The 87 stages of grief
** Quin Snyder, asked about the Jazz losing three of their last four and if something’s changed or it’s just the way the schedule has broken
We haven’t had Gordon Hayward. We haven’t had Rodney Hood. I don’t, I mean, [just the way] the schedule’s broken. Golden State on the road, which is a pretty tough place to win. And then, you know, I know a lot is made of Minnesota being depleted, but they’ve been in every game, and you know, [Andrew] Wiggins and [Zach] LaVine, their two guys stepped up.
And you know, we’re playing without, basically, our three top wing players. We’re looking at Joe [Ingles], who was, you know, waived at the beginning of the year; we got him off waivers. And Eli[jah Millsap], who was in the D-League at the beginning of the year; and Dante [Exum], who’s 19; and Ian [Clark], who was in Boise last week. So, it’s not hard to look at our team and the schedule and figure out why, you know, we’re not playing the way we were two weeks ago.
And I’m not really willing to say that either. I thought, I think we’ve had some slippages defensively, but you know, with that group, it’s hard for us to score. It’s that simple. I mean, I hope people can see that. You know, I think really the question, you know, I don’t know that that question’s, I hope you can see that, ’cause it’s a credit to these guys that they’ve done what they’ve done.
And now you take away their two best wing players, and their best scorers, and it’s not hard to wonder why we lose — what, we’ve lost two in a row? Three in a row? I don’t even know. We beat the Lakers, we lost to Golden State, we lost to Minnesota. So we’ve lost two games in a row. And we could lose six in a row.
You know, we could, but I mean, I think I’ve maintained the entire time that it’s about us getting better. And when we lost nine in a row, I said the same thing. When we had the top record since the All-Star break, I said the same thing. And you know, let’s be realistic about what our guys are doing right now.
Rudy [Gobert]’s never played this many minutes in his career. [Derrick] Fav[ors] has been a warrior. You know, Gordon [Hayward], Rodney [Hood], Alec [Burks] are out. Trey [Burke]’s got the burden of the scoring falling clearly on his shoulders. And you know, to be too critical of him, I think, is unfair to him. You know, there wasn’t a ton of guys that are in position to take shots and score last, you know, last game. So, he’s put in a tough position.
I’m, I feel great about what we’ve been doing, you know, and I refuse to start defining us by whether we win or lose a game…Maybe we win that [Minnesota] game and then we’re talking about none of this.
We’re talking about what a great job our D-League guys and our seven rookies that sang “Happy Birthday” to Gordon the other day — literally, seven guys. You know? I said before, it was like a boy band. It was great, you know? It was a great song, but if you expect those same guys to go out and play, you know, against some of the teams that we’re facing, I think is unfair.
And that’s not to say they won’t bust their tails and play hard and we may win. But I think we need to be very honest with, it’s not fair to these guys for us to have expectations for them that, the same expectations we had two weeks ago.
** Snyder on injuries at this point in the season
I think some of it, you know, as you get to the end of the season, you would hate to sacrifice someone’s off-season and their health for one win…Right now, you know, you want the off-season to be really productive, and for us to get better in the off-season. It’s one of the reasons I think Alec had his surgery when he did…So I think the same is true of Gordon and Rodney, that, you know, to get them back, not necessarily prematurely, but with any questions that could jeopardize, you know, going forward, where they are, I think is not wise.
** Snyder, asked if he understands Burke and Exum’s struggles more because he was a point guard
I think that, the one, you know, and the empathy I do have for them is how much they’re asked to do, and how visible what they, their mistakes are so visible because they have the ball. If the ball gets stolen, if they get beat, if they miss a shot, if they make a turnover, you know, you see it all. And it takes a real mental toughness, especially for guys that are that young. It’s pretty well-documented that that position takes the longest to develop…and you know, we’re accelerating their development with experience, and with work.
Some comic relief:
** Quin Snyder on the game
I thought it was a really good effort. You know, we need to be smarter. I thought we had some breakdowns, obviously, fourth quarter defensively, giving up that many points. You know, but I felt like we really competed in a situation where it would’ve been easy not to, to feel sorry for ourselves or whatever, and battle.
** Snyder, asked if Favors’ 3-pointer was what he wanted on the last play
It was really a series of reads. The first guy was open, you know, Trey on a curl, and then Joe on a curl, and then Fav was supposed to pop. And you know, Fav ended up with it. It wasn’t executed exactly the way we wanted, but it was sufficient. Oftentimes, you know, your 5-man is the least likely person to take the shot, and you know, in this case he ended up with it.
** Derrick Favors on shouldering the offensive load tonight
It was something I was prepared to do tonight. And you know, I just wanted to get myself going early so, you know, in the second half, you know, other guys could get theirself going. But you know, it was a tough night for us.
** Favors, asked why the Jazz gave up another big fourth quarter
You know, probably just communication, and you know, something we can probably fix. You know, just gotta watch film and you know, just learn from it, you know, and do better against Denver. But you know, just something we just gotta get better at.
** Favors, asked what he thought when the 3-pointer left his hand
I thought it was going in. You know, it was a good shot to me. I thought it was going in, but you know, it rimmed out. You know, maybe next time.
Bizarre Injury #1
** Trey Burke, asked why the Jazz have given up two straight big fourth quarters
I don’t think it was just one thing that’s caused it. You know, I think, you know, like coach said, we, our effort, you know, you can’t question our effort. Our effort was at a high level tonight. It was a point we were up 10…but I think we could’ve played smarter down the stretch, not only offensively but on the defensive end. You know, a couple balls didn’t bounce our way, but that’s how the game goes.
** Burke on what happened with his neck
I kinda, it’s like a, I think it’s like a pinched nerve. You know, I kinda, w–like a whiplash. I turned my neck a little too fast, and my, pretty much, like, my whole back of my neck went numb, and you know, I didn’t really, I kinda got scared, to be honest. So I just tried to call timeout. It started feeling, it star–it went away immediately, so it was kinda weird.
** Joe Ingles, asked why the Jazz have given up two straight big fourth quarters
I don’t know. We probably would have fixed it if we knew. I mean, just little things. I mean, [Damian] Lillard went super aggressive there a few times in the last few minutes, and we didn’t kind of have each other’s backs the way we have in the past.
Bizarre Injury #2
Random Stuff, etc.
** People calling Damian Lillard “Damon”: Ron Boone
** Did the Burkcourt coordinate their outfits?
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Joe Ingles on the Jazz’s recent losses: It’s disappointing when you know you can do it and you’ve done it for so long, and then you come out, and obviously you don’t do it.
** Ron Boone on Rudy Gobert’s “screen” on Dante Exum: You’re supposed to rub as close as you can to your teammate…
Craig Bolerjack: That’s more than a rub.
Booner: This is more than a rub, you know? (H/T @dianaallen)
** Quin Snyder on Derrick Favors, post-game: It wasn’t like he just said, “Hey, Gordon’s out, you know, here I come.”
Red denotes most recent game.
Thanks to @OhioHadley and @davidjsmith1232 for the assist on the W-L record tonight.
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Blazer’s Edge.
GIVE THOSE JAZZ THE BLUES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
by LaMarvelous on Mar 25, 2015 | 5:48 PM
If they make a movie of Quin Snyder’s life
they should cast Brad Dourif.
by Corwin71 on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:07 PM
sartorially speaking, this game is offensive
by LeGarrette Blount’s Right Fist on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:26 PM
Jazz have ugly uniforms
by gumbypuppy on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:26 PM
this is a clinic in crappiness
by Corwin71 on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:30 PM
Twelve Points. In a quarter.
What planet am I on?
by whatdidhejustsay? on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:36 PM
Blazers on pace for 48…for the game
by Timmyb1980 on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:36 PM
I think you could hear a pin drop in their arena.
by bluesloth on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:37 PM
or the blazer shot clank off the rim
by Carthage on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:38 PM
Who is Jack Cooley?
by LamarcusAldridgeMVP on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:38 PM
the Jazz are not scoring either. This is a good thing
by Corwin71 on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:44 PM
I’m confused….Utah has ANOTHER Milsap?
by Corwin71 on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:48 PM
by LamarcusAldridgeMVP on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:48 PM
Paul got his brother a job there and he rose through the ranks to become a player!
by Mortimer on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:51 PM
Wasn’t he a video coordinator?
by occassia on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:54 PM
Yup, started as video coordinator and now he’s starting!!!
Just shows that hard work and gumption pay off.
by Mortimer on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:55 PM
He was named as an interim starter last year and then this year was named defensive starter
by Mortimer on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:56 PM
Favors killing lopez
by blazermaniac32 on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:53 PM
Need Favors to change his name to Favours so Freeland can guard him
by Mortimer on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:53 PM
LMA just doesn’t look comfortable out there like he normally does
by pdxthomastran on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:57 PM
I wouldn’t be comfortable if that man-child Gobert was out there either
by AUS2PDX on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:59 PM
Favors again. Lopez probably shouldn’t be guarding him.
by blazermaniac32 on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:58 PM
Favors is hard for anyone to stop
by Timmay! on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:59 PM
What a late blooming success story
by TheStripes on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:59 PM
Dang Favors is killing it
by pklym on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:58 PM
Favors, I’m going to need you to do us a favor and not keep doing that.
by Blazing Chargers on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:59 PM
Whoa, Utah’s coach looks like Ludwig von Beethoven.
by Acab on Mar 25, 2015 | 7:22 PM
dude from American Psycho?
by pklym on Mar 25, 2015 | 7:22 PM
Or Harry Houdini
by Anomaly81 on Mar 25, 2015 | 7:25 PM
Ingles is one of the least athletic looking NBA players
by pklym on Mar 25, 2015 | 7:34 PM
He gots him those kangaroo legs though!
by AUS2PDX on Mar 25, 2015 | 7:35 PM
Seriously though, he looks like an alcoholic, pack-a-day smoker…
by Blazin’ in Sydney on Mar 25, 2015 | 7:35 PM
Meth looks like the more likely substance to be honest
by AUS2PDX on Mar 25, 2015 | 7:36 PM
nah, those people are skinny
Joe has the doughy thing going.
by Corwin71 on Mar 25, 2015 | 7:41 PM
Joe Ingles outplaying Damian Lillard
say that to yourself until it makes sense. It may never happen.
by Corwin71 on Mar 25, 2015 | 7:40 PM
Another double-digit 4th quarter deficit.
by LamarcusAldridgeMVP on Mar 25, 2015 | 7:44 PM
Wow, this team has all the life of a headless corpse being thrown down a well.
by Acab on Mar 25, 2015 | 7:44 PM
And none of the momentum.
by Anomaly81 on Mar 25, 2015 | 7:45 PM
Whoa big dunk by Gobby!
by Mortimer on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:03 PM
That was a vicious dunk
by blazermaniac32 on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:03 PM
Someone send the rim’s mother a bouquet.
by Acab on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:04 PM
Fourth quarter foul calls have been a killer
Utah’s just marching to the line and Portland’s getting hammered in the lane.
by Timmay! on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:04 PM
can’t do a thing with Favors
by Corwin71 on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:07 PM
Favors is destroying us.
by blazermaniac32 on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:07 PM
Can we just appreciate the sheer amount of homer-ism by the Utah announcers? It’s either they called something wrong against Utah, or we fouled and there was no call.
by taylorjohnduran on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:07 PM
On a side note, Utah’s coach has possibly the BEST hair of any coach in the NBA.
by taylorjohnduran on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:08 PM
Praying to science that we can get a damn stop
by AUS2PDX on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:14 PM
You should educate your prime minister about science : (
by annthefan on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:18 PM
Don’t get me started on that jerk
by AUS2PDX on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:18 PM
Maybe jerome kersey pinched trey burke in the neck for us :)
by KingLamarcus on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:15 PM
by gumbypuppy on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:19 PM
good time to play “Shake It Off”
by Corwin71 on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:15 PM
Wow $5 tickets in Utah…
just…wow. Do they have inflation there? Do they still use the gold/silver standard? Just what?!!?
by Idog1976 on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:19 PM
they have to look at those ugly uniforms.
by gumbypuppy on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:20 PM
With our luck
they’re probably hitting a three
by AUS2PDX on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:22 PM
dang that was close
by pklym on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:23 PM
by pdxthomastran on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:23 PM
Thank God that’s over!
by BlazersConga on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:23 PM
They didn’t have Gordon
So we effectively only JUST beat half of the Utah Jazz
by AUS2PDX on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:23 PM
without Batum, Kaman, or half of LA, and the Jazz are a real team since ASB
by pklym on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:24 PM
they had Joe Ingles
he’s 87% of the Jazz by himself
by Corwin71 on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:24 PM
We didn’t have Wes, Nic, or Kaman
So they essentially JUST lost to half of the Portland Trail Blazers
by Darn you, darn you to heck! on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:24 PM
Favors killed us for 46 minutes
and then missed the last two shots badly. Lived up to his name. Whew.
by Corwin71 on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:23 PM
Is this season what you’d always hoped for?
Yeah, pretty much. You know, with all the stuff I’ve been through in my short career, whatever, you know, pretty much, you know, exactly what I’ve been looking for. Coming to a team that, you know, has a direction, has a system, you know, has a lot of players around the same age, and you know, we can grow together. So yeah, pretty much what I been asking for, really.
On being in a leadership role and his relationship with Quin Snyder
Yeah, that’s something different too. You know, in the past, you know, I’ll be the guy who, you know, coach [Tyrone Corbin] wouldn’t even talk to me that much. You know, he’ll just say, “Derrick, you do this” and go talk to other guys.
But now, you know, Quin, he, coach Quin, you know, he talk to me a lot. You know, especially today, he pulled me and Gordon [Hayward] aside, talked to us about, you know, certain situations during the game and during practice what he want us to do. And you know, just being involved, you know, that helps me out a lot. That help our confidence a lot.
Is leadership a burden?
Not really. You know, it was something that I always wanted anyway, you know, by me being a high draft pick. And with the situations I’ve been in, you know, I was just kind of thrown to the side a lot. You know, [being in this position] just something I always wanted. And you know, it’s not a burden to me. It’s just a responsibility that I look forward to.
On making the transition to the NBA by himself without an entourage
You know, I wanted to bring my friends. I did. Obviously I wanted to bring them, but you know, they got stuff they gotta deal with…
You know, just some things that my mom was talking to me about. You know, you just gotta go out there and grow up and just learn how to do stuff on your own, ’cause you know, mom’s not gon be there for you all the time. Just gotta grow into a man and just learn how to move around, how to, basically, grow up and do things yourself.
So when you look at Dante Exum right now, do you know what he’s going through?
Yeah, yeah, I know exactly what he going through. You know, I talk to him a lot because I was in the situation with, like he is. Nineteen, and you know, he from Australia. Come to, all the way over to America in Utah, so it’s a big change for him. So, every time I get a chance, I talk to him and you know, make sure he’s straight. You know, just tell him little things I went through and just try to help him out.
The Jazz organization was in a funky moment when you signed the extension. You had to really believe they were going to head in the right direction. What made you, what allowed you to believe that?
You know, just talking to Dennis [Lindsey], and talking to Kevin [O’Connor?] a lot. Kevin’s my guy, in a way. Just talking to those two guys…You know, and it was also the time that I hurt my back in [Team] USA [camp], so I didn’t know how that was gonna work out, so basically, I just wanted the security.
And you know, I trust Dennis, trust Kevin. And you know, Utah Jazz, you know, that’s a organization I’d like to play for for a long time. And you know, they was good to me when I came over, so I just said, you know, just go ahead and re-sign.
When Gordon Hayward got his deal, did you say, “Shoot, I blew it”?
What you mean?
When he got his big money deal, did you suddenly think, “Ooh, I wish I had done that”?
Nah, nah, man. It could’ve, I didn’t, you know, it could’ve went either way…I don’t look at it like that. You know, I was happy for him. And you know, with my deal, I’m good with my deal for now.
What’s your relationship with Hayward, and how much do you see yourselves on parallel tracks?
You know, I think it’s something new for both of us. You know, like I said, in the past, it was just, we, they just threw us away like, “Hey, you go over there and we’ll talk to these other guys.”
You know, but now, you know, Quin, he talk to me and Gordon a lot. You know, he talk to Gordon probably even more than me ’cause Gordon more, the offense ran through him a little bit more, and, on the perimeter, but you know, he talk to me a lot too.
We talk about post moves, improving my game, extending my range and everything. But you know, I think he just want us to go out there and lead the team on and off the court. And you know, when things get tough, you know, he basically want me and Gordon to take over.
On how his approach towards off-the-court stuff (e.g. community service) has changed as he’s matured
I understand how everything works now…My first two years in the league or whatever, I wouldn’t, didn’t do nothing in the community in Salt Lake City. I just always went back home ’cause that’s where I wanted to be. I wanted to be back in Atlanta.
But after Utah gave me the extension, or after I signed the extension with Utah, you know, I started to get more involved in the community ’cause I just felt like, you know, that just something I need to do anyway.
You know, the Jazz believed in me. The fans out there, they really love me out there. So you know, it just, I just feel like it’s something I need to do.
Quin says your quietness means people are missing how much you care and how hard you’re working. Do you feel that’s the case?
All the time. You know, I think because I don’t say much or I’m not, I, ’cause I’m a quiet guy sometime, I think people just say that, like, “Oh, he not working hard” or “He don’t have passion for the game” or “He don’t have, like, fire for the game” or something.
I’m a quiet person, but you know, I been hearing that since I came into the league, and you know, it bother me a lot…It bothers me all the time, but if you see me on the sideline, you’ll know I got passion and fire. If you actually sit there and hear what I be saying sometimes, you’ll know. You’ll know. Seriously.
Is there any way you get that across, or is it just something you deal with?
No, I get it across my way. You know, I don’t care what people say about me. I’m not gon change for people. You know, I’m gon be myself. I’m gon be who I am. But you know, when people say, “Oh, he’s quiet. He don’t have fire. He don’t have desire. He don’t have that in his game” ’cause I’m not out there screaming and yelling, you know, yeah, it bother me a lot, but you know, I got, people out there on the court know I got it.
You’re now playing with Rudy Gobert, who gets recognition for all of those things. What’s your feeling on that?
It really don’t matter to me, to tell you the truth. I mean, Rudy, he’s a guy, he deserves it. You know, he been working hard. He been, you know, blocking shots, dunking on people.
So I mean, of course he gon get the highlights, but you know, as long as people know what I’m doing too, you know, paying attention to what I’m doing, appreciate what I’m doing, you know, it’s all good with me.
On his relationship with his 15-year-old brother
I love my little brother, man. You know, we’re close ’cause we basically almost the same age, basically. And growing up, you know, he wanted to play basketball too because he used to see me out there playing, so he always wanted to play.
And you know, every chance I get, you know, I try to, when he’s in Salt Lake, you know, I try to bring him to the gym with me or just let him hang out with me ’cause I know he tired of being in Atlanta with my mom all day. I know he tired of that, so you know, sometime I usually bring him out here with me.
But you know, he just, he at that age now where he just trying to figure himself out. You know, in high school, just trying to figure out what he wanna do. You know, I don’t pressure him about basketball. I say you wanna play, you wanna play. If you don’t, you know, you find something else to do in life. So, he figuring that out right now.
You didn’t have a male influence growing up apart from your AAU coach. Is it nice to be able to be that for your brother?
Yeah, it is. You know, I didn’t have that growing up, and you know, some, he don’t have it a lot either because, I mean, the same AAU coach that I played for after that one died, he’s helping my little brother out too, just being a mentor to him too.
But you know, overall, my little brother, man, he’ll come to me and ask me stuff or he’ll go to my sister, which, I’m like, “Brandon, you can’t go to her for everything.” But on some things, he’ll go to her and ask her for her advice, and just to help him out, ’cause he don’t want to ask my mom, ’cause he feel like, “Man, I don’t wanna ask her. It’s my mom. I don’t want to ask her no question like that.”
But you know, overall, you know, I try to help him out as much as I can.
On his impending fatherhood
Kinda nervous, actually. Kinda nervous. You know, having kids, that’s another step in life, you know I’m saying? It’s, I mean, it’s a wonderful feeling, but you know, it’s just another step in life.
And I’m kinda, I’m excited, yet kinda nervous at the same time…Just excited, nervous, anxious, just everything all balled up in one. You can’t wait, but you’re just like, “Oh man, I hope I be a great parent.” …
Hopefully I have, like, my mom or somebody out there with me to help me out [when it’s time to leave the hospital]. I’m pretty sure somebody be out there with me, but yeah, man, I’m, especially, when that day come, man, Imma be nervous as hell, man.
Stereotypically, the best fathers are the ones that didn’t have one.
Basically, yeah. Basically. You know, I know when I, whenever they come, whenever they arrive, you know, Imma try to be the best father that I can be. You know, Imma try to give them everything that I didn’t have, and you know, just try to, you know, just be the best parent I can be.
What’s the next step for your game?
I think the next step for me is, you know, right now how I’m playing this year, you know, I call it, I think I’m catching a lot of attention of other NBA teams. They starting to play me different; they starting to scout me a little bit differently now.
Teams are doubling, having guys do different things against me in the post. So I think the next step now is just learning how to play through that. How to play through double teams, how to play through scout–scouting what guys are really starting to take away what I do in the post, and you know, get the counter-moves going, and just keep evolving offensively.
You know, extending my range out to the 3-point line, becoming a playmaker. Like, coach Quin always talk to me about becoming a playmaker in the high post. And you know, just becoming an offensive force. I think that’s the next step for me. …
[In high school], what I used to do best was catch guys at the high post and rip through or do a isolation move or something. That was my game in high school, but when I went to college…I kinda got away from that ’cause I was trying to transition to a, more of a post player, more of a defensive-type player.
But you know, Quin is letting me use my athleticism, my explosiveness, and my, and the way I play, he letting me use that to my strengths, and you know, he running plays for me now.
Do you have confidence that Quin understands you and knows how to use you?
I do. You know, I have high confidence. He ran me off of a pin-down one time. I was like, man, I ain’t came down a, off a pin-down since middle school. And I hit the shot. He was like, “Yo, see?” So I was like, man, you know, Quin’s a guy who I trust offensively.
You know, he, like I said, he always talk to me during the game, during practices, during, off the court, just always talk–showing me film, offensive moves, and work on my feet–footwork, and just everything. You know, he’s a guy that I trust. …
I gotta play multiple positions now, so it’s cool. It’s kinda fun. I like it…I’m a power forward, and, I’m a starting power forward and a backup center. (We Are Utah Jazz)
** Quin Snyder, asked about Rudy Gobert’s lack of ridiculous games recently
We’re actually considering Rudy like a real player now, not an NBA All-Star…I think some of the, you know, the way that he’s played defensively and the way he’s protected the rim, it’s made people forget that, you know, that this is a guy that didn’t play last year…I’ve said the whole time that the best thing about Rudy right now is his humility. So I think he’s stayed steady through all this, and what really this does, it provides him with even more of a blueprint to continue to improve.
** Snyder, asked if there’s any thought about #playoffpush right now
You know, I think it’s the same way we’ve approached winning streaks, losing streaks. For us, it’s been more about segments of the season and how we wanna play and how we wanna get better. I think we’re in a situation where our record’s improved because we’ve been focused on getting better. I don’t think the playoff, kind of, awareness is, you know, necessarily gonna improve our play, as much as kind of a focus on game-to-game, moment-to-moment. Tha–I mean, that’s, to me, that’s where our focus needs to lie. And then, again, the results that flow from that, you know, hopefully will be good the majority of the time.
** Snyder, asked about Utah vs. Duke and if the trash talk with Alex Jensen and Johnnie Bryant has already started
Tony [Antonio Lang] and Johnnie, they talk trash all the time. So this just gives them even more reason to. Alex and I are a little more low-key.
** Rudy Gobert, asked if he’s more fatigued this season due to playing more minutes
I feel like the last couple games, I was a little bit tired…but I feel way better now, and I think just gotta get used to it.
** Rodney Hood, asked about Utah vs. Duke and if the trash talk with Alex Jensen and Johnnie Bryant has already started
Yeah, most de–it started yesterday when Duke won, and you know, they found out they was gonna be playing each other. I’ve been looking forward to this one, actually. You know, talked trash to Johnnie and Alex, so it’ll be fun.
** Hood asked to assess the Jazz’s rookie starting backcourt
I think, you know, just from a defensive standpoint, we’ve been doing a really good job, you know, just playing with energy. And you know, we’ve been, you know, shoot–both of us been shooting the ball well over the past, you know, 10 or so games. And, but defensively, I think we make a big impact, just from our length and just our energy. So, we just gotta continue to keep that going.
** Hood, asked if he was forced to sing “Happy Birthday” to Gordon Hayward
Yeah, we did. All the rookies–it was more of us today. You know, Eli[jah Millsap] and Joe [Ingles] chipped in, and you know, Bryce [Cotton] and Grant [Jerrett]. Everybody chipped in today, so it wasn’t as bad.
You got a full chorus now.
Yeah, we do. You know, it was beautiful. You all should’ve caught it.
Jazz PR: No.
(OK, that didn’t really happen, but the interview really cuts off there.)
Alec Burks, whispering sweet nothings in Rudy Gobert’s ear
** Quin Snyder on the game
You know, I just think we lost some of our discipline defensively as the game progressed. I think that, you know, when the game was close, we got a little rattled even on defense. We just weren’t as connected as we’ve been. And obviously, you know, giving up as many points as we did in the fourth quarter, a lot of ‘em were jump shots. I thought a few of ‘em could’ve been contested harder. A few of them, you know, we were right up in, you know, [Zach] LaVine’s face and he just rose up, you know, from a long way out. So, but we put ourselves in that position.
** Snyder, asked if there are times he feels like Trey Burke should not be taking shots
Well, I, you know, it’s hard, because you want, you know, he’s handling the ball and whoever the options are on the court, you know, he’s the guy that, you know, wants the ball. And the other guy that I think wants the ball who’s capable is [Derrick] Fav[ors]. You know, whether it’s Joe or Dante [Exum] or Elijah, the guys we had out there, you know, they’re more space, you know, making jump shots. So, I don’t see us putting the ball in one of those guys’ hands and saying, you know, go get us a bucket. So, again, you end up with, you know, Trey being the guy that has made those shots previously. I mean, he’s, even though he didn’t have a good night, he’s proven that, you know, in situations like that [he can hit big shots]. So, it’s hard to second-guess Trey even though he had a tough night. You know, obviously if one of those goes down, all of a sudden he’s a hero too. And we’re sticking with him, so you know, I, the hard thing is to be in that situation and to still want the ball. I mean, that shows a level of, you know, of toughness, I think, on his part, that he’s willing to take the ball. Obviously, we wanna get good shots, but we got a lot of good shots. We didn’t get that one particularly at the end of regulation. That really hurt us ’cause we didn’t get a clean look.
** Derrick Favors, asked if he would have liked more touches, or was he getting double-teamed too much
I mean, it was tricky. You know, I was getting the ball, they was double-teaming me. I had a, I was drawing a lot of attention, so I mean, you could’ve went either way. I mean, I would’ve loved to got it, but you know, I’m not going to think too much about it. You know, the guys that were open, they took the shots.
** Favors, asked what he felt were the defensive lapses in the fourth quarter
They just made tough shots to me. You know, all the shots they took was contested. You know, they just made some tough shots. You know, you can’t do nothing about it.
** Trey Burke on his performance
I really wasn’t trying to search for my shot. You know, I feel like I shot too many threes. First of all, it’s not about me, but you know, I feel like I kinda let the teamma–my teammates down, because I felt like I got some great looks, but I feel like I shot too many threes. If we could’ve got the ball in the paint more, it would’ve opened more things up, and you know, that starts with the point guard, you know, getting in the paint, making the defense collapse. I felt like, you know, I settled too much beginning of the game, shooting too many threes, and it kinda affected, you know, my field goal percentage and the way we shot as well.
When you’re missing shots, is there a point where you think we’re gonna be OK if I just make the next one?
Sometimes, but you know, a lot of times, I try to just go off of reads. And my teammates do a great job — you know, I commend them — they do a great job of finding me and they expect me to shoot it, and they tell me to shoot the ball. And you know, it was one of those nights, again, that I had that wasn’t, you know, it was a bad night for me, and I gotta be better, period.
** Rudy Gobert, asked if the Jazz let this one get away
I think we had this game, you know? Thirty second, I mean, like, in the last minute, we are up five. I think we were doing silly plays, you know? We didn’t turn it over in the money time and Zach LaVine hit two crazy shots in a row to pull them back…I think we played good in the last, we handled good the last two minutes, you know, but we just [made too many mistakes?] through the game, cost us at the end, ’cause we should be up, I think we should be up way more than five at the end of the game, and they shouldn’t be able to come back.
** Gobert, in response to “This team doesn’t make excuses and I’m not offering one, but how different was it without Rodney Hood and Gordon Hayward on the floor?”
Obviously, yeah, we had Rodney in the first half. Yeah, I mean, when you, when we don’t make shots, it’s, you miss those kind of guys who can create the shot…but I think we’re OK, you know? We had some wide open looks. We got to the free throw line, and we just have to make couple shots and get couple more stops, and if they don’t make one of the tough shots they make, we probably win the game.
** Joe Ingles, asked about his career high
Yeah, more kind of pissed off with the turnovers, really. A couple were kind of out of our control, but some of the ones, it’s just, it was just being loose with the ball is something I can’t do with, obviously when other guys are out and I’m playing heavier minutes, so. Yeah, I mean, it was nice to hit a couple shots, but I’d much rather take a win and have a couple less turnovers.
** Elijah Millsap, in response to “Not that this team ever makes excuses, but how different was it tonight without Hood for most of the night and then Gordon Hayward?”
You can’t make no excuses at all. You know, we had an opportunity to win the game. I mean, Zach LaVine hit some very clutch and tough shots to bring ‘em back in the game and force overtime. So you know, things like that happen. You know, just gotta tip your head out to ‘em.
Random Stuff, etc.
** The Timberwolves only played seven players. People who managed to mispronounce the names of 43 percent of the T-Wolves roster: Matt Harpring (Chase “Budin-jer,” Zach “La-vine” and — along with Craig Bolerjack — 87 different versions of “Gorgui Dieng”).
** The Timberwolves did not televise this game, which means everyone that watched it watched the Jazz broadcast. Throughout the game, Harpring and Bolerjack made more than a few tanking references. After the game, Flip Saunders fired back:
“You know, when I got in the locker room, I had 25 texts from people [saying] that during the game, the Utah feed, you know, said that we were tanking games, it was embarrassing, and that we didn’t have guys hurt. And that’s totally irresponsible. You know, we’re not tanking games. You know, if that’s so, then they got beat by a team that was tanking. And you know, they should come down before the game to find out what’s going on, who’s hurt and who’s not hurt…We won two games ago against New York; we lost in the fourth quarter against Charlotte. You know, we’re not tanking games. So it’s irresponsible for them to go on TV and say that. If you work at ESPN, you get fired for doing stuff like that.”
** Remember that thing with Rudy, Andrew Bogut and the towel in the last game? Apparently, Rudy just wanted the towel so he could throw it at Brandon Rush:
Because sharing a towel would be (say it with me): eeeewwwwwww.
** Quin Snyder and Christian Laettner were teammates at Duke. I can’t wrap my mind around this (just like with Steve Novak and Wesley Matthews being teammates at Marquette ha).
** Discovery of the Night:
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Media member to Rudy Gobert on how he’s being guarded lately: Do you feel like guys are maybe getting into you in a weird spot?
** Craig Bolerjack on Joe Ingles 3-pointer: Joe Ingles, with an inch or two to spare. (H/T @seanp33)
** Boler: This guy can get up.
Matt Harpring: It would’ve been interesting to see Wiggins and Zach LaVine go at it. (H/T @5kl)
** Boler on Chase Budinger: He can hurt you from downtown.
** Steve Brown on Rodney Hood’s gastric distress: Just a few minutes ago, he left the Jazz bench and went into the tunnel. And he’s there now, and it’s kind of a familiar position. About a week and a half ago, he was over the same garbage can.
** Steve Brown on Rodney Hood’s gastric distress, Part 2: Just a few seconds in, he came into the Jazz tunnel, laid down on his back, attended to by Brian Zettler…They kept him down on his back for four or five minutes, and then they got him up.
** Harpring on Zach LaVine 3-pointer: He surprised Dante with how deep he was. (H/T @PeacockJazz)
Red denotes most recent game.
Thanks to @davidjsmith1232, @dianaallen and @j32jam for the assist on the W-L record tonight.
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Canis Hoopus.
Prediction: Kilpatrick torches the Jazz for 32.
by GhostofPooh on Mar 23, 2015 | 7:33 PM
Harpring is such a whiny little goober.
by E-6 on Mar 23, 2015 | 8:29 PM
Prediction: Jazz hold us to under 70 points.
(Prediction doesn’t count if they let us score a bunch in garbage time)
by twolf1 on Mar 23, 2015 | 7:47 PM
The whole game is garbage time for the Wolves.
by PoohRubio on Mar 23, 2015 | 7:49 PM
What’s going on with Hummel?
Why does everyone on this team stay hurt for so long?
by Madison Dan on Mar 23, 2015 | 7:50 PM
You know the answer to the second question.
by PoohRubio on Mar 23, 2015 | 7:51 PM
Arena is Empty
by Ebomb on Mar 23, 2015 | 8:10 PM
Karl Anthony Favors
With the nice putback
by Ebomb on Mar 23, 2015 | 8:11 PM
HArpring can’t stop talking about how Gordon being out is throwing Utah off their game.
Don’t believe he’s mentioned Pek, Rubio, Martin….
by CaliWolf on Mar 23, 2015 | 8:17
Playing a home game with 8 bodies then flying to play at altitude in Utah the next night … is not right.
There really is no chance here.
by CaliWolf on Mar 23, 2015 | 8:20 PM
Close your eyes and think of the lotto.
by Spanish_Inquisition on Mar 23, 2015 | 8:21 PM
Oh my god…I’m listening to fucking Harpring.
by vjl110 on Mar 23, 2015 | 8:21 PM
Biggest asshole on the planet. NBA has to stop us from tanking because we have 9 injured players.
Fuck you Matt, tell us about Gordo again.
by CaliWolf on Mar 23, 2015 | 8:22 PM
I have the mute going
by Eric in Madison on Mar 23, 2015 | 8:25 PM
League really needs to do something about Harpring.
You go to watch a game on TV, maybe you’ve got a family of three or four… Then Harpring… Just not fair to the fans.
by Spanish_Inquisition on Mar 23, 2015 | 8:27 PM
Well, him or Portland’s Mike Rice.
by E-6 on Mar 23, 2015 | 8:30 PM
heinsohn not even in the conversation?
by timberfuechsle on Mar 23, 2015 | 8:31 PM
Sure, but Tommy is just a blowhard old school guy too wrapped up in green.
Harpring is just a dick.
by CaliWolf on Mar 23, 2015 | 8:32 PM
Harpring (and this applies to Rice as well)…
just constantly bitchy and condescending. Sucks all the joy out of the game. Sounds like he’s the kind of guy who really needs a hug, but would punch you in the face if you tried.
by vjl110 on Mar 23, 2015 | 8:38 PM
can the NBA audit our medical staff?
by zebano on Mar 23, 2015 | 8:21 PM
Jesus and this Utah crowd … every single call in every single game against them is wrong.
by CaliWolf on Mar 23, 2015 | 8:23 PM
My request for the second quarter
I’d like to see us box one Jazz forward/center out.
by zebano on Mar 23, 2015 | 8:33 PM
it would be beautiful
by zebano on Mar 23, 2015 | 8:34 PM
I just wanna say
F*ck Matt harpring! And of course, Go Wolves! Gotta say, I’ve got my calendar counting down to the lotto, it is after all the most exciting/ultimately disapointing time of year!
by ballhero300 on Mar 23, 2015 | 8:36 PM
Congratulations to Matt Harpring!
First person I’ve heard pronounce Zach Lavine’s name wrong
by FreeDieng on Mar 23, 2015 | 8:42 PM
He would probably still be the best PF on the Wolves. At least if KG can’t suit up.
by therealfracas on Mar 23, 2015 | 8:44 PM
These Utah Announcers…
Could they be any more condescending? It really is shameful.
by stinkynoon on Mar 23, 2015 | 8:47 PM
Somehow this is a close game.
Yes, Matt, Utah is playing down to us.
by CaliWolf on Mar 23, 2015 | 8:48 PM
Utah just sucks
Deal with it, Matty McHarpy
by FreeDieng on Mar 23, 2015 | 8:49 PM
Gobert is the best big guy in this game without jumping
by Gigglestick on Mar 23, 2015 | 8:51 PM
And it’s not really close
by Bad News Wolves on Mar 23, 2015 | 8:52 PM
Well, it is fairly close,
but it is Favors and not anybody with a Wolves uniform.
by therealfracas on Mar 23, 2015 | 8:53 PM
If you took a picture of Zach and Gobert standing next to each other you’d think they were brothers …
.. and that Zach was standing 20 feet further away from the camera.
by CaliWolf on Mar 23, 2015 | 8:53 PM
Is it just me or does Ingles look like a younger Flip?
by zebano on Mar 23, 2015 | 8:54 PM
Every single season, Utah has at least one player that looks like he was promoted from the stadium maintenance crew
by zero_on_up on Mar 23, 2015 | 8:55 PM
and he drops 15 on us in the first half
by CaliWolf on Mar 23, 2015 | 8:57 PM
by zero_on_up on Mar 23, 2015 | 8:57 PM
Man, having Gobert helps a lot.
by criteriado on Mar 23, 2015 | 8:57 PM
I don’t usually join in on game threads
But I gotta say, this Jazz announcer is the worst I’ve heard. First of all, he said Wiggins doesn’t need to bulk up and is correctly sized at the 2. He also said there are 3 nineteen year olds starting (both lavine and wiggins are 20). Then that tanking BS. Yes we’ve faked all our injuries. What an idiot. (I’m watching replay, so I’m sure he said many more stupid things after).
by hipity on Mar 23, 2015 | 9:01 PM
Jazz announcers are godawful.
by criteriado on Mar 23, 2015 | 9:01 PM
I believe we have a canisensus.
by Gigglestick on Mar 23, 2015 | 9:04 PM
Just got here
is this one worth watching? Feel free to answer in the form of a haiku
by Poop Hat on Mar 23, 2015 | 9:13 PM
HOLY CRAP JOE INGLES
by Poop Hat on Mar 23, 2015 | 9:15 PM
A frog jumps in the pond.
Matt Harprick still sucks big time.
by uncle rico on Mar 23, 2015 | 9:15 PM
Ingles sixteen points
Just seven healthy Twolves
Harpring is a dick
by CaliWolf on Mar 23, 2015 | 9:15 PM
Ingles likely MPE
Wolves injury free
Not much to see
Mute Harping please.
And What is a Haiku?
by Asleep at the Keyboard on Mar 23, 2015 | 9:17 PM
Rudy really has nice body control for a guy that is 11 feet tall.
I mean, seriously, you would think a guy that big could hardly walk, but he moves pretty well.
by therealfracas on Mar 23, 2015 | 9:23 PM
So far I think the only Pup to box out Gobert
is Flip in the 2013 draft.
by rickyp on Mar 23, 2015 | 9:24 PM
by FreeDieng on Mar 23, 2015 | 9:25 PM
I love Gobert
by Gigglestick on Mar 23, 2015 | 9:27 PM
He’s a monster
by twolf1 on Mar 23, 2015 | 9:29 PM
Big O for a company name? They’re tires, not a dildo.
by uncle rico on Mar 23, 2015 | 9:29 PM
suck it Utah
by therealfracas on Mar 23, 2015 | 9:35 PM
We are winning?
by criteriado on Mar 23, 2015 | 9:48 PM
I don’t believe it
by zebano on Mar 23, 2015 | 9:49 PM
by Poop Hat on Mar 23, 2015 | 9:49 PM
Quick! Timeout! I have to expñain the new guy who the flynn is Karl Anthony Towns
by antrodax on Mar 23, 2015 | 9:50 PM
Oh man, we’re winning this.
by criteriado on Mar 23, 2015 | 9:52 PM
by Gigglestick on Mar 23, 2015 | 9:50 PM
by E-6 on Mar 23, 2015 | 9:50 PM
by Tayler Swift on Mar 23, 2015 | 9:54 PM
I can’t even…
by FreeDieng on Mar 23, 2015 | 9:54 PM
New guy! We need Towns!
by criteriado on Mar 23, 2015 | 9:54 PM
WHAT A RANDOM WOLVES PLAYER GOING OFF?
THIS IS THE END
by bagz2 on Mar 23, 2015 | 9:54 PM
Well 1 in 7 isnt too random
by Banana_Peeler on Mar 23, 2015 | 9:54 PM
Faves is a weird nickname
by Gigglestick on Mar 23, 2015 | 9:59 PM
WHO IS COTTON?????
by Poop Hat on Mar 23, 2015 | 10:01 PM
One closer to Towns!
by criteriado on Mar 23, 2015 | 10:06 PM
3 Crucial minutes still
by Tayler Swift on Mar 23, 2015 | 10:06 PM
Don’t count your ping pong balls before they’re hatched.
by Spanish_Inquisition on Mar 23, 2015 | 10:08 PM
Rudy Can’t Fail
by E-6 on Mar 23, 2015 | 10:16 PM
What’s French for “stud?”
by E-6 on Mar 23, 2015 | 10:18 PM
Oh man. We’re winning this game.
by criteriado on Mar 23, 2015 | 10:19 PM
by Rodman99 on Mar 23, 2015 | 10:19 PM
by uncle rico on Mar 23, 2015 | 10:20 PM reply
Dude is a killer at making 3’s
by Tayler Swift on Mar 23, 2015 | 10:20 PM
That is hilarious
by Eric in Madison on Mar 23, 2015 | 10:20 PM
WHAT IN THE HELLZ
by Banana_Peeler on Mar 23, 2015 | 10:20 PM
by UnicornRAPM on Mar 23, 2015 | 10:21 PM
This is what you get, Harpring.
by Spanish_Inquisition on Mar 23, 2015 | 10:21 PM
by criteriado on Mar 23, 2015 | 10:22 PM
Do Wiggin’s legs fall off now?
by bagz2 on Mar 23, 2015 | 10:22 PM
Burke is 3-17. LOL.
by criteriado on Mar 23, 2015 | 10:23 PM
I got to say
my Morale feels pretty good.
by Joel Hernandez on Mar 23, 2015 | 10:26 PM
Wow. i am impressed.
by uncle rico on Mar 23, 2015 | 10:29 PM
Why is Ingles trying to take Wiggins off the dribble? If I were the Jazz, that would be about the last play I would draw up.
by iconoclaste on Mar 23, 2015 | 10:30 PM
i can’t believe they’re not going to favors every time down the court
by Poop Hat on Mar 23, 2015 | 10:31 PM
We’re in rare air ladies and gents
12 3PM….this is the most 3pters we’ve made ALL YEAR LONG.
by UnicornRAPM on Mar 23, 2015 | 10:32 PM
I’ll say Flip has been drinking but they are in Salt lake City so it isn’t that.
by Joel Hernandez on Mar 23, 2015 | 10:34 PM
Why is Burke playing for the Jazz?
by criteriado on Mar 23, 2015 | 10:34 PM
He is the Gobert Tax
by bagz2 on Mar 23, 2015 | 10:34 PM
by shoebobs on Mar 23, 2015 | 10:42 PM
I was going to ask why is he allowed to keep shooting
by Joel Hernandez on Mar 23, 2015 | 10:42 PM
Double OT will kill them. End it now.
by uncle rico on Mar 23, 2015 | 10:42 PM
Which Wolf will foul on a 3 and give them a four point play for the win?
by GhostofPooh on Mar 23, 2015 | 10:49 PM
by fanslaststand on Mar 23, 2015 | 10:51 PM
Suck it Harpring
by therealfracas on Mar 23, 2015 | 10:51 PM
Burke is bad
by antrodax on Mar 23, 2015 | 10:51 PM
That was awful
by Rodman99 on Mar 23, 2015 | 10:51 PM
Trey Burke is awful
by Bad News Wolves on Mar 23, 2015 | 10:51 PM
more like trey BRICK
by Gigglestick on Mar 23, 2015 | 10:52 PM
Up yours, Harpring.
Have the League look into it.
by E-6 on Mar 23, 2015 | 10:51 PM
Give them credit. Yes, up yours, Harprick.
by uncle rico on Mar 23, 2015 | 10:52 PM
They say the 16th win is the hardest one
by Rodman99 on Mar 23, 2015 | 10:52 PM
WHO IS COTTON??????
by Poop Hat on Mar 23, 2015 | 10:52 PM reply
Families with 2 or 3 kids shouldn’t have to watch the jazz lose like this
by Tayler Swift on Mar 23, 2015 | 10:53 PM
Families with 3 or 4 wives shouldn’t have to watch the jazz lose like this
by antrodax on Mar 23, 2015 | 10:54 PM
Think of the children who came to watch the Jazz win.
What do you say to them?
by CaliWolf on Mar 23, 2015 | 10:55 PM
Who’s your mommy?
by uncle rico on Mar 23, 2015 | 10:59 PM
Up yours, Harpricks!!!!
by antrodax on Mar 23, 2015 | 10:56 PM
We somehow won OT with Chase Budinger playing the 4 vs Derrick Favors
by jclillehei93 on Mar 23, 2015 | 10:59 PM
I think it had more to do with Trey Burke thinking he was Allen Iverson
by jclillehei93 on Mar 23, 2015 | 11:10 PM
On March Madness
I’ve become convinced that the tournament’s good for two things for me. One, to make me fat, ’cause I’m sitting around and getting the munchies the whole time. And two, every time I think I’ve got something figured out, the NCAA Tournament has a way to humble all of us, and, whether it be with a team or a player.
So you know, the NCAA has a great monopoly on tournament play. Hopefully that’s something that our league will be able to capture in some form, the single-game elimination tournament — whether it be preseason, midseason — that can capture the one-and-done aspect of tournament basketball.
How do you assess a player that is average through the season and makes a name for himself during the tournament?
Yeah, yeah, so there’s a lotta ways to look at it, and hopefully we’re just not looking at a game or a set of games or the conference tournament; even their preseason before league starts. I think you have to look at all of those entities separately and then combine ‘em. And for us, where Walt [Perrin] wants the scouting program, it’s a multi-season progression or lack thereof.
And then there’s a lot of interpretation on — we’ve seen it all the time where a guy may be in a program that’s hit tough times, maybe NCAA sanctions, and they decided to stay and the talent level surrounding them in the program is in transition, but yet they have a lot to offer. I tho–I think you saw a–saw that a little bit with Paul George in Fresno State. No one know–knew how to separate his individual performance along with middling results at Fresno.
And so, and then you have the exact opposite, the, where there’s a particular system or coach that taps into everything a player can do. And what you see, there’s not going to be anything more from an upside standpoint. And so, the narrative, you know, behind each player needs to be different because of all those subtleties.
On the scouting process
So we have, you know, we have our analytical models that we run, and then we have scouting opinion, and then you have the medical opinion, and then you have the intel on the players’ behavior, and, on and off the court. And it makes up a pie that you’re trying to fill in. And in many times, you’re going off incomplete information. So, there’s a lot of interpretation, and let’s be frank, there’s some guesswork involved. And sometimes you’re fortunate, sometimes you’re not.
And then, you have changing motivations at different stages of your life. You know, is there a family support structure that gives you a base to work from? Is the support structure around the kid tugging at the player and hurting their ability to get to the court free of mind? …
How does injury — and I suffered that at Baylor when I played. I was rehabbing most off-seasons instead of just playing basketball. So that’s a big part of what’s left of our season. You know, Quin [Snyder]’s talked to the players about managing their minutes so we can go into this off-season with rest and then teaching. And when you have to do rehabilitation, rest, and then teach — and so, is a player able to stay injury-free so he can just stay on the court? And if you’re on the court consistently, you’re gonna get better.
So, and then motivation level. Again, if we’re all being honest here, we’re trying to predict human beings, and luckily the best predictor of human beings is past performance. So, a big part of what we’re trying to do is understand performance and who drives winning. You’ll, the Kentucky situation, for example, with all of their players, you know, who’s on the train and who’s pulling the train? You have to come to those opinions, and that’s just what they are. They’re opinions.
Is there a player that tantalizes you within your draft range, and is there a player that excites you that you would be willing to “go get”?
Lindsey: What’s the cost, would be my first question.
Gordon Monson: You sound like me when I’m talking to my wife, when she wants to buy something and forgets to look at the price tag.
Lindsey: Yeah, no, no, no. I, hey, I get this line all the time…”Hey Dennis, guess how much money I saved you today?” And I was like, “Man, honey, you’re gonna save us into the poorhouse here.” So, yeah, so, my wife’s listening, and something tells me my dinner’s either gonna be in the trash or very cold.
Monson: So are there players out there that excite you?
Lindsey: Yes. Yeah…Let’s just say that under this conversation that everybody declares, we can easily get past our number [10 to 12]. And then we have to weight it with what we can trade that pick for. That pick will be valuable. It’s, we’ve already had conversations centered around it, you know, at the trade deadline. We just decided to hold on to it, but there were some conversations that were tempting.
And again, to add a veteran complement to the group or to, you know, in this case, there’s an associated cap figure that comes with the pick, and you know, would we wanna push that pick out to maximize room this particular year and/or add a vet. So it’s multi-layered…Long term, that very well could be the best alternative, just select where we’re at.
Why have the Jazz improved so much defensively since the All-Star break?
As Quin’s talked about, this is the personnel we have. And you know, we have some unique personnel defensively.
Rudy [Gobert] is really unique, and we want to be able to leverage that, and frankly, improve upon that. I think as he gets stronger, there’s a perim–even a greater perimeter that he can create around the rim, ’cause he’ll be able to keep guys off of his body.
Elijah Millsap i–just the eye test, and then the analytical numbers on how the team’s performing defensively. There’s good perimeter defenders, but there’s a lotta guys that, you know, are interchangeable, frankly, and there are only a few guys that really, truly bother guys on the perimeter, and you know, we were lucky to find him. And Quin’s been able to use those unique abilities to impact some of the better perimeter offensive players that we face.
And you know, Dante [Exum]’s growing day by day. And l–this is how humbling scouting is: When we watched the Australian high school tapes, it’s like, “Oh my gosh, will he be able to ever guard anybody?” ’cause of what he was doing out there. And we got after him about that and we joked about that, so it’s not that big of a secret. And then all of a sudden, you know, he’s taking all these lessons and habit training that we’re doing, and applying it in a [sound skips] at 19, so that’s exciting.
And then Derrick Favors — Quin’s talked about this as well — his ability to go out and cover perimeter-based “fours.” We all know about Derrick’s strength and length around the paint, but he’s also very good laterally, and he’s really good with game plans, and other player tendencies, which, that’s tough for a guy his age. But you know, he has a lot of experience.
So I think you line all those things up, and you couple it with hard work and you couple it with, “Hey, if you don’t get back, you’re coming out,” and you know, just a sense of accountability, and improve stances, improve body position and improve help and recovery and communication, that’s when you want that multiplying effect…As much as anything, we wanna be able to continue that and build on that as best we can, whether it be just through internal growth or adding to the defensive dimensions, you know, with new players. (1280)
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** Quin Snyder on the game
We can’t give up transition baskets, and no matter how much you talk about that, when a team runs as hard at every possession — every position, I shou–and every possession, I thought that, you know, that that’s, that makes it difficult. And we knew that going in, but it’s just a little different level, and got caught a few times on that, and you know, the guys that they came off the bench with, [Leandro] Barbosa and [Justin] Holiday and those guys, really, th–you know, hurt us shooting the ball. I thought Andre Iguodala played really well too, and allowed Steph [Curry] to get off the ball and attack, and you know, [Andrew] Bogut, I think, was four for five. So, they made some shots. You know, maybe we could’ve done a little more to contest them, but they’re an awful good team.
First bucket of the game: Derrick Favors’ first career 3-pointer
** Trey Burke, in response to the “question,” “You got within six, but that’s a deep team.”
Yeah, it’s a really deep team, and you know, all due respect to them. So you know, we just gotta continue to get better, watch the film, and grow from it. You know, I think we had a chance to win the game.
** Burke on the Jazz’s transition defense
It was definitely a part of the game plan, and we prepared for it, you know, really good. You know, but once you get out there, you gon make some mistakes. You know, I think transition defense was only just one area as to why we lost. But I think for the most part, we played a competitive game, had a chance to win.
Rodney Hood: karate kick to the throat
Random Stuff, etc.
** The towel incident:
** I don’t know where else to put this, but under “Random Stuff”:
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Ron Boone: I’d like to see Rudy grab those. He was having trouble controlling the tap. (H/T @seanp33)
** Craig Bolerjack on Gordon Hayward hitting his first shot in the second half: Finally, one goes down for Gordon.
** Booner on Harrison Barnes bucket: You can’t turn your back. You turn your back, they go backdoor on you. You gotta be able to see your man and the ball at the same time.
** Boler on Steph Curry 3-pointer: It was good by about an inch, or two.
Booner: Boy, there wasn’t much room to spare there.
** Boler: Steph dancing against Favors, and Favors put him down with his shoulder.
Booner: Ha ha ha, so Curry’s gonna lay there like he’s…ha ha ha.
Red denotes most recent game.
Alas. Despite bringing all the big guns (Antonio Lang, gray tie) out today, it was not meant to be.
Thanks to @Bad_voodoo, @RxMike12 and @urzishra for the assist on the W-L record tonight.
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Golden State of Mind.
James Harden had a terrible night
He must have thought the playoffs started
by joeybw87 on Mar 21, 2015 | 7:19 PM
I don’t like Gordon Haywards face
Please shut him down Barnes and Iggy
by joeybw87 on Mar 21, 2015 | 7:31 PM
by iHypeTV on Mar 21, 2015 | 7:33 PM
Yeah I agree his hair like Luke Babbit last night
by mykelala01 on Mar 21, 2015 | 7:34 PM
Someone is having a career game.
You’ve been warned.
by iHypeTV on Mar 21, 2015 | 7:40 PM
by belilaugh on Mar 21, 2015 | 7:41 PM
Yeah what happened to Rush?
We all thought he dialed it in last year with the Jazz because no night life.
Is it all mental?
by TheNextGM on Mar 21, 2015 | 7:45 PM
If Favors is gonna hit 3’s
lets go home
by joeybw87 on Mar 21, 2015 | 7:41 PM
Quin Snyder seems like a good coach
by iHypeTV on Mar 21, 2015 | 7:45 PM
what a shot Steph!
can you finally stop being cold now
by joeybw87 on Mar 21, 2015 | 7:46 PM
1. Focus on rebounding!
2. Pump fake Gobert and Favors.
by ServantOfLuna on Mar 21, 2015 | 7:48 PM
Stifle is stifled
stifle stifles dray
by Elessar95 on Mar 21, 2015 | 7:49 PM
Speights vs. Gobert
by ServantOfLuna on Mar 21, 2015 | 7:57 PM
Jazz will not go away
by IQofaWarrior on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:12 PM
If Jazz could make some shots, we’d be in bigger trouble
by IQofaWarrior on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:12 PM
what’s up all?
by AJC3317 on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:15 PM
by IQofaWarrior on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:15 PM
If the Jazz don’t get hot, we got this
If they go on a shooting streak, it’ll be a nail biter.
by IQofaWarrior on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:28 PM
Jazz is just missing a top 10 point guard of the league
They gonna be a team to watch if that happen.
by mykelala01 on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:33 PM
The Jazz are really good
Going to be a problem for years to come
by belilaugh on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:34 PM
primed to take over that division by the end of 2016
by starbury_to_s-jaxci2000 on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:43 PM
Rodney Hood can shoot
He was impressive
by joeybw87 on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:40 PM
Are the Jazz THE hottest team since the ASG, or are they one of the hottest?
by IQofaWarrior on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:43 PM
by record, they are the hottest
half a game hotter than us
by joeybw87 on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:44 PM
Though, remember that the Dubs basically threw the game against the Nuggets
by belilaugh on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:46 PM
I’m trying to think of what to put in the post game title
by IQofaWarrior on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:46 PM
something like Warriors put a Decrescendo on the Surging Jazz
by starbury_to_s-jaxci2000 on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:53 PM
What the hell is a Decrescendo ?
I’ll have to look that up later.
by IQofaWarrior on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:53 PM
it’s a musical term to gradually lower the volume of the music
by starbury_to_s-jaxci2000 on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:55 PM
oh, i see
by IQofaWarrior on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:56 PM
lol Green just wants to finish over Gobert so bad
by joeybw87 on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:46 PM
major napolean complex
by Elessar95 on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:47 PM
Favors, that was a nice step fake
by IQofaWarrior on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:47 PM
feels like favors has been in the league forever, kinda crazy he’s only 23
by AJC3317 on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:47 PM
That is why Jazz is scary for the years to come
Everyone is just young starter to their bench. I guess Hayward is the oldest
by mykelala01 on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:49 PM
Jazz will not go away
by IQofaWarrior on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:50 PM
Hayward bout to piss me off
by joeybw87 on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:55 PM
He wants to be Kobe.
by iHypeTV on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:56 PM
Burke can hit from THAT range?
by IQofaWarrior on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:57 PM
I can’t believe Jazz are only down 6
by IQofaWarrior on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:57 PM
now Burke is hot
by joeybw87 on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:58 PM
Jazz are so solid.
Gotta have mad respect for these guys
by sepoetry on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:58 PM
How are the Jazz hitting all of those threes?!
by ServantOfLuna on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:59 PM
LMAO every Millsap gets Dray in the air
by belilaugh on Mar 21, 2015 | 9:02 PM
by Elessar95 on Mar 21, 2015 | 9:02 PM
i tihnk we’re killing the Jazz on the fast break attacks
by IQofaWarrior on Mar 21, 2015 | 9:02 PM
I think this might be the only way to beat the Jazz
Their halfcourt defense is deadly
by belilaugh on Mar 21, 2015 | 9:05 PM
Yeah, I think you’re right
by IQofaWarrior on Mar 21, 2015 | 9:05 PM
Trey Burke saving the Jazz with his fluke shooting
by starbury_to_s-jaxci2000 on Mar 21, 2015 | 9:08 PM
Speights use to be our black hole
by mykelala01 on Mar 21, 2015 | 9:09 PM
No, that was Mark Jackson
by AlDavis4Prez on Mar 21, 2015 | 9:10 PM
Bob Myers is an awesome GM
coming into this year
i thought mo speights was
his only bust (signing)….
i was wrong.
by WarriorsWarrior on Mar 21, 2015 | 9:10 PM
by iHypeTV on Mar 21, 2015 | 9:11 PM
Brush signing is like Myers helping an old friend
To come back to the NBA
by mykelala01 on Mar 21, 2015 | 9:13 PM
Rodney Hood man
by joeybw87 on Mar 21, 2015 | 9:16 PM
Jazz down only 6
by IQofaWarrior on Mar 21, 2015 | 9:20 PM
Utah’s pretty damn good right now
by ServantOfLuna on Mar 21, 2015 | 9:20 PM
freaking Trey Burke
look at him chewing that mouthpiece after the 3
thinks hes Steph
by joeybw87 on Mar 21, 2015 | 9:21 PM
streaky shooters love us…
by Elessar95 on Mar 21, 2015 | 9:21 PM
Glad they don’t have to play the Jazz after this, barring a miracle run to the 8th seed
These guys are really legit
by belilaugh on Mar 21, 2015 | 9:22 PM
they play really good D
by Elessar95 on Mar 21, 2015 | 9:23 PM
Maybe Burke is a guy that you want to get hot
because he will not pass
by joeybw87 on Mar 21, 2015 | 9:26 PM
That is very accurate.
by TheNextGM on Mar 21, 2015 | 9:27 PM <—- Jazz fan
Everyone is attacking Gobert
by iHypeTV on Mar 21, 2015 | 9:32 PM
Will Favors and Gobert be the new athletic version of Gasol/ZBO?
by iHypeTV on Mar 21, 2015 | 9:33 PM
Gobert need to work on his footwork to be Gasol
by mykelala01 on Mar 21, 2015 | 9:35 PM
He’s still young
I don’t even think Gasol was in the NBA at his age
by iHypeTV on Mar 21, 2015 | 9:36 PM
by Ammat The Ankh on Mar 21, 2015 | 9:40 PM
100 points! We broke the Jazz’s <100 points allowed streak!
by ServantOfLuna on Mar 21, 2015 | 9:40 PM
A glorious victory!
ServantOfLuna on Mar 21, 2015 | 9:48 PM
Do they have piccolos in Jazz bands?
by belilaugh on Mar 21, 2015 | 9:50 PM
What has clicked for the Utah Jazz since the All-Star break?
Dante Exum: Joe, you can take this one.
Joe Ingles: (laughing) You’re such a loser.
I don’t think anything special. I mean, we haven’t done anything different or anything like that. I think it’s more of just the group getting to know each other and playing more, having more time together, having more time with the coach and new system. And obviously there’s a few new pieces from last year’s team, including the coach, so things just take time, and I think we’ve got better over the season slowly.
Despite having won six straight games, have you guys given up hope on making the playoffs?
Exum: You know, I wouldn’t say given up hope. You know, anything can happen in the NBA, and I think we just gotta focus on ourselves at the moment and you know, improving every game and if it happens to be that we get in that picture, then you know, so be it. But you know, we’re not changing anything. We’re obviously still gonna try and win. Joe, your turn.
Ingles: Like Dante said, it’s not gonna change anything we do. We’re still gonna go out and play the same way and obviously win as many games as we can with getting better at the same time. And you know, I think everyone can, kinda realizes that this is a long-term thing for us.
If we make it this year, then great. But the future’s obviously pretty bright for this team. So yeah, we’ll just, we’ll keep working, and like Dante said, if we’re there at the end, then, and we got a chance, then we’ll go for it.
Dante, Gordon Hayward was asked about your play and he said you seem a little passive but that’s normal for a rookie. How fair do you think those comments were and what have you done to be more aggressive offensively since you became a starter?
Ingles: That’s a very fair comment.
Exum: Yes — shut up — for one, Gordon knows nothing. And, no, so, no, so, it’s a fair comment, I’d say. But you know, it’s just game by game getting more confident in, you know, my abilities and more comfortable with my team…
It’s just about, you know, building that confidence and I think he–getting that starting role has helped me go against some of the better, the best players from the start, and you know, made me more aggressive, and you know, trying to, you know, kinda outplay them in a way, so.
Dante, what role has Quin Snyder had on your development from when you were drafted to now?
Yeah, you know, coach is, like everyone is, obviously trying to build more and more confidence in me.
And, but you know, one of the, you know, more surprising things that, you know, I’ve found is he’s been on the court whenever he can with me, and you know, even if it’s just five minutes, just to teach me s–a little footwork drill. You know, he’s on the court and it just shows he’s, you know, committed to the job and you know, at helping me develop in this role.
Is it an advantage for the Australian national team to have so many players playing in the NBA right now rather than around the world?
Exum: You know, like, you get the, kind of the experience of playing against the best players, like, night in, night out. So you know, I know definitely I’ve developed so much more from Spain [2014 FIBA World Cup] to now just being in the NBA and around NBA players. So you know, I can only imagine what some of the other guys are, have developed.
And you know, being around Joe as well, and seeing how he’s developed. (both start laughing) But yeah, no, I think definitely it’s better for us, and you know, everyone will have a bit more confidence.
Media: Thanks very much.
Ingles: No worries. (both start laughing)
Do you sometimes look at Matthew Dellavedova and feel jealous he gets to play with three superstars and in big games?
Ingles: Hell no. No. Not one bit. I mean, hell, I mean, you, obviously it’d be nice to play with whoever you want to play with, but you know, I think the team we’ve got is pretty special in itself. I think you’ll be talking about this team in the next few years, saying that, I bet people want to play for this team.
And we’re obviously in a different stage to what they’re in, but…being the second youngest team in the league, I, the future’s pretty bright with even our main guy, Gordon’s only 24 years old and Derrick Favors [is] 23 and obviously Dante is 12.
It’s super exciting for the future, so I think you’ll be asking that same question to other players about this team not too far away.
Ingles: Giving you a shoutout, mate. Make you feel better about yourself.
Having had experience with international coaches, how tough is it for players to adjust to different coaching philosophies?
Ingles: You go, Ex.*
Exum: Sorry, what was the question?
Media: [repeats the question]
Exum: I think Joe can answer that better, just being, having that European experience and the NBA experience. But you know, some of the stuff that I’ve seen Quin do, you know, Joe says to me that a lot of Europeans do it. And you know, I think it just gives a bit of an advantage having that prior knowledge of the Europe scene.
Ingles: Yeah, just, I mean, for me it’s, you know, I’ve played, this is my ninth year, and they’ve nearly all been in different countries and different leagues. I’ve had a number of different coaches in different situations that all coach super differently.
I mean, Quin is very, he had a lot of time in Europe with a high-level team, so it’s, we definitely do some different things to our, than other NBA teams. But at the end of the day, I mean, a lot of the stuff is the same. It’s basketball and it’s pretty worldwide.
* Almost 100 percent certain Joe passed this question to Dante because it came from a guy from NBA India and he couldn’t understand the question.
Going back, what ignited your love for basketball?
Exum: You know, my dad played at, well, pretty much all his life, and you know, I just developed it from a, the love, from a lon–a young age. And you know, my brother played when I was younger, and you know, just sparked a bit of competition between us, so.
Ingles: My parents didn’t play sports, so I didn’t get it from them. But my dad also didn’t play with [Michael] Jordan…I grew up playing a l–a bunch of different sports, and it kinda got time to choose one when all the practice and the games and all that started clashing with each other, and I mean, the main reason for basketball for me originally was the, I had more friends playing that than the other sports that I wanted to play with them.
Dante, you didn’t shy away from the hype before the draft. Were you comfortable with that, and has that been OK for you and your development?
Exum: Um, you know —
Ingles: He loves being at the center of attention.
Exum: — you know, I think those, you know, I was kind of that mystery man in the draft, and you know, those kind of gave me an opportunity to, you know, show who I am… and get people to, you know, fans, to start kinda wondering who I was and start looking at me.
Ingles vs. Exum, one-on-one. Who wins?
Exum: Are you saying me versus Joe?
Ingles: I would stand…and shoot threes.
Exum: Once Joe fin–corrects his slingshot of a shot, maybe we can talk…I’m too quick for Joe…He’s not strong. So you know, he can’t even post me up, so.
Ingles: He’s hit a couple of shots the last couple games. He’s feeling confident.
Joe, Dante is currently taking part in the GQ Style Wars. What do you think of Dante’s style?
Ingles: (starts laughing while the question is still being asked) Did you see the one —
Exum: Joe. Joe. Joe. Joe. Be nice. Be nice. This is going to be published. Be nice.
Ingles: Yeah, so, honestly, I thought he did really well up to — now, I think he’s done three or four now. Wha–how many have you done? Four?
Ingles: Yeah, so, the first three were gr–were good. Good, cool shoes. Whatever he had, some cool whatever. Then he posted a picture yesterday or the day before of him in a white T-shirt in his apartment, and him being 19 and not realizing what he’s got. He’s got his Xbox turned on in the background. He’s got a whole mess of stuff in the background, and he’s holding these two silly ties that you can’t really see anyway because of all the background color.
And so, one, two, three were very good. Four was terrible. But I mean, he’s definitely picked it up. I remember when he first came to the Boomers and all he used to wear was, like, Nike and Adidas gear. And now he comes to games in his suave little jackets and jeans, and skinny jeans, and button-up shirts. And so, he’s definitely picked his style up a little bit.
Exum: Thank you, Joe. (NBA Asia; H/T @TreyToupee)