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Game 66 of 82: Utah Jazz vs. Charlotte Hornets (30-36)

March 17, 2015

It was 81-37 at one point. EIGHTY-ONE TO THIRTY-SEVEN.

old teammates

miss boys

marv and grandmas

Pre-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder on Rudy Gobert’s growth
We’ve seen his ability to pass the ball. He likes to pass the ball. I think he’s gonna become an even better passer when his balance begins to improve even more. You know, I think the other thing is just his in–understanding and intellig of the ga–intelligence about the game, which is something that, you know, is valuable to us.
** Snyder on Rudy Gobert’s saluting
Yeah, you know, Rudy’s got, there’s a flamboyance about him, and there’s also a humility about him. I think he loves to play, and sometimes we see the flamboyance and not so much the humility, but humility also manifests itself in hunger. And you know, I don’t want him to go crazy, but you know, there’s a lotta guys that, you know, it pumps them up to play and gets the team going and the fans going.
** Snyder on Bryce Cotton
I think he just, he fits what we wanna do and the, his work ethic. And you know, I think he’s a communicative point guard, and you know, one of the things that really stands out about him is his ability to shoot the ball. I think he can make shots.
** Snyder on NCAA brackets
I got a lot of friends that are coaching in college…I root for people more than anything, so I, my, if I filled out a bracket it’s probably be pretty biased. My wife’s better at it than I am.
Are you obligated to take Duke every year? Is that an unwritten rule?
I like taking Duke. So, it’s not unwritten. You know, it doesn’t need to get written.


** Rudy Gobert on defending Al Jefferson
Just stay down. You know, try to make him make the tough shot…Just make sure he don’t get me off my balance…and don’t make stupid fouls.
** Gobert, asked what is his favorite nickname
I like Gobzilla. I like Stifle Tower. I like a lot of them. You know, they’re pretty funny, so I just like them. I didn’t choose one al–yet, but I like them.*
** Rodney Hood, asked if he likes starting or coming off the bench
It really doesn’t matter. You know, my job is just to bring, as a rookie, is just to bring energy, and you know, spot up, and coach wants me to shoot the ball. So you know, I’m just trying to play my part.
** Bryce Cotton on signing a multi-year deal with the Jazz
Just signed it this morning. Feels good to know I’ll be here for the rest of the year, and I just wanna continue to work and do whatever the team needs and just try to keep getting better…It’s a wonderful feeling, but you don’t want to get complacent, and you wanna keep doing the things that get you noticed.

* For the record, I’m partial to the nickname OLAF, or “one long annoying fuck” as a Bulls fan called Gobert when he dominated the Bulls in Chicago earlier this season.

andy tweet

Post-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder on the game and having multiple players that can handle the ball in the pick and roll
It puts pressure on the defense. It, tonight, what happened is, the pick and rolls, we pa–like I said, we passed the ball. The ball moved even more. I think our guy–I won’t say they’re buying in more, but they’re getting better at passing the ball. You know, passes were delivered in, on time. They were more accurate. Just li–you know, little differences that can make it — you know, we’re not gonna shoot that way all the time, obviously, and, but we were, it’s a very good defensive team. You know, a very good defensive team. And they caught us on a hot night, and we caught them on a tough night. And those things, we’ll be on the other end of something like that. We have been. So I know we’re fortunate in that respect, because they are so good defensively. And you know, they missed [Cody] Zeller too. You know, he gives them some physicality and some athleticism on both ends of the floor. So you know, kind of everything lined up for us tonight.
** Snyder on Rodney Hood’s development
You know, he’s confident, you know, and I think he’s getting some of that from the group. You know, he’s working so hard. I think he’s so focused defensively, that offense just kinda flows. And I think he’s also understanding that it’s OK to miss. You know, so it’s, the shot isn’t, you know, if he’s got a good shot, we want him taking it. And you know, that’s, he is, he’s taking ‘em. The other thing is, he’s really, he’s got a, his mid-range game, you know, adds a lot. And so, he’s getting, he’s taking good shots, because his threes are clean, and if they’re, you know, if he’s not open, he shot fakes and goes in.

rudy no salute

** Rudy Gobert on the game
Yeah. Fuck yeah. You know, I think they scored like 66 points, and they got two threes at the end…So basically, they scored 60 points.
** Gobert, asked how hard was it for him to stay patient and wait his turn earlier in the season
That was hard, you know? Sometimes, you know, I wanted to be on the court. Especially early in the season, I wanted to be on the court at the end of the games. You know, and most of the time I was just watching from the bench. It was very frustrating for me, you know, sometimes to watch the players dominate inside, and I [couldn’t] do anything. But I trusted coach from the beginning, you know? I really trusted him. I knew he believes in me. I know I just have to be patient, you know, and just play, just do the best when I’m on the court and show him, you know, my abilities. And I knew he really liked me, and I like him too. So I knew it was just a matter of time before he really put me, give me more playing time.
** Gobert on handling success the right away
It’s important, because we’re not even in the playoff. So, I would say we have done nothing. We’ve done some ni–I mean, some great improvement, but we’re not even in the playoff. So, it’s only the beginning, you know? Now we get more respect, and I would say the hardest part gonna start now, because we getting more respect, and this season and early in the next season gonna be the most important.
** Gordon Hayward, asked how the team keeps its offensive focus when up by 30 before halftime
I think just the focus that we have as a team. I mean, everybody was saying it in timeouts, “Let’s keep it going. Make it 40, make it 50.” You know, I think we were just really, you know, competitive tonight, and we were really focused, and we were able to execute what coach wants us to do.
Was it about running up the score, or being the best that you can be?
No, I mean, I think it’s trying to be the best that we can be. And none of us want to get yelled at in film either, so we gotta make sure we make the right play no matter what the score is.

rod-treyA different side of Rodney Hood. And it’s adorable.

** Rodney Hood, asked what he’s thinking when the Jazz are on fire from downtown
Defense. You know, coach is always, no matter how we’re playing on the offensive end, he always preaching defense. So you know, but it’s, always helps to hit shots like that, and you know, it might not be like that e–it’s not gonna be like that every game, but we just gotta continue to defend.
** Hood, asked if he talks to Mike Krzyzewski
Yeah, I talk to, you know, coach K, you know, every other week, and you know, I talk to the assistant coaches all the time…Being there to talk to me, you know, when I need to vent, or you know, when things not going well, I can always call back or remember a time that I had at Duke that, to help me get through a tough time. So they always been there for me, and they’ll continue to. You know, it’s a great friendship that we have. [During the injury], they were always checking up on me, making sure everything was good and you know, making sure I was in high spirits.
** Dante Exum on whether his shot has improved since he was drafted
I think it has, and one of the main reasons behind it is just the confidence. And you know, I’ve had a couple games where it’s not been happening for me. You know, I’ve had people come up and say, you know, keep shooting it, like, you can make it. And you know, it just kinda gives me that little bit of confidence [that] when I’m gonna get that next shot, it’s just gonna go down, so.
** Exum on the Jazz hitting 11 threes in a row
You know, it would’ve been even more fun if we hit 12 threes in a row, but you know, Joe [Ingles] had to put his foot on the line.

dante gq

joe tweet

Random Stuff, etc.
** The LHM Group announced today that Greg and Steve Miller were stepping down together and the group was being restructured with an outside board of directors. According to multiple sources (ha), Mommy (Gail) had had enough of the two not getting along.

Randy Rigby had this to say — with possibly a Freudian slip in there — in response to a highly leading and likely scripted question from Steve Brown (“A lot of folks been asking what is the difference now that Greg has stepped down as CEO, and really, not much, I would think?”):

“You’re exactly right. Nothing has really changed from the Utah Jazz. This, we’re still going forward as we always have, and we will continue to report to Greg, Gail, and Steve as it relates to matters with, for the team, of moving — team moves with players, salary issues. The Miller family is every bit as involved. The Miller family owns, operates and will continue to run all this group of companies. And so, nothing has changed. …

It’ll be a board…A board of directors, I serve on many boards. And boards give advice to the owners, and advice they might want to look at from an outside perspective.”

** Was this supposed to be funny? I don’t get it.


Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Rudy Gobert, asked when he decides to salute: I don’t know. When I feel like it. You know, I can’t control it. It just comes.
** Gobert, asked what he thinks of his various nicknames: I think it’s pretty fun. I didn’t choose one yet, but I’m just watching, you know? I’m just watching what comes up, and it’s pretty fun.
** Rodney Hood on returning Rudy Gobert’s salute: Me and Eli just happened to do it at the same time. You know, we might make it something that we do all the time.
** Matt Harpring on the opening tip: Already, Al Jefferson’s smiling, saying, “Oh man, this guy’s long.”
Craig Bolerjack: He’ll get a heavy dose of Gobert tonight.
** Boler: Exum, does he feel it again? YES. YES! (H/T @dianaallen)
** Harpring on Big Al and Gobert: I don’t think he needs a double team down there. Al’s gonna give you the whole buffet of moves.
** Boler on Gordon Hayward block: Nice job by Hayward. Put up a hand and said, “No way. You’re not coming down my lane.”
** Boler on the Jazz’s 3-point barrage: Matty, they’re just coming in waves after wave.
** Boler: Rebounds are just coming in buckets. (H/T @JuMuJazz)
** Boler: Big Al, inside. That ball —
Harpring: He just couldn’t get it up —
Boler: –get it, Gobert. (H/T @Johnny_UT, @JuMuJazz and @timebomb801)
** Rodney Hood, asked how big the basket felt tonight: It felt big. (H/T @dianaallen)
** Hood on the next game against Washington: We got a big one coming in a couple days, so we gotta get ready.

Red denotes most recent game.

Note: Prior to today, Greg Miller had missed three consecutive home games, which was the most consecutive games he’s missed this season.

game 66

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

Utah Jazz vs. Charlotte Hornets: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

March 17, 2015
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: At The Hive.

we apparently don’t like playing defense to start.
by Sneedle Vision on Mar 16, 2015 | 9:18 PM

the camera angle/lighting in this arena is terrible.
hurts the eyes.

by Sneedle Vision on Mar 16, 2015 | 9:20 PM

Sweet jesus can we please guard a shooter
by docsports22 on Mar 16, 2015 | 9:21 PM

Hayward :(
by raysfan81 on Mar 16, 2015 | 9:26 PM

lookin like Don Draper tonight
by Sneedle Vision on Mar 16, 2015 | 9:27 PM

lol lead grew to 14 in 3 minutes
let’s keep it in singe digits. I want this win

by Championships on Mar 16, 2015 | 9:34 PM

So many wide open threes.
I think Clifford would have been better in 1970.

by FirstCat on Mar 16, 2015 | 9:38 PM

Jazz are straight up blazing from behind the arc. This shit ain’t fair. Loll
by Charlotte Bobcat on Mar 16, 2015 | 9:39 PM

Yup, I’m about to cut this shit off.
by Charlotte Bobcat on Mar 16, 2015 | 9:40 PM

This Jazz team is shaping up to be everything I wish the Hornets would be…
by raysfan81 on Mar 16, 2015 | 9:41 PM

Cho too apparently
Hell, we have half their former players.
Wouldn’t have mattered unless the coach is included in any transaction.

by WeDemBuzz on Mar 16, 2015 | 9:47 PM

I cant even do this in 2k… i was looking forward to game too
by matt511 on Mar 16, 2015 | 9:42 PM

If only we had Rodney Hood and Gordon Hayward instead of PJ Hairston and Lance Stephenson.
by FirstCat on Mar 16, 2015 | 9:42 PM

Quinn Snyder too?
Wouldn’t have mattered with Cliff as coach.
Hood wouldn’t play and Howdy Doody wouldn’t have been a difference maker in our offense.

by WeDemBuzz on Mar 16, 2015 | 9:50 PM

And we’re still doing the SAME SHIT.
Good lord. Can you see it’s not working??????

by Charlotte Bobcat on Mar 16, 2015 | 9:46 PM

So is this NBA Jam?
I’m waiting for the ball to literally catch fire and burn through the nets. This is ridiculous.

by SwampPanther on Mar 16, 2015 | 9:47 PM

I seen a brief inferno on the tail end of a three.
by Charlotte Bobcat on Mar 16, 2015 | 9:49 PM

waiting for the first bucket of the 2nd and then i will watch something else
by matt511 on Mar 16, 2015 | 9:49 PM

by Sneedle Vision on Mar 16, 2015 | 9:49 PM

I came…
I see the score …
I’m leaving.

by Tim Rudisill on Mar 16, 2015 | 9:49 PM

Let’s get it to 40 before the half
by WeDemBuzz on Mar 16, 2015 | 10:01 PM

this Jack Cooley fella is murdering Al.
by Sneedle Vision on Mar 16, 2015 | 10:04 PM

i just want 30 at the half
hendo and mkg only team players atm. MO was for first 6 games

by matt511 on Mar 16, 2015 | 10:07 PM

heck, id take 50 by the end of the whole game
by Teal and Purple on Mar 16, 2015 | 10:07 PM

This coach is smart . He took away every patented shot from each starter.
Hendos corner shot was doubled making him pick the ball up . Kembas elbow shot , covered . They know exactly how to play Al . They have two meet you at the rim . Then they know how to exploit our Pack the paint bs . They spread and I mean spread . It all starts w Gorbert who’s a beast and controls the paint and rim ptotects .

by Brooklyn123netts on Mar 16, 2015 | 10:24 PM

We have 3 lottery picks on the floor
And they have all been in the league at least 3 years and this game has exposed our scouting/drafting department.
It’s also exposed our coaching and lack of development

by WeDemBuzz on Mar 16, 2015 | 10:42 PM

Coming soon to bookstores everywhere…

March 16, 2015

They’ve always had a special bond.

Have a sexy Sunday! ♥

boys gone wild

Don’t miss the other books in this hit series:
My Fair Hayward
The Bull Rider
Turkish Delights
The Call of the Mild
You Will Never Peak Alone
Tug of Love
Harry Potter and the Wizard of Love
Can’t Let You Go
Turkish Delights 2: HEDOnism
Lonely Knight
The Dear Gord Letter
Third Base
Head Over Heels

A Lover’s Guide to Discovering Unexplored Erogenous Zones

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

March 15, 2015


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

burks blue bootsAlec Burks’ blue boots. Snazzy.

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

sergeant-salute-sSalute of the Night

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

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

grandmas tweet
pink grandmas

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

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

Red denotes most recent game.

game 65

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

Utah Jazz vs. Detroit Pistons: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

March 15, 2015
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Detroit Bad Boys.

Detroit Bad Boys is the birthplace of Opponent Game Thread Highlights. It also inspired this post.

We couldn’t beat Utah even when they sucked
by IamPAP on Mar 14, 2015 | 8:12 PM

Why am I here?
Why do I hate myself so much?

by Trout Jefferson on Mar 14, 2015 | 9:01 PM

Yet again, I’ll be very surprised if we don’t get destroyed.
by IamPAP on Mar 14, 2015 | 9:18 PM

I am seriously going to cry when Greg Monroe is gone.
I fucking hate this team so much.

by Trout Jefferson on Mar 14, 2015 | 9:57 PM

The non-Moose and Dre players on this team are just brutal
by smichael69 on Mar 14, 2015 | 10:02 PM

Here’s to a big second half comeback!
I mean, that would be kind of appropriately random, right. . . ?

by Toledo Joe on Mar 14, 2015 | 10:21 PM

Not until we’re in the 5th lottery spot will we win a game.
by IamPAP on Mar 14, 2015 | 10:23 PM

I always expect Favors to pull out a bag and give away candy.
by Kriz on Mar 14, 2015 | 10:33 PM

by IamPAP on Mar 14, 2015 | 10:34 PM

Those are the sort of party favors i’d like
by Kriz on Mar 14, 2015 | 10:35 PM

I always think is name is missing a U.
by garrettelliott on Mar 14, 2015 | 10:37 PM

It would definitely be more classy that way.
by Kriz on Mar 14, 2015 | 10:39 PM

Drunk Stepfather is back!
by Kriz on Mar 14, 2015 | 10:29 PM

Jazz coach is Belthazor.
by Kriz on Mar 14, 2015 | 10:38 PM

He looks like an evil version of Leo in Wolf of Wallstreet
by smichael69 on Mar 14, 2015 | 10:39 PM

He looks like the guy the spawn of Satan to prepare the Earth for his arrival.
The dude that would kidnap the virgin witch to sacrifice in his crossover ritual.

by Kriz on Mar 14, 2015 | 10:41 PM

Same thing then?
by smichael69 on Mar 14, 2015 | 10:42 PM

This is a horrible game.
by Portuguese Piston on Mar 14, 2015 | 10:47 PM

I sure as hell don’t want Tre anymore.
He’s been a shit NBA player.

by Trout Jefferson on Mar 14, 2015 | 10:49 PM

I WOULD get more chances to mock him (and Michigan fans) were he on the Pistons.
This has an upside.

by Kriz on Mar 14, 2015 | 10:51 PM

Is that worth it
to add another player who can’t fucking shoot?

by smichael69 on Mar 14, 2015 | 10:52 PM

I don’t want anyone. I kind of want this team to be sucked into a black hole right now.
by garrettelliott on Mar 14, 2015 | 10:50 PM

Throw it up, jackass. It’s not like any of you has a good shooting percentage to protect.
by Kriz on Mar 14, 2015 | 10:50 PM

How the hell are we still in this game?
by benjals on Mar 14, 2015 | 10:54 PM

Drunken stepfather is looking thiner.
As if he graduated to coke.

by Kriz on Mar 14, 2015 | 10:55 PM

I bet Memo could step out there right now and contribute to the Pistons off the bench.
by RoverTO on Mar 14, 2015 | 11:00 PM

Memo, criminally underrated.
by Rban on Mar 14, 2015 | 11:00 PM

Memo seems pretty cool.
by IamPAP on Mar 14, 2015 | 11:00 PM

I can’t believe Tolliver just dunked on Gobert
what a fucking weird ass game

by smichael69 on Mar 14, 2015 | 11:14 PM

That wasn’t Gobert contesting.
by Trout Jefferson on Mar 14, 2015 | 11:14 PM

It was Exum.
by TheNextGM on Mar 14, 2015 | 11:19 PM

that is much much less impressive then

by smichael69 on Mar 14, 2015 | 11:20 PM

Trey Burke!!!
All the big shots.

by RoverTO on Mar 14, 2015 | 11:25 PM

Except in the NCAA Championship.
by Trout Jefferson on Mar 14, 2015 | 11:26 PM

by Vincent Diringer on Mar 14, 2015 | 11:25 PM

Of course it’s Trey Burke
by benjals on Mar 14, 2015 | 11:25 PM

by Portuguese Piston on Mar 14, 2015 | 11:26 PM

At least Monroe is sexy as fuck
by Kriz on Mar 14, 2015 | 11:33 PM

I feel for him. At least he will enjoy the rest of his career with the Spurs
by Goose15 on Mar 14, 2015 | 11:35 PM

Bits from Dennis Lindsey Interviews, 3/1 and 3/13

March 14, 2015
tags: ,


On individual improvement
All of our guys need to get better on an individual basis, but as important, we need to connect that to the group. It doesn’t need to be individual improvement on an island, if you will.

We have to, there’s a fine line of individual improvement leading to an entitlement, and entitlement being outside of the scope of the team. So we’ve been very careful about what we worked on with the players, and how it feeds back to the larger group. …

There’s the “Hey, I want to expand my game” dilemma. And so, there are times that you want to increase shooting range for a big, for example. But when, and how, and where, and at what time you apply that is very important.

So, many times if you do individual improvement that’s outside of the purview of the coach and the scope of what Quin [Snyder] wants, it can be dangerous because it’s just like if you worked on something, you want your employer to acknowledge it, you know, by recognition or pay.

And here, it’s a team sport, so you could have a guy that’s worked on his pull-up jumper, but Quin doesn’t want it by and large, or doesn’t want it in a particular situation, and you can, it, you can get outside of the scope of the team. So the individual improvement aspect of what you do has to be very integrated into what the team’s doing.

On Rudy Gobert
I’m gonna push down expectations here. Rudy’s a very young man, and certainly we’re proud of him and the work that he’s put in that’s making a tangible impact on our our team.

The market’s excited; his name’s easily chanted. And we get it, and we get it, and we’re excited as well. We’re, but the, there’s a lot of things, and frankly he needs to get better. There’s areas that Rudy needs to improve upon so our group can move forward. Progress of where we’re at is just not enough. (KUTV)

How, if at all, has the Jazz’s recent play changed your off-season plans?
That question’s been asked, and frankly, I don’t know. I think we’ll, we’re discussing whether it should alter timelines or not, and I think the one thing that we have come to is, we have been patient and we have been long term-oriented, and no matter what we do, we need to operate fundamentally.

And I still think our biggest improvement are the players that we have within our locker room walls. I think that’s the greatest arc of improvement that we can have. And certainly, you have to look outside your walls with the draft and free agency, and we’ll do so.

And again, as we’ve stated before, in free agency if the gra–right guy, tho–the right player wants to say yes and it’s the right fit at the right time, we’ll spend every dime.

And then we’ll look at some other, you know, measures during the draft as well, to see what could add to the group, whether that’s select another young player and bore forward with the youth movement, or to, you know, flip that pick, if you will, and trade it for a veteran.

I think all those things have to be on the table, and the one thing I’ve been proud of our group is, is we haven’t got outside of ourselves and tried to trick it up. We’ve stayed fundamental, so I think as much as anything, that’s what we wanna do.

We have to draft well to build our core, and you know, we have to parlay up via trade, and we have to augment in free agency to be a contender. Now, if there’s somewhere along the lines that that equation needs to be altered and speeded up, you know, we’ll be all for that as well. (1280)

nutshell We are keeping our options open.

Game 64 of 82: Utah Jazz vs. Houston Rockets (28-36)

March 13, 2015

HatefulBruisedBantamroosterH/T @ColbySpradlin, via ???

Pre-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder on the NBA reviewing officiating calls in the last two minutes of close games
I just know I’ve tried to have an emphasis for our team on handling adversity…However we deal with adversity, to me, is the main thing. Sometimes, those things going against you make you better, make you stronger. Hopefully, they do within a singular game, but that’s not something I felt like comes naturally to younger players. You know, even learning how to talk to official–get to the next play. You get fouled, you fall down, you know, by the time you’ve pled your case, they’re laying it in on the other end. So, I see it more as a big-picture thing.

** Gordon Hayward, asked which “mundane,” “repetitive” drills Snyder has had the team running
Recently, we talked about turning the ball over. We turned it over way too much, and we did a pivot drill with dots on the floor. And I, you know, I remember doing that in, like, junior high and high school…So you know, he’s got a lotta things to offer, and I think a lot of us are really receptive.
** Hayward on his relationship with Snyder
You know, he’s a very, very smart coach. He knows what he’s doing, and I think a lot of us respect that, and that’s why we do a lot of the things that he asks us to do, because we realize that he’s only trying to make us better, and the things that he does, when we execute ‘em, we’re pretty good, so. You know, I think the relationship’s definitely gotten a lot better.

The Salute. #rudygobert #utahjazz

A video posted by moni (@monilogue) on


Post-Game Quotage

mchale tweet

** Quin Snyder on the defensive effort on James Harden
You know, I thought we worked hard, and you know, a player of his caliber, you know, he’s gonna have great games. And tonight, he didn’t have one of his best games. That’s just the way — we were fortunate. He’s an unbelievable player. I mean, it’s, takes everything you can do just to make it hard on him. I just have a ton of respect for him, and I really, I love his game. Our guys worked. You know, we just, everybody was on, tried to work hard.
** Snyder, asked what he was saying to Rudy Gobert on the sidelines at the end of the third quarter
Rudy and I, we have a great relationship. And it’s gonna continue to get better, the more he listens to me. So, he wanted, he’s very, he wanted Trevor [Booker] — one of the best things about Rudy is he’s smart, you know, and he understands the game, and he wants to understand more of the game. But in doing that, you know, you get into conversation with him about things. He wanted, I think he wanted us to play pick and roll with the f–with Book, and I wanted him in pick and roll because they were switching one through four. So I wanted him in pick and roll, and I eventually got what I wanted. But that, those interactions with Rudy are part of the growth process, and they’re part of, for me, coaching a young team, you know, and figuring out how to talk to guys and how they’re gonna listen. And you know, I’ve been as hard on Rudy lately as anybody, and he’s great. I mean, he’s tough-minded, and he knows I want him to be better, and you know, it’s part of the process.

push-offBrad Jones, playing the Phil Johnson role, trying to save Quin Snyder money.

** Gordon Hayward, asked what pleased him the most about the game
Really pleased with the way we guarded throughout the entire night. I thought we did a great job executing coach’s game plan for us. Everyone was pretty dialed in throughout most of the night. And, got off to a good start. And we kind of never looked back, so I mean, the biggest thing I was proud of is just our defense.
** Rudy Gobert, asked if he considered sitting out the rest of the game after injuring his ankle, or was it not a big deal
That was a pretty big deal, but I just wanted to make sure we win the game.
** Gobert on the feeling of the win
It’s great, you know, because we’ve been working hard, you know, to get to this point. Even if we not, you know, nothing yet, but you know, to get to this point defensively, and it starts to pay off, you know? And I think it’s very encouraging for the future, you know, because we, I mean, we have long shootaround, long practices, and sometimes a little bit tough for us, but it start paying and now we are very glad we had those long practices.
** Gobert, asked if he’s noticed he’s getting more national attention
Of course. I mean, I’m on Twitter so I see what’s going on…I try to have as much followers as Joe [Ingles], but maybe in 10 years, I’ll get it.

** Trevor Booker on Rudy Gobert’s performance
Ten and 10, I think, in the first quarter, so — I didn’t even notice, and Josh Smith said something, and then I looked up. It’s pretty impressive.
** Booker on the Jazz’s growing chemistry
We getting used to one another, and it’s kinda scary for the rest of the NBA.
** Booker on his cereal of choice after the win tonight
I got a taste for some Frosted Mini-Wheats.
** Rodney Hood on his status and starting
Yeah, the minute restriction’s gone. I’m not sure, you know, what was the reason for starting me. I’m glad I did…[Getting the start against James Harden] is a big confidence booster, you know? Every single night, I feel like, you know, I have to guard the better wing. And you know, obviously, you know, it’s a little relief knowing that he’s the best scorer in the league and you don’t have to just stop him. You know, it’s a team thing. So you know, we did a good job tonight.

booker tweet

fournier tweet

Random Stuff, etc.
** People calling Donatas Motiejunas “Dun-AY-tas”: Craig Bolerjack*
* This is actually an improvement from the last time we played the Rockets, when Boler repeatedly called Motiejunas “Papanikolaou.”
** Good ol’ days, Part 1 (via @mehmetokur13):

** Good ol’ days, Part 2 (via @ak47cska):

ak fes

Here we have Andrei Kirilenko posing at or perhaps promoting a “Small and Tall” store. Kyrylo Fesenko’s comment, Google translated: Kirya, do they have really big sizes? (Emphasis mine.)

Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Gordon Hayward on shots: I like it all over. If it’s open, then I like it.
** Craig Bolerjack: Hayward two-hands it. Ingles loves it.
** Matt Harpring on Rudy Gobert: Montiejunas just puts his head down, like, “What am I gonna do with this guy? He’s so long.”
** Harpring: It’s hard to get any love when James Harden is on your team.
** Boler: Here comes Big Joe.
** Harpring on Gobert: He’s so long. A lot of people don’t realize until you get to see him in live person, how long he is.
** Harpring: There you go Big Joe, sneak it in. (H/T @seanp33)

Red denotes most recent game.

game 64

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

Utah Jazz vs. Houston Rockets: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

March 13, 2015
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: The Dream Shake.

“Of course the Jazz used a No. 3 pick on a big man who didn’t pan out, and then luck into potentially the most revolutionary defensive player in the league this side of Roy Hibbert as a late-first-round European project. Of course, just when the Rockets need the Jazz to start sucking — Houston plays them again in the last game of the season — the Jazz start playing well.

Not just ‘well for the Jazz,’ either. With Gobert in the starting lineup, they’ve been the best defensive team in the league. Head coach Quin Snyder looks disturbingly competent. Of all the teams who have tanked the past few years, this is one of the best-positioned teams for improvement next year.”

Let’s get Rudy!!
by inquisitiveman on Mar 12, 2015 | 8:08 PM

I have a feeling we’re going to turn the ball over 20 times tonight
by NVP on Mar 12, 2015 | 8:10 PM

There’s one!
by Bobbythegreat on Mar 12, 2015 | 8:12 PM

by H&Hguy on Mar 12, 2015 | 8:11 PM

LOL Dmo was scared shitless
of going over Gobert.

by Bobbythegreat on Mar 12, 2015 | 8:13 PM

D-mo is standing around
hes fucking watching.

by H&Hguy on Mar 12, 2015 | 8:16 PM

Ariza….what the actual fuck?
How did you not get that board?

by Bobbythegreat on Mar 12, 2015 | 8:20 PM

No one on this team can get a fucking rebound
by H&Hguy on Mar 12, 2015 | 8:21 PM

Everybody just standing around

by Michael 2k on Mar 12, 2015 | 8:20 PM

Gobert doesn’t seem like much of a basketball player
he’s just tall as hell

by Michael 2k on Mar 12, 2015 | 8:23 PM


by H&Hguy on Mar 12, 2015 | 8:24 PM

Well this one might
be over by halftime unless we unfuck ourselves.

by Bobbythegreat on Mar 12, 2015 | 8:25 PM

by H&Hguy on Mar 12, 2015 | 8:26 PM

You have to get someone
to just fucking club Gobert. Maybe McHale will figure out you cant have D-mo and Jones on the court with Gobert

by H&Hguy on Mar 12, 2015 | 8:27 PM


by H&Hguy on Mar 12, 2015 | 8:28 PM

Jesus, it takes 3 guys to get a board
over Gobert.

by Bobbythegreat on Mar 12, 2015 | 8:29 PM

Gobert is a fucking monster
even when he doesn’t get it, he gets it to his teammate

by Michael 2k on Mar 12, 2015 | 8:31 PM

my god, you gotta get Gobert into foul trouble somehow, he’s killing us
by NVP on Mar 12, 2015 | 8:32 PM

10 rebounds in the 1st Q by Gobert. Unacceptable.
by KLP713 on Mar 12, 2015 | 8:32 PM


by H&Hguy on Mar 12, 2015 | 8:33 PM


by H&Hguy on Mar 12, 2015 | 8:34 PM

We need to go up with Gober sitting.
by KeriTheCreoleTexan on Mar 12, 2015 | 8:43 PM

God damn Gobert is lanky.
by Bobbythegreat on Mar 12, 2015 | 8:47 PM

We need to get Gobert into foul trouble
by H_Town5 on Mar 12, 2015 | 8:48 PM

Another offensive board to Goberton a FAST BREAK
by H&Hguy on Mar 12, 2015 | 8:52 PM

yeah everyone is scared around the rim
rushing every shot

by NVP on Mar 12, 2015 | 8:54 PM

Utah fans are so ignorant.
They’ve gotten every ticky tack call, they don’t get one, and go nuts.
No respect.

by Xiane on Mar 12, 2015 | 8:54 PM

How in the fuck was that not over the back?
by Bobbythegreat on Mar 12, 2015 | 8:56 PM

Nothing is over the back for Gobert.
by Xiane on Mar 12, 2015 | 8:57 PM

these refs are a fucking joke right now cmon
by WattYouTalknBoutWillis on Mar 12, 2015 | 8:57 PM

Fucking trash.
by KeriTheCreoleTexan on Mar 12, 2015 | 8:58 PM

Everything is a foul on Houston apparently.
Just playing basketball is a foul.
Way to listen to the ignorant Utah crowd refs.

by Xiane on Mar 12, 2015 | 8:58 PM

They’re calling a lot of just ticky tacky stuff.
And it would be nice if they actually knew what over the back was, since that’s like 1/3 of Gobblers plays.

by Xiane on Mar 12, 2015 | 9:00 PM

I’ve never seen shots going in look uglier than this Ingles guy.
by Xiane on Mar 12, 2015 | 9:01 PM

Wow im done with this game
by H_Town5 on Mar 12, 2015 | 9:06 PM

I’m done with this game
Cant trust this team worth a damn

by NVP on Mar 12, 2015 | 9:08 PM

Did Gobert really show anything before he got a chance?
by ChucktheWagon on Mar 12, 2015 | 9:11 PM

Well he showed that he was tall as fuck
and he could drink legally.

by Bobbythegreat on Mar 12, 2015 | 9:12 PM

Fuck you Rockets
Forcing me to watch you

by ChucktheWagon on Mar 12, 2015 | 9:25 PM

Harden can go sit his ass down
by H&Hguy on Mar 12, 2015 | 9:28 PM

by H&Hguy on Mar 12, 2015 | 9:35 PM

ok refs try not to be too obvious
by WattYouTalknBoutWillis on Mar 12, 2015 | 9:36 PM

This is not even close to the Old UTah Advantage
not even close we have no right to complain

by ChucktheWagon on Mar 12, 2015 | 9:39 PM

Well yeah.
But screw Utah.

by Xiane on Mar 12, 2015 | 9:41 PM

gobert hurt….we might have a slim chance
by inquisitiveman on Mar 12, 2015 | 9:49 PM

Ariza you fucking suck
sit your ass down

by H&Hguy on Mar 12, 2015 | 9:56 PM

Mchale shave that goatee! Its brought nothing but bad luck!
by wavytrillswagg on Mar 12, 2015 | 10:00 PM

Hey Josh Smith took another three early in the shot clock
and we fouled another shooter. FUCK THESE REFS AND THE SCHEDULE.

by H&Hguy on Mar 12, 2015 | 10:01 PM

Mchale go fire yourself.
by wavytrillswagg on Mar 12, 2015 | 10:01 PM

is there another rudy in europe?
can morey “let’s get a rudy type”?

by inquisitiveman on Mar 12, 2015 | 10:03 PM

When Joe Ingles can’t miss, you’re screwed.
by Xiane on Mar 12, 2015 | 10:08 PM

Fuck this team for saying “fuck this game”
and fuck me for being too much of a fan to turn this shitfest off

by Michael 2k on Mar 12, 2015 | 10:15 PM

Jazz announcers disappointed
That garbage time is going to deflate how dominant they were tonight

by Carlos_HoustonSportsFanatic on Mar 12, 2015 | 10:16 PM

Matt Harpring is Satan’s fart.
by Xiane on Mar 12, 2015 | 10:19 PM

Bits from Randy Rigby Interview, 3/11

March 12, 2015
tags: ,


On the Utah Jazz
You know, this is still a young plant that is, the roots are just starting to grow. But you’re seeing the results for, of this, and if we continue to nurture it properly, continue to l–water it and see this thing grow, I think it can be something that we’re all very proud of, and that can bear the fruits and results that we are hoping that it’ll produce.

On the Jazz going 10-3 in their last 13 games
I just left a great meeting with some of our dear friends…and a number of people there just recently said, “You know what? I’m now a Jazz fan again.”

And I, you hear that constantly from people sh–that are following the team again and they’re, they love what they’re seeing. They l–they’re loving the enthusiasm, the energy and the style of play that the team’s producing.

* Rigby on Nov. 6, 2014 after the Jazz’s 0-4 start last season:
“Our fan base is really enjoying it. We’re seeing some great basketball.”

Rigby on Dec. 4, 2014, when the Jazz were 4-15:
“And people say, ‘You know what? You guys have been brilliant in what you’re doing. I support what’s going on.'”

Just sayin’.

On Derrick Favors’ performance against the Knicks
Yeah, Derrick, I’ll tell you, last night, I thought, really played like a man. And that’s what we need when you have Gordon [Hayward], is, it was not there. We’re seeing more consistency from Deron — from, sorry, from Derrick.

You’re seeing Derrick having, I see an energy level and a confidence and real love and fun that Derrick hasn’t had to this level before. And it’s exciting to see the potential continuing to grow from Derrick Favors, and his love for the game continuing to grow, and his confidence, and, in our style, and in his abilities as well.

A few months ago, a win was a win. Now, it matters how you win. Is that an indication of how far you’ve come?
I think that is an indication. It’s a s–indication of the maturity, and I think it’s also an indication from Quin [Snyder] and his expectation. I think early on in the season, we were satisfied with just getting a win and with, you know, accepting that we’re the, we, we’re in, a team that is learning a new system and that we’re coming together and growing together.

But now, we don’t use that any longer as an excuse. The, this is a team now that, they know what their coach is expecting. They know what the system is. They know what we’re supposed to be doing together and what their role is, and when Quin and our coaching staff sees that they’re not meeting those expectations and doing what they know they are expected to do, to help us win and to put teams away, they’re not measuring up to the bar that we want.

And that’s a measurement that we want to set, and a habit and philosophy that we want going forward, so as we become even a more competitive team, and a cham–and a playoff-caliber and then a championship-caliber team, that it’s a style that is ingrained in these players, and expectations in these players, to have that tough mindset. ‘Cause I think g–they need to have that to get to the levels we want to get, and that we expect to be at.

Is the only suitable result for this period of development the playoffs next year?
Well, I, you know what, that’s one of our next steps that we want to shoot towards, is being a playoff-contending team, as getting to the playoffs…

I’m not gonna say that the playoffs have to be in our position for next year at this time. I think, I do expect us to still stay on the track of improvement and development, better than where we’re at this year, in next year, and in fact is gonna be strong enough to get us to a place of the playoffs…

But again, I want our fans to, you know, we’ve all said we wanna be patient in a unpatient business, and I’d hate for us to continue to have the great growth and development and for some reason we didn’t make the playoffs because of these other eight great teams that are in the West, that we say that it was a failure. (1280)

Bits from Walt Perrin Interview, 3/9

March 12, 2015
tags: ,


What are you looking for when you’re scouting? What kind of player does this team need?
Well, I, you know, our defense has come along really well this past year. I think our offense still needs a little work, so I’m trying to find some guys who might be able to shoot the ball a little bit better than what we have. Guys that might be able to also make plays for his teammates. So, I’m looking, I’m really looking for shooting, ’cause I really think we need a lot better shooting on our team.

Which things are translatable to the NBA level?
In terms of what I look at, look for, when I go out and watch guys, first of all, I just look at the body. See what kind of body structure they have. If they have long arms, if they have big hands, if they have, how big their feet are. How high are their legs.

And then as they play, just watch and see if they have intensity in the game, if they play hard enough, how smart they are. And then we kinda look at whether or not they can score the ball, whether they play defense, how smart they are playing with their teammates. There’s quite a few things we kinda look at.

Update on Ante Tomic and Raul Neto
Well, we’ve been over to, and I’ve seen Tomic play this year. We’ve been over to see those guys play. We’ve been in contact with their people.

I think that’s a decision that once this season is over, once we start gearing up for summer league and the draft, I think that’s a decision that we–or a discussion that we will have at that particular time. Right now I don’t know, per se, myself, I don’t know if anybody’s talked about it.

Again, I’m out, I’m on the road quite a bit. I don’t know if Dennis [Lindsey] and Justin [Zanik] and Kevin [O’Connor] have talked about it in the office, ’cause we haven’t talked about it among us ourselves on the staff. And again, I think that’s something that comes up a little bit later in the year.

What about Quin Snyder makes you think he is the right man for the job?
The thing that I s–well, besides the defense, how much he’s put emphasis on us becoming a very good defensive team, I think he’s holding everybody accountable. I mean, and that’s from himself on down; his assistant coaches and the players. And I think he’s done a great job of that.

He’s got everybody basically on the same page on what we need to get done to become a very good team, to be a playoff team and then a championship team. And they, and everybody bought into it so far. And I think he’s done a super job in that regard. (1280)


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