Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Denver Stiffs.
I sure wish the refs would call a foul or two…
by john.kobbeman on Apr 12, 2014 | 9:41 PM
Been begging the same…
by Mike Olson on Apr 12, 2014 | 9:44 PM
Favors is being a bitch
by RockyMountainWay91 on Apr 12, 2014 | 9:47 PM
I hate the Jazz even when they’re terrible.
by RockyMountainWay91 on Apr 12, 2014 | 9:48 PM
Lou Williams with the dagger!! AND THE KNICKS WILL MISS THE PLAYOFFS!!
by What you Shawquin about? on Apr 12, 2014 | 9:46 PM
What that means is that Nuggets will get pick #11
Thank you Knicks
by TakeFive on Apr 12, 2014 | 9:50 PM
Hopefully Silver doesn’t know that the New York pick belongs to Denver and gives them the lottery miracle.
by Mancar on Apr 12, 2014 | 9:53 PM
remember how everyone was all up in arms about our passing on Gobert
he’s in the game now. watch as he gets owned by Moz over and over.
by InboundingLobPass on Apr 12, 2014 | 10:00 PM
How bad our shooting is…
Utah’s made zero three pointers, won’t get to 50, and lead us by double digits at the half.
by Mike Olson on Apr 12, 2014 | 10:07 PM
Go fuck yourself Jazz
by RockyMountainWay91 on Apr 12, 2014 | 10:05 PM
How the fuck is there no foul on that? For fuck’s sake, Burke grabbed him!
by Russscot on Apr 12, 2014 | 10:05 PM
So, why can the Jazz grab players with impunity and not get a foul called?
by Russscot on Apr 12, 2014 | 10:38 PM
I take back all the bad things I said about Mozzy and his beet hands
by SDcat09 on Apr 12, 2014 | 10:38 PM
by nuggetsrule on Apr 12, 2014 | 10:39 PM
This is one soft game
By the refs tonight, lets jazz hack away. Call nuggets for every touch foul
by alex47666 on Apr 12, 2014 | 10:41 PM
And another touch foul called on the Nuggets, while the Jazz hack away.
by Russscot on Apr 12, 2014 | 10:42 PM
WTF?!??!??! Good God! Fours mugged and zero call.
by Russscot on Apr 12, 2014 | 10:45 PM
He shoved him from behind the back
and you do nothing, go fuck yourself ref
by alex47666 on Apr 12, 2014 | 10:46 PM
Are the refs trying to help the Lakers by helping Utah win?
by nuggetsrule on Apr 12, 2014 | 10:48 PM
Nuggets versus Utah and the refs?
I’m still taking the Nuggets in that fight
by What you Shawquin about? on Apr 12, 2014 | 10:49 PM
yeah its still ivan drago vs. dustin diamond
by nugznazty on Apr 12, 2014 | 10:50 PM
OK…this is getting just ridiculous.
by Russscot on Apr 12, 2014 | 10:50 PM
damn that was another blaitnt no call? wtf refs
by InboundingLobPass on Apr 12, 2014 | 10:51 PM
How the fuck is that not a moving screen?
by Russscot on Apr 12, 2014 | 10:52 PM
ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?!?!?? GOOD GOD! CALL THE GAME FAIRLY!
by Russscot on Apr 12, 2014 | 10:54 PM
shut up jazz players
by alex47666 on Apr 12, 2014 | 10:55 PM
Mozzy has to go up stronger
He got bailed out by the call
by What you Shawquin about? on Apr 12, 2014 | 11:08 PM
Not a bail out…he was fouled.
But he should go up stronger.
by Russscot on Apr 12, 2014 | 11:08 PM
Foye still can’t drive in the lane and make a layup
by RockyMountainWay91 on Apr 12, 2014 | 11:11 PM
he got fouled
and he didn’t get the call. That’s not his fault
by What you Shawquin about? on Apr 12, 2014 | 11:11 PM
Oh it’s party time
by The Ghost of Marv Throneberry on Apr 12, 2014 | 11:14 PM
by RockyMountainWay91 on Apr 12, 2014 | 11:14 PM
Nuggets win, Hawks win, we get a lottery pick, Carmelo missed the playoffs
Could this night get any sweeter? The basketball gods are smiling down at us tonight
by What you Shawquin about? on Apr 12, 2014 | 11:26 PM
** Tyrone Corbin, asked what the team is working on in practice at this point
Working to get better. Yeah, working to get better. We have Portland tomorrow, we gotta understand what it’s gonna take for us to have a chance against these guys. We gotta get back in transition. They’re posting guys more on ours. They’re playing for a playoff run and we’re trying to get better. So, we’re still trying to make sure we understand how we have to continue to prepare for each and every opponent….We wanna try and make sure we’re working to get better in these last four games, and see what we can improve on in this situation, and get the guys ready for the summer work, to be ready for next year.
** Corbin on integrating Erik Murphy
You know, we don’t have a lot of practice time. We can’t bang the other guys a lot. He’s ex–happy to be here. He’s been working one-on-one a little bit. Just tryna get him a couple plays, and get him the feel for those couple plays…But you know, we’ll have time. We’ll try and see how we can finish up the year with him, and then, you know, we have the summer.
** Richard Jefferson on being able to show NBA teams he has plenty left in the tank
I can’t thank coach Corbin enough. I remember the first day I showed up here in September. He kinda gave me a phone call early, after I got traded, and then when I got here, they were like, “Hey, we want you to play. We want you to play. I don’t care what happened last place, or what’s been going on, you know, we want you to play.” And, you know, just from that very beginning and even giving me the opportunity to start early in the season, it really gave me the confidence that I needed…Coming into this season, I didn’t have starting, I didn’t have how many points. My only goal was to play 82 games.
** Derrick Favors, asked what is the team’s motivation in the last few games
Just, coming out there, just playing hard, and you know, just trying to get wins right now
** Favors on defending LaMarcus Aldridge
Just hope he miss the shot. You know, you know he gonna do the turnaround jumper, or, and shoot pick and pop jumpers. So you know, best thing to do is just hope he miss it.
Quote of the Night
Matt Harpring at 1:15 in the first quarter, after Enes Kanter threw down an alley-oop to put the Jazz up 27-21: Where has this team been?!
** Tyrone Corbin, asked how the game got away
Well, they made some shots…You know, give ‘em credit, they made some plays down the stretch.
** Corbin, asked why the starting lineup change, and if Alec Burks has earned a starting job
Well, we just wanna look at some different things at this point. You know, Richard’s done a great job for us. We still need him to continue to play minutes for us.
Will this be the starting lineup in the last three games?
We’ll see. We’ll see.
Is there anything you didn’t like about that lineup?
You know, there are some things. We still lost the game.
** Trey Burke on the starting lineup
We went out there confident, and I think we played well together. … I think [the lineup's advantages are] we can get out in transition. You know, Alec’s ability to get to the rim, it opens up the perimeter shooting. With Enes [Kanter] down there, you know, he hit me two times in a row, and I hit, knocked down threes. So, it’s a whole bunch of different looks. I think the most important thing is we get out in transition to score…I think we got a lot of good young talent, and the future’s bright.
** Derrick Favors on Enes Kanter and Rudy Gobert’s development
You know, they, pretty, they young, and you know–I’m young too. I don’t know why I said that, but (laughs) I feel like I’ve been in the league forever. They good, man, you know? Enes a good player, and Rudy, you know, he’ll come in and surprise people. You know, he can play, man. He can rebound, block shots and he’s getting better on the offensive end. He kinda remind me of myself when I first came into the league.
** Gordon Hayward, asked how much it helps this group to play together more
Playing together, you get that experience. You get chemistry. And you can’t teach that.
What’s the difference between game experience and practice experience?
Totally on different ends. You know, there’s nothing like playing in a real game. Even if you go hard in practice, it’s still just practice…There’s nothing like playing in a game.
** Enes Kanter on his rebounding
Offensive rebounds, I mean it’s just, it’s natural. But defense, you know, I’m just trying to work hard.
** Rudy Gobert on learning patience while waiting for a chance to play
That’s the hardest part, you know? Like, st–keep working hard, and when you waiting, you know, for your opportunity, like, people outside, like, they say you’re not good enough to play yet. But you know you can play. And that’s the hardest part, but I can’t, I’m used to it now, so.
** Gobert, asked whether he’s thinking less now on the court
I just understand, like, when I go, like, almost nobody can block me when I go straight to the rim. I got long arms, I just gotta use, you know? If I’m scared, of course people gonna block me, or, you know? I just gotta play my game. I know I can do it, so.
** Gobert on the future
I just thinking about the future, and I can’t wait, you know, to be a big part of this team. That’s why I work hard, and I hope in a couple next year, I’ll be a big part of this team.
Random Stuff, etc.
** In case anyone is interested, Favors’ favorite cartoon growing up was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and he was a Donatello guy.
** The Blazers had never swept the Jazz, until this year.
** People calling Rudy Gobert “Rudini” with an assist from the truck: Matt Harpring
** People that later changed “Rudini” to “Godini”: Craig Bolerjack
** People calling Alec Burks “Trey, Alec Burke that is”: Craig Bolerjack
** Raja Bell said something about no one wanting to play in Utah on Jim Rome’s show a few days ago (I haven’t heard the interview; just saw tweets about it). Have it on good authority Harpring recently said the same thing during a Jazz “Chalk Talk” event.
** This was said on 1280 The Zone’s Saturday show last Saturday:
[Erik Murphy was] born in Lyon, France. So maybe he speaks French and can hang out with Rudy Gobert a little bit. Who, by the way, the feeling I get around the team is that he’s not liked all that much. Rudy Gobert. Maybe it’s ’cause he’s a rookie. Maybe it’s ’cause he doesn’t speak fluent, complete English. I don’t know what the deal is, but he’s kinda had a disconnect there with his buddies on the team.
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Craig Bolerjack to Matt Harpring on #JazzTV: We didn’t take a picture at halftime. What’s up with you?
** Boler on Dorrell Wright three: Trey, a little late coming out.
** Harpring: I’d love to get you on a Bucket Chart, Boler. That’d be a good case study. You need to come to my camp, in the summertime.
Boler: You’ll buy, uh, a little tasty chicken afterwards?
Harpring: Well, I’ll give you a free ride to camp, instead of paying for it this year. I know you’ve paid for it in the past.
Boler: Thanks a lot, yeah. You know, I’ll sneak in the backdoor there, and you won’t even know I’m there. (H/T @bjcseven and @slcdunk)
** Boler: Kanter on the reach around. (H/T @5kl, @SurlyMae)
To close: Can’t embed it here, but here’s the Rudy Gobert block on one end and bucket on the other.
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Blazers Edge.
There’s an actual chance that, by the end of the night, we’ll be talking about which Blazers who can rest for a week.
by Timmay! on Apr 11, 2014 | 5:00 PM
If we win and Rockets lose, do we still play the last games full boar?
by BlazerRoddy on Apr 11, 2014 | 5:11 PM
Plus, HOU owns the tiebreaker against us
by thankyouforblaze on Apr 11, 2014 | 5:35 PM
PA is the richest owner in sports
It’s naive to think he can’t simply buy the tiebreaker back.
by Mortimer on Apr 11, 2014 | 5:40 PM
I didn’t even bother setting up a second half thread tonight.
Friday night game against the Jazz. Meh.
by Timmay! on Apr 11, 2014 | 6:07 PM
Utah fans clearly miss Wes.
by Timmay! on Apr 11, 2014 | 6:22 PM
They should know better than to have an undrafted rookie have a break out season that we want to be on our team
by Mortimer on Apr 11, 2014 | 6:24 PM
Poor darlings. Aww.
by occassia on Apr 11, 2014 | 6:25 PM
I do like Utahs slowmo cam.
by dingleberrys on Apr 11, 2014 | 6:28 PM
dangit, these bozos are trying to beat us.
by RipCityLifer! on Apr 11, 2014 | 6:29 PM
Robinson looks frustrated, he can’t buy a foul call tonight.
by Timmay! on Apr 11, 2014 | 6:31 PM
PA is the richest owner in sports
It is naive to think he wouldn’t buy foul calls for his players on a team he owns.
by Mortimer on Apr 11, 2014 | 6:32 PM
dang gobert is huge
why did we again skip on him? lol
by CroRupt on Apr 11, 2014 | 6:33 PM
I don’t understand why Gobert doesnt get more minutes
Every time I see him on the floor he makes a difference. Is Ty Corbin mad
by Calgus on Apr 11, 2014 | 6:37 PM
To be fair, when you see him he’s playing us.
by Timmay! on Apr 11, 2014 | 6:38 PM
Nic thought we should draft him…
by occassia on Apr 11, 2014 | 6:39 PM
We need a spark, put CJ in.
by Chuck Norriss on Apr 11, 2014 | 6:40 PM
We don’t need a spark we need a SHARK
by Mortimer on Apr 11, 2014 | 6:41 PM
Let’s snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
by ParticleAccelerator on Apr 11, 2014 | 6:41 PM
That would be fintastic
by saitamaman on Apr 11, 2014 | 6:42 PM
Rudy is very impressive
wonder why he doesn’t get any minutes
I would have loved if we got him
by CroRupt on Apr 11, 2014 | 6:42 PM
When I hear “RJ”, Richard Jefferson is definitely not the first name that comes to mind.
by ParticleAccelerator on Apr 11, 2014 | 6:48 PM
did Barrett just say “Same diff?”
haven’t heard that since 1986.
by RipCityLifer! on Apr 11, 2014 | 6:50 PM
I want to rec this 1000 times
by BlazersDiaspora on Apr 11, 2014 | 6:55 PM
Rec it once, or 1000 times.
by Timmay! on Apr 11, 2014 | 6:56 PM
Why am i still watching this lol
by dingleberrys on Apr 11, 2014 | 6:54 PM
We’re terrible, like really, really terrible
by Darn you, darn you to heck! on Apr 11, 2014 | 6:54 PM
Wow we’re soooooo lazy. Why don’t they care?
by BlazersDiaspora on Apr 11, 2014 | 6:54 PM
i just want them to take this utah team seriously that’s all.
by toddthebodd on Apr 11, 2014 | 6:59 PM
It might prove helpful if the Utah front office took this team seriously though…
by allthebacon on Apr 11, 2014 | 7:00 PM
made me lol irl
by Roadblazer on Apr 11, 2014 | 7:01 PM
How are we leading??
by Blazing Chargers on Apr 11, 2014 | 6:59 PM
Jeez Lillard! Focus!
by pdxthomastran on Apr 11, 2014 | 7:24 PM
Looks like Dame hit the Mormon clubs too hard last night.
by ParticleAccelerator on Apr 11, 2014 | 7:24 PM
that 3.2 is killer
by Roadblazer on Apr 11, 2014 | 7:26 PM
by ParticleAccelerator on Apr 11, 2014 | 7:33 PM
Oh my. Kanter got drilled.
by Timmay! on Apr 11, 2014 | 7:34 PM
Four Blazers just stood and watch as Kanter almost gets the rebound.
by PDXLink on Apr 11, 2014 | 7:34 PM
Utah commentators are so boring.
by bowdown on Apr 11, 2014 | 7:34 PM
Their broadcasts always feel so dead to me
by Mortimer on Apr 11, 2014 | 7:35 PM
Knew I should have started Trey Burke
by Calgus on Apr 11, 2014 | 7:40 PM
lillard looked at his box score
by SNewtn on Apr 11, 2014 | 7:50 PM
by pdxthomastran on Apr 11, 2014 | 7:50 PM
Dame we never doubted you…lol.
by lightskin350 on Apr 11, 2014 | 7:58 PM
by SNewtn on Apr 11, 2014 | 8:00 PM
OH ME OH MY
by ParticleAccelerator on Apr 11, 2014 | 8:00 PM
wow a flagrant?
what about the other end braindead refs?
by SNewtn on Apr 11, 2014 | 8:03 PM
It’s a flagrant 2 on the floor?!?!?!? WTF????
by ParticleAccelerator on Apr 11, 2014 | 8:03 PM
Buck Williams and Karl Malone are like “THAT’S a foul?”
by RipCityLifer! on Apr 11, 2014 | 8:04 PM
Damn Harpring finish your comment about youth already
by bowdown on Apr 11, 2014 | 8:04 PM
Harpring is harping on!!
by Mortimer on Apr 11, 2014 | 8:05 PM
I didn’t realize this is Matt Harpring
I liked him as a player . Hard nosed. He’s a decent color commentator too.
by Corwin71 on Apr 11, 2014 | 8:06 PM
I am a Ga Tech fan, I love me some Matt Harpring.
by lightskin350 on Apr 11, 2014 | 8:07 PM
Lillard took one of those harder than it has to be layups.
by bowdown on Apr 11, 2014 | 8:09 PM
he needs to just go through people
by CroRupt on Apr 11, 2014 | 8:10 PM
He’s not Indian food, CroCro!!
by Mortimer on Apr 11, 2014 | 8:13 PM
by Blazing Chargers on Apr 11, 2014 | 8:11 PM
by occassia on Apr 11, 2014 | 8:11 PM
** Are you better than you used to be, or have you just gotten more of a chance to show what you can do?
I feel like I have more chance, you know? Learn from my mistakes out there. You know, last year, you know, we had a lot of vets on the team, so you know, you couldn’t learn as much as I am learning right now. So, I feel like, just learning.
** Were you too confident early on in your career and naive about the amount of work there was?
No, I didn’t. I don’t say that. I feel like I always had to have the confidence in my game, you know, ’cause if I don’t, who will, you know? But you know, I don’t think, I think the work ethic’s just coming along with it.
What is the work ethic?
Just learning how to work, like it’s your job, you know? I learned that when I first got to the league, and I’m learning that now.
Was the game easy for you as a kid?
I wouldn’t say easy, you know? I worked at it, but you know, just God-given ability, you know? I use that a lot more than, you know, working out.
** Do you realize that your body contorts and does things that no one else does?
Yeah, I’ve heard that before. You know, a lot of people have told me that.
Has it always been that way?
I feel like when I got to college, just, I think that’s where it really started. I just, more athletic people, you know? In college, I mean, in high school, I could just get around everybody. But in college, you know, I really had to learn to finish around people, and with contact.
So in high school, you were just blowing by guys?
Yeah, high school, just blowing by guys. Nobody really wanted to challenge me, you know? So, you know, and in college, everybody wants to, you know, make it to the next level, so you know, everybody’s playing a lot more defense.
It’s the NBA. I gotta figure out a way, how to get to the rim. That’s all it is.
Is it just crazy how fast it closes?
Yeah, it is. It is crazy, you know? Just some of the shots I make, I mean, I surprise myself, some of the things I do.
Could you explain what you just did right after one of your contortionist moves?
Not at all. I have to see it on the Jumbotron…Just God-given ability, man. I can’t say nothing else about it.
** Do the veterans teach you more about defensive off-the-ball stuff or on-ball, on-the-floor stuff?
I feel like, more off the ball. I feel like my on-ball defense is real good, but I feel like off the ball, just knowing where to be at, you know, just ’cause this league is athletes, you know? They just cut at any time, so I just feel like off the ball, [Richard Jefferson]‘s helping me a lot. Marvin [Williams]. I feel like [Gordon Hayward]‘s helping me a lot too, so I feel like they help me every game.
** What do you do to pass the time on the road?
I’m usually on my phone, somewhere, or I’m at the mall, you know, with Jeremy [Evans] or Ian [Clark] or Trey [Burke] or something. We at the mall, you know? There’s so much time, you know, you gotta do something with your hands, but I ain’t really doing much. Just chilling, you know?
Talking or texting on your phone?
Texting. Whatever it is, you know?
Is it boring?
Nah. It’s not boring. I don’t think it’s boring at all. If I was bored, I go to the mall.
Who are the guys you’re chilling with?
Just depends on who, you know, lotta people have different situations on different road trips, you know? So, just depends who it is. I go eat with anybody. You know, everybody’s around my age, so you know, we eat. I’m cool with everybody.
** Tell us about the relationship you have with your brother.
You know, that’s my big brother, you know? My, you know, it’s who I wanted to be when I was younger. That’s why I picked up the game of basketball, you know? Just, he quit his job and came and worked with me–come live with me, you know? So, and I appreciate him for it…He just there, you know, make sure I don’t bump my head nowhere, you know? That’s it.
** Who do you talk to you when you have a bad night?
Probably, I don’t know, who it is. I usually talk to one of the coaches. Maybe Johnnie [Bryant], you know? Or my brother might say something, you know? Just, you know, that’s probably it. Ain’t nobody else outside of that.
** What do you like most about the NBA world?
Like the most? Just the dream, you know? Accomplishing your dream. I feel like that’s the best thing.
What do you like the least?
The least? The traveling schedule is unbelievable, you know? The miles we get in that plane, it’s crazy.
** What do you do on the plane?
I watch a movie. Watch TV. I sit next to Marvin, so we usually talk about basketball, or life or whatever we are at the time, you know?
Marvin is a pretty good mentor for life.
Yeah, he is. He’s a great dude, you know? He’s just real, you know? He’s honest with you, you know? He tell you the truth whether you like it or not, and I like that about him.
** Is it hard to stay grounded with an NBA paycheck?
Nah. I feel like, just being from Kansas City, you know, if you don’t get humble, that city will humble you, you know? That’s how I was raised, you know? And that’s just, that’s why I go back every summer, ’cause you know, that’s humbled me every time I go back.
** What did your mom and dad do for work?
My mom, she had a couple jobs. She worked in Social Security. My father worked in a factory, a laundry factory, you know, in Kansas City…Everything was tough, you know? My brother worked, you know? Everybody worked but me, you know, when I was growing up. So you know, it’s just, you know, we made, we did, we had to do what we had to do, you know, to get the job done, you know?
** Do you feel like you’re here to carry your family?
Aw yeah. I wouldn’t be here without my family, you know, so I feel like every time I pla–go out there, I play for them, you know?
Is that heavy?
Nah, not at all. I feel like, they, it was heavy, they was doing it when I was younger, when I was just running behind them. They had to take care of me, so you know, I feel like it’s nothing at all. They got it done, and I can get it done.
** What would you be doing if you weren’t playing basketball?
I have no idea. I don’t know. Hopefully something productive, you know, but I have no idea.
** When did you say, “I’m going to play basketball for a living?”
I really didn’t know probably ’til my freshman summer in college, you know, when I really started getting a lot of attention, and people was really telling me that NBA people was really talking about me. And I was going to camps against other NBA prospects, and I was really playing well. I feel like that’s when I really, really knew that I really was gonna make this move to the NBA.
** Is there a player you pattern yourself after?
No, not at all. I feel like I just wanna be myself, you know? That’s why I don’t pattern my game after nobody.
** You’re not a particularly loquacious fellow. Do you feel like you wish people knew who you are, or do you not care about that?
Nah, you don’t gotta know me at all. Just know, you know, Imma play hard every night. That’s it. And I’m a good guy, you know? I ain’t gonna do no knucklehead shit, you know?
** Are you having fun?
Of course. Of course. Course.
Has the grind, travel and losses ever made it not fun?
Nah, not at all. If it’s not fun, I shouldn’t be doing it, you know? I think everybody complains about schedule, but they wouldn’t have no other job in the world, you know, that good. (Locked On Jazz)
What did you learn about the Jazz this year, that you didn’t previously know?
Well, I think we’ve learned a number of things. Number one, that this, we have young players, which we knew we’ve have young players. But we’ve also, I think, the young players, our coaching staff, our front office have recognized that they have, still, a lot of deficiencies, that they have a lot of things that still, they still need to learn, and really need to improve on during this off-season.
I think we’ve also learned that this team still has some additional pieces that we need to our puzzle, to continue to help us in our pathway towards being an NBA championship-caliber team.
And, but what is exciting for me, is the fires are burning very strong with our owners, with our front office, with all of us in that commitment, in going forward, and we feel, still, I think we’ve learned that we’re in a very good place, also, financially; strategically, with our picks, with our cap room, with our positioning that we’re at with players and selection process, to be able to continue with the moves that we know we need to make, to continue to be better.
Why should fans buy tickets for the remaining two home games?
Number one, you’re still coming to watch the best of the best. You’re watching NBA basketball. It doesn’t get any better, and so, come, if you love sports and you love competition, come out and watch, because Portland is positioning themselves as they’re trying to get, really, positioning for, and ready for the playoffs.
And you got one of the best point guards who, actually, a lot of people was able to enjoy Damian Lillard up at Weber State. So, you got a young man that played here, and now is gonna be back here, and his game is quite, very impressive.
People enjoyed Wes Matthews in here, and so, there’s some pretty good players that we’re playing against with Portland, and come out and see how they’re improving and how their game is developing. And then see how our guys respond to the final two home games of the season, and show ‘em your support. And show ‘em, and our pricing, of our tickets, continue to be very attractive, because of how the season’s been. But come out and enjoy the game.
Do you feel you have players on the roster that will be among the best in the league in a few years?
I’ll say this. It would be interesting for all of us to have been able to have watched, if John Stockton would’ve had to step into the same shoes that Trey [Burke] has had to in his very first year, coming out. And now, even i–John, John was gonna be w–came out as a senior, and so we’re asking, you know, a 19-, 20-year-old to really step in after one year of college, and play at the level of the NBA.
And so we, I think we’ve really seen that Trey has, still, a very steep learning curve, but I am encouraged. His passion, his drive is there. Historically, all of our research has shown that this is a young man who, in facing challenges in his past, in being, coming out of AAU, to high school, to college, he has seemed to really thrive on those kind of challenges, and has performed to continue to improve.
So, we’re expecting, and we th–feel that he is going to, we’re gonna continue to see that kind of growth. And I think he has the potential for us, to get where w–he needs to get. He’s still got a lot of hard work in front of him, but we’re expecting that.
On the guy that hit a halfcourt shot and won $2,500 during the Mavericks game
The interesting part is, my son is sitting next to me, and he said, “Man, only $2,500? That oughta be a lot more. That’s a tough shot.”*
And all of a sudden, the guy shot the shot, and all of a sudden, my son Nathan and I, we hugged each other and we were just screaming loud, and, like everyone else was, and to see the guy all of a sudden nail that shot and make $2,500 for he and his wife, was really kinda fun. (1280)
* Per @chang_max, a guy in Sacramento hit a halfcourt shot on the same night and won a car. A guy in Phoenix hit one last week and won $77,000.
** Gordon Hayward on Jeremy Evans the artist
He’s really talented. I like to challenge him and hype him up and say, “You can’t do this or that.” And he gets all riled up and then does it. And then I get to see, you know, a pretty cool piece of art, so. He did one the other day coming back from Golden State, just on the trip home, that was just, like, on his iPad, just in an hour and a half, that was incredible, so.
** Hayward, asked if Evans has ever done one of him…that he knows of
He did one of me at a Noodles, or somewh–no, Macaroni Grill. The place where you get to draw on [the table]. We went to dinner, and he drew a picture of me, like a caricature. Yeah, with crayon. So, it was pretty good, for just, like, a at-dinner, crayon doodle.
** Trey Burke, asked if he’s ever seen any of Evans’ artwork
Yeah, I actually was watching him draw on the plane on the way back from Golden State. He was drawing me. I kinda laughed, ’cause he kept, him and Gordon kept looking back, and I was wondering why they was looking back at me…He has a app where he can draw, and it looked just like me. You know, it was kinda cool.
** Jeremy Evans, asked if he’ll show everyone the portrait he drew of Trey Burke on the plane
Ooh, I wish I could. I’ll do another one, but I deleted that one ’cause, actually I was just, you know, drawing.
** Evans, asked if he should have gotten more credit for his painting dunk in the dunk contest, and many people not realizing he painted the painting himself
Yeah, I think so. And plus, I don’t think a lot of people recognized how big the canvas was. It was pretty big. And taller than a couple of you guys.
** Evans, asked if art is something he will focus on after his basketball career is over
Oh yeah, of course. When this is over, that’s probably what I’ll be doing. Spending my time also with basketball, but also with doing art. I’d love to do both.
** Evans, on the picture he drew of Coach Jerry Sloan when he was a rookie
Wasn’t proud of it, but I, you know, did it in maybe two hours…[He was] very surprised, but he knew who it was, so that’s the good thing.
** Hayward on what he wants to accomplish in the last five games, as a team and individually
Well, we wanna get wins. At least, I wanna get wins. And I think we wanna get better as a team, ‘specially defensively, so. We’re not very high up in the rankings defensively, and I think try to improve in these last five games.
** Burke, asked if there are personal goals he wants to achieve in the last five games
Yeah, absolutely. We just wanna continue to get better. I think that’s the most important thing. You know, as a team and then individually, I think we all wanna, you know, continue to develop, you know, as players, you know, for next season, and going into the off-season, we wanna basically go into the off-season and finish off strong, so I think that’s the number one goal. You know, obviously we wanna win these last five, or, you know, have the opportunity, or be in the, be in those la–be in these last five games. So, we just gotta play hard.
** Tyrone Corbin on the game
Give them a lot of credit, they shot the ball extremely well. I don’t know, I, it didn’t seem like they were missing any shots in that first quarter, and then after that we did a better job of staying closer to ‘em. They gonna make some shots, and Dirk [Nowitzki] is tremendous and Monta [Ellis] is tremendous.
** Corbin, asked if he could shed any light on why he elected to go with Alec Burks over Richard Jefferson in the second half
I just decided to go with the change-up.
** Trey Burke on the biggest difference between the first half and second half
Well, they just made shots. I don’t think we just played awful defense. They made, they hit open shots. Dirk hit shots, you know? We expected him to make some tough shots, but they shot 94 percent after the first quarter, so I don’t think it was a lot on our defense. I just think they made some shots tonight.
** Jeremy Evans, asked if he wanted to play this many minutes
Oh, of course. Yes. Just to go out and try and, you know, do my assignments, you know, it was big. But I feel like I have a long way to go, and a couple mistakes…I helped a little too much and you know, coach just told me not to do that. I feel like, you know, those mistakes were huge down the stretch.
** Evans on his blocked dunk that would have cut the lead to nine with 5:28 remaining
I just feel like, you know, I let everybody down, just because I feel like, you know, that play right there, it’s huge, and I didn’t really jump as hard as I could have…I feel like, you know, defensively, I was okay, but I could’ve had, like, the worst offensive game of my career.
** Enes Kanter on how the Jazz continued to fight
Yeah, definitely. I mean, everybody, you know, everybody I think played pretty hard. And you know, I’m, I mean, I wan–I especially wanna say, you know, how about Jeremy? Coming from the bench, and he just playing those minutes and giving his best. I think he did a really good job, and I think he just, you know, played one of his best game.
Random Stuff, etc.
** People calling Alec Burks “Alex Burks”: nba.com recap guy
** People calling San Antonio “San Antone”: Craig Bolerjack (H/T @Mark_R_Pereira)
** While Enes Kanter was doing his post-game interview, Rudy Gobert (three lockers over) said “Salaam Alaikum” to Enes, and Enes replied “Alaikum Salaam.”
** Diante Garrett posted a picture of himself on Instagram earlier in the day. Later in the day, he tweeted:
See if you can deduce why he had to delete it…
** Poor Erik Murphy didn’t get the hand slap he was expecting.
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Ron Boone: That was just too hot to handle for Dalembert, and Gordon was the recipient there.
** Booner on Alec Burks charge: Alec went just a little too far.
** Craig Bolerjack: Joey Crawford has two fingers up. (H/T @shandonfan) <—- UDQM of the night!
** Booner on Dirk Nowitzki: When the contact is made, it’s made on the lower part of his body, because he’s leaning back, and the lower part of his body’s in front. Watch how he’s leaning back…He’s fading away, and he gets that shot off with ease.
** Booner on Nowitzki’s ascent on the all-time scoring list: He’s getting in that area, Craig, where he’s gonna start knocking some guys off.
** Boler on Hayward: He was ridin’ him; Calderon lost the handle. (H/T @Mark_R_Pereira)
** Hayward on the second half: We got them to do things they didn’t want to do.
** Kanter on his game: I mean, I’m just trying to go out there and try to touch every ball. You know, just try to touch every one, you know, just try to help my teammates out.
To close: A deleted scene from Utah Jazz vs. Dallas Mavericks, Apr. 8, 2014:
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Mavs Moneyball.
by random90 on Apr 8, 2014 | 7:54 PM
oh good no matt harpring
by dimitriouss on Apr 8, 2014 | 8:02 PM
lol great start not
by veyronp87 on Apr 8, 2014 | 8:12 PM
by random90 on Apr 8, 2014 | 8:15 PM
LOL comical start
by veyronp87 on Apr 8, 2014 | 8:15 PM
Da hell are we doing?
by KendallShpendal on Apr 8, 2014 | 8:16 PM
pretty hilarious that a team still starts Richard Jefferson.
and vince is making him look good….:(
by Dynomite on Apr 8, 2014 | 8:25 PM
93.8% shooting. Holy crap
by KendallShpendal on Apr 8, 2014 | 8:32 PM
mavs are 15/16 LOLOL
by veyronp87 on Apr 8, 2014 | 8:32 PM
utah is bad
by random90 on Apr 8, 2014 | 8:34 PM
is the second guy’s name boner?
by veyronp87 on Apr 8, 2014 | 8:38 PM
kanter is dominating
by veyronp87 on Apr 8, 2014 | 8:51 PM
He has really improved
by KendallShpendal on Apr 8, 2014 | 8:52 PM
i would love to get him or favors
but i doubt utah would let them go lol
by veyronp87 on Apr 8, 2014 | 8:54 PM
im scared guys
the jazz are getting a ridiculous amount of open 3s that they’re missing
by random90 on Apr 8, 2014 | 9:24 PM
same. but luckily they suck
by veyronp87 on Apr 8, 2014 | 9:25 PM
i noticed that too, seems like that corner 3 is always wide open for them.
by Dynomite on Apr 8, 2014 | 9:25 PM
man dirk is 2 pts away. tantalizingly close
by veyronp87 on Apr 8, 2014 | 9:30 PM
Vince scores like eating peanuts
so effortless. Him and Dirk make it look so easy when on a groove
by g3n3 on Apr 8, 2014 | 9:30 PM
Peanuts aren’t effortless to eat
by mtobo on Apr 8, 2014 | 9:32 PM
peanut out peanut in
how hard is that?
by g3n3 on Apr 8, 2014 | 9:34 PM
You have to crack open the shell, take the nut out, etc
by mtobo on Apr 8, 2014 | 9:35 PM
lol kids these days complain just about anything
good thing we have mcdonalds
by g3n3 on Apr 8, 2014 | 9:38 PM
I’m just saying
As far as food goes, there are more effortless ones
by mtobo on Apr 8, 2014 | 9:39 PM
by KendallShpendal on Apr 8, 2014 | 9:40 PM
DIRK TOP 10 ALL TIME!!!! BEST SHOOTER EVERERRRRR
by veyronp87 on Apr 8, 2014 | 9:40 PM
Dirk 10th baby yeah
by jprage on Apr 8, 2014 | 9:41 PM
no comeback shenanigans please. just shut them out
by veyronp87 on Apr 8, 2014 | 9:49 PM
mavs rebounding is SO BAD
by veyronp87 on Apr 8, 2014 | 9:54 PM
by Dynomite on Apr 8, 2014 | 9:55 PM
by veyronp87 on Apr 8, 2014 | 9:56 PM
dirk with the basket to remind them that the jazz are terrible
by random90 on Apr 8, 2014 | 9:56 PM
Why is Dirk still in?!
by Mavs Guy on Apr 8, 2014 | 10:03 PM
to catch kareem faster
by go87 on Apr 8, 2014 | 10:04 PM up
why the hell did the jazz even bother fouling..
by Dynomite on Apr 8, 2014 | 10:06 PM
lakers on national TV again
why the hell does this d league squad get so much air time???
by veyronp87 on Apr 8, 2014 | 10:07 PM
Anyone know when Kanter will be a free agent?
by KendallShpendal on Apr 8, 2014 | 10:07 PM
** Tyrone Corbin on why the Jazz claimed Erik Murphy
He’s a young guy, big guy who can shoot the ball. He works hard. From a good basketball background at Florida, so we’ll get him on the floor here and see how he can mesh with these guys.
What have you heard about him from Dennis Lindsey?
Just that. Hard worker. Smart player. Can shoot the ball for a big. And he’s a young guy that can get better.
** Corbin, asked if Murphy’s presence and integration slows down practice
Well, it would, you know, if we were trying to, you know, get him a lot of stuff in, and try and get him into a lot of different sets, it would. But I, at this juncture, it’s not a lot of time to get him, with the guys we have, the games we have. We developing some other guys right now, so tryna interrupt that process would put you behind a little bit.
** Corbin, asked why Andris Biedrins didn’t work out
You know what, I think he’s better suited, it just di–kinda where we are, for us, you know, with Derrick [Favors] and Enes [Kanter], and we have Rudy [Gobert]. You know, we h–early on, he was a veteran guy, but you know, our mission all along was to develop the young guys, and play the young guys more. So, and he was great. He was a great guy to have on the team. He was great about the situation he knew he was in, and he was ready, when we had a chance. He was coming off a couple years, he hadn’t played much. He’d lost some confidence. But he came in with an open mind. He came in in great shape, and you know, we just didn’t get an opportunity to get him on the floor a lot with the guys that we have.
** Corbin, asked for his thoughts on the length of the season
I love it. I grew up in it. I expect it to be what it is. So, I never thought it was too long. I enjoyed playing basketball. It’s what I do. So, it’s a grind. And I’m not saying it’s easy. But it is what it is. That’s what make the NBA what it is, man. That, you have 82 games, and you travel a lot, and you have a different opponent every night, you get four games in five nights, and who’s tough enough to fight their way through those things, and you know, I was blessed enough to be able to do it for 16 years. It is what it is.
** Erik Murphy on the last few days
It’s a stressful couple of days…talking to your agent everyday, and trying to figure out what’s gonna happen. But you know, I’m just, I’m excited to be here. Grateful for the opportunity from the Jazz, and you know, getting ready to work right now.
** Murphy, asked what he brings to the team
You know, I think I’m a bigger guy that can, you know, stretch the floor and shoot the ball. Provide some spacing on offense. You know, I’m gonna, you know, play hard every possession. I’m gonna, you know, I’m gonna defend, I’m gonna rebound, I’m gonna work hard in all those areas, and I’m just gonna do whatever I can to help a team win.
** Murphy on his basketball background
Basketball’s kinda in my blood. My dad played, and my mom played over for the Finnish national team when she was younger, and you know, I think, it’s just, I’ve always been around the game, so you know, I grew up, you know, falling in love with it, and, ever since I was young, you know? Just always been around basketball and it was, it’s something that I, you know, I’ve always loved.
** Murphy, asked if getting claimed off waivers eased the pain of Florida’s loss
No. No, it did not.
Note: This article postulates that the Murphy signing was the result of the Jazz returning a favor to the Bulls for the Boozer sign-and-trade deal. (H/T @JazzingItClark)
** Enes Kanter, on being afraid to make mistakes on the court and overcoming that
I think I just, it just confidence and experience. You know, I was really afraid of making mistakes, and you know, I was, like, scared of always, I gonna do some mistakes, that coach gonna take me out…So, that’s what I was afraid of, you know, my first two years. But now, this year, I have, you know, much more confident.
** Kanter on Turkey
One of the coach, assistant coach Alex Jensen, you know, he played in Turkey six years, I think. And you know, me and him was talking about it, and you know, and other players was, you know, kinda interested too…This summer, even, Jeremy [Evans] wants to go to Turkey. So I take him with me.
** Kanter, asked by Thurl Bailey what new skill or move he’s going to bring back next year
Probably shooting threes.
Bailey to camera: Coach, I hope you’re not watching this.
Bailey to Enes: Don’t do it!
** Tyrone Corbin, asked what kind of body language he saw from Jazz players
Well, you know, I didn’t like it at the end. I thought that group, well, the very end, I thought that group came back and fought. You know, we, when they made some shots, we were like, we were a little bit defeated. You know, they’re good. Give them credit. They made some tough shots…I thought the group at the end, at least they came out and tried to execute and fight hard.
** Corbin on leaving Trey Burke on the floor
His numbers are good, but I thought, you know, he has to get better a little bit, but I thought, I liked the way he fought back, and continued to stay in there and fight.
Random Stuff, etc.
** People calling basketball consultant Jerry Sloan “a diamond in the rough” asset: Matt Harpring
** This is the first time the Warriors have ever swept the Jazz in a season series.
** This was also the first time Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson have ever scored 30 each in the same game. (H/T Diana Allen)
In Today’s Edition of “Who Dressed Him?!”…
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Craig Bolerjack: Big hammer. (H/T @bjcseven)
** Boler: Kanter, playing with Bogut. Six to shoot. Rises.
** Boler: Trey Burke, nice job running the O tonight.
** Boler: Thompson, deep! In and out. And Matty, you can see they play together.
** Sidney Lowe, halftime: We have to be up a little closer to our man, and let him see two bodies when he comes off. You can’t let him get open like that.
** Boler on Alec Burks: That time, the Magic is denied as he went hard, inside. (H/T @RxMike12)
** Boler: And the Warriors, still banging away, physically. (H/T @caseygreer2)
** Boler on Alec Burks free throw: Missed the front end.
** Boler on #JazzTV submission: Looks like a little man cave action down there. Harpring: Little.
** Matt Harpring: Just let Jeremy Evans finish.
** Ric Bucher to Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson: What is happening that allows you to both get off? (H/T Diana Allen)
** Phil Johnson: A lot of guys had spurts during the game.
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Golden State of Mind.
Good thing no Beans
Scheduled this as a loss when they were saving Beans against us all year for this specific game.
Waive Beans before game = Guaranteed Tank
by emphasyze on Apr 6, 2014 | 2:29 PM
That was actually a sweet move.
by Hno1 on Apr 6, 2014 | 3:08 PM
that was one of the funniest moments in Warriors history
by ZooMass on Apr 6, 2014 | 3:09 PM
those were 2 of his 9 pts all season (including preseason)
6 of those 9 came during the preseason (including this move)
by Bobbita on Apr 6, 2014 | 3:11 PM
I wish we could somehow snatch Alec Burks from the Jazz…
I really like his game. If they somehow end up with Wiggins or Parker would he become expendable?
by iHypeTV on Apr 6, 2014 | 5:43 PM
What kind of starting lineup is Utah throwing out there…
That looks like the lineup you throw out the last game of the preseason just to give your players rest before the opener.
by iHypeTV on Apr 6, 2014 | 5:59 PM
The Revenge of Richard Jefferson
by belilaugh on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:10 PM
by yoshifan on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:16 PM
by AJC3317 on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:16 PM
Oh yeah that’s right, the Jazz have no idea how to play Curry
by belilaugh on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:16 PM
by belilaugh on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:16 PM
Did someone get the license plate # on that sportsjacket one of the Jazz’s assistants is wearing? It’s like…yellow and plaid patterned and horrid.
by Daniel on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:19 PM
Curry is ON FIRE
by IQofaWarrior on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:22 PM
Warriors should run a Bogut screen for Curry every time I don’t think I’ve ever seen the Jazz defend it correctly
by belilaugh on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:22 PM
Harrison Barnes wishes he was as good as Marvin Williams
by 123707THIZZ on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:24 PM
Too Soon LOL
by iHypeTV on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:24 PM
he just needs to spend 8 years being overpaid and derided before he finds his niche
must be a UNC thing
by starbury_to_s-jaxci2000 on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:24 PM
by bigkino217 on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:26 PM
Good at 3′s.
by 123707THIZZ on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:26 PM
They’re going to 3 them right out of the building.
by Daniel on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:26 PM
klay and curry kill’emmmm
by richstyle on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:27 PM
Man, imagine if the Jazz were tanking……………
by starbury_to_s-jaxci2000 on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:27 PM
by Daniel on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:28 PM
I’m pretty sure Speights’ foot was inbounds there too
by 123707THIZZ on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:43 PM
His brain, though…back in the locker room
by Daniel on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:44 PM
knows no one will steal it
by 123707THIZZ on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:44 PM
It’s shaped like a pile of rocks
by Daniel on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:45 PM
Jackson blaming the players for the collapse, of course
by AJC3317 on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:48 PM
BE BETTER PLAYERS!!! STOP SUCKING AT THINGS I ASK YOU TO DO!!! DON’T ASK ME WHAT TO DO, JUST DO STUFF!!!
by AJC3317 on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:50 PM
You solve it.
by sam23 on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:53 PM
that is one ugly tat one RJ’s arm
by Wreckonized on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:50 PM
Wow Curry needs to retire
You just got your ish pushed in by RICHARD JEFFERSON
by belilaugh on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:56 PM
Richard Jefferson has quietly been pretty decent this year
by sam23 on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:56 PM
Curry just got some of RJ’s decentness all over his face
by belilaugh on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:58 PM
by 123707THIZZ on Apr 6, 2014 | 6:58 PM
Bogut got away with a moving screen
by IQofaWarrior on Apr 6, 2014 | 7:07 PM
by belilaugh on Apr 6, 2014 | 7:08 PM
Bogut gets away with moving screens*
by Dreamcatcher on Apr 6, 2014 | 7:08 PM
every single time he sets a screen
by 123707THIZZ on Apr 6, 2014 | 7:08 PM
All Utah jokes aside, I really like Burks, wish he was on a playoff team (in the East, of course)
by belilaugh on Apr 6, 2014 | 7:15 PM
We got this game
by IQofaWarrior on Apr 6, 2014 | 7:40 PM
Absolute snooze fest
by YeahKlay on Apr 6, 2014 | 7:41 PM
what happen to that guy
by mykelala01 on Apr 6, 2014 | 7:56 PM
Gets no minutes but he’s healthy
Corbin is a douche
by dandubz on Apr 6, 2014 | 8:00 PM
Jazz scores 100 points
by yoshifan on Apr 6, 2014 | 8:12 PM
Wha-? This is the first time the Warriors swept the Jazz?
by yoshifan on Apr 6, 2014 | 8:14 PM
by mykelala01 on Apr 6, 2014 | 8:15 PM
by mykelala01 on Apr 6, 2014 | 8:15 PM
Wtf when did Burke put up 24/15
by Nasty Nas on Apr 6, 2014 | 8:15 PM