Enes, talk about your new home. It looks like a good fit for you.
Yeah, definitely. I mean, I love it. I mean, that’s the team that I never experienced before. And just, I mean, I, you know, actually like playing basketball there. I’m just, you know, so comfortable there, and everything goes in the right place, and you know, I’m just really happy to be there.
Rumor is, you and Russell [Westbrook] are a little bit tight. That’s good for a big man and a point guard, right?
Yeah, definitely. I mean, I never, you know, I mean, it’s the point guard, you know, the best in the league. So I never had a really point guard like that. You know, I never had a point guard, but I think he’s just, you know, best in league, so.
Are you rejuvenated, do you feel like? Are you playing with more energy, more passion than you had in the past because of the new situation?
Well, like, I think the difference is probably I like playing basketball there. I think that’s the most important thing, you know, just, never liked playing basketball before in my NBA career, and that’s the first time I start, like, playing basketball there for my team, for the fans, for my teammates, for coaches, everybody. So, that’s the first time.
What didn’t you like about the situation with the Jazz?
Well, I think, it wasn’t just, like, a one-game or two-game frustration. It was a, you know, three-and-a-half-year frustration. I’m happy for both sides. You know, I think it worked out well for both side, and I think I’m, now, I’m definitely happy that I’m part of the Oklahoma City team like that, a winner team.
What was the biggest frustration over the three-and-a-half years?
I will say, almost, you know, almost everything. And I didn’t bring it every night,* but I think most of the rest…you know, almost everything was a frustration. So, I just, but you know, I’m still happy for both side. It worked out well for both sides, so.
* I saw this part repeated many times. “How could he call the Jazz unprofessional when he took games off?” FWIW, I thought this part had kind of a “Hey, it takes two to tango and I share some of the blame too” message.
Everybody was a winner, but were more of the frustrations on the court? Off the court?
Well, I think it wasn’t just basketball stuff. I mean, it was just professional reason. I mean, I think it’s just, after I see in OKC, then I was like this how NBA teams are, you know? I mean, it’s just, it was just, you know how, like, you in a dream, and you have, like, a super power? And you don’t, just don’t wanna open your eyes, you don’t wanna end that dream? So, Oklahoma City’s been like that to me.
So then would you consider your experience with Utah a nightmare?
No, I did not say that. I still respect them. You know, I’m still respect them. I still like my coaches here; my, you know, I still have friends here, some friends here. Not a lot. But, still, but you know, I’m just saying, I don’t wanna make no comments on them, but I think, you know, when I, after I went to OKC, then I was like, “Oh man, this is how NBA team is.”
What are those good things you’ve experienced in Oklahoma City?
Well, first of all, I mean, it’s just, we have a leader like Russell, and we have, I love my teammates and I, you know, the fans are amazing. I love the city. It’s a clean city. And I mean, just, everything there is just professional, you know? I mean, I think they do it just for the players and you know, just, you just only focus on basketball and just go out there and play, do your job. Like I said, again, I don’t wanna talk about it here again, ’cause I got a lot of things to say, but I just don’t wanna say it right now.
Do you miss anything about Utah?
** Trevor Booker, asked how personal the game was after Kanter’s comments
He got his stats, but as always, he took the L.
** Booker, asked to comment on Kanter’s comments
We don’t pay attention to that. I mean, we barely even heard about it or whatnot, but we know what we have here.
** Booker, asked by another guy to comment on Kanter’s comments
We definitely knew about it. You know, I’m not sure how personal it was for the other guys, but you know, I definitely wanted to kick his butt…We’re glad he’s not a part of [the team].
** Gordon Hayward, asked “How personal was this game tonight, after someone attacks the heart of your team?”
Yeah, I mean, it’s, man, I mean, the comments that The Former Player on Our Team made were what he felt like, and you know, it’s, if he wants to say those things, he can. I think it kinda pissed us all off, honestly. You know, just fueled the fire for us, and we came out and just wanted to make sure we won.
** Trey Burke, asked “How personal was this game tonight when somebody attacks the heart of your team?”
You know, it was very personal. You know, we, you know, we try to stay away from, you know, those type of things, the media, but you know, it’s, it was kinda, like, disrespect to all of us. You know, we felt, we all felt disrespected so we went out there and, you know, let it be known.
** Rudy Gobert, asked “How personal was this game tonight, after everything that was said by Kanter before this game, and attacking the heart of your team?”
First of all, we lost–we were on a losing streak too. I think we lost, like, four in a row, so we really, and we played, we didn’t play good yesterday, so we really wanted to come out tonight and play very hard. And of course, you know, it was icing on the cake when he say that. And I think everybody got a little bit more motivated before the game.
** Rodney Hood, asked “How personal did you take what was said earlier today, especially with how hard you guys have worked, and somebody attacks the heart of your franchise?”
I mean, we can’t worry about, you know, what other people say. You know, it’s about what we’re doing, what, going forward. You know, we just gotta continue to move forward, and you know, things will take care of itself.
Loved Rudy’s response, as he was the only player to talk first about how the Jazz wanted to end their losing streak before talking about Enes’ comments, and Rodney’s because he didn’t take the bait.
If you’ve only read Kanter’s quotes on Twitter or elsewhere, please do yourself a favor and go listen to the audio or watch the video (they showed excerpts from the interview before the game). The tweets or print quotes sound so much worse than they actually were, particularly when presented outside of the context of the entire conversation and failing to take into account that we’re dealing with a non-native English speaker here.
Kanter was not ranting or angry or emotional. There was laughter and joking during the interview. Kanter was calm and collected while answering questions. If it’s not clear from above, he kept trying to end his responses to questions with “happy for both sides,” but there was at least one media member who appeared desperately eager to get a sound byte or quote that they could tweet or write about for reaction/views/clicks/RTs. It was rather reminiscent of Brian T. Smith and Big Al.
Of course, the TV broadcast just dumped more gasoline on the fire, with Craig Bolerjack declaring things like “Most of [Kanter’s] comments were laced with anger” and “Kanter had a lotta words he may want to reel back in after this game tonight, about the city, about the state, about his teammates, about his point guard, about the franchise.”
Kanter didn’t even say anything about most of the things Boler listed. Just because he said Oklahoma City was clean does not mean he said Salt Lake City is a dump. Just because he said he’s never played with a point guard as good as Russell Westbrook before doesn’t mean he said the Jazz never had a decent point guard. I don’t think he said anything about his former teammates at all.
I can’t even blame Kanter for feeling frustration throughout his time with the Jazz. We heard Derrick Favors talk just a few days ago about how the previous coaching regime would toss the young guys aside and only talk to the vets. I can see how from Kanter’s perspective, that lacked professionalism. (We know Rudy Gobert was another frustrated young player last year. Truth be told, had there not been a coaching change, we could have conceivably ended up in the same place with Gobert as we did Kanter.)
Add on being talked down to by Jazz-employed media like he was a dog that had peed the floor, to being censored on social media, and it’s amazing that during his time here, Kanter was always outwardly the most upbeat guy in the locker room. After good games, he never wanted to talk about himself and always deflected credit to his teammates and coaches.
Bolerjack said during the broadcast, “I really did not realize during his stay with the Jazz that he was so displeased, in his three-and-a-half year stay.” That’s because he never showed it, until the day he asked to be traded.
Booker said at one point after the game that the players barely even heard about Kanter’s comments. I really wonder if they even heard or saw the actual interview, or just some of the worst-sounding quotes via the media and assumed or believed the worst.
Anyway, point is perhaps Kanter shouldn’t have said everything he did tonight, but at least one media member would not let him go until he got a juicy sound byte. Secondly, if you want to portray someone as malcontent, childish and unprofessional, which 1280 personalities and others affiliated with the station did, a torrent of snide remarks, jabs, insults and potshots aren’t really the way to go. In the end, you look just as bad, if not worse.
The trade is regarded as a win-win situation and has worked out well for both sides, so everyone moving onward and forward seems like a good idea. No one has to play the role of the petty, still-obsessed ex-girlfriend with a persecution complex.
** Quin Snyder on the game
It was gutsy, the way w–you know, from the way we started the game. I didn’t, I thought they were really the aggressors at the beginning of the game. And you know, our guys picked it up. I thought it was, a lot of just, the things that we’ve tried to be, you know, communicative and competitive and unselfish, that’s what we were. And we got rewarded for it.
** Snyder on what changed after the first quarter
You know, I, we–for one thing, you know, they were playing great and shooting the ball great. I thought they were getting to the rim too much, and our pick-and-roll defense, we made a few little changes that I thought helped us. And we just started, you know, like I said, I think we were, started playing harder. It was like a little bit of a wake-up call for — you know, this team will keep you on your heels all night, and, if you’re not aggressive.
** Gordon Hayward on the game
We’ve been on a really tough stretch here. We’re playing every other day, and then tonight, we go back-to-back. Like I said, with injuries and everything, no one expects [Derrick] Fav[ors] to be out, and so, it definitely was good. Just a great win for us. We battled, we fought, big win.
** Rudy Gobert on what changed for the Jazz defensively after getting down by 16
Just made some adjustment. Especially myself on pick and roll. I was just staying back and trying to protect way good on the drive and stay below the roll man, so they don’t have to come and give open threes. So basically, it was just putting pressure on me and make [Russell] Westbrook go at me at the rim, and it worked out pretty well in the second half.
** Trey Burke on what changed for the Jazz defensively after the first quarter
I think we just, we started competing at, even at a higher level. You know, we took this game personal. You know, came out with a sense of enthusiasm that we needed to win.
** Burke, asked if this was the most emotional win of the season
Yeah, I definitely think so. You know, one, the crowd was in it, the way it w–the way the crowd was in it, and then coming off the five games, losing four or five straight, you know, we wanted to come out and you know, give a good effort, and you know, try to get the win.
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Craig Bolerjack on Joe Ingles: Big Joe’s wiggle, I love it.
** Boler: Jiggling Joe. (H/T @hessrp)
** Thurl Bailey at halftime: I like Trey Burke’s penetration. (H/T @jwinskowski)
** Booner on Enes Kanter getting fouled: It’s a rough play. Of course, I love it. I like this. I don’t like softly played games.
Boler: Well, there was never a soft game in your day.
Booner: No, it was not. (H/T @5kl)
** Booner on Gordon Hayward: Gordon just a little too tight. (H/T @5kl)
** Boler on Chris Johnson: Johnson right on the end of that pile. (H/T @5kl)
** Boler on Johnson, Part 2: Johnson with a great look, in and out. (H/T @5kl)
** Boler on Russell Westbrook jumper: Oh my. How quick. Exploded out of his shoes.
** Quin Snyder, post-game: There was a couple possessions where they got on the floor for a loose ball, and we bent at the waist, and we talked about that in a timeout.
Red denotes most recent game.
Thanks to @allthatamar and @TaylorLangston2 for the assist on the W-L record tonight.
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Welcome to Loud City.
This is every comment posted during the game.
Thunder Up and good luck Kanter
by concierge.wiz on Mar 28, 2015 | 8:13 PM
Adams 2 fouls already….cant afford that
Kanter now has 2 fouls…cmon Bigs.
by Sammy1 on Mar 28, 2015 | 8:28 PM
Man Kanters good around the basket…great natural instinct and footwork
by Sammy1 on Mar 28, 2015 | 9:27 PM
Wow these Refs and their whistles want to be noticed!
by Sammy1 on Mar 28, 2015 | 9:38 PM
Trey Burke is better than Russ at this moment
Russ complete shit all night
by OverReactionaryFan on Mar 28, 2015 | 10:07 PM
Just keep chucking Russ. Bricks are great
by OverReactionaryFan on Mar 28, 2015 | 10:12 PM
Please don’t make the playoffs. There is no point to it
Even when the Thunder play good D the team is trash. Rather sit at home then get obliterated on national TV by GSW
by OverReactionaryFan on Mar 28, 2015 | 10:39 PM
No one posted any audio or video.
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Matt Harpring: You gotta let the defense see your D. (H/T @FrankNooch)
** Craig Bolerjack on NBA Green Week: You want some trees down your way, right?
Harpring: I do. I do. I want you to put them in there.
Boler: Ha ha ha ha. I knew you would. Sorry, I left my shovel at home.
Harpring: You’re expensive though. And hard, to deal with.
Boler: Yes, I am. (H/T @AllThatAmar)
** Craig Bolerjack: Rudy? Hello. Down it goes. (H/T @Mark_R_Pereira)
** Harpring on the first broadcast he ever did (with Hot Rod Hundley): He wanted me to do it, and he thought I’d be good at it before I even thought that I would have any interest in it…We had a lot of fun doing it, and he would tell me year after year after that ball game, “Hey, have you thought about getting into this business?”…So he’s the first one that really kinda gave me the bait out there to try this business. And then when I got done playing, he was really on my case to get into it. And I’m glad he did.
** Boler: I did one game with Hot Rod. He–
Harpring: He give you the fist?
Red denotes most recent game.
Thanks to @OhioHadley for the assist on the W-L record tonight.
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Denver Stiffs.
Apparently a lot of the Stiffs attended the game tonight, which explains the quiet game thread.
This is some truly horrible basketball
by Colin Neilson on Mar 27, 2015 | 9:31 PM
man it would suck to be a sports player in Salt Lake City
by PurpleToPurple on Mar 27, 2015 | 9:48 PM
this is poor basketball
on top of poor officiating
by alex47666 on Mar 27, 2015 | 9:52 PM
What’s for dinner, Stiffs?
Fish tacos. 3 months without a fish taco! and Fat Tire
by SDcat09 on Mar 27, 2015 | 10:51 PM
i had some odd sort of passover dinner at my aunts house
by dynamo.joe on Mar 27, 2015 | 10:59 PM
I just had some bbq pulled pork sliders….. nom nom nom..
by john.kobbeman on Mar 27, 2015 | 11:10 PM
Well after Philly, I was ready to shut er down. I’m so flakey. Good win tonight. Portland tomorrow. Ha!
by Charliemyboy on Mar 27, 2015 | 11:17 PM
WE SCORED MORE THAN 9 POINTS IN THE FOURTH QUARTER!
by InboundingLobPass on Mar 27, 2015 | 11:46 PM
by john.kobbeman on Mar 27, 2015 | 11:50 PM
On Derrick Favors
You know, the thing to me that’s been great, even recently, is getting, you know, it takes time to get to know your players, and really to develop trust. And I think he and I are developing a relationship that, you know, that I value, and I think he does too.
And it’s really that foundation that allows you, you know, to help a player get better, and for him to do the things that I feel like our team needs. And that trust level is increasing, you know, every month, every week, every day. And you know, I wanna honor that, as I know he does too, and we’re looking for ways.
I’m, you know, he’s an exciting guy to try to, you know, to coach and to play with, because I think there’s things he is capable of doing, and will be capable of doing, that maybe, you know, he hasn’t been asked to do. And that’s exciting to me.
I, we saw him hit a three the other night, and he asked me, “Coach, is that, you know, is that, was that the shot?”
I said, “Actually, no. It was a foot, you know, I wanted you to hit more of a mid-range shot.” But you know what? He backed up and he spaced, and you know, i–I’ll take that any day of the week.
You can trust a guy like Fav to do the things that he wants to do to help the team win, and the more we, you know, i–and the more he takes on some challenges and expands his game, you know, that growth process, those things might not come immediately, but I think it really stands — it bodes well for our team going forward, and I have a ton of confidence in him that, you know, that he won’t ever abuse that, you know, that belief and that freedom in his, in, that we have in his game.
On the Jazz’s perimeter defense
The thing that [Gordon Hayward] doesn’t get enough credit for — I’ve tried to pound it on him all year, both, you know, publicly and privately, ’cause I think he and I are on the same page with it, and there’s no reason not to be honest about it — is his defense. You know, and particularly off the ball.
You’ll see times when he’ll really raise his level defending his man, and get in passing lanes and get steals, and he’s won a couple games for us doing that on the defensive end when we’re stagnant. You know, go down and get a dunk, and, but more subtle, you know, Rudy [Gobert] wouldn’t have, when, Rudy wouldn’t be in the position for everybody to see the things he’s doing if our guys on the perimeter weren’t really committed to keeping the ball out of the paint.
And all of the little things, those are the things, I think for a team, and certainly for a coach, that are hardest, because they involve so many little nuances.
You know, Rudy’s gonna come to every game at 7-2, and long. That other stuff, it’s really, you get so much slippage and with Gordon out of the game, you know, that’s where some of our defenses lapse at certain times, is on the perimeter.
And then Rudy’s put in a position where, you know, he’s defending two on one, and people are getting offensive rebounds when he comes over. And you know, he, Rudy’s got their back, and they’ve gotta have his front, I guess, for lack of a better way to put it.
But that’s an area for me that Gordon — and we want more, you know? I think he eventually can continue to get better and better at that in a team concept, and we miss Rodney [Hood] in that respect too, and his length. It’s also something Dante [Exum]’s been able to do on the ball, you know, really at the point of attack. So there’s a number of those factors that have gone into our defense being better.
On his message to a struggling-with-his-shot Trey Burke and a reluctant-to-get-his-own Dante Exum
Well, the message actually is pretty consistent with both of them. What we want them to do, largely the same things. Each one of ‘em is a little better at doing certain things than the other, and it has to do in the very, you know, in a very obvious way just with size and length.
Trey’s stronger. He’s able to take care of the ball, get in gaps. I think he’s more sure, as far as his assist-to-turnover ratio. He’s got a mid-range game that Dante’s working on. Dante’s length on the defensive end, and his speed, is something that’s just unique. So, both of their skillsets, they’re not really competitive with one another, from a skill standpoint. They’re just, I think, both of them, you know, gifted in different ways.
And you know, the ideal thing is they continue to merge and one, they help elevate each other’s games, where Trey’s gotten better defending the ball. I think Dante’s gotten better in transition, and they’ll continue to help each other do that.
And it’s my job to use them effectively at certain times, you know? And if Dante’s getting us an advantage, you know, really guarding Tony Parker, then he’s gonna be able to get more minutes in that game.
And then if there’s a game where, you know, we’re really struggling to score, which we have the last two games, and one of those games Trey had a tough night shooting the ball, but we didn’t have a lot of other weapons on the floor, frankly. And then last night, you know, he made basically the same shots.
But both of them have to make sure that they’re not focused on their own individual, you know, performance, that, really to define themselves based on how the team’s playing. It’s a really hard thing to do, but that’s what we need from our point guards, is to really equate their own personal success with how the team is functioning.
Do you have any hobbies?
I used to. (laughs) I’m gonna head into the off-season and sit down with Dennis [Lindsey] and figure out how our team can be better, and maybe he can h–we’ll, we’re gonna help each other figure out what we can do in our spare time. I think both of us wanna get healthy and sleep…
I had my hip replaced. I used to golf. I haven’t golfed — golf takes so darn long, but I do, I have gone fly-fishing a number of times and that’s probably the thing that I’m looking forward to doing as much as, being in this area. And my wife loves to hike, so I, you know, I’m excited to — there’s a lot of stuff I used to do.
I used to mountain bike a little bit. We get this thing going, and hopefully I’ll have a little more time to do some of those things. But I love my job, man, you know? That’s the best thing about it, so it’s not like I’m sitting around lamenting not being able to do other things. So, there’ll be time for that down the line. (1280)
On Quin Sndyer
Even though [Quin] is incredibly smart, he doesn’t let his intelligence get in the way of things, ’cause you know, he’s naturally curious and asks questions. …
[In San Antonio, I] watched how Quin improved and saw him on the sidelines and his poise with officials and how he was able to coach players very hard but yet when we did the exit interviews, where the players, to a man, they kept coming back and saying how unique he was in his ability to communicate and teach and develop.
And one of, frankly, one of my better friends in the business from my San Antonio days is Mike Budenholzer. And so, I leaned on Mike quite a bit during our process, and Quin’s name kept coming up. And certainly, maybe the timing may be gratuitous. I don’t know if we were a step ahead, but we had a bunch of very good candidates…
We felt very good about the available coaching talent that was out there, and Quin as much as anybody was the right fit at the right time.
On why the Jazz drafted Rudy Gobert
When we decided to purchase the pick for Rudy, we wanted to avoid going to market. One of, on–not the only decision-making point, but a big decision-making point, and that was, is we didn’t wanna go to the backup center market and pay market price. We would’ve rather, you know, go and develop someone.
And then Rudy was unique with his dimensions, so that allowed us to make some decisions. (1320)
What do you attribute the Jazz’s recent success to?
I remember about, some of the feelings that, all of us, as we went into the ceilings, season, we said how are we gonna monitor success, and how are we gonna measure? And I think we’re now, it’s actually witnessing and seeing the, so this is what we were all hoping and looking for. And there’s a number of things that I wanna, that we attribute this to.
And I first have to say we attribute it to a plan that we believed in, that we put in place years ago, and that, and my hat goes off. Kevin O’Connor, Dennis Lindsey, who had a vision and a plan to say, and you know what, and a lot of it was gonna be, we knew it was gonna be grueling and tough, but we believed in a plan, and started the plan in motion.
We had ownership that bought off on the plan, supported it and believed in it, and have supported it with their dollars…Those kind of commitments, where the quiet things that now help, we see now the fruits of this.
Then bringing in a coaching staff that really has a vision and direction and a dynamic approach to the game, that as this game has evolved, their, in, their, we’re bringing. And I think that’s added to it.
And then players that believe in it. They’re supporting it, and have the talent. You g–it’s a game of talent, and you’ve gotta have the talent. And I think we’re now seeing they’re young, but we still see that there’s the talent level that, with the right system and the right coaching and the right support staff, makes this all starting to come about.
Are you worried about Quin Snyder is grinding too much? (Unintentional Dirty Quote Machine)
Gordon Monson: Quin Snyder seems like a guy who would push pretty hard. Do you worry about him grinding a little too much, or do you think he knows when to back off and when to move forward?
Randy Rigby: Quin Snyder knows when to push, the right time…They’re always measuring and gauging, are we pushing too hard? Can they handle it? Do they need some rest? Do they need to push? Do they need the love, and a little easing back? They’re doing a great job. There’s some analytics that we try to utilize, that we’re me–that we’re doing measurements on them.
On the Jazz’s team psychologist
Keith Henschen* is, Keith is still doing it, and adds really a great layer of perspective for us as a team, in helping our players individually, and helping our coaching staff…Keith is more available at our request, and at the coaches’ and the players’ request. And so, you know, he doesn’t try to intrude in there.
It’s more, we respect the coaching staff, and the players to kinda monitor and gauge their own, but when there’s times that they wanna call on him, and they do it regularly to give feedback and input.
We use Keith a lot as well, as, when we’re analyzing players in the drafting process. He will go with us in the interviewing process when we go to [the draft combine in] Chicago or, you know, Newport.** Those kind of things, he’s involved in.
* Here’s a 2007 article on Henschen’s relationship with the Jazz, in which he talks about Andrei Kirilenko, Jerry Sloan, Karl Malone and Derek Fisher. He and Jerry go way back; they played against each other in college.
** Not familiar with Newport. Anyone know? Does Rigby mean Portsmouth?
Randy Rigby gives a shoutout to his new sponsor
By the way, I have to give a shoutout, ’cause I just l–heard it, that, you know, this is sponsored by [sponsor].
And if you’re a business person or a person in this community, there’s a gentleman by the name of [name], president of [sponsor], and I’ll tell you, you talk about one of the most solid individuals in this community, who gives back, who is a man of character, who believes in community, and a dear, dear friend of our organization, but just a great individual.
I just got to break some bread with him a bit ago, and I just have to say, it’s great having individuals like that in the community…He actually paid [for the aforementioned bread], and I was offering to pay, but that shows you the kind of guy he is. (1280)
The 87 stages of grief
** Quin Snyder, asked about the Jazz losing three of their last four and if something’s changed or it’s just the way the schedule has broken
We haven’t had Gordon Hayward. We haven’t had Rodney Hood. I don’t, I mean, [just the way] the schedule’s broken. Golden State on the road, which is a pretty tough place to win. And then, you know, I know a lot is made of Minnesota being depleted, but they’ve been in every game, and you know, [Andrew] Wiggins and [Zach] LaVine, their two guys stepped up.
And you know, we’re playing without, basically, our three top wing players. We’re looking at Joe [Ingles], who was, you know, waived at the beginning of the year; we got him off waivers. And Eli[jah Millsap], who was in the D-League at the beginning of the year; and Dante [Exum], who’s 19; and Ian [Clark], who was in Boise last week. So, it’s not hard to look at our team and the schedule and figure out why, you know, we’re not playing the way we were two weeks ago.
And I’m not really willing to say that either. I thought, I think we’ve had some slippages defensively, but you know, with that group, it’s hard for us to score. It’s that simple. I mean, I hope people can see that. You know, I think really the question, you know, I don’t know that that question’s, I hope you can see that, ’cause it’s a credit to these guys that they’ve done what they’ve done.
And now you take away their two best wing players, and their best scorers, and it’s not hard to wonder why we lose — what, we’ve lost two in a row? Three in a row? I don’t even know. We beat the Lakers, we lost to Golden State, we lost to Minnesota. So we’ve lost two games in a row. And we could lose six in a row.
You know, we could, but I mean, I think I’ve maintained the entire time that it’s about us getting better. And when we lost nine in a row, I said the same thing. When we had the top record since the All-Star break, I said the same thing. And you know, let’s be realistic about what our guys are doing right now.
Rudy [Gobert]’s never played this many minutes in his career. [Derrick] Fav[ors] has been a warrior. You know, Gordon [Hayward], Rodney [Hood], Alec [Burks] are out. Trey [Burke]’s got the burden of the scoring falling clearly on his shoulders. And you know, to be too critical of him, I think, is unfair to him. You know, there wasn’t a ton of guys that are in position to take shots and score last, you know, last game. So, he’s put in a tough position.
I’m, I feel great about what we’ve been doing, you know, and I refuse to start defining us by whether we win or lose a game…Maybe we win that [Minnesota] game and then we’re talking about none of this.
We’re talking about what a great job our D-League guys and our seven rookies that sang “Happy Birthday” to Gordon the other day — literally, seven guys. You know? I said before, it was like a boy band. It was great, you know? It was a great song, but if you expect those same guys to go out and play, you know, against some of the teams that we’re facing, I think is unfair.
And that’s not to say they won’t bust their tails and play hard and we may win. But I think we need to be very honest with, it’s not fair to these guys for us to have expectations for them that, the same expectations we had two weeks ago.
** Snyder on injuries at this point in the season
I think some of it, you know, as you get to the end of the season, you would hate to sacrifice someone’s off-season and their health for one win…Right now, you know, you want the off-season to be really productive, and for us to get better in the off-season. It’s one of the reasons I think Alec had his surgery when he did…So I think the same is true of Gordon and Rodney, that, you know, to get them back, not necessarily prematurely, but with any questions that could jeopardize, you know, going forward, where they are, I think is not wise.
** Snyder, asked if he understands Burke and Exum’s struggles more because he was a point guard
I think that, the one, you know, and the empathy I do have for them is how much they’re asked to do, and how visible what they, their mistakes are so visible because they have the ball. If the ball gets stolen, if they get beat, if they miss a shot, if they make a turnover, you know, you see it all. And it takes a real mental toughness, especially for guys that are that young. It’s pretty well-documented that that position takes the longest to develop…and you know, we’re accelerating their development with experience, and with work.
Some comic relief:
** Quin Snyder on the game
I thought it was a really good effort. You know, we need to be smarter. I thought we had some breakdowns, obviously, fourth quarter defensively, giving up that many points. You know, but I felt like we really competed in a situation where it would’ve been easy not to, to feel sorry for ourselves or whatever, and battle.
** Snyder, asked if Favors’ 3-pointer was what he wanted on the last play
It was really a series of reads. The first guy was open, you know, Trey on a curl, and then Joe on a curl, and then Fav was supposed to pop. And you know, Fav ended up with it. It wasn’t executed exactly the way we wanted, but it was sufficient. Oftentimes, you know, your 5-man is the least likely person to take the shot, and you know, in this case he ended up with it.
** Derrick Favors on shouldering the offensive load tonight
It was something I was prepared to do tonight. And you know, I just wanted to get myself going early so, you know, in the second half, you know, other guys could get theirself going. But you know, it was a tough night for us.
** Favors, asked why the Jazz gave up another big fourth quarter
You know, probably just communication, and you know, something we can probably fix. You know, just gotta watch film and you know, just learn from it, you know, and do better against Denver. But you know, just something we just gotta get better at.
** Favors, asked what he thought when the 3-pointer left his hand
I thought it was going in. You know, it was a good shot to me. I thought it was going in, but you know, it rimmed out. You know, maybe next time.
Bizarre Injury #1
** Trey Burke, asked why the Jazz have given up two straight big fourth quarters
I don’t think it was just one thing that’s caused it. You know, I think, you know, like coach said, we, our effort, you know, you can’t question our effort. Our effort was at a high level tonight. It was a point we were up 10…but I think we could’ve played smarter down the stretch, not only offensively but on the defensive end. You know, a couple balls didn’t bounce our way, but that’s how the game goes.
** Burke on what happened with his neck
I kinda, it’s like a, I think it’s like a pinched nerve. You know, I kinda, w–like a whiplash. I turned my neck a little too fast, and my, pretty much, like, my whole back of my neck went numb, and you know, I didn’t really, I kinda got scared, to be honest. So I just tried to call timeout. It started feeling, it star–it went away immediately, so it was kinda weird.
** Joe Ingles, asked why the Jazz have given up two straight big fourth quarters
I don’t know. We probably would have fixed it if we knew. I mean, just little things. I mean, [Damian] Lillard went super aggressive there a few times in the last few minutes, and we didn’t kind of have each other’s backs the way we have in the past.
Bizarre Injury #2
Random Stuff, etc.
** People calling Damian Lillard “Damon”: Ron Boone
** Did the Burkcourt coordinate their outfits?
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Joe Ingles on the Jazz’s recent losses: It’s disappointing when you know you can do it and you’ve done it for so long, and then you come out, and obviously you don’t do it.
** Ron Boone on Rudy Gobert’s “screen” on Dante Exum: You’re supposed to rub as close as you can to your teammate…
Craig Bolerjack: That’s more than a rub.
Booner: This is more than a rub, you know? (H/T @dianaallen)
** Quin Snyder on Derrick Favors, post-game: It wasn’t like he just said, “Hey, Gordon’s out, you know, here I come.”
Red denotes most recent game.
Thanks to @OhioHadley and @davidjsmith1232 for the assist on the W-L record tonight.
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Blazer’s Edge.
GIVE THOSE JAZZ THE BLUES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
by LaMarvelous on Mar 25, 2015 | 5:48 PM
If they make a movie of Quin Snyder’s life
they should cast Brad Dourif.
by Corwin71 on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:07 PM
sartorially speaking, this game is offensive
by LeGarrette Blount’s Right Fist on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:26 PM
Jazz have ugly uniforms
by gumbypuppy on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:26 PM
this is a clinic in crappiness
by Corwin71 on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:30 PM
Twelve Points. In a quarter.
What planet am I on?
by whatdidhejustsay? on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:36 PM
Blazers on pace for 48…for the game
by Timmyb1980 on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:36 PM
I think you could hear a pin drop in their arena.
by bluesloth on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:37 PM
or the blazer shot clank off the rim
by Carthage on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:38 PM
Who is Jack Cooley?
by LamarcusAldridgeMVP on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:38 PM
the Jazz are not scoring either. This is a good thing
by Corwin71 on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:44 PM
I’m confused….Utah has ANOTHER Milsap?
by Corwin71 on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:48 PM
by LamarcusAldridgeMVP on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:48 PM
Paul got his brother a job there and he rose through the ranks to become a player!
by Mortimer on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:51 PM
Wasn’t he a video coordinator?
by occassia on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:54 PM
Yup, started as video coordinator and now he’s starting!!!
Just shows that hard work and gumption pay off.
by Mortimer on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:55 PM
He was named as an interim starter last year and then this year was named defensive starter
by Mortimer on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:56 PM
Favors killing lopez
by blazermaniac32 on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:53 PM
Need Favors to change his name to Favours so Freeland can guard him
by Mortimer on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:53 PM
LMA just doesn’t look comfortable out there like he normally does
by pdxthomastran on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:57 PM
I wouldn’t be comfortable if that man-child Gobert was out there either
by AUS2PDX on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:59 PM
Favors again. Lopez probably shouldn’t be guarding him.
by blazermaniac32 on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:58 PM
Favors is hard for anyone to stop
by Timmay! on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:59 PM
What a late blooming success story
by TheStripes on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:59 PM
Dang Favors is killing it
by pklym on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:58 PM
Favors, I’m going to need you to do us a favor and not keep doing that.
by Blazing Chargers on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:59 PM
Whoa, Utah’s coach looks like Ludwig von Beethoven.
by Acab on Mar 25, 2015 | 7:22 PM
dude from American Psycho?
by pklym on Mar 25, 2015 | 7:22 PM
Or Harry Houdini
by Anomaly81 on Mar 25, 2015 | 7:25 PM
Ingles is one of the least athletic looking NBA players
by pklym on Mar 25, 2015 | 7:34 PM
He gots him those kangaroo legs though!
by AUS2PDX on Mar 25, 2015 | 7:35 PM
Seriously though, he looks like an alcoholic, pack-a-day smoker…
by Blazin’ in Sydney on Mar 25, 2015 | 7:35 PM
Meth looks like the more likely substance to be honest
by AUS2PDX on Mar 25, 2015 | 7:36 PM
nah, those people are skinny
Joe has the doughy thing going.
by Corwin71 on Mar 25, 2015 | 7:41 PM
Joe Ingles outplaying Damian Lillard
say that to yourself until it makes sense. It may never happen.
by Corwin71 on Mar 25, 2015 | 7:40 PM
Another double-digit 4th quarter deficit.
by LamarcusAldridgeMVP on Mar 25, 2015 | 7:44 PM
Wow, this team has all the life of a headless corpse being thrown down a well.
by Acab on Mar 25, 2015 | 7:44 PM
And none of the momentum.
by Anomaly81 on Mar 25, 2015 | 7:45 PM
Whoa big dunk by Gobby!
by Mortimer on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:03 PM
That was a vicious dunk
by blazermaniac32 on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:03 PM
Someone send the rim’s mother a bouquet.
by Acab on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:04 PM
Fourth quarter foul calls have been a killer
Utah’s just marching to the line and Portland’s getting hammered in the lane.
by Timmay! on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:04 PM
can’t do a thing with Favors
by Corwin71 on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:07 PM
Favors is destroying us.
by blazermaniac32 on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:07 PM
Can we just appreciate the sheer amount of homer-ism by the Utah announcers? It’s either they called something wrong against Utah, or we fouled and there was no call.
by taylorjohnduran on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:07 PM
On a side note, Utah’s coach has possibly the BEST hair of any coach in the NBA.
by taylorjohnduran on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:08 PM
Praying to science that we can get a damn stop
by AUS2PDX on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:14 PM
You should educate your prime minister about science : (
by annthefan on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:18 PM
Don’t get me started on that jerk
by AUS2PDX on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:18 PM
Maybe jerome kersey pinched trey burke in the neck for us :)
by KingLamarcus on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:15 PM
by gumbypuppy on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:19 PM
good time to play “Shake It Off”
by Corwin71 on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:15 PM
Wow $5 tickets in Utah…
just…wow. Do they have inflation there? Do they still use the gold/silver standard? Just what?!!?
by Idog1976 on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:19 PM
they have to look at those ugly uniforms.
by gumbypuppy on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:20 PM
With our luck
they’re probably hitting a three
by AUS2PDX on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:22 PM
dang that was close
by pklym on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:23 PM
by pdxthomastran on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:23 PM
Thank God that’s over!
by BlazersConga on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:23 PM
They didn’t have Gordon
So we effectively only JUST beat half of the Utah Jazz
by AUS2PDX on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:23 PM
without Batum, Kaman, or half of LA, and the Jazz are a real team since ASB
by pklym on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:24 PM
they had Joe Ingles
he’s 87% of the Jazz by himself
by Corwin71 on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:24 PM
We didn’t have Wes, Nic, or Kaman
So they essentially JUST lost to half of the Portland Trail Blazers
by Darn you, darn you to heck! on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:24 PM
Favors killed us for 46 minutes
and then missed the last two shots badly. Lived up to his name. Whew.
by Corwin71 on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:23 PM