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Head Over Heels
** Quin Snyder on the game
We can’t give up transition baskets, and no matter how much you talk about that, when a team runs as hard at every possession — every position, I shou–and every possession, I thought that, you know, that that’s, that makes it difficult. And we knew that going in, but it’s just a little different level, and got caught a few times on that, and you know, the guys that they came off the bench with, [Leandro] Barbosa and [Justin] Holiday and those guys, really, th–you know, hurt us shooting the ball. I thought Andre Iguodala played really well too, and allowed Steph [Curry] to get off the ball and attack, and you know, [Andrew] Bogut, I think, was four for five. So, they made some shots. You know, maybe we could’ve done a little more to contest them, but they’re an awful good team.
First bucket of the game: Derrick Favors’ first career 3-pointer
** Trey Burke, in response to the “question,” “You got within six, but that’s a deep team.”
Yeah, it’s a really deep team, and you know, all due respect to them. So you know, we just gotta continue to get better, watch the film, and grow from it. You know, I think we had a chance to win the game.
** Burke on the Jazz’s transition defense
It was definitely a part of the game plan, and we prepared for it, you know, really good. You know, but once you get out there, you gon make some mistakes. You know, I think transition defense was only just one area as to why we lost. But I think for the most part, we played a competitive game, had a chance to win.
Rodney Hood: karate kick to the throat
Random Stuff, etc.
** The towel incident:
** I don’t know where else to put this, but under “Random Stuff”:
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Ron Boone: I’d like to see Rudy grab those. He was having trouble controlling the tap. (H/T @seanp33)
** Craig Bolerjack on Gordon Hayward hitting his first shot in the second half: Finally, one goes down for Gordon.
** Booner on Harrison Barnes bucket: You can’t turn your back. You turn your back, they go backdoor on you. You gotta be able to see your man and the ball at the same time.
** Boler on Steph Curry 3-pointer: It was good by about an inch, or two.
Booner: Boy, there wasn’t much room to spare there.
** Boler: Steph dancing against Favors, and Favors put him down with his shoulder.
Booner: Ha ha ha, so Curry’s gonna lay there like he’s…ha ha ha.
Red denotes most recent game.
Alas. Despite bringing all the big guns (Antonio Lang, gray tie) out today, it was not meant to be.
Thanks to @Bad_voodoo, @RxMike12 and @urzishra for the assist on the W-L record tonight.
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Golden State of Mind.
James Harden had a terrible night
He must have thought the playoffs started
by joeybw87 on Mar 21, 2015 | 7:19 PM
I don’t like Gordon Haywards face
Please shut him down Barnes and Iggy
by joeybw87 on Mar 21, 2015 | 7:31 PM
by iHypeTV on Mar 21, 2015 | 7:33 PM
Yeah I agree his hair like Luke Babbit last night
by mykelala01 on Mar 21, 2015 | 7:34 PM
Someone is having a career game.
You’ve been warned.
by iHypeTV on Mar 21, 2015 | 7:40 PM
by belilaugh on Mar 21, 2015 | 7:41 PM
Yeah what happened to Rush?
We all thought he dialed it in last year with the Jazz because no night life.
Is it all mental?
by TheNextGM on Mar 21, 2015 | 7:45 PM
If Favors is gonna hit 3’s
lets go home
by joeybw87 on Mar 21, 2015 | 7:41 PM
Quin Snyder seems like a good coach
by iHypeTV on Mar 21, 2015 | 7:45 PM
what a shot Steph!
can you finally stop being cold now
by joeybw87 on Mar 21, 2015 | 7:46 PM
1. Focus on rebounding!
2. Pump fake Gobert and Favors.
by ServantOfLuna on Mar 21, 2015 | 7:48 PM
Stifle is stifled
stifle stifles dray
by Elessar95 on Mar 21, 2015 | 7:49 PM
Speights vs. Gobert
by ServantOfLuna on Mar 21, 2015 | 7:57 PM
Jazz will not go away
by IQofaWarrior on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:12 PM
If Jazz could make some shots, we’d be in bigger trouble
by IQofaWarrior on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:12 PM
what’s up all?
by AJC3317 on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:15 PM
by IQofaWarrior on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:15 PM
If the Jazz don’t get hot, we got this
If they go on a shooting streak, it’ll be a nail biter.
by IQofaWarrior on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:28 PM
Jazz is just missing a top 10 point guard of the league
They gonna be a team to watch if that happen.
by mykelala01 on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:33 PM
The Jazz are really good
Going to be a problem for years to come
by belilaugh on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:34 PM
primed to take over that division by the end of 2016
by starbury_to_s-jaxci2000 on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:43 PM
Rodney Hood can shoot
He was impressive
by joeybw87 on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:40 PM
Are the Jazz THE hottest team since the ASG, or are they one of the hottest?
by IQofaWarrior on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:43 PM
by record, they are the hottest
half a game hotter than us
by joeybw87 on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:44 PM
Though, remember that the Dubs basically threw the game against the Nuggets
by belilaugh on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:46 PM
I’m trying to think of what to put in the post game title
by IQofaWarrior on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:46 PM
something like Warriors put a Decrescendo on the Surging Jazz
by starbury_to_s-jaxci2000 on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:53 PM
What the hell is a Decrescendo ?
I’ll have to look that up later.
by IQofaWarrior on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:53 PM
it’s a musical term to gradually lower the volume of the music
by starbury_to_s-jaxci2000 on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:55 PM
oh, i see
by IQofaWarrior on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:56 PM
lol Green just wants to finish over Gobert so bad
by joeybw87 on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:46 PM
major napolean complex
by Elessar95 on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:47 PM
Favors, that was a nice step fake
by IQofaWarrior on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:47 PM
feels like favors has been in the league forever, kinda crazy he’s only 23
by AJC3317 on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:47 PM
That is why Jazz is scary for the years to come
Everyone is just young starter to their bench. I guess Hayward is the oldest
by mykelala01 on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:49 PM
Jazz will not go away
by IQofaWarrior on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:50 PM
Hayward bout to piss me off
by joeybw87 on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:55 PM
He wants to be Kobe.
by iHypeTV on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:56 PM
Burke can hit from THAT range?
by IQofaWarrior on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:57 PM
I can’t believe Jazz are only down 6
by IQofaWarrior on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:57 PM
now Burke is hot
by joeybw87 on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:58 PM
Jazz are so solid.
Gotta have mad respect for these guys
by sepoetry on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:58 PM
How are the Jazz hitting all of those threes?!
by ServantOfLuna on Mar 21, 2015 | 8:59 PM
LMAO every Millsap gets Dray in the air
by belilaugh on Mar 21, 2015 | 9:02 PM
by Elessar95 on Mar 21, 2015 | 9:02 PM
i tihnk we’re killing the Jazz on the fast break attacks
by IQofaWarrior on Mar 21, 2015 | 9:02 PM
I think this might be the only way to beat the Jazz
Their halfcourt defense is deadly
by belilaugh on Mar 21, 2015 | 9:05 PM
Yeah, I think you’re right
by IQofaWarrior on Mar 21, 2015 | 9:05 PM
Trey Burke saving the Jazz with his fluke shooting
by starbury_to_s-jaxci2000 on Mar 21, 2015 | 9:08 PM
Speights use to be our black hole
by mykelala01 on Mar 21, 2015 | 9:09 PM
No, that was Mark Jackson
by AlDavis4Prez on Mar 21, 2015 | 9:10 PM
Bob Myers is an awesome GM
coming into this year
i thought mo speights was
his only bust (signing)….
i was wrong.
by WarriorsWarrior on Mar 21, 2015 | 9:10 PM
by iHypeTV on Mar 21, 2015 | 9:11 PM
Brush signing is like Myers helping an old friend
To come back to the NBA
by mykelala01 on Mar 21, 2015 | 9:13 PM
Rodney Hood man
by joeybw87 on Mar 21, 2015 | 9:16 PM
Jazz down only 6
by IQofaWarrior on Mar 21, 2015 | 9:20 PM
Utah’s pretty damn good right now
by ServantOfLuna on Mar 21, 2015 | 9:20 PM
freaking Trey Burke
look at him chewing that mouthpiece after the 3
thinks hes Steph
by joeybw87 on Mar 21, 2015 | 9:21 PM
streaky shooters love us…
by Elessar95 on Mar 21, 2015 | 9:21 PM
Glad they don’t have to play the Jazz after this, barring a miracle run to the 8th seed
These guys are really legit
by belilaugh on Mar 21, 2015 | 9:22 PM
they play really good D
by Elessar95 on Mar 21, 2015 | 9:23 PM
Maybe Burke is a guy that you want to get hot
because he will not pass
by joeybw87 on Mar 21, 2015 | 9:26 PM
That is very accurate.
by TheNextGM on Mar 21, 2015 | 9:27 PM <—- Jazz fan
Everyone is attacking Gobert
by iHypeTV on Mar 21, 2015 | 9:32 PM
Will Favors and Gobert be the new athletic version of Gasol/ZBO?
by iHypeTV on Mar 21, 2015 | 9:33 PM
Gobert need to work on his footwork to be Gasol
by mykelala01 on Mar 21, 2015 | 9:35 PM
He’s still young
I don’t even think Gasol was in the NBA at his age
by iHypeTV on Mar 21, 2015 | 9:36 PM
by Ammat The Ankh on Mar 21, 2015 | 9:40 PM
100 points! We broke the Jazz’s <100 points allowed streak!
by ServantOfLuna on Mar 21, 2015 | 9:40 PM
A glorious victory!
ServantOfLuna on Mar 21, 2015 | 9:48 PM
Do they have piccolos in Jazz bands?
by belilaugh on Mar 21, 2015 | 9:50 PM
What has clicked for the Utah Jazz since the All-Star break?
Dante Exum: Joe, you can take this one.
Joe Ingles: (laughing) You’re such a loser.
I don’t think anything special. I mean, we haven’t done anything different or anything like that. I think it’s more of just the group getting to know each other and playing more, having more time together, having more time with the coach and new system. And obviously there’s a few new pieces from last year’s team, including the coach, so things just take time, and I think we’ve got better over the season slowly.
Despite having won six straight games, have you guys given up hope on making the playoffs?
Exum: You know, I wouldn’t say given up hope. You know, anything can happen in the NBA, and I think we just gotta focus on ourselves at the moment and you know, improving every game and if it happens to be that we get in that picture, then you know, so be it. But you know, we’re not changing anything. We’re obviously still gonna try and win. Joe, your turn.
Ingles: Like Dante said, it’s not gonna change anything we do. We’re still gonna go out and play the same way and obviously win as many games as we can with getting better at the same time. And you know, I think everyone can, kinda realizes that this is a long-term thing for us.
If we make it this year, then great. But the future’s obviously pretty bright for this team. So yeah, we’ll just, we’ll keep working, and like Dante said, if we’re there at the end, then, and we got a chance, then we’ll go for it.
Dante, Gordon Hayward was asked about your play and he said you seem a little passive but that’s normal for a rookie. How fair do you think those comments were and what have you done to be more aggressive offensively since you became a starter?
Ingles: That’s a very fair comment.
Exum: Yes — shut up — for one, Gordon knows nothing. And, no, so, no, so, it’s a fair comment, I’d say. But you know, it’s just game by game getting more confident in, you know, my abilities and more comfortable with my team…
It’s just about, you know, building that confidence and I think he–getting that starting role has helped me go against some of the better, the best players from the start, and you know, made me more aggressive, and you know, trying to, you know, kinda outplay them in a way, so.
Dante, what role has Quin Snyder had on your development from when you were drafted to now?
Yeah, you know, coach is, like everyone is, obviously trying to build more and more confidence in me.
And, but you know, one of the, you know, more surprising things that, you know, I’ve found is he’s been on the court whenever he can with me, and you know, even if it’s just five minutes, just to teach me s–a little footwork drill. You know, he’s on the court and it just shows he’s, you know, committed to the job and you know, at helping me develop in this role.
Is it an advantage for the Australian national team to have so many players playing in the NBA right now rather than around the world?
Exum: You know, like, you get the, kind of the experience of playing against the best players, like, night in, night out. So you know, I know definitely I’ve developed so much more from Spain [2014 FIBA World Cup] to now just being in the NBA and around NBA players. So you know, I can only imagine what some of the other guys are, have developed.
And you know, being around Joe as well, and seeing how he’s developed. (both start laughing) But yeah, no, I think definitely it’s better for us, and you know, everyone will have a bit more confidence.
Media: Thanks very much.
Ingles: No worries. (both start laughing)
Do you sometimes look at Matthew Dellavedova and feel jealous he gets to play with three superstars and in big games?
Ingles: Hell no. No. Not one bit. I mean, hell, I mean, you, obviously it’d be nice to play with whoever you want to play with, but you know, I think the team we’ve got is pretty special in itself. I think you’ll be talking about this team in the next few years, saying that, I bet people want to play for this team.
And we’re obviously in a different stage to what they’re in, but…being the second youngest team in the league, I, the future’s pretty bright with even our main guy, Gordon’s only 24 years old and Derrick Favors [is] 23 and obviously Dante is 12.
It’s super exciting for the future, so I think you’ll be asking that same question to other players about this team not too far away.
Ingles: Giving you a shoutout, mate. Make you feel better about yourself.
Having had experience with international coaches, how tough is it for players to adjust to different coaching philosophies?
Ingles: You go, Ex.*
Exum: Sorry, what was the question?
Media: [repeats the question]
Exum: I think Joe can answer that better, just being, having that European experience and the NBA experience. But you know, some of the stuff that I’ve seen Quin do, you know, Joe says to me that a lot of Europeans do it. And you know, I think it just gives a bit of an advantage having that prior knowledge of the Europe scene.
Ingles: Yeah, just, I mean, for me it’s, you know, I’ve played, this is my ninth year, and they’ve nearly all been in different countries and different leagues. I’ve had a number of different coaches in different situations that all coach super differently.
I mean, Quin is very, he had a lot of time in Europe with a high-level team, so it’s, we definitely do some different things to our, than other NBA teams. But at the end of the day, I mean, a lot of the stuff is the same. It’s basketball and it’s pretty worldwide.
* Almost 100 percent certain Joe passed this question to Dante because it came from a guy from NBA India and he couldn’t understand the question.
Going back, what ignited your love for basketball?
Exum: You know, my dad played at, well, pretty much all his life, and you know, I just developed it from a, the love, from a lon–a young age. And you know, my brother played when I was younger, and you know, just sparked a bit of competition between us, so.
Ingles: My parents didn’t play sports, so I didn’t get it from them. But my dad also didn’t play with [Michael] Jordan…I grew up playing a l–a bunch of different sports, and it kinda got time to choose one when all the practice and the games and all that started clashing with each other, and I mean, the main reason for basketball for me originally was the, I had more friends playing that than the other sports that I wanted to play with them.
Dante, you didn’t shy away from the hype before the draft. Were you comfortable with that, and has that been OK for you and your development?
Exum: Um, you know —
Ingles: He loves being at the center of attention.
Exum: — you know, I think those, you know, I was kind of that mystery man in the draft, and you know, those kind of gave me an opportunity to, you know, show who I am… and get people to, you know, fans, to start kinda wondering who I was and start looking at me.
Ingles vs. Exum, one-on-one. Who wins?
Exum: Are you saying me versus Joe?
Ingles: I would stand…and shoot threes.
Exum: Once Joe fin–corrects his slingshot of a shot, maybe we can talk…I’m too quick for Joe…He’s not strong. So you know, he can’t even post me up, so.
Ingles: He’s hit a couple of shots the last couple games. He’s feeling confident.
Joe, Dante is currently taking part in the GQ Style Wars. What do you think of Dante’s style?
Ingles: (starts laughing while the question is still being asked) Did you see the one —
Exum: Joe. Joe. Joe. Joe. Be nice. Be nice. This is going to be published. Be nice.
Ingles: Yeah, so, honestly, I thought he did really well up to — now, I think he’s done three or four now. Wha–how many have you done? Four?
Ingles: Yeah, so, the first three were gr–were good. Good, cool shoes. Whatever he had, some cool whatever. Then he posted a picture yesterday or the day before of him in a white T-shirt in his apartment, and him being 19 and not realizing what he’s got. He’s got his Xbox turned on in the background. He’s got a whole mess of stuff in the background, and he’s holding these two silly ties that you can’t really see anyway because of all the background color.
And so, one, two, three were very good. Four was terrible. But I mean, he’s definitely picked it up. I remember when he first came to the Boomers and all he used to wear was, like, Nike and Adidas gear. And now he comes to games in his suave little jackets and jeans, and skinny jeans, and button-up shirts. And so, he’s definitely picked his style up a little bit.
Exum: Thank you, Joe. (NBA Asia; H/T @TreyToupee)
** Quin Snyder on the win
I was really happy. … At the beginning of the fourth quarter, you, I looked in the huddle and we just were kinda, we looked like a team that got in at two in the morning, and you know, had lost a tough game. And we just talked about it, and our guys just picked it up. I mean, it’s the kind of thing that, a more mature team, and I think we’re growing in that respect, to just kinda be in a tough place and being able to respond to it, you know, in the moment.
** Gordon Hayward on why this was a huge win for the Jazz
You know, I think you gotta look at it as, we played our ass off against Washington, a good Washington team. We had a chance to win. We don’t. And that’s emotional for everybody. The locker room was quiet. You know, we go on the plane, we get in, I mean, you know, we get in at 1:30, whatever, two o’clock. But you can’t fall asleep. You don’t go to bed ’til four or five in the morning. And you know, this is a Lakers team which had a couple of days off, and they got guys who are hurt, so they have guys that are trying to prove stuff. And for us to kinda be a little sluggish and give up the lead there in the first half, and then come out and just kinda grind out a win, it’s just, it’s a good experience. It shows growth; it shows, you know, perseverence. I thought we got great energy from [Trevor] Book[er]. We got great energy from Trey [Burke]. And we just found a way to win…That’s huge to me.
** Trey Burke, asked if there was mental fatigue, physical fatigue, or both
I think a little bit of both. You know, coming off a back-to-back at this point of the season, you know, mentally you’re a little tired. Physically, you know, you have to get things going. So you know, we did a great job of staying with it, you know, for 48 minutes when they went on their runs, staying together, and coming together as a team, and pulled out the victory.
** Burke on his performance in the first half
Yeah, you know, I just tried to come in and let the game come to me. You know, not force anything. Me and coach has been watching film, clips, so the game’s slowing down to me even more now. So it’s just something I gotta continue to be — continue to do.
** Trevor Booker, asked if there was mental fatigue, physical fatigue, or both
Definitely a combination of both. You know, especially after last night, playing a late game really for no reason. It wasn’t a TV game. So, and then we got to come here tonight, you know, but we stayed mentally focused and we got the job done tonight.
** Booker on what it’s like to play against his cousin, Jordan Hill
[When it’s game time], he’s just another opponent, you know? I’m trying to go at his head, and he’s trying to go at mine. But you know, after the game, before the game, it’s all love. But we know once we step on that court, that we going to war.
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Craig Bolerjack on Jack Cooley: He’s a wide body, a banger. Doesn’t hesitate to get involved. (H/T @Mark_R_Pereira)
** Ron Boone on Wesley Johnson dunk: Gordon has his back to his man. He beats him backdoor.
** Booner on Trey Burke’s floater: Little different than what you see other guys shoot it, because he really flicks his wrist. Other guys just push it.
** Boler on the Jazz’s missed free throws: From my chair, what I see is missing front ends, Booner.
** David Locke to “G”, post-game: It looked to me, just sitting close tonight, you kinda came out in the third quarter and almost just demanded of your teammates, like, “Come with me. I’m gonna find energy. Come with me.”
** Locke to Hayward, post-game: G, it’s been a pleasure to watch you.
** Quin Snyder on Rudy Gobert: He’ll continue to have big games, and continue to have games where, you know, it’s not as big. But that’s kind of the nature of the beast.
Red denotes most recent game.
Thanks to @JazzGameNight for the assist on the W-L record tonight.
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Silver Screen and Roll.
Let’s go D-fenders!
I mean Lakers.
by LadyAlannya on Mar 19, 2015 | 7:15 PM
Are we even going to score 50 tonight?
by DeQuan “Smallpox” Randolph on Mar 19, 2015 | 7:50 PM
Utah sucks – what is this crap?
by VoR on Mar 19, 2015 | 7:52 PM
Soooo Trey Burke….Laker killer.
by LadyAlannya on Mar 19, 2015 | 8:18 PM
BS is accidentally letting people play well and stay on the court.
by Raison d’Basketball on Mar 19, 2015 | 8:33 PM
How do you only score 33 points in a half?
Or 36 for that matter? Amazing.
by VoR on Mar 19, 2015 | 8:40 PM
Minny won again, so close to Towns or Okafor
Sorry, been a Laker fan for a long time, but we need to lose this game. Period.
by magiceralaker on Mar 19, 2015 | 8:53 PM
I have a total man-crush on Quin Snyder -but he needs to get his team in gear.
by VoR on Mar 19, 2015 | 8:54 PM
He needs to learn the deathstare from Kobe.
His own isn’t that great.
by LadyAlannya on Mar 19, 2015 | 8:54 PM
God watching this is painful.
by LadyAlannya on Mar 19, 2015 | 8:56 PM
Yeah, my feed is back and terrible
but it may just be the actual game that is so bad.
by VoR on Mar 19, 2015 | 8:57 PM
Utah has 5 points in the quarter. 5!!!
by DeQuan “Smallpox” Randolph on Mar 19, 2015 | 9:00 PM
The Lakers have 6. WTF
by DeQuan “Smallpox” Randolph on Mar 19, 2015 | 9:01 PM
OMG – the Jazz suck.
by VoR on Mar 19, 2015 | 9:01 PM
Gotta have faith in the #TankCommander and #BSLogic.
Trey Burke will come in and light them up again.
by LadyAlannya on Mar 19, 2015 | 9:06 PM
Oh man. Opponents do play down to our level.
by Arciel on Mar 19, 2015 | 9:08 PM
Booze taking a turn driving the tank there.
by VoR on Mar 19, 2015 | 9:28 PM
What sort of clutch tanking plays will BS draw up out of the time-out
His most effective one is staring into space while letting the players just run some P&R thing.
by Raison d’Basketball on Mar 19, 2015 | 9:43 PM
Wes putting the ball off of his leg is always a good option.
by VoR on Mar 19, 2015 | 9:44 PM
Tank gaining momentum right now
by VoR on Mar 19, 2015 | 9:45 PM
by LakerAce on Mar 19, 2015 | 9:47 PM
That Hill to Wes pass
straight out bounds. Tank play of the week
by LakerAce on Mar 19, 2015 | 9:48 PM
I’d vote it into the top 5 tank plays if we manage to keep out pick
by Lakerchariot on Mar 19, 2015 | 9:49 PM
WES JOHNSON FOULS OUT
LAKERS TANK IN DANGER
by LakerAce on Mar 19, 2015 | 9:51 PM
by TheLatinoPerspective on Mar 19, 2015 | 9:52 PM
Oh man, Black 0-2 on free throws.
by VoR on Mar 19, 2015 | 9:53 PM
Bonus in his paycheck this week.
by VoR on Mar 19, 2015 | 9:54 PM
Okies so we gained a game in the tank stakes on Minny.
by LadyAlannya on Mar 19, 2015 | 9:55 PM
And Philly has a good chance to win on Friday, might get closer to third
by Lakerchariot on Mar 19, 2015 | 9:56 PM
** Quin Snyder, asked how specific he is about positioning on passing
Well, I think there has to be a connectivity, and everybody, you know, we need to not pass the ball to Rudy [Gobert] at his waist, you know, when he’s, but he’s learning he’s gotta get his hand up. And so, a lot of it’s getting to know each other. We, you know, to pass the ball to the guy in the corner, a lot of times you don’t see him there right away. You gotta go up and trust he’s gonna be there. So, that involves spacing. You know, passing the ball to a guy at his knee is different than in the shooting pocket. So, all those things just have a tremendous impact not just on turnovers, but on shooting percentage. And it’s something we gotta continue to work on because we’re not a team that spreads the floor like Houston or certain teams. So, our passing becomes even more important; passing movement, too. That’s running an efficient offense.
** Trevor Booker, asked if there’s any extra incentive playing against his old team
Just another game. You know, I didn’t expect to stay with one team my whole career, so you know, it’s just another game for me. Come out and play with energy, and hopefully we can get seven straight.
** Booker, asked about his bracket
I’m not gonna fill out one. I don’t watch college basketball.
** Gordon Hayward, asked about his bracket
I haven’t done a bracket yet, so. I’m rooting for Butler, though..I think you gotta fill out one bracket with them winning [when you] fill out multiple brackets.
** Quin Snyder on the game
I thought we played really hard, but I also think the physicality of the game had an impact on our shooting. We got a little hesitant at times, and we struggled in the third quarter especially. I think the game slowed down. …
There’s 82 games, and I don’t want to read — you know, I’ve said this — I don’t want to read too much into each game. But that said, you know, I thought we really competed. And against, I mean, I, they played as well as any team we’ve played. I mean, they made big plays. They were physical. And we were there. You know, we were right there. And give them credit; again, I think they made some plays down the stretch, but we had some good looks and they made some big baskets, and, so I’m not at all discouraged by how we played. I’d like us to be able to, I think we can play better and shoot better, but that’s, you know, a lot of that has to do with them, and how physical they were.
** Snyder, asked what he thought of Trey Burke’s defense on John Wall
I feel like Trey’s been playing better and better, you know, passing the ball well. You know, he just hasn’t made shots. And tonight, he made shots. I, th–ear–there was a possession early in the game on [Ramon] Sessions that he just, I felt like he hit a screen and didn’t fight over the top, and I, you know, I got on him and showed it at halftime and he really responded. You know, I was, when, you know, J–I thought John Wall made some really tough shots, and I think we could’ve done a little better job contesting, but there were some tough shots.
** Derrick Favors on how the Jazz played down the stretch
I loved the way we played. You know, just growth. You know, we execute the plays down the stretch. Defensively, you know, we did what we wanted to do on the defensive end. Just, you know, Washington made a lot of tough shots and you know, we missed a couple of shots.
** Gordon Hayward, asked what he was thinking when his last shot left his hand
I knew as soon as it left my hand — I didn’t think it was good. I kinda rushed it a little bit. I didn’t think I had as much space as I had, and I hit him with the jab and he backed off…It’s a learning experience. Next time I’ll know what to do and I can do better.
** Rudy Gobert on his missed free throws
You know, I make 10 in a row every day. I just, it’s just in the game, I don’t understand. So I think I just gotta stop thinking about it and just think about making, you know? I think too much, and that’s when I miss them.
** Gobert on his four assists
I mean, I try to make it easy for my teammates, and I love to pass when I see my teammates open. So I try to make it easy. I think the team needs that too.
** Gobert, asked if he can learn from the way Marcin Gortat was holding him down to prevent him from getting rebounds
I mean, he did a great job boxing me out. He was facing me, so basically, he just let the guards get the rebound and you know, make sure I don’t get it. So, that was a good strategy. I don’t think I will need to do that on defensive ball. I just gotta make sure I box out and get contact on my guy and, to get the ball.
Random Stuff, etc.
** In today’s edition of Geography Mis-education with the Utah Jazz:
Stockton and Malone socks! Here’s Gobert today, via @utahjazz:
** Finally, Tyrone Corbin could be headed back to college.
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Giggling Matt Harpring on Rudy Gobert: He puts his butt a little bit in, and then contorts it a little bit.
Craig Bolerjack: That’s tough to do in mid-flight at 7-1.
** Harpring, all about that butt: Gortat put his butt into Hayward. (H/T @FrankNooch)
** Boler on Gordon Hayward: He’s hammered from behind and from the side.
** Harpring on a Gobert deflection: Wow, what a one-hand grab by Gobert!
** Boler on a couple (or man and woman sitting next to each other) in the crowd: That was a yawn. That’s not good. This could be a quick ride home.
** Boler on Secaucus review: That looked like the best angle. He was right on top, but just a bit short. A fingernail away.
** Media member to Hayward, post-game: The final possession there, you had your ball, uh, the ball in your hands.
Red denotes most recent game.
After starting the season 0-12, Johnnie Bryant went on a two-game win streak. Unfortunately, he got iced and didn’t get another interview for 40 days. Not helping tonight was Quin Snyder’s beige tie, which is now 0-3. (The Jazz are not 0-3 with beige ties, but 0-3 with the particular one Snyder wore tonight.)
Thanks to @AllThatAmar, @UGottaLovItBaby, @davidjsmith1232 and @dianaallen for the assist on the W-L record tonight.
Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Bullets Forever.
LET’S GO WIZARDS!!!!
by juniorwizkid on Mar 18, 2015 | 10:40 PM
We look sluggish to start
by Russellgood2573 on Mar 18, 2015 | 10:42 PM
Sit down Gobert
by MC-Sneaks on Mar 18, 2015 | 10:43 PM
Wow. The Jazz have great ball movement. Going to be hard to keep up.
by 12AaronJones21 on Mar 18, 2015 | 10:49 PM
Interior defense and rebounding is awful tonight
by MC-Sneaks on Mar 18, 2015 | 10:51 PM
Gorbert is trouble…
by qthaballa on Mar 18, 2015 | 10:51 PM
Gobert destroying us inside..
had 6 rebounds already
by DowSize on Mar 18, 2015 | 10:51 PM
Gobert is pretty fucking good…
by TheBackCourt on Mar 18, 2015 | 10:51 PM
haywards hesitation move is so ugly
by Bobby Marley on Mar 18, 2015 | 10:57 PM
not a bad 1st quarter
gotta keep grinding away.
And that pretty boy Hayward might look like an extra from The Great Gatsby but he can play.
by MisterWu on Mar 18, 2015 | 11:13 PM
Oh stop.. Two good time out in a row ?
Who is this HC. And what have you done with Randy
by Hands11 on Mar 18, 2015 | 11:16 PM
Utah is alway advancing the ball on the catch and dribble before the next pass … Its very Spurs like
by Hands11 on Mar 18, 2015 | 11:18 PM
utah looks like they
are really getting back on d and trying to stop the wiz break
by little stevie colter on Mar 18, 2015 | 11:17 PM
how are we still up?
by L.W. on Mar 18, 2015 | 11:17 PM
Jazz don’t have good shooters
Or at least guys that I would consider threats
by DCnhokies on Mar 18, 2015 | 11:18 PM
I would rather gouge my eyes out
Than listen to these Utah commentators
by TheBackCourt on Mar 18, 2015 | 11:17 PM
Ingles has the scrub bounce after he scores a bucket
Just hops up and down to get back on defense. You can tell he’s hype that he scored in an NBA game
by DCnhokies on Mar 18, 2015 | 11:19 PM
jesus, Gobert has some handles too?
by little stevie colter on Mar 18, 2015 | 11:23 PM
Quin Snyder’s got a bit of an American Psycho look
by MisterWu on Mar 18, 2015 | 11:26 PM
its like we are playing giants, trying to get these rebounds
by Bobby Marley on Mar 18, 2015 | 11:26 PM
Its so difficult to keep these guys off the boards
by TheBackCourt on Mar 18, 2015 | 11:27 PM
Seems like Hayward is getting white guy calls I mean some of this crap is total bs with him. He ushes off hacks Pierce nothing he drives flails its a call. smh
by jazzy1 on Mar 18, 2015 | 11:38 PM
Gobert is 22 lol just wait til this guy adds 20 pounds
by DCrez on Mar 18, 2015 | 11:39 PM
Move over, Anthony Davis.
I think this kid could win a decade’s worth of DPOYs.
by elliotlevy2 on Mar 18, 2015 | 11:40 PM
team of long ostrichs
by Bobby Marley on Mar 18, 2015 | 11:40 PM
Utah needs to redo their court scheme
So ugly and bland imo.
by JimmyWall on Mar 18, 2015 | 11:58 PM
Gorden Haywood is gonna kill us this half
by Russellgood2573 on Mar 18, 2015 | 11:58 PM
by BEALiever on Mar 19, 2015 | 12:00 AM
I hate us sometimes
by TheBackCourt on Mar 19, 2015 | 12:00 AM
when and if Wall decides to join the action and start attacking exum then we might can win this game.
by jazzy1 on Mar 19, 2015 | 12:01 AM
Hard to attack the rim when Rudy fucking Gobert is in the middle dude
by BEALiever on Mar 19, 2015 | 12:02 AM
Hayward abusing every player we put on him
by MC-Sneaks on Mar 19, 2015 | 12:17 AM
Six point lead, awesome!!
Twelve more minutes of that third quarter defense, and this is a W.
by elliotlevy2 on Mar 19, 2015 | 12:19 AM
damn book, go easy on us
by MapleJordan02 on Mar 19, 2015 | 12:27 AM
Wizs making the toughest shots
by SmileyAllMighty on Mar 19, 2015 | 12:33 AM
Excellent backcourt defense
by MC-Sneaks on Mar 19, 2015 | 12:37 AM
Yeah we’re winning this
by Nickdogggmoneycash on Mar 19, 2015 | 12:37 AM
Interior passing!!??? We do that this year????
by qthaballa on Mar 19, 2015 | 12:38 AM
How the f does Hayward get more calls than Wall. Dude is decent but CMON
by JimmyWall on Mar 19, 2015 | 12:38 AM
What.. Is Haywood .. Harden Now ?
by Hands11 on Mar 19, 2015 | 12:39 AM
by juniorwizkid on Mar 19, 2015 | 12:41 AM
MAXXXXXX UP BRAAAA
by MapleJordan02 on Mar 19, 2015 | 12:42 AM
JW IN THA HOUSE
by murtd1 on Mar 19, 2015 | 12:42 AM
by murtd1 on Mar 19, 2015 | 12:42 AM
by Hands11 on Mar 19, 2015 | 12:42 AM
JOHN FUCKIN WALL
by MC-Sneaks on Mar 19, 2015 | 12:42 AM
Can’t stop it
by novadada on Mar 19, 2015 | 12:42 AM
youu Know wat time it is
by Bobby Marley on Mar 19, 2015 | 12:42 AM
WE PLAYIN WITH MAXXXX MONEY BRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
by MapleJordan02 on Mar 19, 2015 | 12:42 AM
I really don’t understand why Wall faded there
by TheBackCourt on Mar 19, 2015 | 12:53 AM
uhhh SWAG POINTS haha
by MapleJordan02 on Mar 19, 2015 | 12:54 AM
by novadada on Mar 19, 2015 | 1:03 AM
THE FING REFS
by Hands11 on Mar 19, 2015 | 1:03 AM
These fucking refs
by BEALiever on Mar 19, 2015 | 1:03 AM
THESE REFS WERE BORN IN UTAH!!!!!!!
by MapleJordan02 on Mar 19, 2015 | 1:03 AM
SCREW THESE FOOLS …. I want to see fines on these refs
by Hands11 on Mar 19, 2015 | 1:05 AM
Thank you Hayward
by 12AaronJones21 on Mar 19, 2015 | 1:05 AM
Why would he bet on a 3, when he can drive and get a foul from the Jazz lovin refs
by SmileyAllMighty on Mar 19, 2015 | 1:05 AM
WE RE BACK GO WIZ !!!!!!
by murtd1 on Mar 19, 2015 | 1:06 AM
Ugly ass game
Wizards are lucky the Jazz shot so terribly.
by ChillVillain on Mar 19, 2015 | 1:07 AM
jazz fans really bitching about the refs
wow. i mean it was a rough game for the refs, but pretty evenly shitty. wiz had like 10 fouls on them in the first few minutes of Q2.
by little stevie colter on Mar 19, 2015 | 1:07 AM
What do they have to complain about?
by qthaballa on Mar 19, 2015 | 1:09 AM
JAZZ FANS BITCHIN BOUT THE REFS???? AHAHAHAHA!!!!
by JW2BB3 on Mar 19, 2015 | 1:08 AM
Earlier, Booker went out of his way to say he thought the Jazz have a higher ceiling than the Wizards
Feels good to sweep him. Enjoy Utah Book
by BEALiever on Mar 19, 2015 | 1:14 AM
really He said that? If yes I assume He smoke too much
by 17squall on Mar 19, 2015 | 1:16 AM
Damn these late games are killer… Can’t even savour this win smh
Im beat….. TURNT UP WIN DOEEEE. SWAG SWAG SWAG
by MapleJordan02 on Mar 19, 2015 | 1:15 AM
I like Randy’s glasses game
by hotplate on Mar 19, 2015 | 1:22 AM
makes his decisions
seem much smarter
by little stevie colter on Mar 19, 2015 | 1:38 AM
What does Greg Miller’s resignation as CEO mean for the Utah Jazz?
I think this is an evolution that you continue to see from a, an entrepreneurial family and entrepreneurial company, that has really, not only blossomed and bloomed into a major corporation and a major entity, in not only Utah, but in the nation, and the family taking the steps, as they feel necessary, to continue to expand and make the moves that they feel as or–as a family, that will be for the good of the organization, its employees, its customers, and the community at large, to be able to be a long-term, and looking forward thinking, like they’re always doing, for the good of this organization, for the good of its fans.
And that’s what’s taking place today.
What does Greg Miller’s resignation as CEO mean for the Utah Jazz, specifically?
Let me assure our fan base in a major way. This, i–the moves have ha–that happened today, will have no effect on the Utah Jazz. The Miller family is in control, and will remain in control, of the Utah Jazz. They will continue to run the Utah Jazz, and the other entities.
There, you’ll, in the announcement, you hear about “outside board.” The Miller family will remain as active members on that board. They will cont–now utilize some outside individuals who are not employees of the organization, as simply advisors, and sharing perspective of their corporate knowledge for he–to help them in their corporate decision-making, of which is, makes all the sense in the world.
As it relates to the Utah Jazz though, we will continue our work just as normal…So from the fan base, for this community base, from the operational process that we’ve always taken, nothing is changing.
Was this Greg Miller’s decision?
I think was his decision, and his choice of the timing of this. If people want to ask more, that’s not my position nor i–really my knowledge. That’s something that Greg needs to just share with people if he so chooses. But he announced that it was time that he step down, and we support his decisions.
** Randy Rigby on the LHM Group, Unintentional Dirty Quote Machine: There’s a lot of great people I’ve had a privilege of rubbing shoulders.
Time for another round of…Geography Mis-Education with the Utah Jazz!
Twenty-eight years ago, I’d say I work for the Utah Jazz and people say what instrument do you play for? Today, when you go across the world, I’d say “Utah Jazz,” and w–they know exactly, who some of the players are that we have on our team right now. It’s fun, my son-in-law just came back from Thailand, texted me a picture of, there’s a, Dante Exum’s jersey hanging in Bali, Thailand. Or Indonesia, I should say.
Autographed Jazz basketballs >>> Millions of dollars
Our brand, our name, reaches across the world. The governor, when he went and visited some of the key government positions in China, he gave them an au–I got him some autographed basketballs. He said, “We could’ve given them millions of dollars and it wouldn’t have meant more to them than receiving that autographed NBA Jazz basketball.”
On the Jazz having the best record in the NBA since the All-Star break
Quin [Snyder], the coaching staff, so much to be attributed to, for their hard work and effort. Dennis Lindsey, his leadership, his direction, his vision, remarkable individual, and I take my hats off.
On the Millers
Greg has done a wonderful job. Worked very hard, and I’ll tell you, talk about shoes to fill, to fill the shoes of Larry Miller. And Greg has worked hard and done a masterful job. Gail has been right there by his side and been very supportive of it.
And I don’t think any of us can appreciate the work that takes and when you’re, I know just running the, for seven-year period of time, I was running nine companies. Now, you take, that was only w–less than a third of the companies when you look at, in totality, what the Miller organization is like. That’s a huge job, and Greg did a masterful job. …
They’re such wonderful people and they’re great team players. Some, they are to me the epitome and the great example of role models in professional sports ownership.
I have a lot of friends who are running a lot of other sports companies in the NBA, and the laundry and issues that they’re deal with many times in their ownership, is hundred time greater than what we have the great privilege of having with the direction and the stability, the character, from the Miller family. …
When you never make a lie, when you always stand on who you, where your values are, that one is one that you can always stand tall on and not worry about people questioning. ‘Cause they can’t question your integrity when you’re always striving to do the right things…When you’re trying to always do the right thing, we never have to take a backseat and we never have to apologize. (1280)
If you’re thinking it’s a typo…it’s probably not.
It was 81-37 at one point. EIGHTY-ONE TO THIRTY-SEVEN.
** Quin Snyder on Rudy Gobert’s growth
We’ve seen his ability to pass the ball. He likes to pass the ball. I think he’s gonna become an even better passer when his balance begins to improve even more. You know, I think the other thing is just his in–understanding and intellig of the ga–intelligence about the game, which is something that, you know, is valuable to us.
** Snyder on Rudy Gobert’s saluting
Yeah, you know, Rudy’s got, there’s a flamboyance about him, and there’s also a humility about him. I think he loves to play, and sometimes we see the flamboyance and not so much the humility, but humility also manifests itself in hunger. And you know, I don’t want him to go crazy, but you know, there’s a lotta guys that, you know, it pumps them up to play and gets the team going and the fans going.
** Snyder on Bryce Cotton
I think he just, he fits what we wanna do and the, his work ethic. And you know, I think he’s a communicative point guard, and you know, one of the things that really stands out about him is his ability to shoot the ball. I think he can make shots.
** Snyder on NCAA brackets
I got a lot of friends that are coaching in college…I root for people more than anything, so I, my, if I filled out a bracket it’s probably be pretty biased. My wife’s better at it than I am.
Are you obligated to take Duke every year? Is that an unwritten rule?
I like taking Duke. So, it’s not unwritten. You know, it doesn’t need to get written.
** Rudy Gobert on defending Al Jefferson
Just stay down. You know, try to make him make the tough shot…Just make sure he don’t get me off my balance…and don’t make stupid fouls.
** Gobert, asked what is his favorite nickname
I like Gobzilla. I like Stifle Tower. I like a lot of them. You know, they’re pretty funny, so I just like them. I didn’t choose one al–yet, but I like them.*
** Rodney Hood, asked if he likes starting or coming off the bench
It really doesn’t matter. You know, my job is just to bring, as a rookie, is just to bring energy, and you know, spot up, and coach wants me to shoot the ball. So you know, I’m just trying to play my part.
** Bryce Cotton on signing a multi-year deal with the Jazz
Just signed it this morning. Feels good to know I’ll be here for the rest of the year, and I just wanna continue to work and do whatever the team needs and just try to keep getting better…It’s a wonderful feeling, but you don’t want to get complacent, and you wanna keep doing the things that get you noticed.
* For the record, I’m partial to the nickname OLAF, or “one long annoying fuck” as a Bulls fan called Gobert when he dominated the Bulls in Chicago earlier this season.
** Quin Snyder on the game and having multiple players that can handle the ball in the pick and roll
It puts pressure on the defense. It, tonight, what happened is, the pick and rolls, we pa–like I said, we passed the ball. The ball moved even more. I think our guy–I won’t say they’re buying in more, but they’re getting better at passing the ball. You know, passes were delivered in, on time. They were more accurate. Just li–you know, little differences that can make it — you know, we’re not gonna shoot that way all the time, obviously, and, but we were, it’s a very good defensive team. You know, a very good defensive team. And they caught us on a hot night, and we caught them on a tough night. And those things, we’ll be on the other end of something like that. We have been. So I know we’re fortunate in that respect, because they are so good defensively. And you know, they missed [Cody] Zeller too. You know, he gives them some physicality and some athleticism on both ends of the floor. So you know, kind of everything lined up for us tonight.
** Snyder on Rodney Hood’s development
You know, he’s confident, you know, and I think he’s getting some of that from the group. You know, he’s working so hard. I think he’s so focused defensively, that offense just kinda flows. And I think he’s also understanding that it’s OK to miss. You know, so it’s, the shot isn’t, you know, if he’s got a good shot, we want him taking it. And you know, that’s, he is, he’s taking ’em. The other thing is, he’s really, he’s got a, his mid-range game, you know, adds a lot. And so, he’s getting, he’s taking good shots, because his threes are clean, and if they’re, you know, if he’s not open, he shot fakes and goes in.
** Rudy Gobert on the game
Yeah. Fuck yeah. You know, I think they scored like 66 points, and they got two threes at the end…So basically, they scored 60 points.
** Gobert, asked how hard was it for him to stay patient and wait his turn earlier in the season
That was hard, you know? Sometimes, you know, I wanted to be on the court. Especially early in the season, I wanted to be on the court at the end of the games. You know, and most of the time I was just watching from the bench. It was very frustrating for me, you know, sometimes to watch the players dominate inside, and I [couldn’t] do anything. But I trusted coach from the beginning, you know? I really trusted him. I knew he believes in me. I know I just have to be patient, you know, and just play, just do the best when I’m on the court and show him, you know, my abilities. And I knew he really liked me, and I like him too. So I knew it was just a matter of time before he really put me, give me more playing time.
** Gobert on handling success the right away
It’s important, because we’re not even in the playoff. So, I would say we have done nothing. We’ve done some ni–I mean, some great improvement, but we’re not even in the playoff. So, it’s only the beginning, you know? Now we get more respect, and I would say the hardest part gonna start now, because we getting more respect, and this season and early in the next season gonna be the most important.
** Gordon Hayward, asked how the team keeps its offensive focus when up by 30 before halftime
I think just the focus that we have as a team. I mean, everybody was saying it in timeouts, “Let’s keep it going. Make it 40, make it 50.” You know, I think we were just really, you know, competitive tonight, and we were really focused, and we were able to execute what coach wants us to do.
Was it about running up the score, or being the best that you can be?
No, I mean, I think it’s trying to be the best that we can be. And none of us want to get yelled at in film either, so we gotta make sure we make the right play no matter what the score is.
A different side of Rodney Hood. And it’s adorable.
** Rodney Hood, asked what he’s thinking when the Jazz are on fire from downtown
Defense. You know, coach is always, no matter how we’re playing on the offensive end, he always preaching defense. So you know, but it’s, always helps to hit shots like that, and you know, it might not be like that e–it’s not gonna be like that every game, but we just gotta continue to defend.
** Hood, asked if he talks to Mike Krzyzewski
Yeah, I talk to, you know, coach K, you know, every other week, and you know, I talk to the assistant coaches all the time…Being there to talk to me, you know, when I need to vent, or you know, when things not going well, I can always call back or remember a time that I had at Duke that, to help me get through a tough time. So they always been there for me, and they’ll continue to. You know, it’s a great friendship that we have. [During the injury], they were always checking up on me, making sure everything was good and you know, making sure I was in high spirits.
** Dante Exum on whether his shot has improved since he was drafted
I think it has, and one of the main reasons behind it is just the confidence. And you know, I’ve had a couple games where it’s not been happening for me. You know, I’ve had people come up and say, you know, keep shooting it, like, you can make it. And you know, it just kinda gives me that little bit of confidence [that] when I’m gonna get that next shot, it’s just gonna go down, so.
** Exum on the Jazz hitting 11 threes in a row
You know, it would’ve been even more fun if we hit 12 threes in a row, but you know, Joe [Ingles] had to put his foot on the line.
Random Stuff, etc.
** The LHM Group announced today that Greg and Steve Miller were stepping down together and the group was being restructured with an outside board of directors. According to multiple sources (ha), Mommy (Gail) had had enough of the two not getting along.
Randy Rigby had this to say — with possibly a Freudian slip in there — in response to a highly leading and likely scripted question from Steve Brown (“A lot of folks been asking what is the difference now that Greg has stepped down as CEO, and really, not much, I would think?”):
“You’re exactly right. Nothing has really changed from the Utah Jazz. This, we’re still going forward as we always have, and we will continue to report to Greg, Gail, and Steve as it relates to matters with, for the team, of moving — team moves with players, salary issues. The Miller family is every bit as involved. The Miller family owns, operates and will continue to run all this group of companies. And so, nothing has changed. …
It’ll be a board…A board of directors, I serve on many boards. And boards give advice to the owners, and advice they might want to look at from an outside perspective.”
** Was this supposed to be funny? I don’t get it.
Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Rudy Gobert, asked when he decides to salute: I don’t know. When I feel like it. You know, I can’t control it. It just comes.
** Gobert, asked what he thinks of his various nicknames: I think it’s pretty fun. I didn’t choose one yet, but I’m just watching, you know? I’m just watching what comes up, and it’s pretty fun.
** Rodney Hood on returning Rudy Gobert’s salute: Me and Eli just happened to do it at the same time. You know, we might make it something that we do all the time.
** Matt Harpring on the opening tip: Already, Al Jefferson’s smiling, saying, “Oh man, this guy’s long.”
Craig Bolerjack: He’ll get a heavy dose of Gobert tonight.
** Boler: Exum, does he feel it again? YES. YES! (H/T @dianaallen)
** Harpring on Big Al and Gobert: I don’t think he needs a double team down there. Al’s gonna give you the whole buffet of moves.
** Boler on Gordon Hayward block: Nice job by Hayward. Put up a hand and said, “No way. You’re not coming down my lane.”
** Boler on the Jazz’s 3-point barrage: Matty, they’re just coming in waves after wave.
** Boler: Rebounds are just coming in buckets. (H/T @JuMuJazz)
** Boler: Big Al, inside. That ball —
Harpring: He just couldn’t get it up —
Boler: –get it, Gobert. (H/T @Johnny_UT, @JuMuJazz and @timebomb801)
** Rodney Hood, asked how big the basket felt tonight: It felt big. (H/T @dianaallen)
** Hood on the next game against Washington: We got a big one coming in a couple days, so we gotta get ready.
Red denotes most recent game.
Note: Prior to today, Greg Miller had missed three consecutive home games, which was the most consecutive games he’s missed this season.
Thanks to @AllThatAmar for the assist on the W-L record tonight.