Live Thread: Jazz @ Cavs (#returnoflaflamablanca)

The Jazz are in town tonight for a fun reunion and to play some basketball. Rodney Hood and Alec Burks are both former Jazz players, and old Cavalier sharpshooter Kyle Korver is lighting the la flama blanca in Salt Lake City these days.

The Jazz have struggled mightily this season. They were supposed to be one of the top tier teams in the west, but they are currently three games out of the playoffs and 5-5 in their last ten. They’re turning it around slowly though. Their defense is in the top ten in points allowed giving up just 106.1 a game; opponents  take just 27.7 3s a night, which is a top three number. And, they still have Rudy Gobert managing the paint. He’s allowing guys to shoot just 55.5% at the rack this season.

Offensively, the Jazz have had trouble. They run a slow ordeal that often time takes twenty seconds to unfold. Or, Donovan Mitchell takes over. He’s scoring 20.1 a night this year, but he’s a 29.1% shooter from deep. Utah doesn’t get points the easy way.

Things to Watch
1. The Jazz are an offense the Cavs can stop. Cleveland can try to defend Donovan Mitchell straight up and try to get him to play hero ball, or they could load on him and try to force the rest of the Jazz to beat them. The defense must do one of those things to have a chance. It would be great if they also held them to under 50% shooting tonight.
2. Offensively, the Cavs already launch a ton of mid-range jumpers. They will have a lot of space to do that this game because Rudy Gobert likes to hang back when guys penetrate. The Jazz’s game plan is to get teams settling. They protect the 3-line too. Larry Drew needs to challenge this plan. Maybe some Cav can get Gobert into a little foul trouble, so the rack opens up. Maybe Drew will play a five-out lineup to get some decent 3 looks.
3. The Jazz’s one defensive weakness is probably at the forward spot. Derrick Favors and Joe Ingles aren’t physical wonders. Cedi Osman has a duty to bring it to Joe. If he can get by Joe and into Gobert’s body at the rim, some cutters could get drop off baskets. On top of that, if Cedi tires Ingles a bit, Ingles may not be as big of a factor offensively.

I’m picking the Jazz to win. They’re slow and prodding and have a guy in Mitchell that is a fifty point threat. The Cavs have trouble focusing for entire defensive trips and they have tendency to let perimeter scorers get hot, especially if they turn the ball over a lot. And, the Jazz are a great steals team getting 8.9 a night. The Jazz just aren’t a good match up for Cleveland right now. Jazz win, 125-105.

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NickNevers
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NickNevers
18 days 8 hours ago

Basically the same plot as all these other losses. We hang in battle for a quarter or two and then the bottom falls out and we get blown out. It’s just tough when you have no go to guy and no dangerous shooters out there.

Hood needs to be more assertive, but he’s just not for whatever reason.

CLF
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CLF
18 days 7 hours ago

I think my primary beef about Sexton is how he doesn’t run/orchestrate the offense so that Hood gets consistent touches. But such is the nature of a 20 year old NBA rookie PG.

I also think Drew doesn’t play Hood enough minutes nor run enough offense for him. Hood shooting jumpers should probably be option #1 for the offense for the 1st unit, with Nance feeding him preferably LOL. Sexton, Burks, and Cedi should be playing off of Hood, not taking more shots than him.

Scotch
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Scotch
18 days 10 hours ago

Woof. Glad I missed this one.

Simmo
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Simmo
18 days 11 hours ago

Wow, three guys could have taken the 3, turnover instead. Just awful.

Nate Smith
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18 days 11 hours ago

This is brutal.

Simmo
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Simmo
18 days 11 hours ago

The other thing you said on the pod the other day Nate: WHY did it take TT so long to develop an effective shot like the hook? Just imagine if he’d had that 4 years ago.

Nate Smith
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18 days 11 hours ago

Cavs getting pushed around no calls.

CLF
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CLF
18 days 11 hours ago

Hood with two good ideas in a row on offense. Executed only one of the passes tho.

Nate Smith
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18 days 11 hours ago

Sexton’s long twos are the worst.

Simmo
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Simmo
18 days 11 hours ago

Just got online, thought about logging into the game but looks like this one is over?

Nate Smith
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18 days 11 hours ago

Rodney stinks.

Nate Smith
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18 days 11 hours ago

Cavs Bench has been crap

Nate Smith
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18 days 11 hours ago

McCaw looks like garbage so far.

Nate Smith
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18 days 11 hours ago

I hate crowder. Was such a wimp when he played here.

Simmo
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Simmo
18 days 11 hours ago

Thoroughly agree.

Nate Smith
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18 days 11 hours ago

15? Seriously?

Nate Smith
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18 days 11 hours ago

Great pass Burks for the McCaw three.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
18 days 11 hours ago

Korver…how dare you…

Nate Smith
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18 days 11 hours ago

Flop for Kyle.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
18 days 11 hours ago

this is a home game right? why are we getting no calls?

Nate Smith
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18 days 11 hours ago

Freaking Crowder

Nate Smith
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18 days 11 hours ago

Second pass t a bench player in as many weeks. Cripes.

Nate Smith
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18 days 11 hours ago

Cavs gettng boned by the refs here.

CLF
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CLF
18 days 11 hours ago

Hood with a bad play on the half court set. Should’ve taken it to the rim but instead kicks it out for a contested Nance 3.

At least some nice moments for cedi and Sexton in the 3rd q.

Nate Smith
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18 days 11 hours ago

Wow that call was garbage.

Nate Smith
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18 days 12 hours ago

Rudy sent that jc shot back in time.

Nate Smith
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18 days 12 hours ago

Wtf was that call?

Nate Smith
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18 days 12 hours ago

Cavs playing well

Nate Smith
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18 days 12 hours ago

Nice job getting to the line, youngbull

MikeO
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MikeO
18 days 12 hours ago

Nate Smith
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18 days 12 hours ago

Burks revenge game

Nate Smith
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18 days 12 hours ago

Cavs catching Utah on a cold night. Gotta take advantage

Nate Smith
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18 days 12 hours ago

Burks feeling it

Nate Smith
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18 days 12 hours ago

Sexton’s floater so weak, Gobert didn’t try blocking

Nate Smith
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18 days 12 hours ago

Nice repost to Nance.

Nate Smith
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18 days 13 hours ago

Argh. Cavs passed on Rudy for Sergey freaking Karasev

Nate Smith
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18 days 13 hours ago

Kyle lookin scruffy!

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