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Old 10-30-2014, 12:49 PM   #1
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Old 10-30-2014, 12:54 PM   #2
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Snyder said defending Howard is a struggle.

“It’s tough when (Howard’s) got the ball because they shoot it so aggressively from three, they beat you with the threes,” he said. “So, it’s hard to help. We’ve got some big guys that can bang with them, but it’s tough when you pick up an early foul (like Favors and Gobert did).

Favors got fouled and than played soft so he wouldn't get a 2nd. With Rudy on the bench he needs to continue to play aggressive or Rudy needs to come in.

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Utah trailed by as much as 13 in the third quarter, until the Jazz went on a 10-0 run to cut the Houston lead to three, 75-72, at the period’s end. However, Houston forced the young Utah roster into several turnovers to open the fourth quarter, as the Rockets rebuilt a double-digit lead they would never surrender.

Hayward, who scored eight points in the season debut, said it’s a matter of Utah learning how to handle close game situations.

“We dug ourselves a little bit of a hole, so we climbed out of it by playing hard,” he said. “I think it was just one of those things where they hit a couple threes, and all of the sudden we’re back down 10 and momentum shifted back their way. Basketball is a game of runs, and we made our run. They made their’s right back at us.”

One of the bright spots of the night came in the second quarter, when rookie guard Dante Exum found Gobert for an alley-oop dunk.

Exum said he’s hopeful at building confidence, both personally and with his teammates.

“Getting that first shot was a real confidence boost for me,” he said. “I think (I need to) find my time when I can attack more, get into the paint and create for others. I found Rudy tonight, and I’m hoping to build that relationship with him more and find him a bit more.”

That's their play.

Looked like the same old Jazz to me. Maybe it wasn't all on Ty? They want to shoot 3's but they're not great shooters. They want to step it up defensively but I'm not sure they are very good there either.
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Silver spent Tuesday in San Antonio, awarding the Spurs their 2014 championship rings. So, naturally, he visited the NBA’s next dynasty in the making. "I see a lot of similarity, frankly," Silver said in a pregame news conference.

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I’m not sure anybody else would have made that association as the game unfolded, with the Jazz’s usual mixed performance.

The discouraging: Gordon Hayward’s outside shooting, Enes Kanter’s interior defense and the Jazz’s 3-point defense.

I'm pretty sure Howard did most of his damage against Favors but let's put it all on Enes not to mention the traditionally horrid perimeter D.

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The encouraging: Alec Burks’ work vs. James Harden, Trevor Booker’s bench contribution and Dante Exum’s 3-pointer — well, only two other Jazzmen made any of them.

Of the stuff Snyder preaches, transition defense was the most glaring issue, playing into the Rockets’ 14-of-27 effort from 3-point range.

Damn you Enes!

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"We can’t give up wide-open threes, that’s for sure," Hayward said. "It’s just one of those things where we’ve got to shore up the initial part of our defense."

Derrick Favors took the microphone before tip-off and told the crowd, "Hope y’all have a great time."

If you were looking for a symbol of a fresh start, though, nothing that happened Wednesday resembled the 2005-06 opener. That’s when the Jazz were coming off a 26-56 season, and rookie Deron Williams banked in a 61-foot shot during a victory over Dallas.

That team improved to 41-41, barely missing the playoffs. This team? A long way away, obviously.

That point was driven home in the last minute of the first half, when the Jazz gave up two 3-pointers, and again in the fourth quarter.

This offense can function well. The wide spacing enabled Hayward to drive and dunk in a half-court set, and other good signs included Exum’s pass for a Rudy Gobert dunk and Burke’s feed to Booker for a layup. But too many times, that extra pass went to nobody — or worse, the other guys.

Much work remains, and Snyder knows it. "It’s hard to describe a loss as a step forward," he said.

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Old 10-30-2014, 01:11 PM   #4
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“I don’t think we were overthinking too much,” Hayward said afterward. “We got some good looks, just didn’t knock them down. You’ll have days like that. I didn’t shoot the ball well tonight, and those days will happen. So for the most part don’t think we should overreact.”

At least G didn't keep shooting and missing like Trey and did some other things.

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It’s true there are 81 games left.

No reason to worry yet … is there?

“The last thing I want him to do is think about his shooting percent or anything like that,” coach Quin Snyder said. “I think that’s counterproductive. I watched him shoot the ball in practice and in preseason. We’ve just got to keep encouraging it. I think his numbers will be there.”

That’s good for him, but for those who were in Utah for the Andrei Kirilenko era, it’s a scary thought. He too was a statistical freak show, and at times the team’s highest-paid player. There was always an argument for what he did right.

But he never became more than good.

He did actually but that was at his peak before they paid him.

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The Jazz need Hayward to be great.

They need it but you shouldn't expect it. They overpaid him. He's a streaky shooter at best. He's not a go to guy. He's a more refined version of AK. I wouldn't expect more just because they paid him. That's on the Jazz not G.

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Until Dante Exum grows up, or Derrick Favors changes into an offensive machine, or Trey Burke gets tall, Hayward is their hope.

So Exum is their great hope since Alec and Enes suck.

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They’ve hinted at that before. They’ve also pointed out he does more than score. True enough. He had eight rebounds and seven assists on Wednesday. But he also had three field goals in 11 tries, the last one not coming until 4 ½ minutes remained. He made none of his three 3-point shots.

Oddly enough, Hayward had been shooting wonderfully in the exhibition season, making 23 of 42 shots, including 6 of 15 3-pointers. A ferocious dunk against Portland gave rise to speculation he would be far more assertive — and spectacular — this year.

The odd part is that they continue to compare the pre season with real games.

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“We can see how he shot the ball the whole year up to this point,” Snyder said. “I’d be really hesitant to judge Gordon’s shooting based on one night. He’s been shooting it great.”

Some of the old problems, though, showed up, including a couple of drives where he wasn’t fully controlled. And there was nothing working from the arc. If there’s anything sure to be concluded from the Jazz’s first game, it’s that Snyder is not a liar. He said they’d utilize quick passing and shoot when open, and they did. He said they'd rotate in a lot of players, and 10 checked in before the half.

I think the rotation may have to be shortened especially when the D-league starts and they send some of the young guys down there. I'd look for Burks and G to handle the pg position when Trey sits. Hope Hamilton and maybe Ingles can become rotation players on the wing. Trade Evans for some help.

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The much-discussed transition defense was present but far from impressive.

There were the requisite youth mistakes, but veteran ones, too. Enes Kanter has learned to seal off his defender on one end, but is still giving up the same shot on the other. Several players threw careless passes, while Rudy Gobert picked up some early fouls.

The Jazz went from six up to eight down in the last six minutes of the first half. As the clock ran down, the Jazz allowed two 3-pointers.

Nobody guarded Houston's Kostas Papanikolaou, the rookie from FC Barcelona, who made the first four 3-pointers he tried.

Probably not in the scouting report. They shut him down in the 2nd half.

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He must have been thinking: “‘Merica, what a country.”

At the same time, Snyder’s preseason point that it will be an interesting team also proved accurate. This might get tiresome by the time game No. 82 rolls around, but for the first night, it was entertaining enough.

Rookie Rodney Hood seemed surprisingly comfortable.

Yet looks like the D-league will do him a lot of good.

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Kanter, despite his defensive problems, is now a real threat on offense.

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Alec Burks can abuse the rim. Exum is a Faberge egg that hasn’t hatched. Trevor Booker is a solid addition.

6th man of the year candidate!

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For his part, Hayward slipped beyond the preseason, all the way back to his former self, before he became a one-man money tree. In the second half, as the game was starting to slip, he threaded a perfect lead pass to Burke for a layup.

The star in him was still waiting to break out.

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Old 10-30-2014, 01:20 PM   #5
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The Rockets also shot like crazy from outside, going 14 for 27 from deep compared to a woeful 3-for-18 3-point night by the Jazz.

Rockets have shooters. The Jazz don't.

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The usual suspects — Dwight Howard (22 points, 10 rebounds), James Harden (18 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds) and Trevor Ariza (20 points) — helped Houston win for the second night in a row on the road.

They carried them. Not sure they have enough around those guys to contend.

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“I think all of us have one goal, and that is to win a championship,” Howard said. “You can see that.”

As for the Jazz, this was a cold-water-to-the-face reminder that they are far from that type of a goal.

The night wasn’t all bad for the Jazz. Utah held a six-point lead in the second quarter, and was within three early in the fourth.

But both of those positive steps forward were followed by moments in which they seemed to put on skates before getting pushed backward. Houston used an 8-0 burst at the end of the first half to go ahead 58-50 in the locker room, and the Rockets put the game out of reach with a 14-1 spurt in the final quarter.

“Defensively,” Snyder said, “there were some things we’ve been good at doing and we weren’t tonight.” Transition defense, which has been his main focus since he was hired in June to replace Tyrone Corbin, struggled against Houston. The Rockets scored 18 fast-break points.

Houston also shot 51.9 percent, killing Utah from outside with those 42 points beyond the arc while also getting timely buckets inside.

Snyder used the word “disjointed” to describe his team’s defensive play.

Some of that, he explained, might be due to the “enthusiasm and excitement of the first game.” And, like Burks, he credited his Western Conference power opponent, saying, “Some of it’s Houston, the way they run.”

There were some positives.

Burks scored 18 points and helped hold Harden to 6-of-18 shooting. Favors added 16 points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots. Burke contributed 15 points

He took enough shots!

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, and new fan-favorite Trevor Booker poured in 14 points off the bench with five boards.

But mostly, the Jazz will try to take their first tough-to-swallow lessons away from their first defeat.

“We didn’t have no pace and we didn’t really share the ball,” Kanter said. “I think we just have to forget about this game because it was the first game. We just have to focus on (Thursday's) game. … It was a little bit disappointing, but you can’t do anything. You can’t look back. You just have to go forward.”

The Jazz (0-1) hope to find some rare success on the road when they travel to Dallas Thursday evening.

“Hopefully, we can use (the loss) to move forward, take some things from it,” Snyder said. “We don’t have a lot of time to do that because we play (Thursday).”

NOTES: Exum and Hood each scored five points in their rookie debuts. … NBA Commissioner Adam Silver attended the game, which was the first time he’d been to ESA for a Jazz contest since replacing David Stern. He joked that it was “no coincidence” that it coincided with fellow Duke alum Snyder’s coaching debut. … Forward Joe Ingles made his Jazz debut after being signed Monday with Jordan Hamilton, who was inactive. Toure’ Murry also didn’t dress.

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Was surprised to see Ingles in there right away with Hamilton not even on the active roster. I'd guess they might change places tonight.
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Old 10-30-2014, 01:52 PM   #6
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The Jazz shot 3 for 18 from 3-point range. They surrendered 14 threes to the Rockets in 27 attempts.

Really, that’s Wednesday night’s regular-season opener wrapped in a neat bow for a Utah team hoping to make an early splash. Before a sellout crowd at EnergySolutions Arena, the Jazz couldn’t make a shot. And the Jazz couldn’t defend.

pretty much

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"I thought we had some breakdowns defensively, and obviously it was a tough night shooting the ball," Utah coach Quin Snyder said. "We knew what Houston was going to do. We knew they were going to penetrate the lane and pitch out to the perimeter. We didn’t do a good enough job at that."

The stats on both ends bordered on atrocious. Many of those 18 attempts from three were wide open looks at the basket that clanged off the rim. In a game that was close until the middle of the fourth quarter, a few more makes could’ve led to a more competitive game down the stretch.

Defensively, Utah allowed way too many easy shots to shooters with their feet set. Trevor Ariza and Kostas Papanikolaou were main benefactors to James Harden’s constant penetration and passing. Both hit four 3-pointers, each hurting the Jazz seemingly more than the last.

"We had shots, but they didn’t go in tonight," Utah small forward Gordon Hayward said. "We have to be better defensively. We gave Papanikolaou four wide open threes and that’s unacceptable."

Here was the issue: The Rockets played small for much of the game, which created open shots on the perimeter. That caused problems for a Jazz team playing Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter together in the paint. Neither one is accustomed to guarding people away from the basket.

They need to become accustomed to it if they're going to play together.

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When Utah went small with Hayward at power forward, it took away from a strength offensively.

He was with Gobert so it took away the post game but with G, Burks, Burke and whoever you should be able to do some other things well.

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When the Jazz went with their conventional rotation, they couldn’t get out to the Houston shooters.

"We just have to be better on both ends," Utah guard Alec Burks said. "Some nights the shot doesn’t fall, but you can always control defense. That’s what we have to do."

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3-18 isn’t a good performance, but it came with poor performances from players who are supposed to be Utah’s 2 best outside shooters.

According to who? I'm hoping Burke becomes a great shooter but I'd guess G will always be streaky at best. Novak is their best shooter. Hood should be a great one eventually. Exum and Burks both show promise as does Enes and maybe even Booker but only one is really proven and he's not a rotation player because that's all he does.

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Gordon Hayward and Trey Burke went 0-3 and 0-4 respectively from beyond the arc tonight. Of course, it’s not all their fault: even ignoring those two’s misses, the Jazz still shot only 3-11 from deep.

Some of those shots were bad shots taken at the end of a shot clock, but a lot of them weren’t. The Jazz’s poor performance from 3 tonight won’t necessarily feed into the rest of the season overall. After all, in the preseason, the Jazz shot a really respectable 37.1% from behind the arc, good for 6th in the league. I’ll take the larger preseason sample over the Jazz’s 16.7% performance tonight.

I'd look at last year not pre-season but that's just me.

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So, too, would Derrick Favors, who said after the game, “It’s like that sometimes. In the preseason, we did a good job shooting the ball, but tonight we went cold. It’s nothing to stress about.” Exactly, Derrick.

3. Adam Silver made his first visit to Utah.

Tonight, Adam Silver made his first visit to Utah as NBA commissioner. It made sense logistically for Silver, as he spent yesterday giving rings to the San Antonio Spurs and was heading to Steve Ballmer’s first game as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers tomorrow. Still, it was good of Silver to spend time (about 2 hours, Silver said) with the Jazz and their owners, and attend tonight’s game.

I posted a full transcript of that press conference earlier tonight, so I’d encourage you to go check it out. My initial thoughts on his comments:

It’s nice to hear that Spurs/Jazz comparison again, this time coming from the commissioner. I wrote about that link a little in my TrueHoop article yesterday, but it’s good to hear about it from more than just the Jazz and Spurs execs.
It’s interesting to hear that Silver feels that the tanking issue is more about perception and less about reality. Perception is really what last week’s proposal was going to change more than anything and ultimately, I think that team owners probably rejected that being a good enough reason to change the system. Likewise, it sounded like Silver rejected non-lottery systems, saying “The challenge is you still want the draft to stock those teams with the best picks who have the worst records. It’s always finding that right balance.”
It’s also interesting to hear that Adam Silver has already had informal discussions with Michele Roberts about the issue of cap smoothing. The NBPA is really mostly still just ramping up, they just hired new executives this week. But that those leading both the NBA and it’s union have had discussions on this issue is promising.

That smoothing solution is going to be really interesting. Silver’s solution seems to be artificially lowering the cap in the summer of 2016, then paying a lump sum to the NBPA. It’ll be interesting to see if the players accept that, and then how they end up distributing that money later on down the road: will Joe Ingles, for example, get an equal amount as LeBron James of the windfall? I’d also suspect that the players are probably better off by not using a smoothing system, for the reasoning that most of the contracts teams will sign during the windfall year will be long-term deals. But we’ll see.

Another move that was mostly about perception: that 11-minute trial game that occurred this preseason. Personally, I feel an 11-minute game would be a drastic mistake: less basketball is not the solution here. Instead, as Silver mentioned in the press conference, I think the solution comes with stricter rules about time-wasting (coming out of timeouts is a major slow point) and the elimination of the insidious 9-minute automatic timeout in the 2nd and 4th quarters. Naturally, ESPN and TNT wouldn’t be happy about that elimination, but quite frankly, what could they do to prevent it?

Probably something in their contract.
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The Rockets were 7 of 8 on corner 3’s – the Jazz last year were the worst team in the NBA defending the corner 3.

****in' Ty!

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You could see the offensive movement and the ability to get good looks. The Jazz shot 60% in the first half.

The 3 point shooting edge was considerable. The Rockets hit 14 of 27 from 3 and the Jazz were just 3 of 18 . Last year, the Jazz missed a ton of uncontested jumpers. It will be interesting to see those numbers tonight. Felt like the Jazz got some looks but couldn’t knock them down.

The Jazz are very balanced offensively. Trey Burke took 16 shots, Kanter took 12, Hawyard and Burks had 11 FGA and Favors and Booker 10. At some point the Jazz may have to prioritize these possessions.

Got to go to the hot hand though. They couldn't stop Kanter around the basket or Burks or Favors anywhere but Trey was throwing up bricks instead.

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Trey Burke lead the Jazz on a nice run at the end of the third quarter with a 10-0 surge. This cut the game down to 3 at the end of 3, but the Rockets burst out to open the 4th quarter to take control of the game.

The game opened as a post battle. Howard scored 10 of the first 12 points of the game for the Rockets and Favors had 8 of the first 10 for the Jazz. The Jazz were single teaming Howard but Favors picked up a foul early so the Jazz used Kanter more on Howard and Howard had his way.

He had his way with Favors.

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The Rockets Kostas Papanikolaou is nice player. He shots the heck out of the ball and he has a little dribble game.

Cool story that Dante Exum and his childhood favorite player Joe Ingles make their NBA debut on the same team on the same night.

Jazz starting 5 was really good on offense. They hit 10 of 16 and scored 26 points in 11 minutes

and the Rockets starting 5 was better. This is a game where a bench could have made a big difference because the Rockets don't appear to have a lot of weapons around Ariza and their stars.

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Can the Jazz play offense was Rudy Gobert is on the floor? Tonight the Jazz were 12 for 36 shooting with Gobert on the floor. The rest of the game the Jazz were 26 of 45. It is not all Rudy but the different between 33% and 58% is considerable and worth keeping an eye on. Rudy is an amazing force defensively the Jazz have to figure out how to score with him.

Who was on the floor with Rudy? Mostly the bench and Burks. Play him with Enes, Burks, G and Burke and see how the offense looks.

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I believe Dwight Howard only had 2 of his 22 when being guarded by Gobert.

The jazz went small with Hayward at the 4 in those 3 minutes the Jazz were -7

Could be a good line-up. Eventually Hood in that role too. Maybe Ingles it sounds like.

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Jazz pace of play was 91 possessions that is not quick.

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Didn't get to watch the game last night (bloody women!), but will have to catch up with that and todays game against the Mavs when I get home. Bought the League Pass this year to make sure I get to see more games since it's hard to catch the live stream a lot of times.
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Just started watching the Houston game. First quarter done. Favors looks really good on offense so far. Kanter is getting destroyed by Howard along the baseline and Burke seems to be forcing it a bit too much. Cant help but think they could have done with a big shooter like Pat Patterson or Hawes instead of Booker, although Booker has played well.
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Booker might be that shooter yet! They need help elsewhere. The rookies aren't ready. Ingles looked like he might be able to help though. Not sure if he's even had a practice with the team?
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Perhaps the best indication that Snyder was experimenting was the lineup that closed the first half: Burke, Exum, Hood, Novak and Rudy Gobert. Clearly tinkering.

That's ugly! Evans was the only one not to play. I assume Hamilton will be replacing him on the active roster. Might as well trade him.

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It’s probably OK to use some of these early games as lineup laboratories. Everyone is still learning each other, and the eleventh hour roster shakeup further complicated the process. Some of these November contests may be “nothing to lose” opportunities to test things out.

3. Wing battle.

Since I petulantly wrote over the summer about how badly the Parsons-Gordon Hayward comparisons bother me, you can imagine that Dallas games have a fun little battle-within-the-battle component for me.

To be clear, I don’t dislike Parsons (or his game) at all. But it’s clear that he’s never had a role even close to what Hayward’s was in 2013-14, so it’s a pretty empty exercise to compare them statistically and conclude anything on an apples-to-apples level. I’m pretty stubborn on this one, and so far with Dallas, Parsons looks like he’ll still be a tertiary option/pressure release valve type of player. Comparing that to a guy who had to (and still has to, to a degree) run his team just doesn’t work. I think it’s a lazy comp made for visual reasons only. Yeah, you know what I’m saying.

So how did the duel go on Thursday?

Hayward had 16 points on 9 shots. Parsons had 21 on 16 shots, but actually was sitting on 13 points and 13 shots until he ripped eight straight in the garbagiest of garbage time6. Gordon had six assists and four rebounds, Parsons had two and seven.

We’ll call it a push statistically for this installment of CP-vs-GH, but again: Parsons has the luxury of playing alongside a first ballot Hall-of-Famer and a slew of very competent handlers and passers. Hayward has to create the majority of his stuff, and a decent portion of the team’s.

Et cetera, et cetera…

JazzRank is complete through #2, so by process of elimination you can figure out who SCH has as the Jazz’s best player. Mavs coach Rick Carlisle agrees. In a scouting session on Mavs TV prior to the game, he referred to Hayward as such and talked about how difficult the Jazz are to play against when Hayward gets going.

Highly debatable. Burke and Burks were the ones that made a run at the Mavs finally.

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Favors look solid, except that he got forced into a lot of sucker’s choices on defense. 17 & 11. Also, Gobert had a rebound for every minute and a half. Insane.

The Jazz took care of business from the line: 89%.

Trevor Booker was a nice bright spot in the second half, but a lot of what he offered didn’t show up on the stat sheet. He was really up on Dirk and he hit some threes. Minutes were spread thin enough among Snyder’s 12 guys7 that Booker only got 19, but they were good minutes.

Exum’s form from three is looking much better in terms of stance, knees, and arc. He just needs to clean up the release a little bit. His hand doesn’t flick straight, so most of his shots catch rim, slightly off center.

Yes he looks like he'll be able to hit that shot.

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Speaking of threes, Burke continues to fade on every single long-range shot, even when it seems unnecessary. He was 2-for-6 from three tonight, 6-for-15 overall.

It could be a lot worse. Right, LA?

It's as expected for anyone that was paying attention to the roster and not pre-season stats.
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The Jazz open the season playing the 4th best offense from last season (Houston), the 3rd best (Dallas), 7th best (Phoenix), 1st (Clippers), Cleveland (Miami was 2nd) and Dallas (7th). How about we evaluate the defense starting sometime in late November or December. This is a brutal stretch.

Yeah let's make more excuses for tanking!

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Derrick Favors has played two very good basketball games. If this is an indicator of what is coming Derrick is about to have a mammoth season. The first two games have been against two of the best centers in the Western Conference, Tyson Chandler and Dwight Howard.

Favors is shooting 64% in 2 games. The Jazz are playing him from the top rather than from the block and he is so much more effective. The best way I can put it he is a mini Amare not a mini Malone.

We'll see. If they can keep him moving he can be effective. Posting him up is usually ugly though.

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The Jazz offense struggled the minute Rudy Gobert got on the floor again. I tried to watch it the best I could when I was calling the game and it was hard to see anything that was causing it but sure enough they went 5 minutes without scoring from the moment he checked in and scored 2 poi nts in 6 mintues. This is a big issue because Rudy can be a big time force in this league if the Jazz can figure out how to play offense with him on the floor. This takes time.

Same thing with playing D with Enes on the court.

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I could see what the Jazz like in Joe Ingles

certainly!

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Alec Burks used 12 possessions tonight. He shot 5 three pointers. That is 41% of his possessions. It might be a little high but I love the direction that is going. He needs to be able to shoot the long ball as a shooting guard in the NBA and then his drive game will become even better.

I always thought he'd be able to shoot he's just never had to do it.

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Hayward 16 pts, 4 rebs and 6 assists. Few players fill the box score like he does. He is still the focus of the defenses. He is not getting any air space. I would like to believe he will shot a higher percentage then he did a year ago, but I don’t see why the defense on him is going to change any. The system is different but he hasn’t gotten a lot of different looks yet.

Why would he? The team still can't shoot.

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Teams are trapping Trey Burke aggressively.

Dirk is terrific. I love watching him play. What a treat and a pleasure to watch him play. He is really special. The Mavericks are in town a week from Friday and I would strongly suggest coming to see Dirk if you have never seen his game before.

Re-watching the first quarter. Here are the alley ops and layups

1) Alec jumps out to high anticipating Ellis going off a pick and trying to fight over and Ellis is given a straight line to the basket he never went to the pick.

2) Burke over plays jumping to high up on the pick and Nelson never takes the pick. Favors was attached to Dirk and Nelson had an unencumbered line to the basket. Kanter came over to help and Nelson lobbed to his man Chandler. Alec is the next line of defense and doesn’t get into the legs of Chandler.

3) Nowitzki sets a pin down for Parsons on the left corner. Parsons has a step on Hayward and turns to the corner into the lane. Kanter has to stay attached to Dirk so Favors has to rotate into the lane to cut off Parson and again Alec is next in line of defense and has to get into the legs of Chandler but he is worried about corner 3 so Chandler dunks.

4) In early offense, Chandler feigns a pick on the left side on the left shoulder of Trey Burke. Nelson has the ball. Favors takes a step left to be ready for the channel of the ball to the left but Chandler going full speed slips the pick and Favors can’t get back and Rodney Hood didn’t run deep enough into the lane staying attached to Parsons so Chandler had a free run down the lane for an alley oop dunk. This was an incredible pass and dunk

5) Jazz got mismatched all over the floor and then got unattached trying to help mismatches Booker was left running out to Parsons who ball faked and went in for a dunk.

They went for the ball fake every time!

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6) Jazz defend this well. Ellis probes deep and Hood is unable to recover back. Ellis gets deep enough to scoop a pass to Wright. Trey Burke is next man over and he steps out of way from Wright. Key was Ellis ability to keep pushing the play into the lane.

7) Similar to the other, ball handler know what Jazz will do defensively and fakes toward the pick so the Jazz jump to channel the ball handler to the wing but the handler knows this and starts a straight line at the big that has sagged into the lane to stopped the penetration and help. Ballhandler has such a head of steam that guard defender never gets back and ball handler engages the big who catches and lays it up. Weakside help from Hayward is late.

8) Jazz defend this play terrifically. 6 passes later and numerous good rotations there is 6 on the shot clock and Devin Harris has it on right wing. Hayward channels him to the wing. Gobert steps out but way too far allowing Brandan Wright to slip. Mavericks are perfectly spaced. Jefferson is in the right corner with Hood on him. Booker is watching Dirk who is on the top and Exum is on JJ Barea in the left corner. Wright is rolling right down the middle for a layup

9) Trevor Booker lost contact of his man.

Overall, the Mavericks are really good. They understood how the Jazz were defending and how to exploit it. They taxed the Jazz defense to the fourth and fifth line of defense and the Jazz eventually broke down. Even when Jazz defended wel l they stayed with the play long enough that they got created a mistake eventually and were spaced correctly so they could exploit each mistake.

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Snyder then said he’d like to see Hayward model his game after former Bulls forward Scottie Pippen.

"I think there are lots of ways Gordon can have a good game," he said. "The guy that I would like to see him continue to evolve into is a player like Scottie Pippen, that can defend a really tough matchup, that can make shots, that can pass the ball, and just his versatility allows him to impact the game in a lot of ways."

Good comparison. Pippin was a streaky shooter at best as well.

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• Trey Burke (38), Alec Burks (35) and Gordon Hayward (38) all logged major minutes in Wednesday’s opener. Snyder said he left his starters in longer than he wanted to because the Jazz were on a run. Going forward, the coach wants to keep those minutes down.

Don't think he has much choice especially with Trey unless they play Alec or G at the 1. Ingles and Hamilton may be able to keep Burks and G's minutes down. They are playing G at the 4 some too.

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• That opens the door even more for new Jazzman Joe Ingles, who is once again active tonight. Snyder said the Aussie is "easy to play with" and said the team needs someone to take up those fourth-wing minutes.

They need a 3rd wing first. Hood isn't ready. They were playing G and Ingles at the forwards together for a while.

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• Tonight, the Jazz will have their hands full with Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis, the Mavericks deadly one-two punch from a year ago. But Dallas has added even more weapons this season, acquiring Parsons and bringing back Tyson Chandler, a key member to the team’s last title run.

Then this week Dallas acquired another member of that championship team: point guard J.J. Barea.

Mavs coach Rick Carlisle, however, wasn’t interested in reliving the past Thursday night.

"Are we really going to turn the clocks back and get into all this stuff?" he asked, after a reporter mentioned Barea’s role that season. "That’s over with. We’ve got to deal with what’s going on now. And we brought him back because it was an opportunity to bring back a player that can help us."

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"We just got to get that focus on the defensive end," said Jazz forward Derrick Favors, who led the way for Utah with 17 points and 11 rebounds on the night. "We did a good job with it in the preseason. I think that got to our heads a little bit. We thought we were a good defensive team and now reality set in. We need to start from scratch and get that focus."

Yeah I thought it was funny that they kept comparing pre-season numbers with last season like it was comparable. Looks like the same old Jazz with the problems I expected them to have going in with the roster that they have. Quinn was the wildcard but stars win more than coaches do.

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Certainly, these are two teams in very different places.

The Mavericks have re-tooled around Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis, hoping to contend for a championship. They’ve added a dynamic forward in Chandler Parsons, and brought back center Tyson Chandler and guard J.J. Barea, two key members of the team’s last title run.

The Jazz, meanwhile, are rebuilding and relearning. The lessons have been hard ones early on.

Nowitzki, who matched Parsons for a game high 21 points, opened the night by draining a 17-foot jumpshot and the Mavs never trailed from there. Ellis sliced to the rim en route to 14 points. Chandler, meanwhile, caught lobs and dunked seemingly at will over the Jazz defense.

Former Jazz man Devin Harris made the lead 20 with a free throw early in the second quarter. Then it was Harris again, this time with a 3-pointer, that gave the Mavs a 65-35 lead late in the second quarter.

"The way we came out … there just wasn’t enough resistance," Snyder said. "The way we started the game, you’re just not going to be able to overcome that kind of effort."

The coach called an early timeout to try to rally his troops, who were on the wrong end of a back-to-back. His message: "Wake up."

"There were a lot of timeouts like that," Snyder said.

It took until the third quarter before that happened for the Jazz.

"We can get better, especially defensively," said forward Trevor Booker, who finished with nine points and five rebounds off the bench. "Tonight we showed we could hang with Dallas in the second half. It was just the first half that pretty much killed us."

In the third quarter, Utah managed to trim the lead down to 14 twice behind a 15-point night from guard Alec Burks and a franchise record 35 attempts from 3 as a team.

They are going to shoot 3's. How well they do it remains to be seen.

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Gordon Hayward and Trey Burke added 16 points apiece, as all five Jazz starters hit double-figures on the night.

But the comeback soon dissolved.

Again, Snyder pointed to defense as the issue.

"When your defense doesn’t generate anything for you, it makes the game harder," he said. "And when you’re fragmented on defense, there’s an inclination for individual guys to get it back. That may work for a minute, it may work for a possession or two, but you’re not going to be able to sustain offense over a period of time unless we play more collectively."

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