Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Bright Side of the Sun.
This has a Suns win all over it.
Totally depleted Utah team that hasn’t played well lately versus our team that seems to be figuring it out. Whether we win or lose I’ll be happy. Happy to see a win, or happy to keep the 3rd worst record.
by sun-arc on Mar 17, 2016 | 11:19 AM
but conversely, these are all keys for a huge blowout loss.
by Hamil on Mar 17, 2016 | 1:24 PM
Lazy passing, lazy dribbling, lazy defense
by troglodytes on Mar 17, 2016 | 6:27 PM
-8 isn’t bad. The way we are playing, we should be down about 20.
by Cheater on Mar 17, 2016 | 7:03 PM
Welp we can’t score
by SunsFan@TheOffice on Mar 17, 2016 | 7:18 PM
Suns twitter feed resorting to cute pictures of kittens to pep up the fans …
by BenchSplinters on Mar 17, 2016 | 7:27 PM
Suns on pace for a 6 point 3rd quarter
by BenchSplinters on Mar 17, 2016 | 7:31 PM
the tank is back on
by rtvanharen on Mar 17, 2016 | 7:45 PM
This is unwatchable.
They dont have Gordon Hayward and we are almost losing by 40.
They should give their monstruous salary checks to the fans that watch this sh**t. Be ashamed!
by Portuguese Barbosa on Mar 17, 2016 | 7:51 PM
Are we getting to 70?
by Cheater on Mar 17, 2016 | 8:05 PM
I tuned in to the game a few minutes ago and I tuned out.
Good luck to those of you with the stomach to watch this. You’re far more committed than me
by boredoftheflies on Mar 17, 2016 | 8:06 PM
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Fear the Sword.
Arena playing that real good and outdated Enrique.
by PyroKinesis on Mar 14, 2016 | 9:40 PM
Does anybody else just not like this shade of green the Jazz use?
by CharacterIV on Mar 14, 2016 | 9:41 PM
Quite frankly, the Jazz are in desperate need of a name change.
by PyroKinesis on Mar 14, 2016 | 9:43 PM
by JulioBernazard on Mar 14, 2016 | 9:43 PM
poor Joe Ingles
by David Zavac on Mar 14, 2016 | 9:44 PM
We are not accounting for Gobert well. Dude has only one way to get buckets, and he’s doing it.
by CharacterIV on Mar 14, 2016 | 9:56 PM
Looking like it might be a struggle tonight.
by PyroKinesis on Mar 14, 2016 | 10:00 PM
Rodney Hood is good.
by CharacterIV on Mar 14, 2016 | 10:01 PM
Jazz are playing tough and smart, gotta admit. Running nice sets, attacking the hoop, moving well.
by CharacterIV on Mar 14, 2016 | 10:12 PM
Welp that was 2 straight minutes of hot garbage.
by Adrock2099 on Mar 14, 2016 | 10:23 PM
I hate these late games..
by PaulHoynes’Mustache on Mar 14, 2016 | 10:23 PM
R MUTHAFUGGIN J3FF
by JulioBernazard on Mar 14, 2016 | 10:26 PM
Playing like trash yet still in it.
by PyroKinesis on Mar 14, 2016 | 10:34 PM
keys to the 2nd half:
1) Score alot
2) Don’t let the Jazz score
3) Don’t die
by fog_raw on Mar 14, 2016 | 10:49 PM
A 20+ minute halftime. Fuck ESPN.
by PyroKinesis on Mar 14, 2016 | 10:50 PM
Cavs not playing with any sense of purpose at all
by David Zavac on Mar 14, 2016 | 10:56 PM
These refs are awful.
by Adrock2099 on Mar 14, 2016 | 11:07 PM
Utah is somehow holding teams to 97.3 ppg
by Simmer.Down.Nah on Mar 14, 2016 | 11:13 PM
Boy, games against the Jazz in Salt Lake City always seem to go down to the wire.
by PyroKinesis on Mar 14, 2016 | 11:16 PM
FUCK THEM UP LEBRON
man that last three should have fallen too
by RealZLock on Mar 14, 2016 | 11:17 PM
TIED UP FOR THE FOURTH YALL LETS GET IT
by The Golden Panther on Mar 14, 2016 | 11:17 PM
Sundiata Gaines isn’t in the building, is he?
by PyroKinesis on Mar 14, 2016 | 11:28 PM
I swear Shelvin Mack has 3 good games in his career, all against the Cavs
by OPace on Mar 14, 2016 | 11:30 PM
This league is a joke.
by PyroKinesis on Mar 14, 2016 | 11:37 PM
taking WAAAAAY too long
by JulioBernazard on Mar 14, 2016 | 11:42 PM
by The Golden Panther on Mar 14, 2016 | 11:43 PM
by the way, haha to everyone hoping for some sleep.
by PyroKinesis on Mar 14, 2016 | 11:42 PM
Lyles please leave so the game can end
by David Zavac on Mar 14, 2016 | 11:45 PM
The playoffs just need to f’n start….the cavs have created enough dumpster fires for one year.
by Simmer.Down.Nah on Mar 15, 2016 | 12:07 AM
Utah is always hard to bed at home. They have an altitude advantage. Plus they played up to the completion tonight.
by bearpigman on Mar 15, 2016 | 12:20 AM
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Sactown Royalty.
Can’t watch the game today,
although that might be a good thing.
by Klam on Mar 13, 2016 | 3:01 PM
I’m at my daughter’s cheer comp
and feel like I got the better end of the deal.
by section214 on Mar 13, 2016 | 3:03 PM
After a monster week at work
I’m embracing the full laze, lying on the couch in a semi comatose state. Should be ideal for watching this game.
by rstewartwest on Mar 13, 2016 | 3:05 PM
Just checked score online… Kangs down 21-9… lulz… glad I am not watching
by kromeace on Mar 13, 2016 | 3:21 PM
Every Jazz shot basically wide open and one offensive rebound after another for Utah…
by rstewartwest on Mar 13, 2016 | 3:24 PM
Sounds awful. Typical Kings.
by richie88 on Mar 13, 2016 | 3:25 PM
You just wonderwhy Utah (or anybody) just doesnt put Favors in a high pick and roll and just keep doing it until SAC stops it. It results in a wide open 13 footer, or a chanceat the rim every time.
by P stoff on Mar 13, 2016 | 3:46 PM
I forgot this game was on
Today must be my lucky day
by NextTimeGadget on Mar 13, 2016 | 4:12 PM
That ‘Go Kings’ should say
‘Go Home Kings’
Seasons done. Kings suck
by DJFVD on Mar 13, 2016 | 4:15 PM
Didn’t know the game was so early.
That’s a good thing. I could have had the stupid idea to watch it.
by -Joel- on Mar 13, 2016 | 4:26 PM
Whole Kings team and coaching staff should be made to wear giant clown shoes and red clown noses for the entire 4th quarter.
Oh..and dunce caps too
by rstewartwest on Mar 13, 2016 | 4:33 PM
At the fall of the American civilization
I imagine everyone will visit Sleep Train Arena site like the Aztec Pyramids or the Roman Colloseum and say, clowns played here.
by Hit4TheCycle on Mar 13, 2016 | 4:37 PM
Favors and Gobert are OWNING Acy and Koufos.
by caseycheesecake on Mar 13, 2016 | 4:51 PM
How does Quin Snyder find the time to be both an NBA coach AND a Batman villian?
by Avogadros_Avocado on Mar 13, 2016 | 5:03 PM
But are we certain Arco wasn’t built on an Indian burial ground or something? I’m honestly curious to know what was there like 100 years ago. Anyone able to find this out?
by adamgeorge999 on Mar 13, 2016 | 5:05 PM
Utah trying to surpass Kings ineptitude… Kings might not want to relinquish it
byby P stoff on Mar 13, 2016 | 5:13 PM
Pretty solid fake comeback
by Otis. on Mar 13, 2016 | 5:28 PM
they realized they had to get their stats up
by Avogadros_Avocado on Mar 13, 2016 | 5:29 PM
One. Quin Snyder on the point guard rotation: It doesn’t make sense to make [the Shelvin Mack] trade and then not act on it, and that’s a decision you make before you trade for him. And he’s rewarded that, I think, with his play. He hasn’t had — every game’s not been good, but you can see what we see…
You see windows, and you know, the size and some of the things he’s able to do defensively. And then, really, it’s become kind of the game-to-game thing…
Some of the woes we’ve had trying to score the ball, and those have been times when, you know, I’ve put Trey [Burke] in the game to try to juice things up. You know, Raul [Neto], consistently, by every account, is, you know, a good defender. And that’s what he’s given us, and you know, primarily for me off the bench, that’s something that I want off the bench. …
Nobody’s differentiated themselves the way that it says — Shelvin has, in my mind. You know, I mean, that’s clear, obviously, because he’s starting and playing more minutes. But he hasn’t been in shape yet, and you know, as that happens, we’ll adjust to it. But I think, you know, again, the decision to play Raul is based on his ability to defend, by and large.
Snyder on the point guard rotation after the Hawks game: I don’t think our substitution pattern’s is gonna be the be-all, tell-all for the game.
Snyder on Mack’s performance against the Hawks: He didn’t shoot well, but he was getting great looks, and at some point, you know, you have to show confidence in a player.
Two. Quin Snyder on Derrick Favors: The biggest thing for Fav is how good does he want to be? You know, how good, you know, th–how much does it burn in him? And we’re seeing more and more that, you know, of signs that it does, and that’s something that you learn, you know, over time. …
He just needs to get some consistency, and he’s capable of doing it. We just need to keep — he needs to keep demanding it of himself, and we keep demanding it of him…To me, the defensive stuff for him, if his focus stays there, his offense will just continue to flow.
Three. Gordon Hayward on what the Hawks defense did to the Jazz offense: I don’t know if it’s too much what they did. Just a lot of, about us, you know, maybe not picking it up as well as they picked it up, and we kind of didn’t. …
We’re getting double-digit leads early in the game. You know, we’re just, it’s that, it’s just a little stagnant later on. We have a lapse, for whatever reason.
Turnovers happen, we’re not making shots or whatever, etc., etc., and now all of a sudden our lead’s gone, and we’re in a dogfight, momentum’s shifted, and it’s a different game.
Four. Trey Lyles bench celebration of the week. He’s clearly hit the rookie wall.
Five. Quin Snyder last week on #playoffpush: “We should stop talking about the playoffs.”
Derrick Favors, asked if he feels added pressure as a leader of the team to get the team a playoff spot: No pressure…Nah, I don’t feel any pressure. You know, I put the work in. I put the time in, and it’s all about going out there on the court and just doing it. So, I don’t feel pressure.
Gordon Hayward, asked how important making the playoffs is to him: I think it’s very important. I mean, that’s what we talked about. We’ve been talking about this the whole year. And I think it’s just time to not talk and just, we gotta go out and play. We gotta make it happen, or else it won’t.
Rodney Hood, asked how important making the playoffs is to him: I mean, it’s important. You know, we taking it game by game, and we know we got a small window right now. You know, we gotta put some wins together. We just need to win. You know, I think that’s the biggest thing. Get the team morale up a little bit. You know, need to win.
Quin Snyder, asked how important making the playoffs is to him: Well, you know, I think it’s manifold. I mean, I think [with our injuries], you try to be optimistic and you work and you wanna win, but there’s also some realism involved when you take those kind of injuries…It’s not the end of the world for us to really compete and even not make it.
To be in a situation where you’re in a competitive race, I think is something that can help our team whether we’re able to win that race, so to speak, and make it, or not. It would be something that would be really good, I think, really good for our program. And again, just the process of going through that challenge, I think, is good for us regardless of the result. …
Is the year gonna be a failure if we don’t make the playoffs? Of course not….You’re gonna have a hard time seeing a team without four of its top six players at a certain point succeed on a high level.
So I mean, in that sense, I feel like this season has been, you know, a great success as far as what we’ve been able to accomplish as a group, and growth, and guys maturing as players, and you know, through that, we find ourselves in a position where we’re in a playoff race, although, you know, we’re not currently there. You know, we’re a few games back, and you know, what the heck, let’s, you know, let’s play the way we played last year, and just compete with, you know, something else at stake.
Six. Derrick Favors, asked why the defense hasn’t been as good as it has been: Teams just hitting tough shots. You know, we still doing the same things. We changed some stuff up a little bit, but you know, it’s not like [teams are] just getting easy, open shots.
You know, they hitting tough shots. They moving the ball, you know, five, six, seven times. It’s nothing easy. So, we gotta ju–they just hitting tough shots, basically.
Quin Snyder, asked why the defense hasn’t been as good as it has been: [Turnovers are] part of it…You know, we haven’t had a full roster with, you know, Derrick, Rud–the backbone of our defense was, you know, Derrick, Rudy [Gobert], and Dante [Exum]. And we’ve been playing throughout the year with Derrick and Rudy being hurt.
They’re back now, and I kinda haven’t felt the same way. You want to see your defense take some steps this last 20 games. I think we’re trending that way. I really do. I, you know, I’ve been pretty forthright about that, when I thought we weren’t very good in December. I feel like we’re getting better.
Seven. Quin Snyder, asked how much he involves Dante Exum in practice: It’s actually something, you know, I wish I maybe devoted more, you know, thought — you know, you think about, you try to think about your players and how you can help all of them, and your focus is obviously on the guys that are playing. But that, it’s important for us to think about him.
The guy that I’m thinking about all the time is Alec Burks. And you know, Alec, recently, you know, he’s, we’re hoping he can get back. We’re being really smart about making sure he’s ready, not just his ankle being healed, which it is, but you know, his conditioning, his, you know, his body being balanced and everything. So, we’re assured that, you know, something else may not occur as a result of coming back too soon.
But you know, Alec, for instance, I’ll call on him in a film session. I’ll do the same with Dante. We’ll talk about the game a little bit. I called Dante in — he was with us in Golden State — and talked to him about the game before we played the other night. Just kind of wanted to throw some things at him that he could look at. I’ve done the same thing with Alec.
Alec, even last year, was a guy that I tried to really coach while he was out. And he’s one that — it’s interesting, because, you know, Dante won’t be back this year. In Alec’s case, you can just see him chomping at the bit at times, and you try to maximize everything you can do. And he’s such a good kid and so hungry to play that sometimes I feel like even if he’s not ready physically, we can keep, you know, kinda satisfy some of that competitiveness by challenging him to continue to be involved in the game.
The other thing that happens is you’ll see a lot of times, they’ll sit behind the bench at games, and usually it’s Lamar Skeeter*, one of our coaches, that has a pretty good dialogue with Dante throughout the course of the game. Johnnie Bryant, you know, with Alec a lot too. Not so much during the game now ’cause Johnnie’s sitting next to me, but during the course of that, you know — so those guys get a lotta interaction and a lotta questions, and we try to keep them connected.
* You may know Lamar Skeeter as the guy who eats gummy bears with Exum on the bench.
Eight. Quin Snyder, asked whether he’s prioritizing player development or #playoffpush (playing the best players): Yeah, well, I think we’ve played the best players for our program, you know, all year. I–sometimes, the best players have been hurt…
Sometimes, playing is the only thing that you can do to develop. I mean, people look at player development and you think work on and off the court, film, etc., but opportunity is a catalyst for that too. So, we’ve had some of that. And not playing can be a catalyst for development. I mean, just to be confronted with the realism about where you are as a player can provide, you know, motivation.
So, you know, we’ve played the guys that have been healthy, really, is the primary thing for us, and we’ll keep doing that, and try to use guys in the right way to help us win ball games, and indirectly, that helps them get better too, I think.
Nine. So weird to see him in street clothes.
Ten. Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Week (UDQM)
** Quin Snyder on consistency: You kind of plug one hole, and the other hole.
** Shelvin Mack on his missed shots against Atlanta: Yeah, they felt good. I think probably, like, three or four of them just go in and out. You know, just one of those days.
** Matt Harpring to Craig Bolerjack: Were you always not, I mean, were you short at one point? Because I was average. S–average. Because about fourth or fifth grade, I was average.
Boler: And then it all changed.
** Harpring on Steph Curry: He goes right into the referee. You do that, obviously, technical foul.
** Harpring on Rudy Gobert: Steph looked at him and was like, “I didn’t know you were that long.”
** Harpring on Leandro Barbosa drive: He gets right down the middle here, and then once it’s in there, it’s just too hard.
** Joe Ingles on his inflamed knuckle: I wear, like, a splint on it just to keep it not as inflamed or whatever.
** Ron Boone on Gordon Hayward: Just didn’t have enough legs to get up and put it in.
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Washington Wizards.
WHOOP DAT AZZ WIZ!!
by DCrez on Mar 11, 2016 | 8:37 PM
**Dat Jazz Azz
by WhyKnotUs on Mar 11, 2016 | 8:51 PM
lol you suck Booker
by Rice2012 on Mar 11, 2016 | 9:26 PM
Burke wishes he was back at Michigan
by Rice2012 on Mar 11, 2016 | 9:33 PM
how did we not pick Mack as the Wizard killer
of course of course
by DCrez on Mar 11, 2016 | 9:45 PM
We should have seen this coming, Mack being the Wizard killer
by LRJ on Mar 11, 2016 | 9:46 PM
I wished we could have drafted Lyles
no knock on KO
by CharGrayJ on Mar 11, 2016 | 9:55 PM
Utah 8-12 from 3. Can’t let that happen
by Hands11 on Mar 11, 2016 | 10:03 PM
Down 8. Would be cool if Wall didn’t get cooked by Neto and Mack again in the 2nd half
by BEALiever on Mar 11, 2016 | 10:03 PM
Utah seems like a really well coached team
by Hands11 on Mar 11, 2016 | 10:16 PM
by DCrez on Mar 11, 2016 | 10:18 PM
Somewhere Ernie is circling Mack’s name and saying to himself “bringing you home in a couple years”
by WhyKnotUs on Mar 11, 2016 | 10:19 PM
putting it on his calendar
for Mack’s 30th bday
by DCrez on Mar 11, 2016 | 10:21 PM
Lol waiting for him to get past that prime first
by WhyKnotUs on Mar 11, 2016 | 10:22 PM
Wall is really getting worked by Mack.
His D has fallen off a cliff
by BEALiever on Mar 11, 2016 | 10:18 PM
LOL MACK MACKING US
by DCrez on Mar 11, 2016 | 10:21 PM
Haywood playing better then Wall. Lillard played better then Wall. Where does it end ?
by Hands11 on Mar 11, 2016 | 10:29 PM
Mack playing better than Wall. I guess it doesn’t?
by WhyKnotUs on Mar 11, 2016 | 10:30 PM
Why can’t we have an offense like this ?
by Hands11 on Mar 11, 2016 | 10:28 PM
because we cant play us.
by DCrez on Mar 11, 2016 | 10:29 PM
MACK DESTROYING US LOL
by DCrez on Mar 11, 2016 | 10:35 PM
wow, the bench looks dispondent
by Chetho on Mar 11, 2016 | 10:37 PM
Whole team looks despondent
by BEALiever on Mar 11, 2016 | 10:38 PM
my ability to spell
despondent tonight too.
by Chetho on Mar 11, 2016 | 10:39 PM
yup thats it im done
by ChilllDuice on Mar 11, 2016 | 10:45 PM
Fuck this, I’m done.
by batmanwithprep on Mar 11, 2016 | 10:46 PM
Wiz scored 39 points in the last two quarters, Jazz scored 59
by novadada on Mar 11, 2016 | 10:50 PM
lol lmoa we some fucking trash bro!
by BrokengoldDC on Mar 11, 2016 | 10:51 PM
Career high. S Mack
by Hands11 on Mar 11, 2016 | 11:00 PM
The Wizards are playing like this because they know they have to drive to Wyoming if they want to have any fun
by .hambonejackson on Mar 11, 2016 | 11:01 PM
by BrokengoldDC on Mar 11, 2016 | 11:02 PM
everytime the wizards play I never get to happy because I know we going to lose anyway no matter how many points we up or how good we start the game I always look at the tv like ok how are we going to blow this large lead
by BrokengoldDC on Mar 11, 2016 | 11:04 PM
Shelvin Mack is flippin the bird at us guys lmaooooo
by WhyKnotUs on Mar 11, 2016 | 11:10 PM
Trey Lyles is killing us too
by CharGrayJ on Mar 11, 2016 | 11:11 PM
I’m happy for Mack and Booker
by CharGrayJ on Mar 11, 2016 | 11:12 PM
“Most important game of the season,” then Shelvin Mack comes in and drops a career high on the Wizards
Even Jocasta would cry at this tragedy.
by ChillVillain on Mar 11, 2016 | 11:13 PM
As long as the Wizards tried
thats all that matters.
by .hambonejackson on Mar 11, 2016 | 11:22 PM
They fuckin did not.
by WhyKnotUs on Mar 11, 2016 | 11:23 PM
I distinctly saw them trying for a couple of minutes
by .hambonejackson on Mar 11, 2016 | 11:24 PM
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Golden State of Mind.
First two possessions = two turnovers
it’s going to be a long night
by dis_guy_john on Mar 9, 2016 | 7:42 PM
Gobert parked in the lane forever
by DontcallmeIggy on Mar 9, 2016 | 7:43 PM
17 seconds on gobert
by AJC3317 on Mar 9, 2016 | 7:43 PM
shit effort by bogut
by alisial3 on Mar 9, 2016 | 7:44 PM
sit draymond, he’s fucking high
by alisial3 on Mar 9, 2016 | 7:44 PM
This team would be set for a decade if they drafted Gobert
by belilaugh on Mar 9, 2016 | 7:45 PM
the FRENCH REJECTION is a beast
by KlayCurry on Mar 9, 2016 | 7:47 PM
64 seconds in the lane on favors
by AJC3317 on Mar 9, 2016 | 7:52 PM
steph fucking up mentally
by alisial3 on Mar 9, 2016 | 7:54 PM
man harrison barnes is so fucking dumb man
by alisial3 on Mar 9, 2016 | 8:02 PM
i remember when we used to be a good defensive rebounding team.
actually nvm it was too long ago for me to recall.
by alisial3 on Mar 9, 2016 | 8:03 PM
Gobert inhaling those rebounds
by ServantOfLuna on Mar 9, 2016 | 8:09 PM
this team just doesn’t care anymore
no fire, no desire, no chip on the soulder…….just fame and adulation and glory…..get over yourselves
by KlayCurry on Mar 9, 2016 | 8:10 PM
Lol @ Ingles blowing by Draymond.
by jv209 on Mar 9, 2016 | 8:14 PM
Imagine if Utah had a decent pg
by allen.saenz on Mar 9, 2016 | 8:20 PM
like Deron Williams?
by mykelala01 on Mar 9, 2016 | 8:21 PM
Deron Williams is not decent
by allen.saenz on Mar 9, 2016 | 8:23 PM
“Gordon Hayward is on the verge of being a superstar”
I’ll take ‘Phrase uttered for the last four years’ for 200, Alex
by allen.saenz on Mar 9, 2016 | 8:24 PM
fuck steph dray doesn;’t need ur help stay with ur man
by alisial3 on Mar 9, 2016 | 8:52 PM
ref tryin to keep it a close game
by mykelala01 on Mar 9, 2016 | 8:55 PM
hayward knew that call was bs, misses the ft like a bro
by AJC3317 on Mar 9, 2016 | 8:55 PM
Warriors repeated the same risky passing and poor shot choice
on consecutive possessions
by Hatuxka on Mar 9, 2016 | 9:00 PM
draymond fucking stop it dude, u can’t even make normal passes right now, fucking idiot
by alisial3 on Mar 9, 2016 | 9:00 PM
Steph has been our worst player after barnes ofc.
by alisial3 on Mar 9, 2016 | 9:02 PM
Curry getting a tech
is this a dream?
by richstyle on Mar 9, 2016 | 9:12 PM
Hey ref who is the MVP?
by mykelala01 on Mar 9, 2016 | 9:12 PM
refs have been fucking garbage
by alisial3 on Mar 9, 2016 | 9:23 PM
Dubs Penalty already
fuck the ref
by mykelala01 on Mar 9, 2016 | 9:25 PM
take out the starters
by DontcallmeIggy on Mar 9, 2016 | 9:38 PM
Put in Rush
by dis_guy_john on Mar 9, 2016 | 9:38 PM
Another “let’s play Steph for no reason” final five minutes by Kerr
by belilaugh on Mar 9, 2016 | 9:39 PM
Been saying it all year guys. Jump on Luke’s bandwagon!
by Missing Barry on Mar 9, 2016 | 9:40 PM
Stress free win (for the most part)
by dis_guy_john on Mar 9, 2016 | 9:48 PM
by QualityOverQuantity on Mar 9, 2016 | 9:48 PM
Weird Stats BRUSH got more score than Harrison Barnes
by mykelala01 on Mar 9, 2016 | 9:55 PM
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Peachtree Hoops.
Hoping to see some really good basketball tonight.
by Bronn on Mar 8, 2016 | 9:09 PM
by BEAS? on Mar 8, 2016 | 9:11 PM
favors is good
by HawkNestMonster on Mar 8, 2016 | 9:13 PM
SheLOLvin thus far
by BEAS? on Mar 8, 2016 | 9:16 PM
Favors and Gobert eating our lunch at the rim early
by BEAS? on Mar 8, 2016 | 9:22 PM
5 bench players on the court since the 5 minute mark
another early hannukah present for Snyder?
by Revfromtampa2014 on Mar 8, 2016 | 9:28 PM
call a timeout bud. this is terrible
by HawkNestMonster on Mar 8, 2016 | 9:41 PM
We’ve hit a new low: Getting less calls than the Jazz.
by Edwin G on Mar 8, 2016 | 9:41 PM
Well at least Shelvin looks like ass.
by Edwin G on Mar 8, 2016 | 9:42 PM
Shelvin was probably abused in practice.
by a hooter’s baby on Mar 8, 2016 | 9:56 PM
shelvin to snyder
coach, dont play me, they playing defense on me like its the finals
by Revfromtampa2014 on Mar 8, 2016 | 9:57 PM
This Utah offense is terrible
It would suck to watch them nightly.
by FalconsFan0125 on Mar 8, 2016 | 9:57 PM
i agree, this is why a loss here is inexcusable with rest days
by Revfromtampa2014 on Mar 8, 2016 | 9:58 PM
what a terrible way to end the half
by HawkNestMonster on Mar 8, 2016 | 10:03 PM
So Utah doesnt score for 6 minutes
And still takes the lead
by FalconsFan0125 on Mar 8, 2016 | 10:03 PM
Jazz way out of their game.
by Edwin G on Mar 8, 2016 | 10:26 PM
by HawkNestMonster on Mar 8, 2016 | 10:26 PM
Wow…you can feel the Jazz falling apart.
by Edwin G on Mar 8, 2016 | 10:28 PM
Good. Good. We need this W
by FalconsFan0125 on Mar 8, 2016 | 10:29 PM‘
Well hopefully everyone can accept that Mack was never going to be a starter.
by Edwin G on Mar 8, 2016 | 10:29 PM
I want to run a bubble bath, light some candles, and bring out my best lotion while I watch this beautiful Hawks’ defense.
by a hooter’s ba on Mar 8, 2016 | 10:38 PM
Is that a song by Lionel Richie?
by Nique Fan on Mar 8, 2016 | 10:40 PM
Al dropped Gobert like 3rd period French
by Evil Dallas on Mar 8, 2016 | 10:50 PM
by HawkNestMonster on Mar 8, 2016 | 10:50 PM
Rodney Hood is not quite from Sam Cassell’s planet, but his home is nearby.
by a hooter’s baby on Mar 8, 2016 | 10:51 PM
Kiss Cam in Utah must take forever.
by Edwin G on Mar 8, 2016 | 10:53 PM
All the extra wives
by wmcgee_va on Mar 8, 2016 | 10:54 PM
One of your best.
by a hooter’s baby on Mar 8, 2016 | 10:54 PM
I was trying to think of a polygamy joke as well
by Evil Dallas on Mar 8, 2016 | 10:54 PM
korver for 2
by HawkNestMonster on Mar 8, 2016 | 10:53 PM
by Edwin G on Mar 8, 2016 | 10:53 PM
Ingalls has a green light? That seems like a bad idea.
by Evil Dallas on Mar 8, 2016 | 11:07 PM
Hayward with the Josh Smith shot there. Yikes.
by Edwin G on Mar 8, 2016 | 11:07 PM
Wasn’t that Joe Ingalls?
They do look alike
by Evil Dallas on Mar 8, 2016 | 11:09 PM
Finally saw them up close. They could be brothers, like Ron and Clint Howard.
by Evil Dallas on Mar 8, 2016 | 11:17 PM
New theory: Hawks did Shelvin a solid by trading him, Shelvin did the Hawks a solid with his play tonight
by Evil Dallas on Mar 8, 2016 | 11:22 PM
What are you doing now?
My playing days ended in ’03, and I went right into the investment world and joined a firm — I’ve lived in Los Angeles ever since, and joined a investment firm out of San Francisco that subsequently sold their business to SunTrust Bank based out of Atlanta, and so I’ve been working for SunTrust Bank for the last four, five years, and living in Los Angeles. …
We work with a lot of, just normal guys, but also a lot of professional athletes and professional coaches. So, it kinda keeps my toes in the pool, so to speak, in the athlete world and the sports world, and it’s been a lot of fun to try and build something and make it grow.
What was it like coming from Atlanta and stepping into a Jerry Sloan locker room in 1994?
[The Hawks] were coming off of a pretty good [playoff run], and the Jazz, I believe, were kind of coming off of an upset loss in the playoffs where there was, there were questions; there were concerns. There was a lot of movement.
You know, for me, it was great to just come into a locker room that I hadn’t seen. And in Atlanta, we had a lot of very divided locker room between Dominique Wilkins and Kevin Willis.
The Jazz was the exact opposite. Everyone was on the same page, and Kevin and Jeff [Hornacek] and John [Stockton], through their — Karl [Malone] and Jeff and John, through their leadership, were on the same page with Coach Sloan, and it just made everything so much easier.
So, it was, it, we were getting to be a well-oiled machine. I don’t think we were there yet, but you know, I think my — after a time, when w–you know, when we cracked through and made the Western Conference Finals and then the next years going to the NBA Finals, it was a great organization to be with.
Was it an easy team to integrate yourself into?
A hundred percent. It was great. You know, I tell people all the time, I’ve never seen a situation — Bryon Russell and I competed for the same spot and the same playing time on the floor for, I believe, almost four years. And we were great friends, and I just don’t think that that is a common event. And Bryon was such a big part of that team, as was I.
You know, one year in the NBA Finals for the regular season, he started the game — he kinda played the first and third, and I played the second and the fourth. And the second year for the regular season when we went to the NBA Finals, I started just about every game and played more the first and the third and he played the second and the fourth.
So, the whole team, whether it was Antoine Carr or Howard Eisley or Shandon Anderson, the guys were really good guys and I think that that’s what made the team so special.
** His twin daughters, who were born during his stint with the Jazz, will play volleyball at Stanford next year. They recently played in a tournament in Utah with Jerry Sloan’s granddaughter.
What was it like playing for Jerry Sloan?
[He treated everyone the same.] That’s exactly how he coached. And he expected Karl and John to be on time and run hard in line drills and do everything that the guys who weren’t playing a lot were gonna do. I think everyone would say he was a very fair coach. He was very forthright and upfront.
You know, he w–there was no politics behind his style of coaching. And you know, more than anything, you appreciated that. You just wanted someone to evaulate you on your ability to contribute to the team, which is what I think his greatest strength was.
And I — even to this day, I think that maybe the legacy of Jerry Sloan is seen in the Spurs organization with Gregg Popovich. There’s no doubt that Popovich kind of modeled what he wanted to do after Sloan and the Jazz, and you’ve seen the success they’ve had.
Did the Finals losses stick with you at all?
You know, I think the second year when we lost when we had home court advantage did, or does. You know, I think we had a real opportunity to win that series, and we just kinda seemed to get out of what we were doing and what we were good at. And you know, to sa–to look back and second-guess is always easy, but the truth of the matter is, there’s a lot of pressure.
Things change — coaches, management, you know, everyone’s trying to do what they think is best to help the team win. And you know, we got away from our starting lineup that started the whole year. We kind of ended up, you know, looking for answers. I actually think I might’ve started Game 6 at center, which, you know, I hadn’t played a lick of center the entire season. I was playing small forward.
And so, that was the only thing that kinda sticks out a little bit to me, is I, you know, I would’ve loved to have given them the best Jazz effort and the best team effort that we had. Now, we gave them — the physical effort was there, but I think we kinda got away from our roots of what got us there.
But that’s, those are very, very difficult questions, and you know, the fact of that matter is, we were playing one of the greatest basketball teams in the history of basketball. It wasn’t just a good team; it was a great team.
Any good Karl Malone practice clash stories?
You know, Karl was maybe one of the best teammates I’ve ever had, and that’s just not in games when he’s scoring 30 and getting 20 rebounds. Literally in practice, he was one of the best teammates I’ve ever had.
I’ve never seen him take a cheap shot at someone, a teammate or a f–or a player. I’ve never seen him want anything but success for his teammates.
He was a gu–he was a tremendous passing post for a big guy. He would set screens for people. He was just a great team player…I mean, the most amazing thing about him was just how big and how strong he was. That’s what was amazing, day in, day out. To be able to play against that in practice was a, was great for me. (KALL)
One. Quin Snyder on his backup point guard rotation: At some point, there’s something to be said for one player being able to prepare a certain way. That said, you know, if — you know, basically we’ve got a guy in Raul [Neto] that’s kinda hung his hat on defense, and you know, a guy in Trey [Burke] that’s been — come off the bench offensively and giving us a punch.
And that’s not to say that, you know, I think Raul’s shooting, what, 40-some percent from three in the last month. So, you know, and Trey’s had some games where he’s, you know, played defensively.
So, I don’t want to box myself in. But philosophically, I think it’s hard to play three point guards, and we’ve committed to Shelvin [Mack]. We haven’t had time; we haven’t had a training camp full of stuff, so, to make a determination, and, but it makes sense.
Two. Quin Snyder on #PlayoffPush: We should stop talking about the playoffs. I mean, I don’t think this is a team — and we can feel it, but I mean…we just need to play well. And you know, that’s, it’s natural, right? But I don’t, you know, I don’t think we’re at a point where…[interrupted]…
And I’m not going to stop paying attention to it, you know, but I think — the point being, you know, we can look at that, but to the extent it’s a distraction from our group continuing to improve. You know, we’re, we still haven’t got Alec [Burks] back.
So, there, this is still a process for us kinda finding ourselves, and the quicker we can do that, you know — Shel — we just, you know, we have a starting point guard that joined us at the break. I m–we have to figure out how to play well together, and I think that’ll be the thing that helps us, you know, make [interrupted]…
How many teams have added a starting point guard in the last two weeks? I mean, it’s unusual. And that’s because we’ve played with two point guards, or, as I said, six, over the course of the season. So, we’ve played with six point guards, you know, at the end of the game, and now we’ve got a new starter. It’s just a, I think there’s a process in and of itself there.
Three. Joe Ingles, asked on 1280 if he ever looks at Matt Barnes and says, “Really, man? All the tats, including way up the neck to the face? Isn’t it — come on, guy, isn’t that a little too much?”: I mean, I had, what, six, eight weeks with him in the Clippers when I was there, and he’s a great guy. He actually helped me a fair bit, so — being in the same position in training camp, and obviously battled against him. But yeah, a really good guy, so don’t judge him by the tattoos.
Four. Joe Ingles on his hopes for his twins: I want them to look like her. I want them to be as tall as me, look like her, be as athletic as her, because I don’t want them having “Slo-Mo” nicknames when they grow [up] and getting teased.
Five. Rudy Gobert (@rudygobert27) invented the whip 20 years ago:
Six. Finally, an explanation for this:
Seven. Quin Snyder after the loss to the Grizzlies: You know, they’ve got men. You know, this is a veteran team, and they’ve got guys that have been in those positions, and you know, are a confident group, whether it’s Matt Barnes or Vince Carter. You know, Zach Randolph, Mike Conley. Those guys are men, and they know how to win…They have an identity. They’re physical. You know, they come after you.
Eight. No Trey Lyles bench celebrations this week, but there was this precious moment:
Nine. Trevor Booker on Derrick Favors’ performance against the Pelicans: Straight animal…I think he felt like that [the officials] missed some calls, and that made him mad. And I love seeing him mad, so maybe before the game, you know, Imma start slapping him.
Ten. Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Week (UDQM)
** Craig Bolerjack: Jingling Joe jingling inside.
** Matt Harpring on a Rodney Hood miss: Spot on. Just probably 6 inches long. But dead eye on. (H/T @Aheffy)
** Dwane Casey: Gobert makes up for a lot of mistakes. He’s long. He knows how to use it now. (H/T @zprince3, @Mark_R_Pereira via @DJJazzyJody)
** Harpring on Zach Randolph: He’s getting into Rudy Gobert’s body. Rudy’s gotta be physical on Zach Randolph, ’cause when you let him bang you…he’s gonna eat you alive all night.
** Joe Ingles: It has been a pleasure to be with my pregnant wife.
** Harpring: When you just pound the entire night and you can’t score, you just get frustrated.
** Harpring on plus-minus: I’m not a huge guy…but when there’s big numbers, I’ll tell you.
** Quin Snyder on his rotation against the Pelicans: We wanted to get some guys some early blows, so that’s what we saw. We got a few guys in there early, and tried to save some legs and keep guys fresh.
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