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Utah Jazz at Oklahoma City Thunder : Opponent Game Thread Highlights

March 31, 2014
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Welcome to Loud City.

This was the entire game thread.

don’t get sloppy guys
We’ve got the Spurs coming up, let’s keep this winning thing real.

by J.A. Sherman on Mar 30, 2014 | 7:18 AM

Game 73 of 82: Utah Jazz at New Orleans Pelicans (23-50)

March 29, 2014

The Jazz are the first Western Conference team to hit the 50-loss milestone…and their 50th loss came against a team that was without Anthony Davis (injured four minutes in), Eric Gordon, Brian Roberts and many others. Those three guys alone, however, account for nearly 50 points a game.

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Post-Game Quotage
** Tyrone Corbin on the game
I thought the guys played hard. They made shots. The guys came in, they made shots. We turned the ball over 19 times for 33 points. They played the better game. They made the shots they had to make.
** Corbin, asked how different the Pelicans are without Anthony Davis
I’m not worrying about their team.

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** Gordon Hayward on staying focused in the final nine games
I think you gotta have a sense of pride. I mean, it’s a new game every night, no matter what your record is. And for me at least, I don’t want the other team to win and get the better of me that night, so. I mean, you gotta just have some type of pride within you as an individual, and you know, just do your job. It is our job, and we’re professionals, so you gotta turn on that switch.

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The Tyrone Corbin Wikipedia Page Affair
Perhaps more interesting than the game was changes made to and reversed on Corbin’s Wikipedia page during the game.

Around the time the game tipped off, Corbin’s page was edited to read:

Corbin played in the NBA at small forward from 1985 to 2000. As a player, Corbin was frequently benched in favor of younger, more talented players. Out of jealousy and bitterness, Corbin has used his head coaching position as an outlet to punish young up-and-coming players.

This has led to rather bizarre outcomes, such as useless veterans Josh Howard, Raja Bell, Randy Foye, and Marvin Williams obtaining far more playing time than their more talented counterparts, Alec Burks and Gordon Hayward. Richard Jefferson, despite his inefficiencies on offense and general ineptitude on defense, has still manage to play roughly the same amount of minutes as Alec, who is the undisputed next Dwayne Wade.

The Jazz will undoubtedly strike lucky in the lottery and draft future Hall of Famer Andrew Wiggins, only to watch him notch negative minutes in his rookie campaign in spite of winning Rookie of the Year without a second of playing time outside the Rookie-Sophmore game, winning the dunk contest and having no challengers in the Skills Challenge.

(Screencap, via Diana Allen)

The edit was mentioned on both JazzFanz and SLC Dunk. Within minutes–88 to be exact–the changes were reversed.

One year ago on Mar. 11, 2013, a similar edit was made to the page:

As a player, Corbin was frequently benched in favor of younger, more talented players. Out of jealousy and bitterness, Corbin has used his head coaching position as an outlet to punish young up-and-coming players. This has led to rather bizarre outcomes, such as useless veterans Josh Howard, Raja Bell, Randy Foye, and Marvin Williams obtaining far more playing time than their more talented counterparts, Alec Burks and Gordon Hayward. Al Jefferson, despite his inefficiencies on offense and general ineptitude on defense, has still manage to play roughly the same amount of minutes as future superstars Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors combined.

This revision was deleted after 12 hours, and then put back and deleted seven times in the next half hour before editing restrictions were placed on the page.

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Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Craig Bolerjack on Hayward pass: Kanter couldn’t handle it, and it goes off the hand of Tyreke Evans.
** Boler on a jump ball: Up high goes Gordon, and the Jazz grab the tip. Ron Boone: It’s all about timing. Guys like that, you have to step on their foot before you jump. Believe me, it works.
** Boler: Kanter’s had a coupla beauties these last few games.
** Boler: Trey, hard, drive to the rack.
** Boler to Hayward, post-game: What do you do to stay up? (H/T @5kl)

Utah Jazz at New Orleans Pelicans: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

March 29, 2014
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: The Bird Writes.

This was the whole game thread. Shoutout to Oleh.

Hope AD is ok
by Oleh on Mar 28, 2014 | 7:18 PM

Sounds like an ankle injury that happened prior to tonight’s game
Per David Wesley, he gave it a go and something just wasn’t right, so Ajinca came running into the game as if he knew to look for it.

by Oleh on Mar 28, 2014 | 7:24 PM

No AD… Let’s see what u got Monty!
by fshabazz on Mar 28, 2014 | 7:35 PM

A boatload of Tyreke
and umm…who’s up?!

by Oleh on Mar 28, 2014 | 7:37 PM

Tyreke could go for 40+
against these guys.

by Oleh on Mar 28, 2014 | 7:41 PM

AD is done for the night
by Oleh on Mar 28, 2014 | 7:47 PM

At least Evans is still playing
until he steps on someone’s foot……I dare the Gods to use that against me.

by Oleh on Mar 28, 2014 | 8:14 PM

Bits from Randy Rigby Interview, 3/26

March 28, 2014
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Which Jazz player has impressed you the most this year?
I will say this, that I’ve been impressed with, and he’s, but again, he’s not one of our younger guys, and I think that’s how you learn how to do this. I felt Marvin Williams has been a stronger player for us this year, and provided more leadership for us, which I’ve appreciated this year.

But he’s a veteran player, and I think he realizes that he needs to also provide that role more, ’cause of these younger players. And so, you know, our younger guys, still, I think they need to continue to see some, I want to continue to see some maturity from them, and we need to see, continue to see some more toughness.

I want, I’m hoping we can s–keep seeing some more toughness from our guys. I, you know, I talked with our coaching staff a little bit after the [Detroit] game.

I wanted to see, I thought there was a hard foul in that last game when Gordon [Hayward] got almost a breakaway call, and then got a hard foul underneath the basket. And he, and it was a hard foul from the Pistons.

And I was hoping to see a little more toughness as Gordon got up and, wou–I’d’ve liked to see him in their face, where, or our other players get in their face a little more and say, “Hey, you don’t do that to our players, in our building, you know, like this.” And it’s not, it hasn’t happened yet.

How do you delineate between blowout losses to bad teams and competitive losses to good teams?
[The Detroit] loss was a hard loss, and I’ll tell you what. I know it left a bad taste in all of our mouths. And you know, I ran into Gordon [Monson], in fact, out in the hallway after that, and Gordon says, “Man, it looked like a morgue in there.”

And you know what? I’m glad that our, it, as I thought about it, by the way, all night, I’m glad it felt like a morgue, because I want our players to leave those bad feelings in their stomach, and hopefully all of us say, “You know what? Now let’s see how we respond and come back from that thing, and compete a lot better.”

That’s not Jazz basketball. That’s not who we are. Our fans, you know, deserve better than that And you know, unfortunately, I think you, sometimes you have those type of games…

You know, and you can make excuses. But they’re excuses, and we, you just have to say, we’re gonna, we’ve gotta learn from it, and get better, and do better.

Are you watching to see which players are checking out, with off-season decisions in mind?
I have not seen, really, any indications from our players that, from any of our players that they’ve checked out. I, did they stumble hard [against Detroit]? Yes, but I have not seen an indication from any of them that there’s a sign of checking out, a sign of disconnect with our coaching staff, and any of those type of things.

It was just a loss, and I think, I will say this. Again, we have a young team. This is a long, grueling season. And I think, particularly, as you get closer to the end of a season, it can get hard and wearing on you, and it takes a real, not only physical toughness, and, but a mental toughness as well. And if you haven’t been conditioned to playing it to that level, it’s, I think, it can hit you pretty hard…

I think, you know, and if you’re not watching it every game, it doesn’t take much for, all of a sudden, you to f–to be off-kilter a little bit. And I’ll tell you, this league and these teams can get after ya, in an easy wa–in a quick way. And I think that’s what we saw happen [against Detroit].

On lessons to be learned from the ’83-’84 team
It was fun for me on Saturday night to introduce to our team these players from the ’83-’84 season. And I was very emotionally touched when I introduced them to ‘em, to make them, those players realize, what these men, coaches and players, had done for this community and for this franchise, to really make us from being pretenders to contenders, and to really establish us as, we’re here in Utah to stay, because of the efforts that those men had provided as a team, and come together as a team.

And the messaging I wanted our players to also hear from them, is a gratitude for them, number one, and it’s saying, “Now it’s, now that mantle is on us.” But number two, to also say to themselves, “They did it, and so can we. And we’re going to do it.”

And to really s–feel that rich tradition and history and be proud of it, and be part of it, and really take it inside their soul, and have ‘em add to their spirit, to want to be better.

We’ve been talking on the show about how some judges have a middle initial that they use. Do you have a middle initial?
Well, I’m honored that it’s, my middle initial is “L,” f–as it’s, I get it from my father, who was named, his name was Lawrence “Rex” Rigby. So it’s, the “L” comes from Lawrence “Rex” Rigby…Randall L. Rigby.

Gordon Monson: That sounds very judge-like.

Spencer Checketts: Or very president-like, quite frankly.

Monson: Yeah, yeah! Or very general authority-like…Now, I don’t want to take it too far… (1280)

Game 72 of 82: Utah Jazz vs. Memphis Grizzlies (23-49)

March 27, 2014

Tyrone Corbin, spicing up the game for the national audience with his famous Michael Jackson impression:

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Pre-Game Quotage
** Gordon Hayward, asked whether the last few games have been a product of physical, mental and emotional fatigue
I think it’s just poor performance. So I don’t think it has to do with, at least me, physically or mentally being tired or anything, so. Just not playing well.
** Derrick Favors on the box score from the last game
Yeah, I want to throw that away, man. Get it out of here, man. Shot 2-8 from the free throw line. That’s embarrassing.
** Favors, asked what he takes away from games against teams with a defensive culture
It’s not just one guy. You know, it’s a whole team. You know, all five guys on the court is on the same page. All five guys, you know, they give energy on the defensive end; they communicate on the defensive end. And you know, they take pride in it. It’s a team thing. So you know, that’s something we can learn from.
** Trey Burke, asked what he takes away from games against teams with a defensive culture
Their team defense, you know, when the, when somebody’s man doesn’t have the ball, where he’s at. And you know, the small things on the defensive end. You know, talking; communication; being in the right spot when your man doesn’t have the ball. You know, just, it’s all really about communicating and you know, being where you need to be. And everybody on our team knows where they need to be when their man doesn’t have the ball. It’s just a matter of doing it.
** Burke, asked whether he ever ran into Mr. Ohio Basketball 2007 runner-up Kosta Koufos when he was growing up
I never played against him besides, you know, the, you know, the couple times I played against him this year. I know he’s an Ohio guy. But yeah, he’s a couple years older than me, so I didn’t get to play against him in high school. But I’m definitely familiar with him.

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Post-Game Quotage
** Tyrone Corbin on the game
Yeah, yeah, it’s a loss. We had an opportunity to win the game. You know, didn’t make the plays down the stretch. Give them credit. They had 29 points in that fourth quarter, and they made the plays they needed to down the stretch.
** Corbin, asked whether the short rotation and fatigue had anything to do with the Grizzlies’ comeback
Could be. I mean, I, you know, you’re a pro. It’s 70-plus games into the season. Heck, you wanna play 48 minutes, so. You get an opportunity, I mean, you could use that and say, “I was tired.” That’ll say who you are, my opi–as a player, I never tell the coach I’m tired. But, some guys might.
** Corbin, asked if Burke talked to him before the game about passing more since he had six or seven assists in the first quarter
Talked to me about six or seven assists?
About starting the game with a passing approach, rather than a–
Just talking about getting better, whatever that is. He just talked about getting better.
** Corbin on closing games
Well, young guys, man. That’s what you, you know, you have to learn. I thought we executed, we got the ball in the right spots. We didn’t make the shot, you know, they made a couple turnovers there…We’ll watch some film tomorrow, and look at it, and try and make sure the guys are visually seeing what we’re seeing, and can stay fresh in their mind.

** Trey Burke, asked if, with six or seven assists in the first quarter, he was looking to get his teammates going
Yeah, absolutely. You know, I think that’s how I need to play, you know, more consistently, is, you know, getting guys going. I think that’ll open up things for me…I think that’s definitely how, you know, I need to play. You know, get guys going early on. You know, that’ll help our offensive flow, you know, down the stretch.
** Burke on the game
We all made that extra pass. You know, that’s when we play best. You could see we can play with, you know, one of the, some of the best teams in this league when we, you know, when we do play, you know, that type of ball. When we don’t, that’s when we have some of our bad nights. But you know, we were right there. You know, I think we definitely could’ve won this game. You know, we just had too many mistakes down the stretch.
** Derrick Favors on Enes Kanter’s performance
He played a big game tonight. You know, had, like, 15 rebounds. He did good on the defensive end, had that little weak dunk (laughs). You know, it’s, he played a good game tonight.
** Gordon Hayward on the game
I thought we played hard, and competed. I think everybody could see that. It’s just a frustrating loss because we had, seemed like we had the game, you know, throughout the whole first three quarters and half of the fourth. So, we just let it slip.
** Richard Jefferson on the game
We didn’t do a very good job of closing out the game. They’re a veteran team; they’re a good team. They’ve played together. Late in the game, they hit the shots that they want, when they want ‘em, from the people that they want ‘em from. And they did that, and won the game…We’re seeing [progress]. That being said, it’s still a game we should’ve won. You know, this one should hurt, you know, if you care about basketball. You know, this one should hurt. It doesn’t, you know, we should’ve won this game.
** RJ on his hot streak of late
I’m not a guy that gets a lot of plays called for him, so if I’m shooting the ball well, it’s normally ’cause my teammates are doing a good job of finding me. So you know, most of the credit goes to them. You know, they’ve been finding me and getting me some good looks; I’ve been able to knock ‘em down.

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Random Stuff, etc.
** People calling Trey Burke “Trey Burks”: Hubie Brown
** People calling Alec Burks “Professor Alec Burks”: Matt Harpring or Craig Bolerjack (H/T @davidjsmith1232)
** Burks was apparently sporting a snazzy purple bow tie. ESPN did not see fit to allow fans/me to see this.
** The Holy Trinity of Dancing Jazz Fan is now the Holy Quadrality of Dancing Jazz Fan. Original video via @sput_nick:

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Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Hubie Brown: Hayward, aggressively to the hole!
** ESPN guy that’s not Hubie Brown on Enes Kanter’s hybrid hook shot/jumper: It goes in, it doesn’t matter what it’s called. Right, coach?
** Brown or the other guy: Johnson hangs…and able to put it in. (H/T @Jake_J_W)
** Brown on Kanter miss: That was a bad release. I mean, he had the ball so tight to his body, there was no way he could get up into a hook.
** Not Hubie on deflection out of bounds: Maybe Marvin Williams got his hand on it to knock it out?

Utah Jazz vs. Memphis Grizzlies: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

March 27, 2014
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Grizzly Bear Blues.

Jazz are going to come out strong at home because they’ve been averaging a really high attendance.
by Chris Faulkner on Mar 26, 2014 | 11:05 PM

If only we had some players that could dunk
by Adam Rubrum on Mar 26, 2014 | 11:07 PM

Z-Bo dunked last game. Unfortunately he’s reached his dunk quota for the season.
by Okitech623 on Mar 26, 2014 | 11:08 PM

*carrer
by robdjq on Mar 26, 2014 | 11:08 PM

Why the hell are we 8 down after 1 in Utah??
by robdjq on Mar 26, 2014 | 11:10 PM

Koufos SLAM!
throw it down big guy

by Adam Rubrum on Mar 26, 2014 | 11:14 PM

So…3 secs maybe?
Kanter was in the paint so long I thought he was a statue cemented to the floor

by Adam Rubrum on Mar 26, 2014 | 11:17 PM

Dammit! TA keeps freestyling off of Jefferson. That’s his second 3 of the night.
by Okitech623 on Mar 26, 2014 | 11:22 PM

Richard Jefferson???
we’re leaving him wide open.
we cannot keep doing this.
the guy is a dinosaur.

by asif74 on Mar 26, 2014 | 11:22 PM

dinosaurs are younger
by Adam Rubrum on Mar 26, 2014 | 11:23 PM

TA is really pissing me off
missing layups and leaving old ass jefferson wide open….guard your damn player. No doubles

by Adam Rubrum on Mar 26, 2014 | 11:22 PM


Kanter with another moving screen
Does he have some sort of invisibility cloak on…the refs are not seeing anything he is doing

by Adam Rubrum on Mar 26, 2014 | 11:25 PM

Jumping Jesus Christ
Do we really need to triple team Haywood?

by Adam Rubrum on Mar 26, 2014 | 11:31 PM

Worst half of the season
In the context of our opposition, the situation, and the playoff picture–I submit that this is the worst half we have played this season.
Simply unforgiveable.

by asif74 on Mar 26, 2014 | 11:40 PM

Bro did you even watch the Nets game?
This game is like mental masturbation in comparison.

by themidget428 on Mar 26, 2014 | 11:41 PM

I agree
That was smelly

by BenJr69 on Mar 26, 2014 | 11:41 PM

What is this shit?
Losing to the worst fucking team in the conference

by Vincent Torello on Mar 26, 2014 | 11:42 PM

Gordon Heyward has a fucking gay haircut.
by missing_mike_batiste on Mar 27, 2014 | 12:04 AM


I’m so done
They leave Jefferson open again. Same result. Also, they’re offense looks like complete crap. No point in staying up late for this trash.

by josh_fleming on Mar 27, 2014 | 12:05 AM

Another wide open 3
might want to double back to the airport, I think they might have lost their defense on the flight there.

by Adam Rubrum on Mar 27, 2014 | 12:06 AM

No don’t double!
If they double to the airport, Richard Jefforson will surely be open!

by josh_fleming on Mar 27, 2014 | 12:15 AM

we could sub out for the Baylor women’s starting 5 and not be any worse for the wear
by missing_mike_batiste on Mar 27, 2014 | 12:16 AM

I hate you prince
i hate you so much…stop shooting, you are making the entire city of memphis cry

by Adam Rubrum on Mar 27, 2014 | 12:18 AM

Yes, because bending over calathes, and fucking him while driving to the basket counts as at tie up.
by themidget428 on Mar 27, 2014 | 12:30 AM

And then Koufos gets all ball and it’s a foul of course.
Are you a Center for the grizzlies? did Kanter Breathe on you? Clearly that means you fouled him.

by themidget428 on Mar 27, 2014 | 12:31 AM

At least the referees are consistent to one side…
by BenJr69 on Mar 27, 2014 | 12:32 AM

you know this game is a big crap fest
when the two big men on the jazz are the stars of the night

by Adam Rubrum on Mar 27, 2014 | 12:34 AM


why won’t the refs let us play?
they call everything for a foul

by asif74 on Mar 27, 2014 | 12:43 AM

but only against the grizz.
Kanter could have a shiv and it’s a foul on us for bleeding on him.

by themidget428 on Mar 27, 2014 | 12:44 AM

Miller Time baby!
by Okitech623 on Mar 27, 2014 | 12:49 AM

WOOOOoooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!
by BenJr69 on Mar 27, 2014 | 12:49 AM

come on grizz…it’s my girlfriend’s birthday, win this one for her
sure she’s asleep, but screw it…do it for her anyways

by Adam Rubrum on Mar 27, 2014 | 12:53 AM

holy crap..holy crap…holy crap
jumping up and down……big shot zbo, big steal mike….

by Adam Rubrum on Mar 27, 2014 | 12:55 AM

YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
by BenJr69 on Mar 27, 2014 | 1:04 AM

CLOSE GAME THERE!
WOOTWOOTWOOTWOOTWOOTWOOT!!

by BenJr69 on Mar 27, 2014 | 1:05 AM

A win is a win is a win is a win is a win is a win is a win is a win… thank goodness
by Kwhittington on Mar 27, 2014 | 1:05 AM

is a win
by Tcampbell395 on Mar 27, 2014 | 1:06 AM

Bits from Tyrone Corbin Interview, 3/25

March 26, 2014
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It has to be so frustrating for you as a coach when your players don’t play with energy…
Well, it’s difficult, you know? It’s difficult to coach when you can’t get the energy all up. And you know, the NBA season is a long season, and you’re not gon feel your very best every night out.

And we had a big win the other night [against Orlando]. And not looking to give the guys an excuse because we have to be ready and we have to play with a certain sense of energy and urgency every night we step out there on the floor, from where we are in our development. We can’t wait to get going.

We, it’s difficult for us to play from behind, ‘specially when Alec [Burks] is out, our guy who can come in and give us a lot of energy attacking the basket. The other night [against Detroit], we were relying on a lot of jump shots.

From a coach’s perspective, why do teams come out with low energy?
Well, you, 72 games. 70s-plus games in the NBA season.* You know, you collectively, guys, it’s some nights you don’t feel your best, and so y–some nights it’s one or two guys, you can play or you can coach around that.

But when it’s a group of guys, and you have a key guy out, then where do you go when you try and push the guys to get ‘em through it. And sometimes you start off slow and you can get it going. We just never, last night, couldn’t get a consistent flow going…We just couldn’t get over the hump because we didn’t have a long run of the energy that we needed.

* Not a typo.

Why have you begun starting Enes Kanter recently?
Just where we are in the development, to match up with the guys. We wanna get a g–another good look at [Kanter and Derrick Favors] together, and see where they’ve grown. And as we space the floor with a guy like Marvin [Williams] in there, can we have an opportunity to go in the post with two big guys on the floor at the same time, and be able to attack from the back side, as we have been with Marvin.

How do you approach the final 11 games?
Well, continue to get, try and get better. You know, we wanna make sure that we come out and play hard every night. Play to compete in the games, and see what happen. We’re not here just to try and get through the games. We’re still trying to learn who we are and how we can get better.

Is it difficult for you, coaching in the last year of your contract?
It’s, you know what, it is what it is, man. I’ve been through this, in contract things, as a player, coaching. So, it is what it is. You can’t worry about that until you get there. It’s gonna be what it’s gonna be at the end.

Sidney Lowe said last week that he doesn’t know whether the Jazz have a vocal leader. Who do you think that guy could be?
Well, I think we have a couple guys that could grow into the spot. You know, you look at a young guy, Trey Burke, it’s great to have it if, he is a point guard, being that guy. We’d like to get Derrick Favors a little bit more vocal. We’d like for Gordon Hayward to be more vocal in those roles.

Marvin Williams has been a great leader, young gu–older guy with this young group of guys, saying the right things when he speak to ‘em about getting better. And Richard [Jefferson]‘s done those things for us. So, we’ll just have to keep working at it and see who comes out of the fold. You can’t make a guy that guy. It has to be something in his personality, and it just kinda develop over time. (1280)

Game 71 of 82: Utah Jazz vs. Detroit Pistons (23-48)

March 25, 2014

Ticket prices tanked to $ 0.26 for this game tonight. Pretty much all you need to know.

Bad, bad game, but at the end of the day we have this early April Fools’ contest from the Jazz to make us laugh! Hilarious! Ladies!

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Pre-Game Quotage
** Trey Burke on fans that want to tank
I mean, I think that’s just selfish, you know, for a fan, you know? We play hard, we practice hard every single day, you know? Why would we wanna go out there and try to lose? You know, I just think, you know, wherever we do land in the dr–in the lottery, you know, that’ll be great for us, but you know, to try to tank games and lose games, I think it’s just absurd…I’m sure if they were in our shoes and experiencing a loss, the [losses] we’re experiencing, and you know, they would wanna win as well. So, I just think it’s just, you know, absurd.
** Gordon Hayward on fans that want to tank
As a player, that’s, that kinda sucks, that they’re kinda rooting for us to lose. But you know, you see where they’re coming from. I think we’re mathematically out of the playoffs, and so, fans just wanna be better for coming years, but you know, as players, we’re trying to win every game. That’s what we go out to do, and so, you know, we can’t think about stuff like that.
** Hayward, asked how much his contract situation has been on his mind
I haven’t really thought about my contract since we were talking about it way back in September or October, or whenever we were talking about it. So, I mean, it’s, once it was done, I put that down, and you know, you can’t worry about that ’til the summer, and then, you know, talk with my agent and front office, and we’ll move from there. But you know, as of right now, I’m just playing basketball.
** Hayward on what improvements can be made in the remaining 12 games
[long pause] Again, just getting better at execution, both offensively and defensively. We’re really harping on defense, and being in the right spot, guys being in the positions they need to be in on the weakside, and these are excellent opportunities for us to get better, and learn, and you know, try some new things.
** Richard Jefferson on young guys at the end of the season
It’s not that guys aren’t playing hard. They’re just kinda running out of steam. And we’re fighting. We’re in a lot of games. We’re just not being able to fi–we’re not finishing ‘em off. And then, that’s what happens towards the end of the season…All these guys, they’re just kinda running out of steam because they’re exhausted, they’re tired, they’re going through it for the first time. So, it was good to kinda see our effort show up in a win. But we’re gonna continue fighting, and we believe that we’re gonna finish the season strong.

burks-benchWe miss you, Alec!

Post-Game Quotage
** Tyrone Corbin on the game
We came out right from the beginning like we were running in mud…I thought we would be a little better [defending the paint]. Give their young guys credit. I thought [Andre] Drummond was really good in there, and [Greg] Monroe got it down, he pounded and was able to get some shots…We didn’t do a good job of taking any[thing] away. I thought they got paint touches, they got 3-point shots, and they got drives to the basket. Had too much of what they wanted.
** Corbin, asked if the Jazz’s defense or lack of defense was just effort
*shrug* What are you asking?
What was the problem with the lack of defense?
They got open.

** Enes Kanter on the game
I think, you know, we start the game really bad, and we play really bad, and we finish the game really bad.
** Gordon Hayward on the game
It’s frustrating, especially playing at home. You know, we just didn’t come out with energy for whatever reason, and that’s disappointing, ’cause we have such good fans that always provide us with energy. And you know, for whatever reason, we didn’t have it tonight.
** Trey Burke on the game
You could say a thousand things about the game tonight. I think the most important thing is, you know, they had more energy than us early on, and when we did try to make a push, it was, you know, it was kinda too late…The Pistons, you gotta commend them. They did a great job rotating early off that pick and roll, and they were better defensively than us tonight.
** Burke, asked whether the Pistons’ Greg Monroe-Andre Drummond frontcourt changed the Jazz’s offensive plan
I don’t think it changes up our offense. I think it changed our defense a lot. We didn’t make adjustments quick enough…It’s tough, you know? We have to be locked in. We have to early-rotate, and I don’t think we did a good job of that tonight.
** Marvin Williams on Corbin playing him at small forward with Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter in this game
Yeah, we never even did that in practice…Very rarely have we seen that lineup that was out there today.

Jerry! :) :) :) (H/T @5kl)

Random Stuff, etc.
** Speaking of Jerry Sloan, thanks to Jeremy for the link to this Grantland article. In Jeremy’s words, “Although about Phil jackass, there is a nice comparison to our mutual hero, Jerry Sloan.”

Love the contrast of the Zen BS to plain ol’ frill-free Jerry. The part about him never getting a call isn’t true, but the rest of it is a good read.
** People calling Alec Burks “Alec Burke”: Richard Jefferson
** Jazz moms in town for an outreach event:

jazz moms

Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Craig Bolerjack on Gordon Hayward: He’s penetrating big time of late. Matt Harpring: Nice awareness.
** Harpring on Enes Kanter: He’s finding his way inside.
** Steve Brown to Sidney Lowe at halftime: Is that really all that needs to change, is you just gotta stop them going inside?
** Boler: RJ, cups it.
** Harpring to Boler on the Bucket Chart: What, you’re not going to bring it on? (H/T Diana Allen)

ty hmph

Utah Jazz vs. Detroit Pistons: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

March 25, 2014
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Detroit Bad Boys.

Shoutout to Detroit Bad Boys, the birthplace of opponent game threads.

GO TREY BURKE GO
by Birdman84 on Mar 24, 2014 | 7:50 PM

GO TREY BURKE!
Give us a career high in pts and/or assists!

by thizaum on Mar 24, 2014 | 8:39 PM

I’d rather have the Jazz win and Trey Burke play bad. I don’t want to listen to all the Trey Burke dickriders say how Trey Burke is so much better than KCP and Joe should’ve drafted him instead.
by Justin Lambregtse on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:04 PM

I still like Siva better than Burke.
Remember the championship game? It seemed like Trey was making all of his shots and played a good overall game. But Siva… He had that intangible talent. It was like Trey played a better game, But Siva willed his team to victory. That is Detroit basketball. I so hope that this franchise doesn’t “ruin” the kid.

by soufpaw on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:58 PM

with any luck, he’ll get moved to the Spurs
by BandWagonerPaysTheDues on Mar 24, 2014 | 10:03 PM

flagged
too painful to acknowledge as true

by jayod on Mar 24, 2014 | 10:03 PM

He’ll enjoy playing with Greg Monroe there.
by Kriz on Mar 24, 2014 | 10:13 PM

remember Andris Biedrins?
Me neither.

by awesome.hog on Mar 24, 2014 | 8:43 PM

I remember him
In 2K10 that guy was a nightmare, he could drop a 10-15-10 like it was nothing.

by Kellen Moore Our Savior? on Mar 24, 2014 | 8:58 PM


TREY BURKE, GUYS!
by Joe Cool99 on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:06 PM

C’mon Richard Jefferson, stop missing.
by Birdman84 on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:12 PM

How can Josh Smith make a three pointer? Jerk.
by Birdman84 on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:13 PM

Hopefully that will encourage more chucking.
by Birdman84 on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:13 PM

Curse our talented big men!
by Kellen Moore Our Savior? on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:14 PM


I’m rooting for Dre to dominate and every other Piston to suck it. Sorry, team! Fantasy is all I have left this year.
by BandWagonerPaysTheDues on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:14 PM

And I’m posting from Linz, Austria!
by BandWagonerPaysTheDues on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:15 PM

Crikey
by alaskanpistonsfan on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:17 PM

Austria, not Australia.
by Joe Cool99 on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:17 PM

yow!!!
by alaskanpistonsfan on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:18 PM

Don’t worry, I used to mess up India and Indonesia.
Niger and Nigeria, too.

by Joe Cool99 on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:21 PM

I mix up Indonesia and Singapore, and they sound nothing alike!
by BandWagonerPaysTheDues on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:23 PM

I thought Argentina was a famous woman
by alaskanpistonsfan on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:24 PM

And what the hell is the difference between Tennessee and Arkansas
by alaskanpistonsfan on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:27 PM

Nothing, as far as I can tell.
by BandWagonerPaysTheDues on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:28 PM

Austria is the one in Europe.
by BandWagonerPaysTheDues on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:18 PM

G’day mate!
Throw another shrimp on the barbie!

by Birdman84 on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:19 PM


Really disappointed that Dre only has 4 rebs and it’s halfway through the first quarter
by BandWagonerPaysTheDues on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:22 PM

Sophomore slump.
by J Dre on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:23 PM

He might not hit 20 rebounds.
Scrub.

by Joe Cool99 on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:23 PM

Imagine if he’d just practice
by BandWagonerPaysTheDues on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:23 PM

His practice is just chasing down all the rebounds when Jennings/Smith are practicing jump shots.
by J Dre on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:25 PM

Imagine how difficult this would be
by BandWagonerPaysTheDues on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:26 PM

It would be exhausting.
No wonder Dre’s such a beast.

by J Dre on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:27 PM

I have never heard of Diante Garrett.
by Birdman84 on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:31 PM

He sounds Canadian, come to think of it.
by Birdman84 on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:32 PM

how is
TREY BURKE?!

by Taiwanese Tora on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:43 PM

This game TREY BURKE! yet?
by Kriz on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:45 PM


Someone remind me how we
Lost to this team
it’s terrible. I mean worse than the pistons

by bonerici on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:47 PM

It’s a tradition.
It’s pretty much the opposite of a rivalry – Utah just always beats us. Team quality on both sides is irrelevant.

by jayod on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:49 PM

Wow
The jazz are fucking AWFUL!

by IamPAP on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:52 PM

Holy crap, I’ve been watching the game but never actually noticed the score…the tank is sad
by Justin Lambregtse on Mar 24, 2014 | 9:54 PM

Signs of a Piston Fan
Has learned to watch the game without noticing the score

by jayod on Mar 24, 2014 | 10:21 PM

Pistons fans are evolving to fit in their natural climate.
by Joe Cool99 on Mar 24, 2014 | 10:25 PM

I get a chubby from KCP 3s
by Justin Lambregtse on Mar 24, 2014 | 10:00 PM

Hey, I get a chubby from moose jumpers.
by IamPAP on Mar 24, 2014 | 10:29 PM

There fuckin better be a collapse coming.
This “try against the terrible teams” shit needs to stop.

by IamPAP on Mar 24, 2014 | 10:01 PM

Well this sucks that we are winning
by I Got Munnyz on Mar 24, 2014 | 10:06 PM

Fuck us
by Goose15 on Mar 24, 2014 | 10:13 PM

We literally suck at everything
Winning and tanking

by Goose15 on Mar 24, 2014 | 10:18 PM

Derrick Favors talks self-esteem, reading, staying in college, leadership and Karl Malone

March 24, 2014
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** Your passing is so much better than it used to be…
Actually, I always been a good passer, to tell you the truth…I could always pass. It was just, you know, I think coming into the NBA, you know, I was trying to be a little too selfish. You know how it is when you a young guy. You wanna come in, you wanna get your shots, get your numbers.

** On defense
I take my defense very personal. You know, when I guard my guy, man, I take it personal…If my guy score on me two or three times in a row, Imma tell coach, “Don’t switch me off on him. Let me guard him. You know, he ain’t gon score no more.” So, I take that kind of stuff very, very personally.

** Why didn’t you bring your friends from Atlanta out to Utah, and how hard was that?
Man, you know, I got different kind of friends, man. You know, they got they own life. You know, one of my friends right now, he got a kid on the way…My other friend, you know, he working, you know, tryna get his life together. You know, so, I mean, they understood, like, yo, you know, this your life. You know, we’ll be here in the summertime, or whenever you call us, you know, we’ll be here for you, but you know, this your life, we got our own life. You know, we gotta do things on our own. And you know, that’s why I really appreciate them. …

It was time for me to grow up anyway [when I got traded to Utah], you know? My mom was like, you know, “If you want me to come out there with you, I’ll come out there with you. But you know, you gotta be a man now. You 18, 19 years old, you know, I can’t hold your hand forever. You know, you gotta go out there, you know, and just become a man, you know? Start taking care of your own business, start learning stuff, start meeting new people, you know, and just time for you to grow up.”

** Why are you so comfortable just hanging and being by yourself?
I don’t have low self-esteem. You know, I’m cool with myself. You know, I got my friends back in Atlanta. You know, I know I got a strong family. I got a strong support system. And you know, I’m comfortable with myself, you know, I know my limits or whatever. You know, and I know what I can do. You know, just comfortable with myself. That’s how I grew up.

** Has the season gotten in the way of your history reading?
It’s kinda tough, man, ’cause when you read history, you gotta be really paying attention. You gotta have your whole focus into it. So it’s been kinda tough during the season. But you know, during the summertime, and before the season, man, I try to read history books and look at the History Channel. Just read stuff so I can just learn.

** Is not getting invited to join the USA team motivating you?
Tell you the truth, man, I was kinda heartbroken…’cause I really wanted to go back. You know, I knew I had a bad showing last time, ’cause I messed–I don’t know what I did to my back, man. It was like a little freak accident. All I did was ran down the court and turned, and I don’t know what happened. But you know, I wanted to go back, but you know, it is what it is, man. You know, they picked they roster or whatever, and you know, Imma keep working hard and hopefully I get invited to the next one.

** Who is the toughest cover for you in the NBA?
For me, I hate saying it, but for me, you know, the toughest guy that I have to play against is probably Zach Randolph. Every time. You know, he just one of those guys, you know, he not athletic at all, you know, he just low to the ground; big, thick-bodied guy; strong. You know, it’s tough to guard.

** Which NBA player did you look up to as a kid?
I always wanted to be like Kevin Garnett, for some reason. You know, I used to love Kevin Garnett coming up. You know, him and Tim Duncan was my favorite two players.

You recently dropped 28 points on Duncan…
Duncan getting old down there…I mean, I’m not trying to diss him. You know, he’s still a great player, but you know, I was actually proud of that game. I was like, man, I just dropped 28 on Tim Duncan. A guy I looked up to coming up, and you know, I learned a lot from him just by playing against him.

** In retrospect, would you have stayed another year in college before entering the draft?
Me personally, you know, I was kinda undecided what I wanted to do. You know, I wanted to come out because obviously, you know, it was everybody dream to come, go to the NBA. And you know, they were saying [I was going to be a] high draft pick. So you know, I was like, “Yeah, I’ll come out.”

But you know, right now, I kinda wish I would’ve stayed another year, just for the experience. You know, just being a college student, being a kid before you come to the NBA. Now, all of a sudden you gotta be a grown man, gotta handle business, where in college, you know, you could still be a kid, still kinda learn. You know, that’s something I regret a little bit right now. I wish I woulda stayed another year.

** How has Karl Malone helped you grow as a player and as a person?
You know, as a player, you know, he helped me grow. You know, we was in the gym during the summertime, probably two weeks, I think. You know, every day, man, we just, he was just tryna make up drills to go harder. You know, different kind of drills to do. And you know, me and him, we would talk after practice, or before practice.

You know, he would always be in my ear about, you know, working hard, you know, staying in shape, you know, thinking about stuff to do after basketball, and you know, just trying to help me grow as a man…The main thing he always told me, just, you know, don’t matter what the stat sheet say or anything. You know, just go out there and play hard. You know, whether you score or not, it don’t matter. You know, just go out there and play hard, you know, and try to get a win.

** Can you and Trey Burke become the vocal leaders of the team?
Yeah, we can. I mean, it’s just the point that me and Trey gotta come in and do it first. You know, we gotta set the example first. And Gordon [Hayward], too. You know, we gotta set the example first. You know, come in camp in shape, you know, go out there and play hard every night, and practice, you know, go hard in practice, you know, and just set the tone from the beginning.

** Do you feel the guys are looking to you for leadership right now?
I think some of the guys are. You know, guys like Rudy [Gobert], Enes [Kanter], Jeremy [Evans], those type guys, you know, they look at me as the leader of the bigs, really. You know, they follow my lead. You know, if I go hard in practice, you know, they watching me, so you know, they pick up their intensity. So you know, every day in practice, you know, I can’t slack off.

Or in games, you know, I think Enes and Marvin [Williams] and all those guys feel comfortable with me out there, because they know I got they backs if they mess up on defense or mess up on offense or something, they know I have their back.

** What do you need to do to evolve from very good player to superstar?
The next step for me is probably being a little bit more vocal in the locker room. You know, just getting guys ready for the game and making sure guys doing what they need to do to be ready for the game, whether it’s, you know, getting they rest, they mindset, or in practice, you know, make sure they lift, get a lift in. Making sure they taking game shots or whatever. You know, I think that’s the next development in my career.

** What’s this season been like for you?
It’s been, I don’t wanna say new, but it’s been different, from the past seasons because I’m not a second-string guy no more. I’m finally a starter, and you know, it just been learning on the fly, really. Just learning how to take care of my body, learning how to get ready for games. I mean, I been having up and down games all year, but you know, it just a learning process for me right now. [The hardest part has been] getting ready for games every night.

You know, one night you might play Philadelphia, then the next night you might play the Clippers, San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Portland. Then you might play Milwaukee, so it’s just getting up for those type of games, just having your body ready physically and mentally, and just being ready to go from the jump. …

Some nights where, you know, my mind saying, you know, “I can do it,” but my body saying, “Nah, I ain’t got it tonight.” But like I say, it just one of those things that you gotta prepare for…I’m learning that, you know, I gotta be mentally ready for it, every team and every player because the NBA, you know, everybody’s good. Everybody can play.

** Is the season easier because you got your deal done?
A lot easier. You know, that’s a big monkey off my back, man. I don’t have to worry about that. You know, I know I got my deal, and you know, now I can just focus on basketball and getting better. You know, just trying to get back to the playoffs. (Locked on Jazz, 1280)

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