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Preseason Game 5 of 8: Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Clippers (4-1)

October 18, 2014

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Loved the fight. Loved the flow. Love that there were non-iso plays run out of timeouts down the stretch. Love that there were offensive/defensive substitutions at the end. Love that players that were on the team last year look like they’ve taken giant leaps. Love how this felt nothing like a preseason game. Even loved the ugly stretches, because you can see where they’re trying to go with it. And love that the Jazz have some nasty again.

Post-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder, post-game
You know, we’ve been talking about trying to learn, and there’s a ton of opportunities to do that tonight. You know, just, you can’t not be happy with how our guys competed…I’m proud of how they competed.

** Gordon Hayward on whether he was surprised by the level of intensity in a preseason game
No. I mean, I think for us, we’re competing. And we beat ‘em last time, and I think they wanted to try to come out there and knock us out, and I think they might’ve been a little surprised we hung with ‘em. And we had the lead there down late in the game…A couple balls bounce a different way, you know, maybe we walk out of this one with a win.
** Hayward on what the team can learn from this game
I think we just, we learned that we can compete with really good teams. We do it the right way, we do the right thing, and there at the end coach drew up an excellent play. We came out and executed it, gave us the lead and got us a dunk, and that was huge. And so that was good confidence for us, and you know, I think we’re, I like the way we’re headed.
** Dante Exum, asked if the game has slowed down for him
Yeah, definitely, and you know, it’s just a game-to-game thing. And you know, when I first, started my first game, it was just at a high pla–pace, 100 miles per hour. So you know, I’m just trying to adjust to every game, and you know, I think I’m doing t–well.

** Trevor Booker on his scuffle with Blake Griffin
Obviously, he thought it was a flagrant. I thought it was a good foul. It got a little heated. [He] grabbed my head. That’s a–when I got mad.
Are you surprised it got that heated in a preseason game?
Not really, because it was him. We have our history.
What’s the history, Trevor?
We got into it before. Nothing major, though.

Random Stuff, etc.
** People calling Rudy Gobert “Djobert” (ʒobert): Clippers announcers (H/T @dianaallen)
** People calling Jordan Farmar “Farmer”: Matt Harpring
** Mutual Admiration Society:

mutual adm

** Non-Mutual Admiration Society and also UDQM:

non adm

Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Steve Brown, quoting Alex Jensen on Blake Griffin: He said, “We just cannot let him get the ball as deep as he enjoyed it on Monday.”
** Matt Harpring: There’s weak side action going on even though the ball’s on the strong side. (H/T @5kl)
** Brown on Griffin dunk: That’s just simply an accident waiting to happen if you get in front of that.
** Brown on Jamal Crawford and Dante Exum: The old veteran rubbed off the rookie.
** Clippers announcer: Blake is grabbing his groin. His hand has been there the entire time back-peddling. (H/T @dianaallen)
** Brown as the game goes to break: Hawes, on that play, ends up on his backside. So, DeAndre Jordan, you gotta watch out for him. Why? Because he can make you pay if you don’t keep your eyes on him. It’s up! And now it’s down.
** David Locke: Booker penetrates into the body of Hawes. (H/T @edwin_nba via @andrewwallock8)
** Clippers announcer on Dante Exum: You just don’t see point guards THAT long. (H/T Lou Allen)
** Matt Harpring: Hayward going up, not soft. (H/T @5kl)
** Clippers announcer on Derrick Favors: He gobbles up a ton of balls. (H/T Lou Allen)
** Brown on DeAndre Jordan: You cannot look away from this guy at all when he’s inside.
** Brown on the NBA’s replay center in Secaucus: They will get every angle that the home cameras have to take a look at this. Every game is fed into See-cock-us and this is what they’re looking at.
** Brown on Griffin: How much is he going to be penalized, putting the hand behind his neck and then trying to go after it even further?
** Gordon Hayward, post-game: I think it was another one where we could really use those experiences and help us when we get to the real thing.

Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Clippers: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

October 18, 2014
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Clips Nation.

Jazz played yesterday. Considering their preseason play, the Clippers could use any break that they could get….
by teddygreen on Oct 17, 2014 | 5:48 PM

Things the preseason matters less than
The 100th digit of Pi
The material composition of sidewalks
What happened on the last episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians
The difference among grains of sand
Choosing from different workers’ compensation insurance package options
The history of grass

by Byarin on Oct 17, 2014 | 6:22 PM

Preseason Jamal ball might be the worst thing ever. It’s like regular season Jamal ball, but with 50% less caring about the game where he’s chucking every shot he gets his hands on and playing Bargnani type defense on everybody.
by Duck Dodger on Oct 17, 2014 | 8:40 PM reply


#FreeJingles
by Spontane on Oct 17, 2014 | 9:16 PM

I hope Joe Ingles hits a 3 on Christmas Day so we can collectively say “Jingles All The Way.” I will leave now.
by FlyByKnight on Oct 17, 2014 | 9:17 PM

team has the lead
funny how they want to make kanter a stretch 4…let him keep shooting from out there

by tenkaistar on Oct 17, 2014 | 9:35 PM

favors is the same player..hasn’t improved.
by tenkaistar on Oct 17, 2014 | 9:42 PM

oh noooo we suck
by Don Killuminati on Oct 17, 2014 | 9:59 PM

Calling it now
Burke is gonna make a game winner against us

by SurfinQ00 on Oct 17, 2014 | 10:10 PM

NOVAK IS GONNA KILL US
by SurfinQ00 on Oct 17, 2014 | 10:13 PM

not burke?
by BelgianClipper on Oct 17, 2014 | 10:14 PM

When Novak is in
He is always the answer

by SurfinQ00 on Oct 17, 2014 | 10:14 PM


Lol, we gonna play the foul game
by SurfinQ00 on Oct 17, 2014 | 10:14 PM

Good
Tired of these scrubs hitting game winning threes against us

by Don Killuminati on Oct 17, 2014 | 10:14 PM

I <3 Hawes
He's like Mullens but the opposite.

by SurfinQ00 on Oct 17, 2014 | 10:15 PM

Gobert is gonna be a very solid player
by SurfinQ00 on Oct 17, 2014 | 10:15 PM

Damn our team is G
by Don Killuminati on Oct 17, 2014 | 10:17 PM

Preseason Game 4 of 8: Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Lakers (4-0)

October 17, 2014

The face of undefeated:

murderous-quin

The Jazz are up 24 late in the third and Quin Snyder’s looking like this? As a Jerry Sloan devotee, it all feels right.

Rudy Gobert and Passing
Gobert in July (translated):

The new coach of the Jazz (Quin Snyder) told me that I am a very good passer. This gives me confidence, and now I love to take the ball above the post. I can find guys on backdoor cuts or even do the same on a succession of short passes* or “chaining pick and roll(?),” which creates movement and disrupts the defense. I can make the game easier for my teammates.

Gobert three days ago:

[Coach] told me I’m a good passer, because–-I knew, I always knew I was a good passer, but you know, last year I was always scared to turn it over, and when I turned it over, I was coming out the game. And, it’s just confidence. Like, when the coach trusts you and give you confidence, I just feel good on the floor.

And we’re seeing it. :)

gobert-to-hayward

Random Stuff, etc.
** The Lakers were missing six players and the Jazz were missing Alec Burks, so I’d say the injury situation was about even.
** Was anyone else convinced they had face blindness during that stretch in the fourth when Gordon Hayward, Jack Cooley and Brock Motum were on the floor at the same time?
** Lol at the Lakers announcers imploring Carlos Boozer to stop settling for mid-range jumpers and get into the paint and to the free throw line. #BTB
** Per the Lakers’ announcers, Rudy Gobert ate dinner in the media room.

so booz

Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines: Stu Lantz and Bill Macdonald
Seriously, the Lakers’ broadcast team of Lantz and Macdonald are *machines* of unintentional dirty quotes.
** On Gordon Hayward and Kobe Bryant: Gordon Hayward trying to prevent Kobe from getting position, and Kobe, textbook, just kept boxing him out, not allowing him to get in a front position.
** On Wesley Johnson: Boy, I tell you. His “elevator” can go up so quickly.
** On Rodney Hood knocking the ball away from Ronnie Price: That’s where your teammates have to really talk to you on the floor, tell you watch out from behind. Ronnie Price is coming, didn’t even know that Burke was right behind him.
** On the Lakers’ front court presence: Not a real presence yet, but it’s gotta come. It has to come, sooner rather than later.
** On Jordan Hill: Jordan Hill just pushed Derrick Favors completely under the basket…When I say “pushed,” he used his body, not his hands, and that’s the way you do it.
** On Carlos Boozer and Derrick Favors:You’re standing behind a player, as Boozer was that time. Favors did a good job of keeping Boozer on his hip. Very difficult to reach around (and try to deflect that pass).
** On Boozer foul on Hayward: Gordon Hayward met Mr. Floor again, and Mr. Floor, not very kind to him. But he’s up.
** On Derrick Favors: One of those bigs from the Jazz that are gonna be required to do certain things under Quin Snyder.
** On 19-year-old Dante Exum: If you thought he was going to come in any of these guys, and make a huge difference, that’s just asking too much.
** On Kobe Bryant checking back in: Kobe coming. You hear the murmur throughout this assembled throng.
** On Hayward and Bryant and Ian Clark:Hayward and Bryant attacking each other. Clark goes down the middle, throws it up, and it goes in.

starters with arms

Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM), Other
** @DJJazzyJody, H/T @dianaallen:

jody udqm

** Byron Scott, H/T @allthatamar:

udqm lal

Unintentional Dirty Pose/Photo of the Night
** Dante Exum:

uipm exum

Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Lakers: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

October 17, 2014
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Silver Screen and Roll.

Kobeeeeee!
by LadyAlannya on Oct 16, 2014 | 7:19 PM

sequence..
Saw kobe gamble and then not get back into the play.. following offensive possession.. jordan hill peels off the kobe pin down of which he set a shitty pick and kobe couldn’t get open off of, thus Jordan hill takes a 20 foot jumper. He misses.
Decides to play nba 2k15. Later.

by John DoughDoe on Oct 16, 2014 | 7:19 PM

Im started to get worried about Kobe
he hasn’t beaten defenders up the dribble consistently going to the rim.

by madmaxx350 on Oct 16, 2014 | 7:20 PM

No ball movement once Kobe’s out. It’s painful.
by LadyAlannya on Oct 16, 2014 | 7:30 PM

Actually there was not ball movement with Kobe there eithr
But there’s no one who can create his shot

by Theisertau on Oct 16, 2014 | 7:32 PM

So it is Kobe bail us out offense right now. SMH
by Shehzeb Imam on Oct 16, 2014 | 7:36 PM

On pace to score 80 points woopie
5 long 2s and 3 attack the basket.
your not getting what you say you want to get Byron

by RollingWave on Oct 16, 2014 | 7:38 PM


Damn that Gobert looks good
by Theisertau on Oct 16, 2014 | 7:42 PM

and he plays basketball well too :)
by BaldBilly on Oct 16, 2014 | 7:44 PM

I don’t know what I expected. Starting Ronnie Price for goodness sake.
/barf
I think I’d rather have Marshall.

by LadyAlannya on Oct 16, 2014 | 7:45 PM

wtb Offense, cause this is offensive.
Oh Kobe, save them.

by LadyAlannya on Oct 16, 2014 | 7:47 PM

Holy shit not even Kobe’s shots are going down now.
Finally.

by LadyAlannya on Oct 16, 2014 | 7:49 PM

The Hill-Boozer combo is AWFUL.
by Shehzeb Imam on Oct 16, 2014 | 8:06 PM

Boozer needs to concentrate on what he’s good at
Carrying Steve Nash’s luggage

by JUYED AWK YACC on Oct 16, 2014 | 8:16 PM

Obviously he’s not good at that either.
by LadyAlannya on Oct 16, 2014 | 8:18 PM


Byron pls
by smart_guy on Oct 16, 2014 | 8:29 PM

this is Mike Brown era except worse all over again.
by Shehzeb Imam on Oct 16, 2014 | 8:32 PM

I cant take this! It’s the Jazz!!!!
by BoltUp23 on Oct 16, 2014 | 8:34 PM

How long till Kobe gives the middle finger to this offense?
by Shehzeb Imam on Oct 16, 2014 | 8:35 PM

Byron is going to get fired after this season, I’m calling it right now
by smart_guy on Oct 16, 2014 | 8:39 PM

Your right about the Mike Brown comparisons
only Kobe seems to be able to excel in the Princeton, everyone else looks like sh*t.

by Capt’n Shugg on Oct 16, 2014 | 8:46 PM

Kobe really doesn’t need a system lol .. Not worried about Kobe, just worried about him having to do it all AGAIN which would be unfair.
by Shehzeb Imam on Oct 16, 2014 | 8:48 PM


This is going to be a long painful season
by WiiTarded on Oct 16, 2014 | 9:04 PM

Boozer just doesn’t rebound.
by Shehzeb Imam on Oct 16, 2014 | 9:13 PM

He’s short and can’t jump.
Not much hustle either.

by George Krontiris on Oct 16, 2014 | 9:18 PM up

Screw the damn Princeton! It didn’t work with Mike Brown and it sure as hell will not work this season !!!!!!!!!!!!!
by Shehzeb Imam on Oct 16, 2014 | 9:22 PM

Bits from Practice, 10/14 and 10/15

October 16, 2014
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Quin Snyder on what game film revealed about Rodney Hood’s defense and Dante Exum’s turnovers (UDQM)
You know, I think the, that’s the key thing on the turnovers, is, you know, how is [Exum] getting ‘em, you know, are they things, if you look at it, how can you fix it. One of the things he did a better job is he didn’t penetrate quite so deep. There was one possession where he got in there and he kept his dribble alive, and then he got out.

Making quicker decisions, where he doesn’t get boxed in. At that point, his strength, you know, becomes a little more of an issue, getting banged around down there.

So, you know, Rodney had some good challenges. Rodney, pick-and-roll defense and pick-and-roll offense is probably better than my expectation at the beginning of the year. And he obviously had a really tough cover in J.J. Redick.

We hadn’t worked on covering pin downs yet, either. It, there aren’t that many great pin-down players in the NBA. It’s a unique, unique guy that you can go to, ca–we had one last year in Atlanta, Kyle Korver. You know, obviously Ray Allen. There’s a few others, but it’s a tough cover, and it requires more than just one person.

Snyder on what he looked for in candidates for his coaching staff
Good teachers, you know? And passion. You know, I’ve, in one sense I’ve got a lot of experience coaching. You know, been doing it a long time and been a head coach in a couple different levels, but this is my first time in the NBA. So, I mean, I think that said, I think experience for us wasn’t weighted as heavily as some of the teaching stuff, and I think a lot of our work is done right now, as you see.

And as far as the game preparation situations, you know, been around enough people that are good at that to try to prepare and you know, outwork, you know, as much as we can in those areas.

But, when you’re a team, I mean, anticipating us having some growing pains, I think when those things come, to have a staff that can maintain an enthusiasm and a passion for the game is really important for young players to see. You know, to not be discouraged, to kind of continue to compete through adversity and get better. So, those are the two main things.

Snyder on what he took away from Kobe Bryant during his time with the Lakers
So much. I, he was teaching me without knowing what he was doing. I was just watching, and listening. I know he didn’t wanna hurt his ankle, but by the end of the year when he was getting healthy, you know, I got to sit by him on the bench. He was about, you know, a foot and a half taller than me ’cause he was on a high chair, but I learned a lot just watching the games and listening to him talk to his teammates.

And you know, there’s players that have higher basketball IQs than coaches, and we, you know, it’s our job, but you can learn, you know, a lot of players, you can learn so much from watching players. A lotta times, they’ll tell you, you know, different nuances of how to execute, and they discover things in the moment. And [you] just try to pay attention.

Trey Burke on how the team can improve chemistry
Well, I think it starts in practice. You know, just building habits as a team. You know, knowing who we want to be as a team, and then off the court, you know, going out to eat. You know, just spending time with each other off the court.

And we’re around each other every single day, so the chemistry’s gonna automatically build. But you know, we got a lotta guys on the team who are easy to get along with. You know, we hold each other accountable, so it’s gon continue to build from here.

Gordon Hayward on what he’s expecting in the next four games
Two experienced teams. You know, a team we’ve already played, so they’re obviously gonna probably make some adjustments or keep doing some of the things that they did well. And that’s something that we need to get better at, especially their little pin-down action they killed us on in the third quarter. Hopefully, we can defend Blake [Griffin] a little bit better too.

But I think we’re just going into the road trip trying to get better as a team. Try to keep improving on the things coach wants us to improve, you know, and we’ve taken steps to get better this preseason, and hopefully we can continue.

Hayward on what he likes about the new coaching staff
I think everybody’s on board. I like that. I like that everyone’s committed to what coach is trying to do. You know, it can’t just be us players. It’s gotta be the whole staff, and I know they’re working super hard for us. They’re here before us; they stay after us. You know, they’re trying to help us get better, and the staff has been super committed, and that’s been something that’s been really, really cool to see.

Bits from The Trey Burke Show, 10/14

October 15, 2014
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How different is this season from last season?
I think for the most part, we’re all more comfortable. The pace of this offense this year is much higher, and coach [Quin] Snyder, he’s allowing us to play, you know, through mistakes and he’s allowing us to play, you know, more freely. And I think that’s giving everybody on the team confidence.

You know, we’re still a young team, and you know, with this new coaching staff, it’s still gonna take time for us to all the way, you know, mesh together as a young core. But I think, you know, right now, we’re, you know, we’re showing, you know, a lot of promise.

Are you excited to have the opportunity to play in a “free” offense?
Absolutely. You know, I think the most, for the most part, it’s, our transition plays [are] much different than last year. Last year, a lot of our offense was just half-court offense, and sometimes, you know, we’ll get stagnant out there.

And you know, this year, coach Snyder, he wants us playing much faster. He wants us getting out in transition and making plays, you know, within the first, you know, five to 10 seconds of the shot clock. And you know, I think that’s allowing, you know, or it’s playing towards all of our strengths on the offensive end. You know, so I think, you know, for the most part, you know, we’re all more comfortable with this offense and you know, it’s easier for us to, you know, bring out our strengths.

Rudy Gobert is a monster.
Yeah, Rudy’s at, Rudy’s in the way out there. He’s, on the defensive end, he’s definitely always in the way. You know, if one of us gets beat, you know, by our man, and you know, he gets to the rim, Rudy’s right there to clean it up.

On the offensive end, you know, we can rely on Rudy to, you know, go up for a oo–for a alley-oop or a, you know, to get putbacks. So you know, Rudy’s a young player who’s just gon continue to learn. His potential’s through the roof. You know, we just gotta continue to work with him.

Is Enes Kanter working hard on his defense?
Absolutely. We’re pushing him every day. We know that, we know what type of player he can be. You know, if he puts as much energy towards the defensive end as he does on offense, then, you know, we’re pushing him every day on that in practice. You know, he’s just gon continue to become a better defensive player going up against guys like, you know, [LaMarcus] Aldridge and Blake Griffin.

But I think it’s more of a mindset with Enes. You know, once he decides that he wants to, you know, be that type of defensive player or that type of defensive stopper, like he can be, then I think that’s when, you know, we’ll see that on the defensive end from him.

What was your reaction when you found out Gordon Hayward was staying with the Jazz?
Nah, I was definitely excited. It wa–I wasn’t surprised. I really didn’t know what he was doing. I kinda tried to leave that decision to him, you know, because that’s a tough decision, and you know, I’ve never been in that situation, you know, in my career yet. So, I don’t know what he was feeling in that situ–or, you know, with that decision.

Then I think, you know, when he came back, well, I know, I was really excited. And, you know, we needed a player like Gordon to come back, because he’s definitely a leader on our team. He’s been here, you know, for four or five years, and it was only right for him to come back and you know, help lead this young team.

On being a leader and mentoring Dante Exum
I think the most important part about summer league for me was going out there, you know, showing the, you know, the young guys and the guys that were trying out that, you know, I wanna be a leader of this team, and that I’m gonna be one of the leaders of this team as well.

And you know, it seemed like I was in that position last year, where Dante and Rodney [Hood] is right now. You know, games were moving fast. Come into the NBA and you don’t know everything. You have to make adjustments. So you know, I tried to be there for them and tried to be there specifically for Dante ’cause he plays, you know, my position, and the shooting guard.

So you know, I kinda know some of the struggles he was facing during summer league, and you know, I felt like, you know, a lotta people, you know, they look at it, they’re all, “You a–but you and Dante are competing against each other.” But I didn’t want to look at it, you know, like that.

I wanted to, you know, make sure, you know, I was there for him when he, you know, went through some of those trials that I faced last year because there was definitely guys like John Lucas who, you know, was [playing] my position, who was, you know, putting his arm around me and you know, telling me to continue to, you know, fight through when I was making mistakes.

So, it was a goal of mine, just to show my leadership [by playing in summer league] and to continue to grow as a leader as well. (1320)

Preseason Game 3 of 8: Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Clippers (3-0)

October 14, 2014

rudy-dunk

This system and this team are so fun to watch I find myself not even keeping track of the score or caring about the final score. It’s time to just enjoy the ride (IDQM).

Pre-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder on what he’s been most happy with in the preseason so far
It’s effort, I think. Guys trying to do what we want ‘em to do. You know, we’re a little confused at times. There’s just so many new things, and you know, we could try to prepare for the short run, or we could prepare, you know, for a process that can have a foundation. And that’s what we’re doing.
** Snyder on the process of Derrick Favors extending his range
It’s a process. You know, just, he’s probably 15 to 18 [feet] right now. And what I, you know, my feeling, he and I haven’t talked about it in a whole lotta detail. It’s not like he’s feeling like he wants to go out and shoot threes. You know, and we’re comfortable with him taking open shots. I mean, I think that’s, keeps people honest, and you know, it allows him to attack in other ways too.

** Derrick Favors on extending his range
I extended my range on my jumper. You know, coach helped me out a lot on that…[During the summer,] I tried to extend it out to maybe 18 towards the 3-point line and just tried to keep working on it, keep making shots, and you know, keep showing that I can extend my range so hopefully in the future, you know, I might move out to the 3-point line…Imma try to do it in a couple years.
** Derrick Favors on extending his range, continued
I took a lotta jump shots on this off-season. That was my whole plan this off-season, was work on my jump shot around the area around the free throw line, area around the baseline. You know, just try to add that to my game so guys can respect me more. So I think it can help me out on my driving game. But you know, during the summer, I probably took maybe, probably around 500 shots a day, every day.
** Favors on what he’s seen from the team in the first two preseason games
That we’re an unselfish team. You know, we go out there; we share the ball a lot. A lotta guys out there playing hard, you know, on the defensive end and on the offensive end. And we’re being very unselfish.
** Rodney Hood, forced to discuss how he liked Kobe Bryant growing up and how much he watched him
I mean, just going back to, you know, the, before the Lakers’ run around 2000, 2001, 2002, right around there, you know, just watching him. And you know, he’s been one of my favorite players. You know, him, T[racy]-Mc[Grady], you know, all those guys were, during that era, you know, I always watch.
Are you excited to see Bryant on the court this year?
Yeah, I’m excited just to play against the Lakers. I won’t say Kobe. You know, that’s a different monster right there. But I’m just excited to get a chance to play. You know, I’m, that’s all I’m really focused on right now.
** Hood on shooting competitions with Steve Novak
Just trying to get up to his level, you know? He been in the pros a long time, and just trying to learn as much I can from him…He just, you know, tell me little things. You know, when you fatigued, you know, always keeping your form. You know, when, you know, the ball doesn’t come right to you, or you know, just adjusting to shooting the same way every single time. And it’s helped me a lot.

Post-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder on the game and whether he was impressed by the win
I think what was impressive for us tonight is we, you know, we shared the ball. You know, it’s the preseason…That’s not to say that, you know, [the Clippers didn't] compete. They’re just in a different place than we are, you know? They’re contending for an NBA championship, and we’re trying to, you know, grow and get better, and play the right way. So, I was proud of our guys. I don’t look at it in any way that, the win to me is not, you know, that’s just kind of a by-product that happened, of us playing well. And I’m really pleased with how we played, too. Don’t get me wrong. But if it’s a regular season game, you know, it’s a little harder. Let’s not kid ourselves.
** Snyder on spacing
Our spacing was good. I think it takes time to understand the importance of spacing. It just doesn’t seem always, for players, like it’s that big a deal, you know, whether you’re six feet to your left. It’s like, “What, six feet?” No, it’s the difference between someone being able to see you, changing an angle on a closeout, being able to drive again. It’s just a huge thing, and tonight we were better spacing.
** Snyder on Trevor Booker extending his range
He’s really been working on it. I mean, he’s after practice every day shooting threes. And I really, I want him to shoot it from the corner. That’s the shot that I would like for him to hit, and tonight he had a few open from the top. You know, I think he’s dangerous driving the ball from up on top, but if he can make a shot, that helps too.
** Snyder on Dante Exum’s performance
I think it was a good experience for him [to play Chris Paul], in spite of the mistakes and the turnovers and learning, you know, you can’t put your hands here; you’re gonna get–you know, all those little things that you have to experience to learn. You know, and the one thing about Dante is that he’s hungry to learn. You know, he’s a sponge. You tell him something, he soaks it up and he’s processing it. And he doesn’t need to think too much. He just, if he just goes out there and competes, you know, he’ll make some things happen.

** Derrick Favors, asked if unselfishness is helping build chemistry
It definitely is, man. That way, no one get mad ’cause they not getting shots. You know, the ball swing to you, you got an open shot, take it. If you don’t, you know, try to make a play and keep the ball moving. And that way, everybody, everybody’s out there on the floor is involved in the play.
** Favors on taking a three tonight
I’m still working on it. You know, coach just, you know, drew a play up, and you know, he just want to see me shoot one. But you know, hopefully, you know, within, towards the end of the season maybe or next year, hopefully I add that to my offensive game.
** Trevor Booker on players holding each other accountable on defense
I mean, that’s the main thing that’s, that coach has been stressing so far this preseason, is just getting back in transition. So, I think it’s instilled in our brains right now. So if we don’t get back, then it’s gonna be a lotta running in practice.

rudy-runningKarl Malone would be proud of the way Rudy Gobert was sprinting the floor. If all our bigs could do this all the time, that’d be pretty great.

** Rudy Gobert on where he improved the most from last year to this year
Just confidence. Confidence. That’s all…You know, coach, like, coach ask to the guys to throw me the ball, to give me the ball. He told me I’m a good passer, because–I knew, I always knew I was a good passer, but you know, last year I was always scared to turn it over, and when I turned it over, I was coming out the game. And, it’s just confidence. Like, when the coach trusts you and give you confidence, I just feel good on the floor…[He] talk to me a lot, and I can feel that he really believe in me, and he really trusts me, and he just give me some more motivation, you know, to show him that, to give it back his trust, and to show him that I can be good.
** Gobert, asked how important winning is for confidence, even in the preseason
Of course, just confidence and you can see that what coach ask us defensively and offensively is working, even if it’s only preseason. We play, like, with freedom, and build confidence, and we play to–we move the ball…It’s just very fun to play, offensively.
** Gobert, asked what the team needs to work on
I would say toughness. You know, when they start putting their hands on us in the third quarter, and we got a lot of turnovers, and–just toughness. We know we got a lot of young players, and it’s gonna come with time.

** Trey Burke on the team’s chemistry
The chemistry’s growing, you know, each and every day. You know, it’s, this is a new team, with the exception of six or seven players from last year, and with a whole new coaching staff. So we just gotta, you know, continue to find our identity. I think we’re starting to. You know, we’re playing much faster, with much more pace than we were, you know, in the past. So you know, I think it’s playing to our strengths. You know, we trust each other out there, so the chemistry’s, you know, can only grow from here on out.
** Dante Exum on the offensive effort tonight
Yeah, you know, Quin said at the start just to get multiple actions in the paint, and you know, I think that’s what we did. You saw Trey and Gordon [Hayward] getting in the paint a lot, and finding those open. I think we had, in the first half, 17 assists from 23 made baskets. So you know, just sharing the ball and you know, one of the key things that we’ve kinda stressed this year was obvious unselfishness, so.
** Rodney Hood on what it felt like hitting his 3-point shot
Sigh of relief. You know, I was a little anxious, a little nervous, and when that went down, I just, you know, relaxed a little bit, and you know, it came to me.

Teaching Moment

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** Snyder on Rodney Hood’s performance
He was good, offensively. And he worked defensively at times. Some breakdowns there. It’s hard to chase J.J. Redick; that was good for him to have to do that. I thought a couple times he ran into screens. Couple times he got discouraged and didn’t keep pursuing and compete after the play, but those things are gonna happen. We just try to minimize it and clearly he, you know, he had an impact on the game with his ability to space the floor.
** Snyder on what he was talking to Hood about
Yeah, it was about a defensive rotation where he rotated to the big who had popped and left his guy, and he knew. He needs to stunt and get back. You know, we can’t, he can’t just do h–what he does. We gotta do what we do. And he’s been great with that stuff too. He’s taking a lot of pride in it.
** Hood on what Snyder wanted from him defensively during the game
Yeah, I, it was a lot of possessions where I did my job, and then the few possessions I didn’t, you know, he got onto me about contesting shots, even when I feel like I’m out of the play. So, it’s something that we can, in practice, we’ll take care of it.

Random Stuff, etc.
** People calling Matt Harpring “my partner”: Craig Bolerjack
** People that are impressed with the “floor generalship” of Trey Burke: Matt Harpring
** The pink grandmas are back!

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Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Matt Harpring on J.J. Redick: When he gets his shoulders squared, that’s a money shot.
** Harpring on Rodney Hood: Lotta nerves from Hood right now. I guarantee ya that.
Craig Bolerjack: Yeah, there’s nerves. Yeah.
Harpring: I’ve been in that position. You’re excited, you’re anxious all at the same time.
** Harpring to Boler on Blake Griffin’s performance at Laugh Factory: You wouldn’t even know how to begin to get up in front of people.
Boler: You and I oughta put a show on. What do you think?
** Steve Brown, in response to Johnnie Bryant saying the Jazz have to keep stopping the Clippers in transition in the second half: Keep it up, huh?
** Boler on Gordon Hayward’s shoe coming off: Gordon blew his shoe.
** Boler on Glen Davis’ foul on Rodney Hood: Hood puts it on the floor, and he takes a high, hard one by Big Baby.
** Boler: Boy, they’re pushing and sharing. (H/T @mac_jazz, @allthatamar)

Intentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (IDQM)
** Matt Harpring (H/T @mac_jazz):

Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Clippers: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

October 14, 2014
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Clips Nation.

a little concerning
It is preseason and the games don’t count, but I’m starting to get concerned. We are playing terrible. This first quarter and start of 2nd quarter is really really bad.

by thePiatkowski3 on Oct 13, 2014 | 6:42 PM

I’m trying to stay optimistic and keep in mind that “it’s only pre-season,” but I can’t help but think the team will continue this mediocre play into at least the first game of the season
by Clipperade on Oct 13, 2014 | 6:42 PM

I know it is preseason
But it is a bit worrisome how badly we are playing on both ends.

by SurfinQ00 on Oct 13, 2014 | 6:45 PM

Complete garbage right now.
Yikes…

by Clipshow3 on Oct 13, 2014 | 6:49 PM

let’s step away from the ledge.
it’s preseason. they’re not even trying. Doc ain’t even coaching.

by shabazz.comics on Oct 13, 2014 | 6:59 PM

yea
you have to ask, why aren’t they trying? i mean, they don’t have to be going all out but this team never had any problems playing ok in preseason before.

by Parkemoon on Oct 13, 2014 | 7:04 PM

I don’t really know…
If I had to guess, I think Doc is really just compiling their errors for teaching purposes.
I mean normally, especially with the lapses on perimeter D, Doc would be livid.

by shabazz.comics on Oct 13, 2014 | 7:53 PM

So hard for me to not like Hayward
Just look at his face.

by peterghost on Oct 13, 2014 | 7:43 PM

Exum is nice
by peterghost on Oct 13, 2014 | 7:50 PM

I know it’s preseason
But our bench defense leaves a lot to be desired.

by peterghost on Oct 13, 2014 | 7:57 PM

exactly what i was just thinking
fuck

by socal-clip on Oct 13, 2014 | 8:05 PM

We suck!!!
by Alex562 on Oct 13, 2014 | 8:21 PM

Eh. The Spurs lost to a team that’s not even in the NBA
by Jonee on Oct 13, 2014 | 8:46 PM

Preseason Game 2 of 8: Utah Jazz at Portland Trail Blazers (2-0)

October 10, 2014

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Pre-Game Quotage

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Post-Game Quotage

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Random Stuff, etc.
** Steve Novak and Carrick Felix took a bike ride in Portland.

Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** NBA.com:
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Utah Jazz at Portland Trail Blazers: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

October 10, 2014
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Blazers Edge.

this season’s Jazz may be last season’s Suns
by BlazersConga on Oct 9, 2014 | 10:33 PM

Except without the talent
by KingWes on Oct 9, 2014 | 10:34 PM

I don’t know the score but it looks
like we are being dominated by the Jazz………AGAIN

by skott75 on Oct 9, 2014 | 10:31 PM

do the jazz score on every possession
by adapt on Oct 9, 2014 | 10:32 PM

Sheesh, do these Jazz miss or just not when playing the Blazers? Preseason “defense”
by Carthage on Oct 9, 2014 | 10:32 PM

man cj can’t beat anyone off the dribble
not even dahntay jones. sad

by LeGarrette Blount’s Right Fist on Oct 9, 2014 | 10:45 PM

when did either of the burks become good?
by skott75 on Oct 9, 2014 | 10:46 PM

Freeland in
by BlazerFanSince1970 on Oct 9, 2014 | 10:54 PM

Before Leonard?
Ouch.

by T Darkstar on Oct 9, 2014 | 10:54 PM

Meyers might as well tell his agent to start scouting at rental homes in another city. I could see him as a Faker next year
that way when he washes out he can be a model or get into daytime soaps

by Carthage on Oct 9, 2014 | 10:56 PM


Oh did I miss a dunk?
by Mortimer on Oct 9, 2014 | 11:05 PM

Hayward
by your face on Oct 9, 2014 | 11:08 PM

GLAD I MISSED IT THEN
IT PROLLY WAS A GOOBERY DUNK ANYWAYS.

by Mortimer on Oct 9, 2014 | 11:08 PM

Looks like at least our guys are playing tonight? Preseason I’m not as big on winning as at least playing well
by Hermistonmelons on Oct 9, 2014 | 11:24 PM

i mean if we played well against utah we would win by default right
by LeGarrette Blount’s Right Fist on Oct 9, 2014 | 11:26 PM


LMA!!!!
by LaMarvelous on Oct 9, 2014 | 11:27 PM reply

NIC!!!!
by LaMarvelous on Oct 9, 2014 | 11:28 PM

We$$!!
by occassia on Oct 9, 2014 | 11:29 PM

ROLO!!!!!!!!!
by LaMarvelous on Oct 9, 2014 | 11:32 PM

This is exciting and all, but the Jazz are terrible.
by Acab on Oct 9, 2014 | 11:34 PM

yeah, well, losing to the same crappy team twice sucks worse, so winning will be cool.
by nawesemo on Oct 9, 2014 | 11:34 PM

LA is making Kanter look like
Meyers Leonard….. /sigh

by Treyblaze on Oct 9, 2014 | 11:37 PM

This is getting pretty hilarious.
by Acab on Oct 9, 2014 | 11:37 PM

No one with hairline as unnecessarily low as Kantor’s will ever be good
Book it.

by Mortimer on Oct 9, 2014 | 11:40 PM

Wow, that Jazz backcourt passing, huh? What’s that like fifteen turnovers in five minutes?
by Acab on Oct 9, 2014 | 11:44 PM


Nic told us to draft Gobert…
by occassia on Oct 9, 2014 | 11:46 PM

Does anyone remember that Nic wanted the Blazers to draft Rudy Gobert?
by annthefan on Oct 9, 2014 | 11:47 PM

Is it just me, or does “Dante Exum” sound like the name of an X-box game.
Something about space marines fighting their way out of purgatory.

by HowlinJoeWolf on Oct 9, 2014 | 11:51 PM

we are out jazzing the jazz
by Name’s Ash on Oct 10, 2014 | 12:03 AM

If our third stringers can’t beat Utah’s starters in a preseason game
THEN OUR SEASON IS OVER!!!!!!!

by tp90 on Oct 10, 2014 | 12:10 AM

Man that Gobert guy has LOOOOONNNGGG arms!
by tblazers127 on Oct 10, 2014 | 12:24 AM

For cryin’ outdoors…
by Ilikeemall on Oct 10, 2014 | 12:24 AM

damn rudys
by Name’s Ash on Oct 10, 2014 | 12:24 AM


Well, that sucks……..good thing this is pre-season.
by LaMarvelous on Oct 10, 2014 | 12:26 AM

Trade everyone
by Chuck Norriss on Oct 10, 2014 | 12:26 AM

Darn you Hulk Bieber!!!
by Respect_these_years on Oct 10, 2014 | 12:27 AM

Well… That’s it!..
…Our third string can’t beat the Jazz starters. ALL IS LOST!!!

by Ilikeemall on Oct 10, 2014 | 12:28 AM

refs screwing us
by KingWes on Oct 10, 2014 | 12:28 AM

THESE REFS SUCK!!!!
by LaMarvelous on Oct 10, 2014 | 12:30 AM

stupid refs. reffing up the whole reffing place!
by eloi on Oct 10, 2014 | 12:30 AM

HAVE A GOOD NIGHT EVERYONE
SORRY OUR TEAM
IS HUMAN GARBAGE

by Mortimer on Oct 10, 2014 | 12:30 AM

DUMPSTER FIRE!!!!!!!!!!!
by LaMarvelous on Oct 10, 2014 | 12:31 AM

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