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Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Clippers (Game 5): Opponent Game Thread Highlights

April 26, 2017
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Clips Nation.

Well, here goes. Can CP3 get some help? Will JJ be even a little effective? How will Austin look? Good Jamal or bad Jamal? Can we stop Joe Johnson?
Posted by CP3Clutch on Apr 25, 2017 | 7:10 PM

JJ blocked by Ingles……unreal. We are forcing up 10 3’s in a row while they run offense and get great looks.
Posted by Guitarzan on Apr 25, 2017 | 7:55 PM

Ingles has really (unfortunately) done a tremendous job on JJ this whole series
Posted by NesbyBingo1999 on Apr 25, 2017 | 7:56 PM

11-0 Jazz… unacceptable
Posted by Ainnem Agon on Apr 25, 2017 | 7:56 PM

They are getting any look the want
Posted by Guitarzan on Apr 25, 2017 | 7:58 PM

any look they want…..ugh
Posted by Guitarzan on Apr 25, 2017 | 8:02 PM

Decisions, decisions.
Hope Clips lose in 5, and Doc may be fired. Hope Clips win the series, Doc will get a pass and stay at least another year.

Posted by CBBC on Apr 25, 2017 | 8:13 PM

I saw some chatter on the Jazz blog where some were saying they thought Snyder could get fired if they lose this series
I’d think seriously about him if he became available

Posted by Jonee on Apr 25, 2017 | 8:16 PM

not true
quin snyder is their best coach since jerry sloan coached that team..

Posted by BroyoverLillard on Apr 25, 2017 | 8:23 PM

Their shots are just such higher quality than ours.
Posted by Guitarzan on Apr 25, 2017 | 8:20 PM

it’s ridiculous
Posted by Jonee on Apr 25, 2017 | 8:22 PM

Don’t wake up Johnson
Posted by Jonee on Apr 25, 2017 | 8:21 PM


From what I’ve seen, if the Clips were ALL 100% healthy, they would’ve eliminated Utah in 5 games.
Posted by CBBC on Apr 25, 2017 | 8:29 PM

Uh, WTF was that?
That can’t be how Doc drew that one up.

Posted by Jonee on Apr 25, 2017 | 8:46 PM

The amount of open looks they are getting is staggering
Posted by Guitarzan on Apr 25, 2017 | 8:44 PM

THAT was the shot they got out of the timeout?
Posted by CP3Clutch on Apr 25, 2017 | 8:47 PM

This Jazz team is just disciplined as hell. They really are like Spurs lite.
Posted by CP3Clutch on Apr 25, 2017 | 8:48 PM

they make a couple upgrades and they’re going to be damn good
Posted by Jonee on Apr 25, 2017 | 8:53 PM

Our offense is so ugly
Posted by Guitarzan on Apr 25, 2017 | 9:07 PM

are we trying to see how many open looks from 3 we can give them?!
Posted by Guitarzan on Apr 25, 2017 | 9:09 PM

we are getting just awful shots.
Posted by Guitarzan on Apr 25, 2017 | 9:18 PM

Jazz should be stomping the life out of the clips
Posted by KillaClip on Apr 25, 2017 | 9:23 PM

We look god awful
Posted by Guitarzan on Apr 25, 2017 | 9:27 PM


here comes IsoJoe
Posted by Guitarzan on Apr 25, 2017 | 9:28 PM

I hate everything
Posted by Cliprgirl on Apr 25, 2017 | 9:29 PM

Lol! We’re playing like such shit. We don’t deserve to win. Like at all.
Posted by CP3Clutch on Apr 25, 2017 | 9:30 PM

I seriously don’t have the words. Blow it all up.
The funniest part of all of this is it doesn’t matter worth a damn who wins this series anyway.
Fire Doc, at absolute bare minimum.

Posted by SamuraiFoochs on Apr 25, 2017 | 9:32 PM

We can’t hit anything
Posted by Guitarzan on Apr 25, 2017 | 9:33 PM

Man
they look like a 10 win team. Just awful.

Posted by Jonee on Apr 25, 2017 | 9:36 PM

What will be eye opening is we will struggle so hard with Utah and the Warriors will beat them by 20+ a night.
Posted by Guitarzan on Apr 25, 2017 | 9:40 PM

finally
Posted by Jonee on Apr 25, 2017 | 9:44 PM

thank you CP3
Posted by Guitarzan on Apr 25, 2017 | 9:44 PM

LETS GO CLIPPERS
Posted by NesbyBingo1999 on Apr 25, 2017 | 9:45 PM

C P 3 time!
Posted by knightspeed on Apr 25, 2017 | 9:46 PM

I hate everything again
Posted by Cliprgirl on Apr 25, 2017 | 9:51 PM


Bye bye Clippers. Until next time
Posted by Ricomix on Apr 25, 2017 | 9:52 PM

Our achilles heal, giving up offensive rebounds. Man, Joe Johnson has always been good but this is ridiculous.
Posted by Guitarzan on Apr 25, 2017 | 9:56 PM

Gotta get these boards, guys. Are we sure he didn’t step out of bounds when he saved that?
Oh and I hate Joe Johnson and his clutchness.

Posted by CP3Clutch on Apr 25, 2017 | 9:57 PM

Joe Johnson simply not a clIpper killer
He is going Dexter on us piece by piece

Posted by KillaClip on Apr 25, 2017 | 9:57 PM

Jesus
how was he so open? Are these guys idiots?

Posted by Jonee on Apr 25, 2017 | 10:01 PM

July, 1st couldn’t come any sooner.
Posted by yourboi on Apr 25, 2017 | 10:03 PM

As soon as luc tried to double hill i knew joe johnson was gonna hit it
this team is collectively stupid including the coaching staff and i feel so sorry for chris

Posted by Cliprgirl on Apr 25, 2017 | 10:12 PM

iso joe
its final JOE JOHNSON 3 wins… clippers 2

Posted by BroyoverLillard on Apr 25, 2017 | 10:12 PM

what a stupid defensive play
Posted by XXDC2XX on Apr 25, 2017 | 10:13 PM


Warriors going to kill Utah
They can throw Iggy, Green, Durant, West, and Klay on him and make him work on BOTH ends.

Posted by KillaClip on Apr 25, 2017 | 10:14 PM

Its insane they double and trap Hill when its Joe setting the pick. We know 100 percent that ball is going to Joe.
And they leave him. That is DOC. He has to go.

Posted by Guitarzan on Apr 25, 2017 | 10:15 PM

Another year
Another playoffs choke job. See u next year…

Posted by wwshep on Apr 25, 2017 | 10:20 PM

I hope Chris punches Doc in the face
and then DJ and then Paul Pierce and Jamal for good measure

Posted by Cliprgirl on Apr 25, 2017 | 10:23 PM

GOD DAMN IT . Plz trade dj and get a real gm. And jamal letter be god I gone next year .
I’ll give blake and cp3 another try . (Freaking toe injury smh get in game pussy)

Posted by WezLFace_KiD on Apr 25, 2017 | 10:25 PM

You’re not…
Winning a Game 6 against Utah in their house. This series is over. This core is over.

Posted by KingAlfonse on Apr 25, 2017 | 10:32 PM

Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Clippers (Game 4): Opponent Game Thread Highlights

April 24, 2017
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Clips Nation.

Go clippers !
Posted by NesbyBingo1999 on Apr 23, 2017 | 6:22 PM

I don’t love this start
they don’t look quite in sync yet

Posted by Jonee on Apr 23, 2017 | 6:29 PM

has there been a single time this series when Joe Johnson has been guarded by Jamal that he hasn’t scored?
Posted by Guitarzan on Apr 23, 2017 | 6:32 PM

We’ve kept it pretty close so far. That’s good news.
Posted by JackduhSun on Apr 23, 2017 | 6:39 PM

All things considered, good first quarter
Posted by Cliprgirl on Apr 23, 2017 | 6:43 PM

What a weird lineup
Posted by Guitarzan on Apr 23, 2017 | 6:49 PM

Cmon Mo make a pass Gobert is not falling for any of those moves on the drive
Posted by Hoopforia on Apr 23, 2017 | 6:50 PM

God, Jamal can not guard Joe
Posted by Guitarzan on Apr 23, 2017 | 6:51 PM

Ingles is setting it all up
Posted by Guitarzan on Apr 23, 2017 | 7:00 PM

Next season Doc is going to trade for ISO Joe.
Posted by Mortythegreatt on Apr 23, 2017 | 7:10 PM

Joe ingles is picking our defense apart
Posted by Cliprgirl on Apr 23, 2017 | 7:16 PM

I just can’t believe what I’m seeing. When I said Doc will play Pierce a lot I was joking.
But Pierce is playing starter minutes, and Bass hasn’t even played ONE minute. Folks, I’m not joking when I say Doc is the worst coach in NBA history (coaches have had to play at least 500 games).

Posted by CBBC on Apr 23, 2017 | 7:16 PM

wow Ingles doing it all. Please get JJ off the floor.
Posted by Guitarzan on Apr 23, 2017 | 7:16 PM


I’d rather have Corey Maggette in his suit than paul pierce’s corpse
Posted by Clipporvida on Apr 23, 2017 | 7:24 PM

Where you at Cutino Mobley?!
Posted by Mortythegreatt on Apr 23, 2017 | 7:33 PM

Hayward is out for the rest of the game. Neither team can be healthy for a minute. WTF? (but let’s go Clippers and take advantage)
Posted by chrisd on Apr 23, 2017 | 7:34 PM

Well we can put luc on both joes now
Posted by Cliprgirl on Apr 23, 2017 | 7:37 PM

Man, Diaw must be their version of Pierce. He is cooked and should not play with Blake out
Posted by Givemeyourf’nshare on Apr 23, 2017 | 7:38 PM

Crazy that Exum and Neto in back to back games make their first threes after sitting forever.
Posted by Guitarzan on Apr 23, 2017 | 8:01 PM

Jamal with 5 fouls when we couldn’t need him more
can’t believe i’m saying this

Posted by VintageClipper on Apr 23, 2017 | 8:12 PM

cp3 taking over the game
here we go..

Posted by BroyoverLillard on Apr 23, 2017 | 8:14 PM

JJ is basically losing money this playoffs
Posted by Hoopforia on Apr 23, 2017 | 8:15 PM


I can’t believe how well Ingles can run the show.
Posted by Guitarzan on Apr 23, 2017 | 8:15 PM

POINT GAWDDDDD WITH THE TRIPLE DOUBLE!!!!
Posted by Cliprgirl on Apr 23, 2017 | 8:16 PM

Damn it spoke too soon
Thought he grabbed another rebound

Posted by Cliprgirl on Apr 23, 2017 | 8:19 PM

this interior defense is working
Posted by Jonee on Apr 23, 2017 | 8:18 PM

except there
Posted by Jonee on Apr 23, 2017 | 8:18 PM

Ingles has shot 4 times this game why is everyone rotating so hard to him
hes moving so slow his man could hustle and catch back up to him because hes not actually looking to shoot

Posted by Hoopforia on Apr 23, 2017 | 8:20 PM

i wouldnt sleep on joe ingles..he is very deceptive and he has great bastketball IQ.
Posted by BroyoverLillard on Apr 23, 2017 | 8:22 PM


I can’t believe Joe Johnson being the 2nd best player in this series has been a thing
Posted by Givemeyourf’nshare on Apr 23, 2017 | 8:24 PM

Joe Johnson will definitely be a Clipper in 3 years if Doc is still around
Posted by Givemeyourf’nshare on Apr 23, 2017 | 8:27 PM

paul pierce
paul pierce wish he is joe johnson now..

Posted by BroyoverLillard on Apr 23, 2017 | 8:27 PM

FUCKKKKKKKKK
CAN ANYONE FUCKING PUT A FUCKING BODY ON FUCKING 100 YEAR OLD JOE FUCKING JOHNSON??? DOC ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME??

Posted by slidey1 on Apr 23, 2017 | 8:27 PM

man man man man man joe johnson man
Posted by NesbyBingo1999 on Apr 23, 2017 | 8:27 PM

Jesus… Iso Joe
Posted by VintageClipper on Apr 23, 2017 | 8:27 PM

Joe ia just outmuscling everyone, You have to put a stronger defender on him! ADJUST! That’s what coaches do!
Posted by CBBC on Apr 23, 2017 | 8:27 PM

hahahahahaha, now Ingles hits
Posted by Guitarzan on Apr 23, 2017 | 8:30 PM


Lol 1st round exit. This team always finds a way to choke. Keep CP3 and trade everyone for people that are hungry. I feel sorry for CP.
Posted by Christian Vielman on Apr 23, 2017 | 8:31 PM

doc said..
okay lets pack up and head home fellas.

Posted by BroyoverLillard on Apr 23, 2017 | 8:33 PM

ahh man , every jazz basket hurts my heart right now
Posted by NesbyBingo1999 on Apr 23, 2017 | 8:34 PM

Really doesn’t matter who’s guarding Joe Johnson. We’re getting beat by him.
Posted by JackduhSun on Apr 23, 2017 | 8:37 PM

jazz crowd
not a jazz fan but man.. that crowd is lit.

Posted by BroyoverLillard on Apr 23, 2017 | 8:38 PM

A coach that can’t call a timeout and adjust after you’re getting scorched is no coach at all.
Again, Doc is the worst NBA coach of all-time (coaches must have played 400 games minimum).

Posted by CBBC on Apr 23, 2017 | 8:39 PM

Joe Johnson is insane
Posted by Jbugs on Apr 23, 2017 | 8:39 PM

Well, here comes the sadness.
Posted by TF12 on Apr 23, 2017 | 8:40 PM

Clippers are done
Jazz will win games 5 & 6

Posted by DropAGemOnEmm on Apr 23, 2017 | 8:41 PM

Might want to try someone a little stronger than Luc to guard Joe…
Posted by JackduhSun on Apr 23, 2017 | 8:43 PM

Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Clippers (Game 3): Opponent Game Thread Highlights

April 22, 2017
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Clips Nation.

Go clippers! let’s win game 3
Posted by NesbyBingo1999 on Apr 21, 2017 | 6:53 PM

This crowd is nuts. Why does staples center suck so bad?
Posted by CP3Clutch on Apr 21, 2017 | 7:22 PM

Man, they really figured out that if you shut down JJ
our offense goes to shit

Posted by Jonee on Apr 21, 2017 | 7:26 PM

hayward is going crazy man
Posted by NesbyBingo1999 on Apr 21, 2017 | 7:26 PM

This is quite possibly the dumbest defensive team
Why the hell did Blake and Chris switch on Joe Johnson?? And then didn’t switch back when they had time to forcing them to double and Hayward got a 3. Like come on!

Posted by Cliprgirl on Apr 21, 2017 | 7:30 PM

Who left superhot Hayward at the corner for the open 3? Whoever it was, that player must be the stupidest player in the league.
Posted by CBBC on Apr 21, 2017 | 7:32 PM

Damn Joe Johnson
Posted by Jonee on Apr 21, 2017 | 7:32 PM

Now I see why Doc doesn’t make adjustments
He’s shitty at it. He made adjustments to things that didn’t need to be adjusted!

Posted by Cliprgirl on Apr 21, 2017 | 7:35 PM

Joe Johnson is what Doc thinks Paul Pierce is.
Also dear God that went to hell quickly.

Posted by SamuraiFoochs on Apr 21, 2017 | 7:35 PM

What a STUPID play, Wes.
Dear God. This game is done.

Posted by SamuraiFoochs on Apr 21, 2017 | 7:36 PM


I’m trying to keep cool since it’s only the second quarter now…
Posted by Mortythegreatt on Apr 21, 2017 | 7:40 PM

Jamal 0 for last 15 three point attempts in the playoffs…
talk about a choke artist.

Posted by wwshep on Apr 21, 2017 | 7:40 PM

Shoutout to Coach Snyder for being a real coach
Designing a real offense to free up his struggling star and give him great shots.
It’s fun to watch our streetball offense though.

Posted by Bears_Beets_BlakeGriffin on Apr 21, 2017 | 7:41 PM

THIS!
Posted by Cliprgirl on Apr 21, 2017 | 7:42 PM

Another foul on a 3. This is one STUPID team.
Posted by CBBC on Apr 21, 2017 | 7:42 PM

At this point seeing/hearing Doc makes my temper flare.
Just me?

Posted by SamuraiFoochs on Apr 21, 2017 | 7:42 PM

Nope
I was angry his entire interview

Posted by Cliprgirl on Apr 21, 2017 | 7:43 PM

I just want him GONE.
Posted by SamuraiFoochs on Apr 21, 2017 | 7:45 PM

THIS!
Posted by wwshep on Apr 21, 2017 | 7:47 PM

same
Posted by Cliprgirl on Apr 21, 2017 | 7:47 PM

If Ballmer doesn’t fire Doc he’s an idiot
worst coach in all of prefessional sports hands down.

Posted by wwshep on Apr 21, 2017 | 7:48 PM


The hate I have in my heart for Doc’s coaching and Jamal(as a basketball player) is unhealthy
Posted by Cliprgirl on Apr 21, 2017 | 7:51 PM

+1
Posted by wwshep on Apr 21, 2017 | 7:52 PM

Welcome to the club lol
Posted by KillaClip on Apr 21, 2017 | 7:53 PM

if they can just keep it under 10 by halftime.
Posted by CBBC on Apr 21, 2017 | 7:52 PM

IOYEHXIWUH$(PWH {WH(DA FUCKKKK
Posted by Mortythegreatt on Apr 21, 2017 | 7:53 PM

I’ll say it again, this is one STUPID team.
Posted by CBBC on Apr 21, 2017 | 7:53 PM

My reactions so far for the second half
WTF, WTFF!!!, FUCK!!!IQJOICWHEICW, WHY DOC, WHY!?, STOP GIVING THEM 4PT PLAYS POIAEJOCICWJ$ FUCCKK!!!, DEFENSE MOFO!, FFFFAAAACCKKKK!

Posted by Mortythegreatt on Apr 21, 2017 | 7:58 PM

GOT DAMN IT!!!! fgdsgagraegrwahrewqwgweqweherag!!!!1
I HATE EVERYTHING

Posted by Cliprgirl on Apr 21, 2017 | 8:01 PM

Referees are horrible either
Posted by Ainnem Agon on Apr 21, 2017 | 8:02 PM

Ingles has outplayed everyone on our roster not named Blake and Chris…………..
Posted by Guitarzan on Apr 21, 2017 | 8:11 PM

DJ went all out in Game 2. I guess we’ll see him do that in another 5 games like in the regular season.
Posted by CBBC on Apr 21, 2017 | 8:12 PM


PLEASE SOMEBODY TAKE BLAKE CRIPPLE THIS OFFSEASON.
Posted by yourboi on Apr 21, 2017 | 8:20 PM

Lol
Posted by JackduhSun on Apr 21, 2017 | 8:22 PM

The basketball gods really hate this team
Posted by Cliprgirl on Apr 21, 2017 | 8:22 PM

We’re gonna see extended Paul Pierce minutes….
ooiasiofdsj09w09riu39u289yhwuier93y89w!!!!! FML

Posted by Cliprgirl on Apr 21, 2017 | 8:31 PM

F**k! Paul Pierce got tickets to the game!
Posted by Clipporvida on Apr 21, 2017 | 8:46 PM

Corpse of Pierce is in..
Posted by Mortythegreatt on Apr 21, 2017 | 8:47 PM

Can we trade Doc back to Boston and we’ll take Brad Stevens
Posted by Mortythegreatt on Apr 21, 2017 | 8:56 PM

The Truth is a Lie with 8 seconds left
Posted by ganima on Apr 21, 2017 | 9:00 PM

Man, Paul Pierce taking his washed upness to a new level
Posted by Givemeyourf’nshare on Apr 21, 2017 | 9:01 PM

It’s a f%^cking embarassment that he is out on the court…
Only a coach as bad a Doc would do that…

Posted by wwshep on Apr 21, 2017 | 9:02 PM

I miss Vinny Del Negro
Posted by Mortythegreatt on Apr 21, 2017 | 9:01 PM

You know life sucks when Neto goes off on you
Posted by ganima on Apr 21, 2017 | 9:07 PM


I kinda knew this Neto kid was gonna light us up
Clippers fan intuition

Posted by Cliprgirl on Apr 21, 2017 | 9:07 PM

Yep me too…
Could just sense that he would be a Clipper killer

Posted by wwshep on Apr 21, 2017 | 9:09 PM

Stupid Neto. We’re gonna lose this game because of stupid injuries.
Posted by CP3Clutch on Apr 21, 2017 | 9:08 PM

Neto is killing the clips right now
Posted by NesbyBingo1999 on Apr 21, 2017 | 9:09 PM

I’ll say it again: they’re making the Jazz seem like the Warriors. And Pierce still in? I just can’t believe how bad Doc is as a coach.
My dream is that Doc gets fired… in the middle of THIS series!

Posted by CBBC on Apr 21, 2017 | 9:09 PM

It’s only a 5 point game and it feels like 12
Posted by Cliprgirl on Apr 21, 2017 | 9:12 PM

Cp3!!!
Posted by Newton Pham on Apr 21, 2017 | 9:23 PM

Greatest Clipper EVER!
I don’t care what happens this offseason but we MUST resign CP3!

Posted by wwshep on Apr 21, 2017 | 9:25 PM

LETS GO CLIPPERS LETS GO !
Posted by NesbyBingo1999 on Apr 21, 2017 | 9:24 PM

I’m so got damn tired of Joe Johnson man
Posted by Cliprgirl on Apr 21, 2017 | 9:29 PM


Of course we can’t just win it
Posted by Guitarzan on Apr 21, 2017 | 9:36 PM

SHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
They’re holding the fuck out of JJ RIGHT in front of the ref!

Posted by Cliprgirl on Apr 21, 2017 | 9:40 PM

Does George Hill EVER miss?
Posted by wwshep on Apr 21, 2017 | 9:40 PM

of course….now we have no timeouts and they have one.
Posted by Guitarzan on Apr 21, 2017 | 9:40 PM

Oh god that was close
Posted by Cliprgirl on Apr 21, 2017 | 9:43 PM

oh my god….JJ
Posted by Guitarzan on Apr 21, 2017 | 9:44 PM

IT’S OVER! When the Clips put the effort they’re definitely the better team.
Posted by CBBC on Apr 21, 2017 | 9:45 PM

Thank you Hayward!
Posted by Cliprgirl on Apr 21, 2017 | 9:45 PM

AWEOME PERFORMANCE BY THIS TEAM; SO PROUD!!!!
Posted by VintageClipper on Apr 21, 2017 | 9:50 PM

CP3 is god in a 5’11 body
All praise be to the one and only point gawd

Posted by OG_Captain on Apr 21, 2017 | 10:34 PM

These Weeks in the Utah Jazz

April 20, 2017

One. Rudy Gobert on staying in Utah long term: Yeah, why not, you know? I mean, I, obviously I love to live there and I want to win, like I say. So if it’s, you know, the goal is to win a championship very soon, then there’s no reason to leave. You know, I love the coach, I love the fans, I love the organizations, and there’s no reason for me to think about leaving.

Two. Gail Miller on Utah and black players: We always try to help [black players] integrate. We have mentors that help the young players with managing money and doing things that help keep them out of trouble. I think that’s important for young players…

It’s just doing everything you can to make [Salt Lake City] a comfortable place for them. I know — big names probably will never come here, but it’s not because of the community. It’s because they don’t get the press that they would get somewhere else. They don’t get the contracts that they would get somewhere else. So I think those are the things that keep them from coming here. It’s not the community.

Three. Gordon Hayward on the difference veteran presence makes in the locker room: This time last year, we all would’ve been booking our flights to wherever we were going on vacation, shipping cars. People would be outta here. There’s just definitely a different vibe around the locker room, a different feel, and a lot of that, you know, the vets have made their presence known and have really helped us, and I think they’ve been instrumental to our success this year.

Four. Jerry ♥

Five. Joe Ingles on Pau and Marc Gasol in 2015:

Yeah, I do have a great friendship with them. I didn’t play with them. During the [NBA] lockout, I was playing with Barcelona and they both practiced with — they’re from, or they live in Barcelona, so they both practiced with us for the three or four months.

And it was actually a bit of a coincidence, but I was injured a little bit at the time, and so wasn’t playing all the games, and when the team would go away [on road trips], they were really good with having me over their house and just making me feel welcome while living in Barcelona by myself.

So we did, we kinda grew into a pretty good relationship, and I got on with them really well, and yeah, happy for ’em both being starters in the All-Star Game.

Ingles, asked in 2017 if he’s friends with Pau and Marc Gasol:

I mean, I’m not really friends with anyone, to be honest. I don’t really like people in general. … I mean, I know them. I mean, it’s, it is what it is.

Six. Frank Layden on resting players and Karl Malone: The Jazz didn’t fool around, and players even came to us from other teams and said, “Ooh, they expect you to be on time here. They expect you to be dressed right.” You know, and we’re not listening to, you know, “I got a hangnail and I can’t play.”

You know, talking about, you know, guys now. Resting players. Let me tell you a story about that. You know, and I’m not criticizing. Y–we’ve always played too many games. We know that. The season’s too long. The games are too long, for the physical body. It’s gonna burn out.

But you know, we were playing down in Albuquerque, and Karl Malone, his index finger gets bent back. I mean, it’s against his wrist. And so he runs in and I’m, oh my God, when I saw it, I almost threw up. And then the doctors were around. I mean, “Well, we gotta take him in, get X-rays. We’ll probably have to operate” and everything.

The next thing, mrrrraaaaaahhhh, there’s Karl and he pulls the finger back and straightens it out and tells [Don] Sparky [Sparks], our trainer, “Tape it up.”

So, after the game, someone said to him, “Well, did it hurt?” and everything. And he says, “You’re darn right it hurt.” He says, “But I’ll tell you something. A lot of people came here to see me play, and I’m not gonna let them down.” That was an exhibition game…It wasn’t even about winning the game or doing anything else, but how many fans came to see Karl Malone. A lot.

You know, now, is that something? I mean, could you imagine now, all right, that someone — Jerry Sloan saying, “Well, John [Stockton], we’re gonna rest you tonight. You’re not gonna play.” And the next thing, they’d be in a fistfight. You know, I mean, that’s the way it was. So, it’s a mental attitude. You’re gonna talk about being tired, you’ll be tired. Everybody’s tired. The other guys are tired too. …

The owners, the board of directors, the people, they’re in it to make money. We never forget what Red Auerbach said. So why not play 200 games? Why don’t we do what the Globetrotters do? Play every night. You know, they would do it if they could. …

But we move on with the idea that it is professional basketball, then show up and play. And shut up. You know, I mean, let’s move on. [The number of games] is the way it is. You know, and if the players don’t play and the fans keep coming, then so be it.

Seven. Derrick Favors, asked who would be his dream celebrity to show up to Game 2: Sanaa Lathan, probably. Sanaa Lathan. That’s my dream crush. My girl knows that too. So, yeah. It’s all good with her. She knows. It’s all good.

Favors in 2012, asked for the three people he would have dinner with, dead or alive: She a actress. Ohh. She’s, she’s beautiful. Sanaa Lathan.

Favors in 2013, again asked for the three people he would have dinner with, dead or alive: Sanaa Lathan. Imma have to go with Sanaa Lathan the whole time…Just me and her, man. And my girlfriend know this too. I told her, I said, “Man, if we go out one night and I see Sanaa Lathan, you know, you gon have to be mad at me. ‘Cause I’m going over there, I’m saying something to her.”

Favors in 2015: *names one of his twin daughters Sanaa.*

Eight. Dennis Lindsey on Joel Bolomboy: I was sitting with Phil Johnson, who still does some scouting, and so, Coach Johnson said several times his phy–his athleticism, his want to do good, is at the highest level. As soon as we get his basketball experience and knowledge on knowing how to play matching that, we have something…Joel Bolomboy’s care and character matches his athleticism. So, we have high hopes for him. Now, I can’t say that it’s gonna work out, work out here.

Lindsey on Trey Lyles: The competition for [the] minutes [Lyles got last year] went up, and it’s, of, I’m very confident, for example, that if Trey gets consistent minutes here or somewhere else, he’ll be a very good player, and very strategically fit with Rudy and Derrick in their abilities as well.

Nine. Quotes about Boris Diaw:

Quin Snyder: He’s got a diverse set of interests, which include the playoffs.

Ten. Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Week (UDQM)
** Craig Bolerjack: No spillage, by the way. (H/T @5kl)
** Steve Starks on the hiring of Dennis Lindsey: For the reasons he described, we were fortunate enough that he came.
** Lindsey on drafting Rudy Gobert: He was going to slide lower than where he had him, and we were fortuitous.
** Lindsey on injuries: It’s hard. It’s hard as a head coach to know that someone could be available, but the greater good is to be very patient with guys and their bodies.
** Gordon Hayward on playoff scheduling: It’s kind of weird having all that downtime the last couple days. You wanna just get back in.
** Matt Harpring on Joe Johnson shot: Come on, Joe. How deep can you get? That’s ridiculous.
** Harpring on Johnson shot: A little herky-jerky this, and then the hesitation, and then all of a sudden you see an explosion. Boom.
** Harpring: Paul Pierce released on Joe Johnson, just for a half second.
** Quin Snyder after Game 2: They got in there a lot of ways.

Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Clippers (Game 2): Opponent Game Thread Highlights

April 19, 2017
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Clips Nation.

Let’s go baby, let’s go clippers !!!!!!!!!
i have faith in y’all

Posted by NesbyBingo1999 on Apr 18, 2017 | 7:44 PM

Great start so far
In the Point God we trust

Posted by socal-clip on Apr 18, 2017 | 7:48 PM

This is fun! Love when this team plays with pace and confidence.
Posted by CP3Clutch on Apr 18, 2017 | 7:53 PM

When this team is firing. Watch out. At this pace the jazz will run out of timeouts by halftime.
Posted by CP3Clutch on Apr 18, 2017 | 8:02 PM

Gotta keep playing with pace, boys. Run all night. Only up 6 now.
Posted by CP3Clutch on Apr 18, 2017 | 8:24 PM

I can’t believe DJ & the Clips have no idea how to defend a pick-and-roll.
Posted by CBBC on Apr 18, 2017 | 8:24 PM

There is literally no defense on the floor with this line up
Felton and Blake may count for like a half a defensive player

Posted by Cliprgirl on Apr 18, 2017 | 8:24 PM

Jazz making a run.
Posted by TheLob TheJam on Apr 18, 2017 | 8:24 PM


I STILL feel like Blake is holding back his explosiveness til we meet the warriors. *if we win this round
Posted by ianbaron on Apr 18, 2017 | 8:36 PM

I’m so tired of Joe Johnson
Posted by Cliprgirl on Apr 18, 2017 | 8:40 PM

Raymond Felton just plays his heart out every time he steps onto the floor. God bless him.
Posted by CP3Clutch on Apr 18, 2017 | 8:48 PM

just wish he could make a bucket once in a while
Posted by wwshep on Apr 18, 2017 | 8:50 PM

Hustle+Intensity+Effort
This is what Clippers basketball should be!

Posted by wwshep on Apr 18, 2017 | 9:23 PM

Now if the Jazz could just stop shooting 50% from 3 pt. range…
Posted by wwshep on Apr 18, 2017 | 9:30 PM

And if Joe Johnson could stop looking like the 2nd coming of Michael Jordan
Posted by wwshep on Apr 18, 2017 | 9:34 PM

FT discrepancy is ridiculous. We’re getting no calls despite attacking the paint.
Posted by Christian Vielman on Apr 18, 2017 | 9:32 PM

They’ve been awful
Posted by Cliprgirl on Apr 18, 2017 | 9:33 PM

Someone needs to stop Joe Johnson please.
Posted by TheLob TheJam on Apr 18, 2017 | 9:34 PM

When will Doc find a solution for Joe Johnson?
Posted by ianbaron on Apr 18, 2017 | 9:34 PM


How did we beat this team 3 of 4 this season?
Even with Golbert injured we can’t seem to put them away…

Posted by wwshep on Apr 18, 2017 | 9:38 PM

IM HOPING ITS NOT THE CASE BUT IM JUST BRACING FOR THE CHOKE
Posted by Bui Himself on Apr 18, 2017 | 9:39 PM

Apparently Joe Ingles is the new Klay Thompson
Posted by Cliprgirl on Apr 18, 2017 | 9:42 PM

LOL Fuck this team is relying on Jamal Ball right now
Posted by socal-clip on Apr 18, 2017 | 9:44 PM

WAIT, BLAKE ACTUALLY SCORED IN THE 4TH QUARTER?
Posted by Bui Himself on Apr 18, 2017 | 9:50 PM

THE GAME SHOULDN’T BE THIS CLOSE
Posted by Bui Himself on Apr 18, 2017 | 9:51 PM

THESE GOT DAMN REFS…
Posted by Cliprgirl on Apr 18, 2017 | 9:53 PM

WTF is with this 1 sided officiating???!?!?!
Posted by wwshep on Apr 18, 2017 | 9:53 PM

These refs have been ATROCIOUS…
Posted by wwshep on Apr 18, 2017 | 9:55 PM

JAMAL why are u so terrible???
Posted by wwshep on Apr 18, 2017 | 9:57 PM

We’ll take the win, but…..
We are in trouble. This series is going 6 to 7 games. If we win this series the Warriors are going to put the stake in our hearts. In other words say goodbye to this roster, because it will have a TOTAL MAKEOVER, before next Oct. P.S. I am excited for the moves this summer.

Posted by yourboi on Apr 18, 2017 | 10:09 PM

Where Are They Now: John Crotty

April 17, 2017

Where are you now?
I do radio work for the Heat. I also do television studio work for the Heat, so, just, it’s a great situation. I cover really the en–you know, every game and when they go out on the road, I do primarily just the TV out of a, out of the Fox studio here down in South Florida.

On his journey to the NBA and the Jazz
It [was] frustrating [not getting drafted after a good college career]. I got cut the last day by the Charlotte Hornets as a free agent-type situation, and was 24 hours from getting on the plane to go play the Boston Celtics with the Charlotte Hornets and see my, one of my idols, Larry Bird, and it didn’t work out. It was crushing.

I had to go play in a minor league for a year, but put my head down and just, you know, got to work, improved my game and came back. Over the course of the summer had an opportunity to try out with the Jazz in the summer league, and you know, basically from there, you know, had a great opportunity to play in the NBA for 11 years. Had five one-year deals my first five years, which certainly keeps you on the edge.

So you know, I have great memories of being in Utah playing for Coach [Jerry] Sloan, who I still, you know, have just the utmost respect for and care about. And you know, the players I still stay in touch with, and it’s a small world, the NBA world.

I just saw Jeff Hornacek, obviously who’s coaching the New York Knicks and you know, trying to maintain his sanity there. And you know, touch base with the rest of the guys who I see along the way, whether it’s an Adam Keefe or a John Stockton or Karl Malone.

You know, all kinds of people. Mark Eaton, who’s on the public-speaking servi–circuit along with a guy named Walter Bond, who I crossed over with there who’s a good friend. So, so many different players who, you know, I run into and continue to stay in contact with.

How did you break into broadcasting?
It’s kind of a natural extension of, you know, as a player, y–talking about the game and from a point guard position, thinking it and talking about it. Exp–you know, seeing some of the things happen maybe before they do. So, towards the end of my career — the NBA has great programs. They have internship programs that they allow you to, if you reach out and actually take advantage of these programs, they’re amazing.

And I did. And I had a chance actually — I was living in Miami. I actually did an internship with the Miami Heat on a broadcasting capacity. I was able to meet with the play-by-play TV broadcaster, Eric Reid, who’s actually still here. And we actually broadcast some games from a TV broadcast of the past season and I helped, it hel–I helped learn — he worked with me to teach me how to properly do it.

I was able to make some, basically some resume tapes from that and then send them out to some people. And it wound up coming back to me later on when they had an opening, they reached out to me. They knew I was in town and it worked out.

So that’s, you know, that’s one aspect of my life. I’ve also, I’m also, I sell commercial real estate. I sell larger office buildings and retail centers. Been doing that now for just about 14 years, and you know, that was through a similar internship program where I shadowed and followed someone who was very good at that.

And it’s a great way to learn if you’re a young person or you’re trying to get into a new business. You know, you shadow someone who’s really good at it already and you can learn a lot from that and how to model yourself after what you’re doing, whether it’s, you know, watching John Stockton and what he do–does in his work ethic and how he approaches his game, or you know, a guy like Eric Reid who’s the play-by-play guy for the Miami Heat and see what he does on the broadcasting side to really learn.

** John Crotty on playoff seeding, UDQM: That’s the frustrating thing, when it’s not completely in your hands. (KALL)

Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Clippers (Game 1): Opponent Game Thread Highlights

April 16, 2017
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Clips Nation.

Let’s Do This!
Goooo Clips! Sweep the Jazz!

Posted by wwshep on Apr 15, 2017 | 7:04 PM

Let’s go clippers let’s GO !
i have faith in the clippers. Pay back for ’92 and ’97! … GO CLIPPERS !

Posted by NesbyBingo1999 on Apr 15, 2017 | 7:15 PM

Hope Rudy isn’t hurt too bad
Posted by NesbyBingo1999 on Apr 15, 2017 | 7:46 PM

Oh this is terrible
Posted by NesbyBingo1999 on Apr 15, 2017 | 7:47 PM

Oh man
This sucks! I hope he is ok

Posted by lukeiscrafty on Apr 15, 2017 | 7:49 PM

how can our starting 5 look so pathetic offensively
With no gobert too

Posted by Bears_Beets_BlakeGriffin on Apr 15, 2017 | 7:58 PM

Ingles is taking Redicks lunch money rn
Posted by take_a_blake on Apr 15, 2017 | 7:58 PM

Wow…Golbert is down..
Hoping not serious…Now Favor has 3 fouls….are we finally getting the breaks?

Posted by okeans on Apr 15, 2017 | 7:59 PM


Clippers are nervous
Posted by Ainnem Agon on Apr 15, 2017 | 8:08 PM

It definitely shouldn’t be this close
Got to shake off the jitters

Posted by Jonee on Apr 15, 2017 | 8:17 PM

Well there is a lot of time left but if we can’t pull away with no gobert
That is not a good sign for us going forward.

Posted by take_a_blake on Apr 15, 2017 | 8:18 PM

Must win game 1?
Cant lose home court and this team is a front runner who get angry with each other when things go wrong.

Posted by ClipperChuck on Apr 15, 2017 | 8:19 PM

Blake looks super nervous
Posted by Guitarzan on Apr 15, 2017 | 8:22 PM

I actually thought we would be up by 10 since Goburt is out.
Posted by Mortythegreatt on Apr 15, 2017 | 8:25 PM

They seem so nervous hopefully they can shake this off
Posted by griffinmccarthy7 on Apr 15, 2017 | 8:33 PM

Did they game plan totally for Gobert and now don’t know what to do?
Maybe Utah just punked them

Posted by Jonee on Apr 15, 2017 | 8:33 PM

Did we do any game prep before this series?
Seriously, Utah is breathing down the necks of our guards like they know (and probably do) every facet of our predictable vanilla playbook.
And on the other end it’s refreshing to see Utah run complicated offensive sets leading to uncontested looks. And that’s without their best screen-setter, rim-runner

Posted by Bears_Beets_BlakeGriffin on Apr 15, 2017 | 8:34 PM

So much this. Most of the time it looks like we are running nothing
Posted by Guitarzan on Apr 15, 2017 | 8:35 PM

Because we aren’t
Posted by take_a_blake on Apr 15, 2017 | 8:39 PM

What in the hell are they doing?
This is beyond pathetic.

Posted by SamuraiFoochs on Apr 15, 2017 | 8:38 PM


Doc being outcoached again… Sigh!
Posted by wwshep on Apr 15, 2017 | 8:38 PM

Per usual
Posted by Cliprgirl on Apr 15, 2017 | 8:39 PM

LET ME SAY THIS FOR THE 89th TIME…
DOC is the worst coach in sports.

Posted by CBBC on Apr 15, 2017 | 8:42 PM

I hate Chris Paul sometimes
3 shots so far and we wonder why our offense has problems sometimes. Atleast Griffin is having spurts of solid play offensively.

Posted by take_a_blake on Apr 15, 2017 | 8:43 PM

Hill is playing pretty good defense on him
Posted by Cliprgirl on Apr 15, 2017 | 8:44 PM

He’s George freaking Hill against a 1st ballot hall of famer
Come on now.

Posted by take_a_blake on Apr 15, 2017 | 8:48 PM

Well we’ve seen better halves. Glad we tied it up at least. Utah is definitely playing their hearts out. I got nothing but respect for how they’re playing.
1. We gotta guard Joe Johnson. He’s a playoff veteran.
2. Keep it up on Hayward.
3. Blake has to try to get 40+ or CP has to take (and make) more shots. Still, love the fire Blake is playing with.
4. Be less sloppy with the ball—getting picked by Jingles twice, Blake double dribble, Jamal/Redick travels? Just have fun, guys! It’s the playoffs! What you’ve been waiting all season for.

Posted by CP3Clutch on Apr 15, 2017 | 8:58 PM

Clips are a much better team. But…
Doc is terrible at game planning/adjusting, so the other team will ALWAYS have an advantage against them.

Posted by CBBC on Apr 15, 2017 | 8:59 PM


I DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW IT CAN BE CLOSE WHEN THEY LOST GOBERT
Posted by Bui Himself on Apr 15, 2017 | 9:14 PM

MY FAVORITE PART OF CLIPPERS BASKETBALL IS THE PART WHERE I HATE MYSELF
Posted by Bui Himself on Apr 15, 2017 | 9:15 PM

Thet’re getting out competed at home and it’s the PLAYOFFS.
Posted by CBBC on Apr 15, 2017 | 9:20 PM

I think this team just has too many mental scars…
the demons of past playoff collapses haunting them… plus a shitty coach.

Posted by wwshep on Apr 15, 2017 | 9:21 PM

They can’t figure out this Blake on Joe Johnson thing.
He’s not freaking Draymond….Ugh.

Posted by Guitarzan on Apr 15, 2017 | 9:20 PM

A SHORT POEM
ROSES ARE RED
VIOLETS ARE BLUE
FUCK YOU DOC RIVERS
FUCK YOU SO MUCH

Posted by Bui Himself on Apr 15, 2017 | 9:21 PM

Folks, let’s not forget, Gobert is not playing!
Posted by CBBC on Apr 15, 2017 | 9:26 PM

SERIOUS QUESTION: ARE WE PLAYING DOWN TO THE GOBERT-LESS JAZZ OR ARE WE THAT TERRIBLE
Posted by Bui Himself on Apr 15, 2017 | 9:30 PM

I’m sad
only clippers cannot show up after best player on team gets hurt…

Posted by Lawler’s Law on Apr 15, 2017 | 9:35 PM

This game is making me really sad. Gotta hand it to the Jazz. They’re playing composed, within themselves, not forcing anything. Top notch coaching after a top 3 defensive player in the league goes down.
Posted by CP3Clutch on Apr 15, 2017 | 9:40 PM


Don’t get mad at me, but I have to say it again…
This is happening because Doc is one of the worst coaches in sports. I’m a Celtic fan, I can tell you a list of all-time crazy coaching moves he has done when he was there.

Posted by CBBC on Apr 15, 2017 | 9:41 PM

We know
Posted by KillaClip on Apr 15, 2017 | 9:42 PM

Sorry.
Posted by CBBC on Apr 15, 2017 | 9:43 PM

I MEAN AT THIS POINT YOU MIGHT AS WELL GIVE UP AND SAVE ENERGY FOR NEXT SEASON
Posted by Bui Himself on Apr 15, 2017 | 9:42 PM

SHIT I’D RATHER GO BACK TO BEING A TERRIBLE TEAM WITH PROMISING YOUNG TALENT THAN THIS SHIT
Posted by Bui Himself on Apr 15, 2017 | 9:43 PM

JJ crushed by Ingles. The whole league has the blueprint on stopping us.
Posted by Guitarzan on Apr 15, 2017 | 9:45 PM

DOC RIVERS IS TO COACHING WHAT SANDPAPER IS TO MASTURBATION
Posted by Bui Himself on Apr 15, 2017 | 9:46 PM

I wish we had a Joe Johnson.
Posted by CP3Clutch on Apr 15, 2017 | 9:53 PM

I wish we had a Melo.
Posted by Mortythegreatt on Apr 15, 2017 | 9:54 PM


DEANDRE GETTING CLOWNED BY FAVORS
Posted by Bui Himself on Apr 15, 2017 | 9:55 PM

LOL THIS TEAM SUCKS
Posted by Bui Himself on Apr 15, 2017 | 9:57 PM

We literally lost to Joe Johnson
Posted by Cliprgirl on Apr 15, 2017 | 9:58 PM

FAKE GRIFFIN: LITERALLY THE MOST UNCLUTCH STAR IN THE NBA
Posted by Bui Himself on Apr 15, 2017 | 10:02 PM

I can’t believe this is happening without Gobert & with Favors limping on one leg.
BLOW IT UP!

Posted by CBBC on Apr 15, 2017 | 10:05 PM

IN 2017, A GOBERT-LESS UTAH JAZZ LED BY JOE JOHNSON BEAT THE LOS ANGELES BASKETBALL CLIPPERS ON THE CLIPPERS HOME COURT.
Posted by Bui Himself on Apr 15, 2017 | 10:09 PM

joe Johnson
fucking Joe Johnson

Posted by Lawler’s Law on Apr 15, 2017 | 10:10 PM

fucking Joe Johnson
Posted by Lawler’s Law on Apr 15, 2017 | 10:10 PM

Clippers deserved to lose this game, they didn’t take the Jazz
seriously at all.

Posted by TheLob TheJam on Apr 15, 2017 | 10:10 PM

fucking Joe Johnson
Posted by Lawler’s Law on Apr 15, 2017 | 10:10 PM

Blow. It. Up.
Posted by take_a_blake on Apr 15, 2017 | 10:11 PM

IN 2017, A GOBERT-LESS UTAH JAZZ LED BY JOE JOHNSON BEAT THE LOS ANGELES BASKETBALL CLIPPERS ON THE CLIPPERS HOME COURT.
Posted by Bui Himself on Apr 15, 2017 | 10:12 PM

BLOW IT UP
Posted by wwshep on Apr 15, 2017 | 10:13 PM

Wish we had a Melo on this team…
Posted by Mortythegreatt on Apr 15, 2017 | 10:13 PM



Utah Jazz vs. San Antonio Spurs: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

April 13, 2017
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Pounding the Rock.

Ready for #82!
by Mark Barrington on Apr 12, 2017 | 8:01 PM

uh oh some georgie payback
by manu is god on Apr 12, 2017 | 8:12 PM

Ex spurs on Utah play like GOATS against us
by Timminion on Apr 12, 2017 | 8:15 PM

we’ll turn them goats into cabrito
by Roadtrip635 on Apr 12, 2017 | 8:19 PM

One thing I noticed about Ingles last game, he’s never ever agreed with a foul call against him. He’s an alpha complainer,
by Mark Barrington on Apr 12, 2017 | 8:16 PM

Is “alpha complainer” a euphemism for asshole?
by ManuArg on Apr 12, 2017 | 8:18 PM

yes
by thirtynineyearfan on Apr 12, 2017 | 8:22 PM

That George-Diaw connection is so Spursy
by 7Peter on Apr 12, 2017 | 8:20 PM


Bi-annual Joe Ingles all star game on Spurs @@
by hkmc on Apr 12, 2017 | 8:34 PM

This is the epitome of half-assedry.
by TheLateCaptainSnake on Apr 12, 2017 | 8:46 PM

not even half, quarter-assedry
by COrozco21 on Apr 12, 2017 | 8:47 PM

stares at panic button
by 7Peter on Apr 12, 2017 | 8:47 PM

wow…..can we even get a shot off
by Timminion on Apr 12, 2017 | 8:47 PM

Every time I think Diaw is done he makes a move most 20yo can’t make.
by damphoose on Apr 12, 2017 | 8:49 PM

This is what we look like when Kawhi isnt dropping 30….and it’s scary
by Timminion on Apr 12, 2017 | 8:52 PM

It seems they’re only at the game so they don’t get fined. Waiting for the weekend… like normal folks, I guess.
by zelepele on Apr 12, 2017 | 9:09 PM

we control the ball for amost 60 secods missing shot after shot….then score 2
Utah has the ball for 10 seconds and Laura Ingles drops a 3

by Timminion on Apr 12, 2017 | 9:27 PM

Georgie going full force
by 7Peter on Apr 12, 2017 | 9:30 PM


I’m looking forward to an Ingles-Green encounter during the Dubs-Jazz match-up.
by ERoss on Apr 12, 2017 | 9:35 PM

Ingles is subtly dirty, and Green is openly so.
by Mark Barrington on Apr 12, 2017 | 9:37 PM

Another team out-toughing the Spurs.
by ERoss on Apr 12, 2017 | 9:39 PM

Pau is one of the worst finishers in the league. Cant make a layup to save his life
by kiwi_duncan on Apr 12, 2017 | 9:41 PM

Thought it was Danny
by fuzzy_quack on Apr 12, 2017 | 9:42 PM

“one of the worst”. And yes, Danny is up there as well. Possibly THE worst.
by kiwi_duncan on Apr 12, 2017 | 9:43 PM

JAZZ or CLIPPERS??
Who do you think would give the Dubs a harder time??

by jekyll&hyde on Apr 12, 2017 | 9:45 PM

Probably, Jazz…
by bussman792 on Apr 12, 2017 | 9:46 PM

I did a poll at Golden State of Mind and overwhelmingly they thought UTA would be harder opponent.
by Scipiotheyounger on Apr 12, 2017 | 9:47 PM

David Lee just straight bounced off Derrick Favors.
by ben_c on Apr 12, 2017 | 9:46 PM


Good thing the Spurs aren’t playing a tough, physical, grinding team in the first round or I’d be a little worried.
by TheLateCaptainSnake on Apr 12, 2017 | 9:54 PM

So when does this officially become a game we have no business winning??
by zhouprodigy on Apr 12, 2017 | 10:04 PM

3 qtr ago
by play_splitter on Apr 12, 2017 | 10:06 PM

Three hours before tipoff.
by Mark Barrington on Apr 12, 2017 | 10:06 PM

About a month ago when LAC-UTA fight for seeding became apparent
by Scipiotheyounger on Apr 12, 2017 | 10:06 PM

Ever since we could go nor up nor down in the seeding… so about a month now. Winning when not necessary is just showboating
by zelepele on Apr 12, 2017 | 10:08 PM

I’m expecting the Jazz to score in the last second of the game, because that’s just how it’s been going.
by Mark Barrington on Apr 12, 2017 | 10:06 PM

Fine, as long as the Spurs are up by 6 then.
by TheLateCaptainSnake on Apr 12, 2017 | 10:08 PM


Watch the ball move in transition with THIS line up
and SCORE

by Timminion on Apr 12, 2017 | 10:09 PM

The ticket ties it!
by 7Peter on Apr 12, 2017 | 10:10 PM

If they ever remake ‘Silence of the Lambs’ Quin Snyder could play Buffalo Bill.
by Mark Barrington on Apr 12, 2017 | 10:11 PM

he seems more like Clarisse
by Roadtrip635 on Apr 12, 2017 | 10:12 PM

suddenly we look like a giant spider on D……everyone tall and lanky
by Timminion on Apr 12, 2017 | 10:11 PM

Utah can be a really goooood team next season with a healthy athletic Favors.
by Dish&Dash on Apr 12, 2017 | 10:20 PM

I’m getting sick of these pathetic endings.
by TheLateCaptainSnake on Apr 12, 2017 | 10:21 PM

Congratulations on your championship, Utah. When’s the ring ceremony?
by TheLateCaptainSnake on Apr 12, 2017 | 10:23 PM

Nice to see George and Bobo give Pop a hug after the game
by Roadtrip635 on Apr 12, 2017 | 10:23 PM

Utah Jazz at Golden State Warriors: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

April 11, 2017
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Golden State of Mind.

Remember two seasons ago when Draymond would have won DPOY if the East Coast voters didn’t leave him off their ballot entirely
by belilaugh on Apr 10, 2017 | 7:31 PM

Reasoning, if you were curious
I have… watched him kick another dude in the junk and punch an MVP in his injured wrist #notmyvote https://t.co/Hf5YGNYEW8
— Steve Kyler (@stevekylerNBA) April 11, 2017

by belilaugh on Apr 10, 2017 | 7:35 PM

Funny that this guy leaves him off of his ballot because of two plays that have nothing to do with defense
Integrity at the highest right there

by DontcallmeIggy on Apr 10, 2017 | 7:41 PM

In other news:
his vote for NBA MVP went to Shumpert for his rap career, Geico Gecko at #2, and Steve from Accounting at #3.
just be proud that the guy can figure out how to log in to a Twitter account

by airgetlam on Apr 10, 2017 | 7:47 PM

Steve Kyler: go fuck yourself.
by Bout De Souffle on Apr 10, 2017 | 7:52 PM

i wont be surprised if he actually likes giving it to himself
in the behind

by TriValleyTrey on Apr 10, 2017 | 8:03 PM

I havent heard of BBallInsiders until I clicked on his twitter account
This is what the NBA now considers as national media worthy of voting for the awards?!?

by TriValleyTrey on Apr 10, 2017 | 7:43 PM

Not to say I called it
But I called it. The ‘impartial media’ are actually a bunch of white stunted frat boys who don’t like uppity types like Dray.

by BKisforSF on Apr 10, 2017 | 8:07 PM


the diaw/green matchup is the low key terrifying matchup if we face the jazz. diaw always kills green for some reason
by AJC3317 on Apr 10, 2017 | 7:45 PM

Rookie trying to take on Gobert at the rim lol
by Badly Browned on Apr 10, 2017 | 7:50 PM

He was so brave…R.I.P McCaw
by EJ Rogers on Apr 10, 2017 | 7:52 PM

give us Clips, Spurs, and Cavs then give the league the finger on any excuse they throw at us
by Rhino- on Apr 10, 2017 | 7:59 PM

Dubs will pull away
by KillaE415 on Apr 10, 2017 | 8:06 PM

Gonna be so hard to guard Steph, KD, and Klay for 40 mins a game LOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!
by Delejayn on Apr 10, 2017 | 8:07 PM

Why is old man Hill chucking 3s
Lololol

by the Stranger on Apr 10, 2017 | 8:08 PM

If we won tonight
You are welcome “Clippers” your team suck so much… you need our help to secure homecourt!

by mykelala01 on Apr 10, 2017 | 8:08 PM


Look like Jazz wants this game more than the Dubs
by mykelala01 on Apr 10, 2017 | 8:14 PM

maybe we should just rest
by bogut on Apr 10, 2017 | 8:15 PM

Damn struggle city
by dis_guy_john on Apr 10, 2017 | 8:17 PM

i don’t remember ingles being this much of a playmaker. he’s been impressive
by AJC3317 on Apr 10, 2017 | 8:26 PM

Draymond just shut up mehn…DAMN!
by Delejayn on Apr 10, 2017 | 8:34 PM

Gobert never complains about refereeing, nice
by Derek Knight on Apr 10, 2017 | 8:34 PM

Love that!
by Delejayn on Apr 10, 2017 | 8:35 PM

Maybe he should. He’s gotten hacked on a few plays earlier in the game.
by The Legend of Zen: Phil and the Triforce on Apr 10, 2017 | 8:36 PM

Gobert just warps the gameplan so much when he’s in there
Hard not to think of how Steph warps the defense.
Can’t be mad if he wins the DPOY…unless he wins it because idiots like Steve Kyler leave Dray off the ballot entirely.

by belilaugh on Apr 10, 2017 | 8:37 PM

Shouldn’t complain, but
Same exact team with Gobert in place of Zaza. 82-0?

by belilaugh on Apr 10, 2017 | 8:45 PM


Almost positive Curry missed that layup because he was scared of Gobert
Little did he know Gobert wasn’t anywhere close

by belilaugh on Apr 10, 2017 | 8:56 PM

LOL Dray’s such a scumbag
by belilaugh on Apr 10, 2017 | 8:57 PM

Green passed right into the Jazz players back lol
by Badly Browned on Apr 10, 2017 | 8:58 PM

lmao
Dray can’t take Diaw off the dribble

by the Stranger on Apr 10, 2017 | 9:02 PM

Kerr look like the kid next door 80’s look
Against the Jazz 80’s villain coach

by mykelala01 on Apr 10, 2017 | 9:11 PM

Clark is playing like trash
by sameba on Apr 10, 2017 | 9:35 PM

Potential 2nd round matchup
Maybe Kerr not trying to show them too much

by DontcallmeIggy on Apr 10, 2017 | 9:38 PM

Yeah, I think Utah’s got it
by ServantOfLuna on Apr 10, 2017 | 9:44 PM

RIP winning streak
by richstyle on Apr 10, 2017 | 9:45 PM

lol
Thanks Kerr

by the Stranger on Apr 10, 2017 | 9:45 PM

when did Gobert become the best Center in the NBA
he was like 8th of 9th last year

by the Stranger on Apr 10, 2017 | 10:04 PM

These Weeks in the Utah Jazz

April 10, 2017

One. Quin Snyder on Shelvin Mack: One of the things you probably can’t see is that he really has the respect of his teammates. And you know, there are situations out there, because of his experience, he really is able to have a leadership role in many respects.

And you know, that’s even more surprising for a player, you know, that’s been out for a period of time, to have a chance with his, you know, with his teammates, with me, you know, to have that trust. And you know, I just can’t say enough about him and obviously he’s — you know, without him, you know, we may have [a worse record].

Snyder on Mack’s contributions of late: That’s why we traded for him last year…He stays involved mentally. You know, I think, for a guy to be out that long, he knows the plays better than I do. And, so there’s an immediate rapport that he has on the court, and a comfort level, because he’s prepared mentally.

And then I think the other thing is he’s connected with his teammates. You know, he’s never allowed himself to kind of, to detach, which is very difficult to do. And as a result, you know, at that position especially, he’s able to come in and provide some leadership capability moreso than you’d think from a guy that hasn’t played in a while.

Two. This last stretch of schedule has been brutal and late games are the worst.

Three. From John Stockton interview with Dan Patrick:

Stockton on how important playing 82 games was to him: [It was] pretty much everything. I mean, it’s such a privilege. I mean, I never took one day for granted. That was — and there’s, there are people that go to watch everybody. I mean, even if you’re a backup or — there’s people that go to watch you and see. I think it’s a really important thing to play every game, and to battle through little injuries in order to do so a lot of times.

Stockton on players resting: Jerry [Sloan] did limit us. He limited us in practice, especially in the last couple years of our careers. [Karl Malone and I] didn’t practice a whole heck of a lot, grudgingly. I mean, we liked to practice. That’s part of the fun, is going out there with the fellas, being part of the team.

So, even that we fought. But, and he limited my minutes a lot more than Karl’s towards the end as well. I just think that they felt Karl’s body would hold up better than my little body…I get that, but I didn’t enjoy it. I wanted to play every minute, just kind of, as if it were a ratball game.

Fellow former Jazzman Olden Polynice also had his say on the rest issue:

Four. Rudy Gobert’s teammates on his end-to-end Eurostep finish:
** Gordon Hayward: It was a, uh, it was a good move. Um, I don’t know if we want to see him do that regularly.
** Shelvin Mack: Uh, yeah, yeah. It’s nice. Pretty sure we’re gonna hear about it for the next few days. You know, he’s been working all year on that, so hopefully — hopefully it’ll be the last of that. But, we gon see.
** Joe Ingles: There were four dudes open.

Five. UGGGGGHHHHHHHHH. This is worse than what Rudy Gobert said in the first place.

Quin Snyder, asked if Gobert had tried talking to the team before his public comments and it didn’t work: Yeah. Well, I don’t — yeah. Let me try to process that a bit. I think that, you know, I think it’s what people are used to a little bit too. Like, there was a frustration and an angst about our team during that period. We weren’t playing great. We still hadn’t lost, other than Chicago. You know, the schedule was not friendly…

I think there was a frustration that was there, and as a result, you know, things maybe came out then that people thought about and expressed maybe in a softer, different way, and then it reached a point where it just kinda spilled out. I think a lot of people liked it, to be honest.

I mean, I heard — like, I was curious. I kinda asked what people thought, and there was people that I talked to that was like, “Good.” You know, “I’m glad someone said something.” And you know what? Like, I felt that way a little bit too. …

Kobe [Bryant] used to talk to Pau Gasol through the media. Pau never took offense to it…We don’t really have that yet within our team.

Dennis Lindsey, asked what he hopes Gobert learned the most: There’s basic English, right, and then there’s slang. There’s abbreviation. Then there’s basketball vernacular. And just, as an observer of basketball and of international basketball, it’s always interesting to me the international player that does have leadership qualities, but they’re trying to express themselves in a second language, and expressing themselves to different cultures.

So I think it’s a little bit of a unique test tube for all of us, for society at large that — basketball in particular’s, you’re so team-dependent, and therefore communication becomes even more important. And then trying to lead a group, and in Rudy’s case is somewhat soiling*, you know, his oats as a leader, and, the be–maybe the beginning of that, maybe planting himself as a leader is more appropriate — and then doing that in, you know, a tongue that’s not native to you. So it’s, to me, it’s interesting.

* Not a typo.

To each his own, but I really did not like that Rudy’s comments 1) were made into such a big deal; 2) apparently had to be be justified; 3) apparently had to possibly be justified due to English being his second language and packaged as some ESL faux pas.

If you ever read quotes or transcripts on this site (which are posted as is and never edited or “cleaned up”) or his posts on social media, Rudy’s English is as good as anyone’s. Sure, he has an accent, but his grammar and vocabulary are as good as any native English speakers on the team. To say the reaction to his comments was due to language reasons is a disservice to him. Somehow doubt his choice of words would have differed had he been speaking in French at the time.

Let’s not forget, this is a team with years of interviews with native English speakers Randy Rigby and Tyrone Corbin in the books. Seems to me all this reaction from team officials is more about being scared of some other player(s) getting their feelings hurt than what Rudy said. The one thing Rudy probably learned from this was that it’s not OK for him to say what he thinks unless he gets his thoughts preapproved by higher-ups first.

P.S. Funny Steve Starks tweeted this while the brouhaha was ongoing:

Six. ICYMI:

Seven. Derek Fisher on Jerry Sloan: Talk about a coach that coached everybody the same way. He understood that he had stars and superstars on his roster, but Jerry literally coached everyone the same way. He gave guys space to be themselves, but he held everyone accountable at the same level. An absolute pleasure to be a player here.

Literally, the, you know, the Utah Jazz taught us how to play, as a young Lakers team in the late 90s, as you see them winning the Western Conference Championship in 96-97 and 97-98, after they completely destroyed us in the Western Conference Playoffs in both of those seasons and sent us home early. They taught us what it meant to be grown men and what it took to win in the playoffs, and I don’t think we would’ve become the team that we became in the 2000s without playing against the Jazz as many times as we did.

Brent Barry: I think they were also a shining example, though, for a lot of young teams who were trying to make their bones in the league about how it is that you handle success. I mean, years and years of 50-plus wins and playoff performances but you didn’t hear much coming out of the Utah Jazz in terms of problems with their team. All you saw was humility. All you saw was hard work and determination. A direct reflection of what Jerry Sloan stood for, but they also set an example for players around the league, in my opinion.

Fisher: For sure, and Jerry didn’t accept anything less. He had the same standards for Karl Malone, for John Stockton, and for Carlos Boozer, Deron Williams. Anybody that came here, the standard was set that the team was bigger than you. You had to put the team first. And that’s the way he coached, and that’s what he believes.

Kenyon Martin on Jerry Sloan (in Player’s Tribune post “The 5 Guys Everybody Hated Playing Against”):

Eight. Dennis Lindsey on NBA officiating (Vertical podcast): It’s been a little bit of a philosophical debate that we’ve had with the management of the league, that in many ways, because we move bodies and we move the ball more than any other team once we enter the half court, it’s very difficult to call us on certain angles.

So, the [league’s] data does tell us at times when we’re grabbed, held, push and pulled — it’s about every third or fourth game — if it, that’s not appropriately called, we’ll suffer from what we call a high-discrepancy game, which we define as four or more missed calls either in our favor or our opponent’s favor…

Where we’re, we’ve moved av–as we’ve studied all this information, we’ve moved to really where Mark Cuban’s at, and, meaning that, the overall idea that we have more disagreements with the management of the officials than we do with the officials.

I personally believe we have the 60 best officials in the world…Where our concern comes in is how management chooses to either specifically or in this case not specifically educate the officials on particular datas. …

In many ways, what we’re asking is, is that, for the league to catch up with [the Jazz’s] style of play.

Nine. Lindsey on [the Jazz’s lack of] technical fouls (Vertical podcast):

I just don’t believe there’s ever a good reason to lose your competitive poise. I found the best competitors, whether it be boxing or football or basketball, that can keep their sensibilities about them and compete great.

This is funny, because as of 2007 Jerry Sloan held the Guinness world record for most technical fouls and was in a class by himself as the only individual to record over 400. Per Jazz Basketball, he retired with at least 446.

There doesn’t appear to be official stats on career technical fouls published anywhere, but according to one site, the NBA player with the most career technical fouls is…

Ten. Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Week (UDQM)
** Joe Ingles on the Jazz clinching a playoff spot: Obviously, we were in a position that we were pretty much gonna get in there.
** Quin Snyder on Rudy Gobert and competitive fire: That’s the challenge of being a good teammate, is pulling it out of each other, and that’s clearly what Rudy was trying to do.
** Ingles on what happens after Gobert screens: Sometimes we can go in there and finish ourselves.
** Snyder on difficult conversations: They’re hard, so they come out sideways.
** Snyder on being asked about books and movies: That’s why I clam up on you guys, ’cause I’m trying to fake it.
** Dennis Lindsey on having his iPad with him while scouting: I knew if I pulled it out, that I would do a very poor job of paying attention.
** Lindsey on time: I’m selfish in one area, my wife tells me constantly.
** Joe Johnson on basketball teams: No one likes to be soft.
** Snyder on Johnson: We’re using him. It’s been fun for me to figure out how to use him. And that’s been more of a process. But on the front end, I mean, we knew, you know, his versatility…He’s very experimentally inclined. Open-minded. He’s got a curious mind.
** Lindsey on being able to play in the playoffs: It’s awesome to be inside. I can’t tell you.
** Snyder on Gordon Hayward against the Wizards: I pulled him out a couple times just to kinda settle him, and then I put him back in right away.
** Matt Harpring on Johnson miss: You see Joe mad at himself on that one. Just a few inches too much.
** Harpring: Karl Anthony Towns has gotten a lot better at getting deeper…Right now, tonight especially, he’s trying to get that deep position.
** Craig Bolerjack to Harpring on Hayward and Ingles’ impending free agency: Could you work a package for those two?

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