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Game 73 of 82: Utah Jazz vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (32-41)

March 29, 2015

rudy refRudy Gobert’s down low message to the refs

Post-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder on the game
It was gutsy, the way w–you know, from the way we started the game. I didn’t, I thought they were really the aggressors at the beginning of the game. And you know, our guys picked it up. I thought it was, a lot of just, the things that we’ve tried to be, you know, communicative and competitive and unselfish, that’s what we were. And we got rewarded for it.
** Snyder on what changed after the first quarter
You know, I, we–for one thing, you know, they were playing great and shooting the ball great. I thought they were getting to the rim too much, and our pick-and-roll defense, we made a few little changes that I thought helped us. And we just started, you know, like I said, I think we were, started playing harder. It was like a little bit of a wake-up call for — you know, this team will keep you on your heels all night, and, if you’re not aggressive.

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** Gordon Hayward on the game
We’ve been on a really tough stretch here. We’re playing every other day, and then tonight, we go back-to-back. Like I said, with injuries and everything, no one expects [Derrick] Fav[ors] to be out, and so, it definitely was good. Just a great win for us. We battled, we fought, big win.
** Rudy Gobert on what changed for the Jazz defensively after getting down by 16
Just made some adjustment. Especially myself on pick and roll. I was just staying back and trying to protect way good on the drive and stay below the roll man, so they don’t have to come and give open threes. So basically, it was just putting pressure on me and make [Russell] Westbrook go at me at the rim, and it worked out pretty well in the second half.
** Trey Burke on what changed for the Jazz defensively after the first quarter
I think we just, we started competing at, even at a higher level. You know, we took this game personal. You know, came out with a sense of enthusiasm that we needed to win.
** Burke, asked if this was the most emotional win of the season
Yeah, I definitely think so. You know, one, the crowd was in it, the way it w–the way the crowd was in it, and then coming off the five games, losing four or five straight, you know, we wanted to come out and you know, give a good effort, and you know, try to get the win.

jerry bdayThe Jazz are 2-1 this season when they show Jerry Sloan on the broadcast.

Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Craig Bolerjack on Joe Ingles: Big Joe’s wiggle, I love it.
** Boler: Jiggling Joe. (H/T @hessrp)
** Thurl Bailey at halftime: I like Trey Burke’s penetration. (H/T ‏@jwinskowski)
** Booner on Enes Kanter getting fouled: It’s a rough play. Of course, I love it. I like this. I don’t like softly played games.
Boler: Well, there was never a soft game in your day.
Booner: No, it was not. (H/T @5kl)
** Booner on Gordon Hayward: Gordon just a little too tight. (H/T @5kl)
** Boler on Chris Johnson: Johnson right on the end of that pile. (H/T @5kl)
** Boler on Johnson, Part 2: Johnson with a great look, in and out. (H/T @5kl)
** Boler on Russell Westbrook jumper: Oh my. How quick. Exploded out of his shoes.
** Quin Snyder, post-game: There was a couple possessions where they got on the floor for a loose ball, and we bent at the waist, and we talked about that in a timeout.

Red denotes most recent game.

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Thanks to @allthatamar and @TaylorLangston2 for the assist on the W-L record tonight.

Utah Jazz vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

March 29, 2015
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Welcome to Loud City.

This is every comment posted during the game.

Go Thunder
Thunder Up and good luck Kanter

by concierge.wiz on Mar 28, 2015 | 8:13 PM

Adams 2 fouls already….cant afford that
Kanter now has 2 fouls…cmon Bigs.

by Sammy1 on Mar 28, 2015 | 8:28 PM

Man Kanters good around the basket…great natural instinct and footwork
by Sammy1 on Mar 28, 2015 | 9:27 PM

Wow these Refs and their whistles want to be noticed!
by Sammy1 on Mar 28, 2015 | 9:38 PM

Trey Burke is better than Russ at this moment
Russ complete shit all night

by OverReactionaryFan on Mar 28, 2015 | 10:07 PM

Just keep chucking Russ. Bricks are great
by OverReactionaryFan on Mar 28, 2015 | 10:12 PM

Please don’t make the playoffs. There is no point to it
Even when the Thunder play good D the team is trash. Rather sit at home then get obliterated on national TV by GSW

by OverReactionaryFan on Mar 28, 2015 | 10:39 PM

RIP, Hot Rod.

March 28, 2015

hot rod

RIP Hot Rod. We were unbelievably blessed you were ours for so long. Love you forever.

hot rod tweets

P.S. Leave it to the Lakers to go with this pic. Even John Stockton is blushing at the amount of skin. (H/T @5kl and @dianaallen)

lakers hot rod

Game 72 of 82: Utah Jazz at Denver Nuggets (31-41)

March 28, 2015


Post-Game Quotage
No one posted any audio or video.

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Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Matt Harpring: You gotta let the defense see your D. (H/T @FrankNooch)
** Craig Bolerjack on NBA Green Week: You want some trees down your way, right?
Harpring: I do. I do. I want you to put them in there.
Boler: Ha ha ha ha. I knew you would. Sorry, I left my shovel at home.
Harpring: You’re expensive though. And hard, to deal with.
Boler: Yes, I am. (H/T @AllThatAmar)
** Craig Bolerjack: Rudy? Hello. Down it goes. (H/T @Mark_R_Pereira)
** Harpring on the first broadcast he ever did (with Hot Rod Hundley): He wanted me to do it, and he thought I’d be good at it before I even thought that I would have any interest in it…We had a lot of fun doing it, and he would tell me year after year after that ball game, “Hey, have you thought about getting into this business?”…So he’s the first one that really kinda gave me the bait out there to try this business. And then when I got done playing, he was really on my case to get into it. And I’m glad he did.
** Boler: I did one game with Hot Rod. He–
Harpring: He give you the fist?

Red denotes most recent game.

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



Utah Jazz at Denver Nuggets: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

March 28, 2015
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Denver Stiffs.

Apparently a lot of the Stiffs attended the game tonight, which explains the quiet game thread.

This is some truly horrible basketball
by Colin Neilson on Mar 27, 2015 | 9:31 PM

man it would suck to be a sports player in Salt Lake City
by PurpleToPurple on Mar 27, 2015 | 9:48 PM

this is poor basketball
on top of poor officiating

by alex47666 on Mar 27, 2015 | 9:52 PM

What’s for dinner, Stiffs?
Fish tacos. 3 months without a fish taco! and Fat Tire

by SDcat09 on Mar 27, 2015 | 10:51 PM

i had some odd sort of passover dinner at my aunts house
by dynamo.joe on Mar 27, 2015 | 10:59 PM

I just had some bbq pulled pork sliders….. nom nom nom..
by john.kobbeman on Mar 27, 2015 | 11:10 PM

Well after Philly, I was ready to shut er down. I’m so flakey. Good win tonight. Portland tomorrow. Ha!
by Charliemyboy on Mar 27, 2015 | 11:17 PM

by InboundingLobPass on Mar 27, 2015 | 11:46 PM

by john.kobbeman on Mar 27, 2015 | 11:50 PM

Bits from Quin Snyder Interview, 3/26

March 28, 2015
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On Derrick Favors
You know, the thing to me that’s been great, even recently, is getting, you know, it takes time to get to know your players, and really to develop trust. And I think he and I are developing a relationship that, you know, that I value, and I think he does too.

And it’s really that foundation that allows you, you know, to help a player get better, and for him to do the things that I feel like our team needs. And that trust level is increasing, you know, every month, every week, every day. And you know, I wanna honor that, as I know he does too, and we’re looking for ways.

I’m, you know, he’s an exciting guy to try to, you know, to coach and to play with, because I think there’s things he is capable of doing, and will be capable of doing, that maybe, you know, he hasn’t been asked to do. And that’s exciting to me.

I, we saw him hit a three the other night, and he asked me, “Coach, is that, you know, is that, was that the shot?”

I said, “Actually, no. It was a foot, you know, I wanted you to hit more of a mid-range shot.” But you know what? He backed up and he spaced, and you know, i–I’ll take that any day of the week.

You can trust a guy like Fav to do the things that he wants to do to help the team win, and the more we, you know, i–and the more he takes on some challenges and expands his game, you know, that growth process, those things might not come immediately, but I think it really stands — it bodes well for our team going forward, and I have a ton of confidence in him that, you know, that he won’t ever abuse that, you know, that belief and that freedom in his, in, that we have in his game.

On the Jazz’s perimeter defense
The thing that [Gordon Hayward] doesn’t get enough credit for — I’ve tried to pound it on him all year, both, you know, publicly and privately, ’cause I think he and I are on the same page with it, and there’s no reason not to be honest about it — is his defense. You know, and particularly off the ball.

You’ll see times when he’ll really raise his level defending his man, and get in passing lanes and get steals, and he’s won a couple games for us doing that on the defensive end when we’re stagnant. You know, go down and get a dunk, and, but more subtle, you know, Rudy [Gobert] wouldn’t have, when, Rudy wouldn’t be in the position for everybody to see the things he’s doing if our guys on the perimeter weren’t really committed to keeping the ball out of the paint.

And all of the little things, those are the things, I think for a team, and certainly for a coach, that are hardest, because they involve so many little nuances.

You know, Rudy’s gonna come to every game at 7-2, and long. That other stuff, it’s really, you get so much slippage and with Gordon out of the game, you know, that’s where some of our defenses lapse at certain times, is on the perimeter.

And then Rudy’s put in a position where, you know, he’s defending two on one, and people are getting offensive rebounds when he comes over. And you know, he, Rudy’s got their back, and they’ve gotta have his front, I guess, for lack of a better way to put it.

But that’s an area for me that Gordon — and we want more, you know? I think he eventually can continue to get better and better at that in a team concept, and we miss Rodney [Hood] in that respect too, and his length. It’s also something Dante [Exum]’s been able to do on the ball, you know, really at the point of attack. So there’s a number of those factors that have gone into our defense being better.

On his message to a struggling-with-his-shot Trey Burke and a reluctant-to-get-his-own Dante Exum
Well, the message actually is pretty consistent with both of them. What we want them to do, largely the same things. Each one of ’em is a little better at doing certain things than the other, and it has to do in the very, you know, in a very obvious way just with size and length.

Trey’s stronger. He’s able to take care of the ball, get in gaps. I think he’s more sure, as far as his assist-to-turnover ratio. He’s got a mid-range game that Dante’s working on. Dante’s length on the defensive end, and his speed, is something that’s just unique. So, both of their skillsets, they’re not really competitive with one another, from a skill standpoint. They’re just, I think, both of them, you know, gifted in different ways.

And you know, the ideal thing is they continue to merge and one, they help elevate each other’s games, where Trey’s gotten better defending the ball. I think Dante’s gotten better in transition, and they’ll continue to help each other do that.

And it’s my job to use them effectively at certain times, you know? And if Dante’s getting us an advantage, you know, really guarding Tony Parker, then he’s gonna be able to get more minutes in that game.

And then if there’s a game where, you know, we’re really struggling to score, which we have the last two games, and one of those games Trey had a tough night shooting the ball, but we didn’t have a lot of other weapons on the floor, frankly. And then last night, you know, he made basically the same shots.

But both of them have to make sure that they’re not focused on their own individual, you know, performance, that, really to define themselves based on how the team’s playing. It’s a really hard thing to do, but that’s what we need from our point guards, is to really equate their own personal success with how the team is functioning.

Do you have any hobbies?
I used to. (laughs) I’m gonna head into the off-season and sit down with Dennis [Lindsey] and figure out how our team can be better, and maybe he can h–we’ll, we’re gonna help each other figure out what we can do in our spare time. I think both of us wanna get healthy and sleep…

I had my hip replaced. I used to golf. I haven’t golfed — golf takes so darn long, but I do, I have gone fly-fishing a number of times and that’s probably the thing that I’m looking forward to doing as much as, being in this area. And my wife loves to hike, so I, you know, I’m excited to — there’s a lot of stuff I used to do.

I used to mountain bike a little bit. We get this thing going, and hopefully I’ll have a little more time to do some of those things. But I love my job, man, you know? That’s the best thing about it, so it’s not like I’m sitting around lamenting not being able to do other things. So, there’ll be time for that down the line. (1280)

Bits from Dennis Lindsey (3/25) and Randy Rigby (3/26) Interviews

March 27, 2015
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On Quin Sndyer
Even though [Quin] is incredibly smart, he doesn’t let his intelligence get in the way of things, ’cause you know, he’s naturally curious and asks questions. …

[In San Antonio, I] watched how Quin improved and saw him on the sidelines and his poise with officials and how he was able to coach players very hard but yet when we did the exit interviews, where the players, to a man, they kept coming back and saying how unique he was in his ability to communicate and teach and develop.

And one of, frankly, one of my better friends in the business from my San Antonio days is Mike Budenholzer. And so, I leaned on Mike quite a bit during our process, and Quin’s name kept coming up. And certainly, maybe the timing may be gratuitous. I don’t know if we were a step ahead, but we had a bunch of very good candidates…

We felt very good about the available coaching talent that was out there, and Quin as much as anybody was the right fit at the right time.

On why the Jazz drafted Rudy Gobert
When we decided to purchase the pick for Rudy, we wanted to avoid going to market. One of, on–not the only decision-making point, but a big decision-making point, and that was, is we didn’t wanna go to the backup center market and pay market price. We would’ve rather, you know, go and develop someone.

And then Rudy was unique with his dimensions, so that allowed us to make some decisions. (1320)

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What do you attribute the Jazz’s recent success to?
I remember about, some of the feelings that, all of us, as we went into the ceilings, season, we said how are we gonna monitor success, and how are we gonna measure? And I think we’re now, it’s actually witnessing and seeing the, so this is what we were all hoping and looking for. And there’s a number of things that I wanna, that we attribute this to.

And I first have to say we attribute it to a plan that we believed in, that we put in place years ago, and that, and my hat goes off. Kevin O’Connor, Dennis Lindsey, who had a vision and a plan to say, and you know what, and a lot of it was gonna be, we knew it was gonna be grueling and tough, but we believed in a plan, and started the plan in motion.

We had ownership that bought off on the plan, supported it and believed in it, and have supported it with their dollars…Those kind of commitments, where the quiet things that now help, we see now the fruits of this.

Then bringing in a coaching staff that really has a vision and direction and a dynamic approach to the game, that as this game has evolved, their, in, their, we’re bringing. And I think that’s added to it.

And then players that believe in it. They’re supporting it, and have the talent. You g–it’s a game of talent, and you’ve gotta have the talent. And I think we’re now seeing they’re young, but we still see that there’s the talent level that, with the right system and the right coaching and the right support staff, makes this all starting to come about.

Are you worried about Quin Snyder is grinding too much? (Unintentional Dirty Quote Machine)
Gordon Monson: Quin Snyder seems like a guy who would push pretty hard. Do you worry about him grinding a little too much, or do you think he knows when to back off and when to move forward?

Randy Rigby: Quin Snyder knows when to push, the right time…They’re always measuring and gauging, are we pushing too hard? Can they handle it? Do they need some rest? Do they need to push? Do they need the love, and a little easing back? They’re doing a great job. There’s some analytics that we try to utilize, that we’re me–that we’re doing measurements on them.

On the Jazz’s team psychologist
Keith Henschen* is, Keith is still doing it, and adds really a great layer of perspective for us as a team, in helping our players individually, and helping our coaching staff…Keith is more available at our request, and at the coaches’ and the players’ request. And so, you know, he doesn’t try to intrude in there.

It’s more, we respect the coaching staff, and the players to kinda monitor and gauge their own, but when there’s times that they wanna call on him, and they do it regularly to give feedback and input.

We use Keith a lot as well, as, when we’re analyzing players in the drafting process. He will go with us in the interviewing process when we go to [the draft combine in] Chicago or, you know, Newport.** Those kind of things, he’s involved in.

* Here’s a 2007 article on Henschen’s relationship with the Jazz, in which he talks about Andrei Kirilenko, Jerry Sloan, Karl Malone and Derek Fisher. He and Jerry go way back; they played against each other in college.
** Not familiar with Newport. Anyone know? Does Rigby mean Portsmouth?

Randy Rigby gives a shoutout to his new sponsor
By the way, I have to give a shoutout, ’cause I just l–heard it, that, you know, this is sponsored by [sponsor].

And if you’re a business person or a person in this community, there’s a gentleman by the name of [name], president of [sponsor], and I’ll tell you, you talk about one of the most solid individuals in this community, who gives back, who is a man of character, who believes in community, and a dear, dear friend of our organization, but just a great individual.

I just got to break some bread with him a bit ago, and I just have to say, it’s great having individuals like that in the community…He actually paid [for the aforementioned bread], and I was offering to pay, but that shows you the kind of guy he is. (1280)

Game 71 of 82: Utah Jazz vs. Portland Trail Blazers (31-40)

March 26, 2015

end-of-gameThe 87 stages of grief

Pre-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder, asked about the Jazz losing three of their last four and if something’s changed or it’s just the way the schedule has broken
We haven’t had Gordon Hayward. We haven’t had Rodney Hood. I don’t, I mean, [just the way] the schedule’s broken. Golden State on the road, which is a pretty tough place to win. And then, you know, I know a lot is made of Minnesota being depleted, but they’ve been in every game, and you know, [Andrew] Wiggins and [Zach] LaVine, their two guys stepped up.
And you know, we’re playing without, basically, our three top wing players. We’re looking at Joe [Ingles], who was, you know, waived at the beginning of the year; we got him off waivers. And Eli[jah Millsap], who was in the D-League at the beginning of the year; and Dante [Exum], who’s 19; and Ian [Clark], who was in Boise last week. So, it’s not hard to look at our team and the schedule and figure out why, you know, we’re not playing the way we were two weeks ago.
And I’m not really willing to say that either. I thought, I think we’ve had some slippages defensively, but you know, with that group, it’s hard for us to score. It’s that simple. I mean, I hope people can see that. You know, I think really the question, you know, I don’t know that that question’s, I hope you can see that, ’cause it’s a credit to these guys that they’ve done what they’ve done.
And now you take away their two best wing players, and their best scorers, and it’s not hard to wonder why we lose — what, we’ve lost two in a row? Three in a row? I don’t even know. We beat the Lakers, we lost to Golden State, we lost to Minnesota. So we’ve lost two games in a row. And we could lose six in a row.
You know, we could, but I mean, I think I’ve maintained the entire time that it’s about us getting better. And when we lost nine in a row, I said the same thing. When we had the top record since the All-Star break, I said the same thing. And you know, let’s be realistic about what our guys are doing right now.
Rudy [Gobert]’s never played this many minutes in his career. [Derrick] Fav[ors] has been a warrior. You know, Gordon [Hayward], Rodney [Hood], Alec [Burks] are out. Trey [Burke]’s got the burden of the scoring falling clearly on his shoulders. And you know, to be too critical of him, I think, is unfair to him. You know, there wasn’t a ton of guys that are in position to take shots and score last, you know, last game. So, he’s put in a tough position.
I’m, I feel great about what we’ve been doing, you know, and I refuse to start defining us by whether we win or lose a game…Maybe we win that [Minnesota] game and then we’re talking about none of this.
We’re talking about what a great job our D-League guys and our seven rookies that sang “Happy Birthday” to Gordon the other day — literally, seven guys. You know? I said before, it was like a boy band. It was great, you know? It was a great song, but if you expect those same guys to go out and play, you know, against some of the teams that we’re facing, I think is unfair.
And that’s not to say they won’t bust their tails and play hard and we may win. But I think we need to be very honest with, it’s not fair to these guys for us to have expectations for them that, the same expectations we had two weeks ago.

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** Snyder on injuries at this point in the season
I think some of it, you know, as you get to the end of the season, you would hate to sacrifice someone’s off-season and their health for one win…Right now, you know, you want the off-season to be really productive, and for us to get better in the off-season. It’s one of the reasons I think Alec had his surgery when he did…So I think the same is true of Gordon and Rodney, that, you know, to get them back, not necessarily prematurely, but with any questions that could jeopardize, you know, going forward, where they are, I think is not wise.
** Snyder, asked if he understands Burke and Exum’s struggles more because he was a point guard
I think that, the one, you know, and the empathy I do have for them is how much they’re asked to do, and how visible what they, their mistakes are so visible because they have the ball. If the ball gets stolen, if they get beat, if they miss a shot, if they make a turnover, you know, you see it all. And it takes a real mental toughness, especially for guys that are that young. It’s pretty well-documented that that position takes the longest to develop…and you know, we’re accelerating their development with experience, and with work.

Some comic relief:

Post-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder on the game
I thought it was a really good effort. You know, we need to be smarter. I thought we had some breakdowns, obviously, fourth quarter defensively, giving up that many points. You know, but I felt like we really competed in a situation where it would’ve been easy not to, to feel sorry for ourselves or whatever, and battle.
** Snyder, asked if Favors’ 3-pointer was what he wanted on the last play
It was really a series of reads. The first guy was open, you know, Trey on a curl, and then Joe on a curl, and then Fav was supposed to pop. And you know, Fav ended up with it. It wasn’t executed exactly the way we wanted, but it was sufficient. Oftentimes, you know, your 5-man is the least likely person to take the shot, and you know, in this case he ended up with it.


** Derrick Favors on shouldering the offensive load tonight
It was something I was prepared to do tonight. And you know, I just wanted to get myself going early so, you know, in the second half, you know, other guys could get theirself going. But you know, it was a tough night for us.
** Favors, asked why the Jazz gave up another big fourth quarter
You know, probably just communication, and you know, something we can probably fix. You know, just gotta watch film and you know, just learn from it, you know, and do better against Denver. But you know, just something we just gotta get better at.
** Favors, asked what he thought when the 3-pointer left his hand
I thought it was going in. You know, it was a good shot to me. I thought it was going in, but you know, it rimmed out. You know, maybe next time.

trey-injuryBizarre Injury #1

** Trey Burke, asked why the Jazz have given up two straight big fourth quarters
I don’t think it was just one thing that’s caused it. You know, I think, you know, like coach said, we, our effort, you know, you can’t question our effort. Our effort was at a high level tonight. It was a point we were up 10…but I think we could’ve played smarter down the stretch, not only offensively but on the defensive end. You know, a couple balls didn’t bounce our way, but that’s how the game goes.
** Burke on what happened with his neck
I kinda, it’s like a, I think it’s like a pinched nerve. You know, I kinda, w–like a whiplash. I turned my neck a little too fast, and my, pretty much, like, my whole back of my neck went numb, and you know, I didn’t really, I kinda got scared, to be honest. So I just tried to call timeout. It started feeling, it star–it went away immediately, so it was kinda weird.
** Joe Ingles, asked why the Jazz have given up two straight big fourth quarters
I don’t know. We probably would have fixed it if we knew. I mean, just little things. I mean, [Damian] Lillard went super aggressive there a few times in the last few minutes, and we didn’t kind of have each other’s backs the way we have in the past.

dante-rudyBizarre Injury #2

Random Stuff, etc.
** People calling Damian Lillard “Damon”: Ron Boone
** Did the Burkcourt coordinate their outfits?

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Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Joe Ingles on the Jazz’s recent losses: It’s disappointing when you know you can do it and you’ve done it for so long, and then you come out, and obviously you don’t do it.
** Ron Boone on Rudy Gobert’s “screen” on Dante Exum: You’re supposed to rub as close as you can to your teammate…
Craig Bolerjack: That’s more than a rub.
Booner: This is more than a rub, you know? (H/T @dianaallen)
** Quin Snyder on Derrick Favors, post-game: It wasn’t like he just said, “Hey, Gordon’s out, you know, here I come.”

Red denotes most recent game.

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

Utah Jazz vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

March 26, 2015
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Blazer’s Edge.

GIVE THOSE JAZZ THE BLUES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

by LaMarvelous on Mar 25, 2015 | 5:48 PM

If they make a movie of Quin Snyder’s life
they should cast Brad Dourif.

by Corwin71 on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:07 PM

sartorially speaking, this game is offensive
by LeGarrette Blount’s Right Fist on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:26 PM

Jazz have ugly uniforms
by gumbypuppy on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:26 PM

this is a clinic in crappiness
by Corwin71 on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:30 PM

Twelve Points. In a quarter.
What planet am I on?

by whatdidhejustsay? on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:36 PM

Blazers on pace for 48…for the game
by Timmyb1980 on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:36 PM

I think you could hear a pin drop in their arena.
by bluesloth on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:37 PM

or the blazer shot clank off the rim
by Carthage on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:38 PM

Who is Jack Cooley?
by LamarcusAldridgeMVP on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:38 PM

the Jazz are not scoring either. This is a good thing
by Corwin71 on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:44 PM

I’m confused….Utah has ANOTHER Milsap?
by Corwin71 on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:48 PM

His brother
by LamarcusAldridgeMVP on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:48 PM

Paul got his brother a job there and he rose through the ranks to become a player!
by Mortimer on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:51 PM

Wasn’t he a video coordinator?
by occassia on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:54 PM

Yup, started as video coordinator and now he’s starting!!!
Just shows that hard work and gumption pay off.

by Mortimer on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:55 PM

He was named as an interim starter last year and then this year was named defensive starter
by Mortimer on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:56 PM

Favors killing lopez
by blazermaniac32 on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:53 PM

Need Favors to change his name to Favours so Freeland can guard him
by Mortimer on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:53 PM

LMA just doesn’t look comfortable out there like he normally does
by pdxthomastran on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:57 PM

I wouldn’t be comfortable if that man-child Gobert was out there either
by AUS2PDX on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:59 PM

Favors again. Lopez probably shouldn’t be guarding him.
by blazermaniac32 on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:58 PM

Favors is hard for anyone to stop
by Timmay! on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:59 PM

What a late blooming success story
by TheStripes on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:59 PM

Dang Favors is killing it
by pklym on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:58 PM

Favors, I’m going to need you to do us a favor and not keep doing that.
by Blazing Chargers on Mar 25, 2015 | 6:59 PM

Whoa, Utah’s coach looks like Ludwig von Beethoven.
by Acab on Mar 25, 2015 | 7:22 PM

dude from American Psycho?
by pklym on Mar 25, 2015 | 7:22 PM

Or Harry Houdini
by Anomaly81 on Mar 25, 2015 | 7:25 PM

Ingles is one of the least athletic looking NBA players
by pklym on Mar 25, 2015 | 7:34 PM

He gots him those kangaroo legs though!
by AUS2PDX on Mar 25, 2015 | 7:35 PM

Seriously though, he looks like an alcoholic, pack-a-day smoker…

by Blazin’ in Sydney on Mar 25, 2015 | 7:35 PM

Meth looks like the more likely substance to be honest
by AUS2PDX on Mar 25, 2015 | 7:36 PM

nah, those people are skinny
Joe has the doughy thing going.

by Corwin71 on Mar 25, 2015 | 7:41 PM

Joe Ingles outplaying Damian Lillard
say that to yourself until it makes sense. It may never happen.

by Corwin71 on Mar 25, 2015 | 7:40 PM

Another double-digit 4th quarter deficit.

by LamarcusAldridgeMVP on Mar 25, 2015 | 7:44 PM

Wow, this team has all the life of a headless corpse being thrown down a well.
by Acab on Mar 25, 2015 | 7:44 PM

And none of the momentum.
by Anomaly81 on Mar 25, 2015 | 7:45 PM

Whoa big dunk by Gobby!
by Mortimer on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:03 PM

That was a vicious dunk
by blazermaniac32 on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:03 PM

Someone send the rim’s mother a bouquet.
by Acab on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:04 PM

Fourth quarter foul calls have been a killer
Utah’s just marching to the line and Portland’s getting hammered in the lane.

by Timmay! on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:04 PM

can’t do a thing with Favors
by Corwin71 on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:07 PM

Favors is destroying us.
by blazermaniac32 on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:07 PM

Can we just appreciate the sheer amount of homer-ism by the Utah announcers? It’s either they called something wrong against Utah, or we fouled and there was no call.
by taylorjohnduran on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:07 PM

On a side note, Utah’s coach has possibly the BEST hair of any coach in the NBA.
by taylorjohnduran on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:08 PM

Praying to science that we can get a damn stop
by AUS2PDX on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:14 PM

You should educate your prime minister about science : (
by annthefan on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:18 PM

Don’t get me started on that jerk
by AUS2PDX on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:18 PM

Maybe jerome kersey pinched trey burke in the neck for us :)
by KingLamarcus on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:15 PM

thanks, Jerome!
by gumbypuppy on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:19 PM

good time to play “Shake It Off”
by Corwin71 on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:15 PM

Wow $5 tickets in Utah…
just…wow. Do they have inflation there? Do they still use the gold/silver standard? Just what?!!?

by Idog1976 on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:19 PM

they have to look at those ugly uniforms.
by gumbypuppy on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:20 PM

With our luck
they’re probably hitting a three

by AUS2PDX on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:22 PM

dang that was close
by pklym on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:23 PM

WE WON!!!!!!!!!!!!
by pdxthomastran on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:23 PM

Thank God that’s over!
by BlazersConga on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:23 PM

They didn’t have Gordon
So we effectively only JUST beat half of the Utah Jazz

by AUS2PDX on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:23 PM

without Batum, Kaman, or half of LA, and the Jazz are a real team since ASB
by pklym on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:24 PM

they had Joe Ingles
he’s 87% of the Jazz by himself

by Corwin71 on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:24 PM

We didn’t have Wes, Nic, or Kaman
So they essentially JUST lost to half of the Portland Trail Blazers

by Darn you, darn you to heck! on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:24 PM

Favors killed us for 46 minutes
and then missed the last two shots badly. Lived up to his name. Whew.

by Corwin71 on Mar 25, 2015 | 8:23 PM

Bits from Derrick Favors Interview

March 25, 2015
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Is this season what you’d always hoped for?
Yeah, pretty much. You know, with all the stuff I’ve been through in my short career, whatever, you know, pretty much, you know, exactly what I’ve been looking for. Coming to a team that, you know, has a direction, has a system, you know, has a lot of players around the same age, and you know, we can grow together. So yeah, pretty much what I been asking for, really.

On being in a leadership role and his relationship with Quin Snyder
Yeah, that’s something different too. You know, in the past, you know, I’ll be the guy who, you know, coach [Tyrone Corbin] wouldn’t even talk to me that much. You know, he’ll just say, “Derrick, you do this” and go talk to other guys.

But now, you know, Quin, he, coach Quin, you know, he talk to me a lot. You know, especially today, he pulled me and Gordon [Hayward] aside, talked to us about, you know, certain situations during the game and during practice what he want us to do. And you know, just being involved, you know, that helps me out a lot. That help our confidence a lot.

Is leadership a burden?

Not really. You know, it was something that I always wanted anyway, you know, by me being a high draft pick. And with the situations I’ve been in, you know, I was just kind of thrown to the side a lot. You know, [being in this position] just something I always wanted. And you know, it’s not a burden to me. It’s just a responsibility that I look forward to.

On making the transition to the NBA by himself without an entourage
You know, I wanted to bring my friends. I did. Obviously I wanted to bring them, but you know, they got stuff they gotta deal with…

You know, just some things that my mom was talking to me about. You know, you just gotta go out there and grow up and just learn how to do stuff on your own, ’cause you know, mom’s not gon be there for you all the time. Just gotta grow into a man and just learn how to move around, how to, basically, grow up and do things yourself.

So when you look at Dante Exum right now, do you know what he’s going through?

Yeah, yeah, I know exactly what he going through. You know, I talk to him a lot because I was in the situation with, like he is. Nineteen, and you know, he from Australia. Come to, all the way over to America in Utah, so it’s a big change for him. So, every time I get a chance, I talk to him and you know, make sure he’s straight. You know, just tell him little things I went through and just try to help him out.

The Jazz organization was in a funky moment when you signed the extension. You had to really believe they were going to head in the right direction. What made you, what allowed you to believe that?
You know, just talking to Dennis [Lindsey], and talking to Kevin [O’Connor?] a lot. Kevin’s my guy, in a way. Just talking to those two guys…You know, and it was also the time that I hurt my back in [Team] USA [camp], so I didn’t know how that was gonna work out, so basically, I just wanted the security.

And you know, I trust Dennis, trust Kevin. And you know, Utah Jazz, you know, that’s a organization I’d like to play for for a long time. And you know, they was good to me when I came over, so I just said, you know, just go ahead and re-sign.

When Gordon Hayward got his deal, did you say, “Shoot, I blew it”?

What you mean?

When he got his big money deal, did you suddenly think, “Ooh, I wish I had done that”?

Nah, nah, man. It could’ve, I didn’t, you know, it could’ve went either way…I don’t look at it like that. You know, I was happy for him. And you know, with my deal, I’m good with my deal for now.

What’s your relationship with Hayward, and how much do you see yourselves on parallel tracks?
You know, I think it’s something new for both of us. You know, like I said, in the past, it was just, we, they just threw us away like, “Hey, you go over there and we’ll talk to these other guys.”

You know, but now, you know, Quin, he talk to me and Gordon a lot. You know, he talk to Gordon probably even more than me ’cause Gordon more, the offense ran through him a little bit more, and, on the perimeter, but you know, he talk to me a lot too.

We talk about post moves, improving my game, extending my range and everything. But you know, I think he just want us to go out there and lead the team on and off the court. And you know, when things get tough, you know, he basically want me and Gordon to take over.

On how his approach towards off-the-court stuff (e.g. community service) has changed as he’s matured
I understand how everything works now…My first two years in the league or whatever, I wouldn’t, didn’t do nothing in the community in Salt Lake City. I just always went back home ’cause that’s where I wanted to be. I wanted to be back in Atlanta.

But after Utah gave me the extension, or after I signed the extension with Utah, you know, I started to get more involved in the community ’cause I just felt like, you know, that just something I need to do anyway.

You know, the Jazz believed in me. The fans out there, they really love me out there. So you know, it just, I just feel like it’s something I need to do.

Quin says your quietness means people are missing how much you care and how hard you’re working. Do you feel that’s the case?
All the time. You know, I think because I don’t say much or I’m not, I, ’cause I’m a quiet guy sometime, I think people just say that, like, “Oh, he not working hard” or “He don’t have passion for the game” or “He don’t have, like, fire for the game” or something.

I’m a quiet person, but you know, I been hearing that since I came into the league, and you know, it bother me a lot…It bothers me all the time, but if you see me on the sideline, you’ll know I got passion and fire. If you actually sit there and hear what I be saying sometimes, you’ll know. You’ll know. Seriously.

Is there any way you get that across, or is it just something you deal with?

No, I get it across my way. You know, I don’t care what people say about me. I’m not gon change for people. You know, I’m gon be myself. I’m gon be who I am. But you know, when people say, “Oh, he’s quiet. He don’t have fire. He don’t have desire. He don’t have that in his game” ’cause I’m not out there screaming and yelling, you know, yeah, it bother me a lot, but you know, I got, people out there on the court know I got it.

You’re now playing with Rudy Gobert, who gets recognition for all of those things. What’s your feeling on that?

It really don’t matter to me, to tell you the truth. I mean, Rudy, he’s a guy, he deserves it. You know, he been working hard. He been, you know, blocking shots, dunking on people.

So I mean, of course he gon get the highlights, but you know, as long as people know what I’m doing too, you know, paying attention to what I’m doing, appreciate what I’m doing, you know, it’s all good with me.

On his relationship with his 15-year-old brother
I love my little brother, man. You know, we’re close ’cause we basically almost the same age, basically. And growing up, you know, he wanted to play basketball too because he used to see me out there playing, so he always wanted to play.

And you know, every chance I get, you know, I try to, when he’s in Salt Lake, you know, I try to bring him to the gym with me or just let him hang out with me ’cause I know he tired of being in Atlanta with my mom all day. I know he tired of that, so you know, sometime I usually bring him out here with me.

But you know, he just, he at that age now where he just trying to figure himself out. You know, in high school, just trying to figure out what he wanna do. You know, I don’t pressure him about basketball. I say you wanna play, you wanna play. If you don’t, you know, you find something else to do in life. So, he figuring that out right now.

You didn’t have a male influence growing up apart from your AAU coach. Is it nice to be able to be that for your brother?

Yeah, it is. You know, I didn’t have that growing up, and you know, some, he don’t have it a lot either because, I mean, the same AAU coach that I played for after that one died, he’s helping my little brother out too, just being a mentor to him too.

But you know, overall, my little brother, man, he’ll come to me and ask me stuff or he’ll go to my sister, which, I’m like, “Brandon, you can’t go to her for everything.” But on some things, he’ll go to her and ask her for her advice, and just to help him out, ’cause he don’t want to ask my mom, ’cause he feel like, “Man, I don’t wanna ask her. It’s my mom. I don’t want to ask her no question like that.”

But you know, overall, you know, I try to help him out as much as I can.

On his impending fatherhood
Kinda nervous, actually. Kinda nervous. You know, having kids, that’s another step in life, you know I’m saying? It’s, I mean, it’s a wonderful feeling, but you know, it’s just another step in life.

And I’m kinda, I’m excited, yet kinda nervous at the same time…Just excited, nervous, anxious, just everything all balled up in one. You can’t wait, but you’re just like, “Oh man, I hope I be a great parent.” …

Hopefully I have, like, my mom or somebody out there with me to help me out [when it’s time to leave the hospital]. I’m pretty sure somebody be out there with me, but yeah, man, I’m, especially, when that day come, man, Imma be nervous as hell, man.

Stereotypically, the best fathers are the ones that didn’t have one.

Basically, yeah. Basically. You know, I know when I, whenever they come, whenever they arrive, you know, Imma try to be the best father that I can be. You know, Imma try to give them everything that I didn’t have, and you know, just try to, you know, just be the best parent I can be.

What’s the next step for your game?
I think the next step for me is, you know, right now how I’m playing this year, you know, I call it, I think I’m catching a lot of attention of other NBA teams. They starting to play me different; they starting to scout me a little bit differently now.

Teams are doubling, having guys do different things against me in the post. So I think the next step now is just learning how to play through that. How to play through double teams, how to play through scout–scouting what guys are really starting to take away what I do in the post, and you know, get the counter-moves going, and just keep evolving offensively.

You know, extending my range out to the 3-point line, becoming a playmaker. Like, coach Quin always talk to me about becoming a playmaker in the high post. And you know, just becoming an offensive force. I think that’s the next step for me. …

[In high school], what I used to do best was catch guys at the high post and rip through or do a isolation move or something. That was my game in high school, but when I went to college…I kinda got away from that ’cause I was trying to transition to a, more of a post player, more of a defensive-type player.

But you know, Quin is letting me use my athleticism, my explosiveness, and my, and the way I play, he letting me use that to my strengths, and you know, he running plays for me now.

Do you have confidence that Quin understands you and knows how to use you?
I do. You know, I have high confidence. He ran me off of a pin-down one time. I was like, man, I ain’t came down a, off a pin-down since middle school. And I hit the shot. He was like, “Yo, see?” So I was like, man, you know, Quin’s a guy who I trust offensively.

You know, he, like I said, he always talk to me during the game, during practices, during, off the court, just always talk–showing me film, offensive moves, and work on my feet–footwork, and just everything. You know, he’s a guy that I trust. …

I gotta play multiple positions now, so it’s cool. It’s kinda fun. I like it…I’m a power forward, and, I’m a starting power forward and a backup center. (We Are Utah Jazz)


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