Derrick Favors not only dominated and scored a career high, but he also completed possibly the first bucket-and-1-cartwheel in NBA history:
Meanwhile, Quin Snyder got his first NBA win and first win with the Jazz, and the Jazz got their first win of the 2014-2015 season.
Oh, and by the way: The Jazz are now the owner of the NBA regular season championship belt.
For those not acquainted with said belt, here’s Grantland’s definition:
The winners of the previous season’s NBA Finals start with the title. Whoever beats them takes the title from them. That team holds the championship until it loses, and so on, and so on. It’s just king of the hill, played out over 82 games.
The Spurs retained the belt in their first game against the Mavericks, but lost it to the Suns in their second game. The Jazz beat the Suns today, taking the belt with the win.
** Quin Snyder on Alec Burks’ extension
Well, I think Alec’s shown that he’s a good player right now, and can grow into a very good player. I’m really excited to have him as part of the program…He’s one of those guys that finds the gym, as they say. He finds his way to the gym, he likes to work, and it’s always good to build on that.
** Snyder on where Burks and the team are defensively
I think he’s become very effective on the ball. He’s gotta be a little more disciplined. I told him, you know, I want him on the floor as opposed to sitting next to me. And I think all of our guys, off the ball, we’re not there, with our habits. So that’s just something we gotta continue to work on.
** Snyder on people saying the Jazz are this year’s Suns
I think it’s a mistake, you know, to compare our–we’re a very different team than Phoenix. We’ve got guys that have only played here, and you know, their team is a mix, I think, of players. Some veterans, some young, and they did a great job of melding that group together. And obviously, I think the biggest thing about Phoenix is they really have an identity. Defensively, they play really hard and tough. And you know, on the offensive end, obviously they’re, they run. They run as well as anybody. And you know, the fact that Jeff [Hornacek] recognized, you know, their strengths and really played to their strengths, I think is what made it such a, you know, such a really, really good job that he did and they did.
** Alec Burks, asked how much of an emphasis it was for him to get his extension done before the deadline
I mean, it was a big emphasis. You know, I didn’t want to worry about it during the year, you know, having it in the back of my mind when I’m playing, trying to help my team win. So I’m glad it got done. I’m thankful, and I’m excited.
Did you tell the Jazz you wanted to stay in Utah?
I did. I did make it, I made it known, you know? I told my agent, you know, I had him tell the Jazz I wanted to be there. I wanted to be part of the future. I see something bright in the future. You know, got some great players. You know, I just want to be part of it. That’s all.
What makes you so optimistic about the future of the Jazz?
Just the commitment to the young guys, you know? They signed Derrick [Favors], signed Gordon [Hayward], you know, they bring a lot, good young pieces in with some great veterans, and just, great coach we got in Quin [Snyder]. You know, just, some bright things ahead in Utah, and I just want, I want to be a part of it.
** Quin Snyder on the game
It’s nice to win, but we won doing the things that I think we wanna do. We were rewarded for playing the right way. There were times when we almost overpassed the ball. You know, guys were–you want to pass it to get more high percentage shots, and sometimes we passed up great shots to get good shots. But I would much rather have it that way.
** Snyder on the first quarter
Really, I don’t think we were playing that bad [before the first timeout]. We had some good looks. You know, there was a couple balls that didn’t go our way, and I just felt like, just wanted to keep our poise and do what we do. And [Derrick] Fav[ors], obviously, you know, responded at that moment as well, and throughout the night. And just, his leadership, and Gordon [Hayward] as well. Gordon was terrific. Fav’s line jumps out at you, obviously, and Gordon’s line isn’t too far behind…Those two guys, from a leadership standpoint, they just connected.
** Snyder on Derrick Favors’ defense
Sometimes Derrick is so, he’s so unselfish defensively, like, he, and sometimes you don’t think of that with a bi–there’s a way he’s defending pick and roll, like, he’s like, you know, Ray Lewis…He’s controlling everything, and that’s hard, to play that way defensively. You know, that’s, we’ve talked about some of the best defensive centers in the league. It’s not always just blocking shots. You know, in this age, it’s being able to stay in front of a guard, and get back to your man. And [Alex] Len is so big. You know, sometimes those lobs can go over his head, and when that happens, I think the most significant thing for Derrick was to keep trusting his teammates, that they’ll be there, and to s–keep being there for them. And those relationships are what is gonna help this team grow, as much as anything, and it starts with Derrick having that confidence.
** Snyder on Rudy Gobert’s performance
The thing that I think people overlook about Rudy, is his, really, an intelligent player. I think s–the exposure that he had this summer, both with the [French] national team and also playing against, you know, the Pau Gasols and, you know, players from, you know, diff–Serbia or wherever, he’s seen a lot, in terms of his preparation defensively and also offensively. So, I expect Rudy to impact the game like that now. I think, you, there’s an expectation when you put him out there, that, you know, there’s some things that he can do, even more than just run the court and block shots. It’s, he has a presence with his, my–when they went big, when they went with [Shavlik] Randolph, who’s a shooting “five,” you know, there’s not many 7-2 guys that can get out and run–or how tall he is. He’s, doesn’t really matter. He’s Rudy. But he’s big–that can get out there and hedge and play pick and roll the way he can. I mean, that’s unusual, and, to play with that kind of urgency.
** Snyder on Enes Kanter’s performance
Enes actually did a really good job in pick and roll, in hedging. You know, he just got early foul trouble, and that limited his minutes in the beginning. Then he got his fourth, and you know, when it was really time for him to go back in, you know, Trevor [Booker] had been playing really well. And you know, they’re a different team. You know, I thought Enes, you know, Enes played good. He just didn’t get as many opportunities tonight, and you know, he’ll get ‘em against the Clippers.
** Snyder on on Trey Burke’s shooting struggles
I don’t care if he misses his shots. I mean, this is the same guy that was [shooting], what, 50 percent in preseason? I, and I shouldn’t, you know, obviously I want him to make his shots, but I really, he, right now, his leadership with our team on the floor, that’s what I want from him. You know, and that doesn’t always, that’s not always reflect–I felt a little bit like I wanted him to hit a shot, just, you know, sometimes we make a shot and we feel better about ourselves. And I think he’s redefining even how he evaluates his performance. And we all know Trey Burke will make a shot, you know, and he’ll make ‘em when they count. So for me, the way he defends and the way he leads, the way he communicates, and, I think that’s something that’s new to him. You know, he, it’s one thing to play, and it’s another thing to lead and talk and communicate and play, and it’s harder. It takes it outta you. Playing defense and doing that, you know, that’s where we want to see him go.
** Derrick Favors, told it looked easy for him tonight
It wasn’t easy. You know, I think I just had to take my game to another level tonight, ’cause you know, we came out kinda slow, kinda sloppy, and you know, I saw the team kinda start feeling bad about themselves, so I just tried to come out and just add a little bit more energy, especially at the beginning of the game. And you know, we just picked it up from there. … They were denying the wings, and you know, we needed a spark, so I just took it upon myself to do that.
** Favors, asked if the team did anything for Quin Snyder’s first win
Quin got a game ball and everything, you know I’m saying? It was, you know, we celebrated for, like, three seconds. You know, told him congratulations, whatever, and that was it. Time to move on.
** Gordon Hayward on Snyder’s first win
We gave him the game ball and I told him sorry it took us three games to get that first win, but you know, here’s to many more. And hopefully, we can keep executing what he wants us to do. We had a long talk on our day off, and talked really about executing defensively, and for the most part, we did that, especially in the second half.
** Hayward on Trey Burke
He’s, you know, our point guard, and so he’s gotta be able to get our pace up, and you know, bring the ball up the court, and get us going in what we want to do on offense. So, whether or not he’s shooting the ball well, I mean, it’s one of those things where he’s gotta just continue to keep playing and keep the pace up. And you know, if he’s walking the ball up the court or if he’s putting his head down, then that kinda gets us all down. So, he’s gotta continue to do what he did tonight.
** Dante Exum on getting called for a foul and Joey Crawford
I got a blocking foul, which I thought should’ve been called for a charge. And you know, I got elbowed in the face, so you know, it was just a, he saw a little bit of blood on my nose…I told him that maybe it was because I got elbowed in my face…So you know, I got a laugh out of him, so.
Random Stuff, etc.
** People calling “Aussie” a language: Steve Brown
** David Stockton was selected in the third round (40th overall) of the D-League draft by the Maine Red Claws.
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Quin Snyder on the NBA: It’s a product that, you know, obviously I like, and that fortunately a lot of people like. And as a result, you know, people want to watch.
** Steve Brown: You know, the old Alec Burks might’ve tried to force that, but he looked and found an open man.
** Brown on Isaiah Thomas: Nice job of sliding through. Booker gave him a chance to slide through.
** Ron Boone on free pizza with the purchase of tickets: I’m getting it free to give away free.
** Brown on the pizza/ticket offer: If you’re reaching into those pockets–I never seen a guy with pockets down to his cuffs on his pants.
Booner: You work with Hot Rod [Hundley] 20 years, what do you expect?
Brown: That’s true. Something rubbed off. Hahaha.
** Brown on Isaiah Thomas shot: Watch this baby.
Booner: Watch how nicely and soft this is, though. It just goes right over the fingertips.
** Gordon Hayward on Trevor Booker: When he’s really rolling and being active, and not even necessarily scoring, but just his activity, his energy, it brings us all up for sure.
Big thanks to @cubsmodano for his assist with the W-L record tonight.
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Bright Side of the Sun.
Cut off one head, two more will take its place
by Dragic01 on Nov 1, 2014 | 9:05 PM
* Hydra: What Suns fans call the three-headed backcourt monster of Goran Dragic, Eric Bledsoe and Isaiah Thomas.
Did the Utah analyst just say “Don’t expect to see all three PG’s on the floor at the same time”???
Is research even necessary for these jobs?
by lee4 on Nov 1, 2014 | 9:06 PM
by SunKing on Nov 1, 2014 | 9:06 PM
Something I don’t understand.
A hydra has more than three fucking heads.
It’s always more than three. Nine is probably the most common interpretation.
This nickname makes zero sense.
by Jim Coughenour on Nov 1, 2014 | 9:11 PM
I’m pretty sure a three-headed monster has three heads, though.
by East Bay Ray on Nov 1, 2014 | 9:12 PM
Then fucking call them
Ghidora or Cerberus.
We sound like fucking idiots calling them Hydra.
The fans of other teams are going to think we can’t count.
by Jim Coughenour on Nov 1, 2014 | 9:14 PM
We’re beating them down the floor every single time.
by lee4 on Nov 1, 2014 | 9:15 PM
This is like playing at the Y
Come on Jazz…
by Archie Goodwin’s Ice Skates on Nov 1, 2014 | 9:16 PM
I like the Jazz like this.
Let sleeping dogs lie.
by omnicious on Nov 1, 2014 | 9:17 PM
Abuse does not accurately detail what Favors is doing to Plumlee
by Archie Goodwin’s Ice Skates on Nov 1, 2014 | 9:22 PM
Ima have to mute this game
The Jazz announcers are horrible.
by Airwave on Nov 1, 2014 | 9:22 PM
They don’t even know how to pronounce the reigning MIP’s name
by omnicious on Nov 1, 2014 | 9:26 PM
You mean Goran Drazish?
by lee4 on Nov 1, 2014 | 9:30 PM
That bugs the crap out of me.
by East Bay Ray on Nov 1, 2014 | 9:30 PM
It’s really not hard to pronounce
It’s their job to be able to say the names of the players and they just fail.
by Airwave on Nov 1, 2014 | 9:33 PM
Gotta lock down Favors
by peachBazket on Nov 1, 2014 | 9:23 PM
Somehow I didn’t realize what a load Favors is.
by Rollin J. Mason on Nov 1, 2014 | 9:24 PM
How are we down 8 this early.
by themightyquinn94 on Nov 1, 2014 | 9:30 PM
Is this the model to beat us?
Bully us at every position?
by MMotherwell on Nov 1, 2014 | 9:39 PM
Jazz have some nice ball movement tonight
by Airwave on Nov 1, 2014 | 9:42 PM
Jazz fans may be some of the more obnoxious fans
by Vikaask on Nov 1, 2014 | 9:43 PM
threes draining for the jazz… gotta give em credit they are playing good ball
by EverlastingSun_7 on Nov 1, 2014 | 9:48 PM
Is haywood balding?
by MMotherwell on Nov 1, 2014 | 9:50 PM
havent seen such good ball movement from an opponent since last night.
can someone disrupt a pass or something? the jazz are moving the ball with way too much confidence.
by blanke on Nov 1, 2014 | 9:50 PM
by zarvinny on Nov 1, 2014 | 10:07 PM
does favors always kill us?
i feel like favors always kills us.
by blanke on Nov 1, 2014 | 10:08 PM
Utah forwards have always given us fits, for like…thirty years now.
by lee4 on Nov 1, 2014 | 10:09 PM
We could stop the shit out of Thurl Bailey.
by Scott Howard on Nov 1, 2014 | 10:14 PM
Thanks for that, actually had a deep belly laugh.
by lee4 on Nov 1, 2014 | 10:25 PM
4 suns under the basket
favors get the rebound
by zarvinny on Nov 1, 2014 | 10:09 PM
Lets focus in the 3rd quarter
And make this a blowout
by zarvinny on Nov 1, 2014 | 10:09 PM
We’ve got this
That’s a tiny lead.
by MMotherwell on Nov 1, 2014 | 10:09 PM
Jazz played great after that early timeout and the Suns climbed back in it. This is anyone’s game.
by Airwave on Nov 1, 2014 | 10:10 PM
Were down by more last night versus a much better team. I think the Suns withstood the best barrage the Jazz have to offer.
by East Bay Ray on Nov 1, 2014 | 10:11 PM
Either that or Derrick Favors is going for 50 tonight.
by Scott Howard on Nov 1, 2014 | 10:15 PM
way to hang in there Suns
I can see why everyone is pegging this year’s Jazz as the new last year’s Suns
by bigtimepartytim on Nov 1, 2014 | 10:10 PM
Lets keep Derrick Favors from 50!
by Scott Howard on Nov 1, 2014 | 10:24 PM
Oh hey, the lead.
by Scott Howard on Nov 1, 2014 | 10:25 PM
Oh hey, its gone.
by Scott Howard on Nov 1, 2014 | 10:26 PM
Favors is like Karl Malone against us
by Archie Goodwin’s Ice Skates on Nov 1, 2014 | 10:29 PM
I’m really not a fan
of Plumlee, his brick hands, and is inability to box out.
Plumlee plays basketball like a declawed cat chasing after a laser pointer on the wall.
by MIDNI6HT SUN on Nov 1, 2014 | 10:29 PM
we don’t need to help haywards stats
he already signed a huge contract
by malgus on Nov 1, 2014 | 10:31 PM
all that work to let these assholes get a ten point lead again.
by MIDNI6HT SUN on Nov 1, 2014 | 10:32 PM
The Suns have 3 backcourt inbounds pass turnovers tonight.
That’s honestly fucking impressive and hard to do.
by Scott Howard on Nov 1, 2014 | 10:32 PM
Zero desire to win.
Walking up the court.
Picking up the ball early.
by Vikaask on Nov 1, 2014 | 10:36 PM
by sunnydays on Nov 1, 2014 | 10:37 PM
by infotalk on Nov 1, 2014 | 11:05 PM
by Shandy Ong on Nov 1, 2014 | 11:05 PM
JEFF has a soft spot on the jazz. F^^& the JAZZ
by Dragic01 on Nov 1, 2014 | 11:09 PM
i really don’t think the jazz will be a bottom five team this year
by Bambarra on Nov 1, 2014 | 11:17 PM
I do think people are overlooking the Jazz a bit
by omnicious on Nov 1, 2014 | 11:25 PM
What do you find most fascinating about Quin Snyder?
Yeah, you know, he, Quin’s an interesting man, and obviously very bright. I think the thing that maybe gets lost, a, with, you know, the intelligence, and you know, his charisma is maybe that he just really loves basketball and he’s a very hard worker.
And just jumping in the foxhole with him, I just really appreciate how he’s gone about his job, and how much effort and energy and thought he puts into the job.
So, it, as you would imagine, that answer would probably be wrapped around basketball circles. When we start talking about solving world peace or something, I’ll let you know.
Tell us about Quin Snyder’s offensive terminology.
Yeah, so terminology is a very interesting part of teaching basketball…
[Quin] wants a really strong, unique communication system, and that our words mean something, in that there’s strong connotations. So, we’ve had silly things where we’ve tried to find terminology in French and Turkish and Aussie, mate. So yeah, there’s, sometimes those little touches like that with your vocabulary and how you communicate are really important…
You can get cute with it and I think if you really work hard at your communication system, it can give you an advantage.
What do you hope this system does for Gordon Hayward?
For Gordon Hayward. I, yeah, that’s a terrific question. I haven’t really thought about it for him specifically. I think what I’ve seen so far is the overall defense has allowed Gordon to play a little bit like a linebacker and roam and get his hands on balls.
And there’s certain guys that you’ll let ‘em slightly get outside of the system ’cause they have superior instincts and they can “blow up a play.” I think there’s been a good 10, 12 plays that Gordon and Derrick [Favors] have guarded their men a–well, have been in great body position, but then have anticipated a play and just blew up the offense.
So, I think the defensive system may allow Gordon–besides having great communication and great stance and great body position–allow him to use his instincts. I think we’ve seen that a little bit in the preseason. I’m, my hope is, is that’s not just a, something that is happening in the preseason. I could see a carryover there.
I think the natural inclination that Gordon has on offense to pass the ball, to create for others, will–this system, with its spacing, the tempo of play, how quickly screens can be flipped, angles can be changed, fits into some of his natural abilities as well. …
I would hope that Gordon would also–it’s already happened in the preseason, but continue to find his leadership voice.
How does Dennis Lindsey watch a basketball game? What are you looking for?
Nervously. Yeah, so quite a few people make fun of me that I don’t sit down very much, and some of that is strategy. Every so often, I’ll go back and, back in the locker room to check replays, check other games.
Certainly, if I lose composure, it’s probably better done in the tunnel than, under the stands, than out in the public. So, I’m not perfect, and I know myself, so a quick escape. So, I watch games–it’s a multiple-choice question for me, ’cause I watch in different ways.
There’s some personnel that I’m watching for our team, and other teams and how that can pinch–potentially fit. Certainly, the schemes on what we’re, how we’re playing on both ends, how the other team’s playing, and then what our counters are to their schemes when they’re taking things away…
Some of the best teams, Utah Jazz, with [John] Stockton and [Karl] Malone, they have very simple, defined systems. And then when you take that away, they immediately know what they’re going to do. So, I pay attention to a lot of counters and what’s going on. It just, you know, it’s an inclement, inclination of mine of being an ex-coach. I really like strategy. (1280)
What is the candy of choice at the Lindsey household?
It’s M&Ms, peanut M&Ms. Yeah, we’re a big M&M family, that, and my waist line’s showing it right now.
On Alec Burks’ contract extension
We’re thrilled for Alec. We’re thrilled for our organization, the community, th–look, he’s a unique kid: 6-6, 210, great speed, unbelievable lift, a unique ability to score from the free throw line and at the rim while improving his shot the last two years.
And we certainly know, and no one knows more so than Alec, that he’s got to continue to grow in areas, and we expect that he will do that, and we think he can be a core piece on a contender…
You know, we pushed them in some areas, they pushed us in some areas, and we think we have our starting 2-guard locked up for the next five years, and, at 23 years old with the ability to improve. So we’re excited about that. …
Alec–all of our young guys have done a really good job with our off-season programs, but never once have I had to call [Burks’ agent] Andy Miller or Alec Burks to find him. He was the first one here for last two seasons of open gym. He’s been through a–in our open gym period in September.
He’s never skipped a day. Always honored our request to be out at P3 for training, and testing. He’s developed a really good relationship with Johnnie Bryant, and he’s improved on his non-dunk finishing. That was an area that we really wanted to emphasize this year, so he’s really worked hard at that.
I think Quin was an important piece. He could envision Alec in our offense.
What does Burks’ extension mean for Dante Exum?
There’s probably some other questions around time and opportunity, but I think it shows a commitment from the organization when a player worked hard, improves, follows the messages of the coaches, finds the gym, gets stronger, looks at himself in the mirror and says, “Hey, I need to improve on these areas,” and do so. …
I think when the younger players are watching our young vets get better and then be rewarded, with our ability, in our attempt to keep the team together, I think it sends a good, sound message.
Why does Alec Burks’ offensive prowess not necessarily translate on defense?
I think concentration, mindset. I think when you’re as gifted as Alec is and you have the ability to score, I think coaches will tend to keep you on the court [at] lower levels. …
There was some lateral movement issues that had to do with his upper body posture [when he was first drafted], and so Mark McKown, Isaiah Wright, P3 really worked hard at some postural issues, and Alec’s been able to overcome it.
Now, we didn’t defend very well last year, and I think, you know, Alec certainly is a part of that, and we haven’t got off to a great start in the regular season even though we did defend well in the preseason.
But I think one that Alec has in, you know–it passes the eye test, the, it passes the analytical tests when we start looking at measures–he’s become a really good individual defender in isolation situations.
He’s really improved at taking his verbal, adjusting his body in pick-and-roll situations, because he does have that body where, you know, if he puts his body on the other defender, w–it’s a, there’s a soccer term for it that we’re using. It’s called marking up. The offense does feel him. (1280)
Dennis Lindsey: Unintentional Dirty Quote Machine (UDQM)
** On Randy Rigby’s Halloween costume: He came with a sun visor and a Jazz sweatshirt. All he needed was a pair of sweatpants
** On his wife: She usually makes me be very generous in doling out the candy.
** On preseason expectations: Our group is like any group of people, and especially young people. They saw some results, were excited about it, probably got prematurely excited…It’s safe to say that there’s a good chance we were too excited way too prematurely.
Randy Rigby was V. Stiviano for Halloween. Who saw that coming?
Let’s take a stroll down Memory Lane.
2008: Kyrylo Fesenko and Ronnie Brewer:
2009: Kyle Korver (I want to say Zack Morris but not sure if I remember correctly), C.J. Miles (Kanye West), Deron Williams (White Bob), Fes (Beetlejuice), Eric Maynor (Batman), Paul Millsap (T-Pain), Ronnie Brewer (Big Bad Wolf), Ronnie Price (White Chick) and Kosta Koufos (Harry Potter):
2010: Raja Bell, Fes and Mehmet Okur; Memo and Francisco Elson; Memo and Deron; Fes and Al Jefferson; Fes and girlfriend with Andrei and Masha Kirilenko:
Special shoutout goes out to Halloween Master Fes: Roman in 2007; Willy Wonka in 2008; Beetlejuice in 2009; scary clown in 2010 and scary face in 2012 (all via Fes).
(Disclaimer: I have no idea whether the first pic is from Halloween but I included it anyway.)
Meanwhile, in New York in 2014, Deron and AK are keeping the Jazz Halloween tradition alive (via @mewithana and @mashalopatova):
Updated: Here’s Fes, Halloween 2014:
** Quin Snyder on the game
I was glad to see us show some fiber in the second half, and fight back with the way we started the game. You know, I mean, just not gonna be able to overcome that kinda effort. You know, that’s where it is, the lack of focus on the defensive end.
** Snyder, asked what he said to the team during the first timeout
Kind of wake up. You know, there was a lotta timeouts like that, where we just, you know, it took us, like I said, a half to kind of feel the urgency of the game and what, you know, the level that we needed to play on to, you know, compete, tonight.
** Snyder on this being the second game where he’s been disappointed with the defense
I don’t want to make any kinda sweeping statements about trans[ition defense], but yeah, I mean, you’re concerned if you play bad defense for one game. So, two in a row is…
** Snyder on the biggest issue offensively
When your defense doesn’t generate anything for you, it makes the game harder, and when you’re fragmented on defense, there’s an inclination for individual guys to wanna, you know, get it back…That works for a minute. You know, it may work for a possession or two when you hit a shot, but you’re not gonna be able to sustain [that offensively], you know, unless you play more collectively.
** Snyder on the Jazz’s 3-point shooting
You know, I think we had looks. When you’re down like that too, there’s, you’re trying to get back in the game. And you know, I don’t know what we cut it to at one point, but we made some shots. You know, we didn’t make shots last night. We made ‘em tonight, but we didn’t have enough effort on the defensive end to take advantage of some made shots.
Random Stuff, etc.
** People calling Alec Burks “Alec Burke”: Craig Bolerjack
** People calling Al-Farouq Aminu “Amino” for the nth year: Craig Bolerjack
** People calling Joe Ingles “Hayward”: Craig Bolerjack
** Devin Harris and Jeremy Evans, hugging it out:
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Matt Harpring on Gordon Hayward and the free throw line: Last night, he went two times. That’s not good enough for Hayward.
** Harpring on Dirk Nowitzki: You put a smaller guy on you, on him, and he’s just gonna bang you, and shoot an awkward-looking shot.
Craig Bolerjack: Jazz–
Harpring: He practices those awkward-looking shots.
Boler (tries again): Jazz drought…
** Harpring on Nowitzki shot replay: This is just unbelievable technique. It’s effortless with Dirk. He’s so long, and tall. Watch this. So, such an awkward-looking shot. Goes off the wrong leg, and then the fadeaway. It’s unblockable, with his size, and where his release point is.
** Harpring on Nowitzki putting the ball on the floor: That’s the first time. He’s older now, Boler. He can’t bend down. He can’t bend down like he used to.
Boler: That’s the one negative of growing old. Those knees aren’t what they used to be.
** Harpring on Gordon Hayward: He came, down on his feet, before he was able to pass the ball out of his hands.
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Mavs Moneyball.
are you fucking shitting me
what the fuck was that cleveland propoganada
by dimitriouss on Oct 30, 2014 | 8:01 PM
lebronze is all the craze!
which i do not understand at all.
by Dynomite on Oct 30, 2014 | 8:05 PM
time to switch to the real homecoming
JOSE JUAN BAREA
by veyronp87 on Oct 30, 2014 | 8:25 PM
by beachdrifter on Oct 30, 2014 | 8:26 PM
by dimitriouss on Oct 30, 2014 | 8:27 PM
by veyronp87 on Oct 30, 2014 | 8:54 PM
Hahaha, he looked so sad when Dirk got the ball.
I see why.
by nickbahh on Oct 30, 2014 | 8:54 PM
dirk loves playing utah
good thing, i fucking hate the jazz, especially when we play there
by random90 on Oct 30, 2014 | 8:55 PM
Are we the Clippers now or what?
by beachdrifter on Oct 30, 2014 | 8:58 PM
Did we just become lob city or something?
by Xeroze on Oct 30, 2014 | 9:07 PM
We’re doing all the dunks which we missed out on the past few years due to how little athleticism outside of wright
by Xeroze on Oct 30, 2014 | 9:09 PM
thew clippers are actually flop city
so the name could be taken
by dimitriouss on Oct 30, 2014 | 9:09 PM
we have so many offensive weapons in our rotation its insane
by LilDonJuan on Oct 30, 2014 | 9:09 PM
but this is utah. most teams look good against them.
by Dynomite on Oct 30, 2014 | 9:10 PM
I’m hoping parsons is not another keith van horne.
by latigs on Oct 30, 2014 | 9:13 PM
OOH DH schooling hayward
by veyronp87 on Oct 30, 2014 | 9:15 PM
4 bench players + dirk schooling Jazz.
by Xeroze on Oct 30, 2014 | 9:21 PM
utah is just terrible…
by Dynomite on Oct 30, 2014 | 9:29 PM
they played yesterday
schooled by the Rockets
by beachdrifter on Oct 30, 2014 | 9:31 PM
tonight is post graduate study
by Jim Bradshaw on Oct 30, 2014 | 9:31 PM
they need to just rehire sloan…
by Dynomite on Oct 30, 2014 | 9:32 PM
this is insane
by veyronp87 on Oct 30, 2014 | 9:31 PM
now this is just embarrassing
by random90 on Oct 30, 2014 | 9:31 PM
I know it’s just Utah
But if we can put it all together like this against good teams… The league better watch out.
by primetime111 on Oct 30, 2014 | 9:34 PM
this team…i’m in love
by veyronp87 on Oct 30, 2014 | 9:36 PM
Quin Snyder: not loving it
by Jim Bradshaw on Oct 30, 2014 | 9:37 PM
Man… is this real?
by primetime111 on Oct 30, 2014 | 9:38 PM
mavs are the best offensive team in the nba. no doubt.
by veyronp87 on Oct 30, 2014 | 9:46 PM
by beachdrifter on Oct 30, 2014 | 10:02 PM
this is ridiculous. booker is hitting 3s
by veyronp87 on Oct 30, 2014 | 10:28 PM
Jazz better not score 100. C’mon DEFENSE!!
by montalvoftw on Oct 30, 2014 | 10:41 PM
Aminu just raining 3’s now
A regular Trevor Booker
by mtobo on Oct 30, 2014 | 10:49 PM
Game over. Mavs didn’t blow the lead. They look good. Next is new orleans.
by latigs on Oct 30, 2014 | 10:42 PM
FANTASTIC production on both the starting lineup intros (loved the mid-90s All-Star Game intro feel)…
…and the intro video:
Win or loss, so excited for this season!
** Quin Snyder on the game
It didn’t feel like there was a real good flow to the game for us offensively, except for that one period in the third where, you know, we got some good stuff off our defense and found a little juice…They played better than us, and shot it better than us, and we didn’t guard very well.
** Snyder on the Jazz’s defensive performance
Defensively, there was a number of things. You could probably, there’s some kind of absolutes, that if they don’t happen, it gets really hard to win. And one of ‘em is getting beat middle. Probably the most, the thing that I’ve ha–I think suffered the most was our transition defense, which is the thing that we’ve spent the most time on. I don’t know if it was the, you know, the enthusiasm and the excitement of the first game. Some of it’s Houston, the way that they run. But there were a lot of possessions where, you know, I’ve seen our team sprint back, and you know, and show a larger crowd and it, we weren’t as good in that tonight. We weren’t as sharp. We weren’t as urgent. So that, you know, I, the good news is, I think we can, you know, we’ve done that. You know, we just gotta have a better focus and I think that’s gonna happen at times with a younger group. You know, we have to keep coming back to what’s important, and keep training ourselves that way.
** Gordon Hayward on the game
Just didn’t knock [shots] down…I didn’t shoot the ball well at all tonight, and those days will happen. And so, for the most part, I don’t think we should overreact. You know, we still hang, hung tough, played ‘em pretty well down the stretch, like I said. It’s just a couple little things that can take us from where we were at tonight, and, to getting a couple more stops and turning it into a lead our way. You know, so, I mean, it’s things that we can learn from a team like Houston, so.
** Derrick Favors on where he wants to see improvements in tomorrow’s game
Just come out with a little bit more urgency. I think we’re a little lacking energy right now, but I think tomorrow night it’ll be a different game.
** Favors on if it’s an emphasis for him to help block shots
Nah, just going out there, doing what they pay me to do.
** Trey Burke on the game
You know, I think we played good for the most part. Played bad in the first half on the defensive end. And you know, going into the second half, we picked it up but they went on another run and we didn’t get over the hump. That’s a playoff team, though, and we have to understand that we can’t come out the way we did in the first half and expect to beat them…We have to have a higher level of focus, you know, starting the game, and that’s gon lead over to the second half.
** Dante Exum, asked for his thoughts on his first NBA game
You know, obviously wanted to get the first win, but you know, we got 81 games left so it’s just about kind of moving on from this and you know, looking at what we can do to improve. You know, I’m sure the coaching staff is looking at film right now ’cause we gotta turn around and play a game tomorrow, so.
** Exum on what were the high points of tonight
Yeah, I think, you know, getting that first shot, you know, was a real confidence boost for me. But you know, I think just trying to, finding my time when I can attack more and you know, get into the paint, you know, create for [my teammates]…I found Rudy [Gobert] tonight. You know, I’m hoping to build that relationship a bit more and you know, find him a bit more.
Random Stuff, etc.
** People who think Donatas Montiejunas is from Greece: Craig Bolerjack
** People who can’t tell Montiejunas and Kostas Papanikolaou apart (repeatedly), or pronounce their names: Craig Bolerjack (H/T @Mark_R_Pereira)
** People calling Alec Burks “Tr’Alec”: Matt Harpring
** People calling Trevor Booker “Brooke” to his face: Steve Brown (H/T @halloweenhead)
** People calling Papanikolaou “the other guy, I can’t pronounce his last name”: Trey Burke
** People calling Papanikolaou “um, the left-handed kid”: Gordon Hayward
** People calling Papanikolaou “Montiejunas”: Quin Snyder
** Enes Kanter is entering restricted free agency:
** The Jazz announced a sellout, but…
** After the game:
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Matt Harpring on LeBron James and the upcoming Cavaliers game not being sold out: It blows my mind. You get one time to see this guy come…[long pause]…to Salt Lake. (H/T @its_computers)
** Harpring on Rodney Hood: He’s got a great stroke. Look at the bench. Loving the stroke as well.
** Harpring on Dwight Howard and Rudy Gobert: Howard just can’t get open down there. He is trying, and Gobert doing a nice job of frustrating Howard.
** Harpring on how Gobert will “surprise-dunk-on-over” people: They just don’t realize that he’s behind you, and how long he is. He’s gonna go up over the back, and get up to you.
** Harpring: And Houston is just spreading out the Utah Jazz right now.
** Gordon Hayward on opening night jitters: I know there’s gonna be butterflies on the first night for everybody.
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: The Dream Shake.
I don’t know what’s funnier about the Jazz, their hopelessly dorky fans or that they gave hayward a max contract.
by AlltheSillyPeople on Oct 29, 2014 | 8:14 PM
Why do I have Jazz announcers…
Donutus Moteeyunus out of Greece.
by alvinsportsfan on Oct 29, 2014 | 8:28 PM
Jazz Announcers are poor,they don’t do their research
by NVP on Oct 29, 2014 | 8:28 PM
I’m a Jazz fan
and even I’m sorry if you’re stuck with Matty and Boler
by BadVoodoo on Oct 29, 2014 | 8:29 PM
First stream I got was the Jazz one
I thought of Harpring, and immediately searched for a CSN one. They may be homers, but at to the Rockets.. :D
by PunkRocket on Oct 29, 2014 | 8:31 PM
The Jazz announcers
keep calling Pap Smear DMo
by Bobbythegreat on Oct 29, 2014 | 8:28 PM
Yeah they’re pretty fucking awful
by Michael 2k on Oct 29, 2014 | 8:29 PM
Jazz announcers just confused DMo with Big Papa
Said Motie was from Greece. Guess expecting coherency from Harpring is asking too much.
by AlltheSillyPeople on Oct 29, 2014 | 8:29 PM
Dwight ineffective vs Gobert
by goingforthecorner on Oct 29, 2014 | 8:42 PM
They’re making everything
by Michael 2k on Oct 29, 2014 | 8:44 PM
they are not missing a single thing
by WattYouTalknBoutWillis on Oct 29, 2014 | 8:44 PM
Jazz just hitting everything right now.
by Dmo_Htx on Oct 29, 2014 | 8:44 PM
Jazz shooting 70%, this is sad
by NVP on Oct 29, 2014 | 8:44 PM
This is the Jazzs’ Superbowl
playing a good team on opening night. They are basically playing at their highest maximum level. Just need to ride out the storm and we will dominate
by H&Hguy on Oct 29, 2014 | 8:46 PM
jesus this officiating is beyond awful
by H&Hguy on Oct 29, 2014 | 8:48 PM
I think the NBA
might be getting back at us for beating the Lakers.
by Bobbythegreat on Oct 29, 2014 | 8:50 PM
what can you do?
by Michael 2k on Oct 29, 2014 | 8:51 PM
Gobert is fucking shit up
by just being tall
by Michael 2k on Oct 29, 2014 | 8:52 PM
Harden is being shut down by Favors and the refs, basically.
by KLP713 on Oct 29, 2014 | 8:57 PM
just fuck the Jazz. All there is to it. Fuck the Jazz
by H&Hguy on Oct 29, 2014 | 9:00 PM
These refs are beyond terrible
by Michael 2k on Oct 29, 2014 | 9:02 PM
Need to get their frontline in foul trouble.
Its annoying Utah has a good coach and he’ll actually use his talent.
by Xiane on Oct 29, 2014 | 9:27 PM
Fuck these refs are awful
by Dmo_Htx on Oct 29, 2014 | 9:32 PM
Ah David Silver is in Utah tonight.
This explains much.
by Xiane on Oct 29, 2014 | 9:34 PM
its like the refs are trying to purposely foul out Harden and Howard
by WattYouTalknBoutWillis on Oct 29, 2014 | 9:44 PM
Adam Silver says he had nothing to do with the Utah Jazz run. lol.
This guy is pretty funny.
by steelblue on Oct 29, 2014 | 9:46 PM
Gobert is in
by Michael 2k on Oct 29, 2014 | 9:54 PM
He still scares me
and it’s not even skill, he’s just super fucking long. That’s a skill that will never go in a slump.
by Michael 2k on Oct 29, 2014 | 9:57 PM
Without that inside bailout call does Utah break 75?
by Xiane on Oct 29, 2014 | 10:14 PM
Just miserably weird calls on the Rockets. Doesn’t matter.
Jazz had the Commish, the refs. They aren’t good enough. Rockets are in “Eff you, let’s just end this.” mode.
by Xiane on Oct 29, 2014 | 10:15 PM
these refs are BRUTAL
by Chris D Harris on Oct 29, 2014 | 10:16 PM
a minute left.
by PunkRocket on Oct 29, 2014 | 10:16 PM
MJ would never have been MJ if these guys were the refs
by steelblue on Oct 29, 2014 | 10:16 PM
Its a win on a B2B in Utah, on opening night there, with the Commish in the building.
We weren’t meant to win this.
Jazz can’t shoot, they got all the help that could be reasonably given.
by Xiane on Oct 29, 2014 | 10:18 PM
This new Ariza is an All Star. Not joking.
by Xiane on Oct 29, 2014 | 10:19 PM
Harping kept getting DMO mixed up with Kostas early in game…
kept saying DMO hits 3 and then saying Kostas driving in the lane when it was DMO
by inquisitiveman on Oct 29, 2014 | 10:20 PM
As shitty and unpleasant an annoucer as he was a player.
by Xiane on Oct 29, 2014 | 10:23 PM
Harpring is the worst
by TexansAddict on Oct 29, 2014 | 10:37 PM
Harpring is Satan’s belch.
Jazz “Stars” are Satan’s turds.
by Xiane on Oct 29, 2014 | 10:42 PM
Rockets win, 104-93.
Jazz just sucks!
by PunkRocket on Oct 29, 2014 | 10:24 PM
And to add insult to injury, this game was streamed by the Jazz but the NBA made them lock the stream to a 75-mile radius.
At least we (or I) got this laugh out of it:
Random Stuff, etc.
** People still keeping their mouthpiece behind their ear: Enes Kanter (H/T @seanp33):
** The pink grandmas, even more totes adorbs than usual (H/T @5kl):
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** David Locke: Rodney having a hard time getting it in. (H/T @5kl)
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Bright Side of the Sun.
Come on, people. Get into this game!
Just because it’s the last game of preseason, completely meaningless, not televised, Friday night, and there’s a World Series game is no reason to ignore it!
by East Bay Ray on Oct 24, 2014 | 5:13 PM
streaming on Utah Jazz site, but not in my region. Fuckers
by DragonBlade on Oct 24, 2014 | 6:10 PM
We are absolutely going to get beasted inside all year
unless we make a move
by MIDNI6HT SUN on Oct 24, 2014 | 6:15 PM
We just can’t stop anyone inside
by MIDNI6HT SUN on Oct 24, 2014 | 6:19 PM
Gameplan for all Suns opponents this year
pound the ball inside. There will be no resistance.
by MIDNI6HT SUN on Oct 24, 2014 | 6:27 PM
it sounds like
Len is getting a lot of boards.
haha with audio only, can start every sentence with “it sounds like”
by malgus on Oct 24, 2014 | 6:41 PM
he also needs to stop fouling
by Bambarra on Oct 24, 2014 | 6:42 PM
well this one might be in the deep freeze already
jazz are ’uge and len and plumlee are in foul trouble so they will offer less resistance than usual.
Doomed I say.
by malgus on Oct 24, 2014 | 6:51 PM
How is it 2014 and I can’t even get a simple illegal stream
get your shit together Utah
by Suave_Monkey on Oct 24, 2014 | 7:12 PM
why can’t we just get damn legal stream of these games by now?
by Cold Bleded on Oct 24, 2014 | 7:15 PM
Dunno if it’s just a bad stream but I’m hearing some fan in the back doing the best dead cat impersonation.
by endless_autumn_ on Oct 24, 2014 | 8:24 PM
So how is Plumlee’s new jump shot looking?
by BenchSplinters on Oct 24, 2014 | 8:30 PM
it sounds good to me
by malgus on Oct 24, 2014 | 8:35 PM
by endless_autumn_ on Oct 24, 2014 | 8:38 PM
We won while shooting 25% from three. I don’t know whether to happy or scared.
by Daredevilish on Oct 24, 2014 | 8:36 PM