Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Detroit Bad Boys.
Fitting to start the new season of Opponent Game Thread Highlights with the fan base that inspired this feature. The exchange that started it all:
Rob G – Dec 19th, 2008 at 8:34 pm
Who is that devastatingly handsome man who just checked in for the Jazz? I’m a straight man, but my god he is beautiful.
Sean W. – Dec 19th, 2008 at 8:36 pm
lol .. rob g… u must be talking about the jazz’s own ashton kutcher
Rob G – Dec 19th, 2008 at 8:36 pm
No, this is a sober assessment. Ashton Korver? Is that his name? He’s dreamy.
is the only Jazz bench player I’ve ever heard of.
by heWizard on Oct 28, 2015 | 7:28 PM
What about TREY BURKE?!?!
by J Dre on Oct 28, 2015 | 7:34 PM
HE’S A STARTER
by heWizard on Oct 28, 2015 | 7:36 PM
Easy there lol
by Goose15 on Oct 28, 2015 | 7:36 PM
Trey Burke isn’t starting?
Injured or just benched for that Brazillian dude? Either way, I take it as good news for us.
by bugman222 on Oct 28, 2015 | 7:39 PM
I like this Jazz team and Quin Snyder. Too bad we are gonna have to whoop that ass. Lets get it!
by TOTAL DRUMMONDATION on Oct 28, 2015 | 7:39 PM
I’m digging this matchup
I like the Jazz…could be battling them for years
by Christopher Daniels on Oct 28, 2015 | 7:44 PM
by J Dre on Oct 28, 2015 | 7:54 PM
by bugman222 on Oct 28, 2015 | 7:54 PM
we dont match up well with the Jazz
by TOTAL DRUMMONDATION on Oct 28, 2015 | 7:55 PM
WHY THE FUCK DO WE ALWAYS SUCK AGAINST THE jAZZ?
by SanDiegoMick on Oct 28, 2015 | 7:59 PM
Because Quinn Snyder is a mean son of a gun.
by J Dre on Oct 28, 2015 | 8:00 PM
Quin Snyder looks like a voodoo doll of Willem Dafoe.
by Ron MarsHall on Oct 28, 2015 | 8:21 PM
Whoa, Paul Milsap’s brother is in the league? That’s cool.
by J Dre on Oct 28, 2015 | 8:12 PM
It’s news to me too!
by jayod on Oct 28, 2015 | 8:13 PM
Blake looks just like every dad ballin’ out at church league.
by kfsanders on Oct 28, 2015 | 8:14 PM
Him and #2 for Utah <—- Joe Ingles
He looks like they found him at the bar on the mezzanine
by Christopher Daniels on Oct 28, 2015 | 8:16 PM
Man, Gobert seems like a straight-up douche
by CheerstoLilWayne on Oct 28, 2015 | 8:19 PM
Man is Gobert ever going to sub out?
by arkioll on Oct 28, 2015 | 8:19 PM
Gobert really does change things out there
by yelloweye on Oct 28, 2015 | 8:23 PM
Man, gotta figure out how to stop Favors.
by Steve Hinson on Oct 28, 2015 | 8:30 PM
Gobert and Favors are gonna be tough for us to solve, with our personnel. same goes for the rest of the league though, I think they are gona surprise some people this year
by TOTAL DRUMMONDATION on Oct 28, 2015 | 8:32 PM
Trey Burke is so bad
by Justin Lambregtse on Oct 28, 2015 | 8:37 PM
He’s too short.
by Ron MarsHall on Oct 28, 2015 | 8:55 PM
joey crawford jerkoff session in progress
by Tootin’ Mahorn on Oct 28, 2015 | 9:17 PM
Now for sure.
Crawford literally wiped the smirk off his own face after calling the T. Amazing.
by buzzardbeater on Oct 28, 2015 | 9:21 PM
I hate Joey Crawford so much
by Justin Lambregtse on Oct 28, 2015 | 9:17 PM
It’s nice to feel angry at the refs again.
Rather than the players.
by Steve Hinson on Oct 28, 2015 | 9:19 PM
by CheerstoLilWayne on Oct 28, 2015 | 9:21 PM
I actually really like what Utah is doing
Just do a bit less in the 4th, please
by NiceUnparticularMan on Oct 28, 2015 | 9:27 PM
Who is Ingles?
I noticed him earlier this game. He is trash. He just scored too…
by ije2112 on Oct 28, 2015 | 9:32 PM
IS BURKS JAMES HARDEN IN DISGUISE?!
by arkioll on Oct 28, 2015 | 9:33 PM
why does Hayward think he’s Ryan Gosling?
by Tootin’ Mahorn on Oct 28, 2015 | 9:52 PM
Are we going to beat Utah?
by Rban on Oct 28, 2015 | 10:01 PM
Is that… Physically possible?
by jayod on Oct 28, 2015 | 10:02 PM
Form A Fucking Wall!
by Ray Wright on Oct 28, 2015 | 10:01 PM
FORM A FUCKING WALL!
by J Dre on Oct 28, 2015 | 10:01 PM
WALL IS FUCKING FORMED
by arkioll on Oct 28, 2015 | 10:03 PM
FUCKING WALLS: FORM THEM
by Tootin’ Mahorn on Oct 28, 2015 | 10:04 PM
by rames on Oct 28, 2015 | 10:04 PM
Motown >>>>>>>>> Jazz
by J Dre on Oct 28, 2015 | 10:04 PM
by SanDiegoMick on Oct 28, 2015 | 10:05 PM
WOOOOOOO DEEEETROOOOOITTT BAAAASKEEEETBALLLLLLL
by feez_22 on Oct 28, 2015 | 10:05 PM
One. Rodney Hood on his favorite food: Cabbage, man. I been eating that since I was, like, five, six years old. My grandparents used to cook it every Wednesday, and I used to go over their house just to eat that. That’s — cabbage with hot sauce on it. I know it’s a little weird.* It’s a southern thing, but it’s really good.
* Not in the least, Rodney.
What have the Jazz lost?
Dennis Lindsey on Bryce Cotton in August and last month during Media Day:
So, Bryce Cotton adds some speed. An offensive substitute, a weapon if you will, and we look forward to capitalize on that.
Bryce Cotton has very unique speed and explosive scoring ability that we hope to capitalize on.
And Lindsey on Treveon Graham in August:
Treveon’s a fine young man, and has come from a really serious program at VCU…Treveon’s a good wing that can score. He’s a plus-rebounder for the position. He’s become a very good shooter over time.
Three. A couple of plays from the Denver game:
Four. People talking about Rudy Gobert:
** Rodney Hood: When he’s locked in at practice, you know, he’s pretty good. You know, especially talking on the back line in defense, it really helps us a lot. You know, ’cause he sees everything, and you know, he figures out a lot of things on the offensive end, you know, stuff that we probably don’t see. You know, he kinda creates stuff in his mind, which helps us as guards and wing players.
** Gordon Hayward: I expect him to, you know, pick up from where he left off last year…For Rudy, it’s a mental thing. You know, it’s a focus thing. And if he’s focused, then the sky’s the limit. He’s been gifted with, you know, extreme length that not very many people have. You can’t teach that. So, with Rudy, I think if he stays focused, he can be really good.
** Raul Neto on the Eurostep play (above): That was impressive. I mean, look a guy at, with his size just doing that, that way. But he’s really good, I think. I was behind him ’cause if something goes wrong, but he did well.
** Rudy Gobert on his Eurostep play: It’s what I do.
Five. What’s cuter than the Pink Grandmas? The Pink Grandmas blowing kisses!
Six. Quin Snyder on the new additions to his staff: It’s kinda interesting. We had one, our video coordinator is not with us anymore. And then we had Patrick Beilein, who’s not with us anymore. So, in reality, we literally didn’t add anyone as far as bodies go.
We added Jeff Watkinson and created a position for him as, you know, the director of integrated player development. But that said, I, there’s a misconception about that because we have more guys involved, and we have some really good people. I think we were able to supplement our staff in some very significant ways with experience.
In Igor [Kokoskov]’s case, you know, the head coach of the Georgian national team. You know, he’s been in an NBA championship team in Detroit. You know, and a familiarity that I have with him from, you know, 15 years ago.
By the same token, Zach Guthrie was an intern with me in Austin for three years and then was in San Antonio for two years, and is someone that I’ve kept in touch with. He ran the video room in Orlando prior to moving through that staff. So, I think we’ve got some people — and Jeff Watkinson obviously. We got some people that understand, in addition to our current staff, what we’re trying to build, and I’m excited about that chemistry.
It’s, just like a team, it takes a while to, you know, there’s more guys on the court. You’re figuring out — we were kidding Alex Jensen, when our D-League coach, Dean Cooper — for about half an afternoon, Alex called him “Woody.” He didn’t know. So we’re all, we have a good time giving each other a hard time.*
And, but it’s been good. And those guys, to me, they add value. And they’re people that when, essentially, when I went after them to come, I knew what I was getting, and how they could supplement the staff we already have.
** Trey Burke on how his work with Igor Kokoskov has helped his game: You know, me and Igor have been watching a lot of film…I think [the game’s] really starting to just slow down for me, and my reads are getting better…
[Kokoskov] helps me out a lot with my balance on court. You know, obviously we get our shots in, but a lot of things coming off pick and roll, balance things. You know, he has me doing a lot of, like, weird drills, with my, with one foot, two feet, drills that a lot of people are looking at as weird, but I think it helps me out a lot because balance was a big area that I needed to grow in, a big area I could improve in, and he’s helped me out a lot with that…
A lot of times, he tells me coming off the pick and rolls, don’t predetermine what you’re gon do. You know, really just allow the defense to make your decision for you…So it’s just a lot of reads that go into, that goes into the game that you don’t see, that I get to see watching film with Igor, and he helps me out with that.
Also, unfortunate times to pause the Twitter crawl on the broadcast:
Eight. Quin Snyder on the change to the starting guard lineup: Basically, when you see certain combinations and what they have or what they’re lacking, and you try to put together groups on the floor that can maximize those minutes. So, sometimes that means, you know, the lineups reflect that.
You know, the one thing that’s clear is Trey Burke is playing great. So it, you know, it’s, and I don’t know. We haven’t made decisions about all those things, and what our expectation is and what we’re lucky that we have is, we have guys that — you know, everybody wants to start.
You know, I mean, Rodney wants to start. Alec [Burks] wants to start. Trey wants to start. Raul [Neto] wants to start. But the thing that we have is a group that I think understands, you know, the value of, you know, the team is bigger than any one of us.
** Raul Neto on starting: I like to play. I don’t care if it, it’s the starting lineup, or, I don’t know. I just like to play and enjoy there on the court…It’s a thing that I really don’t care if I’m starting the next game or not. I just wanna keep improving and keep practicing every day, like I’m, like I am, and do my best every minute I’m on the court.
**Trey Burke, asked if he was at all disappointed, in any way, about not starting: No, I’m not.
** Rudy Gobert on the change to the starting guard lineup: I like it. I think it’s great to have Trey and Alec [Burks] coming off the bench. You know, give us pop(?) offensively, and have Raul and Rodney starting, physicality on the best offensive players. …
I think we play with more intensity [with this starting lineup]. You know, I think, I mean, Trey’s more offensive guard, and Raul is more defensive guard. So, everybody got his strength, and I think Trey can impact the games more from the bench. And I think that was a great, you know, a great idea to put Raul in the starting lineup.
Nine. Doc on the Flex Cam:
Ten. Trey Burke on his buzzer beaters against Denver, Unintentional Dirty Quote Machine: Alec found me at the end of the third quarter, and I kinda just tried to get it up as quick as possible. First quarter…once I got down there, you know, I just had to finish.
On having Quin Snyder as the Jazz’s coach
We have, w–frankly, I have to take advantage of this. We have a unique coach that has a very good imagination, and he is, he can see the possibilities in players sometimes that they don’t even see in themselves.
He coaches them hard; he gives them real specific technical knowledge. And so, they get better, and that helps with the buy-in, even if at times, we’re helping someone else get better that doesn’t immediately make the roster.
On the importance of a disciplined defense
Tom Thibodeau had a great quote for all of our coaches and players last week when he was in: “Defense travels.” A defensive, or a disciplined defense travels even better, in my opinion. We’ve tried to be a low-foul team but still have great defensive integrity.
And so when you’re very disciplined on defense, then you can take out that homecourt advantage, where if it’s a 50-50 call, official may, you know, tilt towards a home team under those situations. So, if you’re very disciplined on your defense, it does give you a shot to take a few games on the road.
On Trey Burke vs. Raul Neto
I really like how Quin has emphasized [team over individual], and made it really about the group and what’s right for the group. So, I think in many ways Trey and Raul have helped each other.
Trey wo–you know, as an example to Raul about what it means to be a point guard here in Utah and for the Jazz, and I think Trey has also picked up on how Raul is, has handled himself defensively picking up full court. So I, it’s awesome to see, quite frankly.
They both work with Igor [Kokoskov] as their positional coach in, and repping out some fundamental things that go hand-in-hand with where our team’s at, is, and as far as being a point guard with the Jazz, but also some very non-traditional drills that Igor and our coaches are working with both of them relative to their balance and their body position…
The point guard position doesn’t necessarily have to be prolific night in and night out for us — we’re not built that way — but it does need to be efficient. It does need to be heady. It does need to be energetic. And I think both of the returns on our young point guards has been that in the preseason, and frankly it needs to carry over to the regular season as well.
On Rodney Hood’s body
We’ve been able to get in front of h–the minor injuries he had last year. I think we understand his body, in layman’s terms, better.
On Quin Snyder’s State of the Utah Jazz Address
I can completely concur. That’s something that needs to be said publicly, needs to be said privately, and I’m totally for grasping and looking at your reality and where you sit. I think if you’re sticking your head in the sand relative to your issues, no matter what business, it creates blind spots. Blind spots get you killed.
And so, this is the best league in the world, and we’re the second youngest team in the league, and we did show some progress over a two-month period, but let’s just call it what it is. It was progress. It wasn’t the destination where we wanna be. And so, I think Quin has been systematically giving that message…
We have to do what we do as a group. We have some very good young players, but frankly, we can’t be, as Quin would describe it, a typical NBA team. We have to move bodies. We have to play harder. We have to play with the pass. We have to play with precision, and it has to be very integrated five-man lineups when this happens.
And so, if our concentration isn’t there, if our mindset isn’t there — if, just us thinking, frankly, in the preseason we’re something that we’re not is there, then we’re, we certainly will be in trouble and the league will punch us across the jaw and wake us up. (1280)
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Denver Stiffs.
Hayward got jacked
by Japheth:the.other.kind.of.asian. on Oct 22, 2015 | 7:14 PM
And the games over in record time lol
by AllDayMudiay on Oct 22, 2015 | 7:16 PM
by AllDayMudiay on Oct 22, 2015 | 7:20 PM
Replay animation is very quick
Thank you, Utah. OKC’s took about 10 minutes to run.
by That’s the Jokic on Oct 22, 2015 | 7:24 PM
Energy solutions arena. They’re efficient
by NurktheSmirk on Oct 22, 2015 | 7:24 PM
Blech. That was an ugly quarter.
by margabelle on Oct 22, 2015 | 7:40 PM
not really impressed with the Jazz to be honest
by 5OneTime5 on Oct 22, 2015 | 7:45 PM
I’ve liked their ball movement
Defense looks good, too. They aren’t going to be contenders, but they look superior to us at every position (as weak as some may be right now with rest).
by That’s the Jokic on Oct 22, 2015 | 7:46 PM
They’re only superior at C/PF
by 5OneTime5 on Oct 22, 2015 | 7:50 PM
These Nuggets are briiiick-TASTIC tonight!
by Gordon Gross on Oct 22, 2015 | 7:54 PM
i missed the 1st part of the game, did quinn crack open the skull of a toddler and feast on the grayish-pink goodness within, like normal?
by dynamo.joe on Oct 22, 2015 | 7:56 PM
We can’t buy a foul call
by Russ Hamilton on Oct 22, 2015 | 8:01 PM
Like I said, interesting reffing. I dunno when Utah became GSW in the refs’ eyes
by Gordon Gross on Oct 22, 2015 | 8:01 PM
Reffing in Utah has always been rough
They have a scary arena
by DomP on Oct 22, 2015 | 8:12 PM
Are you saying the refs are afraid of getting murdered by angry Mormons
And converted to Mormonism after they are dead?
by That’s the Jokic on Oct 22, 2015 | 8:13 PM
Do they sell beer at the stadium?
by That’s the Jokic on Oct 22, 2015 | 8:07 PM
probably cost like $50 if they do.
by InboundingLobPass on Oct 22, 2015 | 8:08 PM
Yeah I went to Moab one year for spring break
we took a bunch of booze with us from CO but ran out.
went into town to restock and saw that each six pack was on a shelf (no coolers) and the price tag was like $3 next to each one.
I thought I’d hit the jackpot and didn’t realize that price was per beer and ended up spending like $35 on a couple of sixers..
by InboundingLobPass on Oct 22, 2015 | 8:19 PM
by NewLeafHank on Oct 22, 2015 | 8:20 PM
Why is the Jazz mascot a hairy bear creature
Rather than a classy Jazz Musician?
by That’s the Jokic on Oct 22, 2015 | 8:18 PM
Undergound bear bars in Salt Lake?
Maybe it’s a subversive nod to gay culture? Yes? No?…..
by Jeffrey Morton on Oct 22, 2015 | 8:20 PM
what do bears have to do with gay people if I may ask?
by NurktheSmirk on Oct 22, 2015 | 8:21 PM
by dynamo.joe on Oct 22, 2015 | 8:23 PM
Favors was over the back and it wasn’t called
by NurktheSmirk on Oct 22, 2015 | 8:32 PM
Gallo was mugged and the refs are swallowing their whistles…
by InboundingLobPass on Oct 22, 2015 | 8:33 PM
what do the nuggets need to do to get a foul called?
by NurktheSmirk on Oct 22, 2015 | 8:34 PM
is this crowd actually whiter than okc?
by dynamo.joe on Oct 22, 2015 | 8:36 PM
still no foul?
by NurktheSmirk on Oct 22, 2015 | 8:38 PM
The Jazz don’t foul, clearly
by Russ Hamilton on Oct 22, 2015 | 8:39 PM
That would have been a foul if the Nuggets did it
by Russ Hamilton on Oct 22, 2015 | 8:39 PM
hey! the only two not white people!
twin Japanese girls who never relocated from the internment camp after the war!
by dynamo.joe on Oct 22, 2015 | 8:49 PM
Um…Is he talking about the Pink Grandmas?
is that not a goaltend?
by NurktheSmirk on Oct 22, 2015 | 8:53 PM
Jazz don’t goaltend either
by Russ Hamilton on Oct 22, 2015 | 8:54 PM
How many times is Trey Burke gonna score a bucket as the buzzer sounds….
by JoeKnows23 on Oct 22, 2015 | 8:53 PM
So, here’s the plan.
Gallo walks out to center court, draws his claymore and stabs it into the Jazz logo while at the same time screaming, “GORDON!” The rest of the game is then just Gallo and Hayward playing one on one full court.
by Russ Hamilton on Oct 22, 2015 | 9:00 PM
Is Gobert Trying To Torment Us?
by spik3 on Oct 22, 2015 | 9:01 PM
An ignominious finish to the preseason…
by That’s the Jokic on Oct 22, 2015 | 9:24 PM
+1 for SAT word usage
by dynamo.joe on Oct 22, 2015 | 9:25 PM
1 point and 3 rebounds, faried?
way to not give a shit lol
by NurktheSmirk on Oct 22, 2015 | 9:25 PM
He got pushed around by Favors
That’s a matchup where I think you have him on Gobert usually, but Jokic would have gotten it even worse against Favors. Not a nice frontcourt for him, especially without a frontcourt mate with any girth to play with.
by DomP on Oct 22, 2015 | 9:27 PM
What is the biggest positive and negative you have seen in the preseason so far?
Well, let’s start, to me, with [the negative] items first…I think we still got a lot of work to do on attention to detail. And our precision, our timing, our intensity is not near where we need it to be, and where it can be, and should be.
And I thought Quin [Snyder] did a masterful job in talking last night to our team, and letting them know that we’re not at all satisfied, and nor should they be, and I kn–we have the character of players that aren’t satisfied either, and we need to keep stepping up our attention to detail, our attention to mentally coming in prepared, and the precision that we’re doing offensively, and also just watching the minor breakdowns that we’re having on defense.
And I really feel that our players have it in it, have it in them, to do better, to work together, and that’s the improvement that w–I really feel we need to have.
Now, having said that, what I am pleased with is, there is a sense of camaraderie and unity with our team, that they’re embracing the improvement.
They’re embracing the need that they know that, of the steps that need to be taken. They really believe in our coaching staff. They believe in Quin and our philosophy, and his commitment to them, his commitment to winning, and we can get better. And that we can better.
And so, I am pleased with that desire. So, we need to just continue to now work harder and be more focused to get to those levels. We saw what that level looks like with Oklahoma City last night, and we need to now emulate those same kind of characteristics.
Should it inspire confidence in the players that the Jazz brought the same team back?
In the post interviews at the end of the season, the analysis that, the front office, we all felt, is that and that’s w–we talked about these steps of bringing these young players together and adding pieces, and we felt very strong about the unity that we felt, the work ethic, the character that this team had, and we saw, you know, it, you know, to, it, kind of like a, it gives you, molding a piece of clay.
You’re seeing it, and you’re saying, is it coming together right? Is it feeling good? Does it, you know, you, kinda that feel test. And we felt that we really had a team and a core of talent, that with a continued effort and work, that it can continue to be the kind of, shape into the type of team and results that we wanted to have. And so, we feel that that’s where we were at the end of the season…
We now need to, though, continue to now look at digging inside — our players need to continue to now look inside themselve and take those steps, additional steps, up, in their intensity, and, both mentally and physically, and keep working on the attention to detail that Quin and our coaching staff continue to just drive into them, in practice. And we’ve gotta, we gotta see those additional steps. That’s, now, where we’re at with this team.
Can the Jazz reach Oklahoma City’s level with its role players (without a Kevin Durant or Russell Westbrook)?
All the indications are that we, I feel we can, and see that we can. I’m, look at, you know, now. Are they going to look exactly like a Russell Westbrook? Are they going to look like a Kevin Durant? Maybe not. But look at the steps that we’ve had with Rudy Gobert.
Now, I’ll say this to Rudy, I mean, and I–we see this. Rudy’s had some remarkable improvements o–from year to year to year. One thing I’m encouraging all of us to do right now is we need to stop reading our own press clippings and we need to just focus on — you know, ’cause everyone’s saying we’re gonna be better [and Gobert]’s gonna be better. And Rudy has the potential. But we need — we’re not there. He’s not there. We as a team aren’t there, and we’re not gonna do it individually. We’re gonna do it collectively.
But having said that, we have players that continue to have the talent level that a–is not at all being reached at their top, at this point, in their careers. And we need them to continue to work at it, and I’m not gonna say individual players, but we continue to con–see more, and we’ve seen more steps from a Gordon Hayward, from a Rudy, from a Derrick Favors, from Trey Burke and Alec Burks.
But we need to continue to have, all of us as a team, continuing to push ourself to even higher levels. And I th–those talent levels aren’t, are even at a higher level than where they’re at right now. And that gives me hope that we have those potentials, just like a young, and I don’t wanna say this, as a young Kevin Durant, or Ru–or a young Russell Westbrook. But we still have talent that is still not being utilized. (1280)
The thing about our team is, we’ve got some good players, and we’ve got an opportunity to be a good team. But it’s not like anyth–anybody, or our team, has done anything.
We’ve played well at times. Our individual players have played well at times. But you’re looking at Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook: guys that, like, have a level that no one — we haven’t touched that.
So for us, it’s, you know, hey, look at what that is, and what those guys are doing, how hard they practice. You see them before the game, how hard they went? You know, those are hungry guys that are All-Stars. And you know, if we wanna get to that place — individually, collectively — that’s what you have to do. You have to say, look, that’s it.
And they’re, I think they appreciate the opportunity they have. You know, Kevin Durant was hurt for a year. You know, they lost in the NBA Finals. They know that level, and they looked unbelievably hungry. You know, they just came out, and came at it.
You know, and to me, that’s a team that has an appreciation for how difficult it is to win in this league. They know that you have to do e-very-thing, and sometimes that’s still not enough on a given night unless you get a little lucky.
We don’t understand that. Why would we? You know, we haven’t been in that situation. So, to play a team that’s on that level, to me, is, you know, that’s what you have to do, to get there. You have to experience it.
And you can talk about it all you want, until Kevin Durant comes down from 3 feet behind the line, and you go under on pick and roll and he drills a three. And you say, wow, no, that’s what he does. It’s what he does. So, it’s, that’s a credit to them.
And it’s not being down on our team, either. It’s just, it’s a realistic — you know, hey, I love our team. You know, like, we didn’t make a change. We got Alec [Burks] back. We re-signed [Trevor] Book[er]. We got, I mean, we got the same team we had last year. You know, if we didn’t feel that way about our team, we wouldn’t do that.
But that doesn’t mean that we’re a good team now. You know, we were a good team for about two months, you know, and we were a good team when other teams sometimes were resting a player. You know, the competition that we played was always formidable in the league, but we weren’t playing teams that were competing for the playoffs very often.
And, like, I’m not dampening any enthusiasm, but I am being realistic about who our group is. And that’s what our group needs. We need to be realistic about the level that’s out there, and if we wanna reach it, it’s a hard road.
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Welcome to Loud City.
Only noticed after the fact that every comment in this post is by the same person. Shoutout to RingoKid, who posted 24 of the 37 comments in the game thread.
russ with a floater…
…and it wasn’t a turd.
by RingoKid on Oct 20, 2015 | 8:18 PM
thunder makin’ it look too easy…
…except for dion of course
by RingoKid on Oct 20, 2015 | 8:31 PM
dion with the legit…
then blows the freethrows sigh
then dunks the next play sigh again
by RingoKid on Oct 20, 2015 | 8:46 PM
singler with the almost great play…
by RingoKid on Oct 20, 2015 | 9:09 PM
robes with his go to shot…
…nuthin but air
by RingoKid on Oct 20, 2015 | 9:27 PM
ibaka is solid
like african hardwood solid
by RingoKid on Oct 20, 2015 | 9:53 PM
It’s novak time!
by RingoKid on Oct 20, 2015 | 10:05 PM
KD just showing off now.
clutch as fuck!
by RingoKid on Oct 20, 2015 | 10:10 PM
russ with a triple double.
bloody show off too!
by RingoKid on Oct 20, 2015 | 10:16 PM
by RingoKid on Oct 20, 2015 | 10:24 PM
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Blazers Edge.
Jazz are resting all their players:(
by gernblanstan on Oct 18, 2015 | 5:09 PM
Afraid of CJ.
He is an assassin, and you don’t get lucky twice.
by solid_soup on Oct 18, 2015 | 5:31 PM</span
Good start guys!
by Lassiie on Oct 18, 2015 | 6:12 PM
hahaha this game is the ugly and the hilarious
by Farouq it I’m out on Oct 18, 2015 | 6:18 PM
It’s such a pleasant surprise that the team looks reasonably solid in preseason.
The lack of any hint of dumpster fire bodes well that this season won’t be totally unwatchable.
by Timmay! on Oct 18, 2015 | 6:24 PM
See “Faint praise, damning with”
by occassia on Oct 18, 2015 | 6:25 PM
Is that our long-lost Withey?
by occassia on Oct 18, 2015 | 6:30 PM
I guess there is room on the Blazer Killers shelf for Rodney Hood.
by jenstcy on Oct 18, 2015 | 6:57 PM
ugh, why do they have to have Burke and Burks on the same team?
by Reasonable Approximation on Oct 18, 2015 | 6:58 PM
old man Ingles at it again!
Git off my lawn Blazers
by Farouq it I’m out on Oct 18, 2015 | 6:58 PM
No matter what, no matter who our personnel is, it’s plain that one thing never changes
guys like Joe Ingles still have their best games against us
by Corwin71 on Oct 18, 2015 | 6:59 PM
Blazer Killers. This Jazz team is full of them.
by jenstcy on Oct 18, 2015 | 7:01 PM
Jazz can’t miss.
by ParticleAccelerator on Oct 18, 2015 | 6:59 PM
Had no idea the Jazz shoot 62.5% from three!
They’re gonna be amazing!
by Farouq it I’m out on Oct 18, 2015 | 7:01 PM
I despise Ingles
by bowdown on Oct 18, 2015 | 7:06 PM
he has that rec league look to him
by Mantre7179 on Oct 18, 2015 | 7:07 PM
I’m mildly conflicted
as an Aussie & a Blazers fan…but generally, I’m ok with Jingles knocking down any shots the Blazers give him.
by DeadBear on Oct 18, 2015 | 7:10 PM
hahaha this is a great great great nickname
by Farouq it I’m out on Oct 18, 2015 | 7:15 PM
Craig Bolerjack: No.
You know your defense is bad when Trey Burke is shooting over 40%
by bowdown on Oct 18, 2015 | 7:07 PM
Ingles is one of those guys I will never like just because of the look on his face
by bowdown on Oct 18, 2015 | 7:23 PM
I am with you. He looks like that guy that is super drunk early in the party.
by solid_soup on Oct 18, 2015 | 7:23 PM
He’s not an alcoholic
he’s AUSTRALIAN (small but important distinction)
by DeadBear on Oct 18, 2015 | 7:25 PM
Jazz have no Favors no Hayward, and no Gobert. No problem! right?….heh heh..gulp..right? I swear I have seen this scenario of losing to teams greatly depleted on several occasions.
by BleedinRedandBlack on Oct 18, 2015 | 7:30 PM
Their perimeter players are shredding us
by bowdown on Oct 18, 2015 | 7:31 PM
Jingle jangle mates
by Farouq it I’m out on Oct 18, 2015 | 7:33 PM
Ingles > Lillard
by Farouq it I’m out on Oct 18, 2015 | 7:34 PM
Dont be a hero Lillard.
Leonard cant guard Ingles? SMH
by tyeforshee on Oct 18, 2015 | 7:34 PM
Ingles is using the shooting cheat.
by Jeremy Wonderly on Oct 18, 2015 | 7:34 PM
Ok this is just stupid now.
Ingles is making Curry look like crap.
by Need 4 Sheed on Oct 18, 2015 | 7:35 PM
I think someone forgot to tell the blazers you don’t have to tank in preseason
by Blazers101 on Oct 18, 2015 | 7:43 PM
The comeback begins
by Need 4 Sheed on Oct 18, 2015 | 7:50 PM
did they just say Jeff Withey checking in? now we’re doomed
by Reasonable Approximation on Oct 18, 2015 | 7:50 PM
The one that got away. Olshey has lost control of this franchise.
by solid_soup on Oct 18, 2015 | 7:52 PM
of all our recent player losses, that one is the greatest
by Reasonable Approximation on Oct 18, 2015 | 7:52 PM
So long as Ingles and Burke stay on the bench…
by Jeremy Wonderly on Oct 18, 2015 | 7:59 PM
Ingles might be on the bench
but he’s open enough to hit a few more 3’s from there
by DeadBear on Oct 18, 2015 | 8:00 PM
That’s a nice lead you’ve got there Utah…
It would be a shame is something were to happen to it
by Need 4 Sheed on Oct 18, 2015 | 8:02 PM
I knew Withey would ruin us.
by Reasonable Approximation on Oct 18, 2015 | 8:09 PM
by Reasonable Approximation on Oct 18, 2015 | 8:13 PM
Great. Knew we shouldn’t have traded withey.
by Countless512 on Oct 18, 2015 | 8:13 PM
BEST OVERTIME EVER
by Need 4 Sheed on Oct 18, 2015 | 8:25 PM
by leseri on Oct 18, 2015 | 8:28 PM
OVERTIME IS LILLARD TIME
by Need 4 Sheed on Oct 18, 2015 | 8:28 PM
ARE YOU KIDDING ME RIGHT NOW HAHAHAHA
by KingWes on Oct 18, 2015 | 8:29 PM
by occassia on Oct 18, 2015 | 8:33 PM
One. Raul Neto on getting acclimated to Salt Lake City: It’s been easy. I’m used to live alone just by myself in Spain for four years, so it’s been easy…I think English is still, yeah, is the most thing I have to improve now. I already have my home. I already have my car. I’m going dinner with teammates, so everything is good. Just, I think, English is the big thing now.
Is that a problem on the court?
I don’t think so. I can talk with everybody on the court. I think basketball always, it’s easier, I think it’s easier on the court than outside the court. So, and they understand me. They know that I’m not fluently in English, so they help me with everything.
Two. Rudy Gobert on his new offensive weapons: I’ve been working on [a teardrop shot] since last year, so I feel way co–way more confident on it. And I think it’s a great weapon for me when I go to the basket and I’m too far to dunk the ball, but basically too close to shoot the jump shot. It’s a great weapon. Yeah, I think I’m gonna use it.
And on his mid-range jumper: I just gotta shoot with confidence, you know? I think, when I shoot by myself, you know, I’m a very good shooter, so just, like, confidence and shoot in the game.
Three. Quin Snyder on resting players in the preseason: We’ve kinda done that a little bit, as far as resting a couple gu–we’re, you know, we’re young. It’s, I don’t think, it’s, you know, going, we rested some guys for health reasons at the end of last year.
Right now, you know, we’re getting ready to start the season. So, I think you wanna be conscious of people’s physical condition, but we need to play. We need to see guys play, and they need to play hard.
Four. Snyder on Tom Thibodeau: He’s just a friend, that, you know, I’ve known and respected for a long time. You know, he and Dennis [Lindsey] were together at Houston. So, any time we can connect with people like that in the profession that are as good as he is, it’s a great opportunity…
There’s a lot of things he’s been good to me, in willing to share, and you know, I was happy that he could come out and take a look at some of the things [we] are doing, and give us some ideas and some thoughts and some coaching.
Thobodeau with Jerry Sloan at the Portland game; via @lairddoman
Five. Snyder, asked if he’s surprised by how well things have been clicking for Alec Burks: Not really. I thought, you know, I didn’t think he defended real well [in the first game against Portland], but up to that point — I think the game kinda, the game dictated some of that too, because of the lineups that we were using. Everybody was in different situations. We started switching too much.
But he’s been really efficient. He’s been a, he’s a better decision-maker, in my mind, than he’s shown. You know, it’s just a question of him digging in, and focusing more on situations. Alec’s a smart player. You know, sometimes he plays so fast and he’s so dynamic, we kinda look at him and say, “He’s quick. He’s athletic.”
But he knows what reads to make, so it’s — and he tried to fool me when I first started, like he didn’t know what he was doing. I caught him, so he’s got no wiggle room anymore.
Seven. Trey Burke on how well Rudy Gobert is handling the hype around him: As a young player, you know, you gotta be able to handle that. You know, he’s getting a lotta, you know, hype, obviously, and he deserves it. You know, but, you know, he has to continue to grow, continue to get better.
We’re on him every day about, you know, just being punctual, being precise on everything he does, and you know, he’s like our anchor down there on defense — him and [Derrick] Fav[ors]. So you know, he’ll continue to grow and get better.
Eight. Joe Ingles, quote machine:
** On skipping national team duties this summer: It sucks, to be honest…I did want to play, and thought about maybe giving them a call when I got home and then maybe playing, but it wasn’t the right thing to do. It was, these guys here had spoken about having the year off, and it was actually good [timing] with the Australian team.
** On being a sweater (pictured above): I’m a sweater, yeah. I sweat making dinner and going to the bathroom and everything.
** On Trey Lyles: He’s a great passer. Not as good as me, but he might be second on the team.
** On Raul Neto (and possibly revealing information on the starting lineup): Defensively, he’s been really good…His passing ability is pretty special when he’s out there with that starting group, and giving those other guys the ball, and just kind of playing his role.
Ten. And finally…Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Week (UDQM)
** Ingles on taking time off from the Australian national team: The staff there, they were very good in letting me have it off.
** Snyder on coming back from Hawaii: I just think it’s hard, you know, I mean, f–just to make — they’re aware of it. And, just, you know, it’s just like any job. You come to work some days, you’ve got more juice than others.
** Snyder on on-court communication: You know, it’s just, it’s kind of the lubricant. It’s the, you know, the connector. And so, it’s something we’re hitting all the time.
** Snyder on the open practice: I think it’ll also be good for us to do those things in front of people…I would think for some people, it might be interesting. S–for some, they’d rather see the guys go up and down…Everybody’s got different preferences.