Tim MacMahon: Rudy Gobert: “We’ve got guys that compete, but some of us don’t compete. Some of us just think about scoring. That’s what it is. … Coach keeps repeating it: We’ve just got to compete. We’re too nice. Those guys, we know they’re going to get calls. We’ve just got to come out aggressive and ready to fight.” – via ESPN
Gordon was shut out in the first quarter of the game, which is Gordon’s biggest scoring quarter this season. Gordon has not shot the ball well against the Clippers this season. In three games, he is now 16 of 42. Luc Mbah a Moute is a good, physical defender. There is a list of guys that cause Gordon some trouble and they all fit the same mold: Jimmy Butler, Kawhi Leonard, Andre Roberson and Luc Mbah a Moute. If we play the Clippers in the playoffs, this is something Quin is going to have to solve in order to get Gordon going.
I'd say it's all on Hayward. He just hasn't looked like the all-star they've made him out to be in big games. 2nd option on Boston has to be looking better and better to him.
Unfortunately, the Jazz have a litany of players that are in shooting slumps. As a team, they came in to the game as 26th in the NBA in EFG over the last five games. George Hill is now 6 of his last 27 from 3 (22%), Alec Burks is 2 for his last 13 overall and 11 of his last 39 from 3 (28%) Rodney Hood is 12 of his last 40 from the field and 3 of his last 14 from 3. Ever since guarding LeBron James for 35 minutes, Joe Ingles is three of 16 from 3. Joe Johnson hit on 3 of 7 tonight, but came in at 27% from 3 since All-Star break and 4 of his last 23 from above the break. Boris Diaw is 8 of his last 24 from the field.
As depressing as that last bullet point, was it is clearly collective. This leads me to believe it is a fatigue issue or something is off in the offense where the timing is astray. The good news is I assume they will all get their flow back at a similar time. All of these guys are better than those numbers — they all have been for their careers and they have been for this season. Something is off right now. Lots of this is caused by players being forced into larger roles than they are used to playing due to injuries.
Speaking of Gobert, he wasn't happy after the game. "One team came out ready, and the other team didn't come out as ready," said Gobert. It's easy to know which team was which.
Update: Gobert really wasn't happy. As he told ESPN: "We've got guys that compete, but some of us don't compete. Some of us just think about scoring. That's what it is."
At least they have 14 million in cap space! Hopefully they'll get some more guys that want to compete with Rudy in the off-season.
At one point, Hill crouched down during a timeout and clearly was in pain as the trainers looked on. I'm not sure if it was a hip or a groin injury, but it clearly impacted his play for the rest of the game.
appeared to be grabbing his privates. I imagine he got hit or kicked there. Time for a cup since you won't wear a mouth piece?
The big question mark with Hood has always been whether or not is secondary skills can be good enough when his shot isn't going down. Right now, the answer hasn't been yes.
It's never been yes. Bench him please!
Alec Burks wasn't doing anything offensively, and struggled defensively with Jamal Crawford.
Not sure anyone could have slowed Crawford. He was in the zone like he often is against the Jazz
The defense is why Raul Neto is playing, by the way. The Jazz allowed just 95 points per 100 possessions with him in the game tonight, compared to 117 points per 100 with Burks in the game and 121 points per 100 for Hill. Snyder is looking for defensive intensity anywhere he can find it, and right now, the only perimeter player regularly showing that is Neto, despite his huge size disadvantage.
Like Rudy he competes all the time. He has a hard time finishing amongst the trees but his shot is starting to fall and he needs to play. Exum can fight for minutes on the wing where they need help besides Ingles and Hayward
Rudy for defensive player of the year? Wonder how much money he gets? I know he had bonuses in his contract. I'm sure that is part of it but I guess he wouldn't get anything this year on his rookie deal.
Where would the Jazz be without Gobert's play and presence? They aren't the best team in the league, but without him, they would be nowhere near where they now are.
It's hard to say because they certainly would have lost more games and gotten better lottery picks but if he hadn't emerged two years ago they likely would still be tanking which they act like they still are anyway and would have traded Hayward.
Obviously Hill. Too bad he isn't 100%. Ingles is certainly the next guy. Who is next in line is the bigger question. Hood before he got the flu probably. At least they have 14 million in cap space though!
The three wingmen, Ingles, Hood, and Johnson, are behind them. But not too far behind. It’s comforting to know that two of those three guys should be on the court almost all of the time going forward.
Ingles maybe. Johnson and Hood are inconsistent like the rest of the team.
despite all the injuries that young sharp-shooter Rodney Hood has endured all season, assuming he can get any semblance of consistency back, he should have a place locked down in the starting lineup as well.
Why? Other than the fact that he went to Duke I don't get the love he gets. Everything points to him coming off the bench healthy or not and has for me since the off-season
the starting lineup should look how Jazz fans had hoped all season; with George Hill, Rodney Hood, Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert. Playing that group sounds pretty good to me, but the problem lies in the reserves.
The problem is everyone other than Rudy. Favors should come off the bench too. I guess Diaw starts because of his play with Rudy. Not ideal but it is what it is!
As you can tell, that’s only eight guys. Most teams in the playoffs will roll in with a 10 or 11-man unit that will undoubtedly play and confidently know what role they need to fill.
Most teams shorten the rotation and the Jazz need to do that because of their lack of depth. But 14 million in cap space!
Dante Exum has once again fallen out of the rotation on the back of one bad game. Yes, that’s right. He had put together a riveting stretch that had Jazz fans believing in the future more than ever, but then had one bad game. As a result, he once again had his confidence shattered and was unfairly dumped from the rotation, because apparently, Dante Exum is the only NBA player ever to have a single bad game.
To me it's more a lack of effort by him. I've only saw him play with energy for a full game maybe once! Than you have Neto one of the few guys that will lay it all out there with his dad Rudy!
With the poor performances from Alec Burks recently, Exum could eventually take his place in the rotation if Neto continues his solid play.
I'm all for him getting a shot at the roation if Burks or Hood or whoever isn't getting it done. D-league for him and Lyles would still make the most sense though. Have 5 more days to do it!
All the problems the Jazz have had with the rotation could have all been solved quite easily at the trade deadline. It’s no secret that Utah was far too passive in shoring up holes on the bench. I wonder how this would have gone if the Jazz had been able to get Lou Williams and Taj Gibson at the deadline instead of staying put.
I doubt they wanted Gibson because he doesn't miss 3's like Lyles and Diaw and they weren't ready to give up Lyles or Exum to do it I imagine like the Thunder did with Payne. Hard to believe there weren't moves available to them though. Lindsey Exec of the Year!
Exum should be getting more meaningful minutes at the two-spot is because he has absolutely been more effective this season than Alec Burks has, particularly of late
Highly debatable. Burks has still been scoring points though he's not getting the calls like he has in the past and his shot have been off. I think a lot of that is because they are trying to change his game to fit them instead of just letting him play. He has pounded the glass as well. Him and Hood deserve the first shot. If they aren't getting it done give Exum a look
the sheer fact that if Exum’s ever going to have a chance to blossom, he has to have an opportunity to play, develop and learn from his mistakes
and yet he has played better after watching from the bench!
Obviously, there’s no way to know with certainty who exactly Gobert was referring to, but the second I heard his quote, a specific instance from today’s game with a specific player happened to pop into my mind. With about four and a half minutes left in the fourth quarter, Rodney Hood dribbled into the paint (like he so often does) and was well-defended, but rather than look to pass he took a contested shot (as he also so often does) that he missed.
As he almost always does! He's not as bad as Lyles but certainly passes less than anyone else. Makes perfect sense as a 6th man!
Though I would be surprised if Gobert was referring to either Joe Ingles or Gordon Hayward, both of them had off games, too, but perhaps most alarming was Hayward’s poor body language that screamed that something was off even in the early goings of the contest well before he exited the game with an apparent knee injury.
Ingles had 5 assists and played D. Wouldn't say it was an off game for him. His shot has been off but his game isn't about scoring. He's a glue guy and does different things game to game to help the team
“You know what, out of my 12-year career, I’ve never been interested in stats. At all,” said Johnson, who also happens to lead the Celtics in ESPN’s Real Plus/Minus metric, sitting 19th overall in the NBA. “That fact, man, it really doesn’t matter as long as we’re winning games and doing the right things on the floor. That’s pretty much all that really matters to me. I mean, I could score zero points and, if we win, that’s everything to me. I get happy when I set a good screen and get [Thomas] open for a bucket.” – via ESPN
Might be someone to look at this summer. Shoots the 3 so he's a candidate!