Game 68 of 82: Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Lakers (31-37)
** Quin Snyder on the win
I was really happy. … At the beginning of the fourth quarter, you, I looked in the huddle and we just were kinda, we looked like a team that got in at two in the morning, and you know, had lost a tough game. And we just talked about it, and our guys just picked it up. I mean, it’s the kind of thing that, a more mature team, and I think we’re growing in that respect, to just kinda be in a tough place and being able to respond to it, you know, in the moment.
** Gordon Hayward on why this was a huge win for the Jazz
You know, I think you gotta look at it as, we played our ass off against Washington, a good Washington team. We had a chance to win. We don’t. And that’s emotional for everybody. The locker room was quiet. You know, we go on the plane, we get in, I mean, you know, we get in at 1:30, whatever, two o’clock. But you can’t fall asleep. You don’t go to bed ’til four or five in the morning. And you know, this is a Lakers team which had a couple of days off, and they got guys who are hurt, so they have guys that are trying to prove stuff. And for us to kinda be a little sluggish and give up the lead there in the first half, and then come out and just kinda grind out a win, it’s just, it’s a good experience. It shows growth; it shows, you know, perseverence. I thought we got great energy from [Trevor] Book[er]. We got great energy from Trey [Burke]. And we just found a way to win…That’s huge to me.
** Trey Burke, asked if there was mental fatigue, physical fatigue, or both
I think a little bit of both. You know, coming off a back-to-back at this point of the season, you know, mentally you’re a little tired. Physically, you know, you have to get things going. So you know, we did a great job of staying with it, you know, for 48 minutes when they went on their runs, staying together, and coming together as a team, and pulled out the victory.
** Burke on his performance in the first half
Yeah, you know, I just tried to come in and let the game come to me. You know, not force anything. Me and coach has been watching film, clips, so the game’s slowing down to me even more now. So it’s just something I gotta continue to be — continue to do.
** Trevor Booker, asked if there was mental fatigue, physical fatigue, or both
Definitely a combination of both. You know, especially after last night, playing a late game really for no reason. It wasn’t a TV game. So, and then we got to come here tonight, you know, but we stayed mentally focused and we got the job done tonight.
** Booker on what it’s like to play against his cousin, Jordan Hill
[When it’s game time], he’s just another opponent, you know? I’m trying to go at his head, and he’s trying to go at mine. But you know, after the game, before the game, it’s all love. But we know once we step on that court, that we going to war.
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Craig Bolerjack on Jack Cooley: He’s a wide body, a banger. Doesn’t hesitate to get involved. (H/T @Mark_R_Pereira)
** Ron Boone on Wesley Johnson dunk: Gordon has his back to his man. He beats him backdoor.
** Booner on Trey Burke’s floater: Little different than what you see other guys shoot it, because he really flicks his wrist. Other guys just push it.
** Boler on the Jazz’s missed free throws: From my chair, what I see is missing front ends, Booner.
** David Locke to “G”, post-game: It looked to me, just sitting close tonight, you kinda came out in the third quarter and almost just demanded of your teammates, like, “Come with me. I’m gonna find energy. Come with me.”
** Locke to Hayward, post-game: G, it’s been a pleasure to watch you.
** Quin Snyder on Rudy Gobert: He’ll continue to have big games, and continue to have games where, you know, it’s not as big. But that’s kind of the nature of the beast.
Red denotes most recent game.
Thanks to @JazzGameNight for the assist on the W-L record tonight.