Game 68 of 82: Utah Jazz at Houston Rockets (22-46)
Matt Harpring at the beginning of the second half (60-41 Rockets at the time): “The Houston Rockets will let you back in the game.”
Score at the end of the third quarter: 92-69.
Final Score: 124-86.
The ending was probably the only interesting thing that happened in this game:
Things of note:
1) John Lucas III yelling “This is my city” at Francisco Garcia across the court (H/T @Mac_Jazz)
2) Alec Burks and Gordon Hayward’s Zen-like stoicisim (H/T @5kl)
3) JLIII’s old-timey Notre Dame mascot fighting pose (H/T @saltcityhoops)
4) The total excitement of Amsterdam sweater guy (H/T @JazzBasketball1)
Who knows, maybe he just wanted a post-game interview to show off this shirt:
** Tyrone Corbin on the game
Give them credit, they made shots…They showed their experience, and we showed our inexperience.* And this is a lesson for the young guys. You know, you gotta learn how to get yourself ready every night, and at different stages of the year. And tonight, we just couldn’t get it going. Looked like we were running in mud and couldn’t get ourselves out of it.
* The Rockets are the second-youngest team and second most inexperienced team (NBA years) in the league.
** Corbin on whether he would have preferred if John Lucas III had just let the Rockets dribble out the clock
Yeah, I mean, but, you know what, the clock is still running, you got a right to play. So, you know, it happens. We’ll move on.
Sometimes all you can do is laugh.
** John Lucas III on the scuffle
We already getting beat real bad, and they still want to be showing off and doing stuff like that. So you know, I stole the ball…I coulda went in and scored it, but I dribbled it out. And then [Francisco Garcia] came in and threw a little cheap shot to my ribs. So, that was it. I just pushed him back, and it escalated from there. … I just feel like, you know, it, built-up frustration, maybe for the whole year. And you know, it just took a trigger something, and it triggered me to do what I had to do…I don’t back away from nobody.
** JLIII, in hindsight
As I took a shower and kind of cooled off, it was a messed up part on mine…As I look back on it, I wish none of that would’ve happened, you know? It was a great game. The Rockets played great team basketball. They, you know, played a hell of a game. Excuse my language.** So you know, it’s messed up that, you know, it ended like that, you know? It was a good game by them, and from one through all their guys, they all played good.
** This is a man that knows his audience.
Random Stuff, etc.
** Methinks the Rockets were trying to appeal to a specific demographic for this game… (via the Rockets’ FB):
** Per @tribjazz, the Rockets PA guy announced Enes Kanter as a starter during the starting lineup intros.
** Trey Burke’s dad/agent, Benji, weighs in on the game:
** Rockets TV analyst Clyde Drexler just tied the knot…Pics via Mrs. Karl Malone and Mrs. Dominique Wilkins:
** Elsewhere in the association: “They’re still so cute.” I love that you can tell they’re both smiling. Via @shandonfan:
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Matt Harpring on not being boring for St. Patrick’s Day: Don’t pull a Bolerjack on me.
** Harpring to Craig Bolerjack on the pinching tradition for no green on St. Patty’s: I’m not touching you. (H/T @Mark_R_Pereira)
** Sidney Lowe at halftime: We’re too passive, and we have to get up and make sure that Harden and Lin and those guys can see our bigs.
** Lowe on the Rockets’ 3-point shooting: They get ’em up pretty good, so, but, you know, again, some of those threes came off of penetration. We have to suck in.
** Harpring: That could be a money shot from Hayward.
** Thurl Bailey: Practically anyone that wanted to take it inside tonight against the Jazz went unmolested.