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Game 78 of 82: Utah Jazz vs. Sacramento Kings (36-42)

April 9, 2015

Sadly, the Sim Bhullar – Rudy Gobert matchup was not to be.

History made (first NBA bucket by a player of Indian descent):


Jazz subplot:


rudy tweet

Pre-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder on whether he intends to rest his starters more in the remainder of the season
I think it’s, you know, it makes sense at this point in the year to try to take a look at certain guys. It makes sense to be conscious of your guys’ health. The last thing you want to do is, you know, have an injury the last week, where someone goes into the off-season having to, you know, rehabilitate something as opposed to being able to make progress. So, it’s something we’re gonna continue, you know, keep, you know, keep in mind.
** Snyder, asked which parts of his message have changed over the course of the season and how much has stayed consistence since Day 1
I think the whole season, and every season and every year is gonna be about adjustments…We went in the year, in part me thinking that I wanted to really push the ball. That clearly for me was an adjustment to our group. It became more effective offensively when we made teams guard us, and we were able to pass the ball more. We haven’t been a great-shooting team, so for us to quick-shoot just didn’t make a lot of sense.

Defensively, I think we got more aggressive. You know, it felt like we weren’t — some of it was doing the same stuff and just doing it better, but I think the intensity level defensively, particularly on the ball and our wings helped us. So I think as a coach, you just, you have to — that’s why we watch all the film.

And sometimes players show you. You know, you begin to see, hey, you know, I felt like in the beginning of the year that [Derrick] Fav[ors] was a better shooter maybe than people thought, and encouraged him to not only practice that shot, but take it. You know, and I think he responded.

And I feel that way about Rudy. You know, I think Rudy’s offensive skills and his offensive game, it’s gonna be, you know, there’s gonna be progress there, and I have some ideas where it’ll be. He’s, Rudy’s free throws, I mean, people, his free throws last year versus his free throws this year, what an improvement. And he expects to make everything.

So, there’s constant adjustments that your players help you make as they get better…Trey [Burke] right now finishing, you know, his floater and his game, in, at the rim and the restricted area’s much, much better. And that’s changed some of the things he can do in pick and roll. So, we like to put him in different spots on the floor to, you know, to help facilitate that.

So, to be more specific and answer your question, both. You know, we’ve adapted all the way around, and by the lengthy, long-winded answer, clearly it’s something I think a lot about.

** Gordon Hayward, asked if he’d like to see the bench playing the entire fourth quarter again
You know, for us, it’s about getting better each game, and if [Snyder] feels like, you know, us getting better is by letting the young guys, you know, run, and play, then that’s what it is. So you know, I’m always ready to play, always willing to play, and it is what it is.

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Post-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder on the game
I think in the second half, we really got offense off our defense. You know, I don’t think the, to a man, the first half, that we were as active. [The Kings] played really hard. I thought they played harder than us. There wasn’t a lot for us to feel good about at halftime. And our guys that started the second half…I thought they really raised their level. And then the guys that came in off the bench did the same thing.

quin-you-and-meQuin Snyder come-ons

** Derrick Favors, asked if he’s happy with where he’s getting the ball
Yeah, definitely. You know, coach talk to me all the time about expanding my game outside the paint, around the free-throw-line area. You know, whether it’s making a play, shooting the ball, making a pass, just, you know, just being aggressive offensively. And he’s just always talking to me about expanding my game, and you know, I’m just trying to work on it.
** Favors on Rodney Hood’s progression
Rod’s good, man. You know, he’s —
Trevor Booker: He’s aight.
Favors: He aight…Rod aight. You know, he making a lot of open shots, being a go-to guy for us when me and Gordon [Hayward] sit down. Shooting the ball extremely well. Making big plays down the stretch…You know, he’s playing at a high level right now.
** Favors on Dante Exum’s off-balance buzzer beater
I thought he was gon miss. I was like, “Man, what Dante doing?” But you know, he made the shot, so I was like, “Man, good shot, man.”
** Favors, asked whether he’s ever seen anyone as big as Sim Bhullar
Nah…I played against Yao Ming my rookie year, but you know, he’s bigger than Yao. So yeah, that was a big guy.


** Trey Burke on why this team can win on the road, compared to last year’s team
I think just getting out to a great start. Coming out with the edge, playing, coming out, playing with an edge and not digging yourself in a hole. That was one of our biggest problems last season, was coming out and teams would get up 10 to 20 points on us…I think that’s something we’re better at this year.
** Rodney Hood on Quin Snyder
I mean, coach just has the same demeanor every single day. You know, he demands precision. He demands, you know, guys to, you know, be focused every single day, and you know, it’s carried over to the game. You know, tonight it carried over to the second half. And you know, it, we know it’s tough. You know, we’re probably not gonna make the playoffs this year, and you know, it’s easy to let down. But he’s the same way every single day in practice and it rubs off on us.

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Random Stuff, etc.
** People calling Rudy Gobert “the Eiffel Tower”: Craig Bolerjack
** People calling Mike Wells “Wellsy”: Steve Brown
** People calling Joe Ingles “Big Joe,” “Jingling Joe” and “Down Under Ingles” in a 5-second span: Craig Bolerjack
** H/T @5kl:


Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Dante Exum on how adding a mid-range step-back has given him confidence to go into the paint: When you go in there, just knowing you have a, you know, a set of moves that you can do if something happens, you know, it obviously gives you confidence just to go in there, and I’m gonna keep working on it so I get, go in there even more.
** Gordon Hayward on his expanded role on the team: I think it’s been a little bit bigger load. You know, it’s been a little more intense this year.
** Craig Bolerjack: We saw the Kings Sunday night in Sacramento, and yes, Quin did ride the rookies.
** Boler to Ron Boone: I know that you’re still quick-handed, and I have a lotta trust in you up front…but…I’m always on guard. ‏(H/T @its_computers)
** Exum on his 3-point shooting tonight: You know, they just opened up for me.

Red denotes most recent game.

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Thanks to @Mark_R_Pereira and @dianaallen for the assist on the W-L record tonight.

Utah Jazz vs. Sacramento Kings: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

April 9, 2015
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Sactown Royalty.

This is a very slow game so far.
by PurpleLoco on Apr 8, 2015 | 6:21 PM

Holy crap, that block by Gobert
by PurpleLoco on Apr 8, 2015 | 6:49 PM

And here comes the Jazz…..
by Kingsguru21 on Apr 8, 2015 | 7:30 PM

I mean, honestly, HOW MUCH BETTER does this team play under George Karl than Ty Corbin?
I mean, if Corbin was coaching this game, we’d be down by 30.
I trust in George Karl completely. With a full offseason and, hopefully, some roster changes that improve our team, we can be GOOD next year with this Coach.

by Pound th’ Rock on Apr 8, 2015 | 7:40 PM

It’s amazing how much difference a great coach can make.
by PurpleLoco on Apr 8, 2015 | 7:45 PM


by Pound th’ Rock on Apr 8, 2015 | 8:03 PM

The Kings do realize they’re playing the Utah Jazz?
by Reke_Havoc13 on Apr 8, 2015 | 8:06 PM

Yes, and they are tanking quite effectively.
by NextTimeGadget on Apr 8, 2015 | 8:06 PM

by kgdobter on Apr 8, 2015 | 8:20 PM

BHULAR with 1 min available= WIN
by unfair weather on Apr 8, 2015 | 8:20 PM

Well just watching Sim was worth it
by kgdobter on Apr 8, 2015 | 8:24 PM

First NBA points!

by PurpleLoco on Apr 8, 2015 | 8:24 PM

That’s all I cared about for this game!!
by Klam on Apr 8, 2015 | 8:25 PM

Sim is now averaging 72 points and 36 rebounds Per 36!!!
by 916_McRookies on Apr 8, 2015 | 8:25 PM

Too late to get in on the MVP race???
by Pound th’ Rock on Apr 8, 2015 | 8:26 PM

Forcing the ball to Sim those last few plays… I know that the Jazz players were already relaxed, but seeing a wide open Ben was stupid. I’d rather see Ben hoist a few more shots than have Sim make the stat sheet

by forumposter on Apr 8, 2015 | 8:26 PM

Game was already lost, and it’s a big deal.
No harm in our guys trying to help Sim get his first points.

by PurpleLoco on Apr 8, 2015 | 8:28 PM

Agreed. Seeing Sim score a bucket was huge for me
On an enjoyment level and a human level. Who cares about garbage time points. Let the rook have his moment.

by Pound th’ Rock on Apr 8, 2015 | 8:29 PM

C’mon man, this one was for India and the world
by kgdobter on Apr 8, 2015 | 8:28 PM

Sim makes all our guys look absolutely TINY.
It’s kind of amusing!

by PurpleLoco on Apr 8, 2015 | 8:29 PM

Bits from Rodney Hood Interview, 4/7

April 8, 2015
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On Duke’s championship
I’m very happy for those guys. You know, some of those guys, I hosted on recruiting visits, or you know, I played with last year. So, I think I have a direct connection with those guys and you know, I’m just proud of ’em. You know, proud for Duke, you know, as a whole, you know, just to get another championship.

Why do people hate Duke so much?
I don’t really know. I don’t really know. You know, it’s been like that for years. And you know, I think at Duke, you know, we embrace that. You know, we embrace people hating us, and you know, but we, I think we have a lot more supporters than we do, I guess, haters.

How confident are you that you can be a big-time player in the NBA?
I’m very confident, you know, in myself. You know, it’s just been a rough year, first year for me, you know, just going through injuries and things like that, and trying to get back on the court and get back in a rhythm.

But you know, I feel like if I stay healthy, you know, I’ll have a really good career, and, you know, ’cause you know, I have a really strong work ethic and a, you know, I feel like I got a lotta good people behind me, you know, with the Jazz. So you know, I just gotta continue to work hard, listen to the older guys on the team, and hopefully I can stay healthy.

Do you have any idea why you fell in the draft, and did that bother you?
Nah, I don’t. And you know, the draft night, it did. But you know, once I got here in Utah and I really got to know, you know, Dennis Lindsey and Justin [Zanik] and the, and then the coaching staff and stuff like that, you know, I knew I was in a perfect spot, you know, where I g–be, get a chance to be able to play, you know, right away and play on an up-and-coming team. So, that’s all you can really axe for, you know, and I think it worked out well for me.

What do you expect out of next season?
Hopefully, it’s a playoff run. You know, obviously, it’s, you know, it’s still gon be tough in the West. You know, it’s, everybody’s still gon be here, so you know, it’s not gon be that much easier because we’re older, but I think, you know, we’ll have a different mindset and we’ll expect, you know, to have a good year rather than hoping to have a good year.

When did you know Rudy Gobert was gonna be really good?
Me, I kinda knew during summer league when I first got here. You know, we got a chance to play with each other during summer league, and you know, he was having great games. He was blocking shots, and you know, the thing that surprised me the most that he knows the game so well, you know, as a center. And he wants to win so bad, so I, since I met him, you know, I always knew he was gon be good. (1280)

Bits from Practice, 4/7

April 8, 2015
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** Quin Snyder on resting Derrick Favors and Gordon Hayward in the second half of the Sacramento game
We’ve been adamant about using, you know, even though we’re not in the playoff hunt, using these games to get better, and part of that is developing a bench. So in some games, particularly a back-to-back, I went in the game conscious of fatigue…And in this case, you know, our bench did a really good job giving us a lift, and I just made a decision that at that point, we would stick with them and see where it took us. And obviously, got great contributions from everybody across the bench.
** Snyder, asked if he feels a part of Duke’s championship run
Oh yeah, absolutely. Yeah. I mean, people — absolutely. I mean, that’s part of, you know, the beauty of collegiate basketball is, you know, it’s been a long time but you feel, and I know the guys that played there when I did — Tony Lang right after me, you know, you help, you know, you feel like you helped lay the bricks, that foundation. And every year, you know, new guys come and add more to that and further define it and enhance it. And you know, I was never fortunate enough to win a national championship, but every time we’ve won, I’ve felt, you know, a small part of it…It’s family to me. The players that went through there, it’s not a stretch to say that those guy–there’s a brotherhood that exists.
** Snyder on his teaching points in the final five games
A couple of the things that we’ve talked about specifically are just our efficiency passing the ball, which I think is determinative of shooting percentage, obviously turnovers, just connectivity as far as how the ball is able to move offensively. You know, we like to play with the pass, and if the passes are accurate and timely, you know, we’re better. And the other thing is just defensive rebounding — our guards. I wanna see our guards — we’ve really picked up our intensity on the perimeter, pressure, you know, our disruption. We call it, you know, disciplined disruption. But we gotta close possessions, and a lotta that, especially when Rudy [Gobert]’s blocking shots and [Derrick] Fav[ors]’s coming over exactly as [Trevor] Book[er] is, it means our perimeter guys gotta get down there and mix it up, get a little dirty on the glass. So, those are a few things that we’ve talked about, trying to get, you know, just to continue to build, even if it’s five games, 10 games, one game.

** Gordon Hayward, asked if the team relishes being a thorn in the side of playoff teams in its final five games
For us, I think we just wanna go in and make sure that we play our best basketball. And if, you know, if we’re a thorn, we’re a thorn, whatever…We just wanna make sure we play our basketball and you know, try to get better.
** Hayward, asked how ecstatic Rodney Hood was at practice today
Him and coach Tony, I mean, they were pretty happy, I would say. All, everyone else was not, even if they didn’t go to Wisconsin. Like, everyone was a Wisconsin fan, so. It’s tough to see. Really tough to see.

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** Hayward on his tweet
Yeah, that definitely brings up bad memories, especially, you know, it, seeing it in Indianapolis and seeing Duke win and the reactions and everything. I mean, you, definitely brings back pretty bad memories, so.

** Rodney Hood on how he never seems rusty when he returns from injury
Yeah, I mean, I think mentally I just stay in tune where I need to be doing. And so, the physical s–part will just come along as I get back and get some reps. But I think mentally, I’m there, you know, every single day regardless if I’m not playing or not.
** Hood, asked how much trash he talked about Duke’s win
Nah, I didn’t say anything. I knew that people were gonna be a little salty about it, so I just walked in with my Duke shirt today, so. A lot of people were a little mad, but you know…just all in fun.

Game 77 of 82: Utah Jazz at Sacramento Kings (35-42)

April 6, 2015


Post-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder on the rotation tonight
With Trey [Burke] out, and we, you know, we, I wanted to limit — [Derrick] Fav[ors]’s been playing a lot of minutes, as has Gordon [Hayward], so we wanted to play them a little bit less tonight, particularly on a back-to-back. … We got great contributions off the bench. We had that one stretch with Bryce [Cotton] and Chris [Johnson] and Eli[jah Millsap]. Jeremy [Evans] played terrific. So, it was neat to see some guys that, you know, haven’t traditionally played that many minutes get a chance to play and really compete and play hard. And that’s what we wanted.
** Snyder on Rodney Hood’s performance
He’s got a presence about him, and you know, you look at him when he’s got the ball, and you feel safe…I think the biggest thing for Rodney’s just not being tentative. And I think in part when he was out there without Gordon and Fav and — there’s a tendency sometimes for, like, all of us, you know, for a guy that’s 22 or a rookie to defer. And tonight, he wasn’t able to do that, and he didn’t.

dat ass tho

** Rodney Hood on his fourth quarter
It felt great. You know, I was in foul trouble early second half, and you know, I watched my team–Bryce and Jeremy, and you know, guys coming off the bench playing big minutes, and you know, I just wanted to come in and have carryover and play hard and attack on the offensive end.
** Hood on what he’s seeing when he’s coming off the pick and roll
That’s something I had to learn. You know, coach Snyder’s been really teaching me. It’s to just play with different paces to the game. And you know, when you get in the lane, a lot of things open up. And you know, you just gotta be patient and not try to go 100 miles per hour all the time. And I think earlier in the season, I was just running over people in the paint, and now I’m just trying to, you know, use different shots and different passes, you know, to get my teammates open.
** Trevor Booker on the game
They tried to bully us a little, but we did a good job of holding our ground. They tried to make some runs. You know, they were neck-and-neck in that first half, but we pulled away a little bit in the second half.
** Booker, asked what the Jazz want to accomplish in the last five games
Just keep improving. Keep improving our chemistry. Just keep improving on everything.


Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Craig Bolerjack on the Rich Eisen Show at 10 a.m.: Booner, you up?
Ron Boone: Uh…oh, absolutely.
** Boler: Hood slips it inside, trying to force it into Gobert.
** Thurl Bailey on pizza: Pepperoni?
Alema Harrington: No, no…Sausage on my side. (H/T @RxMike12)

Red denotes most recent game.

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

Utah Jazz at Sacramento Kings: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

April 6, 2015
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Sactown Royalty.

Quick question.
would we right now, trade NIK for Exum; straight up, right now

by shadowchicken on Apr 5, 2015 | 9:13 PM

Exum, and it’s not close.
by Kingsguru21 on Apr 5, 2015 | 9:16 PM

I think i agree with you
I would love to see Exum/Ben/Gay/Casspi/DMC…..thats a LOOOOONG lineup

by shadowchicken on Apr 5, 2015 | 9:17 PM

Exum in this offense? His passing? i think he’d be great

by shadowchicken on Apr 5, 2015 | 9:17 PM

What a dumbass possession by Cousins. Trying to take a G off the dribble like that.

by Kingsguru21 on Apr 5, 2015 | 9:17 PM

That Shot by Ben should have fallen
Man we are taking some dumb fouls.

by shadowchicken on Apr 5, 2015 | 9:18 PM

T on Cuz
by kgdobter on Apr 5, 2015 | 9:26 PM

by catterj on Apr 5, 2015 | 9:27 PM

But FUCK THESE refs. That was all ball. Sorry that the dude couldn’t land on his feet.
by Pound th’ Rock on Apr 5, 2015 | 9:27 PM

the officaling
is so POOR
the Jazz player fell down himself, not Cuz’s fault

by HongKongKingsFan on Apr 5, 2015 | 9:27 PM

I love Derrick Williams defense..
Said no one ever!

by anthonysam on Apr 5, 2015 | 9:37 PM

All the guys on the Utah Jazz just said that.
by Pound th’ Rock on Apr 5, 2015 | 9:37 PM

Karl looks like he wants to cry
I’m right there with you coach

by Buckets_811 on Apr 5, 2015 | 9:49 PM

even when Cousins gets the call, he’s pissed
by kgdobter on Apr 5, 2015 | 9:51 PM

Good thing the Jazz are playing like shit, or we’d be behind by 15
by kgdobter on Apr 5, 2015 | 10:03 PM

I really can’t believe we’re tied.
by PurpleLoco on Apr 5, 2015 | 10:06 PM

Only DMC can bitch over a goaltending in his favor.
I’m SOOOO over him. I’m sorry but he just sucks the life out of the place. Gary is going on and on about his attitude.
Trade him while his value is high. Please.

by CameraMarty on Apr 5, 2015 | 10:06 PM

Well, u need to chill down, same as Cuz
by fccpw on Apr 5, 2015 | 10:07 PM

Right, how can you trade him…there is no way you’d get anything like him in return…just get him counseling
by kgdobter on Apr 5, 2015 | 10:09 PM

DMC pats Ben on the back after a good play
2 minutes later Ben makes a bad play, DMC yells “fuck” off into the distance and we’ve entered the doom spiral.

by cerpy on Apr 5, 2015 | 10:14 PM

Watching Gobert for the first time.
He’s going to be tremendous talent for a long time. He and Cuz will go at it for years.

by Pound th’ Rock on Apr 5, 2015 | 10:53 PM

ARGH this team.
by PurpleLoco on Apr 5, 2015 | 10:59 PM

I’m down to see Williams fight
if only to see him DQ’d

by cerpy on Apr 5, 2015 | 11:04 PM

Rodney Hood
Cold blooded.

by Hit4TheCycle on Apr 5, 2015 | 11:07 PM

Oh great! Hood gets a career night!
This seems like this happens every single game.

by Slam_Dunk on Apr 5, 2015 | 11:10 PM

Even though we aren’t completely healthy, we are more talented than the Jazz. And when healthy? C’mon.
But the Jazz play as a team. Their whole team is young, and they all get it. They just seem to do what it takes. And they are on the verge of 35 wins.
Makes the Kings look even worse.

by Buckets_811 on Apr 5, 2015 | 11:17 PM

So I was 50/50 on Dwill
But after this kind of game I more like 5/95…

by rebelnz on Apr 5, 2015 | 11:22 PM

I like 0/100
by Klam on Apr 5, 2015 | 11:25 PM

That’s too high a percentage.
by Kingsguru21 on Apr 5, 2015 | 11:25 PM

I’m at -90134502345/100
by Mr.Hashtag on Apr 5, 2015 | 11:26 PM

Game 76 of 82: Utah Jazz at Phoenix Suns (34-42)

April 5, 2015



Post-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder on the game
I thought we executed pretty well down the stretch. We had a few looks that were pretty good looks. Obviously, you know, they thought Rodney [Hood] kicked his leg out in the last possession. I haven’t seen it yet. I c–but I think we gave up a couple offensive rebounds late, that hurt us when we made stops. And w–I was happy with the second half, the way we took care of the basketball. I thought they kinda manned us in the first half, and our guys really responded to that…It’s not one I think we hang our heads about. You know, I don’t think we played well, but you know, I don’t think we played soft either, and that was what was bothering me early on.

starting armsWith their advantage in arms, the Jazz should have won this game. (H/T @chang_max)

** Rodney Hood on his final shot
Nothing was said about it [by the officials]. You know, I mean, you know, I haven’t saw the play, but you know, I felt contact…I shot it regular. You know, I didn’t kick my foot out. You know, I don’t shoot like that. I wasn’t trying to draw a foul. But I mean, it is what it is.
** Hood on the game
We fought to get back into the game, and you know, it came down to the wire. You know, one or two more plays, you know, I think we could’ve pulled this one out. But you know, it’s a tough one…I don’t think the game came down to just that [final] play.
** Hood on Dante Exum’s aggressive play tonight
You know, I think they made him have to do that, and, you know, as far as they sticking where, us, me and Gordon [Hayward]. You know, he’s very capable of doing that. He’s just, you know, he’s just gotta do it every single game. And you know, sometimes he might make mistakes or whatever, but you know, just putting pressure on people, you know, that’s a strength of our team.

Random Stuff, etc.
** Utah Jazz retweets:


Seconds after this RT hit the timelines of @utahjazz followers, @utahjazz noticed the Twitter handle of the account it had just RT’ed. “Undo retweet” was quickly clicked.
** Matt Harpring retweets:

matt harpring rt

** Love what Elijah wrote so, so, so much (via @elijah_millsap):

elijah jerry

** Phil Johnson, Jerry Sloan, Jerry West and Randy Rigby were in attendance at Hot Rod Hundley’s memorial service in Phoenix today. You wonder which of the four was the one to say, “Hey, let’s take a picture!” lol (left via @rrigby6571; right via @jonrinehart):

hot rod

** Dikembe Mutombo likes Rudy Gobert!

dikembe tweets

Red denotes most recent game.

game 76

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

Utah Jazz at Phoenix Suns: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

April 5, 2015
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Bright Side of the Sun.

Go Suns. As usual, I’ll be watching later on ballstreams. Watching Badgers vs UK right now. Great game, tied at half! Hoping UK loses because I have no interest in seeing UK v Duke unless a sinkhole opens.
by Things that Go Bled in the Knight on Apr 4, 2015 | 7:04 PM

karl towns is so good god damn
nailed a turnaround J over Kaminsky to put tucky up by 4

by amazins8669 on Apr 4, 2015 | 7:51 PM

I hope Kentucky wins it. Even if they lose the championship, this team has to be considered one of the best college teams ever.

by bringo! on Apr 4, 2015 | 7:55 PM

this game is gonna go down to the wire

by amazins8669 on Apr 4, 2015 | 7:58 PM

refs are screwing kentucky here
some weak fouls

by amazins8669 on Apr 4, 2015 | 8:07 PM

Epic choke kentucky
by acommoncreeper on Apr 4, 2015 | 8:11 PM

Kaminsky played one hell of a second half
by Petersuns13 on Apr 4, 2015 | 8:17 PM

But can Wisconsin beat the Knicks?
by Haan on Apr 4, 2015 | 8:19 PM

I think even the D-league Knicks team could be the real Knicks
by Archie Goodwin’s Ice Skates on Apr 4, 2015 | 8:20 PM

when a summer leauge gamethread gets 900 comments but later at the end of the same season a game struggles to get 40 comments in the gamethread
you know the hype was fake

by holeman1 on Apr 4, 2015 | 8:37 PM

Will the Suns win a game the rest of the season?
Highly doubting it at this point… but we can still take 11th seed from the jazz i think?

by acommoncreeper on Apr 4, 2015 | 8:54 PM

Wouldnt mind a loss here
Would put utah like 3 games behind and the way theyre playing they could catch us

by acommoncreeper on Apr 4, 2015 | 9:04 PM

There is no way this won’t be a buzzer beater
by Archie Goodwin’s Ice Skates on Apr 4, 2015 | 9:33 PM

This is it guys!!!!
by Arlex Goodlen on Apr 4, 2015 | 9:34 PM

We gonna win it
by Reelsht on Apr 4, 2015 | 9:34 PM

by Arlex Goodlen on Apr 4, 2015 | 9:35 PM

Wow I thought Tucker fouled Hood
by Haan on Apr 4, 2015 | 9:35 PM

Yup, it appeared so. But Barnes got away with a travel the last game, so… yeah
by troglodytes on Apr 4, 2015 | 9:37 PM

That was a foul
by Archie Goodwin’s Ice Skates on Apr 4, 2015 | 9:36 PM

Got away with that one
by Haan on Apr 4, 2015 | 9:36 PM

Bad call goes our way for once.
by suns68 on Apr 4, 2015 | 9:36 PM

Who cares if we got away with one
the Jazz are terrible and have nothing to play for, and we’ve lost 4 times to lucky shots. Karma owes us “one”

by acommoncreeper on Apr 4, 2015 | 9:38 PM

Refs were clearly like, “F it lets go home.”
by carey.adams on Apr 4, 2015 | 9:40 PM

Bits from Dennis Lindsey Interview, 4/3

April 4, 2015
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Are you just more and more pleased with Quin Snyder every day?
Yeah, so, Quin’s, look, he’s exceeded expectations, and not really, again, getti–staying away from wins and losses. We’re, as he’s mentioned several times, we’re evaluating this team this year on a little bit different terms.

But work ethic and ability to communicate and organize a group and lead a group, and he has our guys on the edge of their chair, in a good way. He, you know, he has ’em captivated, from a motivation standpoint. And so, he’s able to coach ’em hard.

He’s coaching ’em really hard and being really demanding, but as, what our research showed us, you know, when he was the head coach at past teams, that he’s able to coach ’em hard, but yet still have a very good relationship with every player. And so, I think he’s just, we’re f–really fortunate to get a really talented coach at a great time of his career, and I think he appreciates the culture —

Call cuts off; one minute later:

I was pontificating to myself. Yeah, that’s always great. I thought I was real cute and charming in what I was saying with Quin, and then I realized I was speaking to myself…

He’s just superior. He spent a lot of time at Duke and Missouri and certainly with Austin Toros putting down on paper development plans.

And so, something that Mike Budenholzer told me when we were going through our hiring process with him, he’s really good at development, and he doesn’t realize how, just how good he is because some of the things that he’s able to get across are so subtle, but yet very effective. And you know, I found that that statement in particular’s really ringing true.

Update on Alec Burks
Boy, he’s really worked hard. I, Alec is, he’s growing up, literally, by the day. When I got here two and a half years ago, Alec was shy and i–I had to pull things outta, out of him from a conversation standpoint.

Now, even last night at our Leapin’ Leaners gala, he, you know, he came over and engaged and started the conversation. And so, he’s just growing up, maturity-wise, off the court. And I think that always helps.

On the court, he’s been very diligent with his shoulder rehab. And then, like all players, w–there’s a bunch of correctives, physically and technically, with their game that we’d like to get to, that many times, just the gauntlet of the season, the number of games that we have, you just aren’t able to get to a lot of the correctives that we’ve done.

So, we’ve done work past his shoulder that I think will provide tangible benefits on the court. I think he’ll perform at a higher clip, and I think we’ve, in the last three or four months made him a safer athlete as well. So we’ve been able to tick off a couple goals in regards to Alec, and I’m just thrilled that he’s maturing the way he is.

How real is your defensive improvement?
I think fundamentally, we have some things that we can capitalize on. I think Dante [Exum], while, again, you know, his offensive contribution’s been meager. He’s trying to fit in moreso than force himself on the game. The one area that we had our greatest concern, to be frank, he’s just knocked out of the park.

He’s three or four levels better defensively, and it’s starting to show up on how the team’s functioning when he’s on the court. And for a 19-year-old point guard, some of his on-off numbers are, it’s hard to find a parallel.

So we, if we can capitalize on his size, his length, his mobility, his intelligence — I think he, along with Rudy [Gobert], have ha–they have unique tools. And then we’ve obviously seen Derrick [Favor] at times be a superior defender. And Derrick’s now a more consistent defender. Elijah Millsap, I think, has unique tools even though he’s a rotational player. Some of our early measures are showing that he’s unique.

So I think the raw material’s there. I think the work ethic is there. I think Quin’s been able to get the message across to the team, that this is who we can be on a consistence, basis. And you know, really, out of desperation, it’s who we have to be.

And sometimes with young teams, it’s hard to organize ’em defensively, but they’ve taken the message. They’ve connected. Really, one through 15 have done everything that we’ve asked them to do. And again, I’ve said this before, Quin’s not dumbing down our offensive and defensive schemes.

There’s some things that Quin was able to pick up in Europe that he’s applied on both ends of the court, so our verbals are many, and you have to recognize, many times, very quickly what coverage we’re in and why we’re in it. The “why” is very important to us. And so, they’re taking all that…

Hopefully, I think with some success post-All-Star break, that the guys will understand that this is very important to carry over into the off-season and the next year. So, a long-winded answer, that I’m confident we can replicate it. Now, can we replicate it to the level that we’ve done, where we led the league in defense? I don’t know. Time will tell.

What went through your mind when you heard about Enes Kanter’s comments?
I’ll stay away from it and not really have much of a comment, other [than] to say that we truly, you know, wish Enes the best in his career going forward. And we’ll just leave it at that. (1280)

Round of applause for Dennis Lindsey’s classy (and short) answer. This is all that needs to be said. This is all that ever needed to be said from the Jazz side.

You know what I love about this response? DL has conviction in what he’s doing and is secure about where the team is and is going. So what if there are outside comments questioning that? He doesn’t need to defend his position with snide little petty insults or name-calling, or worse, solicit insults or name-calling from others around him.

Bits from Quin Snyder Interview, 4/2

April 4, 2015
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On his home energy commercial
I’ve never been much of an actor. I was still getting comfortable doing that, but the people that shot it really made me feel good. It was, I haven’t seen it, ’cause it’s usually on during our games. I’ve caught, like, part of it, but it seems like it’s pretty fun.

On Dante Exum’s performance against the Nuggets
Well, I’ve been, you know, in the last month, I’ve been pretty hard on Dante, just about him making sure that he comes with kind of an edge, and a, comes ready to compete in a way that’s visible, almost.

And I think he’s a better player when he does that, and I try to keep in mind the fact that this is probably not a mindset that he’s had to adopt too frequently in the course of his playing career.

And as a result, it’s, you know, that mental preparation for him is probably as much of a, part of the growth process as his jump shot or anything. And he’s been close to having some nights like that, where he’s, he, the first thing was for him to really start attacking consistently.

I think, you know, that was a window there that he started to do that, and then even when he was doing it, he wasn’t completing plays. He was making some mistakes, and I think that has the effects of kind of discouraging, you know, you trying things like that.

And we saw the other night kind of a, you know, a convergence there of his not being afraid to fail, and completing some of those passes in game.

The game slowed down for him a little bit, where I think his decision-making — he’s been seeing those plays. He hasn’t always been making the right read, and last night, he made the right reads. So, it was good to see that happen for him and for our group.

You said people are captivated by Rudy Gobert. What do you mean by that, and why?
I think it’s, in some obvious ways, it’s easy to see, you know, his length. And I think it’s not just that he’s blocking shots and doing cer–you can tell that he likes to play. And even further beyond that, he likes to compete, which I think we all can appreciate when you see someone embraces, and, what they’re doing, and they do it with passion. I think we all like that, you know? We can identify with that, and it’s fun to watch, and to kind of, to go, to feel it.

I think by the same token, it’s, and I’ll generalize here. It’s not, you don’t, sometimes you don’t find guys that are that big, that are kind of your centers, that really love to play. And maybe that, maybe like I said, maybe this isn’t entirely true, but I think it’s, at least in my observation a little bit, that occasionally you’ll find young men that are tall and therefore can be successful playing basketball, and maybe kinda turn to it for that reason.

I think in Rudy’s case, he really loves to play…He’s, you know, he’s in the gym today shooting free throws. And there’s a reason that he’s improved his free throw percentage as much as he has. It’s, he’s worked at it. And I think that’s part of it.

I th–the other part of it, I guess, in that comment, and I’m gonna try to add on the back end of it, in that, the fact that we’re captivated by him, sometimes I think, I won’t say diminishes, but it hides what some of the other guys are also doing defensively, and I’ll reference Dante on the ball.

I think Trey [Burke], Trey’s activity, if you go back and look at film of Trey in November, he was really passive. You know, he wasn’t up near his man. He was saving himself, you know? He was a guy that played heavy minutes, and maybe didn’t wanna exert himself, or just wasn’t used to it.

You see Gordon [Hayward] off the ball, and Rodney Hood, and a lot of these guys that, Joe Ingles, and Eli[jah Millsap], and everybody that’s kinda filled in.

I think Rudy’s the most visible, you know, person that you go to and say, “Hey, this defense is taking shape.” But there’s other guys that are less captivating, so to speak, that are doing a lot too, and I guess I wanna keep acknowledging that because that, I believe it’s true.

And I think those are the things that are really, where you get slippage too. Where guys, you know, that one foot, that six inches, that two feet, that one step, that block out, those things really matter just as much as Rudy blocking a shot.

And saying that, we all know that Rudy is a really unique player, and I think it’s gonna be fun to watch his development over the course of the next few years, ’cause I think there’s gonna be things that we see him do that maybe we didn’t anticipate seeing him do today. (1280)


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