Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Golden State of Mind.
Remember two seasons ago when Draymond would have won DPOY if the East Coast voters didn’t leave him off their ballot entirely
by belilaugh on Apr 10, 2017 | 7:31 PM
Reasoning, if you were curious
I have… watched him kick another dude in the junk and punch an MVP in his injured wrist #notmyvote https://t.co/Hf5YGNYEW8
— Steve Kyler (@stevekylerNBA) April 11, 2017
by belilaugh on Apr 10, 2017 | 7:35 PM
Funny that this guy leaves him off of his ballot because of two plays that have nothing to do with defense
Integrity at the highest right there
by DontcallmeIggy on Apr 10, 2017 | 7:41 PM
In other news:
his vote for NBA MVP went to Shumpert for his rap career, Geico Gecko at #2, and Steve from Accounting at #3.
just be proud that the guy can figure out how to log in to a Twitter account
by airgetlam on Apr 10, 2017 | 7:47 PM
Steve Kyler: go fuck yourself.
by Bout De Souffle on Apr 10, 2017 | 7:52 PM
i wont be surprised if he actually likes giving it to himself
in the behind
by TriValleyTrey on Apr 10, 2017 | 8:03 PM
I havent heard of BBallInsiders until I clicked on his twitter account
This is what the NBA now considers as national media worthy of voting for the awards?!?
by TriValleyTrey on Apr 10, 2017 | 7:43 PM
Not to say I called it
But I called it. The ‘impartial media’ are actually a bunch of white stunted frat boys who don’t like uppity types like Dray.
by BKisforSF on Apr 10, 2017 | 8:07 PM
the diaw/green matchup is the low key terrifying matchup if we face the jazz. diaw always kills green for some reason
by AJC3317 on Apr 10, 2017 | 7:45 PM
Rookie trying to take on Gobert at the rim lol
by Badly Browned on Apr 10, 2017 | 7:50 PM
He was so brave…R.I.P McCaw
by EJ Rogers on Apr 10, 2017 | 7:52 PM
give us Clips, Spurs, and Cavs then give the league the finger on any excuse they throw at us
by Rhino- on Apr 10, 2017 | 7:59 PM
Dubs will pull away
by KillaE415 on Apr 10, 2017 | 8:06 PM
Gonna be so hard to guard Steph, KD, and Klay for 40 mins a game LOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!
by Delejayn on Apr 10, 2017 | 8:07 PM
Why is old man Hill chucking 3s
by the Stranger on Apr 10, 2017 | 8:08 PM
If we won tonight
You are welcome “Clippers” your team suck so much… you need our help to secure homecourt!
by mykelala01 on Apr 10, 2017 | 8:08 PM
Look like Jazz wants this game more than the Dubs
by mykelala01 on Apr 10, 2017 | 8:14 PM
maybe we should just rest
by bogut on Apr 10, 2017 | 8:15 PM
Damn struggle city
by dis_guy_john on Apr 10, 2017 | 8:17 PM
i don’t remember ingles being this much of a playmaker. he’s been impressive
by AJC3317 on Apr 10, 2017 | 8:26 PM
Draymond just shut up mehn…DAMN!
by Delejayn on Apr 10, 2017 | 8:34 PM
Gobert never complains about refereeing, nice
by Derek Knight on Apr 10, 2017 | 8:34 PM
by Delejayn on Apr 10, 2017 | 8:35 PM
Maybe he should. He’s gotten hacked on a few plays earlier in the game.
by The Legend of Zen: Phil and the Triforce on Apr 10, 2017 | 8:36 PM
Gobert just warps the gameplan so much when he’s in there
Hard not to think of how Steph warps the defense.
Can’t be mad if he wins the DPOY…unless he wins it because idiots like Steve Kyler leave Dray off the ballot entirely.
by belilaugh on Apr 10, 2017 | 8:37 PM
Shouldn’t complain, but
Same exact team with Gobert in place of Zaza. 82-0?
by belilaugh on Apr 10, 2017 | 8:45 PM
Almost positive Curry missed that layup because he was scared of Gobert
Little did he know Gobert wasn’t anywhere close
by belilaugh on Apr 10, 2017 | 8:56 PM
LOL Dray’s such a scumbag
by belilaugh on Apr 10, 2017 | 8:57 PM
Green passed right into the Jazz players back lol
by Badly Browned on Apr 10, 2017 | 8:58 PM
Dray can’t take Diaw off the dribble
by the Stranger on Apr 10, 2017 | 9:02 PM
Kerr look like the kid next door 80’s look
Against the Jazz 80’s villain coach
by mykelala01 on Apr 10, 2017 | 9:11 PM
Clark is playing like trash
by sameba on Apr 10, 2017 | 9:35 PM
Potential 2nd round matchup
Maybe Kerr not trying to show them too much
by DontcallmeIggy on Apr 10, 2017 | 9:38 PM
Yeah, I think Utah’s got it
by ServantOfLuna on Apr 10, 2017 | 9:44 PM
RIP winning streak
by richstyle on Apr 10, 2017 | 9:45 PM
by the Stranger on Apr 10, 2017 | 9:45 PM
when did Gobert become the best Center in the NBA
he was like 8th of 9th last year
by the Stranger on Apr 10, 2017 | 10:04 PM
One. Quin Snyder on Shelvin Mack: One of the things you probably can’t see is that he really has the respect of his teammates. And you know, there are situations out there, because of his experience, he really is able to have a leadership role in many respects.
And you know, that’s even more surprising for a player, you know, that’s been out for a period of time, to have a chance with his, you know, with his teammates, with me, you know, to have that trust. And you know, I just can’t say enough about him and obviously he’s — you know, without him, you know, we may have [a worse record].
Snyder on Mack’s contributions of late: That’s why we traded for him last year…He stays involved mentally. You know, I think, for a guy to be out that long, he knows the plays better than I do. And, so there’s an immediate rapport that he has on the court, and a comfort level, because he’s prepared mentally.
And then I think the other thing is he’s connected with his teammates. You know, he’s never allowed himself to kind of, to detach, which is very difficult to do. And as a result, you know, at that position especially, he’s able to come in and provide some leadership capability moreso than you’d think from a guy that hasn’t played in a while.
Two. This last stretch of schedule has been brutal and late games are the worst.
Three. From John Stockton interview with Dan Patrick:
Stockton on how important playing 82 games was to him: [It was] pretty much everything. I mean, it’s such a privilege. I mean, I never took one day for granted. That was — and there’s, there are people that go to watch everybody. I mean, even if you’re a backup or — there’s people that go to watch you and see. I think it’s a really important thing to play every game, and to battle through little injuries in order to do so a lot of times.
Stockton on players resting: Jerry [Sloan] did limit us. He limited us in practice, especially in the last couple years of our careers. [Karl Malone and I] didn’t practice a whole heck of a lot, grudgingly. I mean, we liked to practice. That’s part of the fun, is going out there with the fellas, being part of the team.
So, even that we fought. But, and he limited my minutes a lot more than Karl’s towards the end as well. I just think that they felt Karl’s body would hold up better than my little body…I get that, but I didn’t enjoy it. I wanted to play every minute, just kind of, as if it were a ratball game.
Fellow former Jazzman Olden Polynice also had his say on the rest issue:
Four. Rudy Gobert’s teammates on his end-to-end Eurostep finish:
** Gordon Hayward: It was a, uh, it was a good move. Um, I don’t know if we want to see him do that regularly.
** Shelvin Mack: Uh, yeah, yeah. It’s nice. Pretty sure we’re gonna hear about it for the next few days. You know, he’s been working all year on that, so hopefully — hopefully it’ll be the last of that. But, we gon see.
** Joe Ingles: There were four dudes open.
Five. UGGGGGHHHHHHHHH. This is worse than what Rudy Gobert said in the first place.
Quin Snyder, asked if Gobert had tried talking to the team before his public comments and it didn’t work: Yeah. Well, I don’t — yeah. Let me try to process that a bit. I think that, you know, I think it’s what people are used to a little bit too. Like, there was a frustration and an angst about our team during that period. We weren’t playing great. We still hadn’t lost, other than Chicago. You know, the schedule was not friendly…
I think there was a frustration that was there, and as a result, you know, things maybe came out then that people thought about and expressed maybe in a softer, different way, and then it reached a point where it just kinda spilled out. I think a lot of people liked it, to be honest.
I mean, I heard — like, I was curious. I kinda asked what people thought, and there was people that I talked to that was like, “Good.” You know, “I’m glad someone said something.” And you know what? Like, I felt that way a little bit too. …
Kobe [Bryant] used to talk to Pau Gasol through the media. Pau never took offense to it…We don’t really have that yet within our team.
Dennis Lindsey, asked what he hopes Gobert learned the most: There’s basic English, right, and then there’s slang. There’s abbreviation. Then there’s basketball vernacular. And just, as an observer of basketball and of international basketball, it’s always interesting to me the international player that does have leadership qualities, but they’re trying to express themselves in a second language, and expressing themselves to different cultures.
So I think it’s a little bit of a unique test tube for all of us, for society at large that — basketball in particular’s, you’re so team-dependent, and therefore communication becomes even more important. And then trying to lead a group, and in Rudy’s case is somewhat soiling*, you know, his oats as a leader, and, the be–maybe the beginning of that, maybe planting himself as a leader is more appropriate — and then doing that in, you know, a tongue that’s not native to you. So it’s, to me, it’s interesting.
* Not a typo.
To each his own, but I really did not like that Rudy’s comments 1) were made into such a big deal; 2) apparently had to be be justified; 3) apparently had to possibly be justified due to English being his second language and packaged as some ESL faux pas.
If you ever read quotes or transcripts on this site (which are posted as is and never edited or “cleaned up”) or his posts on social media, Rudy’s English is as good as anyone’s. Sure, he has an accent, but his grammar and vocabulary are as good as any native English speakers on the team. To say the reaction to his comments was due to language reasons is a disservice to him. Somehow doubt his choice of words would have differed had he been speaking in French at the time.
Let’s not forget, this is a team with years of interviews with native English speakers Randy Rigby and Tyrone Corbin in the books. Seems to me all this reaction from team officials is more about being scared of some other player(s) getting their feelings hurt than what Rudy said. The one thing Rudy probably learned from this was that it’s not OK for him to say what he thinks unless he gets his thoughts preapproved by higher-ups first.
P.S. Funny Steve Starks tweeted this while the brouhaha was ongoing:
Seven. Derek Fisher on Jerry Sloan: Talk about a coach that coached everybody the same way. He understood that he had stars and superstars on his roster, but Jerry literally coached everyone the same way. He gave guys space to be themselves, but he held everyone accountable at the same level. An absolute pleasure to be a player here.
Literally, the, you know, the Utah Jazz taught us how to play, as a young Lakers team in the late 90s, as you see them winning the Western Conference Championship in 96-97 and 97-98, after they completely destroyed us in the Western Conference Playoffs in both of those seasons and sent us home early. They taught us what it meant to be grown men and what it took to win in the playoffs, and I don’t think we would’ve become the team that we became in the 2000s without playing against the Jazz as many times as we did.
Brent Barry: I think they were also a shining example, though, for a lot of young teams who were trying to make their bones in the league about how it is that you handle success. I mean, years and years of 50-plus wins and playoff performances but you didn’t hear much coming out of the Utah Jazz in terms of problems with their team. All you saw was humility. All you saw was hard work and determination. A direct reflection of what Jerry Sloan stood for, but they also set an example for players around the league, in my opinion.
Fisher: For sure, and Jerry didn’t accept anything less. He had the same standards for Karl Malone, for John Stockton, and for Carlos Boozer, Deron Williams. Anybody that came here, the standard was set that the team was bigger than you. You had to put the team first. And that’s the way he coached, and that’s what he believes.
Kenyon Martin on Jerry Sloan (in Player’s Tribune post “The 5 Guys Everybody Hated Playing Against”):
Eight. Dennis Lindsey on NBA officiating (Vertical podcast): It’s been a little bit of a philosophical debate that we’ve had with the management of the league, that in many ways, because we move bodies and we move the ball more than any other team once we enter the half court, it’s very difficult to call us on certain angles.
So, the [league’s] data does tell us at times when we’re grabbed, held, push and pulled — it’s about every third or fourth game — if it, that’s not appropriately called, we’ll suffer from what we call a high-discrepancy game, which we define as four or more missed calls either in our favor or our opponent’s favor…
Where we’re, we’ve moved av–as we’ve studied all this information, we’ve moved to really where Mark Cuban’s at, and, meaning that, the overall idea that we have more disagreements with the management of the officials than we do with the officials.
I personally believe we have the 60 best officials in the world…Where our concern comes in is how management chooses to either specifically or in this case not specifically educate the officials on particular datas. …
In many ways, what we’re asking is, is that, for the league to catch up with [the Jazz’s] style of play.
Nine. Lindsey on [the Jazz’s lack of] technical fouls (Vertical podcast):
I just don’t believe there’s ever a good reason to lose your competitive poise. I found the best competitors, whether it be boxing or football or basketball, that can keep their sensibilities about them and compete great.
This is funny, because as of 2007 Jerry Sloan held the Guinness world record for most technical fouls and was in a class by himself as the only individual to record over 400. Per Jazz Basketball, he retired with at least 446.
There doesn’t appear to be official stats on career technical fouls published anywhere, but according to one site, the NBA player with the most career technical fouls is…
Ten. Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Week (UDQM)
** Joe Ingles on the Jazz clinching a playoff spot: Obviously, we were in a position that we were pretty much gonna get in there.
** Quin Snyder on Rudy Gobert and competitive fire: That’s the challenge of being a good teammate, is pulling it out of each other, and that’s clearly what Rudy was trying to do.
** Ingles on what happens after Gobert screens: Sometimes we can go in there and finish ourselves.
** Snyder on difficult conversations: They’re hard, so they come out sideways.
** Snyder on being asked about books and movies: That’s why I clam up on you guys, ’cause I’m trying to fake it.
** Dennis Lindsey on having his iPad with him while scouting: I knew if I pulled it out, that I would do a very poor job of paying attention.
** Lindsey on time: I’m selfish in one area, my wife tells me constantly.
** Joe Johnson on basketball teams: No one likes to be soft.
** Snyder on Johnson: We’re using him. It’s been fun for me to figure out how to use him. And that’s been more of a process. But on the front end, I mean, we knew, you know, his versatility…He’s very experimentally inclined. Open-minded. He’s got a curious mind.
** Lindsey on being able to play in the playoffs: It’s awesome to be inside. I can’t tell you.
** Snyder on Gordon Hayward against the Wizards: I pulled him out a couple times just to kinda settle him, and then I put him back in right away.
** Matt Harpring on Johnson miss: You see Joe mad at himself on that one. Just a few inches too much.
** Harpring: Karl Anthony Towns has gotten a lot better at getting deeper…Right now, tonight especially, he’s trying to get that deep position.
** Craig Bolerjack to Harpring on Hayward and Ingles’ impending free agency: Could you work a package for those two?
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Blazer’s Edge.
Rudy may actually eat our little frontcourt with one bite from his monstrous unhinged jaw.
Posted by AUS2PDX on Apr 8, 2017 | 6:10 PM
Stotts going up against Brad Dourif
Posted by Corwin71 on Apr 8, 2017 | 7:11 PM
Quinn Snyder looks like he might die of an aneurysm at any moment.
Posted by djrick on Apr 8, 2017 | 7:14 PM
He looks like he’s been dead for centuries.
Have you ever seen him in daylight?
Posted by occassia on Apr 8, 2017 | 7:15 PM
Now that you mention it, NO…I have not!
Posted by djrick on Apr 8, 2017 | 7:19 PM
No one has. Ever. Just sayin’
Posted by occassia on Apr 8, 2017 | 7:21 PM
It’s early, but Meyers’ D looks good so far.
Posted by bluesloth on Apr 8, 2017 | 7:21 PM
Let’s hope he stays erect for penetration in the paint.
Posted by ParticleAccelerator on Apr 8, 2017 | 7:22 PM
I prefer his D to be priapitic rather than the peripatetic-ness we saw last time versus the Jazz.
Posted by djrick on Apr 8, 2017 | 7:25 PM
Dame is giving Exum the bidness
Posted by KingWes on Apr 8, 2017 | 7:21 PM
Diaw looking old
Posted by hoodieNation on Apr 8, 2017 | 7:22 PM
We should win by 100 tonight obviously.
Posted by djrick on Apr 8, 2017 | 7:22 PM
So Dame is going to score 100 tonight
Posted by Koosman123 on Apr 8, 2017 | 7:29 PM
Lillard is a one man band
the way he’s playing the Jazz!
Posted by Jeremy Wonderly on Apr 8, 2017 | 7:30 PM
Ugh jazz announcers
Posted by cavejunctionblazer on Apr 8, 2017 | 7:38 PM
Posted by RDreamer on Apr 8, 2017 | 7:38 PM
Posted by cavejunctionblazer on Apr 8, 2017 | 7:39 PM
26 point quarter for Dame. Damn.
Posted by blazermaniac32 on Apr 8, 2017 | 7:39 PM
Can we not let Joe Johnson go off again this game please? Someone stick on him!
Posted by TheOdenator52 on Apr 8, 2017 | 7:36 PM
That Rodney Hood drive was nasty. Glad to see him hafta go sit with 2 fouls now.
Posted by djrick on Apr 8, 2017 | 7:44 PM
Go back to plumbing, Ingles.
Posted by ParticleAccelerator on Apr 8, 2017 | 7:44 PM
uh oh. Jazz are waking up.
Posted by Blazerfanjen on Apr 8, 2017 | 7:46 PM
Gobert is taking over the game
Posted by blazermaniac32 on Apr 8, 2017 | 7:53 PM
Omg we can’t make anything
Posted by blazermaniac32 on Apr 8, 2017 | 7:55 PM
I wanted gobert so bad in that draft
Posted by cavejunctionblazer on Apr 8, 2017 | 7:55 PM
Bricking every thing!!
Posted by OfficerCosta on Apr 8, 2017 | 7:56 PM
Omg this is awful
Posted by blazermaniac32 on Apr 8, 2017 | 7:56 PM
Barf, barf, barf
Posted by Corwin71 on Apr 8, 2017 | 7:57 PM
Why does Joe Johnson always score 50 against us
Posted by Koosman123 on Apr 8, 2017 | 8:05 PM
Why go under a screen on Heyward?
Posted by blazermaniac32 on Apr 8, 2017 | 8:06 PM
Has Quinn Snyder killed Superman yet?
Posted by AUS2PDX on Apr 8, 2017 | 8:06 PM
well……at least we are stil leading??
Posted by Blazerfanjen on Apr 8, 2017 | 8:11 PM
This Zach Guthrie fellow doesn’t look like he belongs on an NBA sideline.
He looks like if Pharma-Bro had a little brother that he used to beat up mercilessly as a kid.
Posted by djrick on Apr 8, 2017 | 8:20 PM
Raul Neto guarding Dame has been a big difference in this game.
Posted by BroyoverLillard on Apr 8, 2017 | 8:21 PM
Quinn Snyder’s hair is a bird.
Your argument is invalid.
Posted by RDreamer on Apr 8, 2017 | 8:29 PM
Neto was doing a really good job on Dame. Mack kinda sucks at defense
Posted by LamarcusAldridgeMVP on Apr 8, 2017 | 8:43 PM
Dame vs. Utah tonight.
Posted by Roy Wonder on Apr 8, 2017 | 8:45 PM
And Utah just wants to go home!
Posted by Jeremy Wonderly on Apr 8, 2017 | 8:46 PM
Could Dame get 60?
Posted by LamarcusAldridgeMVP on Apr 8, 2017 | 8:49 PM
the refs have actually been ok. at least so far.
they’ve basically let them play. I at least feel like they are being fair with the calls on both ends.
Posted by Blazerfanjen on Apr 8, 2017 | 8:52 PM
I definitely feel like the Blazers have gotten a few lucky no-calls
Posted by LamarcusAldridgeMVP on Apr 8, 2017 | 8:53 PM
Hood got hit on that 3 lol
That was a terrible no-call. Lucked out there. And w/ Gobert getting hit in the head twice.
Posted by Farouq it I’m out on Apr 8, 2017 | 8:53 PM
Posted by LamarcusAldridgeMVP on Apr 8, 2017 | 8:54 PM
uh oh…they are on a run.
Posted by Blazerfanjen on Apr 8, 2017 | 9:02 PM
Derrick doing us a Favors.
Posted by ParticleAccelerator on Apr 8, 2017 | 9:06 PM
I’d like to see Dame get 50
Posted by LamarcusAldridgeMVP on Apr 8, 2017 | 9:07 PM
MEYERS SHOOT THAT COME ON
Posted by Mortimer on Apr 8, 2017 | 9:07 PM
MAKE DECISIONS FASTER!!
Posted by AINTNATHAN on Apr 8, 2017 | 9:09 PM
I told you guys, the herniated discs are in his BRAIN
Posted by AUS2PDX on Apr 8, 2017 | 9:08 PM
Lillard wants to break that 51! Going for 55!
Posted by TheOdenator52 on Apr 8, 2017 | 9:10 PM
Dont pull him Stotts!
Dont you do it!
Posted by AINTNATHAN on Apr 8, 2017 | 9:10 PM
GO FOR THE CAREER HIGH
Posted by ParticleAccelerator on Apr 8, 2017 | 9:11 PM
Not a priority right now. Not at all.
Posted by Mumbling Fool on Apr 8, 2017 | 9:12 PM
Yes it is
Posted by AINTNATHAN on Apr 8, 2017 | 9:13 PM
Man, Jazz announcers are class acts.
I gotta give it to them. They’re super complimentary and even-handed while still rooting for their team.
Posted by Farouq it I’m out on Apr 8, 2017 | 9:12 PM
Posted by blazermaniac32 on Apr 8, 2017 | 9:16 PM
GET ANOTHER BUCKET AND GET THE FRANCHISE RECORD DAMMIT
Posted by Koosman123 on Apr 8, 2017 | 9:17 PM
HE DID IT!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Farouq it I’m out on Apr 8, 2017 | 9:17 PM
Lillard wants 60!!
Posted by TheOdenator52 on Apr 8, 2017 | 9:17 PM
Hahaha now FTs
Posted by Mortimer on Apr 8, 2017 | 9:18 PM
Posted by AINTNATHAN on Apr 8, 2017 | 9:18 PM
Damon Stoudamire’s place in franchise history fades now to most ill-advised opponent-baiting quote, biggest plate of crow to eat, and most ridiculous attempt at weed concealment.
Most mesmerizing eyes, arguably still.
Posted by djrick on Apr 8, 2017 | 9:19 PM
Going for 60!
Posted by blazermaniac32 on Apr 8, 2017 | 9:20 PM
He wanted 60 so bad. What a scrub. Only 59
Posted by pdxthomastran on Apr 8, 2017 | 9:21 PM
59 is still good if you ask me
Posted by Mortimer on Apr 8, 2017 | 9:22 PM
I’ll take it
We shouldn’t be too judgmental
Posted by Blazerverse on Apr 8, 2017 | 9:22 PM
But it’s not 60
Posted by Koosman123 on Apr 8, 2017 | 9:22 PM
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Canis Hoopus.
Slow down Canis
I can’t keep up with all the comments.
Posted by AverageJer on Apr 7, 2017 | 8:18 PM
There might be 30 wolves fans watching this game
Posted by Joel Hernandez on Apr 7, 2017 | 8:22 PM
it’s that time of year.
Posted by AverageJer on Apr 7, 2017 | 8:25 PM
Who would win a basketball game?
A team of all fascist dictators versus a team of Disney princesses?
Also instead of a ball they’re using a human baby
Posted by princelyfrank on Apr 7, 2017 | 8:26 PM
Wait, which team would the princesses play for
considering they qualify for both?
Posted by AverageJer on Apr 7, 2017 | 8:30 PM
Which princess is most fascist?
I always felt the Lion King was pro-fascist propaganda
Posted by princelyfrank on Apr 7, 2017 | 8:36 PM
I can see that.
I have weird political issues with many of the princesses but I guess I hadn’t thought about it in terms of fascisim.
Does the Little Mermaid count as a princess because what’s up with her willingness to mutilate her body and silence her own voice because she saw a cute boy? Also, I guess you could say her father is a totalitarian dictator.
Posted by AverageJer on Apr 7, 2017 | 8:44 PM
Yeah Little Mermaid is sort of a weird anti-feminist thing
She really has no agency after making that one horrible decision, then the rest of the story just sort of happens to her, it’s pretty jarring watching it in a modern context
Great songs, though, my favorite Disney music from a musical standpoint
Posted by princelyfrank on Apr 7, 2017 | 8:47 PM
I’m weirdly fond of the songs in Tangled
but it’s Jungle Book going away when it comes to favorite disney music. That said, the song about stuff being great is a pretty good song.
Posted by AverageJer on Apr 7, 2017 | 8:51 PM
I only saw Tangled once
and don’t really remember the songs at all, but I liked the movie. That could probably stand a rewatch
Posted by princelyfrank on Apr 7, 2017 | 8:56 PM
But for the sake of argument, the two starting fives are as such:
SG: Kim Jong Un
Posted by princelyfrank on Apr 7, 2017 | 8:40 PM
And the baby is the Lindberg baby while still alive
Posted by princelyfrank on Apr 7, 2017 | 8:42 PM
no pol pot?
Or is he the sixth man?
Posted by Joel Hernandez on Apr 7, 2017 | 8:42 PM
Posted by princelyfrank on Apr 7, 2017 | 8:43 PM
because the princesses SF shooting is pretty cold…
Posted by AverageJer on Apr 7, 2017 | 8:46 PM
but think about how well she can ICE her opponents
Posted by princelyfrank on Apr 7, 2017 | 8:47 PM
Posted by AverageJer on Apr 7, 2017 | 8:49 PM
can she defend up a position?
Dictators live on the Hitler/Mussolini pick and roll.
Posted by Mattsteg on Apr 7, 2017 | 10:27 PM
Since nobody is here I can say whatever I want
Let’s go Blazers!
Posted by Joel Hernandez on Apr 7, 2017 | 8:27 PM
Posted by princelyfrank on Apr 7, 2017 | 8:28 PM
So we are all ready for the second half come from ahead loss?
Posted by Joel Hernandez on Apr 7, 2017 | 8:53 PM
What a flop
Gobert = flopper
Posted by princelyfrank on Apr 7, 2017 | 8:54 PM
Why is Wiggins shooting long 2s
Posted by Joel Hernandez on Apr 7, 2017 | 9:41 PM
Why did Ricky shoot that 2
Posted by Joel Hernandez on Apr 7, 2017 | 9:44 PM
Utah players not named Rodney are 13-15 from three.
Posted by Caliwolf on Apr 7, 2017 | 9:51 PM
Utah fans are so shitty they boo calls that go in their favor.
Posted by Caliwolf on Apr 7, 2017 | 10:03 PM
Is ingles a point guard?
Posted by eshold on Apr 7, 2017 | 10:15 PM
Hayward is impressive
Posted by eshold on Apr 7, 2017 | 10:19 PM
How was that a foul for Hayward
but no call for Wiggins at the other end the play before?
Posted by princelyfrank on Apr 7, 2017 | 10:20 PM
The Utah GM just complained that Utah is the victim of biased officiating.
Worst crowd in sports.
Dumbest fans in sports.
Posted by Caliwolf on Apr 7, 2017 | 10:24 PM
Another Wolves game where their defense makes me want to drink bleach
Posted by Joel Hernandez on Apr 7, 2017 | 10:26 PM
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Blazer’s Edge.
Golbert will eat Meyres for snack.
Posted by rbdfabio on Apr 4, 2017 | 5:11 PM
Glad not to see Meyers play.
Aminu is a lot better.
Posted by Baddog992 on Apr 4, 2017 | 6:11 PM
_____________ is a lot better.
Posted by LeftCoaster25 on Apr 4, 2017 | 6:12 PM
Posted by Baddog992 on Apr 4, 2017 | 6:13 PM
We only give up like 7 inches on Gobert no matter who we put out there, so that’ll be fine
Posted by Mortimer on Apr 4, 2017 | 6:11 PM
Ingles looks like he should be in the Australian Cobra Kai dojo to me
Posted by RipCityREC-kingMachine on Apr 4, 2017 | 6:15 PM
A basket would be nice…
Posted by LeftCoaster25 on Apr 4, 2017 | 6:16 PM
What if we’re the first team to never score in the shot clock era ;__;
Posted by Mortimer on Apr 4, 2017 | 6:18 PM
man, might be a night off for me lol
Posted by Tim Fletch on Apr 4, 2017 | 6:18 PM
IS THIS DAME OR CJ’S SECRET ACCOUNT??
Posted by Mortimer on Apr 4, 2017 | 6:19 PM
Is Shelvin Macks D so bad they decided to start Joe Ingles over him?
Posted by AP_18 on Apr 4, 2017 | 6:22 PM
Had no idea gobert=wilt
Posted by RipCityREC-kingMachine on Apr 4, 2017 | 6:22 PM
Meyers just made Gobert look like Curry.
Posted by RanYakumo on Apr 4, 2017 | 6:23 PM
Just coming in here to say the defense on that drive by Gobert was the most pathetic thing I’ve ever seen.
Posted by Acab on Apr 4, 2017 | 6:24 PM
Lillard throwing up a bunch of crap
Posted by blazermaniac32 on Apr 4, 2017 | 6:25 PM
Yeah. I’m done watching
Posted by Blazerfanjen on Apr 4, 2017 | 6:24 PM
Posted by Mortimer on Apr 4, 2017 | 6:31 PM
Posted by Mortimer on Apr 4, 2017 | 6:31 PM
I dislike Gordon idk why
Posted by AUS2PDX on Apr 4, 2017 | 6:32 PM
Eyes too close together
Posted by Mortimer on Apr 4, 2017 | 6:34 PM
Dang Why are they scared to guard Justin Timberlake
Posted by Evontaeeemeans on Apr 4, 2017 | 6:35 PM
Posted by Mortimer on Apr 4, 2017 | 6:36 PM
Remember Jeff Withey
Posted by Adrian Bernecich on Apr 4, 2017 | 6:38 PM
Greatest Blazer of all time
Posted by pdxthomastran on Apr 4, 2017 | 6:39 PM
These Jazz Dancers are PATHETIC they’ve had ZERO costume changes so far
Posted by Mortimer on Apr 4, 2017 | 6:45 PM
The “America First” Jazz Dancers.
I find that fascinating given how controversial His Yugeness was in Mormon country.
Posted by conspirator5 on Apr 4, 2017 | 6:48 PM
Come on Pelicans!
Posted by blazermaniac32 on Apr 4, 2017 | 7:03 PM
Posted by LamarcusAldridgeMVP on Apr 4, 2017 | 7:03 PM
Cousins 6-18. What a turd.
Posted by blazermaniac32 on Apr 4, 2017 | 7:04 PM
Refs just bailed out Gallo.
Posted by blazermaniac32 on Apr 4, 2017 | 7:08 PM
4 point game. Nugs lead
Posted by pdxthomastran on Apr 4, 2017 | 7:08 PM
Man, that was *not* a foul on Davis
Posted by LamarcusAldridgeMVP on Apr 4, 2017 | 7:09 PM
The Pels need to fire Alvin Gentry’s sorry ass this offseason.
Posted by LamarcusAldridgeMVP on Apr 4, 2017 | 7:11 PM
BOOGI3!!!!! And 2 for 1!!!
Posted by pdxthomastran on Apr 4, 2017 | 7:14 PM
holy crap……tied with 30 sec to go
Posted by Blazerfanjen on Apr 4, 2017 | 7:15 PM
Boogie for the tie!
Posted by blazermaniac32 on Apr 4, 2017 | 7:15 PM
Posted by LamarcusAldridgeMVP on Apr 4, 2017 | 7:15 PM
Posted by Mortimer on Apr 4, 2017 | 7:15 PM
Man, I love Mase. Completely blew the switch onto Cousins there (not like I’m complaining)
Posted by LamarcusAldridgeMVP on Apr 4, 2017 | 7:16 PM
I love how the thread has become Denver based for the last few minutes.
That being said… GO PELICANS!!!
Posted by RipCityFan77 on Apr 4, 2017 | 7:16 PM
Posted by LamarcusAldridgeMVP on Apr 4, 2017 | 7:18 PM
Come on Pelicans!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by blazermaniac32 on Apr 4, 2017 | 7:18 PM
Over and back by Pels. Darn
Posted by RipCityFan77 on Apr 4, 2017 | 7:20 PM
I hate Gobert.
Posted by AUS2PDX on Apr 4, 2017 | 7:22 PM
Weird. What on earth is this comment about the Jazz-Blazers game doing in there?!
Jrue has really really blown it the last 2 possessions
Posted by Mortimer on Apr 4, 2017 | 7:24 PM
2 turnovers in a row on the most important possessions
Posted by Mortimer on Apr 4, 2017 | 7:23 PM
JRUE I WON’T FORGET THIS.
Posted by Mortimer on Apr 4, 2017 | 7:24 PM
I’m going to boo like I’ve never boo’d before the next time he comes to town
Posted by KingLamarcus on Apr 4, 2017 | 7:27 PM
Posted by KingWes on Apr 4, 2017 | 7:24 PM
Pelicans eliminated. Two team race now.
Posted by pdxthomastran on Apr 4, 2017 | 7:24 PM
Denver wins as Pelicans totally choke the last two possessions
Posted by blazermaniac32 on Apr 4, 2017 | 7:24 PM
Fire Alvin Gentry’s ass
Posted by LamarcusAldridgeMVP on Apr 4, 2017 | 7:25 PM
How does he keep finding jobs?
Posted by raoulduke on Apr 4, 2017 | 7:28 PM
Fishy mouth is smoochable
Posted by Mortimer on Apr 4, 2017 | 7:29 PM
Gobert is 16 feet from fingertip to fingertip
Posted by KingWes on Apr 4, 2017 | 7:25 PM
??? each arm is 7 feet long??
Posted by bigcuedaddy on Apr 4, 2017 | 7:29 PM
Posted by KingWes on Apr 4, 2017 | 7:29 PM
He finds Aminu’s gangliness to be quaint
Posted by Mortimer on Apr 4, 2017 | 7:30 PM
Exum and Gobert are making Dame look like a clown.
Posted by AUS2PDX on Apr 4, 2017 | 7:26 PM
Joe Ingles pump fake and drives aren’t a thing, don’t jump
Posted by KingWes on Apr 4, 2017 | 7:26 PM
Dame is getting outplayed by Dante frickin’ Exum this is a joke
Posted by AUS2PDX on Apr 4, 2017 | 7:29 PM
I don’t understand this offense at all
they keep driving it straight at Gobert, with predictable results. Gobert doesn’t even have to swivel.
Posted by Corwin71 on Apr 4, 2017 | 7:38 PM
Blocking shots with one hand,
yawning with the other.
Posted by ParticleAccelerator on Apr 4, 2017 | 7:39 PM
Arrrgh Noah was too busy clapping for the ball and the pass came later than expected and he was recovering from the clap
Posted by Mortimer on Apr 4, 2017 | 7:42 PM
At least it’s treatable through antibiotics
Posted by AP_18 on Apr 4, 2017 | 7:45 PM
Against this Jazz team a 9 point deficit feels like 25
Posted by LamarcusAldridgeMVP on Apr 4, 2017 | 7:43 PM
Why are we playing so slow
We need to play faster against this team
Posted by Ken N Chmiel Jr. on Apr 4, 2017 | 7:48 PM
We’re 30th in the league in defense right?
Posted by wearethehurricane on Apr 4, 2017 | 7:48 PM
Posted by KingWes on Apr 4, 2017 | 7:48 PM
Freaking Mum-Ra the Ever-living draining threes on us
Posted by Acab on Apr 4, 2017 | 7:48 PM
we r getting rekt by jeff whitey
satan help us
Posted by Eat Politicians on Apr 4, 2017 | 7:50 PM
Whitey and Johnson looking like all stars
Posted by broyblazers on Apr 4, 2017 | 7:51 PM
“Ancient spirits of evil, transform this decayed form…”
Posted by Acab on Apr 4, 2017 | 7:51 PM
When did we go down 14
Posted by KingWes on Apr 4, 2017 | 7:54 PM
When Old Man Johnson hit 15 threes in a row
Posted by Koosman123 on Apr 4, 2017 | 7:54 PM
You could see this coming a minute and thirty seconds into the game.
Posted by raoulduke on Apr 4, 2017 | 7:55 PM
I seriously don’t think we will win any more games this year
Posted by sackataters on Apr 4, 2017 | 7:55 PM
utah is a garbage team who is playing solid team defense whole season
Posted by darkobanic on Apr 4, 2017 | 8:11 PM
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Pounding the Rock.
Bobo. He will always make me smile
by RaceforSeis on Apr 2, 2017 | 2:23 PM
Glad Kawhi’s playing! Probably GH is less glad
by RaceforSeis on Apr 2, 2017 | 2:33 PM
I miss boBo
by Roadtrip635 on Apr 2, 2017 | 2:37 PM
at which point are we allowed to call exum a bust?
by Mauro Tardella on Apr 2, 2017 | 2:46 PM
i’ve always like quin snyder. he always looks like he’s just barely keeping inner hulk under wraps
by manu is god on Apr 2, 2017 | 2:49 PM
I know its only its only Utah but I like what I’m seeing from the deep bench guys
by damphoose on Apr 2, 2017 | 3:00 PM
by manu is god on Apr 2, 2017 | 3:02 PM
“only utah”, they are 4th in the West and have one of the best defenses in the NBA while sporting to all-star caliber players in Hayward and Gobert.
by Mauro Tardella on Apr 2, 2017 | 3:02 PM
Let’s get our stats correct….Pau is the best 3% shooter in the league. 54%
Engels is the best of those on at least an 82 make pace. 45%
Pau is JUST off that pace mostly due to injuries/rest/and not shooting many early in the season
by Timminion on Apr 2, 2017 | 3:00 PM
Not watching the game, but noticed Kawhi has five assists already. Are the Spurs running point forward sets?
by basenjirowen on Apr 2, 2017 | 3:00 PM
not doubling him….and he’s being generous because he knows he can go off at any time on hayward’s D
by Timminion on Apr 2, 2017 | 3:02 PM
Simmons just TOYED with engals on that break
by Timminion on Apr 2, 2017 | 3:10 PM
Darn You BoBo
by Roadtrip635 on Apr 2, 2017 | 3:18 PM
Its hurts me that Rudy Gobert is not a Spur
Drafted by Denver with the 27th pick. One pick later the Spurs pick Livio Jean-Charles. I’m sure PATFO tried but I can’t shake the feeling that it would not have taken much to move up two spots to draft Gobert. The Spurs had Tim, Splitter, Baynes, Ayres and Bonner so maybe they didn’t feel like investing in another big but….man.
by damphoose on Apr 2, 2017 | 3:20 PM
by manu is god on Apr 2, 2017 | 3:57 PM
I miss Diaw lol
by You Are Always Wrong on Apr 2, 2017 | 3:59 PM
Boris Diaw is the main source of their offense. He’s already got his season high, we need to clamp down on that a little bit. Bertans doesn’t have the girth to guard him.
by KlawDaddy on Apr 2, 2017 | 4:00 PM
Nobody has that today, I think…
Bobo going full Bobo…
by bussman792 on Apr 2, 2017 | 4:00 PM
Bobo looks like he has more junk in the trunk this season.
by basenjirowen on Apr 2, 2017 | 4:00 PM
Diaw thickness hurting Spurs — thickness around torso
by Scipiotheyounger on Apr 2, 2017 | 4:00 PM
Walrus owning the beach
by Timminion on Apr 2, 2017 | 4:01 PM
Hayward’s never going to score efficiently against Kawhi. Terrible matchup for him.
by basenjirowen on Apr 2, 2017 | 4:07 PM
Kinda like Andrew Wiggins and his dilemma
by KlawDaddy on Apr 2, 2017 | 4:08 PM
Wiggins still has a higher ceiling. I don’t see much more improvement in Hayward’s game.
by basenjirowen on Apr 2, 2017 | 4:10 PM
Utah, without Diaw, is playing like crap
by Timminion on Apr 2, 2017 | 4:17 PM
if we can score 10 more pts it’s comfortably over. Even 8 more is going to make it tough. Utah is not suddenly scoring 22 in 6 min.s
by Timminion on Apr 2, 2017 | 4:32 PM
Lots of guys showing up!!
by bussman792 on Apr 2, 2017 | 4:40 PM
We have a hell of a roster, guys!!
by bussman792 on Apr 2, 2017 | 4:54 PM
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Bullets Forever.
WE MUST WIN
by Hypemaster on Mar 31, 2017 | 8:31 PM
New Orleans should be allowed to reclaim the “Jazz” name.
Doesn’t fit Utah at all.
by FreezyBreeze on Mar 31, 2017 | 9:11 PM
off to another great start defensively
by b3nz on Mar 31, 2017 | 9:12 PM
don’t worry about closing out in Hood, there’s no way he’ll make another one
by b3nz on Mar 31, 2017 | 9:16 PM
Wtf was that nonsense John move the ball man
by WizKidsz on Mar 31, 2017 | 9:19 PM
Really close to shutting this off already
by novadada on Mar 31, 2017 | 9:19 PM
Well, I’m just glad we don’t have to see this team in the playoffs.
They would sweep us like it was nothing.
by elliotlevy2 on Mar 31, 2017 | 9:20 PM
Gortat dont shoot another shot wtf is wrong with you!!
by WizKidsz on Mar 31, 2017 | 9:23 PM
Did we just call Gortat up from the D-League??
by Edub1906 on Mar 31, 2017 | 9:23 PM
Come back stronger in 2nd quarter
by Hypemaster on Mar 31, 2017 | 9:33 PM
When John’s not getting calls it throws him off too much
I dont think complaining is helping the situation buddy..just hoop
by WizKidsz on Mar 31, 2017 | 9:35 PM
When John starts complaining
He tries to force whistles insted of trying to make the shot.
by RetireNumberZero on Mar 31, 2017 | 9:34 PM
Why does every team we play seem to always whine,cry on anything that looks like it could be close to a foul
DAMN just play BALL or is that the norm for all WIZ opponents SMH
by murtd1 on Mar 31, 2017 | 9:35 PM
Is Exum good at anything besides being tall and active?
by FreezyBreeze on Mar 31, 2017 | 9:47 PM
Absolutely a joke if Gobert doesn’t get DPOY.
He could average 0 points and 0 rebounds a game and still be an absolute stud.
by elliotlevy2 on Mar 31, 2017 | 9:50 PM
Man thank god this dude Gobert plays in the West
This is why I dont wanna face Whiteside + Heat in the playoffs. (Rudy is a lot higher bball IQ than Whiteside though)
by Illmatic12 on Mar 31, 2017 | 9:50 PM
as amazing as Gobert is playing
And I’m not trying to take away from… it has to be borderline illegal D the way he stays occupying the lane
by LeHalfrican on Mar 31, 2017 | 9:51 PM
I’d be shocked if Jonathan Jeanne isn’t drafted in the 1st round if only because of Gobert’s success
by novadada on Mar 31, 2017 | 9:52 PM
having gobert anchor your defense must be nice
by kimawari on Mar 31, 2017 | 9:52 PM
Gortat and Keef just standing there picking their noses while the Jazz get 15 offensive rebounds.
Super lucky they didn’t score there.
by elliotlevy2 on Mar 31, 2017 | 9:56 PM
These mfs too nonchalant we dont wanna win man wtf
by WizKidsz on Mar 31, 2017 | 10:00 PM
This Utah team is too good for us to do clown shit like that.
by elliotlevy2 on Mar 31, 2017 | 10:00 PM
Amazing we’re only down by 3.
We looked like absolute dogshit, especially with the starters on the floor. Second half is gonna be a blowout if they don’t get their heads screwed on.
by elliotlevy2 on Mar 31, 2017 | 10:02 PM
Gobert is fucking ridiculous
straight defensive anchor
by TheBackCourt on Mar 31, 2017 | 10:04 PM
FUCK. THE. REFS.
by batmanwithprep on Mar 31, 2017 | 10:25 PM
refs gonna ref
by LeHalfrican on Mar 31, 2017 | 10:28 PM
My god, are they gonna call a flagrant on this shit?
by elliotlevy2 on Mar 31, 2017 | 10:30 PM
What the hell are these trash refs reviewing right now?
by novadada on Mar 31, 2017 | 10:30 PM
Ugh, they’re calling a tech on John.
by elliotlevy2 on Mar 31, 2017 | 10:32 PM
OK, Gobert’s on my list of hated players
by djt411 on Mar 31, 2017 | 10:35 PM
*The Utah Jazz period
by WizKidsz on Mar 31, 2017 | 10:38 PM
Fuck these refs man
Its like a scheme job, Fucking Utah Jazz
by jaytyla on Mar 31, 2017 | 10:39 PM
Might as well not have refs in this game, honestly.
It’s like they put blindfolds on when Washington has the ball.
by elliotlevy2 on Mar 31, 2017 | 10:41 PM
i liked the jazz before this game
by kimawari on Mar 31, 2017 | 10:43 PM
Man Utahs defense would be shitty
If they actually called fouls on them
by jaytyla on Mar 31, 2017 | 10:49 PM
WE couldn’t get calls when we played Utah at home.
That’s when John called the Jazz “nobodies”.
by RetireNumberZero on Mar 31, 2017 | 10:51 PM
ok. refs? serious?
by abala on Mar 31, 2017 | 10:54 PM
We need to be in attack mode while Gobert is not on the floor
by WizKidsz on Mar 31, 2017 | 10:55 PM
Just came to say
eat a fat dick, refs
by Awesomesaucy on Mar 31, 2017 | 10:57 PM
How is Diaw in the jazz rotation, dude plays like hes 50
by FreezyBreeze on Mar 31, 2017 | 11:00 PM
is hayward the only player in the nba to increase his attractiveness every year for six years?
by kurli_kid on Mar 31, 2017 | 11:04 PM
Dat hair tho
by Awesomesaucy on Mar 31, 2017 | 11:05 PM
he had a pretty raw offensive game out of high school but it developed
by kurli_kid on Mar 31, 2017 | 11:07 PM
thats probably it
by LeHalfrican on Mar 31, 2017 | 11:11 PM
That might be it.
Disheartening to see us crumble in crunch time.
by elliotlevy2 on Mar 31, 2017 | 11:11 PM
Good fucking job Brooks. Way to kill our momentum
by 12AaronJones21 on Mar 31, 2017 | 11:12 PM
Goodbye 3rd seed and 50 wins
by Kend3zy on Mar 31, 2017 | 11:12 PM
Boys soft as fuck
pussy ass bitches getting punked by Utah. fuck off.
by vertigho_BGS on Mar 31, 2017 | 11:12 PM
Hayward trying to out-choke beal
by wiz20 on Mar 31, 2017 | 11:13 PM
Holy shit we are so lost on both ends
by ARendon6 on Mar 31, 2017 | 11:16 PM
how the refs are so blind is beyond me
by Hypemaster on Mar 31, 2017 | 11:17 PM
Hayward is allow to foul all he wants
by FreezyBreeze on Mar 31, 2017 | 11:17 PM
Rudy really has some moving screens in the paint.
by The Hoops Guru on Mar 31, 2017 | 11:18 PM
we’re winning comfortably if not for the refs
so not sweating too much over the (probable) loss.
by wiz20 on Mar 31, 2017 | 11:20 PM
thats where i’m at
by LeHalfrican on Mar 31, 2017 | 11:20 PM
You let Shelvin Mack beat you wowwww
by WizKidsz on Mar 31, 2017 | 11:20 PM
Shelving Mack wizards killer
by jaytyla on Mar 31, 2017 | 11:22 PM
gobert the literal killer
by kurli_kid on Mar 31, 2017 | 11:23 PM
Calling these refs garbage is a disservice to garbages.
by abala on Mar 31, 2017 | 11:26 PM
These refs are true pieces of shit.
by dstamp337 on Mar 31, 2017 | 11:27 PM
Refs suck so much dick
by vertigho_BGS on Mar 31, 2017 | 11:27 PM
Silver lining: we held a West Coast team under 100
by WizardsFan on Mar 31, 2017 | 11:30 PM
Sad to watch, and really sucks to lose the #3 seed
we’re the more talented team. Tonight Utah played harder, tougher, and was better coached.
by vertigho_BGS on Mar 31, 2017 | 11:31 PM
I’m blaming Scott Brooks. What a horrendous coaching job in the 4th
by 12AaronJones21 on Mar 31, 2017 | 11:32 PM
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Sactown Royalty.
Since the pelicans won
Can we lose…….by 1 point?
Posted by shadowchicken on Mar 29, 2017 | 7:34 PM
Literally got sick to my stomach seeing Evans start
And just rolled my eyes watching him go for his own shot. Eugh.
Posted by RamKing on Mar 29, 2017 | 7:44 PM
Let’s score a point or two.
rah . . . rah . . . .
Posted by gallo del cielo on Mar 29, 2017 | 7:46 PM
This is a “good” start. We don’t want too many getting nervous about the prospects of a close game
Posted by RossCW on Mar 29, 2017 | 7:48 PM
Kings not scoring any points makes their tank too obvious
Posted by deltarich on Mar 29, 2017 | 7:50 PM
Reke has been great for the tanking process
but he’s been awful for the young guys develoPMent with how he’s playing out here
Posted by deltarich on Mar 29, 2017 | 8:04 PM
Look at these silly Jazz persons.
They are falling apart.
Posted by gallo del cielo on Mar 29, 2017 | 8:17 PM
Bad 3rd quarter finish
Posted by kgdobter on Mar 29, 2017 | 9:12 PM
Bad 4th quarter start
Posted by kgdobter on Mar 29, 2017 | 9:16 PM
They’re down by 18
Okay, now it’s time to make that run.
Posted by RikSmits on Mar 29, 2017 | 9:36 PM
Dammit, NOP won over Dallas.
They’re two games out of the #11/#12 seed with 7 to go.
Posted by Carl on Mar 29, 2017 | 9:42 PM
There’s plenty of gold up to 15
Posted by kgdobter on Mar 29, 2017 | 9:46 PM
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: The Bird Writes.
Of all coaches from the Coach K tree
…Bobby Hurley, Wojo, Johnny Dawkins, etc., I would never have imagined Quin Snyder would be the most accomplished—and in Utah of all places. He has done a very nice job becoming a modified version of Jerry Sloan.
by MardiGrasDeac on Mar 27, 2017 | 9:15 PM
Ever since Snyder entered the league
I honestly had a good feeling about him.
by Oleh Kosel on Mar 27, 2017 | 9:25 PM
Remember the Jazz teams with Stockton and Malone and Hornacek. fun times
Apparently Ajinca and altitude don’t agree with each other..Withey chewing him up
by MardiGrasDeac on Mar 27, 2017 | 10:18 PM
Pelicans lead by two and Holiday just blocked a Jazz jump shot out of a timeout?
IS IT HAPPENING!?!
by Oleh Kosel on Mar 27, 2017 | 11:10 PM
I think we need that 4th star
Yup definitely need that 4th star…
by sir Charles Barkley on Mar 27, 2017 | 11:53 PM
Grades for tonight
AD… A plus
Jrue and Solo C plus
everyone else… F-
Special shout out to Frazier, Cunningham, Ajinca and Moore, who were less than zero tonight
by MardiGrasDeac on Mar 28, 2017 | 12:04 AM
Keep in mind, we were without Boogie, but the Jazz were without Favors and Heyward.
AD is a joy to watch..too bad so many will be denied the pleasure come playoffs time..again.
by MardiGrasDeac on Mar 28, 2017 | 12:07 AM
Wonder if we could snag Joe Ingles in the off-season
Might be a gettable 3-and-D option on the wing.
by Icebird on Mar 28, 2017 | 12:37 AM
One. Joe Ingles on the differences between playing in Europe and playing in Utah: When we play the Lakers obviously here at Vivint, there’s nearly more Lakers fans in Lakers jerseys. That would never happen in Europe. The home team always has, I guess, bulk tickets and would never let the other fans have more than them in there.
Ingles on basketball fans in the States being tame compared to basketball fans in Europe: No, for sure. It’s not even close, really. It’s, the European people get into it so much…
They don’t play music really, so the whole game, every, majority of every team I’ve played for, definitely has a, like a cheer squad that’s always screaming and chanting things and making songs up that they sing the whole game, and the whole crowd. That’s the music, I guess. There’s no DJ or nothing like that…
It’s a whole, completely different atmosphere, but, I mean, it works both ways. I mean, we have obviously great fans here in Utah that, once we get going, it’s pretty loud in there as well.
The best tweets from Ingles’ takeover of the Jazz’s Twitter account:
Two. Quin Snyder on going big vs. small: I don’t think we’ve really got a definitive answer. And the answer probably is that it will vary, you know, based on who we play and how our guys are playing.
You know, we, what we’ve gotten into is by, you know, we’ve started [Derrick] Fav[ors] and Joe [Johnson]’s come off the bench, and we’ve looked at, you know, who’s playing well in order to finish, and that’s been Joe the majority of the time. So, at the end of the game, we’ve gravitated towards that.
Three. Jazz rookie danceoff legend Kyrylo Fesenko is still dancing.
And Fes is still Fes, and I miss him.
Four. Scott Layden on his time with the Knicks: When I got the Knick job, they were gr–really concerned because at the time, I was coming from Utah where, remember, we traveled one beat writer…
So, I moved into the New York market, and we traveled 12 beat writers. And everybody’s concerned. [Dave Checketts] was concerned, all the PR people — and they go, “This guy’s a dud, man. We gotta get, you know, we got a lot of work to do. We’ll dress him up and get Brooks Brothers, the whole bit.”
And so, they hired a PR firm to work with me. And we spent so much money on this PR firm to train me in media relations, OK, I mean, we could’ve added another player. That’s how much money they spent on this, and at, the end result was I was still a dud, and I was a wreck in the media.
And so, what they did was, the PR firm requested that I never mention which firm it was that trained me, ’cause I was a disaster.
Five. The evolution of Rudy Gobert’s hair, continued:
Six. Quin Snyder’s thoughts on resting players:
** Some of it is preventative when you want to get out in front of a potential injury, even more than rest.
** We’ve thought about doing it this year, but we just haven’t been healthy enough to do it.
** The teams that have had opportunities to really rest guys [are the ones that have won championships or are established within the standings]. We’ve not been one of them, so in some ways it’s not relevant for us yet, and hopefully we’ll get to a point where we can revisit this in a while.
** [Emotional and mental fatigue are] harder to address. And that’s frankly what we’ve been fighting of late…When you’re fatigued emotionally and mentally, that’s the most difficult time for me as a coach, when I see that in my team, and that really scares me.
Dennis Lindsey on players resting: It’s looking at a schedule in a real proactive way. It’s taking all the data that you have from the SportVu cameras, looking at the load management. It’s listening to your sports science people and how they’re currently running and where the imbalances are. It’s looking at the data and journals that, we know that players are more likely to become injured when they’re fatigued, and doing a real proactive management towards someone that was managing a condition…
Are there gonna be TV partners that get upset when there’s a nationally televised game? There’s no good answer for the dad that brings his children and gives his hard-earned money to see the best players out on that one particular night…
You do the math [in Tim Duncan’s situation], and I know this. I can’t prove it, but I know that Tim lasted longer ’cause [Gregg] Pop[ovich] managed him. So, I think you can, when you summarize both sides of the argument, John [Stockton] and Karl [Malone have] a great argument [against players resting]. They felt indebted towards the fans and the organization and the owners that are paying their paycheck. And that’s how every player should feel.
But that doesn’t necessarily have to be directly opposite of Gregg Popovich’s position in 2017 dealing with an older player that is managing health conditions. So, I don’t think the other side has to apologize.
Seven. Jeff Van Gundy, asked if he gets blowback from the league when he criticizes the NBA: When the, Commissioner [David] Stern was in there, it was certainly more prevalent…
When you’re doing this job and you’re asked a question, I’m just trying to give my honest answer. I think we’re in a challenging time in the NBA, and we throw around the term “partnership” very easily without, I think, an agreement on what it means. And to me, a partnership connotates equality, and caring as much about the other person as you do about yourself.
So, when I hear teams say “We have to do what’s best for us,” then you know it’s not a true partnership. And right now, the fans are the ones who are taking the short end of the stick, as are the broadcast partners. And it’s interesting to me that the players don’t seem to understand how their giant salaries come about, and have come to be.
And in large part, it’s due to the massive TV money that has been put into our league. I think, you know, ESPN each year, and ABC, pay $1.4 billion. And when you shortchange your supposed partners, there’s a problem.
It may not show up in their careers, but I guarantee you it’s going to show up at some point, and it’s going to impact the players because you can’t screw over your partners and expect it, the relationship, to blossom and be intact. It just doesn’t work that way in business.
So, I think, you know, this partnership, that cliche that’s being thrown around, is really not understood and I think there’s going to be a negative effect at some point here s–very soon.
Van Gundy on how he handled rest when he was coaching the Knicks: Well, it’s funny. You know, the people who are strident about the need for rest wanna pooh-pooh, like, [Karl] Malone, [John] Stockton, [Michael] Jordan playing all the, all these games. They wanna actually make it out to be not a great accomplishment because the game was different, there wasn’t as much movement.
And you know, it makes me laugh. It’s this idea that it’s unavoidable. Well, first of all, if we have so much information that we deem it unhealthy to ask these players to play 82 games in the amount of days that we do, then we should all agree to shorten the schedule to something more manageable — 65, 70 games — and then take, players, coaches, owners, GMs, take less money. But what shouldn’t happen is that you really wanna play 65 games but get paid for 82.
So, it’s, I find it, my Knick players, I, listen. Every coach in every sport has to fight your players about practice, OK? Always has been. Not to practice, but how hard you go, your concentration. But you never had to fight them about playing in games. Like, not one time in my life with the Knicks did someone ever come up to me and say, “I need a rest.” They also didn’t want to come out of games. They didn’t want to play less minutes. They wanted to play, everybody wanted to play more minutes.
It’s funny to me, or it’s interesting to me, that when I go to arenas now, guys seem to like to work out before games, as much if not more than actually play in the games. They like to work on their own games. Step-back jumpers, this and that. I watch guys who are unhealthy to play go through these long, hard workouts, and they seem to really like it. And then they seem equally happy to sit and watch the games.
I am perplexed by that. I’ve never seen guys like to sit out as much as guys in this day seem to actually like to sit out. And I’ll say this. I could care less tonight if Willy Hernangomez decides to rest. I’m talking about 20-25 players in this league that fans pay to see play. Those guys have an extra burden and extra responsibility to deliver* and play when healthy. And so, I don’t understand any of their argument.
* Apt choice of words, JVG.
Rudy Gobert on the photo above: [Mark Eaton and Greg Ostertag] are pretty much, you know, big names in the history of the Jazz, so yeah, you know, everyone’s different, but yeah, these are the guys who came before me, and you know, the guys that played with, you know, these great teams. So, it’s always great to see them.
Gobert on what he means by “making history”: Win a championship…one to start, I would say, and then win more. But yeah, winning a championship would be the goal, for sure.
Gobert on whether he deserves Defensive Player of the Year: I mean, the season’s not over, but yeah. I think I, you know, I should be in the conversation. I mean, I know, you know, it’s a media vote, so you know, I’m not, we not, we don’t play that much on national TV, so you know, it’s maybe not equalfied, but you know, at the end of the day, I’m just worried about my team, and you know, do my best to keep getting better.
Gobert, asked if he pays attention to the standings: I mean, I do. But it doesn’t affect the way I play. You know, it’s nice — I like to be aware of everything that’s going on. You know, some players don’t really look; they just play. I like to be aware.
Nine. Dennis Lindsey on the Reunion game against the Knicks: We really didn’t play well. Rudy [Gobert] bailed us out, and frankly, Quin [Snyder] let the team have it in the locker room afterwards about their emotional level and their, just their overall pitch and energy. And so, hopefully we’ll be able to grab a hold of Quin’s message and follow Rudy’s lead in the last performance and then go perform well these last few weeks of the regular season. …
Quin appropriately snapped at them after the last game, at their performance, and I — he had a really poignant line to the team. He’s like, “I just wanna grab you guys and shake you and wake you up.” Now — ’cause there was a little bit of a malaise when we came back to play that home game versus New York, and for no good reason. And so, I think that he went at them. And I’m in–very interested to see their response.
Well, so much for that. Gobert after the Clippers game:
Lindsey on what happened after the Reunion game: What was really neat was afterwards, is John [Stockton] was nice enough to come back and touch a few of our players.* And then John came in to Quin’s office and we grabbed Gordon [Hayward]. We s–went in there and sat and talked, and John told us stories for about 20 minutes.
** Why *only* Hayward tho?
Ten. Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Week (UDQM)
** Matt Harpring on the public perception of where Joe Johnson was in his career: He was entering the tail end.
** Craig Bolerjack on Rudy Gobert’s behind-the-legs pass: There is a third eye, though, and he admits it. (H/T @Mark_R_Pereira)
** Boler on Gordon Hayward’s finger injury: I saw it in the locker room. It’s deeper than you may know.
** Rudy Gobert, in response to “Seems like you got into it a little bit there with JJ [Redick]”: No, he got into me. Pause.
** Joe Ingles on playoff seeding: We want to finish as hard as possible…We’re not sitting here having team meetings about where we should finish or how we should do it to finish here or there.
** Harpring on Rodney Hood and Kyle O’Quinn: He pump fakes, and just goes right into Quinn’s body.
** Boler: Hayward bangs inside. (H/T Lou Allen)
** Boler on Joe Ingles falling into Gail Miller: Mrs. Miller got her legs up off the floor, which is a good thing.
** Ingles on falling into Gail Miller: I actually didn’t even know it was Gail until I got up, and ran back a little bit and then when I turned around, she was like, staring at me in the eye…Hopefully, she didn’t wake up too sore this morning.
** Quin Snyder on Rudy Gobert’s development: I’m not satisfied. I don’t think he is either.
** Kristen Kenney to Rudy Gobert on the Knicks game: Do you feel like you’re having, you had to take it in your own hands?
** Snyder on Rudy Gobert: Once he’s deep like that, it’s awful hard.
** Dennis Lindsey on the last time he played one-on-one against his son: He wasn’t quite ready enough to handle all my weight, and so I cheated.
P.S. Happy Pi Day!