“I think collectively we have to be mentally tougher through adversity. We can’t be easily defeated when things don’t go our way. If we miss a shot, are we dwelling on the shot? Or are we moving on to the next play? If we turn the ball over, are we feeling sorry for ourselves? Those are things that we need to grow. I just think it’s another aspect of our team maturing.”
Joe Johnson went off last night.
Not only did Iso Joe score 11 points in a row late in the game but he also hit the open man four straight possessions. Joe’s been in the league 16 years. WOW!
“He’s so sure with the ball,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. ”It’s not often you find a guy that has that combination of skill, as far as his ability to handle the ball and make plays. And the strength to get to spots on the floor.
”The thing that really takes us to a unique place is he’s such a willing passer. He basically either scored or assisted on every basket (down the stretch). … We knew this is who he is and he knows it’s playoff time.”
As for the game, the Jazz beat the Clippers last night 105-98. Series is tied at 2.
Rudy Gobert was back in action last night. 6-6 shooting for 15 points. He also grabbed 13 rebounds in 25 minutes.
Gordon Hayward had food poison last night. Played 9 minutes in the first half.
DNP in the second half. I had it once, it is bad.
Joe Ingles dished out 11 assists. Love his game. He’s part of the Aussie crew. Those guys can ball.
Utah averages 93 possessions per game – the lowest in the league. Not sure why Charles Barkley thinks the Jazz should play faster – they’re fine bro.
Chuck’s partner on TNT, Kenny Smith did a good job of breaking down Utah’s sets. Jet would make for a good coach.
There was a Dante Exum sighting last night…
Remember when Peter Vecsey called the Clippers, “The Paper Clips?”
Chris Paul went off last night. Guy is amazing. He does it all. CP3 is the only player in this year’s playoffs with 10 or more assists each game. 27 points -9 rebounds and 12 assists last night for Paul. Worth mentioning, just two turnovers. 12:2 ratio – incredible. Entering last night’s game Paul had made 40 straight free-throws. Streak is over, 6-8 last night. His three-point shooting has to get better. 1-6 last night.
“We let that one slip away,” Paul said. ”It was 87-80, and that’s on me. Being the point guard, I have to manage the game better and make sure we get good shots”
How about Jamal Crawford – he too went off. 9-13 shooting for 25 points. 5-7 from distance. The former Michigan Wolverine came in 0-11 from downtown.
TNT’s Shaq on Crawford: “Street style. Plays all year around. Seattle in there.”
Blake Griffin is out for the playoffs. (Big toe injury) Here’s George Hill of the Jazz.
”You’ve got to think, your big toes are the main part of your body to help with balance and explosion and things like that,” Hill said. ”Just like if you didn’t have thumbs, it’d be hard to do a lot of things in your daily life. Just think about your thumbs and big toes are your main points of your body. I’m sure it’s something that’s excruciating pain for him because I’ve been in that situation.”
Derek Harper is in studio for NBA TV. I was impressed with the job he did last night. Harper was a heck of a player back in the day. Solid defender. Solid point guard. Tough. Played the right way…
Remember, always hit the open man…
Basketball is my favorite sport
I like the way they dribble up and down the court…
It’s here. First day of the NBA playoffs. Flush the records down the toilet.
Pacers at Cavaliers, 3 p.m. ABC
Bucks at Raptors, 5:30 p.m. ESPN
Grizzlies at Spurs, 8 p.m. ESPN
Jazz at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. ESPN
For each game I will be charting the foul or defend. Three-point shooting and assists to turnovers.
Enjoy the games…
Following Utah’s victory over Detroit.
“We didn’t shoot the ball well in the first quarter. But I think the guys still played offense the right way when the shots weren’t going down. That’s our challenge, to continue to play the right way. We have to do that when we’re not making shots.
On Trevor Booker:
“He was energy – just energy off the bench. He played the right way.”
“Trust is something that’s earned. It takes time but with players, they always respond when you give yourself to them and help them get better. They then give back to you. Those relationships are what drive player development.”