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Game 65 of 82: Utah Jazz vs. Detroit Pistons (29-36)

March 15, 2015


Post-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder on the game
To [lose players to injury and] come out on a back-to-back and play the way they did, and as hard as they did, we were lucky to get out of there. And I thought our guys were tough too. You know, I mean, it was a gritty game. But what they did tonight, I mean, it’s just very, you know, it’s a tough situation to come into and lose players. And like I said, I thought we — it was a gritty game. … We were mentally tough, and that’s something that, not that I haven’t seen it, but I saw it a lot tonight. And I liked it.
** Snyder, asked about the Jazz’s offensive struggles in the third quarter
Honestly, I thought we were playing really good offense. I mean, it, there’s a difference between scoring and playing good off–I mean, sometimes you play bad offense and you score ’cause someone makes a tough shot. You know, we were getting — I thought, and I’ll have to look at it — but you know, there were, there was a couple times where we g–we lose, we don’t play with f–like, force, and we get up against the clock, and we’re indecisive. But there were, especially early in the quarter, I thought we were getting really good looks and just weren’t converting…I thought we were better than the score indicated, put it that way. I didn’t think we were great, but, yup.
** Snyder on Derrick Favors’ impact
I think one of the things that’s happening is because of his — and this is one of the things that I’ve tried to say, like, and will continue — I really feel like as much as Rudy [Gobert] is, has been an anchor, that Derrick at the “four,” the things that he’s doing — you know, we s–he’s able to switch pick and roll on the guards. You know, and for a guy of his size to do that, you know, when a team goes small, you know, we don’t necessarily have to go small to match up. So what ends up happening is sometimes he’s got a mismatch, you know, and he’s learning, you know, as much as anything, he’s learning how to take advantage of that, where it’s not just stepping out and holding up your hand. He’s sealing, he’s getting the ball deeper, and we’re passing it to him better. You know, I thought, it’s something we’ve really worked on. It’s the lost art of feeding the post…but we’re getting it to him. So, he’s making it easier and I think we’re more conscious of it, you know? I don’t wanna just run a play every time down. That’s not how we play. But there are situations where we’re doing more of that.

burks blue bootsAlec Burks’ blue boots. Snazzy.

** Derrick Favors on the biggest difference between last season and this season
I think guys just having fun; you know, playing as a team. You know, guys sharing the ball. You know, anybody on the team can have a big night, any given night, not just me and Gordon [Hayward], and Rudy. You know, anybody can have a good night, and I think guys just out there having fun, playing for the team.
** Rudy Gobert, asked if he feels like his game is becoming more complete
Of course, but I gotta make those free throws…I make, like, everything in practice. I gotta make them in games.

sergeant-salute-sSalute of the Night

** Dante Exum, asked if he feels like this has been more than one season
Oh my God, it’s, it feels like it’s been three, to be honest, and you know, I’ve only ever played 20-30 games in a year, and we’re doing that after All-Star break. So you know, I’m just taking it game by game, and trying to get my sleep and recovery when I can.
** Exum on the Jazz’s improving defense
It’s nice to know — it’s been a while since teams scored over 100 on us. And you know, we were working hard at the start of the season: extra practice, extra walkthroughs. And y–to know it’s paying off now, and you know, we’re stopping teams and you know, not letting them score, it’s good for us, and us going forward.
** Rodney Hood on the win
I mean, it feels great, you know, knowing that all our hard work that we put in at the beginning of the season in training camp is finally coming to fruition. We able to get some wins, and you know, we always knew that our work would pay off. And you know, at the beginning of the season, you know, it didn’t seem like it, but you know, now, it’s, we’re really reaping the benefits.

Random Stuff, etc.
** This may be my favoritest tweet ever:

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pink grandmas

** People calling Craig Bolerjack “David”: Ron Boone
** People calling Joe Ingles “Jingling Joe”: Craig Bolerjack
** People demoting Rudy Gobert from “General Gobert” to “Sergeant Salute”: Craig Bolerjack
** At the game: Brent Barry, Trey Burke’s girlfriend and baby, and Rachel Green lookalike (via @utahjazz):

Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Craig Bolerjack: Tolliver was close. Putting a finger on it.
** Boler: It’s kind of a bang-a-thon tonight. (H/T @seanp33 and @jwinskowski)
** Boler: Oh, Millsap took a high, hard one. Down he goes on his back. (H/T @Mark_R_Pereira)
** Boler on Rudy Gobert: Big fella got caught underneath and had to reverse and go to the outside to put it in.
** Boler on Derrick Favors jumper: I tell you, I love his stroke.
** Boler on Favors free throw: I like that stroke. It’s up and good.
** Boler: Flick of the wrist, good. That’s how you shoot ’em, Ron. (H/T @Mark_R_Pereira)
** Dante Exum, post-game: Coach always talks about obvious unselfishness, and it’s something everyone’s kind of taken under their belt.

Red denotes most recent game.

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

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