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Game 36 of 82: Utah Jazz at Chicago Bulls (13-23)

January 8, 2015

jerry's jerseyJerry Sloan’s jersey in the rafters blessed the Jazz from above tonight

Real, live defense is SO beautiful. *wipes away tears of pure joy*

Post-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder on the Jazz’s defense tonight
With [Rudy Gobert] and [Derrick] Fav[ors] out there, there’s a level of athleticism and length that is unique. And you know, I thought Trey [Burke] tried to work, you know, and Dante [Exum] came in and he, and his length, and we got a lot, you know, Elijah Millsap has an impact on the game too. You can feel him, his toughness and energy on the defensive end as well.
** Snyder on Gobert’s “contagious” defensive intensity
That’s kind of a, I see it as respect for one another. And you know, when you understand that your teammate’s playing hard and giving himself up, it’s incumbent on you to do the same. And that’s what being on a team is about.

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** Gordon Hayward on the game
Great win for us, especially being so young on the road. We played really, really well tonight. I think everybody did. Rudy was a monster defensively for us. You know, Ex is sick and hardly able to play, and he played tremendous too. So, just a great win for all of us.
** Hayward on Rudy Gobert
Rudy was amazing on the weak side. You know, when someone has your back like that–Fav too–I mean, it makes a whole world of difference. … You can pressure a little bit more [with Gobert on the floor]. You know, if you gamble and miss a steal, you have somebody that’s there. You know, he did a lot of things offensively too that maybe don’t show up, with some flare screens, some passes. He stealed and got a couple dunks, tips on the offensive glass, so, I mean, he played really, really well.
** Derrick Favors on playing alongside Rudy Gobert
We just protect the paint. You know, the guards do a good job out on the wing, denying passes and getting up into they man, and they trust me and Rudy back there to protect the paint and have they back. So you know, that’s what me and him bring to the table when we play together.

mailman-favThat wristband (wrap): Derrick Favors or Karl Malone?

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** Trey Burke on the game
I think it was just a team effort. You know, collectively, we played great on the defensive end, and you know, we knew that they were, you know, one of the, you know, greater defensive teams in the NBA. So we knew it was gonna be an aggressive game. But I think for 48 minutes, we competed.
** Burke on Rudy Gobert
We know he’s there. You know, sometimes we may, you know, mess up an assignment, you know, whether it’s on the ball or if you’re weak side and your man gets by you. You know Rudy’s gon come over and clean it up. So, it’s great to know we have that type of threat behind us. You know, we need him to continue to play the way he has been.
** Trevor Booker on the game
Man, we felt great tonight. We came out focused. You know, everybody played with energy. It started on the defensive end. We got stops. It was a low-scoring first half, you know, and we just, we fed off our defense. … It was a huge win for us, confidence-wise.
** Booker on Rudy Gobert
Man, he’s gonna be tough. He’s a young’un. He’s gonna be tough…Every team [is bothered by him]. He’s such a great defender, you know? He’s so long, I mean, it’s hard to shoot over him. He’s swatting everything right now. He’s a big key to our wins right now.

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Random Stuff, etc.
** People calling Alec Burks “Alex Burke”: Chicago announcer (H/T ‏@Mark_R_Pereira)
** People calling Cameron Bairstow “Cameron Barstool”: Craig Bolerjack
** People calling Trevor Booker “Trevor Burke-Booker”: recap guy
** Speaking of Jerry Sloan, he is somewhere in the Chicago area. And he rode coach to get there (though, per @DJJazzyJody, he had an aisle seat).

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Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Matt Harpring on Joe Ingles: Big Joe, once he’s been inside it, into the starting lineup, he has played really good.
** Harpring on Gordon Hayward: A key to him is getting off.
** Harpring on Rudy Gobert: He’s doing some things that are making Quin Snyder
extremely happy right now.
** Craig Bolerjack: More to come next week in Salt Lake City.
** Harpring to Bolerjack on a loose ball headed their way: You don’t like the ball.
** Trey Burke on defense, post-game: We’re definitely growing in that area…We’re prioritizing that area. That’s something we know we must really lock into, you know, to get to the, where we want to be.

Red denotes most recent game.

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Thanks to @tuckstweets and @JazzGameNight for the assist on the W-L record tonight.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. russellkanning permalink
    January 10, 2015 7:18 am

    I could only listen on XMradio …. and the Bulls announcers (who I like) were marveling at our Stifle Tower.
    Good to see us win ugly and play some defense. :)

    • January 10, 2015 7:29 am

      Win ugly by playing defense = beautiful basketball :)


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