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Game 53 of 82: Utah Jazz at Dallas Mavericks (19-34)

February 12, 2015

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Pre-Game Quotage
** Steve Novak, asked what it’s like to be on the receiving end of the Quin Snyder glare
I wouldn’t know. I never really do anything wrong, so it’s more — no, you know, he’s, he definitely, he knows how to motivate guys. And the thing about it is, he never goes too far. He never, you know, takes it to a point where he’ll say something or get so angry with you that, you know, after the game, you don’t want to speak to him or whatever it is. He, you know, he’ll say what he needs to say to motivate you and to get your mind back to where it needs to be and keep your focused, but you know, he always brings you back in very quickly. And you’ll see a lot of times, he’ll take a guy out, just kind of ream into him a little bit, and a lot of the times, the guy’s, the guy, usually knows that, it’s probably something he already knows what he did wrong, but then he puts him right back out there because — he’s just a coach that the g–we respect. You know, we understand where he’s coming from. He understands the game, you know, better than we all do, and so when he gets mad at us, we understand a lot of times.

Post-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder on the game
We had a number of attempts at the line that we couldn’t convert…Turnover-wise, we’re just really thin on the perimeter, and I think you saw it catch up with us. We just, we don’t have a lot of ball-handling right now, with Rodney [Hood] and Joe [Ingles] and so on out. So, guys, we looked, we started the game sloppy, tired, too. It wasn’t, it was just like a weakness, as much as just throwing it around. We, I didn’t think we were real tough. … The game was a little more physical, and it knocked us off, and we were playing east-west a lot, as opposed to north-south. And you know, when we, when we’re attacking, we’re mu–we take care of the ball much better. If you’re weak and a little tentative, and I thought that’s what happened. They got into us, and you know, caused some turnovers that just, they weren’t egregious, but they, we just weren’t sharp.
** Snyder on what he drew up for the last play
Well, the first look was Novak in the corner, which, if there was a peek, he might’ve had a three. And then Trey [Burke] came, coming back — we didn’t, the execution wasn’t where, exactly where we wanted it. Trey was in a position that he hasn’t been in before. And we worked at it, and we didn’t do as good a job as we should in the play. It could’ve been a quick two or a three.

** Steve Novak on the game
I think we got down, you know, a few times, to be honest, and we did a good job fighting back and fighting our way back into it. But I think when you miss that many free throws and you have that many turnovers, it’s always gonna be hard to win, but I think we played well enough to win, and they just made the right plays at the end.
** Novak, asked if the team was lacking focus due to the All-Star break
You know, I think, wa–it wasn’t our best walkthrough, and I think you kinda expect that when it’s the day before — kinda called it “getaway day.” But you know, I think we came out and we played well, and like I said, we were there pretty much to the last play. And you know, coach was on us to stay focused and to be present and to be here today, and I think we were.

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Enes Kanter Stuff, etc.
So, this happened after the game:

enes tweets

It saddened me to see how many fans (not to mention Jazz-owned media) immediately turn on Enes when these tweets came out, especially since there were no direct quotes from Enes and there is clearly a lot more to the story that we don’t know.

I’m not saying a direct “I want to be traded” quote doesn’t exist, nor am I impugning the credibility of beat writers that we as a fan base are lucky to have.

I’m just saying we weren’t in the locker room and we don’t know what was said or what the circumstances were and it was sad to see so much immediate vitriol towards Enes.

It’s all rather strange how things unfolded since Enes has consistently been the most positive guy in the locker room in post-game interviews, always giving credit to his teammates and coaches for good games and never wanting to talk about himself. Just two nights ago, he was talking about how close the guys are off the court and jokingly interviewing himself.

We do know from locker room cleanout last year that he felt frustration over his role and how the young guys — the future of a rebuilding franchise — got little playing time together to develop as a unit. He’s had nothing but good things to say about the regime under Quin Snyder, though, from the day Snyder was hired.

I think we could all use a little comic relief about now, right? This made me laugh, so I give you this, via @mrcbooz:

Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Craig Bolerjack on Dirk Nowitzki: As age creeps up on Dirk, he doesn’t have that flexibility, as he once had. It’s hard for him to bend down below the belt.
** Matt Harpring on Dirk Nowitzki: It looks like he’s out of control, because he spreads his legs. But that’s his shot. That’s how he shoots. He likes to shoot, kinda unconventionally, ’cause a lot of people teach shooting with your legs in. He likes to shoot with his feet out.
** Boler on Devin Harris jumping into fans courtside: I see no spillage, so let’s play on.

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Thanks to @UGottaLovItBaby for the assist on the W-L record tonight.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. bebop permalink
    February 12, 2015 7:12 pm

    I think with Kanter, a lot of fans have ashtrays been leery of him. He didn’t work out with us. Didn’t seem like he wanted to get drafted here. Seems like he wants to be in the spotlight. Combined with Utahns massive inferiority complex and fear of rejection, I think it’s understandable why they’d turn on him so quickly. Better to be the dumper than the dumpee. Not that excuses the behavior, but not surprising either. Just look at the hate dwill got post Sloan drama. Utahns like to pretend we’re nice people, but I’ve noticed a lot of hate beneath the surface over the years I’ve lived here. My thoughts at 4 on the morning, lol.

    • bebop permalink
      February 12, 2015 7:13 pm

      Always, not ashtrays, autocorrect ftl

  2. russellkanning permalink
    February 12, 2015 7:48 pm

    Didn’t Enes play less because he got poked in the eye?

  3. modernagejazz permalink
    February 13, 2015 2:49 am

    It’s actually quite amazing that people turned the vitriol on already. I mean, the Jazz do have a lot of people to play C/PF and none of them is proving to be quite the franchise player, so what is more natural than considering trades involving them? That’s the team’s perspective, also works for the player. It’s not like we’re about to win a championship and he wants to bolt or something similar.


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