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Game 81 of 82: Utah Jazz vs. Dallas Mavericks (38-43)

April 14, 2015


Pre-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder on Gary Briggs’ retirement
You know, obviously for me to have a chance in my first year as a head coach in the league to have a s–a trainer that has such extensive experience and has worked with so many coaches, has been terrific for me just as a resource, and someone to really support me. So on a personal level, you know, I’m gonna miss him. I know the organization…will certainly miss him as well. I also know that at some point, you know, it’s time, and that’s what he’s told me, just that there’s a level — he’s given so much to the game, and now it’s time for him to give a little more to himself, see his family, take a deep breath, and travel less. And, but he’ll always be a part of what we’re doing, and for me personally, in my first year, it’s, I’m just really grateful that he was here.
** Snyder, asked what’s his pick for play of the year
[Trevor] Book[er]’s shot? I forgot about Book’s volleyball shot…That’s a tough one to beat. I don’t know that you see that one in a decade. So, if you made me choose — otherwise I’d say something that no one would agree with, ’cause it would have, it’d be like from practice or something…something, you know, that only a coach would like. So, I don’t have that one for you. There’s too many of ’em…I didn’t know Book was a setter until that moment. So. Karch Kiraly.

naked steve brown

** Rodney Hood on Gary Briggs’ retirement
Man, it’s emotional. You know, that’s a guy who I’ve grown close to. You know, obviously, probably didn’t want to ’cause of injuries, but at the same time, you know, he’s a great friend of mine. You know, a guy I spent a lot of time with, talking about stuff other than basketball. And what he’s meant to the Utah Jazz, you know, organization, you know, it’s huge. You know, and, you know, and in future years, I’m gonna miss him on the sidelines.

briggs jersey

Post-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder, asked if he drew up the Rodney Hood – Bryce Cotton alley-oop
Yes. Yes. It was something that we actually asked him this morning, and, ’cause Justin [Zanik] was telling me they throw lobs for him in Austin. I said, “Well, I lived in Austin once.” So, we, I asked him, and he had a little wrinkle of the play, and we tried to put it in something we do, and Rodney threw — I’m not sure if Rodney threw a good pass or a bad pass, or that Bryce just jumps that high. So, it was fun to see.
** Snyder, asked how proud is he of the team
I’m proud of ’em. There’s, unequivocally, I don’t know how to express that any other way than just to state it that simply. And I’m proud of the fact that they’ve committed to each day. And the days aren’t always easy. You know, whether it be practice or games, they, but they’ve just toed the line constantly, and that’s a group, whether everybody’s back next year, some of the g–ho–whatever, you know, happens going forward, it’s a season, I think, that us as a team can look at and hopefully a lot of our players individually can use it as a starting point or a, you know, a springboard or whatever the case may be, that hopefully everybody’s gotten a little better through the process and we’ve gotten better as a group as well.

rudy-amareSometimes, all you can do is laugh.

** Rudy Gobert, asked what he’ll remember most about this season
I would say the growth. You know, we got better and we all understood how important it is to play defense. I think that’s the main thing. Now everybody knows what important it is, and we know that next season, we gonna be — we still got one more game, but we know that [next] season, when we come to training camp we already know the mindset we need to have.
** Gobert, asked what was it about the coaching staff that was able to get so much out of this team
I think they work hard, you know? They don’t have a lot of rest. Coach Snyder and everybody’s focused. You know, everybody’s really focused on his job, and everybody wants to win. And when you got this will to win, everybody gets better and we get the results. You know, and they came a little bit late this year, but next year we gonna have the same group, almost the same group, and we gonna start on good base.
** Rodney Hood on his alley-oop pass to Bryce Cotton
It was a play out of a timeout. Coach wanted me to get the ball and Bryce to come off a back screen. He didn’t really say throw the lob, and, but you know, [Cotton] was open. He got a good head start, and I wanted to make him go get it ’cause I know Bryce can jump. So he went up and got it, and it was an amazing play…I was glad he caught it, ’cause I would’ve came out the game if he didn’t.
** Rodney Hood, asked “How good can Rodney Hood be?”
I think I can be a really good player in this league, you know, especially with the tutelage of our coaches, general managers, people just helping me on my game. And you know, I think the sky’s the limit, but I just gotta continue to listen and stay humble, and you know, continue to listen to my teammates and try to get better.

** Joe Ingles on Bryce Cotton’s performance
We’ve seen some w–pretty, actually, seen better [dunks] than that in practice. But, I actually missed the first one ’cause I was talking to Jeremy [Evans]. But I’ll have to check it on video. But, no, I mean, he played great…He had an opportunity tonight, obviously with Trey [Burke] out and Dante [Exum] getting two stitches for the smallest cut I’ve ever seen in my life. But yeah, he got some extended minutes, and like I said, took advantage of it.
** Trevor Booker, asked what was it about the coaching staff that was able to get so much out of this team
You know, I don’t know. They just, we knew they worked hard. They put in a tremendous amount of effort, watching film on the planes, coming back late, watching film. I mean it’s just a mutual respect, you know, on both sides, and you know, we, both sides, they trust each other, and that’s the biggest thing.
** Booker on Bryce Cotton’s dunk
Oh my. It was sick. I mean, he’s, like, 5-2…It was crazy…It was pretty nasty.

notting hill

** Bryce Cotton, asked “Who is Bryce Cotton?”
I’m just a kid that just keeps trying to prove himself over and over, and I’m just definitely very blessed.
** Bryce Cotton on his alley-oop
Me and coach had talked about it earlier in the day after walk-through, ’cause I used to catch lobs in the D-League, and we ended up right in that play, basically, tonight, and it worked.
** Chris Johnson on what he tried to do tonight
Just being aggressive. You know, doing, giving what the defense taking me. Plus I’m trying to be a leader on the court. You know, a couple of the key guys are out, so just trying to make up for that, you know, that category. You know, play hard. Play defense. You know, trying to be vocal to the guys and just set a tone.
** Johnson, asked why he looks so comfortable in the system
I just know my role, you know? I know my spots and my positions. You know, I know how coach want to use me, so you know, just trying to get comfortable with the guys. You know, be consistent at what I do, and enjoy it.

Random Stuff, etc.
** People calling Al-Farouq Aminu “Amino” for the nth straight year: Craig Bolerjack and Matt Harpring
** According to Steve Brown, he asked Gary Briggs what was his favorite Jazz memory and Briggs’ answer was an off-day in New York when he and John Stockton went to the Statue of Liberty to look for their heritage.
** Jerry Sloan, applauding Subway Sub of the Game Gary Briggs:

jerry 413

** Finally, Matt Harpring tries Vegemite:



Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Matt Harpring on tip-off: Stoudemire kind of looked at Rudy and was like, “Really? You’re this long?”
Craig Bolerjack: Hahahaha. (H/T @RxMike12)
** Harpring on replay of Rudy Gobert’s missed dunk: Watch him cock it back a little bit more than he usually does. He cocks it right behind, and then he goes, “Oop,” and it didn’t go in.
** Harpring on Vegemite: I don’t think you’re supposed to take it straight. (H/T @bjcseven)
** Harpring to Boler: Who wants a bun? What are you talking about? (H/T @RxMike12)
** Media to Rodney Hood on his pass to Bryce Cotton: Did you put it where you wanted it? Was it right on target?

Red denotes most recent game.

game 81

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

Utah Jazz vs. Dallas Mavericks: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

April 14, 2015
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Mavs Moneyball.

Parsons suffered a setback and could miss game 1 of the playoffs! So unlucky.

by B.Cardinal4MVP on Apr 13, 2015 | 7:23 PM

Buckle up, gonna be a bumpy ride
The Richard Jefferson Playoff Experience awaits.

by The_M23 on Apr 13, 2015 | 7:32 PM

They’ll be starting 3 rookies
and a second year guy.

by young guns on Apr 13, 2015 | 8:04 PM

sigh utah streams everywhere. mute i guess
by veyronp87 on Apr 13, 2015 | 8:08 PM

yep :(
by suckmybigdirk on Apr 13, 2015 | 8:11 PM

Gobert is like a young Tyson
by young guns on Apr 13, 2015 | 8:12 PM

we honestly have the best flopping backcourt with DH and JJ
by veyronp87 on Apr 13, 2015 | 8:32 PM

how come jj cant jump like their little guy
by young guns on Apr 13, 2015 | 8:41 PM

Big Dirk>Gober
by suckmybigdirk on Apr 13, 2015 | 8:59 PM

I know this game doesn’t mean anything…
but damn this line-up sucks. Rondo, Felton, and CV are at least trying. Stat looks like he doesn’t care, and RJ is nowhere to be seen.

by B.Cardinal4MVP on Apr 13, 2015 | 9:33 PM

Funny how the announcer just noted ‘Dallas ist missing some guys, but we are missing Hayward! And these guys are still playing basketball!’
while playing against the Mavs bench lol

by DirkKnowChipsKey on Apr 13, 2015 | 9:49 PM

by dimitriouss on Apr 13, 2015 | 9:50 PM

literally 4/5 of our starting 5 plus devin
by veyronp87 on Apr 13, 2015 | 9:50 PM

three of their starters + burke are out.
They have 7 rookies.

by young guns on Apr 13, 2015 | 9:52 PM

There damn rookies are kickin our vet bench’s ass.
by young guns on Apr 13, 2015 | 9:49 PM

I’m pretty damn sure these young guns (sorry had to do it)…
would beat a lot of bench teams. Maybe not the Spurs’, but a lot of other teams.

by B.Cardinal4MVP on Apr 13, 2015 | 9:51 PM

yeah they’re good
by young guns on Apr 13, 2015 | 9:57 PM

Bits from Dennis Lindsey Interview, 4/10

April 13, 2015
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On off-season considerations
There’s been enough times with arrows pointed in certain directions that you don’t wanna overreact and get reckless. But I think, it’s safe to say we’re, a couple of the debates and deliberations are maybe a little ahead of schedule, if you will, and, about what the right thing to do to complement the group. Do you even try to complement the group? Do you just let ’em continue to grow, and, so you don’t upset the, you know, the chemistry that you have?

Our chemistry’s really strong and we feel good about it, but it’s fairly new…There’s a lotta questions that we have to get with coaches in the off-season and share, and think about what we need from a skillset standpoint, what we need from an experience standpoint, and maybe some things that the coaches don’t want as well.

So, it’s safe to say that, you know, we’d like to be delicate and precise if we add to the group, and sometimes that’s possible, and sometimes that’s not. And if it’s not possible, then we’ll slow-growth it and go step by step with a very young but promising group. …

Certainly with, you know, our three picks this year, I think, you know, to be frank, there’s a decent chance we could look at some trade options that may be available to us.

What’s the most important thing when you’re analyzing college players?
Boy, yeah, there’s so many things. Ther–the medical is huge. The, you always wanna get back to your previous scouting reports and weigh those against the video file that you built up, and make sure you saw what you saw in the context in which you saw it.

And so, the interview, and just, no, there’s no one question that you can ask that is gonna provide you a certainty whether this guy’s a fit. But there’s an overall vibe and a feel that a player would, you know, typically puts off. …

So, you know, you get that gut. You get that feel on which guys could fit ya, which guys are humble enough to be able to handle a, an honest, you know, draft assessment, and you know, where you could fit, and you’re gonna have to bide your time and you may have to play in the D-League…

Typically we haven’t skipped steps with giving a young guy too much too soon, and so, when you deliver all those messages, you know, how receptive guys are to that, you know, is a big part of the equation as well. So, there’s no one piece, but there’s a lotta things that you’re trying to get as complete a picture as possible.

** Dennis Lindsey on whether there are GMs out there he doesn’t care to discuss trades with, Unintentional Dirty Quote Machine: There’ve been those guys in the past. You know me, I wouldn’t name names. But yeah, you get chemistry with some guys, and you feel like you’re able to pull things out…You need to anticipate a little bit of what someone may want, and then you gotta figure out whether you’re willing to give up what they want to get what you want.

Is there a value to Joe Ingles’ personality to your club regardless of how he plays? What’s a guy like Ingles’ future with the Jazz?
We’ll see going forward, but I’ll say this. He has exceeded our expectations as a teammate, as a competitor, as someone who’s been ready to play NBA basketball. And look, a real key asset that we have is Dante Exum, and we didn’t want Dante to be on an island. But that’s not enough to get Joe or anybody else on a roster. You have to have merit as a player. …

There’s certainly an intangible quality that Joe and teammates like Joe have, that can make a group and individual players feel good about themselves. But at the end of the day, we’ll, you know, he’s an NBA player. I think he’s proved that this year, and he’s a free agent, and I think he’ll have a good market, and hopefully his experience has been one that’s been good enough here that, you know, he’ll consider us when the time comes.

quin snyder recipe

What’s the one thing about Quin Snyder that has convinced the team to buy into everything he’s selling?
Oh boy. I don’t, there’s so many. And so, you’d have to choose from the top. I’d say driven. He’s a driven man, and you, the, you know, the looks and the charisma, intelligence, communicate — communication skills, those are all easy marks for Quin, and in a weird way, ha–maybe even worked against him at times, just based upon misconceptions.

But he’s very driven, and then you add in a dose of humility, you know, a pinch of curiosity. I think, he, he’s just, he’s able to tread a fine line of being able to really coach and lead a group in a strong, serious way, but yet, you know, the group likes him and they respond to him.

So, I think because of that, and his, you know, previous experience of being a head coach at Missouri and in Austin, he’s got a couple different pitches he can deliver, and it’s not always a fastball. I think he knows when to change speeds on the team, and so, you know, I think as he continues to gain experience and understands this group and as the group really has a, even a clearer ideal and more continuity going forward, I think he’ll be able to really organize us and lead us effectively. …

At the end of the day, I think relative to game plans, I don’t think players — they’re very diverse in their backgrounds. So, I don’t think they think about black, white, orange, yellow, big, small, played in the league or not. They want to know that a coach can give ’em a plan to win, and how they’re part of it.

And so, I think if a coach can consistently stay on point on all of those, you know, just fundamental bedrock things to be a head coach in the league, that they can have a successful career, you know, in the NBA, and yet come from much different backgrounds with, no matter what your color or nationality or religious beliefs or your basketball-playing experience as a player, you know, I don’t think, I think players see through that real quick.

And so, fortunately, Quin’s, you know, unique in many ways, but I think that our group of players see those core qualities, and hopefully that means a, just a real long-term, solid relationship here with the Salt Lake City community. (1280)

Bits from Randy Rigby Interview, 4/8

April 13, 2015

First time I can remember that 1280 failed to post an interview.

rr tweet 1

rr tweet 2

On a related note, wonder if Rigby is angrily dialing Adam Silver’s number after Quin Snyder decided to rest Derrick Favors and Gordon Hayward last night. Here’s Rigby on Gregg Popovich’s decision to rest Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili against the Jazz at the end of the season a few years ago:

rigby on spurs resting players

Game 80 of 82: Utah Jazz at Portland Trail Blazers (37-43)

April 12, 2015


Post-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder on the game and Trevor Booker’s performance
You know, any time you see guys that get an opportunity like that, and you feel their excitement, and, it’s great. You know, Trevor Booker was amazing. And he really got — he scored a lot, but he got it within the flow of the game. He was never, he was patient. And Bryce [Cotton] and Eli[jah Millsap] and Chris [Johnson] and Jack [Cooley] came in and gave us some good minutes. And it’s just, it’s always — Jeremy [Evans] was terrific as well. And so, it’s fun to see those guys do that. … We may have gone for it tonight harder than we’ve gone for it in a while.
** Snyder on Rodney Hood
I mean, he anchors you. When he’s in the game, it allows you to kind of have some different lineups, ’cause he gives you some scoring and he can create a shot, which, you know, when the clock runs down, to have a guy that can get a good shot or get to the line — I thought late in the game, his ability to get to the foul line was really big.


** Trevor Booker on his performance
It was just one of those games where, you know, I got going early. I hit my first shot, then my second shot, and that’s where it all started…My teammates did a good job of penetration and kicking out to me, and I got a couple of drives, got a couple of shots, and we got the job done.
** Jeremy Evans on staying a professional but still enjoying playing time when he gets it
It’s always fun, just to go out and help my teammates any way I can…Them watching me, showing that, some of the other guys, they also, you know, don’t play as much, but it’s, goes to show that, just pay attention, you know, time’s gonna come that, you know, you’re gonna be put in this position to go out and play. And that’s what you gotta do. That’s, this is your job.
** Evans, asked “What’s it like to be able to look into the rim?”
It’s great. You know, I still sh–I feel like a couple things that I could’ve done better is a couple dunks. They were like, “Man, you used to make those.” I’m like, “Yeah, must be getting old, so.”
** Rodney Hood on Trevor Booker’s big game
I’ve been working with him, you know, after practice, getting shots up. (laughs)
** Hood on playing with contact
You know, I always like contact. You know, I had to adjust, you know, ’cause at the beginning of the season I was going, getting a lotta charges, running over people. Now, I’m being more patient, and you know, being smarter about using contact and not getting fouls. So, I just gotta continue to be aggressive and you know, use my length.
** Hood on Bryce Cotton’s performance
It was a period of time when Bryce got in, he just took over the game. You know, and he was electrifying on both ends, and you know, we needed that tonight.

In the house:

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Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Matt Harpring’s Keys to the Game:

matt's dirty keys

** Craig Bolerjack: Chris Johnson indeed in the locker room right now, getting stretched out by, uh, the Jazz massage therapist, Doug Birrell. So, he’s working on him in the back room. Hey, nothing better than Doug. (H/T @5kl)

Red denotes most recent game.

game 80

Thanks to @j32jam for the assist on the W-L record tonight.

Utah Jazz at Portland Trail Blazers: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

April 12, 2015
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Blazer’s Edge.

They are resting Favors and Hayward……..for what?????
by LaMarvelous on Apr 11, 2015 | 5:55 PM

Utah bigs are young and talented. Nice future they’ve got.
Trey Burke might never shoot over 40% tho.

by bowdown on Apr 11, 2015 | 7:02 PM

But he may shoot 40% of his team’s shots
by AUS2PDX on Apr 11, 2015 | 7:04 PM

Dante Exum needs to find an accent and stick to it!!!!
by Mortimer on Apr 11, 2015 | 7:07 PM

Damn that’s a pretty rag-tag starting lineup for the Jazz
by bowdown on Apr 11, 2015 | 7:12 PM

Who da heck is Trevor Booker
by KingWes on Apr 11, 2015 | 7:13 PM

by KingWes on Apr 11, 2015 | 7:15 PM

Yooo Booker this isn’t your game stop it
by KingWes on Apr 11, 2015 | 7:17 PM

There should be a report on the laziness of team’s announcers
by Mortimer on Apr 11, 2015 | 7:18 PM

Wow…Utah announcers still calling him Miles Leonard…
by bowdown on Apr 11, 2015 | 7:17 PM

If any NBA coach moonlit as a serial killer of street walkers, I think we know who it would be
by pklym on Apr 11, 2015 | 7:20 PM

Quin Snyder has DEFINITELY shot up a bank before…
by KingWes on Apr 11, 2015 | 7:21 PM

anybody got the twitter handle for this Utah color commentator?
by pklym on Apr 11, 2015 | 7:27 PM

It’s driving me nuts too
by Mortimer on Apr 11, 2015 | 7:27 PM

Call him Miles again, please, do it
by AUS2PDX on Apr 11, 2015 | 7:31 PM

I said it after the last game we played them, but they are a special kind of horrible
by pklym on Apr 11, 2015 | 7:33 PM

Somebody take Utah’s coach out
Before he kills Batman or something

by AUS2PDX on Apr 11, 2015 | 7:33 PM

Who pissed off Booker?
by iamBlackout on Apr 11, 2015 | 7:37 PM

A Blazer just dived on the ball and the Utah colour guy praised Utah’s hustle
by AUS2PDX on Apr 11, 2015 | 7:48 PM

CJ is on FIYAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
by LaMarvelous on Apr 11, 2015 | 7:55 PM

by KingWes on Apr 11, 2015 | 7:55 PM

CJ is the man!!!!!!!!!
by blazermaniac32 on Apr 11, 2015 | 7:56 PM

ya but who’s Rodney Hood and this Trever dude
by BlazeOnBlazers on Apr 11, 2015 | 7:56 PM

What do we want from the Grizzlies/Clippers game?
by SlickRick1987 on Apr 11, 2015 | 8:01 PM

Chris Paul
by JonathanPDX on Apr 11, 2015 | 8:01 PM

back to 10 down….this could be a long night.
by BlazeOnBlazers on Apr 11, 2015 | 8:04 PM

I am not enjoying this game.
by JonathanPDX on Apr 11, 2015 | 8:06 PM

Double digit halftime deficit

by axel360 on Apr 11, 2015 | 8:07 PM

And ooops there goes that Trevor dude w assist from that Rodney guy to end quarter. Those guys are good. I guess I need to check Jazz player stats more…..?
by BlazeOnBlazers on Apr 11, 2015 | 8:09 PM

They’re not really great. Portland’s D involves a bunch of players who rarely spend time together
And they look kinda uninspired on top of it.

by Timmay! on Apr 11, 2015 | 8:10 PM

oh my god, Utah announcers called him Meyers, stop the presses
by pklym on Apr 11, 2015 | 8:24 PM

10 point halftime deficit erased in 1:32
by axel360 on Apr 11, 2015 | 8:25 PM

Exum can hit 3s now?
by axel360 on Apr 11, 2015 | 8:27 PM

Someone put a leash on Booker
by Bib Fortuna on Apr 11, 2015 | 8:29 PM

Quin Snyder looks like a slimy movie villain
by SlickRick1987 on Apr 11, 2015 | 8:33 PM

American Psycho
by pklym on Apr 11, 2015 | 8:33 PM

Gobert looks like Xerxes from 300
by Bib Fortuna on Apr 11, 2015 | 8:37 PM

by SlickRick1987 on Apr 11, 2015 | 8:45 PM

MVP for Booker
by pklym on Apr 11, 2015 | 8:46 PM

Blake vs Gobert. LOL.
by gumbypuppy on Apr 11, 2015 | 8:53 PM

Cottonballs is killing us
by blazermaniac32 on Apr 11, 2015 | 8:58 PM

Well…this is frustrating
by SlickRick1987 on Apr 11, 2015 | 9:00 PM

13-0 run???? Are you kidding me????
by pdxthomastran on Apr 11, 2015 | 9:01 PM

Jazz should always go inside
It’s either foul or score for them.

by SlickRick1987 on Apr 11, 2015 | 9:03 PM

I’m kind of in “yay the game’s almost over” mode, I have to admit.
by Timmay! on Apr 11, 2015 | 9:05 PM

every. single. possession. they. get. a .whistle.
by pklym on Apr 11, 2015 | 9:10 PM

Wow…Lopez got Gobert to bite on the fake
And Gobert still blocked it…impressive.

by SlickRick1987 on Apr 11, 2015 | 9:11 PM

by SlickRick1987 on Apr 11, 2015 | 9:11 PM

well poop
by BlazerFanInSeattle on Apr 11, 2015 | 9:16 PM

Booker MVP
by BlazerFanInSeattle on Apr 11, 2015 | 9:17 PM

no foul????????????
by KingWes on Apr 11, 2015 | 9:17 PM

LOL…we’re not the Jazz
The refs can only call so many fouls…and they’ve used them all up on Utah

by SlickRick1987 on Apr 11, 2015 | 9:18 PM

36 from Booker
by BlazerFanInSeattle on Apr 11, 2015 | 9:28 PM

and who was guarding him?
by mybad on Apr 11, 2015 | 9:29 PM

Apparently NOBODY!!!!
by LaMarvelous on Apr 11, 2015 | 9:30 PM

Game 79 of 82: Utah Jazz vs. Memphis Grizzlies (36-43)

April 11, 2015


Post-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder on the scoreless four-minute stretch late in the fourth quarter
We got good shots. You know, I mean, we had some clean looks, and you know, obviously [the Grizzlies] had a lot to do with it. You know, that’s one of the best defensive teams in the league, and I think [they’re] playing well…That was the kind of game that I was hopeful we’d be in. You know, obviously we would love to win it, but that’s the experience we want, that opportunity to compete.
** Snyder on Bryce Cotton’s performance and what he brings to the team
Yeah, I mean, he’s quick. I think the thing, I mean, I told him before one timeout when I thought he passed up — you know, I, when he gets a clean look, I want him to shoot it. You know, and they go under, I want him to shoot it. That — he’s a really good shooter. And I’ve seen him in practice. You know, we, you know, we’ve put him through the hundred shots, hundred threes, and, so there — I have a lot of confidence in him doing that, and, so I, obviously I thought his buckets were opportune when he got ’em, and we had a good stretch of pick and roll in transition in that second quarter, and he was, you know, a big part of the reason.

** Gordon Hayward on his free throws
Hit the first two. Those were the tough ones, so. Just missed the last one.
** Hayward on the game
You know, just, they made the plays and we didn’t, so.

rudy-rod-oopRudy Gobert on his salute: “It’s been a while, so I had to do it today.”

** Rudy Gobert on the game
We played hard the whole game. We did a couple mistakes first quarter, but except that, we played great. You know, we shared the ball. We played tough defense. We hustled on the rebounds. We got couple fouls, but that’s a very physical team, so I think we did a good job on this area of the game.
** Gobert, asked how badly he feels for Gordon Hayward
I think it’s frustrating, but you know, it’s a free throw. You can’t make every shot.

rudy-big-head-saluteShoutout to this guy.

** Rodney Hood, asked how badly he feels for Gordon Hayward
We shouldn’t have been in that position in the first place. We shoulda, you know, stretched out the lead a little bit. You know, made some plays on the defensive end, and you know, I mean, you know, we, everybody knows we got Gordon’s back.
** Hood, asked if he plays the “what if” game and wonders how his season would have gone if he’d been healthy the entire year
Yeah, sometimes I do. You know, but, you know, I just look forward to the future. Work hard and you know, try to make sure it doesn’t happen again.


Random Stuff, etc.
** People calling Rudy Gobert “Rudy G”: Matt Harpring
** A Stockton is coming back to the NBA!

david stockton

** Trey Burke’s baby came in second in the baby crawling contest:

Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Matt Harpring: Vince [Carter] is just in the stands glad-handing people. (H/T @FrankNooch)
** Steve Brown to Johnnie Bryant at halftime: The big fella came alive for you.
** Harpring: Nothing against Booker. He just doesn’t have the size of Favors.
** Craig Bolerjack to Harpring on Jeremy Evans saving a loose ball: Right in front of us! I thought he was going to sit on your lap.
** Harpring during review of out-of-bounds ball: There’s a hand. Ooh, that’s not a, that’s probably not the best angle.
** Boler on the Jazz’s last possession: Favs, jumps it. No. Hayward puts it up. No. Tip-in, no, by Gobert.
** Boler on 0.2 seconds remaining in the game: You can do a lot in two-tenths. (H/T @5kl)
** Harpring on Rudy Gobert dunk: This one was special. I like the cock-back of Gobert. (H/T @AllThatAmar)
** Rodney Hood on Gordon Hayward’s missed free throw: You know, it could happen to anybody.

Red denotes most recent game.

game 79

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

Utah Jazz vs. Memphis Grizzlies: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

April 11, 2015
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Grizzly Bear Blues.

Gonna miss this one…
Have to go out for my anniversary dinner. No Conley tonight.
Hope the guys can come out strong and win a much needed game tonight. I think SAS is looking strong to against Houston tonight…

by asif74 on Apr 10, 2015 | 8:05 PM

what anniversary is more important…
than a griz regular season game against a sub 500 team???
We aint friends no more

by Fajotni on Apr 10, 2015 | 8:24 PM

And there goes the lead
I sure wish aggressive, ass stomping Zbo would show up tonight

by Vincent Torello on Apr 10, 2015 | 9:02 PM

And now nobody has the lead.
by Okitech623 on Apr 10, 2015 | 9:15 PM

Come on Grizz. Let’s go.
by Okitech623 on Apr 10, 2015 | 9:56 PM

I left, what happened?
by Vincent Torello on Apr 10, 2015 | 10:28 PM

we won…
dont worry how…

by Fajotni on Apr 10, 2015 | 10:28 PM

Thank god
That game took a year off of my life

by hueyproductions on Apr 10, 2015 | 10:28 PM

That moment when life imitates emoji…

April 10, 2015

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Game 78 of 82: Utah Jazz vs. Sacramento Kings (36-42)

April 9, 2015

Sadly, the Sim Bhullar – Rudy Gobert matchup was not to be.

History made (first NBA bucket by a player of Indian descent):


Jazz subplot:


rudy tweet

Pre-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder on whether he intends to rest his starters more in the remainder of the season
I think it’s, you know, it makes sense at this point in the year to try to take a look at certain guys. It makes sense to be conscious of your guys’ health. The last thing you want to do is, you know, have an injury the last week, where someone goes into the off-season having to, you know, rehabilitate something as opposed to being able to make progress. So, it’s something we’re gonna continue, you know, keep, you know, keep in mind.
** Snyder, asked which parts of his message have changed over the course of the season and how much has stayed consistence since Day 1
I think the whole season, and every season and every year is gonna be about adjustments…We went in the year, in part me thinking that I wanted to really push the ball. That clearly for me was an adjustment to our group. It became more effective offensively when we made teams guard us, and we were able to pass the ball more. We haven’t been a great-shooting team, so for us to quick-shoot just didn’t make a lot of sense.

Defensively, I think we got more aggressive. You know, it felt like we weren’t — some of it was doing the same stuff and just doing it better, but I think the intensity level defensively, particularly on the ball and our wings helped us. So I think as a coach, you just, you have to — that’s why we watch all the film.

And sometimes players show you. You know, you begin to see, hey, you know, I felt like in the beginning of the year that [Derrick] Fav[ors] was a better shooter maybe than people thought, and encouraged him to not only practice that shot, but take it. You know, and I think he responded.

And I feel that way about Rudy. You know, I think Rudy’s offensive skills and his offensive game, it’s gonna be, you know, there’s gonna be progress there, and I have some ideas where it’ll be. He’s, Rudy’s free throws, I mean, people, his free throws last year versus his free throws this year, what an improvement. And he expects to make everything.

So, there’s constant adjustments that your players help you make as they get better…Trey [Burke] right now finishing, you know, his floater and his game, in, at the rim and the restricted area’s much, much better. And that’s changed some of the things he can do in pick and roll. So, we like to put him in different spots on the floor to, you know, to help facilitate that.

So, to be more specific and answer your question, both. You know, we’ve adapted all the way around, and by the lengthy, long-winded answer, clearly it’s something I think a lot about.

** Gordon Hayward, asked if he’d like to see the bench playing the entire fourth quarter again
You know, for us, it’s about getting better each game, and if [Snyder] feels like, you know, us getting better is by letting the young guys, you know, run, and play, then that’s what it is. So you know, I’m always ready to play, always willing to play, and it is what it is.

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Post-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder on the game
I think in the second half, we really got offense off our defense. You know, I don’t think the, to a man, the first half, that we were as active. [The Kings] played really hard. I thought they played harder than us. There wasn’t a lot for us to feel good about at halftime. And our guys that started the second half…I thought they really raised their level. And then the guys that came in off the bench did the same thing.

quin-you-and-meQuin Snyder come-ons

** Derrick Favors, asked if he’s happy with where he’s getting the ball
Yeah, definitely. You know, coach talk to me all the time about expanding my game outside the paint, around the free-throw-line area. You know, whether it’s making a play, shooting the ball, making a pass, just, you know, just being aggressive offensively. And he’s just always talking to me about expanding my game, and you know, I’m just trying to work on it.
** Favors on Rodney Hood’s progression
Rod’s good, man. You know, he’s —
Trevor Booker: He’s aight.
Favors: He aight…Rod aight. You know, he making a lot of open shots, being a go-to guy for us when me and Gordon [Hayward] sit down. Shooting the ball extremely well. Making big plays down the stretch…You know, he’s playing at a high level right now.
** Favors on Dante Exum’s off-balance buzzer beater
I thought he was gon miss. I was like, “Man, what Dante doing?” But you know, he made the shot, so I was like, “Man, good shot, man.”
** Favors, asked whether he’s ever seen anyone as big as Sim Bhullar
Nah…I played against Yao Ming my rookie year, but you know, he’s bigger than Yao. So yeah, that was a big guy.


** Trey Burke on why this team can win on the road, compared to last year’s team
I think just getting out to a great start. Coming out with the edge, playing, coming out, playing with an edge and not digging yourself in a hole. That was one of our biggest problems last season, was coming out and teams would get up 10 to 20 points on us…I think that’s something we’re better at this year.
** Rodney Hood on Quin Snyder
I mean, coach just has the same demeanor every single day. You know, he demands precision. He demands, you know, guys to, you know, be focused every single day, and you know, it’s carried over to the game. You know, tonight it carried over to the second half. And you know, it, we know it’s tough. You know, we’re probably not gonna make the playoffs this year, and you know, it’s easy to let down. But he’s the same way every single day in practice and it rubs off on us.

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Random Stuff, etc.
** People calling Rudy Gobert “the Eiffel Tower”: Craig Bolerjack
** People calling Mike Wells “Wellsy”: Steve Brown
** People calling Joe Ingles “Big Joe,” “Jingling Joe” and “Down Under Ingles” in a 5-second span: Craig Bolerjack
** H/T @5kl:


Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Dante Exum on how adding a mid-range step-back has given him confidence to go into the paint: When you go in there, just knowing you have a, you know, a set of moves that you can do if something happens, you know, it obviously gives you confidence just to go in there, and I’m gonna keep working on it so I get, go in there even more.
** Gordon Hayward on his expanded role on the team: I think it’s been a little bit bigger load. You know, it’s been a little more intense this year.
** Craig Bolerjack: We saw the Kings Sunday night in Sacramento, and yes, Quin did ride the rookies.
** Boler to Ron Boone: I know that you’re still quick-handed, and I have a lotta trust in you up front…but…I’m always on guard. ‏(H/T @its_computers)
** Exum on his 3-point shooting tonight: You know, they just opened up for me.

Red denotes most recent game.

game 78

Thanks to @Mark_R_Pereira and @dianaallen for the assist on the W-L record tonight.


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