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

March 14, 2015
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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

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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.

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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.

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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

WE WANT THREE POINTERS WE WANT THREE POINTERS
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
FFS

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

WE MANAGED TO INBOUND THE BALL
ITS A MIRACLE

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

DOES NO ONE GIVE A FUCK?
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

PUT DORSEY IN AND HAVE HIM FOUL GOBERT AS HARD AS THEY CAN
UNTILL HE GETS EJECTED THEN SEE IF THAT FRENCH FUCK WANTS TO COME CAMP OUT IN THE LANE

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

HOW THE FUCK DO YOU GIVE UP 10 OFFENSIVE BOARDS IN ONE QUARTER
HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE HOW THE FUCK CAN THAT EVEN HAPPEN

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

MCHALE
STOP BEING A PUSSY AND PUT ON A UNIFORM AND GET IN THERE YOURSELF. CLOSELINE GOBERT SEE HOW HE LIKES IT

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

Harden SIT THE FUCK DOWN
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
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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
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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)

Game 63 of 82: Utah Jazz vs. New York Knicks (27-36)

March 11, 2015

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Pre-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder on the Knicks
NBA teams can beat anyone on any given night…They could easily bounce back tonight [after a loss at Denver], and you might get their very best game.
** Snyder, asked why the Jazz have improved defensively
We’ve worked. We’ve worked, I mean, from the very beginning, and you know, obviously people point to Rudy [Gobert]. Rudy’s been great. Rudy playing, you know, Rudy’s played minutes the whole year. I think the key thing is the lineup. You know, Rudy’s minutes have increased some, but he’s been on the court a lot even when we weren’t as good defensively. So I think he’s gotten better. If you look at Rudy’s defense off the ball, even his shot blocking, but he’s doing other things. His pick and roll defense has been even better. M–[Derrick] Fav[ors], playing with Rudy, is at the “four,” and he’s a unique defender at the four. What he’s able to do is learn to guard more and more out on the perimeter, and take advantage of his matchup with smaller guys, which we’ll continue to see. And then Dante [Exum]’s emerged at the point, you know, where we have a guy that, with his length at the point, he’s unique and I think he makes Trey [Burke] better, you know, when Trey comes in. And everybody’s raised each other’s level, but it, you know, it’s no, it’s the same old formula, right? Attention to detail, commitment, and hard work. That’s a pretty good formula, isn’t it?

snyder beethovenIt’s been hours and I can’t stop laughing over this. H/T @JosephHorner, who noticed it first.

** Derrick Favors on what he’s been trying to accomplish since the All-Star break
I just took it upon myself just to be another offensive threat out there on the court. And you know, basically, I just wanted to just continue to get better on the offensive end. You know, continue to improve my game and extend my range.
** Favors, asked how fun it is to play with Rudy Gobert
You should ask him how fun it is to play with me, man, basically. But nah, man, nah, Rudy, I mean, it’s fun playing with Rudy, man. He’s a guy who, you know, you pressuring your man on the perimeter, you know he’s back there, he got your back, basically. You know, he’s a good shot blocker, a great rebounder, and you know, he does a lotta stuff that don’t show up in the stats. You know, setting good screens and you know, rolling to the paint and drawing a lotta attention that give guys a lotta open shots. And you know, just by him being by the rim, his long arms, you know, he get a lotta offensive rebounds. So you know, it’s a lotta fun playing with him.
** Derrick Favors on the Knicks
They still an NBA team, basically, you know?…They still got some good players over there. You know, you just can’t look at they record and base them off that. You know, they still a good team.
** Gordon Hayward on the Knicks
You know, there’s still NBA players over there. There’s still NBA talent, no matter who they put out on the court…No matter who it is, they can be dangerous and we can lose.

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Post-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder on the game
Tonight was a case of getting out of character, and guys doing too much stuff on their own, on both ends. Our communication wasn’t good. The first three plays of the game were breakdowns. We made just enough plays…We didn’t come out at halftime ready to go at all. We didn’t come out at the start of the game ready to go…Derrick Favors was an absolute anchor. But we had some guys that weren’t ready to play, and some guys that got out of character and you know, that can happen. It’s not like it’s a shock that it happened tonight, to me. But it still makes me mad.
** Snyder on why lesser names like Tyler Zeller or Cole Aldrich have had more success against Rudy Gobert
I love Rudy. You know, and, but Rudy also is learning. You know, and he can’t block every shot. And there’s times when, I think in both those cases, the guys shot the ball quickly. You know, they knew he was coming to block a shot…Rudy’s gonna keep getting better. He’s gotta stay focused on the right stuff. And I don’t feel like he’s lost concentration in those situations against those two guys. I feel like he’s lost concentration at times in pick and roll defense, you know, but those situa–I think Rudy’s respectful of who he’s playing against.
** Snyder on the Knicks
Give New York credit. You know, they had a tough night last night, and you know, [Derek] Fish[er] had ‘em ready to play. They’ve had a hard year. To go on the road and perform the way that team did tonight, you know, they should, you know, they should be proud. I know they, you know, I was impressed with everything that they did. You know, there was, they took advantage of us, and guys stepped up. They played with confidence, and they showed a lot of character. That’s hard to do when you take a tough loss like they did last night.

snyder fisher

** Derrick Favors on the Jazz’s defense
I mean, we had a big improvement from the beginning of the season ’til now, but you know, we can’t buy too much into it ’cause now, teams are starting to understand that we got a good defense. So now, they scouting and you know, figuring out ways to get past our defense. So we gon have to start, you know, getting a lot better, or communicating a lot better and play a lot harder on defense.
** Favors on his mindset going into the game
I just wanted to come out and be aggressive and just try to hold the team down ’til everybody get into a rhythm, which I did in the first half. And you know, in the second half, everybody else got into a rhythm, so we started playing through them. Playing through, like, Rodney [Hood] and Joe [Ingles] and all those guys.
** Rudy Gobert on the game
It was tough at the end to win the game. But I think we could have been more disciplined throughout the game, and get a bigger lead, you know? And they just stayed in the game because of our mistakes all game long, and I mean, if we don’t make a couple shots at the end, we could’ve lost the game, you know? So, I think we played good defense in the money time, but we should’ve been, like, more disciplined for the four quarters…If that was better team, or a very good team, we probably would have lost the game because of our mistakes, you know? But I hope we learn and next game, we come out and stay focused all the time.
** Rodney Hood on playing the point
That was my first time in that position, and just gotta be, you know, more sure with where I’m going with the ball. At the end, you know, I was able to make one play, but it was other plays where I wish, you know, I could’ve did something else. So it just, you know, something I gotta watch tape on and get better at.
** Hood on Quin Snyder wanting him to be more aggressive
It was times where, at the end of the game where, you know, shot clock was going down and I could’ve been aggressive and not pass it up, and put, you know, probably my teammate in a bad position. So he just wants me to be aggressive, you know, whether that’s getting to the basket, and he’ll live with the result.

shoot-the-ball1“…fucking shoot the ball.”

Random Stuff, etc.
** People calling Andrea Bargnani “Barn-yarney” and “Barg-nonny”: Craig Bolerjack and Matt Harpring (H/T @seanp33)
** People calling #47 “Memo”: @KraigBu(?) and Craig Bolerjack

russian dolls

** Jerry Sloan on the Jumbotron (shown on the Knicks broadcast; H/T @Mark_R_Pereira):

jerry jumbotron

Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Matt Harpring on Dante Exum (H/T @New_OrleansJazz, @My_Lo and Gleb):

Matt Harpring, unintentional dirty quote machine #utahjazz #udqm

A video posted by moni (@monilogue) on

 

** Harpring after Rudy Gobert gets hit in his midsection: That’s what you do. That’s the trick of the trade. You rub, you just rub it up and down.
** Harpring on the picture of the Russian nesting dolls (above): How come I gotta be the small one?
Craig Bolerjack: I don’t want to answer that.
** Walt Frazier on playing Jerry Sloan in college: We always said it was like being in the Tunnel of Love. All knees, elbows.


Red denotes most recent game.

game 63

Thanks to @seanp33, @davidjsmith1232 and @AllThatAmar for the assist on the W-L record tonight.

Utah Jazz vs. New York Knicks: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

March 11, 2015
tags: ,

Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Posting and Toasting.

as long as trey burke doesnt hit a game winner against us again
im down with the tank tonight

by allan houston game winner vs heat on Mar 10, 2015 | 7:57 PM

Scrub of the Night will be Joe Ingles
Book it

by lavor postell on Mar 10, 2015 | 8:15 PM

Not gonna be a pretty game.
Jazz barely beat the freakin 76ers and lost to LA, and now Vanilla Cobras out. Wouldn’t be surprised if it ends up being a 1-2 possession game

by JazzFanDonny on Mar 10, 2015 | 8:22 PM <— Jazz fan

You haven’t seen a tank quite like this
by allzingers on Mar 10, 2015 | 8:34 PM

Our tank knows no bounds
You just wait.

by HighFlyers28 on Mar 10, 2015 | 9:09 PM

So last night
completely forgot Knicks has a game. Only about midnight,when game was over, did i see the Knicks score.
Unintentionally, the greatest night of my life.

by JeffFinance1234 on Mar 10, 2015 | 8:43 PM

quinn snyder… top 10 coach??
by felinequickness on Mar 10, 2015 | 9:17 PM

Top 3 for sure in intimidation factor
by fracon on Mar 10, 2015 | 9:18 PM


wtf was Denver doing trading Gobert?
by ibnyc on Mar 10, 2015 | 9:20 PM

no one can tell me the bargs isnt a joy to watch
when your team is tanking

by felinequickness on Mar 10, 2015 | 9:24 PM

our bench is smelly
by Ray Smuckles on Mar 10, 2015 | 9:32 PM

like a shart in leather pants
by dorkus mcforkus on Mar 10, 2015 | 9:34 PM

when your team sucks because bargs, galloway, and admundson are on the bench, its saying something
by felinequickness on Mar 10, 2015 | 9:34 PM

3 guys rotate to Ingles
Why?

by lavor postell on Mar 10, 2015 | 9:42 PM

gif of barg not getting that rebound pleez
by felinequickness on Mar 10, 2015 | 9:57 PM

yo this jazz team is entertaining as fuck
i hope they do get russell and make the play offs next year.

by allan houston game winner vs heat on Mar 10, 2015 | 9:59 PM


Derrick Favors and Cleanthony Early are the same age.
by Anthony Bonner’s Subpoena on Mar 10, 2015 | 10:01 PM

Quin is scary
I like it

by fracon on Mar 10, 2015 | 10:08 PM

OH GOD SHVED
by LazaroSmithington on Mar 10, 2015 | 10:27 PM

SHVEELING IT
by Melo’s Bucket Hat Collection on Mar 10, 2015 | 10:30 PM

Can I get a vine of Bargs hitting himself with the ball, please?
by Melo’s Bucket Hat Collection on Mar 10, 2015 | 10:39 PM

i feel we are getting sidetracked from the tank here
by felinequickness on Mar 10, 2015 | 10:39 PM

Alexey is taking UT out to the woodshved
by JazzFanDonny on Mar 10, 2015 | 10:55 PM


yo wtf im so checked out of this game
but that last turnover still hurt

by allan houston game winner vs heat on Mar 10, 2015 | 11:22 PM

hell no, that was a necessary turnover
Can’t have the Knicks winning meaningless games.

by Endless Paradise on Mar 10, 2015 | 11:23 PM

I think 70 is a nice, emphatic amount of losses.
It’s like “damn, you’re so bad, you lost 70 games.”

by Endless Paradise on Mar 10, 2015 | 11:24 PM

can’t hate the tank
by LazaroSmithington on Mar 10, 2015 | 11:24 PM

Why foul there?
by BAGGY EYES DIET COKE ALONZO’S LEG on Mar 10, 2015 | 11:26 PM

No timeouts left
by abe88 on Mar 10, 2015 | 11:27 PM

The quest for 12-70 continues.
by Endless Paradise on Mar 10, 2015 | 11:28 PM

When Life Imitates Art

March 10, 2015
tags:

life art

Left: The Torment of Saint Anthony by Michelangelo
Right: The Torment of the Philadelphia 76ers by Rudy Gobert

Game 62 of 82: Utah Jazz at Brooklyn Nets (26-36)

March 9, 2015

happy quin

Post-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder on playing equally well on offense and defense tonight
Yeah, well, our offense was ahead of our D. You know, hope–it’s yin-yang, you know, but I do think we took better care of the ball. That’s been something we’ve talked a lot about, and you know, I — Derrick [Favors] was really good. And I, part of it for us is even if we’re not making certain shots, we still gotta take ‘em ’cause they’re good shots, and then when they go in, you know, things feel a lot better. And I thought that was the case tonight.
** Snyder, asked for his overall assessment of this road trip
It’s been a good trip. You know, I told the guys I feel like, you know, every time we’ve gone on a road trip, we’ve gotten a little better.
Was there a certain area you improved in more than others?
Well, you know, I think just the, almost the professionalism of handling a trip. You know, handling a big win at Memphis and then going and losing a close game, and then playing a Philadelphia team you saw beat Atlanta the other night, which was, I think, gonna be a really difficult game, energy-wise. It felt, you g–it was, you know, early on. And then today against a team that’s been playing very well, in a game that they’re on their home floor. And so, I think a lotta things that we did just the per–preparation to play, I liked. And I think we’re, you know, we’re beginning to have an identity, you know? I, doesn’t mean we’re, you know, we’re a good team yet. We’re getting better, but I think we’re starting to find out who we are and how we need to play to be succe–to be a good team.
** Snyder on Dante Exum’s performance
Yeah, I mean, he’s, he just, he’s learned how to use his length. And you know, he’s disciplined, and for a young guy, he’s got some savvy on the defensive end, where he has a good kind of feel for what’s going on and where to be. And he takes a lot of pride in it.

canceled shootaround

** Trey Burke on holding opponents to under 100 points in 14 consecutive games
I think we’re really confident. And you know, we’re s–we always say that we’re a young team, but you know, we’re getting better every day, you know, and it starts on the defensive end. Coach is holding us accountable, you know, each and every day, to allow us to get better in that area, and that’s feeding off of everything else.
** Rudy Gobert on the physicality of this game
Yeah, this type of game, very physical, you know? I think, especially myself, I wasn’t really ready at the st–beginning of the game, but I came back in the second quarter and in the second half more physical.
** Gobert on collecting a career-high five assists
That’s just what I like to do. You know, I’m unselfish, so sometime I just like to pass the ball.
** Gobert on being one possession away from a 4-0 road trip
Yeah, exactly. You know, we’re getting better and we’re getting more confident. I think we building an identity, and we feel good.
** Dante Exum, asked when he feels like the team took the next step and broke through
You know, I think after All-Star [Weekend]. You know, we had to get the, a little bit of a break from each other. And then once we came back, we knew we were gonna regroup and you know, focus on the last half of the season, and kind of locking down on defense and finishing out the right way, and developing for the future.

Random Stuff, etc.
** People calling Alec Burks “Alex Burks”: Craig Bolerjack (H/T @BandwagnJazzfan)
** That beard tho.

deron

Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Matt Harpring on Trey Burke 3-pointer: This is a long, deep one.
** Craig Bolerjack on turnovers: They seem to come in bunches, Matt. A lot of times with a young club, you can expect that.
** Mark Cuban (H/T @dianaallen):

cuban udqm

** Harpring on coming up with lines like “Trey-mendous”: It just comes, Bol.
** Harpring on Rudy Gobert dunk and replay: He just goes straight up, and hammers it home…Sometimes it’s so good, Boler, you gotta look at it twice…It’s so good to look at, you wanna see it twice.
** Boler on Gordon Hayward turnover: Hayward trying to force it inside just in front of Gobert.
** David Locke to production, post-game: Could you give me a little more Dante volume, if you could?


Red denotes most recent game.

game 62

Thanks to @Mac_Jazz, @billylea, @AllThatAmar and @Malavoltron for the assist on the W-L record tonight.

Utah Jazz at Brooklyn Nets: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

March 9, 2015
tags: ,

Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: NetsDaily.

Not sure Hollins would have used this lineup if someone hadn’t spoken to him.
by skaye19 on Mar 8, 2015 | 6:07 PM

god, are we playing AGAIN?
how long until Spring break???

by calling all toasters on Mar 8, 2015 | 6:12 PM

Hayward is good
I would give 2 copiers for him

by mattico on Mar 8, 2015 | 6:28 PM

Future considerations on a fax machine?
by Starbeck’s Pack on Mar 8, 2015 | 6:29 PM

Just tuned in. Looks like the national media attention is forcing Hollins hand. Guarantee if not for ESPN, Hollins wouldn’t have adjusted
by Rainy on Mar 8, 2015 | 6:41 PM

in what way?
what’d I miss from ESPN?

by SteelNets on Mar 8, 2015 | 6:42 PM

ESPN radio and broadcast were criticizing Hollins. Said it isn’t 1994 anymore. Can’t jerk players around like this
by Rainy on Mar 8, 2015 | 6:42 PM

Favors is a monster inside
He just moved Plumlee.

by Atronic on Mar 8, 2015 | 6:39 PM

Favors murdering Plumlee
As expected.

by Kenzo Tenma on Mar 8, 2015 | 6:44 PM

Plumlee is BBQ chicken in the post
by bkeagle718 on Mar 8, 2015 | 6:44 PM


Why is everybody ray allen vs us
by Tredub1998 on Mar 8, 2015 | 6:45 PM

joe johnson is garbage
by jonathon21 on Mar 8, 2015 | 6:58 PM

Apparently we can’t pass anymore
Jack can’t pass
Deron can hardly pass.
Brown can’t pass.
Lopez using his face for passes.

by Kenzo Tenma on Mar 8, 2015 | 7:21 PM

While Hollins or Johnson are in team I refuse to watch games. I wake up in 4-6 mornings for viewing of such shit. Thanks, I have had enough
by Crushin Russian on Mar 8, 2015 | 7:33 PM

opting to do my homework that’s due on wednesday instead.
sigh.

by Panchara Sathea on Mar 8, 2015 | 7:45 PM

Hollins is a joke. It’s impossible for him to coach competently for an entire game.
by Chrisf975 on Mar 8, 2015 | 7:58 PM

Take it all in Hollins
you will be fired in summer

by The Silver Arrows on Mar 8, 2015 | 7:59 PM

We can only hope…
by Chrisf975 on Mar 8, 2015 | 8:00 PM

thank you hollins for another loss
by jonathon21 on Mar 8, 2015 | 8:00 PM


dwill is so lazy..max contract waste
by in_ya_grill on Mar 8, 2015 | 8:03 PM

6 points my man lol
by Atronic on Mar 8, 2015 | 8:04 PM

lol d waste
by in_ya_grill on Mar 8, 2015 | 8:05 PM

gobert favors Hayward man that’s a nice frontline
by in_ya_grill on Mar 8, 2015 | 8:04 PM

the players deserve all the blame..no way this talent shouldn’t be in the playoffs in the East
by in_ya_grill on Mar 8, 2015 | 8:09 PM

This season is ovah
by Claud on Mar 8, 2015 | 8:11 PM

As one old geezer to another:
Comrade Joe, it’s time to consider retirement.

by Thor7 on Mar 8, 2015 | 8:27 PM

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