there’s plays where, you know, you wanna be heard…I think it’s an important example for our players, that, you know, until we achieve, you know, more and grow and get better and earn the respect of players and referees and teams around the league, we shouldn’t, there’s no reason for us to talk to anybody other than ourselves. And it’s just not productive…I don’t think it helps for us to worry about what happened as opposed to what’s gonna happen.
** Snyder on whether he’s ever wanted a player to learn to shoot Dirk Nowitzki’s one-footed kickback shot
Rudy [Gobert] thinks he can get it…My wife actually suggested that he learn it. I tried to explain to her, it’s like, down the list as far as my, Rudy’s development as a player. Who knows? Maybe. Maybe later. Kickback left-hand jump hook.
** Gordon Hayward on what happened after the game winner
Phone definitely was going crazy. You know, I can’t, couldn’t text back all the people that texted me. You know, everybody was just really, really excited about what happened. A lot of people texted me, said they couldn’t sleep. But, just went out to dinner at Cheesecake Factory like I always do, and called it a night.
** Hayward on his conversation with Raja Bell before the Cavs game
For the most part, we were just catching up on life. You know, I asked how his kids were. You know, he was like, “You got married now? What’s up with that?” You know, I asked if he could still hoop, and he says that he can. He said he’s enjoying the front office thing. He said he did some commentating, some broadcaster work. And, so a lot of it was just about life, you know? It wasn’t necessarily about basketball, but how his family was, how he was doing, and just good, it was good to see him.
** Derrick Favors on the time Dirk Nowitzki slapped the ball out of his hands
Yeah, that cost me $25,000. So, I don’t know, I mean, it ain’t nothing physical. I mean, I’m kinda mad I still lost that $25,000, but it’s all good.
** Favors on how hard it is to break last year’s defensive habits
It’s kinda tough, but you know, guys so used to doing things that we did last year or wherever they was at last year. So I mean, it’s difficult. You know, but Quin, he stays on us a lot during practice, during the games, to break out them old habits, and you know, just start trusting the defensive system…Transition, pick and roll, half-court defense, everything. You know, just gotta break out them old habits, and you know, learn these new habits that Quin trying to teach us in the new system.
** Trey Burke on game-winning shots
It’s a blessing, and sometimes it’s a curse to certain players because, you know, you think about it so much, it’s like it w–it leads over to the next game. But you know, I think we all are kinda, you know, simmering down from the win. (KALL)
Rudy Gobert giving the ref a Dikembe Mutombo finger wag after getting called for a foul.
** Quin Snyder on the game
We wore down defensively, too. I mean, we didn’t see the ball go in the basket, and you know, we’ve gotta try to continue to be that committed when the ball’s not going in. And then we hurt ourselves too. I mean, w–the turnovers, we weren’t making good decisions either. So we just, it’s the first time, we just felt like we were really stuck in mud, and then guys got a little hesitant, didn’t drive it…I thought they had us discombobulated offensively…I thought the offensive rebounds were deflating too. Even when we did get some stops, they were on the glass.
** Snyder on when Gordon Hayward comes out of the game
There’s been times when he’s gone out that, you know, other people have to raise their level, and you know, that’s part of developing a bench. You know, I don’t wanna play Gordon, I’m not gonna run him into the ground…We need to learn to, you know, to play, whatever we need to do when he’s out of the game, we need to figure out how to be effective. And we, obviously our substitution pattern, we w–we get him out, and, to get him back so he can be a stabilizing force. You know, that’s something that we’ve looked at, so.
** Snyder on the Dante Exum-Trey Burke tandem
One of them’s length, you know, scoop shots. The other one’s mid-range jump shots, you know? I think, you know, Trey’s, we gotta get, Trey was probably our best player in the pre-season, you know, and he’s working, and we just gotta keep at it and get him going. You know, Dante’s been, 19, and has good games and bad games, and I think we, you would anticipate that, and hopefully he can continue to get better. I think they complement each other well…I think I’ve said before, that that’s a lineup that I think can make sense.
** Gordon Hayward on the game
I think a lot of what happened was they were going under almost every pick and roll. All of our sets they were going under, kinda daring us to shoot the outside shot. And we took it early and just, they weren’t falling, and I think that caused us to kinda be hesitant a little bit. We second-guessed ourselves, and then the offense becomes stagnant because we’re not really taking the shots that they’re giving us, and now we’re forcing passes that aren’t there, causing turnovers. I think we just need to be confident in ourselves, step up and hit those shots and if that’s what they’re gonna give us, we gotta take it.
** Derrick Favors on what’s been most frustrating about the Jazz’s defensive struggles
I think we just been playing a lot of good 4-men, a lotta stretch fours, and it obviously causes a lot of problems. I mean, we can’t really leave Enes [Kanter] out there all by himself. You know, we just gotta help him, and help the helper, but overall, you know, we learning. Everybody doing a great job on, playing defense on they man and helping. But you know, it just, those are the things we gotta continue to work on.
** Trey Burke on missing shots: A lotta times, you would just get down on yourself, but we kept shooting those shots. You know, those are shots that we can hit, and it’s just something you gotta shoot your way out of…I think that’s why our turnover numbers were so high. We started trying to attack more, going into the defense instead of taking the, you know, the open shot. … I definitely think we stayed confident, but in the second half, you know, shots still weren’t going in the way we wanted ‘em to, and it affected our defense. We can’t allow that to happen.
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Gordon Hayward on the last game against the Mavericks: We can’t get in a hole like that.
** Steve Brown on picture above, pre-game: Yeah, it’s gonna be a threesome apparently tonight.
** Brown on Chandler Parsons shot: I think he expected to be challenged on it, and when he wasn’t, he shifted it to the other hand and calmly put it in.
** Brown: Enes Kanter turns to the official, says, “Hey, I got rubbed off with a pick.”
** Brown on Derrick Favors and Tyson Chandler: Spins into him, and Chandler kind of backing up. Goes down. And now he’s staying. He’s up now, but he’s shaking it off.
** Brown on Alec Burks: His body control, Booner, I mean, it’s just amazing.
Ron Boone: Well, he puts his body in some awkward positions…Regardless of what position his body’s in and how he’s going to the basket, he keeps his eyes on his target and is able to finish.
** Brown on Jae Crowder: Boy, he’s got some hair there, doesn’t he? Wow. Now, his dad didn’t have that. He had nowhere near that, if I remember rightly.
** Trey Burke on being physical: Sometimes, you know? You really don’t need to. You know, some–if you may–you’re behind on a play, you may, you know, grab the, you know, the opposing guy, or something like that, do something.
* Note: I suspect all Steve Brown UDQMs are actually IDQMs.
Thanks to @davidjsmith1232 and @UGottaLovItBaby for the assist on the W-L record tonight.
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Mavs Moneyball.
by random90 on Nov 7, 2014 | 9:03 PM
So far, a good start
Decent looks, no real throwaways, and looking like they are interested in defending.
by MikLamb on Nov 7, 2014 | 9:16 PM
nothing i love more than the utah crowd being mad
by random90 on Nov 7, 2014 | 9:24 PM
Everytime I see Kanter play, he sucks. He seems entirely too well known around the league.
by Dynomite on Nov 7, 2014 | 9:26 PM
a little bit of karl malone a little bit of kevin garnett a little bit like Dirk
by dimitriouss on Nov 7, 2014 | 9:28 PM
wait is that what he said about himself?
by veyronp87 on Nov 7, 2014 | 9:29 PM
yeah something like that
by dimitriouss on Nov 7, 2014 | 9:29 PM
maybe he was refering to the bad qualities of each of those players.
by Dynomite on Nov 7, 2014 | 9:30 PM
by dimitriouss on Nov 7, 2014 | 9:31 PM
Are the mavs already throwing in the towel?
Charlie V sighting!
by Dynomite on Nov 7, 2014 | 9:34 PM
wait did wright just miss an alley oop?? wutttt
by veyronp87 on Nov 7, 2014 | 9:35 PM
harris…. bad bad passes.
by Dynomite on Nov 7, 2014 | 9:35 PM
kanter is just terrible. this is fun.
by Dynomite on Nov 7, 2014 | 9:57 PM
Could Parsons please even try to be worth 15 million?
by XtremeReindeer on Nov 7, 2014 | 10:27 PM
Terrible shot by Nelson… We’re lucky he made it.
by primetime111 on Nov 7, 2014 | 10:38 PM
fucking hell parsons miss some more please
by veyronp87 on Nov 7, 2014 | 10:41 PM
lol Hayward tripped
by Marjun on Nov 7, 2014 | 10:42 PM
best 3rd quarter of the season
……not saying much but im thrilled
by veyronp87 on Nov 7, 2014 | 10:43 PM
wonder if Parsons even cares he stole Dirks money
Dirk gave so much to this team and Parsons is taking away his hard earned cash. Any MFFL should be outraged.
by quincyyyyyy on Nov 7, 2014 | 10:48 PM
its not our money. dirk will yell at parsons if he feels so
by veyronp87 on Nov 7, 2014 | 10:49 PM
utah’s coach looks scary as fuck
by random90 on Nov 7, 2014 | 10:55 PM
next game vs miami at home sunday, tuesday sukcramento
by dimitriouss on Nov 7, 2014 | 11:03 PM
Sacramento has been solid so far. Wouldn’t count them out of any game.
Cousins is playing his tail off, and Rudy Gay is not sucking.
by Splyle on Nov 7, 2014 | 11:04 PM
by dimitriouss on Nov 7, 2014 | 11:06 PM
Your statement is misleading
by Splyle on Nov 7, 2014 | 11:07 PM
i got used to calling them suckramento
by dimitriouss on Nov 7, 2014 | 11:08 PM
Understandable I suppose
by Splyle on Nov 7, 2014 | 11:09 PM
some teams you just hate
utah for me
by random90 on Nov 7, 2014 | 11:10 PM
spurs for all of us
by veyronp87 on Nov 7, 2014 | 11:11 PM
Jazz season is here…I am so excited. I’m pumped up. I think our coaches are ready. Our players are ready. I think our fans are ready. Let’s get this season cranked up.
Do the Jazz benefit from their geographical location?
I think no question that, I think it comes into play, that you’re playing at a higher altitudes, and there’s a, you know what, these players’ bodies are very well-honed machines. And you know, I, any th–any minor things, be it altitude or length of time they’ve been playing in other game, has an impact on their bodies and they actually feel it.
So, I think there are some factors that come into play, and us playing and conditioning and practicing at these altitudes, I think is an advantage to us and to our players.
When do you expect to have a good gauge on where this team is?
Well, I think it does take, you know, the early part of this season to really start seeing how we’re jelling, how we’re starting to incorporate in th–our offense. Giving our players, it, you know, they’ve worked hard, but it still, there’s a lot of nuances to this new offense that is gonna take time from being a player starting to, knowing what he needs to do, and where it’s becomes actually natural.
I, you know, I learned Italian, and there was a point that I would have to think what they, hear what they were saying, translate it in my mind, translate back and put it back into English, then translate it back into Italian, and then speak it. And then finally there came a time that it just came natural, that you were thinking, feeling, hearing.
I think it’s the same application for what our players are now doing with this new offense, and defense…These players are gonna need a little time to still adapt into this very dynamic new offense and defense, and I think that may be closer towards Dec–late December, early part of January.
Who do you think will lead the Jazz in scoring this year?
It’s been fun for me to watch the development of Gordon Hayward…I have confidence now as he shoots his 3-point shots. I used to wince a little bit, worrying, you know, about it, and not having a confidence. I see a confidence coming from a Gordon Hayward on our team. I see him role, taking more of a leadership role, and so I think Gordon is gonna be a natural leader, in, also, in his scoring on it.
I think Alec Burks continues to rise to adding a dimension to our team. I think we’re gonna have some good balance though…
You watch, as well. If you’re taking a shot and you’ve got two players on you, which means that you have opted to be a little selfish instead of passing it to the open person, you see immediately Quin just quinci–he just is just wincing with a little bit of anger that we’re not, that’s, we’re taking that selfish approach instead of a team approach. …
No question, I think Gordon Hayward is gonna be one of the leaders in it. But I, again, I think you’re gonna see Enes [Kanter] having some shots, Alex* having some shots, Trey [Burke]‘s gonna be a key part in breaking down the defense as well in that slashing, and if the opening’s coming, to being able to take the shots. It’s gonna be fun to see how this does evolve.
* People calling Alec Burks “Alex”: Randy Rigby
Is the “wait and see” stance on the rotation a factor in why Enes Kanter’s contract negotiations were pushed back?
No, I don’t think, those have s–totally separate issues, and you know what, those are simply decisions that are happening between, jointly, between our discussions, and Enes and his camp, Alec and his camp, of literally, I feel very comfortable of the approach that we’re taking with discussions with the agents, for, from their perspective as well and ours. And the natural evolution of it will be, take its place, and come to the right solution for both of us, as we come to those decisions.
On point differential
I think we’ll see, with the disciplines that we’re having, as, sometimes last year I felt like our discrepancy between wins and losses, in the scoring, was quite wide. And when we were all of a sudden out of it, we were out of it.
I think we’ll see that gap narrowing this season, just my sense. And this is coming from, again, Randy Rigby’s perspective. I think we’re gonna see a narrowing of that gap that’s going to help us, then, I think give us a better chance of being in some of these games that we can, then, hopefully see W’s instead of losses.
Who are some of the rookies that you’ve seen that were the most ready to play right away?
Well, it, you know, as I look at it, I would have to say Karl [Malone] was one of the more ready, and even then, and that’s the thing I think we need to, as fans, realize, the difference in, when Karl came into this league, in what, 198…5? 86? And, but Karl Malone was also four years in college.* John Stockton, four years in college.
I think we’re seeing as well, as we’re looking at things, Rodney Hood is a little more mature than Dante Exum. His body’s more mature. It’s older. And I think we may see initially some things from Rodney that we may not see from, out of Dante, a–simply because of a maturing factor that may help, that’s helps maybe his game.
And so, but even still, Karl, John, spent their time on the bench watching some other veteran players,** earning their right to come in and start playing this game. And so, I, even Karl, it took him some serious time before he was really a major factor in the NBA and even for our team.**
And so, I’d say Karl had it, a real good impact, and did well, but again, it took him, and he was, again, more mature than a lot of our players in age, and so we need to, again, have some patience in giving these players some time, to keep a, get older.
* Karl attended college for four years, but played three and came out as a junior.
** Karl played 31 minutes a game in his rookie season, averaging 15 points and nine rebounds per contest. He was the 13th leading rebounder in the league as a rookie. In his second season, Karl averaged 22 points (20th leading scorer) and 10 rebounds (12th leading rebounder) and was one of only four players in the NBA to average 20 and 10. In his second season. He was also the Jazz’s minutes leader by his second season.
For comparison purposes (and I say this not as a reflection on Derrick Favors individually, but rather in question of what is considered “a major factor in the NBA” or for a team), Derrick Favors in his fourth season (last year) averaged 13 points and nine rebounds in 30 minutes a game. So far this season, 18 points and eight rebounds in 31 minutes.
Does Quin Snyder have the right demeanor to handle the challenges of the NBA?
He does. I’ve been very inco–impressed with Quin. I’ve been impressed as he has been talking to our players, and you’ll notice there’s an attention to, for example, officiating, of saying, “Hey, these officials have a tough job to do. Guys, don’t worry. You focus on what you can control. You can’t control the officiating. They’re trying to do their best. You focus on you doing your best, and what we’re about.”
And I’m still taking my occasion to yell at the officials, even though I did tell Joey Crawford the other night I appreciated the job that they are, they’re trying to do. The NBA has really improved the officiating system, of really critiquing them, of judging them, of grading them.
And so, their jobs are on the line, of getting the calls right…I think there’s some really good things that are making this game even better and making sure that the right calls, and so that the up, right outcome based on people’s talent and abilities.
What can you confidently say about your team after four games?
Well, I feel one thing is that we’ve got a group of players that are enjoying playing together. I think we’ve identified that there is a very good chemistry from this team.
I think, earlier on, we were also finding out, this is a system that is right for this time in the NBA, and that Quin and Dennis [Lindsey] have done a very job working together in identifying the right system, offensively and defensively, that matches our talent level and our style, that is right for us. And now we’ve gotta continue to refine it, improve it, and develop so it becomes a natural flow for us. But I think we’re on the track.
We’ve also identified that we are well along on our plan of w–building a team that can, has the ingredients for getting to be a championship-caliber team. We still got some maturing and development to go, and that’s, I think, some of the challenge that we’re dealing with as, we’re also recognizing, hey, they are still young.
There’re certain things that you’ve gotta just, unfortunately, we’re gonna hafta give some years of development of their bodies, and aging of their bodies, but we’re doing everything as well. We’ve identified that we’re doing things that are helping us move that process along as fast as possible. So, I think we’re in a very good pace. (1280)
** Quin Snyder on Derrick Favors’ performance in the first four games
He’s been outstanding. You know, I think, just the leadership position that he’s been in, anchoring the defense and really finding his offense within the system. I mean, he’s getting post touches but it’s not like we’re calling a bunch of plays and just, you know, going to him in matchup situatio–We have some, for sure, you know? But by and large, you know, he’s played against some really good players, and you know, his versatility, you know, he can step out on the floor and hedge and pick and roll. And he can protect the rim and I think some of what he, his versatility is showing. His ability to kinda half-roll and find guys passing with the ball, and things like that has been great.
** Snyder, asked to talk about Hayward’s passing ability
I think Gordon has got, he’s a multi-faceted player, and kinda my thing for him has been just to play with emotion and passion, and to attack. You know, I just, when you’re, when you can pass and dribble and shoot, you don’t need to think. You just have to play with instinct. And I say, obviously he thinks, but I don’t want him to hesitate. You know, I want him to attack, attack, attack.
** Snyder, asked how he decides whether to keep Favors in the game or take him out when he’s in foul trouble
Yeah, it’s a tough question, I think that one you continually ask yourself. And part of it with him is there’ve been matchup situations that you could see, you know, potentially resulting in additional fouls. I put him back in the second quarter [against the Clippers] and matched him with Spencer Hawes, who I thought was a, you know, Spencer’s a good player. He’s a shooter. You know, the likelihood of him fouling Spencer is less than fouling Blake [Griffin]. And at the same time, he picked up a foul hedging pick and roll. So, you’re out there on the floor and you know, I think as he matures even more as a player, he’ll figure out ways to continue to bring that intensity and hopefully not foul as well.
** Gordon Hayward on defending the Cavs
I think just doing all the little things…It’s little breakdowns that get us, and you know, maybe it’s one person out of the five that does something wrong that leads to an open shot, an open three. And against really good teams, they make you pay almost every single time. So [the game] is definitely gonna be on all five of us to stop some of their bigger star players.
** Enes Kanter, asked if there’s something special about playing a LeBron James team
It’s just a normal team…We are not gonna think, “Oh, they’re so good,” whatever. But they’re just another NBA team, so we’re just gonna go out there and just play our game. That’s it.
** Kanter on his 3-point shot
It’s gonna get better, you know? It’s, like, it’s a new thing, you know? It’s so new…My coaches and my teammates give me that confidence, so I’m just gonna keep taking those shots…I think the corner three’s more, way easier than the, more than the other shots, yeah, behind the line.
** Quin Snyder on Gordon Hayward’s game-winner
I told him out of the timeout, “Just, you know, shoot it.” So, he did.
** Snyder on Hayward
If he plays with passion, you know, things will, he’ll make good things happen, ’cause he’s a very, very good player.
** Snyder on if he debated fouling
Honestly, it’s, there’s so many things that we’ve tried to work on. And I was afraid what happened was gonna happen if we tried to foul…To me, if it’s something we wanna do, I wanna practice it. And we haven’t done that. Maybe I’m negligent as a coach, but there’s been a lot going on. We’ve talked about it, but sometimes communicating that on the other end of the floor is hard, and, you know, herding cats trying to yell at ‘em, and didn’t wanna call a timeout, obviously.
** Snyder on Joe Ingles
He’s a really good passer, and especially in a late situation like that, where, you know, it’s, he’s just a really good passer. And I fel–I feel comfortable, I feel confident [with him on the floor]. It’s a big part of late-game situations to have somebody that can deliver the ball.
** Gordon Hayward, asked what was the plan going into the last play
Kinda exactly what it looked like. I was gonna come up. We would run a little misdirection, and then had to step up for a pick and roll, and they switched it, and I think LeBron [James] might’ve fallen down or something, and then just hit a step-back shot.
** Hayward, asked what happened after he hit the shot
Man. Just exhilaration, excitement. Teammates, you know, surround you. Fans are going crazy. You know, it’s, it just gets you hyped…It was awesome.
** Hayward, asked to reflect on his young career
Well, it’s a process, and still a lotta room to go. A lot more that I can improve on…Actually, I saw [Cavs Director of Player Administration] Raja Bell tonight, and that brings back memories…You know, he helped mentor me, and it’s kind of a cycle. You, when you’re a rookie, you learn so much. You wait your turn, and then when you have your moment, if you’ve paid attention and you’ve continued to work, then you can execute, like we did tonight, like I did tonight.
** Derrick Favors, asked if he knew Hayward’s shot was “money”
I don’t know. I wasn’t even looking at the ball. I was looking at the rebound. You know, he made it, and you know, it kinda shocked me, you know? I didn’t, I mean, I didn’t know. I wasn’t looking at the ball, [I was] ready for the rebound.
** Favors on the emotional lift of winning a close game
It’s a confidence booster, you know? It shows that we can do it. You know, last year we let a couple close ones get away, and this year, you know, we learned from our mistakes from last year. You know, we learned how to dial in on the defensive end, close in games, learn how to take care of the ball a little bit better, and when the opportunity come, hit the big shot.
** LeBron James, salty as hell, asked if he was defending Gordon Hayward on the last play
Yeah, I got tripped…I think it was Dan–Favors. I was going over the screen, kinda tripped me. And then, but we were switching pick and rolls anyways, and Tristan [Thompson] just kinda laid off a little bit too much.
** Trevor Booker on the game
It was a great win for us, you know? We showed a lot of poise at the end of the game. We took their best punch–you know, we had ‘em down early, and they fought back.
** Booker on the Jazz crowd tonight
I mean, before I came here, I would hear about it, you know, how great the fans were…Tonight, it was just a different atmosphere [than the past few games]. You know, they were crazy. Hopefully we can get that every game.
** Dante Exum on the game
It was a crazy experience, and you know, after the game, I said to Steve Novak, you know, I’m, like, I’m so happy right now…Coach has kind of imprinted in our head, you know, not too high on the highs and not too low on the lows. So you know, this is one of those highs that we can’t get too high on. You know, coach said definitely, like, we’re in tomorrow, we’re practicing. So it’s about, you know, putting this behind us, you know, enjoy it while we can, but you know, but we got a game on Friday against Dallas, who, you know, beat us bad pretty much the first time, so.
** Trey Burke, asked if there was an option for him on the last play
Yeah, but Gordon, he made the right play. You know, I felt like if there was a guy in his face, then I would’ve been, you know, the second option behind him. You know, but they knew he was gonna try to get to the rim, so he drove hard right to the rim and got separation, so it was a big time shot for him.
** Enes Kanter on his good night
My teammates, you know, just give me that confidence, and just, you know, give my credits to my teammates.
** Rudy Gobert, on his three blocked shots and if he felt in rhythm on defense
Of course, of course. I know that’s what I gotta do to help the team winning, and I know I gotta get better at this, and that’s my strength. … You know, I think we can [limit points in the paint] every night, like, as long as me and Fa–Derrick is at the court, we got two very good rim protectors, and I think we can bring it every night.
** Gobert on his role as rim protector
The most important for me is just to keep come and block shots and keep protecting the rim. Of course I’m gonna get dunked on. I don’t even care.
** Gobert on the Jazz’s next game
Dallas beat us pretty bad [last time], so I hope everybody gonna be motivated for this game.
@chang_max’s daughter, dressed up as a pink grandma. It doesn’t get more totes adorbs than this!
Random Stuff, etc.
** People calling Alec Burks “Alec Burke”: Craig Bolerjack
** People calling Alec Burks “my man Alec Burke”: Trevor Booker
** Jerry Sloan, Frank Layden and Mark Eaton in the house! (via @JazzJargon)
** And Bear giving Mark Eaton a lap dance? (via @JeffZilgitt)
** The Jazz are no longer winless with Boler and Matt Harpring on the call.
** Earlier this year, I diagnosed Hayward with PTSD. It may still be lingering, but at least he’s smiling now. We gotta talk about this shirt some time, though.
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Media to Gordon Hayward: Do you get up for this types of game, any more than any other game?
Hayward: I think it’s just natural to.
** Quin Snyder on the Cavs circus coming to town: Sometimes that excitement, you know, is an impediment to execution. These guys wanna dunk in warmups, you know, instead of, you know, rotating in the backside.
** Matt Harpring on the Jazz sharing the ball: Everyone gettin’ a touch. (H/T @CS_Larsen)
** Harpring: Quin Snyder’s really rubbing off, being unselfish. Preaching to this team to be unselfish.
** Harpring on LeBron James having lost weight in the off-season: Still looks pretty big to me.
** Harpring on James sitting down on the scorer’s table: Why were you so scared of him?
Boler: Oh no, he was scared of me.
Harpring: I had to get you up underneath this table.
Boler: Hahahahaha. He looked back, and you know, you don’t fall in Bolerjack’s lap.
Harpring: Watch, he’s coming right at us! There goes Boler!
Boler: I’m standing straight up. (He didn’t actually move in the video.)
Harpring: There you go. Now I’m pull–picking you back up.
** Boler on Doc Anderson: Now he’s swinging the chicken. (H/T @5kl)
** Quin Snyder on the team, post-game: They need to feel my confidence in them. So this goes a long way.
** Snyder on not fouling: It’s hard when those guys are coming in, and you know, we’re gonna try to stay vertical.
** Gordon Hayward: It was a good finish, a great finish.
** Tony Parks to Trevor Booker on Hayward’s shot: They’ll remember his, but you had one of the bigger ones of the night.
** Steve Brown to Booker, post-game: And Book, we get to interview you upright tonight. (H/T @5kl)
Also, Jazz record when Quin Snyder has a fresh haircut: 1-0.
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Fear the Sword.
This arena is a fun one. The seating looks like a football stadium behind Allie.
by PyroKinesis on Nov 5, 2014 | 7:32 PM
Utah’s announcing team is terrible
by DukePettyjohn on Nov 5, 2014 | 8:04 PM
jazz attendance is pitiful
by cavvv on Nov 5, 2014 | 8:12 PM
Are they playing in a library? Crowd is dead.
by PyroKinesis on Nov 5, 2014 | 8:12 PM
Enes Kanter shoots 3s now?
by DukePettyjohn on Nov 5, 2014 | 8:13 PM
Derrick Favors just abused Love
by DukePettyjohn on Nov 5, 2014 | 8:14 PM
what the hell is wrong with lebron
his so lazy looking
by cavvv on Nov 5, 2014 | 8:15 PM
I always thought the Jazz had great fans, but man are they quiet
by hoover75 on Nov 5, 2014 | 8:17 PM
LeBron not trying on defense continues.
by blackngoldaus on Nov 5, 2014 | 8:17 PM
Switched him from Hayward to Burks already
by DukePettyjohn on Nov 5, 2014 | 8:17 PM
Who the hell is leaving Kanter open?
by DukePettyjohn on Nov 5, 2014 | 8:24 PM
CAN WE GET A STOP OH MY GOD
by blackngoldaus on Nov 5, 2014 | 8:24 PM
I wish Kanter had fallen to us.
by Cousin_Drew on Nov 5, 2014 | 8:26 PM
Mike Miller apparently went to the CJ Miles School of Transition Defense
by DukePettyjohn on Nov 5, 2014 | 8:32 PM
Free And-1s for everyone!
by Hugh Parent on Nov 5, 2014 | 8:33 PM
This team is garbage defensively. Like Byron Scott-era bad.
by gazeller on Nov 5, 2014 | 8:41 PM
Dion can’t handle Hayward’s size at all.
by DukePettyjohn on Nov 5, 2014 | 8:41 PM
I think several Cavs players are asleep on the court. Literally asleep.
by HoopsterDoofus on Nov 5, 2014 | 8:41 PM
the jazz are really underrated
by cavvv on Nov 5, 2014 | 8:42 PM
Or we’re just that bad.
by JayxStokes on Nov 5, 2014 | 8:44 PM
Can we cut out the unnecessary fanciness?
by blackngoldaus on Nov 5, 2014 | 8:57 PM
Gordon Fuckin Hayward. Wow. That was a ridiculous chase down block.
by DukePettyjohn on Nov 5, 2014 | 9:05 PM
It was a goal tend.
by Antistratfordian on Nov 5, 2014 | 9:05 PM
it was a goaltend
by Hugh Parent on Nov 5, 2014 | 9:05 PM
by blackngoldaus on Nov 5, 2014 | 9:05 PM
that is two goaltendings in two nights. get it together, refs
by Hardcore Legend on Nov 5, 2014 | 9:05 PM
So at what point do we legitimately panic?
by VaCleveFan on Nov 5, 2014 | 9:22 PM
wow, Kanter just runs over the guy, no call..
by njccc on Nov 5, 2014 | 9:32 PM
home cooking. have to expect some of those.
by Antistratfordian on Nov 5, 2014 | 9:33 PM
down 6 feels like 50
by Hardcore Legend on Nov 5, 2014 | 9:39 PM
Only down 3 now!!!
by PyroKinesis on Nov 5, 2014 | 9:40 PM
DION DID THE RIGHT THING!!!
GUYS! HE DIDNT GO YOLOISO! DION DID THE RIGHT THING!
by dot_wav on Nov 5, 2014 | 9:41 PM
YES, TT! Only down 1!
by PyroKinesis on Nov 5, 2014 | 9:43 PM
by njccc on Nov 5, 2014 | 9:47 PM
Rudy Gobert wingspan is incredible. He is going to be a really really good player
by hoover75 on Nov 5, 2014 | 9:48 PM
Stop Hayward! He’s the guy said he would beat Lebron 1 on 1 last month. RIght?
by TV63 on Nov 5, 2014 | 9:49 PM
Wasn’t that a World of Warcraft joke?
by JayxStokes on Nov 5, 2014 | 9:50 PM
League of Legends.
by dot_wav on Nov 5, 2014 | 9:51 PM
by Antistratfordian on Nov 5, 2014 | 9:52 PM
Cavs should try to get Gobert at the deadline…… if possible.
by RADiFranco0515 on Nov 5, 2014 | 9:49 PM
big center is killing it for the Jazz
by njccc on Nov 5, 2014 | 9:53 PM
Why would Kyrie shoot that without moving the ball around?
by Antistratfordian on Nov 5, 2014 | 9:57 PM
Is this your first time watching Kyrie?
by DukePettyjohn on Nov 5, 2014 | 9:58 PM
It was a rhetorical question.
by Antistratfordian on Nov 5, 2014 | 9:59 PM
CAVALIERS LEAD FOR THE FIRST TIME TONIGHT
by PyroKinesis on Nov 5, 2014 | 10:05 PM
I love Hayward but he is not a guy who should have the ball in his hands in an iso against LeBron.
by Cousin_Drew on Nov 5, 2014 | 10:21 PM
He thought the same thing.
by Antistratfordian on Nov 5, 2014 | 10:21 PM
He just SHUT DOWN LeBron. Shit.
by Cousin_Drew on Nov 5, 2014 | 10:22 PM
I don’t think that was Hayward, was it?
by Hardcore Legend on Nov 5, 2014 | 10:23 PM
Wow didn’t know Hayward had that D in his game
by DukePettyjohn on Nov 5, 2014 | 10:23 PM
!!!!!!! OT please.
by John Johnston on Nov 5, 2014 | 10:26 PM
SUNDIATA GAINES FLASHBACKS
by PyroKinesis on Nov 5, 2014 | 10:28 PM
by John Johnston on Nov 5, 2014 | 10:28 PM
by ShamansBlues on Nov 5, 2014 | 10:28 PM
I love Hayward. But shit.
by Cousin_Drew on Nov 5, 2014 | 10:29 PM
by DukePettyjohn on Nov 5, 2014 | 10:29 PM
Ugh we suck again.
by VaCleveFan on Nov 5, 2014 | 10:29 PM
They deserved that one.
by Cousin_Drew on Nov 5, 2014 | 10:30 PM
We damn sure didn’t.
by JayxStokes on Nov 5, 2014 | 10:31 PM
Was there one thing that was more difficult for you to adjust to making the transition from college to the NBA?
I think the biggest thing was, you know, just getting adjusted to the NBA game, period. You know, finding ways to, you know, affect the game if my shot wasn’t falling. You know, getting into the paint. I think that was one of the biggest areas that I feel like I improved in…Getting into the paint more and making plays, not only for myself, but for my teammates.
How do you deal with back-to-backs?
Well, that’s a big adjustment as well. You know, you’re not used to playing two games, you know, within 48 hours, especially traveling and playing those two games. So, you have to get adjusted to that, you know, definitely. You know, your body’s not used to it, and it’s just hard ’cause you have to, you know, kinda fight through.
You know, you have to take care of yourself off the court. You know, eating right, you know, getting the proper rest and things like that. So, I think that’s another big adjustment that I’m used to now, you know, just playing those two games in two nights, and then, you know, sometimes playing four games in, you know, six or seven nights.
So you know, that’s tough, you know, on your body, but you know, as a professional athlete, you just have to, you know, find ways to fight through it.
Has the team set specific “number” goals?
It’s not something that we kinda talk about, you know, “We wanna win X, Y, Z amount of games.” You know, we just wanna try to find a way to be in that playoff picture, you know, come April.
Do you feel like the players have really figured out Quin Snyder’s offense yet?
Absolutely. You know, I think it’s still an adjustment process for all of us, you know, obviously, you know, especially for the guys that were here last year, you know, bringing in a whole new coaching staff and a whole new system. You know, you’re not gonna, you know, automatically, it’s not gonna automatically click right away. But he’s pushing us, you know, at practice every single day. …
I think as a team, we understand what he wants from us and how he wants us to play as a team. And you know, I feel like we’re doing a, you know, a really good job of playing the way he wants us to play, with more pace. And I think that we’re a little ahead, more ahead, than where he thought we would be, as a team.
How much faster are you playing this year than last year?
I think we were best when we, last year we were best when we were out in transition and, you know, kind of playing more freely. This year, that’s kind of like the, you know, the, that’s kinda like our team, period. You know, we’re out in transition, and you know, the offense isn’t really stagnant. It isn’t just a half-court offense. It’s more of a uptempo type…
I think that plays to all of our strengths. You know, me, Gordon [Hayward], Alec [Burks], you know, the guys coming off the bench, you know, we’re capable of making plays in transition, you know, for the team.
How many people did it take to make Rudy Gobert feel better about himself last night?*
Yeah, it was, you know, that was a tough play, you know, but you know, guys, you know, you get on him about it. After the game, you know, you might have a little bit of fun. Obviously, we lost yesterday, so we didn’t, we weren’t really laughing about it, but you might have a little fun with him after the game, but you know, as a player, you gotta move forward from those type of plays.
Do you feel like you’re defending well right now?
I think so. You know, I think I–there’s always room for improvement, you know, but as far as where I was last year compared to where I am now on the defensive end, I think I’ve improved, you know, a lot. And you know, I just have to continue to–I think that’s where film comes in. You know, continue to watch film to, you know, see where I, what I could’ve done better, you know, the last game on the defensive end.
Is defensive improvement technique? Is it making better decisions? What are you actually doing to improve?
I think, really, the hardest part is, you know, as a young player, not knowing how to get better on the defensive end. Like I said, I think it starts with film.
You know, technique, w–you know, I think, I feel like everyone has, you know, pretty good technique or basic understanding of how to play defense, you know, because you’ve been playing basketball for so long and you understand what you don’t want the offensive guy to do.
But at the same time, if you don’t know what’s coming, you know, from that other team, then you may get a bli–you might get blinded by a screen or you may not be in position, you know, [not] in position you’re supposed to be in to, you know, help the team get a stop. So, I think film is really the biggest thing, you know, watching film and understanding what’s coming next and where you should be, you know, on the defensive end.
How do you feel like you guys are coming together on the floor? Is the dynamic different than last year? Do you feel like you’ve figured out where guys are going to be?
I think so. You know, the chemistry’s growing every day for us. You know, we’re a young team with a new coaching staff, so you know, things aren’t gon click right away. You know, that’s impossible.
But I feel like we’re working really hard in practice, and you know, we do know each other’s tendencies, where guys like the ball, so you know, I think that’s great for us. You know, for us to not be on a level where we are right now, I think, you know, we’re gon continue to work hard and you know, we’ll get there eventually.
Everyone’s asking us to ask you what happened to Derrick Favors last night. Is that just different opponents? Different style?
It’s not just one guy who struggles with consistency at times…As a player, when you do, you know, face some adversity, you know, you may have a great game and then you may have a, you know, a poor game. You know, you just have to stay confident more than anything. You know, it’s nothing you can really do about it.
But for me, you know, I wanna make a conscious effort, you know, to, you know, get my assist numbers up. Try to find ways to, you know, get in the paint, make others around me better, and I feel like I haven’t been doing my job with that. So you know, you have to find other ways to affect the game, more than anything.
You know, and you know, people who probably were watching Favors yesterday, they didn’t see him scoring as much as he did the last game, but I’m sure he, you know, affected the game in different ways rebounding and the way he played defense. So it’s just, it’s something you’re gonna face as a player, but it helps you grow. (1320)