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

October 14, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Teaching Moment

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

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

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

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

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