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Game 50 of 82: Utah Jazz at Phoenix Suns (17-33)

February 7, 2015


Post-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder, post-game
[Marcus Morris] hurt us with clean looks, and some really, really tough shots…But we, you know, you can withstand that to a degree if we’re not giving them the other easy stuff. And the two things combined, you know, other than that, we, you know, we played solid the second half…It’s tough to defend against turnovers, is the bottom line. And then they’re kicking it out, and you know, they’re not afraid to shoot the ball early in the clock, and they shouldn’t be. I mean, you got a guy that’s hitting shots like that, and you know, their whole team hit shots. Fourteen of 27 from three — you know, you gotta play really good basketball to withstand a run like that.

horny secret smileThis is the exact same secret smile Horny gave Hayward one year minus three weeks ago (see the “For the Conspiracy Theorists, Paranoid, Insecure, etc.” section).

** Gordon Hayward, post-game
[Marcus Morris] got hot, and you know, I think some of it was on us…And then we turned the ball over, and they got going, and the momentum kinda shifted. So, I think that’s part of us being a little young.
** Hayward on tomorrow’s game against the Kings
It’ll be fun to see coach Ty[rone Corbin] back…He was with the organization for so long, and with me pretty much all the way up until, you know, they, when he left, so. It’ll be cool to see him.

rudy white shoesThings that can be seen from space: the blinding whiteness of Rudy Gobert’s giant size 20 Nikes against his navy uni and black socks.

Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Matt Harpring on Phoenix weather: This is the best time in Phoenix…to come. (H/T @its_computers)
** Craig Bolerjack: Trey from behind. Back out front, slip and slide. Nice job, Favors.

Red denotes most recent game.

game 50

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

Utah Jazz at Phoenix Suns: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

February 7, 2015
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Bright Side of the Sun.

So sad that Plumlee is back to starting again
Come back soon Alex :(

by Archie Goodwin’s Ice Skates on Feb 6, 2015 | 7:04 PM

If marcus suddenly becomes a starter that’s when you know things are bad
I would have liked Wright to start

by Mrs.Soukmihbahlls on Feb 6, 2015 | 7:06 PM

I love Quin Snyder
He always looks like he’s gonna murder everyone in the building

by Haan on Feb 6, 2015 | 7:11 PM

get a good look at kanter
he’s a potential trade target
lets see how he defends

by Mrs.Soukmihbahlls on Feb 6, 2015 | 7:15 PM

that pasty skin sure would look great in orange
by OldSchoolMark on Feb 6, 2015 | 7:15 PM

That arena is as quiet as a church.
by Ray Hrovat on Feb 6, 2015 | 7:24 PM

Just when you think you have momentum.

by acommoncreeper on Feb 6, 2015 | 7:46 PM

Plumlee seriously has NO HANDS WHAT-SO-EVER
by MIDNI6HT SUN on Feb 6, 2015 | 7:48 PM

feed mook
what the fuck are you giving the ball to plum for? idiotic

by amazins8669 on Feb 6, 2015 | 7:50 PM


by amazins8669 on Feb 6, 2015 | 7:50 PM

Good lord Mook
by Haan on Feb 6, 2015 | 7:50 PM

Jesus Mook is going bananas!!
by PhxSunsFan4Life on Feb 6, 2015 | 7:51 PM

mook playing like this is nba2k
by bearpaws on Feb 6, 2015 | 7:51 PM

by Haan on Feb 6, 2015 | 7:51 PM

see I want to get excited about this
but it’s the fucking jazz

by amazins8669 on Feb 6, 2015 | 7:53 PM

What does this team even do at halftime?
They always lack focus coming back out…

by acommoncreeper on Feb 6, 2015 | 8:19 PM

Timeout please Horny…
by acommoncreeper on Feb 6, 2015 | 8:20 PM

pathetic effort

by amazins8669 on Feb 6, 2015 | 8:21 PM

Where is the energy? Where the fuck is Mook?
This is getting embarrassing.

by PhxSunsFan4Life on Feb 6, 2015 | 8:21 PM

Really Hornacek?
Should’ve called this timeout 3 minutes ago.

by acommoncreeper on Feb 6, 2015 | 8:21 PM

hayward’s hair is an atrocity
by amazins8669 on Feb 6, 2015 | 8:25 PM

Macklemore is not a role model.
by Ray Hrovat on Feb 6, 2015 | 8:27 PM

Is Favors really this good?
by acommoncreeper on Feb 6, 2015 | 8:27 PM

damn gobert has a 7’9″ wingspan
by amazins8669 on Feb 6, 2015 | 8:37 PM

Why did you have to bring that up?
Now I can’t stop looking at his arms.

by Cold Bleded on Feb 6, 2015 | 8:39 PM

Nice poster, Plums
by KnowGood on Feb 6, 2015 | 8:58 PM

No foul though
You mad Hayward?

by Suave_Monkey on Feb 6, 2015 | 8:59 PM

Hayward is a fucking player…

by acommoncreeper on Feb 6, 2015 | 8:58 PM

Good win Suns.
by 1989nets on Feb 6, 2015 | 9:10 PM

wow love to se HORNY how he smiles, and is like…huuhhh….(relief)
by Jan Dazek on Feb 6, 2015 | 9:13 PM

Bits from Quin Snyder Interview, 2/5

February 6, 2015
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On how Trey Burke has reacted to the move to the bench
It’s hard when someone’s started every game probably their whole life, really; certainly in college and in the NBA. And it’s unusual th–for a rookie to start. You know, that’s the first thing. So, when that’s happened, you know, it’s hard not to perceive a player then coming off the bench as not being some sort of demotion.

And you know, had we not had the injuries that we had, there’s a good chance that may not have ever happened, at least, you know, right now, or if ever. So, for that to happen, I’m sure it’s not something that he saw coming. I certainly didn’t.

And it wasn’t just about Trey. It was about our team and about Dante [Exum]. And you know, the way Trey’s handled it has been, you know, has been unbelievably professional and I think it’s the right thing, too.

I’m not willing to, you know, to fall all over a player who handles coming off the bench the right way. I think, you know, these guys are committed professionals, and that’s what you’re supposed to do. You may not like it, but the team is bigger than any one of us, and given the chance to demonstrate his understanding of that, Trey’s done exactly that. And he’s continued to get better.

On the Jazz’s front court
Yeah, you know, I mean, I think the thing, and I’ve mentioned this before, with Enes [Kanter] is Enes really gained some momentum and then he hurt his ankle. And particularly for a player that’s kinda, you know, gradually finding his own identity, stepping out of the lineup and missing some games can be hard.

And the thing about Rudy [Gobert] and Enes, and I would throw [Derrick] Fav[ors] in there too, is they’re all very different players. And there’s gonna be certain games that fit Rudy better. We saw Rudy’s impact the other night in Portland. He’s a unique defender who’s able to really have an impact on LaMarcus Aldridge.

You’ll see games when, you know, when Enes, on the offensive glass, just dominates because of how good he is there.

And Fav’s been our most, you know, our best all-around player. His ability to finish and attack the rim, and he’s been our most consistent offensive player.

So you know, the–those guys work good together, and I just don’t want them to fall into a trap of, you know, these two are starting and the other one’s some sort of stepchild. You know, that’s just not the case, and I don’t see it that way.

And I think it’s just an easy way to characterize — there’s nothing wrong with it, it’s just, it’s more complex than that.

On the Memphis game
[Portland] could’ve handled us, you know, pretty substantially, and that didn’t happen. And Memphis literally being here, waiting in the market, with a day off, was tough. And I probably should have recognized that Derrick was dragging a little bit earlier in the game.

I did notice it, and I asked him, but of course, you know, players are always gonna tell you they’re OK, even when they’re tired.

What has been your message to Dante Exum?
Well, to take his shot when he’s open, ’cause I think sometimes when he struggles, it’s a little bit of a hesitation. He’s not sure whether to shoot or not, whether he’s open.

You know, he has some trouble sometimes late in the shot clock, when he’ll pass, when [I say] just stay aggressive, and he’ll have some days where, you know, he makes a good number of [shots] and gets on a streak, and he gets confidence.

The other thing I [watch for is] at the beginning of the games that he really pushes the ball up the court, and the pace for us — you know, we’re not always gonna shoot in the first six, seven seconds of the shot clock, but getting the ball up the court quickly and getting it moving and getting side to side is really important for the way we wanna play…

And the last thing, you know, is just the way he defends on the ball. I mean, it’s just an important thing for him and our team’s growth for him to be able to pressure the ball, and be good defensively.

So those are the consistent messages. I think there are things that he’s capable of doing, which I also think is important that we not overload him with too many things and want too much too soon, and just let him build confidence and momentum as a player.

On the Super Bowl
I feel horrible about that whole situation, ’cause you know, I think there’s logic to what they were doing. You know, [the Seahawks] had three downs, and you know, you throw the first in, it’s an incomplete pass and you got plenty more time.

And you know, and the biggest thing is, I’m certainly not a football coach and I wasn’t there, and I hope it doesn’t take away from what that team has done over the course of the year, ’cause it’s, you know, we’d all love to be in a situation to have a chance to make a decision like that, and Pete Carroll’s got a Super Bowl under his belt, and national championship, and that’s a great team. Hopefully, they’ll be back.

You know, I remember talking to [Mike] Bud[enholzer] last year in Atlanta when the Spurs, you know, lost Game 6 to Miami, and all kinds of speculation about whether they should foul or not, and those things just happen in athletics.

And I think, you know, it made them have even more resolve, and they got back there last year and won it. So hopefully, that’ll be the same thing that happens with the Seahawks. (1280)

Bits from Randy Rigby Interview, 2/4

February 6, 2015
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On his observations of the team
Our team is believing in the system that Quin [Snyder] and our coaching staff has put in place, and they’re really working together as a team.

I, and the other thing I’m seeing, in our practices as well: Our players are having fun with one another, and they’re enjoying it. They’re enjoying each other; they’re enjoying our coaching staff. You’re seeing a camaraderie that’s happening between coaches and players, players with one ano–with each other, and that I think is really fun for us to enjoy.

Is Trey Burke really OK with coming off the bench?
I hope not. I hope Trey Burke, I hope he has a fire in him, to saying, maybe, I want to, you know what, keep competing to see if I can get back in the starting lineup.

And then, let’s see if that’s where his, then, role, where he starts liking — there are some players that like to come off the bench, and it fits well with their style and their attitude. I have not heard that yet from Trey, that that’s where he wants to be.

He’s always seemed to be one that likes to be in the starting role. And I’ve liked seeing him competing and showing his grit. You know, let’s, over time, let’s, we’ll assess that, and I know the coaching staff will assess that with, and make those decisions.

But I like seeing Trey keep fighting hard and working hard. It seems to be working to motivate him as well, in really wanting to prove himself and prove that he can be better.

‘Cause I really feel the main part — Trey Burke can get better and should be better. And I think he sees that. He knows that. Our coaching staff knows that. And they’re pushing him for that.

What have you learned about Quin Snyder since he was hired?
I give a lot of kudos to Dennis Lindsey, who’s, really, one that says, this is the man that we really need to take a hard look at. He knew, and he’s known, and, Quin’s, he knew some of the challenges that Quin’s had to deal with in his career, but knew of his character and his potential abilities, and t–kept putting him out there for us to all look at. …

But I would say this, Quin Snyder has been everything that we would hope that he would be. Above everything, his passion for the game of basketball, his basketball knowledge and mind, I’ve never see anyone work i–harder than Quin Snyder, and he pushes himself, night and day.

I–you text Quin at one o’clock, which I have. I’ve gotten responses from him at 1:30. It shows you where he’s at. …

Quin is passionate about it, and he’s thinking it all the time, and sometimes, I know we’re saying, “Quin, you need to slow down a little bit,” and, but he’s, and he’s got great support from his wife, Amy, and his family, but he loves the game. He respects the game. He works hard at it.

He pushes his players. He pushes his coaching staff. And we’ve seen that…And it’s reconfirming to all of us, that this system that we’ve all bought in on, and we’ve heard Quin and Dennis talk about, and the s–and belief in what we’re doing, in the work ethic that they’re putting in, is paying off the fruits that we see.

Quin Snyder answers tough questions straight-up, with none of the spin and BS you often see with coaches…
Yeah, a lot of people try to spin. There’s no spin with Quin Snyder. He faces things straight-up.

I, what I love about it, when we go into the ga–af–into the coach’s room after a game, the first person that Quin is really challenging and questioning is his own self. And in, is, as comfortable in his own skin, to also feel comfortable to know that we can talk about, should we have done things, could they have done things as a coaching staff better.

But you know what, they’re questioning and challenging themselves in a way to say, we want to be better, and what can we work on, then, tomorrow? What should we be doing? It’s always with an intent, and you can feel the spirit of, we’re gonna get better. And we trust each other, believe in each other, and we’re gonna help each other get better.

And that’s a great and comfortable atmosphere to really be in, and it allows growth to really flourish and grow, when you have that kind of trust and feeling, yet, and desire from everyone to see improvement, from players to each other. (1280)

Game 49 of 82: Utah Jazz vs. Memphis Grizzlies (17-32)

February 5, 2015

calathes-gobertGotta love Rudy Gobert.

Post-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder on if there are lessons to be learned from the way Memphis uses their bigs
Yeah, I think, you know, those guys are pretty, I mean, that’s like eight years from now for us, right? I mean if you put it in those terms, I mean, that’s the level of savvy and experience and physicality that their bigs play with. I do think there’s a lot of things that they do that we can learn from. You know, we haven’t committed to just playing, you know, post-up basketball. We’ve been committed to playing, you know, more in the flow and to find our post-ups through that…There’s a few teams in the league like that that I think have superior, you know, interior players, that are good teams for us to look at, and ultimately in one way, shape or form, model ourselves after.
** Snyder, asked if Trey Burke has embraced coming off the bench beyond just saying the right things
You know, there’s this fixation with the bench and starting, and to me, what Trey Burke has embraced is not so much the bench — I don’t want him to embrace the bench; I don’t want him to embrace starting. I want him to do what’s best for our team, and if that’s coming off the bench, yes, he has embraced it. You know, I’m kind of circling around there, but the point is that he’s embraced becoming a better player…I don’t want it to be about the bench for him, you know? I’d like to — if he starts again, I want him to keep getting better too, you know?

For “Friends” fans: Who seven’ed better, Quin or Monica?

quin monica

** Snyder on Dante Exum
It’s just a process for him, but as far as losing confidence, I don’t lose confidence in him. I really believe in him. You know, his ability to improve, and you know, become whatever it is — I don’t think we can define Dante’s game yet. You know, I think we just gotta kinda keep asking him to work on certain things, and see where it takes him.
** Snyder, asked what has changed for the team from the first 25 games to now
Well, it’s kinda like when you go from fifth grade to seventh grade. You know, you’re in junior high, and that’s basically where we are. You know, we just have grown…But I’m really probably not willing to kind of say, “Hey, we were this then, now we’re this now. And here we are,” and you know, offer this kind of blissful cycle of improvement. I mean, it’s work. And it shows tonight, and it’s just not easy getting better. And I’m saying that, and I’m really saying it because I think our guys have earned that improvement, you know, with practice and with competition. So, hopefully it can continue.


** Derrick Favors on Memphis’ front court
It’s always difficult playing against those guys. I mean, they, Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol, both of ‘em big, physical guys. But you know, they kinda took us out of our offense — the whole team, they kinda took us out of our offense. … It’s some stuff that we can learn from [their front court]. As far as passing-wise, especially.
** Gordon Hayward on the loss
Yeah, they’re a really good team. They’re on a roll right now, too. And they’re playing great basketball, so. I mean, I think it was one of those games where we competed but you kinda felt like they were always in control.

** Enes Kanter on facing a tough team after playing Portland last night
You can’t make any excuse. I mean, no matter who you playing against, you know? Of course, you know, it’s NBA. You know, every night you going against somebody that, it’s superstar…but we just cannot back it up. You know, just have to, you know, just fight through it.
** Trey Burke on the loss
Just a tough stretch for us, and you know, we’re all a little down right now. You know, losing two in a row is never good…I’m down. You know, we lost. You know, it’s always bad when you lose, regardless of how you played, regardless how anyone played. You know, you want to win the game, so. And especially, losing two in a row, that kinda hurt ’cause we felt like we had a chance to win last night, and then coming in tonight and losing another tough game, it’s tough, so.
** Burke, asked if he thinks he’s been a better defender since the move to the bench
Yeah, absolutely. You know, I know that was the main reason. You know, it’s just defense. You know, I have to get better defensively. You know, I have to be a presence out there on the ball, and even off the ball. And you know, once I continue to grow in that area, then, you know, I’ll continue to grow as a player.

ronda tweet

Random Stuff, etc.
** In the house and all in one pic, with annotations by @chang_max: Jerry Sloan, Frank Layden and the pink grandmas.

in the house

** People saying “LOL” stands for “lots of laughs”: Craig Bolerjack
** People calling Larry Bird “The Birdman”: Craig Bolerjack
** Jazz – Grizzlies relations:
1. The Koof and the Jazz, obviously.


2. Quin Snyder and Nick Calathes. Such good friends, they hugged twice. (I’m guessing they know each other from the 2012-2013 season, during which Snyder coached and Calathes played in Russia.)


3. Joe Ingles and Marc Gasol. (I’m guessing they know each other from the 2011 NBA lockout, during which Ingles played for and Gasol trained with Barcelona. Photo via USA Today Sports.)

Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Craig Bolerjack on players falling into photographers: They’re looking through an eyepiece and all of a sudden, there they are, right on top of you.
Matt Harpring: When they’re coming full speed, it’s hard to get out of the way…It’s like a catcher. You know, when a man’s on first base, you kinda get up on your haunches a little bit.
** Harpring on Jon Leuer: He’s a guy that grew 10 inches before his senior season. Ten inches!
Boler: How does that happen?
Harpring: Well, you gotta ask him…You hear of people growing five, six inches. But 10 inches? That’s unbelievable.
** Boler on Gordon Hayward’s shoe coming off: Oh yeah. Tony Allen stepped on it, and out it comes. That’s called a blown tire.

Red denotes most recent game.

game 49

Thanks to @davidjsmith1232 and @OhioHadley for the assist on the W-L record tonight.

Utah Jazz vs. Memphis Grizzlies: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

February 5, 2015
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Grizzly Bear Blues.

its a ghost town in here
by elderscion on Feb 4, 2015 | 8:39 PM

Is everybody still recovering from the SuperBowl?
by Vincent Torello on Feb 4, 2015 | 8:49 PM

Lol. Went over to the Jazz page and they predict Male Pattern Baldness will be the winner of this matchup,
by carAmelie on Feb 4, 2015 | 8:59 PM

seems like both teams agreed before the game
to not really contest any shots…or really play much defense

by Fajotni on Feb 4, 2015 | 9:00 PM

A moth has landed on my TV but I don’t feel like getting out of my recliner to get it off. #GoGrizz
by Okitech623 on Feb 4, 2015 | 9:32 PM

It’s been there since the end of the first quarter. Must be a Grizz fan.
by Okitech623 on Feb 4, 2015 | 9:34 PM

What the heezy? Did the Warriors suddenly forget how to play basketball? Only 4 points with 5:24 left to go in the first
by Okitech623 on Feb 4, 2015 | 9:59 PM

Marc doing Marc things
by Vincent Torello on Feb 4, 2015 | 10:19 PM

Grizz handled their business tonight. Off to Minny for another game that they should win big but will probably win small.
by Okitech623 on Feb 4, 2015 | 10:29 PM

Game 48 of 82: Utah Jazz at Portland Trail Blazers (17-31)

February 4, 2015

gobert favors tweets

Post-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder, post-game
I thought we played, you know, we played a good game and did a good job against, you know, a very, very good team…I think we feel like a team when we’re playing, and the ball’s finding open people. And you know, a lotta guys, you know, made [big] shots…I thought we defended very well.
** Snyder, asked about Rudy Gobert’s defense on LaMarcus Aldridge on the perimeter
He did a good job. I mean, that was why we played [Gobert] on [Aldridge] in the beginning of the second half. We thought that was a match-up that was — you know, no match-up’s perfect against LaMarcus Aldridge. He’s such a good player…And I think Rudy’s length, at least, you know, he’s a little bit more of a factor than — you know, there’s not too many guys that can contest [Aldridge’s] shot.
Do you see Gobert doing more of that?
Yeah, I mean, I think, you know, Enes [Kanter] came in and played great in the second half, and you know, I’ve pretty much — this is a recurring theme that we’re gonna play match-ups, and, yeah, I expect Rudy to do more of that. And I think that’s one of his strengths, and we feel like — maybe it’s new for him a little bit to be on, you know, a guy that’s considered a “four.” But because of his height and length, it made some sense.

quin-zoolanderZoosnyder: Blue Devil Steel

** Gordon Hayward, post-game
Yeah, we competed. I think that’s for sure. Too many turnovers there in that third quarter. I thought we fought the entire game. We persevered there in the end. You know, Rudy did a great job on LaMarcus in the second half. But like I said, man, missed free throws — you know, I missed way too many, and just, you know, a little bit more here or there, and we would’ve come out with a win.
** Hayward on Trey Burke moving to the bench
It’s not a demotion. We talked about that. It’s just, kind of when he gets to play and when he can pick his spots and he can be more aggressive there in the second unit, and really lead that group for us. And he’s done a great job, and I think he’s taken it really well.
** Rudy Gobert, asked if he thinks he’ll be defending more on the perimeter in the future
Of course, especially on superstars like Aldridge. You know, we need somebody to stop him, and coach put me on him. So, that’s great.

falk rudy tweet

Random Stuff, etc.
** People calling Gordon Hayward “George Hayworth”: Blazers announcer (H/T @its_computers)
** People calling Damian Lillard “Damon”: Matt Harpring
** People calling Meyers Leonard “Miles Leonard”: Matt Harpring
** Unsolved mysteries: What exactly is a bench burrito?

bench burrito

Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Craig Bolerjack at tip-off: Lopez with that right hand wrapped, as Ingles grabs the tip, and we’re underway.
** Matt Harpring: Everything is low on Batum, mainly because of that wrist. (H/T @5kl)
** Boler on a loose ball bouncing their way: I wanted that ball.
Harpring: You’re just a little short.
Boler: You got me by five inches, I’d guess.
** Boler on Gordon Hayward’s young wife point total: Bang, there she goes, 18 for Hayward.
** Harpring: That’s a great move by Trey Burke. Between the legs, to get Millsap open.
** Boler, unable to decide whether to say “break” or “rest”: And Favs will take a breast.
** Boler calling the Play of the Game : Behind the back, Hayward inside, and Favors the finish.

Red denotes most recent game.

game 48

Thanks to @davidjsmith1232 for the assist on the W-L record tonight.

Utah Jazz at Portland Trail Blazers: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

February 4, 2015
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Blazer’s Edge.

First time I’ve been optimistic about a game in about a month.
Let’s go Blazers!

by erastus25 on Feb 3, 2015 | 6:05 PM

What’s up with Quin Snyder’s hair? It’s fantastic.
like this

by RipCityLifer! on Feb 3, 2015 | 6:22 PM

ROLO going to make Hayward look like a high schooler. Never mind, he already does.
by JmarcL4 on Feb 3, 2015 | 6:43 PM

I want Exum to be good
A return of playmaking cool shooting guards would be nice!!

by Mortimer on Feb 3, 2015 | 6:48 PM

He’s like 13 years old so he’ll be great one of these days, count on it
by AUS2PDX on Feb 3, 2015 | 6:50 PM

[A.Woj] Denver’s working on deal to bring 2013 draft pick Joffrey Lauvergne to Nuggets soon. He left Russian team today.
by thankyouforblaze on Feb 3, 2015 | 6:48 PM

Are they going to give him a real name at Ellis Island???
by Mortimer on Feb 3, 2015 | 6:49 PM

Jerry Lawrence will be his new name.
by Blazerfan72 on Feb 3, 2015 | 6:50 PM

Lillard going to score 140 tonight
on 110% shooting

by poorwebguy on Feb 3, 2015 | 7:07 PM

*in the 4th quarter
by Sir Ulrich von Liechtenstein on Feb 3, 2015 | 7:08 PM

with 58 assists
Blazers score about 300 tonight.

by RipCityLifer! on Feb 3, 2015 | 7:08 PM

Hayward with the scruffy beard
in a vain attempt to look like he’s not in high school.

by occassia on Feb 3, 2015 | 7:09 PM

I suspect Lillard is waiting for the TNT game to get his shot back…
by jenstcy on Feb 3, 2015 | 7:24 PM

I think Dame is manipulating the universe right now
He, like all Portland fans, knows about regression to the means. I think he is driving his shooting % down so when the playoffs come, he will shoot 70% from the field and 60% from 3pt to make up for it.

by Lassiie on Feb 3, 2015 | 7:27 PM

literally the only thing that makes sense right now
by phil.k on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:15 PM

I like Hayward…
He’s not worth all that money they gave him but he would be a good #2 guy on a good team.

by jenstcy on Feb 3, 2015 | 7:27 PM

Him, Matthews and Millsap could’ve been a pretty good team.
by Lassiie on Feb 3, 2015 | 7:28 PM

Does Gobert really have a standing reach of 9 feet 7 inches?
That seems unbelievable.

by Steve Postfontaine on Feb 3, 2015 | 7:50 PM

Quin Snyder is scary looking.
I’m pretty sure he could kill someone by looking at them.

by jenstcy on Feb 3, 2015 | 7:54 PM

I’m pretty sure Quinn Snyder knows what really happened to that Nationwide kid… #ripcity
— Jesse (@The_Arkitect) February 4, 2015

by occassia on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:32 PM

What was the last game Dame shot over 50%?
by bluesloth on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:08 PM

1957 against the Kansas City Kings, I think.
by HowlinJoeWolf on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:10 PM

cmon refs. We’re not in Utah
by poorwebguy on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:25 PM

Did Batum really foul Hayward there?
by axel360 on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:25 PM

Gordon Harden!!
by Mortimer on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:25 PM

Hayward still has the second most punchable face in the nba
by TheDSpot on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:26 PM

Is Harden first?
by iamBlackout on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:26 PM

of course
by TheDSpot on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:27 PM

its cause he’s white

by phil.k on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:27 PM

That’s only 99% of it, don’t exaggarate
by Mortimer on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:28 PM

nah, he just looks like a massive wuss
by TheDSpot on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:29 PM

I bet everything he says comes out in a nasal whine
by Mortimer on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:30 PM

by TheDSpot on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:30 PM

His work in The Rivers Edge and as McFly in Back to the Future are classics tho
by Mortimer on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:28 PM

Ingles looks like a two pack a day smoker.
by Blazerfan72 on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:34 PM

One of the best stories I have of Hayward
Was a few years ago, I believe it was Haywards first year. During preseason my step-dad and I got courtside tickets, and this was back when Hayward had a bowl cut. My step-dad proceeded to yell “BIEEEEBBBEEERRRR” repeatedly the entire game and everytime he touched the ball. Was one of the funniest things I have ever seen. The best part? A few days later we saw him in an interview with a nearly shaved head. Priceless!

by Lassiie on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:35 PM

Derrick isn’t doing us any Favors.
by ParticleAccelerator on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:35 PM

Derek isn’t doing us any Favors.
by Steve Postfontaine on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:35 PM

You and ParticleAccelerator are so cute together
by Blazin’ in Sydney on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:36 PM

What happened to Kanter? Haven’t seen him in awhile
by axel360 on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:38 PM

He’s been busy airing out wine
Is that what a decanter does?

by Mortimer on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:39 PM

that Goober guy has annoyed the heck out of LMA.
by BlazersConga on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:45 PM

he’s one of the only guys I’ve seen that look taller than LMA
by poorwebguy on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:45 PM

No kidding, Gobert looks like a freaking mutant out there. Dude is just long!
by lightskin350 on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:46 PM

looks like he has bulked up to bout 150 or so too
by Carthage on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:47 PM

And now aldridge is pressing
by blazermaniac32 on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:47 PM

Kanter needs to donate his hairline to those of us who need it
by Mortimer on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:54 PM

Jazz been giving the refs free donuts during time outs
by poorwebguy on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:55 PM

They are doing something because they are getting a ton of calls.
by lightskin350 on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:57 PM

nice guys on the bench, but they play like a good summer league team at times
by Carthage on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:57 PM

by WillBartonMVP on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:57 PM

*all times
by Carthage on Feb 3, 2015 | 8:58 PM

Gobert has a 7’9″ wingspan. Good lord.
by annthefan on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:02 PM

His arms are probably longer than I am.
by annthefan on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:08 PM

And 9’7″ standing reach
Like a jerk!!!

by Mortimer on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:03 PM

Man, Gobert is a force down low right now.
by Acab on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:02 PM

by Mortimer on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:03 PM

by poorwebguy on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:03 PM

by TheStripes on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:03 PM

by Blazerfan72 on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:03 PM

by annthefan on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:03 PM

I think my jaw broke when it hit the floor…
by BlazersConga on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:03 PM

by heybabydrinkyourmilk on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:03 PM

Ingles looks like he needs some sleep.
by Acab on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:09 PM

He’s doing the Flip Saunders diet
by ParticleAccelerator on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:09 PM

Everybody is better with Rolo!
by annthefan on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:11 PM

He’s like the Sriracha of basketball players.
by TheStripes on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:12 PM

by Mortimer on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:19 PM

Ingles and Exum now have a combined 5 points
those Aussies are absolutely killin us

by axel360 on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:20 PM

I’m sick of these outback struttin kangaroo jockeys!!!
by Mortimer on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:21 PM

Let’s boycott barbeque!
by Reasonable Approximation on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:23 PM

Plus, you know, the Crocodile Dundee movies went waaaaay downhill
after the first one

by axel360 on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:22 PM

Ingles made that because his teammates said they would buy him a pack of his favorite Australian cigarettes.
by Blazerfan72 on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:19 PM

and a Koala steak!
by Tyler Durrden on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:20 PM

what is a Joe Ingles?
by RipCityLifer! on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:19 PM

left-handed Australian
by Steve Postfontaine on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:20 PM

In the Southern Hemisphere, they’re all left-handed
by Reasonable Approximation on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:21 PM

They are actually born at the height they end up at, and then their feet grow up to the ground
by Mortimer on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:24 PM

by Mortimer on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:25 PM

instead of BO they got OB
by Tyler Durrden on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:25 PM

YEAH, the brand of tampons!
by Mortimer on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:26 PM

We shouldn’t be struggling to put away Utah @ home.
by lightskin350 on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:22 PM

Miss the second!!!!!!
by pdxthomastran on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:24 PM

LOL Endgame Dame!
by TonyBalony on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:24 PM

by poorwebguy on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:24 PM

Good call on the miss!
Win, win, win

by ParticleAccelerator on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:24 PM

by iamBlackout on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:24 PM

I like winning on a miss.
by Reasonable Approximation on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:25 PM

first time ever I cheer the Blazers missing.
by BlazersConga on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:25 PM

finally, one of Lillard’s misses pays off
by Steve Postfontaine on Feb 3, 2015 | 9:25 PM

Bits from Practice, 2/2

February 3, 2015
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** Quin Snyder on the Super Bowl
It’s tough. … I’m a fan, and you know, I love [the Seahawks]. I love what they stand for. You know, we’ve played video of Richard Sherman in particular just communicating, and how much he’s talking, how much he’s studying watching film.

And you know, Pete Carroll’s someone that I’ve admired for a time. The fact that he was a college coach for awhile — he was an NFL coach, college coach, NFL, and just seeing that journey for me is interesting.

But, so, I like them in addition to them being from, you know, I, me being from Seattle, and kind of a link to my, you know, my childhood. I don’t wanna sound too nostalgic, but that’s the truth. And additionally, just because of who they are as a team.

snyder burke tweets

** Snyder on what criteria he uses to evaluate the team’s defensive progress
There are some speci–you know, obviously, your effective field goal percentage is really, really important, in that, essentially, you know, more than any other, you know, factor, that’s gonna determine — there’s different reasons, then, why teams are shooting well or not shooting well against you.

And that’s really, I mean, you can’t just hope that field goal percentage goes down, and basically they miss. You gotta do what you can to disrupt them and make ‘em miss. So, you know, everything from contesting shots to deflections.

You know, we want ball pressure, so some of those things become more subjective. That would be one example. You know, transition defense is something that’s essential, ’cause, you know, if we don’t get back, we don’t get a chance to play half-court defense, and layups are pretty high percentage shots.

** Derrick Favors, asked what he has to do to defend LaMarcus Aldridge
Well, I mean, I guess I, I guess you make him a driver, I guess. I don’t know. You know, he a tough guy, a tough guy to guard. You know, he a good jump-shooting big. So, I mean, he a tough player to play against, so it gonna be tough guarding him.
** Favors, asked if the team has a completely different defensive mindset under Quin Snyder than in years past
I think guys just buying into it now. Just on the communicating part, you know, Quin keep, Quin preach it every day. In practice, you know, in games, you know, walk-throughs, he just preach communication every day, and I think guys probably getting tired of him, tired of hearing it, so we just start going out there communicating so he won’t have to keep saying it.
** Favors, asked if Snyder was extra grumpy today
Nah, ’cause I don’t think nobody said something to him, but Imma make sure I say something to him. You know, he keep bragging about the Seahaw–he bragging about the Seahawks all year. So Imma make sure I say something to him when we get on the plane.
** Favors, asked if he would’ve given the ball to Marshawn Lynch
Of course I would’ve given it to him, but you know, that’s the play they called.

** Dante Exum, asked for his in-depth analysis of the Super Bowl
The guy probably shouldn’t have thrown it to the other guy on the team. That wasn’t a smart play.
Would you have handed the ball to Marshawn Lynch?
Well, I heard his name is Beast Mode, so why not?
** Exum, asked if he likes starting
Yeah, obviously I do. You know, it gives me an opportunity to get in, go against the starting point guard a bit more, and you know, get involved a bit more defensively. And you know, it gives me a chance to lead as a rookie, so it’s just about kind of developing and getting a feel for where the guys want the ball and everything, so.
** Exum, asked if he’s had to change his game as a starter
No, I don’t think so. I’ve had, I’ve been playing with them, you know, with the rotation, so yeah, it’s just about doing the things I’ve done to get there, so.

Bits from Dennis Lindsey Interview, 1/30

February 2, 2015
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How have Enes Kanter and Trey Burke reacted to calls for more minutes for Rudy Gobert and Dante Exum?
I’ll say this. You know, Enes is good people, and he cares. And he cares about his career. And you know, he’s 6-11 and skilled, and we’ve got him past, you know, the couple consecutive injuries here in the off-season, and he’s really buying into Quin [Snyder], and they’re communicating on a really good level, and, yeah.

Are there games where, you know, the flow of the game goes towards another set of bigs or set of players, and you have to be happy for your team’s success? Absolutely…I think Enes has responded, and, as he has all year long. He’s moved forward defensively. I think the last two games in particular have been two of Enes’ better concentrated efforts.

And that’s great, and that’s what we’re looking for, and he’s looking forward to improve as a player and as a competitor as well.

And then Trey, you know, he’s a smart kid, and Quin is a smart guy and a very good communicator. And I think he quickly understood that our second unit was truly [in need of] scoring. I think some people thought we were playing games with the lineups, and it really got down to, not really what’s best for any one player in regards to their notoriety or their status.

You know, we’re a team, and we want to emphasize that…

And so, you know, I know there’s story lines and plots and subplots that have to be talked about, but when you’re part of a group and you really care about the results of a group, you can move aside, you know, your personal agenda and do what’s best for the team.

And I think Quin’s such an effective communicator, he can easily and simply explain rationale behind the decision, and lay down challenges, and those have been accepted, and the, you know, really Enes hasn’t been affected other than, really, when Quin decides to go a certain direction in any particular game.

And then Trey’s — you know, starting lineups aren’t solid. You know, i–a lot happens during the year, and unfortunately for us, Alec Burks went out, and it changed Gordon [Hayward], how [Snyder] had to play Gordon, and then we hit a little bit of a rhythm, and our second unit, when we sub, was gonna be challenged.

And we can’t play Gordon 42, 44 minutes a game, and it was best for Dante [Exum] to play with Joe [Ingles], and Gordon, so they could handle some of the ball-handling and offensive responsibilities, and Trey can do what he does best with that second unit and still close the game.

So, they’re high-character guys, and that’s, as we lay down challenges and positions of the team moving forward, that they’ll accept what coach says because they understand he’s good people and he just has the best interests of the team at heart.

nutshell Enes Kanter is a good person, and Quin Snyder was able to effectively explain his decision to Trey Burke.

Do you have an update on Raul Neto and Ante Tomic?
Yeah, yeah. So Ante is, if not the best big in Europe, he’s one of the most effective bigs, and someone that has been under contract with Barcelona for a while. I’m not gonna get into specifics of the contract, ’cause that’s pretty personal. But we have noticed his play.

We have been in communication on a fairly regular basis with his representation. I think as he’s become more successful as a player and, in Europe and specifically in Barcelona and Madrid, he’s become more curious about the [NBA].

And unfortunately, their free agency period doesn’t line up with the NBA free agency period. They don’t have the rules in Europe and the Euroleague and the [Spanish] ACB [League] that we have, so sometimes contracts and things are done, really, outside of a time period that we can react to.

But he’s a good player, and potentially a good asset for us, and we’ll see what that means moving forward.

Raul, like Rudy [Gobert], had a terrific summer with his national team. He’s now with his club team in Spain. As everyone knows, he’s a very aggressive player with a good imagination as a passer.

Still turning the ball over a little bit too much, but that’s not necessarily a negative marker in young players. Young guards that turn it over, many times it’s a [sign] that they have some vision and some moxie and some confidence to try to make plays. So I think as he moves deeper in his career, we’ll be able to get more solid play with a player that has really good imagination.

We like his feet; we like his speed. We think he can be a good defender even though he’s not the tallest player. He has a really good body, so at the point of attack, he can really wall up and give some energy on the ball. We’re excited about that. We had him in our gym this summer, and he and Johnnie Bryant really worked on his shot, and he really had a great rhythm going into the World Championships, and had a very good summer.

So we’re excited about both, and we’ll see how they grow and see how it potentially fits with our roster moving forward. (1280)


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