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Bits from Practice, 1/27

January 28, 2015
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** Quin Snyder on the emphasis in practice today
There, you know, there’s a lot of things, really, you know, we kind of emphasizing, one of the things being our transition defense. Things that just, we absolutely, call ‘em absolutes, you know, that we have to do or we’re not gonna be competitive.
** Snyder, looking ahead to the Jazz’s next two games
We’ve played the Clippers, we’ve played Golden State a lot, so you kinda know what’s coming — which doesn’t really make it any easier, you know, to play well or beat those guys. But yeah, it’s a stretch not dissimilar to the one we had at the beginning of the year, and it’s very possible that we could play well and lose, because the teams we’re playing, you know, play at a really high level. They’re some of the best teams in the league. And, but we’ll see. It’s, you know, it’s another good barometer for us to see, you know, where we are.

** Derrick Favors on All-Star voting
I mean, I really don’t pay attention to it. If I make it, I make it. If I don’t, I don’t. I really don’t pay attention to it…It is one of my goals, but you know how it goes.
** Favors, asked if his offensive or defensive game has progressed more this year
I think it progressed a lot offensively, as far as, like, hitting jump shots and you know, doing things off the dribble, passing…I think I had to get back to my defensive ways, though. You know, I think I took a little step back on the defensive end. Me personally, I think that. So I had to, you know, just [get] back doing what I do best, like blocking shots, rebounding and controlling the paint.
** Favors on his wristband/wrist wrap
I’m good. Fashion statement. I’m good, yeah.

via @tribjazz

** Enes Kanter on Quin Snyder saying he played with a lot of passion against the Celtics
We played really, pretty bad [in the first half]. I mean, that’s obvious. But at s–and coach Quin just talked to us in the locker room, and you know, he just basically said that we just, you know, he didn’t even, like, wanna say anything because we were playing so bad. We just–we have to figure it out. The players have to figure it out. So we just went out there and just played with the edge. And when we play with the edge, and we w–we saw what happened. I think we have to start the game like that and we have to play with the, every quarter like that.
** Kanter on his big offensive outputs recently
Just more confidence, you know? My teammates give me more confidence, and they give–pass me the ball. And also my coaches too.
** Kanter, asked if he has struggled with confidence during his career
Yeah, I’m, I think my focus was just, you know, when I start missing shots, I’m just say, “Oh man, I’m gonna miss a lot of shots,” something like that. I’m just, like, not focusing. … But now, just with coach Quin help with the new, you know, all the new stuff happening, I think it just keeping me focused more. I mean, if I’m not having a big offensive game, I’m trying to get it defense or I’m trying to get a rebounds and stuff, so.
** Kanter, asked if making the All-Star team at some point is a personal goal
I hope so, you know? Everyone wants to be All-Star, of course. But you know, we’ll see. We have to win first. So, that’s our main focus. Not the player, but the team.
** Kanter, asked if Rudy Gobert’s play puts pressure on him
You know what, I’m happy for him…He’s learning the game better. I’m really happy for him when he’s, you know, trying to blo–you know, block every shot and people get Goberted.* That’s what people said, Goberted. I’m really happy for him, and you know, not just defensively; offensively he’s getting better too. You know, he’s getting more confidence, and both ends he’s playing really good. And I’m, I want him to be really good too.
* Pronounced “go-bearded.”
** Kanter, asked if he looks back on his second year and wishes he could’ve gotten as much playing time as Gobert is getting, and wonders where he’d be now if he’d had
It was a different situation now. I mean, we have a goo–different coach now. I’m not even compare coach Quin with nobody. I mean, coach Quin is just doing an unbelievable job with everybody. So I mean, if we had coach Quin, I mean, it’ll be different maybe, but maybe not. (KALL)

Bit Not From Practice
ICYMI, Zach Lowe named Joe Ingles to his Luke Walton All-Stars team a few weeks ago:

A drinking game guaranteed to leave you sober: Drink every time Joe Ingles takes a shot! Ingles, a longtime Aussie pro who somehow always looks as if he hasn’t showered in days, is producing one of the most bizarro seasons ever for a wing player.

bogut ingles

In an interview with NBA Australia today, Ingles hilariously offered this response:

I actually heard about it through a few other people first. When they brought it up, I obviously went and had a look at it. I’ve never met the guy, and I probably wouldn’t say anything even if I did. That’s why I had to shave my beard a little bit, and do my hair prettier, so that I looked like I’d showered for him. Hopefully he’s impressed by what I look like now.

John Stockton in long shorts

January 28, 2015

stockton long shorts

(Yes, that’s the whole post.)

Game 45 of 82: Utah Jazz vs. Boston Celtics (16-29)

January 27, 2015

quin stevens

Pre-Game Quotage
**Quin Snyder on the chemistry of the new starting line-up
We’ve just got good guys…They’re thinking about the team all the time. So it’s not something that–you know, I’ve referenced the European game, where, you know, guys in different roles, different positions, I mean, I think they wanna do what helps our team right now, and whatever that is helps them, and you know, it’s circular like that. You know, you give to the group, the group gives back to you.

** Gordon Hayward on former Butler teammate Ronald Nored
One of my [Butler] teammates is now working with the [Celtics] too, and he came into town and said he needed me to do some laundry for him, so. I was like, “What do you think this is, dude? We’re out of college.” He was one of my roommates.*
** Hayward, asked if he sees himself as underrated
You know, see myself as one of the elite players in the league, and whether you’re popular or not, to me, it doesn’t matter…We gotta just be better as a team, and I think a lot of the players that we have on the team will start to be more popular.
** Dante Exum on what Quin Snyder said when he told him he was starting
It was just basically to come in, lead the team. You know, try and bring that energy. Also bringing the pace, ’cause you know, I liked to push the ball before, and you know, trying to get the guys to, yeah, just bring the energy, from the start.

* Check below for the next part of this conversation, which included Hayward gifting us with one of the worst UDQMs ever.

favors block

bench reaction

Post-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder on the first half
I think it’s one of those problems that permeates everything. We just, we didn’t play hard. And I, maybe it’s a little more complicated than that. We played soft, as much as anything. You know, we just, nothing we did with any force, so they just knocked us back offensively, and then we were just, you know, there wasn’t an urgency on defense that we’ve been playing with. … We were weak, and we didn’t assert ourselves and kind of try to, you know, impose our will on them. We allowed that, them to do that to us.
** Snyder on Joe Ingles
A couple weeks ago, I really challenged him, because I think he’s an intelligent player and sometimes you can be content to be intelligent on offense, but he can be equally intelligent on defense. And I think he felt, you know, he started guarding the ball, and was just really active, active hands. Played with a lot, you know, he played like we were down 20 points. And it was good to see that, that urgency in him, and I think our team fed off that.
** Snyder on player combinations and Trey Burke vs. Dante Exum
Who we play and who we start and how that mixes up, you know, we’ll, you know, Enes [Kanter] tonight played with so much passion. I mean, you could feel it. You know, and so, i–sometimes guys don’t, like, a player can force you to play them. Like, coaches want to win. You know, so as far as minutes come, you may go into a game thinking Trey or Dante, and if they’re both playing great I’m gonna try to play both of them. Tonight, Dante looked really tired to me, and so we, you know, substituted Trey earlier in the second half. But you know, I want both those guys, you know, if they can push each other, that, all the better.


** Gordon Hayward on the game
I think they definitely were really physical with us, and you know, we didn’t respond, for sure. We were passive out there. Kinda let them dictate where the ball was going, what we were doing with everything, and that’s how we got down by so much.
** Derrick Favors on the first half
Yeah, I think, you know, we came out kind of lackadaisical. You know, wasn’t really going hard with the offensive plays, and you know, playing kind of soft on the defensive end. But I don’t know, I think it just, we just didn’t give a lot of effort in the first half.
** Favors, holding himself accountable
Next game, you know, we gotta be a lot tougher. You know, I think guys look at me first to set the tone. You know, offensive–on the offensive end and the defensive end. So you know, I put it on myself. I have to come out there and provide the energy and provide the motivation to get going early. … Somebody just gotta come out there and just bring the energy, and you know, just bring the fight and all that so I can–I guess I just have to it next game, just to get everybody else going.
** Trey Burke on the game
Tonight, it was more of, really, the defense wasn’t where, or, wasn’t where it needed to be, pretty much. You know, first half, our offense was sluggish and you know, we didn’t execute at a high level because we kinda let them push us around. They denied us a lot. But throughout the game, you know, our defense was what really killed us.
** Burke on the team’s second-half “attitude adjustment”
Coach didn’t even show us no film when he came into the locker room. It was kinda like, you know, we have to compete on our own, and fight to get back in this game…He didn’t say much. We nee-we knew that, you know, the way we were playing was poor. And we’ll watch film on it tomorrow, and you know, grow from it.

Unintentionally Dirty Moment of the Night

ingles turner

Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Dante Exum on Marcus Smart: I went up against him briefly at the Under-19 World Championships.
** Gordon Hayward on Ronald Nored and their laundry: It was one of those things where I would maybe use his grandma…’cause the grandma lived right around the corner. So I don’t know if he’s trying to get me back for that or what.
** Craig Bolerjack, pre-game: There’s Gordon Hayward and his old coach from Butler. They’ll go at it tonight.
** Boler: The Jazz will bang you to death. (H/T @5kl, @carlsston)
** Boler: I’m hoping Favors can get back up.
Ron Boone: Favors right on top of that.
Boler: Hit a slick spot underneath that basket. (H/T @5kl)
** Booner on the Celtics: Some of my notes here, and it’s what I saw last night. You can go backdoor on this team. (H/T @New_OrleansJazz)
** Boler: How about Sullinger, though? 280, and Trey Burke goes 185. About a 100-pound difference. And a few inches to go with that.
Booner: I asked Sullinger about that, and he says, “Trey’s always been the little fella.”
** Boler on Hayward block: I tell you, his recovery time is amazing.
Booner: Half of the blocks have probably, coming up from behind.
** Boler: Millsap will give Joe Ingles a blow.
** Boler: Right now, Quin Snyder is riding Trey Burke.
Booner: Oh yes. Absolutely. Trey’s, has the hot hand.
** Media member to Derrick Favors, post-game: Talk a little bit about one thing that Quin Snyder has rubbed off on you.

The things #utahjazz announcers get away with saying… #UDQM

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Utah Jazz vs. Boston Celtics: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

January 27, 2015
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Celtics Blog.

Everyone says the Jazz have such great young players in Heywood, Favors, Exum, Gobert, and Kanter. They play all their young guys a lot and still lose. What I hope the C’s will do the second half, start and play all the young guys thirty minutes.
by snooki’s poof on Jan 26, 2015 | 7:54 PM

They are a really entertaining team. I’m really impressed with how Gobert has improved. He has real talent plus the wingspan of an albatross.
by European NBA fan on Jan 26, 2015 | 8:31 PM

by omitasub on Jan 26, 2015 | 9:29 PM

The Jazz seem to suffer from a similar problem. They have too much depth. Too much “evenness” and a lack of truly top end talent.
by GaroppolosClipboard on Jan 26, 2015 | 9:33 PM

i was just thinking that
They are a mirror image of us.

by LA CelticsFan on Jan 26, 2015 | 9:35 PM

C’s bench is …………….endless
We can have 3 guys out with injuries and still have 10 guys who are just as good put a beatin’ on ya….

by tstorey1 on Jan 26, 2015 | 9:34 PM

That’s because the entire team is one big bench.
by Rattling Bones on Jan 26, 2015 | 9:38 PM

Bass and Prince are true professionals that can lead a young team to some quality wins.
They better knock it off.

by Rattling Bones on Jan 26, 2015 | 9:51 PM

I’ve never ever seen Bass’ midrange jumper get blocked. Gobert is freakishly long
by binuyaka on Jan 26, 2015 | 10:01 PM

by LA CelticsFan on Jan 26, 2015 | 10:02 PM

Godzellah > Gobzilla
by GaroppolosClipboard on Jan 26, 2015 | 10:02 PM

by CroFan89 on Jan 26, 2015 | 10:04 PM

by LA CelticsFan on Jan 26, 2015 | 10:06 PM

Mos Def
by GaroppolosClipboard on Jan 26, 2015 | 10:08 PM

Enes Kanter
I wonder if Utah would take Olynyk and a pick for Kanter

by Tradetime on Jan 26, 2015 | 10:19 PM

wow. 9 point game.
by PickNRoll3332 on Jan 26, 2015 | 10:30 PM

what the hell is happening?
by P stoff on Jan 26, 2015 | 10:30 PM

Total meltdown

by LA CelticsFan on Jan 26, 2015 | 10:31 PM

trouble handling success, it would seem
by PickNRoll3332 on Jan 26, 2015 | 10:33 PM

havent scored a point for over 5 minutes???
by P stoff on Jan 26, 2015 | 10:34 PM

ugh so frustrating
by omitasub on Jan 26, 2015 | 10:34 PM

Jeez this is horrible.
by GreenCeltics on Jan 26, 2015 | 10:35 PM

looks like we forgot how to basketball.
by omitasub on Jan 26, 2015 | 10:35 PM

I’m beginning to think Brad Stevens is a terrible NBA coach
This stuff of blowing huge leads, coming out with zero intensity, has happened way too much under his watch. Unless he’s actively trying to tank games, he bears a huge brunt of this. The guys just dont respect him enough to play hard for the entire game.

by Toll Booth Willie on Jan 26, 2015 | 10:46 PM

Lakers going hard for the tank
Kobe to have surgery out for the season

by Tom Sisco on Jan 26, 2015 | 10:54 PM

Team is 15 points better per 100 possessions when Kobe sits
by PickNRoll3332 on Jan 26, 2015 | 10:55 PM

by Scuba Bleeds Green on Jan 26, 2015 | 11:04 PM

Did this team ever read the scouting report on Hayward that he’s notorious at chase down blocks?
by binuyaka on Jan 26, 2015 | 11:11 PM

This ain’t getting any ping-pong balls.
by Rattling Bones on Jan 26, 2015 | 11:11 PM

The boys are coming home with another win
by Tom Sisco on Jan 26, 2015 | 11:15 PM

is it me
Or is Brad Stevens blossoming as a coach?

by LA CelticsFan on Jan 26, 2015 | 11:15 PM

We keep winning losable games.
What’s up with that? :)

by CelticPride on Jan 26, 2015 | 11:17 PM

So, not to get ahead of ourselves, but
If they beat the timberpups, they will go four and two on a west Coast road trip. The last time that happened was…?

by Sophomore on Jan 26, 2015 | 11:26 PM

…when the shorts were 7 inches shorter
by P stoff on Jan 26, 2015 | 11:27 PM

Game 44 of 82: Utah Jazz vs. Brooklyn Nets (16-28)

January 25, 2015

And the winner of the Smug Graphic of the Night Award goes to…

smug cg

Halftime Quotage
** Brad Jones on the first half
The ball’s really moved, and we’ve played a pure offensive game, where we’ve made the right plays, and that’s why–the shots usually go in when, instead of “my shots,” it’s “our shots.”

sad-deronDeron Williams was a sad flight attendant on the Nets bench.

Post-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder on Joe Ingles’ shooting
Honestly, and I’ve told him this…He needs to not consider whether he should shoot. Like, he’s kind of, you know, pensively waiting to just catch it and shoot it. And Dante [Exum] too. It must be like a, something from down under that they, but both of them, when they catch and shoot and they don’t hesitate, I think Joe’s a better shooter…If he doesn’t shoot those, Dan–we usually, he usually ends up with the ball again, a lot of times at the end of a clock, with a virtually impossible shot. So it’s better when we take those when they’re open, and he made ‘em tonight.
** Snyder on Trey Burke’s performance off the bench
He was one of the guys that is finding a good balance between scoring and play-making. And the other thing that I thought he did, you know, is he guarded. And the, when your point guard is at the point of attack, is tough-minded defensively and is willing to talk, I think that anchors your whole defense. So, I did like his aggressiveness off the bench. I like his aggressiveness all the time. But in, when he’s out there with that group, there’s usually more of a need for buckets.
** Snyder on Dante Exum’s passing game as a starter
I think it’s kind of counter-intuitive, but the more he attacks with the ball, the better a passer he is. You know, he’s not kinda telegraphing his passes. He’s not trying to fit passes. He’s just playing instinctively, and he’s got really good court vision. He’s a good decision-maker, but it’s a little bit like I said with Joe. I want him to make the read before he gets the ball, and when he does that, you know, he’s capable of making plays.

favor'sUtah Jazz spelling/grammar fail (via @timbontemps, H/T @seanp33)

** Trey Burke on scoring 15 points in the second quarter
Yeah, you know, coach just told me to be aggressive. He told me, you know, I had a couple shots that I passed up, you know, but I’m still, you know, determining when to shoot, when to pass, and I think that’s one of the, you know, tough areas for a point guard in this league.
** Burke, asked if he feels comfortable coming off the bench
Yeah, I mean, it’s new to me so I don’t know if I was comfortable with it, but I know I had to be ready to play. You know, it’s a different view fr–of the game because, you know, you’re not in the game right away. And you know, but you definitely get to see how the game’s going and things like that, and you know, how you can affect it when you go in.
** Burke, asked if he has more freedom offensively in the second unit
Well yeah, you know, coach tells me to be more aggressive in the second unit, but you know, as a basketball player, it’s kinda like you gon, you’re gon take what they give you, you know? I’ve been on myself, you know, about, you know, taking tough shots, you know, or shots that may not be, you know, a great shot or something, you know, a shot that we could get something better. So I’m just trying to, you know, try to continue to get in the paint, you know, find my teammates and make plays.

** Gordon Hayward, looking ahead as the All-Star break approaches
Yeah, well, I think, you know, we just take it one game at a time, especially with how, you know, young we are. We might, you know, come out and come out flat or whatever, or do some of the stuff we’ve done in the past. So hopefully we don’t do that [and] we learn from this and we can grow from it, and we look forward to the next game.
** Joe Ingles on scoring a career high
I didn’t even really notice, to be honest. But yeah, I’m just glad we won.
** Rudy Gobert on his presence in the paint
I just feel like lately, [opposing players] don’t go in the paint that much, you know, when I’m here. They just shoot more jump shots. So it’s pissing me off, because I want some blocks, but (laughs) it’s great for the team.

Happier times, pre-game. Photo via @utahjazz. (I don’t know why all the pics are of Deron today. It just worked out that way.)

Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Steve Brown during Wally Price tribute: Hi, everybody. I’m Steve Brown, and I’m standing at the players’ and coaches’ entrance in the rear entry.
** Craig Bolerjack: Ingles had it in, and then it came out. (H/T @bjcseven)
** Steve Brown to Rudy Gobert, post-game: It was one of those things too, the outside game was going, you might not have gotten as much action inside as your normally do.

Why no in-game UDQMs? I had to mute most of it due to the presence of the children of the worst and most inconsiderate parents in Utah again sitting behind the scorer’s table and screaming their heads off for the entire damn game. A pox on the lot of you.

kids of worst parents

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

Utah Jazz vs. Brooklyn Nets: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

January 25, 2015
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: NetsDaily.

Nets should destroy Utah.
by 1989nets on Jan 24, 2015 | 9:24 PM

jj is not guarding hayward well
by Andrew Flynn on Jan 24, 2015 | 9:18 PM

Joe looks like he couldnt care less
by VC4Three on Jan 24, 2015 | 9:18 PM

I don’t get it either.
Does Joe Johnson pay for the team dinners or something? Does he shine Hollins shoes? Or does he take his dog for walks? Lol, seriously though, Joe just doesn’t care.

by Kwilly97 on Jan 24, 2015 | 9:27 PM

Gobert is gonna manhandle the Nets.
by Kwilly97 on Jan 24, 2015 | 9:33 PM

To be fair, he manhandles everyone
by Brklyn2012Nets on Jan 24, 2015 | 9:35 PM

We are so bad about running sets
by tome275 on Jan 24, 2015 | 9:39 PM

This is way harder than I thought it was.
by Kwilly97 on Jan 24, 2015 | 9:39 PM

Exum is hurting us….
by JohnFor on Jan 24, 2015 | 9:40 PM

by Tredub1998 on Jan 24, 2015 | 9:49 PM

so we’d have another player to rip for this team’s awfulness?
by Versifiervt on Jan 24, 2015 | 9:50 PM

aaaannnnddddd we’re getting blown out by the jazz
by QueenzNetsFan on Jan 24, 2015 | 9:50 PM

wake me up in 2016
by Woo Woo Woolverine on Jan 24, 2015 | 9:53 PM

Dear god the whole jazz team is going to start hitting 3s
by JohnFor on Jan 24, 2015 | 9:54 PM

This team is terrible.
by VC4Three on Jan 24, 2015 | 9:55 PM

Just checked in
My god, this team is REALLY bad

by Jt91thefuture on Jan 24, 2015 | 10:01 PM

This is BAD
by Sugar_Shane40 on Jan 24, 2015 | 10:02 PM

This is pathetic.
by VC4Three on Jan 24, 2015 | 10:02 PM

Absolute garbage….
Moves need to be made with this team, before season is totally lost, Jarrett jack arse jacking up shots, JJ laying bricks, as usual, pathetic!!

by Wicked dee on Jan 24, 2015 | 10:06 PM

What moves can be made. Lopez isn’t bringing anything back and Others nobody wants
by in_ya_grill on Jan 24, 2015 | 10:07 PM

Moves meaning..
Players that can make freaking Shots!!

by Wicked dee on Jan 24, 2015 | 10:08 PM

I know that, but it’s not easy to do
by in_ya_grill on Jan 24, 2015 | 10:09 PM

It is..
For Utah Jazz!!

by Wicked dee on Jan 24, 2015 | 10:10 PM

Seriously though
Where did this team go wrong?
Letting go of Jason Kidd in favor for Billy?
Hiring Hollins (that actually wanted to work with us)?
Letting go of Pierce/Livingston/Blatche?
Not trading Deron/Lopez when we had the chance?
Putting to much faith into Euros and Rookies?
Or is it just a big combination of all of these things?

by Kenzo Tenma on Jan 24, 2015 | 10:09 PM

Joining the NBA in 1976
by Versifiervt on Jan 24, 2015 | 10:11 PM

Coming soon to bookstores everywhere…

January 24, 2015

Have a romantic Sunday eve! ♥

lonely knight

Don’t miss the other books in this hit series:
My Fair Hayward
The Bull Rider
Turkish Delights
The Call of the Mild
You Will Never Peak Alone
Tug of Love
Harry Potter and the Wizard of Love
Can’t Let You Go
Turkish Delights 2: HEDOnism

Game 43 of 82: Utah Jazz at Milwaukee Bucks (15-28)

January 23, 2015

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Remember the 4OT game against Atlanta three seasons ago? Enes Kanter had the best end-of-game bench reactions back then, and he’s still got it:


Pre-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder on starting Dante Exum over Trey Burke at point guard
It’s something we’ve been looking at, you know, generally speaking, for a little while. We’ve had trouble scoring, and, particularly with our second unit coming off the bench, and I think Trey just, give us a little more pop in that respect. And I also think, you know, as Dante grows as a player, I think him being in the game with that first group, particularly with Gordon [Hayward], will help him, you know, in handling the ball and kinda relaxing, so.

Post-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder on the game
The turnovers, we, you know, continue to be something we gotta work on, and the one thing I’ll say is that we played with the pass more tonight than we have recently. And it’s not an accident in my mind that you make more shots from three, because those passes and the ball movement, you know, it takes some pressure off you as a shooter because they’re, you know, there are shots, and not just one guy where he’s gotta make it. So I was, you know, if there was one thing I was pleased with tonight, that was it.

enes postvia @tribjazz

** Enes Kanter, asked what allowed him to be successful the last two games (47 points and 33 rebounds)
Just my teammates, man. You know, I just give my whole, all my credit to my teammates. You know, they believe in me. They pass me the ball. And also, m–you know, head coach Quin is, you know, unbelievable. He’s, you know, when I was down, he was just, you know, pushing me back and he was just saying, “Come on, get back to play”…And also, you know, assistant coaches too. So I’m just giving my credit to all my teammates and all my coaches.
** Kanter on Rudy Gobert
Man, Rudy Gobert. What a player he’s becoming. You know, I mean, I think he’s just giving 100 percent every night, and you know, he just getting used to NBA every night. Every time he plays, he’s feeling more comfortable. And you know, he’s talking to me about taking that mid-range shot too, so he’s working on it. By the way, he beat me on it too. He beat me on it 2014. So, I don’t know. New year, I told him to work on it, see who’s gonna win.
** Kanter on how it felt to see the ball go in the basket, and hitting a 3-pointer
I don’t know, man. Ask [Thurl] Bailey. He didn’t want me to take 3-point.* I don’t know. Ask him if he wants me to still take 3-points. But seriously, I think it was really good. You know, tonight we made some tough sho–we made some shots and we made some tough shot, but I think the most important thing was defense. So, I think we just put a, put some, you know, really effort on defense, and everybody put theirself at 100 percent.

* Good memory, Enes.

** Gordon Hayward on the game
Yeah, man, it was a great win for us, for sure. You know, we escaped — definitely, they had chances at the end of the game, but I think the way we competed, you know, the fight we had. They stormed back there in the second half, and they put up, like, six or seven[-point] lead on us, and we continued to fight. Played really hard tonight, especially off the back-to-back. It was really good, and so we deserved this one.
** Dante Exum on what instructions he got from Quin Snyder
Pace of play’s been a big thing for us, and and that’s one of the reasons, you know, he put in me in the starting lineup, just to kinda push the ball, bring a bit of energy to the team. And it’s about getting those deep outlets and getting everybody started, so.
** Exum on the final play
Yeah, I got screened really hard. You know, I tried to yell at Joe [Ingles], but Joe didn’t listen as Joe does…But we knew [Brandon Knight] was gonna miss the shot, so that’s why we let him have it. (laughs)

rudy joe turiafWe’ve got so much international flavor.

Random Stuff, etc.
** Frankenstein Rudy:


** Mrs. Hayward was rather bored.


** In the crowd: Guy in a Jazz Boozer jersey:

boozer jersey

** This game will live on for posterity as the day Craig Bolerjack and Matt Harpring began their careers as agony aunts doling out (unsolicited) relationship advice. Their advice to this young couple:

agony aunts

Harpring: You might as well end it now.
Boler: You know, just walk away. That’s all I got to say.

Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Bucks commentator #1: I don’t know what it is about you working with me in Milwaukee, but balls fly at us when you’re here.
Bucks commentator #2: Well, I’m glad you have good hands, because I was watching the monitor and not the basketball, and your quick hands, Jim–
Jim: My hands had nothing to do with it.
Bucks commentator #2: –saved the day that time. (H/T @mac_jazz)
** Craig Bolerjack: Mayo goes down along with Booker.
Matt Harpring: Jazz can’t afford another one.
** Harpring on Hayward: He goes hard to the hole on this play. This is how you take it to the hole.
Boler: O’Bryant was in the restricted area.
** Dante Exum, asked if it felt like “just another game”: Yeah, no, it didn’t. That’s what I wanted to come in and make it feel like. I didn’t wanna come in, you know, make it feel like a, anything more.
** Gordon Hayward on turnovers: I think part of the issue is just our youth and inexperience. Also, you’re mixing in a bunch of different guys, and that stuff’s gonna happen.

Red denotes most recent game.

game 43

For the second consecutive game, there was no halftime interview. On the Bucks broadcast, meanwhile, the halftime interviewee was none other than Greg “Throat Slash” Foster.

greg foster

Jazz record when the opponent’s halftime interviewee is a former Jazzman: 1-0. (H/T @Bwightman84 and @mac_jazz)

Utah Jazz at Milwaukee Bucks: Opponent Game Thread Highlights

January 23, 2015
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Today’s Opponent Game Thread host: Brew Hoop.

Still think kanter is the perfect Center for this team moving forward, can produce, but wont cost you the max, think 15-9-1.0 is a good stat line for him.
And I believe we can get him for a reasonable price, pairing him with Giannis and Jabari would be a good move for the future. And I actually think he would help now as well.

by Dwagner30 on Jan 22, 2015 | 11:07 AM

Watching the game DVR
I often FF past the opening by Jim & Companion to the tip off.
Tonight, I’ll stop to see if they announce a trade for Kanter. Be a kick if it would happen.

by unklchuk on Jan 22, 2015 | 11:24 AM

Must trade for

Good playmaking skills

by CanadaBucks on Jan 22, 2015 | 11:33 AM

Yes! One of my pics made it into the thread!

Checks and stripes Quin?

by CanadaBucks on Jan 22, 2015 | 7:11 PM

for a team that can’t shoot 3’s…
the Jazz sure are nailing them tonight

by Marco Esquandolas on Jan 22, 2015 | 7:30 PM

there’s no way Utah stays this hot from three.
Edit: Damn you, Exum

by Marco Esquandolas on Jan 22, 2015 | 7:37 PM

Utah being 8th worst in NBA in 3P% (33.5%)
Today 70%

by Mafael on Jan 22, 2015 | 7:37 PM

Kenyon Martin in to punch Hayward in the face.
by ReddWing2:The Quickening on Jan 22, 2015 | 7:56 PM

Jazz started 4 international players, Bucks started 3.
Pretty neat.

by flipperbar on Jan 22, 2015 | 8:21 PM

How often does Quin Snyder go tanning?
Twice a day?

by Marco Esquandolas on Jan 22, 2015 | 8:33 PM

Is Hayward his kid?
by oldresorter on Jan 22, 2015 | 8:41 PM

They’re definite rivals hair-wise
by Marco Esquandolas on Jan 22, 2015 | 8:49 PM

Ingliss reminds me of a guy I used to play with in over 35 ball
My guy had more hair.

by oldresorter on Jan 22, 2015 | 8:45 PM

Does home court advantage only work for other teams?
Every 50-50 call goes to the other team when we’re at home.

by DukeH87 on Jan 22, 2015 | 8:55 PM

Have we got a call all night?
by ReddWing2:The Quickening on Jan 22, 2015 | 9:03 PM

Hawyard could easily be Cpt America
by Mafael on Jan 22, 2015 | 9:03 PM

this is startlingly accurate
by junesfoshiz on Jan 22, 2015 | 9:07 PM

Can’t touch Hayward
by CanadaBucks on Jan 22, 2015 | 9:19 PM

This is how stars are made.
by DukeH87 on Jan 22, 2015 | 9:19 PM

Think they’re thelling the refs
Hayward’s not made outof porcelain

by CanadaBucks on Jan 22, 2015 | 9:23 PM

Wow. This sucks.
by flipperbar on Jan 22, 2015 | 9:27 PM

Congratulations Utah, the refs loved you tonight.
And Hayward isn’t a max player.

by DukeH87 on Jan 22, 2015 | 9:27 PM

Anyone’s a max player when they get calls like that.
by DukeH87 on Jan 22, 2015 | 9:33 PM

Bucks: 10-12 from free throw line
Hayward: 10-12 from free throw line

by DukeH87 on Jan 22, 2015 | 9:29 PM

Game 42 of 82: Utah Jazz at Cleveland Cavaliers (14-28)

January 22, 2015

game 42 quin

Pre-Game Quotage
** Trey Burke on where the team is
Lately, we’ve been playing really great basketball. You know, we took a couple steps back last game against the Spurs, but that’s a really good team. So I think we’re satisfied with where we’re at right now, but we’re not satisfied with where we wanna be.

Post-Game Quotage
** Quin Snyder on the game
You know, we’re not a great offensive team right now. It’s, and when, you know, when some of our best offensive players have off-nights, it’s difficult for us to score. But really, the initial problem for us was at the defensive end. In the first quarter, we got off to a poor start. I didn’t think we had enough toughness, focus on that end of the floor, and we’re gonna have to generate some offense off our defense right now. I think as the game progressed, we did a little more of that.

** Elijah Millsap on what the Jazz need to bust their slump
We’re hanging our hats on the defensive end. We’re doing a great job defensively, but we gotta start finding a flow and, on the offensive end. I think coach’s first thing is defense, so right now we’re just gon try to find a flow as well as continue to bring it [on] defense.
** Elliot Williams on his experience so far
Coming in on my first 10-day, I was coming in right on the road, so I had to pick up really, really quick. And now, I’m trying, I’m starting to get a little comfortable…It’s a great opportunity for me. I’m thankful for it, and the coaching staff has done a good job with, you know, me being, teaching me, being patient with me. So I just felt comfortable today.

Random Stuff, etc.
** Remember Armless Al? Well, the Jazz graphics guy has really stepped up his game! Presenting the Rudy de Milo (H/T @bjcseven):

rudy de milo
** So the Rocky Mountain Revue may be on its way back, though it may just be five teams including the Jazz. The other four to five teams would be an international club, a D-League team and two to three NBA teams.
** Part of Brian Zettler’s job description, apparently: making sure Quin Snyder’s lips aren’t chapped.


Unintentional Dirty Quote Machines of the Night (UDQM)
** Matt Harpring on LeBron James: He’s realizing how long Gobert is. That’s why he’s smiling, like, “Man, that guy is llloooong.”
** Craig Bolerjack: Marion. And Rudy’s up-ended.
** Harpring: When LeBron’s out, this is Kyrie Irving’s time to do his own thing.
Boler: Boy, he’s banging down one, two, three Jazz players.
** Boler: They called Booker for, I guess, pulling down Kyrie Irving to make room for Hayward.
** Cavs announcer: Kevin Love called for it. Backside. (H/T @mac_jazz)

Red denotes most recent game.

game 42

Thanks to @urzishra for the assist on the W-L record tonight. Not sure why there wasn’t a halftime interview, but FWIW it should’ve been Mike Wells.


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