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    Default Re: 2020-21 regular season

    https://www.ksl.com/article/50292894...ut-of-pelicans

    Jordan Clarkson described it with a pass he received in the corner. When he caught it, he initially thought to himself, "Yeah, I'm gonna put this up." But in the corner of his eye he saw that Rudy Gay had a an even better look, so he swung the ball, which led to one of Gay's four 3-pointers on the night.
    so rare it might not be seen again

    The Jazz were 20 of 35 from 3-point range. New Orleans? The Pelicans missed its first 20 3-point attempts and finished 8 of 35; that's a 36-point advantage on 3-point looks. You're gonna win a lot of games with those types of numbers.
    they're almost as bad as Clarkson from 3

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    https://www.deseret.com/2021/11/27/2...n-revenge-game

    Donovan Mitchell had been going through a bit of an offensive slump recently, but he broke out of it on Saturday. He had eight points, three rebounds, five assists in the first quarter alone, quickly putting himself in possible triple-double territory (which would be the first regular season one for the Jazz since Carlos Boozer’s 2008 triple-double). Mitchell probably would have been able to get to the triple-double if not for the fact that the Jazz were leading by 40 points with about eight minutes left in the game. The starters had no reason to be on the court and got some well-deserved rest while the end-of-bench players got some run. Mitchell finished with a game-high 21 points to go with seven rebounds and seven assists.
    3 rebounds for a guard and 3 assists are a lot. Quit talking triple doubles. Another overrated stat

    That player the Jazz were without was Royce O’Neale, who is nursing a minor ankle sprain. You might be thinking, “Sarah, why is this in the ‘high notes’ section?” Well, O’Neale’s injury is not serious and there’s not really any fear about him being out for a prolonged amount of time and the Jazz being forced to play without their best perimeter defender was a nice challenge considering how poor the defense was on Friday. The Jazz rose to that challenge. Playing well without someone as important as O’Neale can be a real confidence booster for a team like the Jazz, who needed reminding that they are a lethal team and have the talent across their roster to shut teams out.
    the ankle has been lingering most of the year so it is worrisome

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    Default Re: 2020-21 regular season

    https://kslsports.com/473729/jazz-ho...trail-blazers/

    The Trail Blazers have the fourth-best offensive rating in the NBA this season, but that ranking drops to 17th while on the road, and their 117.5 defensive rating away from home is the worst in the NBA.
    need to take care of business tonite

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    https://www.deseret.com/2021/11/28/2...double-drought

    Could Donovan Mitchell be the player to break the Jazz’s triple-double drought?
    probably. Empty stats

    Last season he said if he had to guess who would be the one to break the triple-double drought for the Jazz, he would put his money on Joe Ingles or Mike Conley.
    they don't rebound especially Ingles

    Clarkson said it wouldn’t surprise him if Rudy Gobert ends up being the one to break the spell with a 10-plus block game. The Jazz have a lot of guys who could get a triple-double in different ways, but Mitchell proved that they can play the right way, play the way they want to, and it could be Mitchell who gets the elusive triple-double.
    10 blocks likely won't happen. He doesn't get enough chances. Players avoid him

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    https://saltcityhoops.com/sc7112921-...s-alarming-ls/

    Saturday also serves as a reminder that THAT version of the Jazz is still available. They didn’t swing any trades, reconstruct their rotation or overhaul their coaching staff before leading the Pels by as many as 40 points. They just… figured their stuff out. Last year’s Bucks had similar questions asked about them after a 16-13 start, and then they accessed the version of themselves that made them elite in order to rip a 30-13 close and win a title. There’s nothing disqualifying about a shaky early stretch. As they have done in each of Snyder’s seasons as coach, it’s likely the Jazz will peel off their own sustained stretch of excellence at some point: 20-1 last season, 19-2 the year before, 17-4 before that. But for a team that has Saturday’s level of dominance available to them on a given night, the Jazz need to figure out how nights like Monday and Friday happen.
    the schedule started easy this year unlike most years though. They've sucked


    For his part, Snyder seemed more concerned about a specific aspect of their execution: trusting in the offense and sharing the ball. “We’ve established an identity on this team, and then we don’t look that team,” the veteran coach said. Later, he’s clarify: “Once (the ball) sticks, the defense loads up and everything’s harder.”
    Clarkson and Mitchell. Same old story

    There’s some solid evidence that Mitchell wasn’t the player in Snyder’s sights with all of that talk about playing with a pass, starting with the fact that the star guard was in the middle of a stretch of five straight games with 5+ assists. Over that span, he has averaged 6.2 per game, and has assisted 29.8% of his teammates’ buckets while he’s been on the floor. That’s even higher than Conley’s assist percentage over the same stretch, and his assists-to-used-possessions ratio (21.1%) is also right in Conley’s same territory (23.1%). Assists aren’t a perfect way to exonerate someone’s decision-making entirely, and sure, you could find individual possessions where he could have made a pass instead of taking a difficult shot, but overall he has been distributing quite well. So who else could the coach have been thinking about during his missive on trusting teammates?
    Conley usually doesn't have the ball unfortunately

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    Default Re: 2021-22 regular season Utah Jazz news, notes and game coverage

    https://thejnotes.com/2021/11/28/uta...oute-pelicans/

    Joe Ingles filled in the starting lineup for the injured Royce O’Neale, and he did not disappoint. He finished with 15 points on 4/5 shooting from the field (all of which were three-point attempts) and chipped in 5 assists. The Jazz may miss O’Neale on the defensive end, but it’s fair to say that the starting lineup was more effective offensively with Ingles in it. While the change was made out of necessity, it might be worth monitoring if the Jazz play a higher quality opponent with O’Neale on the sidelines.
    Ingles belongs on the bench as does Bojan not O'Neale

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    Default Re: 2020-21 regular season

    https://www.deseret.com/2021/11/29/2...novan-mitchell

    It seems like Miye Oni might be the forgotten player now that the roster has upgraded around him. He’s not gotten anything more than garbage time minutes this season and it’s hard to imagine him getting more than that with the way the roster is constructed and with the insurance the Jazz have with Eric Paschall, Elijah Hughes and Jared Butler who are all on guaranteed money.
    is Hughes any kind of insurance though? He had one good gleague game in two years. I'd guess Oni is gone before his contract becomes guaranteed just to save some tax money and have more flexibility. Forrest might have to go from two way to regular contract for starters.

    There were some stretches during the game when the Jazz had to be without Conley and Ingles on the floor and it forced Clarkson to be the man guarding Lillard or McCollum and that’s just not great for Clarkson or the Jazz. No matter how much help Ingles can give the Jazz at times, they really need O’Neale.
    what they need is a coach that doesn't put Clarkson on those guys.

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    Default Re: 2020-21 regular season

    https://www.slcdunk.com/2021/11/29/2...novan-mitchell

    Speaking of Donovan Mitchell. Tonight was a vintage night for Spida. With a line of 30 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds while shooting 60% from the field and 37% from three, Mitchell looked like the all-NBA player he’s aspiring to be. This season Mitchell has been working hard to improve his playmaking and, while his assists are up this season, his shooting hasn’t been there consistently. Tonight was another story. When Mitchell is finding open shooters while also scoring the ball, it makes him one of the elite players in the league. If the Jazz can get more of this from Mitchell where he’s slicing up defenses and knocking down shots, the Jazz are on the verge of getting some big win streaks.
    hopefully he becomes one of the elite players on the team first

    Finally, credit needs to be given to Jordan Clarkson who had a fantastic shooting night. Clarkson shot 7/15 from the field but 6/10 from three. That three ball is the thing that vaulted him to 6MOY last season and if that shot starts falling consistently, it’ll not only put Clarkson in the running again for 6MOY, but also help the Jazz win a lot of games. It appeared that a lot more of Clarkson’s threes tonight were catch and shoot, rather than pull up threes. Could that be the difference? Clarkson can obviously do the pull up three but maybe he should wait for those catch and shoot threes and then instead of a pull up, just drive to the lane where he has incredible touch.
    He sucked form 3 last year. He got it because he scored a lot of points on the best team.

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    Default Re: 2020-21 regular season

    https://www.ksl.com/article/50294575...-you-may-think

    O'Neale isn't about to lose his starting spot; the Jazz value what he brings defensively too much to change it up. The same goes for Mike Conley or Donovan Mitchell, so is Ingles stuck in a weird state where he'll only be at his most effective when someone is injured? Well, not necessarily.
    Bojan is the one to go to the bench but Ingles needs to play less not more

    The good news for Ingles and the Jazz is his success in the starting lineup is less about beginning the game on the court and more about playing alongside Rudy Gobert.
    for Ingles and everyone

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    https://www.slcdunk.com/the-downbeat...ah-jazz-needed

    Rudy Gay came into this league as a scorer, and in his 16th season, that’s still his primary role. His scoring takes a different role now though. Early in his career, he lived in the midrange. He created a lot of his shots for himself. He was a primary creator and scorer. As the years have gone by, he has had to do what many aging stars have done. He’s had to evolve into a valuable role player. So far this season, Gay has a career-low Usage percentage of 19.9%. He’s also averaging his most three-point attempts per game since his second season in the league. He’s taking fewer possessions as a creator, and more as a finisher.
    star? He was close to that level but never really a star

    Gay’s impact on offense is noticeable. The Utah Jazz over the last few seasons have loved to employ shooters at the power forward position. This helps provide the necessary spacing for Quin Snyder’s offense. Gay has fully accepted that role. He is shooting 11.9 three-point attempts per 100 possessions, third-most among rotation players on the team behind only Jordan Clarkson and Donovan Mitchell.
    with Clarkson being their worst shooter. Makes a lot of sense!

    When the Jazz signed Rudy Gay, a lot of the talk around the move was about his versatility, and how the Jazz can utilize him in different ways. So far, he hasn’t had to venture far from the role of bench scorer. That will likely be how he spends most of his time. He’s slotted right into the role left by Georges Niang, and he’s played it perfectly so far. Quin Snyder has found over the last few years that he can punish opposing benches by staggering his starting lineup with his second unit. He has built his rotation so that there are a significant number of minutes each game in which Mike Conley and Rudy Gobert join Jordan Clarkson, Joe Ingles, and another bench player. This lineup has dominated the opposition’s second units. Rudy Gay has slid seamlessly into this lineup and elevated it. The Conley, Clarkson, Ingles, Gay, Gobert lineup is +24.5 points per 100 possessions so far, by far the best lineup that Utah has regularly used this season.
    just imagine what they could do without Clarkson

    Even players recognized as superstars like Hakeem Olajuwon and Kevin Garnet were better than they are remembered. Their superstardom comes from their offense, with their incredible defense being an afterthought. If Hakeem were not good at offense, he would be forgotten just like Mark Eaton even though he was an all-time great defender (like Eaton).
    Eaton sucked

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    https://thejnotes.com/2021/12/01/two...ch-wests-best/

    While it may be that a backcourt of Mike Conley and Donovan Mitchell is ill-equipped to accumulate pilfers (although Mitchell is doing his part, with 1.9 per game), any frontcourt combination of Bojan Bogdanovic, Royce O’Neale and Joe Ingles has the prerequisite length to gamble in passing lanes. Furthermore, Gobert’s presence offers a remarkably attractive insurance policy against any failed attempts.
    that's not long sorry. Mitchell would be long at the 1. He's not a 1

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    Default Re: 2020-21 regular season

    https://thejnotes.com/2021/11/30/joe...ing-utah-jazz/

    No lineups featuring Royce O’Neale have come close to replicating that success. When he shares the floor with Hassan Whiteside, Bojan Bogdanovic, Jordan Clarkson and Donovan Mitchell, the team enjoys a +12.7 differential (70th percentile). That’s solid, but it’s also the best Utah Jazz lineup featuring O’Neale. It’s not nearly as good as the two top Ingles lineups (which are also the two top Jazz lineups) and furthermore, it comes with several members of the second unit.
    Shitty lineup

    Of course, looking at the performances of lineups featuring both Jazzmen doesn’t settle the manner entirely. Using the same data to make the same argument, Jordan Clarkson should be starting, and functionally, his offense is imperative to the second unit. We need a more direct comparison of Ingles and O’Neale.
    Clarkson should be traded. That would help everyone out

    All told, the decision may be inconsequential. Both Joe Ingles and Royce O’Neale figure to be key contributors to the Utah Jazz moving forward. However, the numbers may suggest that Ingles should be the one making his contributions with the starting group.
    O'Neale can play big minutes. Ingles shouldn't Bojan needs to be benched. They need a starting 4

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