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Game 49 of 82: Utah Jazz vs. Memphis Grizzlies (17-32)

February 5, 2015

calathes-gobertGotta love Rudy Gobert.

Post-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder on if there are lessons to be learned from the way Memphis uses their bigs
Yeah, I think, you know, those guys are pretty, I mean, that’s like eight years from now for us, right? I mean if you put it in those terms, I mean, that’s the level of savvy and experience and physicality that their bigs play with. I do think there’s a lot of things that they do that we can learn from. You know, we haven’t committed to just playing, you know, post-up basketball. We’ve been committed to playing, you know, more in the flow and to find our post-ups through that…There’s a few teams in the league like that that I think have superior, you know, interior players, that are good teams for us to look at, and ultimately in one way, shape or form, model ourselves after.
** Snyder, asked if Trey Burke has embraced coming off the bench beyond just saying the right things
You know, there’s this fixation with the bench and starting, and to me, what Trey Burke has embraced is not so much the bench — I don’t want him to embrace the bench; I don’t want him to embrace starting. I want him to do what’s best for our team, and if that’s coming off the bench, yes, he has embraced it. You know, I’m kind of circling around there, but the point is that he’s embraced becoming a better player…I don’t want it to be about the bench for him, you know? I’d like to — if he starts again, I want him to keep getting better too, you know?

For “Friends” fans: Who seven’ed better, Quin or Monica?

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** Snyder on Dante Exum
It’s just a process for him, but as far as losing confidence, I don’t lose confidence in him. I really believe in him. You know, his ability to improve, and you know, become whatever it is — I don’t think we can define Dante’s game yet. You know, I think we just gotta kinda keep asking him to work on certain things, and see where it takes him.
** Snyder, asked what has changed for the team from the first 25 games to now
Well, it’s kinda like when you go from fifth grade to seventh grade. You know, you’re in junior high, and that’s basically where we are. You know, we just have grown…But I’m really probably not willing to kind of say, “Hey, we were this then, now we’re this now. And here we are,” and you know, offer this kind of blissful cycle of improvement. I mean, it’s work. And it shows tonight, and it’s just not easy getting better. And I’m saying that, and I’m really saying it because I think our guys have earned that improvement, you know, with practice and with competition. So, hopefully it can continue.

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** Derrick Favors on Memphis’ front court
It’s always difficult playing against those guys. I mean, they, Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol, both of ’em big, physical guys. But you know, they kinda took us out of our offense — the whole team, they kinda took us out of our offense. … It’s some stuff that we can learn from [their front court]. As far as passing-wise, especially.
** Gordon Hayward on the loss
Yeah, they’re a really good team. They’re on a roll right now, too. And they’re playing great basketball, so. I mean, I think it was one of those games where we competed but you kinda felt like they were always in control.

** Enes Kanter on facing a tough team after playing Portland last night
You can’t make any excuse. I mean, no matter who you playing against, you know? Of course, you know, it’s NBA. You know, every night you going against somebody that, it’s superstar…but we just cannot back it up. You know, just have to, you know, just fight through it.
** Trey Burke on the loss
Just a tough stretch for us, and you know, we’re all a little down right now. You know, losing two in a row is never good…I’m down. You know, we lost. You know, it’s always bad when you lose, regardless of how you played, regardless how anyone played. You know, you want to win the game, so. And especially, losing two in a row, that kinda hurt ’cause we felt like we had a chance to win last night, and then coming in tonight and losing another tough game, it’s tough, so.
** Burke, asked if he thinks he’s been a better defender since the move to the bench
Yeah, absolutely. You know, I know that was the main reason. You know, it’s just defense. You know, I have to get better defensively. You know, I have to be a presence out there on the ball, and even off the ball. And you know, once I continue to grow in that area, then, you know, I’ll continue to grow as a player.

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Random Stuff, etc.
** In the house and all in one pic, with annotations by @chang_max: Jerry Sloan, Frank Layden and the pink grandmas.

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** People saying “LOL” stands for “lots of laughs”: Craig Bolerjack
** People calling Larry Bird “The Birdman”: Craig Bolerjack
** Jazz – Grizzlies relations:
1. The Koof and the Jazz, obviously.

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2. Quin Snyder and Nick Calathes. Such good friends, they hugged twice. (I’m guessing they know each other from the 2012-2013 season, during which Snyder coached and Calathes played in Russia.)

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3. Joe Ingles and Marc Gasol. (I’m guessing they know each other from the 2011 NBA lockout, during which Ingles played for and Gasol trained with Barcelona. Photo via USA Today Sports.)

Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Craig Bolerjack on players falling into photographers: They’re looking through an eyepiece and all of a sudden, there they are, right on top of you.
Matt Harpring: When they’re coming full speed, it’s hard to get out of the way…It’s like a catcher. You know, when a man’s on first base, you kinda get up on your haunches a little bit.
** Harpring on Jon Leuer: He’s a guy that grew 10 inches before his senior season. Ten inches!
Boler: How does that happen?
Harpring: Well, you gotta ask him…You hear of people growing five, six inches. But 10 inches? That’s unbelievable.
** Boler on Gordon Hayward’s shoe coming off: Oh yeah. Tony Allen stepped on it, and out it comes. That’s called a blown tire.


Red denotes most recent game.

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Thanks to @davidjsmith1232 and @OhioHadley for the assist on the W-L record tonight.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. GO JAZZ permalink
    February 5, 2015 11:24 pm

    “Friends” fans love Rudy Gobert!

  2. russellkanning permalink
    February 6, 2015 12:46 am

    Quinn wins all hand signal contests.

  3. Matt permalink
    February 6, 2015 3:53 am

    “The Birdman”? The world will be happier place when the “Bolerman” stops the inane nicknames (and that goes double for the “Harpringman”).

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