Recap: Jazz 115, Cavs 99 (or, That Was Much Worse Than It Looked On Paper)

The Cleveland Cavaliers went into Salt Lake City to face the Utah Jazz at an even bigger disadvantage than they’ve had most of the season. Missing their top three big men in Tristan Thompson, Kevin Love, and Larry Nance Jr., the Cavs were lacking size in a major way. This led to matchups like Ante Zizic starting against Rudy Gobert and Cedi Osman having to guard Derrick Favors. That’s to say nothing of having to deal with an explosive scorer in Donovan Mitchell and excellent shooters such as Joe Ingles and Kyle Korver.

First Quarter

As expected, the Jazz went right to their size advantage, as Gobert and Favors scored at the basket early on. Given their size disadvantage it wouldn’t been in the Cavaliers’ best interests to play fast. They did not. Several careless turnovers by the Jazz kept them from scoring, and the score was tied at four over three and a half minutes into the game. Alec Burks was aggressive on both ends of the floor early on, scoring a pair of buckets and getting a steal that led to Ante Zizic splitting a pair at the line. Unlike Burks, Rodney Hood seemed started the game off cold, missing a pair of jumpers that both seemed to have too much on them. The Jazz’s cold start didn’t last long, as Mitchell and Korver each drove to the basket for easy layups. The world also nearly turned inside out as Matthew Dellavedova scored in the paint against Gobert. The Cavs actually did a nice job of contesting Utah’s jumpers, but the Jazz were able to get what they wanted around the basket. The Jazz started to hit from outside as the quarter drew to a close, as triples by Ingles, Jae Crowder, and Korver gave them a 29-20 lead after one.

Second Quarter

The Jazz picked up where they left off as Grayson Allen knocked down a triple. With Gobert on the bench, Favors took his turn abusing the Cavaliers inside as Channing Frye and Jaron Blossomgame simply didn’t have the strength to guard him. Dellavedova kept the Cavaliers in the game with seven early points off the bench. The Cavaliers struggled from the floor as both Hood and Dellavedova missed jumpers, and combined for an ugly turnover that led to a Jazz basket. Meanwhile,  the Jazz attacked the basket as if not one was there to defend it (most of the time, that was true). Larry Drew called time less than three minutes into the second quarter to try to explain to his team that they were allowed to play defense.

It was Utah who amped up the defense out of the timeout as they went to a zone defense. Even with Gobert on the bench, the Cavs struggled to attack the basket while the Jazz lived in the paint. When Korver hit his second layup of the night to put the Jazz up 16, Drew once again called time, possibly to make sure that all of his players were alive and not slow-moving brainless zombies (apparently he did tell the team to have some pride and not allow uncontested Kyle Korver layups). The team apparently didn’t get the message as Mitchell went on his own 5-0 run to put the Jazz up by 20. Jordan Clarkson was a big contributor to the Cavs’ offensive woes as he started the game just 1-of-8 from the field. At this point, every Cavalier with the possible exceptions of Cedi and Burks seemed to be stuck in the mud as a series of turnovers by the Cavs helped the Jazz take a 61-37 lead at the half.

Third Quarter

The third quarter belonged to Mitchell, Gobert, and Royce O’ Neale. The three men combined to outscored the Cavaliers 16-9 over the first six minutes of the quarter. After an and-one by Jae Crowder pushed the Jazz’s lead to 80-46 the only question left in this one was if and when the Jazz would take a 40 point lead. While the Jazz were able to push the lead to as many as 38, they couldn’t quite get over the hump and led by just 33 at the end of the quarter with a score of 93-60 (sorry, I can’t help myself). At this point, the Cavs were shooting just 29.9% from the field and 15% from three.

Fourth Quarter

The Cavaliers had some nice moments in garbage time as a lineup of Dellavedova, Cameron Payne, Blossomgame, Clarkson and Zizic actually played hard together. Some of this may have been due to Utah taking its foot off the pedal a bit. The Jazz also may have been shocked to see the Cavs run out a lineup that actually tried to attack the basket. Sexton also had a couple of buckets in the fourth to finish with 15 points. The Cavaliers outscored the Jazz 39-22 in the fourth quarter, but still lost by a final score of 115-99.

While the score didn’t seem that bad in the end, we’ll never be able to un-see the second and third quarters of this game. The Cavaliers are back in action tomorrow night against the Denver Nuggets. Out of the frying pan and into the fire.

 

 

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Vintage
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Vintage
29 days 5 hours ago

One of the most important games of the season coming up tomorrow!

NOMAD
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NOMAD
29 days 12 hours ago

REGARDLESS OF SHEDULE –( THANKS FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK JASON )—–BELIEVE THE CAVS ARE PRETTY SAFE TO GET TOP 5 PICK—–NO MATTER WHAT ARE RECORD WILL END AT —–THE PING PONG BALLS ARE GOING TO PLAY A VERY VITAL PART IN DRAFTING ORDER —–CALL ME PESSIMISTIC –BUT I CAN SEE THE CAVS WITH THE WORST RECORD AND FALLING TO THE 4TH SPOT —–TO GO ALONG WITH THE SHOT/ THE DRIVE / THE FUMBLE / THE PING PONG BALL

John B
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John B
29 days 3 hours ago

Very possible this year. But we have won a ton of first picks.

Jason
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Jason
29 days 13 hours ago

Well, 47 in the books and 35 to go. I break the remaining schedule into 2 parts. First part is the relatively easier stretch of 24 that takes us to mid-March. Lot of winnable games. Then a tough closing stretch of 11.

Part 1: 24 games. 14 H/10 A. B2B = 3 (1 home). 3 in 4 = 4 (both sides of 1 b2b). Games vs .500/sub .500 = 10/14. PO/non PO = 10/14. Vs Zion league = 5.

Full run: Chi, at Bos, Mia, at Chi, Wash, Dal, Bos, at Wash, at Indy, NY, Brk, Phx, Mem, Por, at NY, Det, Orl, at Brk, at Mia, Tor, at Phi, at Orl, at Dal, Det.

Part 2: 11 games. 5 H/6A. B2B = 1. 3 in 4 = 1. Vs .500/sub = 9/2. PO/Non PO = 9/2. Zion league = 1.

Full run: Mil, LAC, at Mil, Bos, at SA, at LAC, at Phx, at Sac, at GSW, SA, Cha.

Thought we’d have Kev back by now. Also thought we would have more of a cushion vs Chi & NY. And we did get an unexpected win in LA. Hard to see how we get to 20 wins.

NOMAD
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NOMAD
29 days 13 hours ago

IF THE PING PONG BALLS DON’T FALL IN CAVS FAVOR WHAT IS EVERYONE’S THOUGHTS ON THE KID FROM GONZAGA/ HACHIMURA —-PUTTING UP SOME DECENT STATS/ HELD HIS OWN WHEN THEY PLAYED DUKE ….???

Scotch
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Scotch
29 days 12 hours ago

I feel like he is the classic college standout who isn’t as athletic or talented as college opponents make him look. Adam Morrison comes to mind.

MikeO
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MikeO
29 days 13 hours ago

I like him quite a bit. Not sure how high he’s slated to go, but I know he’s climbing, and pretty sure he’ll go in the lottery. Listed at 6’8”. Pretty skilled post scorer.

CLF
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CLF
29 days 13 hours ago

I like him too. Very athletic, has a jumper… Still learning the game so there’s upside.

That said, he’s not a playmaker for others IIRC…. And I have questions about his ability to create his own shot at the next level.

NOMAD
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NOMAD
29 days 13 hours ago

JUST FINISHED ABOUT AN HOUR OF SHOVELING 10 ” OF DRIFTED SNOW —–( NO … THANK GOD THE MRS NOMAD DIDN’T HAVE A 911 CALL TO MAKE )——-ALL STOCKED UP WITH BEVERAGES / EATS / WATCH SOME NFL CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES ………………………YESTERDAY WAS A “NETFLIX MARATHON ” ………………….LIVING THE DREAM IN NORTHERN OHIO / WISH YOU COULD JOIN US EVIL : )

NOMAD
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NOMAD
29 days 14 hours ago

YEAH WAS DISSAPPOINTED WITH PAYNE’S PERFORMANCE—ALTHOUGH I DON’T THINK HE EVEN TOOK A SHOT /—–CAVS BRASS ( PERTAINING TO T.T. ) IF THEY HAVE RECEIVED SOME GOOD OFFERS RECENTLY—IS PLAY ANTE / KEEP HENSON / TRADE T.T.

NOMAD
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NOMAD
29 days 14 hours ago

JUST GOING TO SAY THIS ABOUT YOUNG BULL ( MY OPINION )–HE WILL NEVER BE A COMPLETE BUST–AKA: SEE “GUMMY BEAR ” FOR THAT DEFINITION—-ONLY FRUSTRATING THING THAT WE MIGHT QUESTION WILL BE –SHOULD WE HAVE TAKEN ANOTHER PLAYER—-STILL THINK YOU REALLY CAN’T JUDGE/ FORM AN HONEST OPINION UNTIL A PLAYERS 3RD/ 4TH YEAR

Jason
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Jason
29 days 14 hours ago

Small signs of encouragement for YB, Cedi, & Zizic. Not so much for Payne.

As good as TT has been, Nance & Love are better & TT still usually gets dominated by real C’s (Gobert, Adams, Nurkic, etc). And $19 million is a lot of $$.

I would prefer he stays but that is only if he signs a reasonable deal after next year. If he is likely gone anyway, then trade him.

NOMAD
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NOMAD
29 days 16 hours ago

7 ASSISTS FOR YOUNG BULL IS ENCOURAGING—ONLY THING I HANG MY HOPE ON AS FAR AS BEING A SOLID DRAFT PICK IS THE TEAM / PLAYERS THAT HE IS PLAYING WITH / BEING A ROOKIE PT GD ON THIS TEAM/ NUMBERS / PERFORMANCES ARE GOING TO LOOK UGLY ——HOPE I AM CORRECT IN THIS

NOMAD
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NOMAD
29 days 16 hours ago

I WAS THINKING / SPECULATING THE SAME / T.T.—–ESPECIALLY NOW ANTE IS GETTING SOLID MIN’S AND PLAYING SOMEWHAT RESPECTABLE—WOULD NOT BE SURPRISED TO SEE TRADE GO DOWN –JUST HOPE WE GET GOOD VALUE IN RETURN

MikeO
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MikeO
29 days 18 hours ago

TT missed second straight game with ‘foot soreness’…Amico (yeah, I know) speculates that he may be sitting due to potential trade, but he stresses he knows nothing, just speculating. I don’t know about TT, but I’m betting Hood and some others will be shipped out before the deadline. I expect Hood and Burks, anyway…

Scotch
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Scotch
29 days 20 hours ago

Sexton had 7 assists?? When? I feel like I saw 3 of them. Glad he proved I wasnt paying attention cuz i was about to goboff on him as a useless draft pick. I still feel like he was a waste but I have less proof after seeing 7. Still…the kid bugs me to no end with his shot selection.

MikeO
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MikeO
29 days 18 hours ago

I didn’t see the game (had to get up mega early), but from reading twitter, it sounds like Sexton had a few encouraging passes, showing some good vision.

Joeyb
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Joeyb
30 days 7 minutes ago

Is Blossom game shooting in the wrong basket? Because somehow he is -21 in just eight minutes.

CLF
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CLF
30 days 8 minutes ago

Last night, the starters crapped the bed… apparently, it’s the bench’s turn tonight LOL. At least Cedi, Zizic, and Hood have made their few shots and Sexton has a few assists.

Jason
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Jason
30 days 16 minutes ago

We just play zero D. Shooting like 55% and still down 20 earlier.

Longabarfi has to go. Or the guys messing up on D have to sit. Or both.

John B
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John B
29 days 22 hours ago

This could be the worst defensive team of all time.

NOMAD
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NOMAD
30 days 54 minutes ago

BOX SCORE INDICATES JOKIC TAKING ANTE TO “THE WOODSHED ” ——–MIGHT BE AN EARLY NIGHT FOR ME TONIGHT –( LIKE MANY OTHER BLOGGERS )—-HAVE TO GET UP EARLY AND SHOVEL OUT ————-SIMILAR TO THE CAVS SHOVELING OUT FROM 1ST QTR DEFICIT …………….I LIKE MY CHANCES BETTER !! : ) —-GOOD NIGHT ………………..ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZION !!

NOMAD
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NOMAD
30 days 59 minutes ago

NO LIVE THREAD TONIGHT ??——–MAN WE GOT HIT HARD WITH SNOW TODAY ——GUESS WHAT ELSE IS NEW IN NORTHERN OHIO : (

Vintage
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Vintage
30 days 58 minutes ago

I guess not :(

MikeO
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MikeO
30 days 1 hour ago

And Harden is ridiculous this season…

MikeO
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MikeO
30 days 1 hour ago

Ingram is easily on my list of least favorite NBA players….dribble dribble dribble, crappy contested jumper…rinse and repeat…

NOMAD
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NOMAD
30 days 2 hours ago

AGREE WITH YOU JASON ON ZION / BARRETT ( NOT IN SUPERSTAR ZONE ) BUT FROM WHAT I HAVE SEEN / READ SO FAR THIS YEAR IN COLLEGE BALL——IT IS THOSE 2 AND THEN A PRETTY GOOD DROP OFF AS FAR AS POTENTIAL GOOD TO ALL STAR CALIBER NBA PLAYERS / WHICH THE CAVS ARE DESPERATE FOR AND MIGHT NOT GET

Jason
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Jason
30 days 18 minutes ago

Just to clarify, it doesn’t mean those guys couldn’t get there eventually. I do not think MJ or Kobe or Steph or KD or Harden were in that category when drafted. Not everyone is Kareem/Oscar/Wilt/Shaq/Duncan/LBJ coming out.

John B
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John B
30 days 4 minutes ago

KD definitely was. People questioned the Oden pick at the time. KD’s college stats.

https://www.sports-reference.com/cbb/players/kevin-durant-1.html

I remember watching him in his one year and being in disbelief of the types of shots he made and the range he had. Dude was considered a freak, even then. He was 7 ft and making 30 foot threes and MJ fadeaways all the time and handled like a guard even then.

CLF
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CLF
29 days 23 hours ago

Agreed… also would put MJ there too. POY two years in a row.

Jason
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Jason
30 days 2 hours ago

Hawks and Bulls with shits to win tonight.

Jason
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Jason
30 days 2 hours ago

Lakers looking great. Man, if the Rockets had JR, that would be different!

MikeO
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MikeO
30 days 2 hours ago

Raps up 100-62 on Grizz after three…mercy. Or rather, mercy rule.

Jason
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Jason
30 days 2 hours ago

The Dukies (Zion/Barrett) are not in the cannot miss/superstar zone coming out. Since the 80s I would put that as Magic, Bird, Isiah, Olajuwon, Ewing, Shaq, Duncan, & Bron. Maybe AD.

CLF
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CLF
30 days 1 hour ago

Would disagree about Zion… he’s definitely can’t miss. Barrett’s getting there too… only thing that scares me is that he just doesn’t have the fire that Zion does. Zion plays himself to exhaustion, Barrett can seem “too cool” for effort at times. But he’s undeniable great on the offensive end.

John B
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John B
30 days 1 hour ago

Yeah one thing, other than shooting, I worry about with Zion is his conditioning. That is a ton of muscle and weight to carry around on the perimeter for 30-35 mpg. He does look like he gets gassed, especially on d. I think he is in shape now and I would be hesitant for him to cut muscle though.

John B
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John B
30 days 1 hour ago

Anthony looked like a can’t miss coming out of Syracuse too. And considerimg he was a superstar for much of his career, he lived up to it. Not in the same class as those guys, but he could score and was clutch.

John B
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John B
30 days 1 hour ago

Durant.

CLF
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CLF
30 days 3 hours ago

Huge win for Duke… Barrett and Zion showing up big in the biggest game of the year so far in adversarial circumstances. They carried the team tonight.

John B
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John B
30 days 3 hours ago

Zion misses 2 clutch free throws. Not a good game from the line for him. UVA still in it.

CLF
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CLF
30 days 3 hours ago

Barrett really playing a masterful game on offense as the de facto PG. CLOSING THE GAME DOWN THE STRETCH!!!

CLF
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CLF
30 days 3 hours ago

Another nitpick on Zion… goes for steals and blocks too often. Gets caught in the air on blocks and loses ball, man, basket on attempted steals. Won’t fault him for the effort though, just has to be smarter reading the floor.

John B
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John B
30 days 3 hours ago

That was in the scouting report coming into Duke. Goes for flashy defensive plays and occasionally leaves his teammates out to dry on d.

Grover13
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Grover13
28 days 12 hours ago

See: James, Lebron.

John B
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John B
30 days 1 hour ago

He also ball watches a ton. Multiple times he has his back completely turned to his guy. Nothing that isn’t fixable, but it will lead to a ton of backdoors and open threes in the nba until he gets more disciplined in ball you man fundamentals.

NOMAD
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NOMAD
30 days 3 hours ago

AS WE PROGRESS MORE INTO THE COLLEGE BASKETBALL SEASON—-MORE IT APPEARS —–THERE ARE “2 ‘ CAN’T MISS PLAYERS —–ZION / BARRETT——–REDDISH / LANGORD WHO WERE RATED HIGH GOING INTO SEASON HAVEN’T REALLY IMPRESSED —BOL-BOL WHO HAD QUESTION MARKS GOING INTO SEASON–IS INJURED FOR REMAINDER OF SEASSON –SO UNFORTUNATELY–CAVS MAY OWN THE WORST RECORD BUT STILL COME DOWN TO THE LUCK OF THE PING PONG BALLS—MAY FALL AS FAR AS 4TH/ 5TH —-WHICH THE WAY IT APPEARS NOW IS A HUGE DROP OFF FROM ZION / BARRETT

CLF
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CLF
30 days 3 hours ago

Watching Duke vs. UVA…. Zion’s handles need work. Too many turnovers off the dribble… leads Duke with 3 TOs.

Nate Smith
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30 days 5 hours ago

Good cap, Mike. Out of town so I missed this one. Sounds fortunate.

Jason
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Jason
30 days 5 hours ago

Westbrook is such a punk.

Jason
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Jason
30 days 6 hours ago

Rockets have added Rivers and Faried.

Philly has added Corey Brewer.

All via FA/buyout route.

Jason
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Jason
30 days 8 hours ago

Wendell Carter Jr out 8-12 weeks for Chicago. Bulls making a move in Zion league.

Davis out 1-2 weeks for the Pels. I think the current top 8 in the west are the PO teams. I give the Clips & Kings a chance is they strengthen their rosters (Clips have zero incentive as they keep their pick if it is lotto), Pels & Minny have slim shots and fading, Mavs & Grizz are finis.

NOMAD
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NOMAD
30 days 15 hours ago

REALIZE ALOT OF MIN’S MIGHT HAVE BEEN IN “SCRUB ” 4TH QTR ACTION—–BUT CPAYNE’S 14/4/4/—-0 T.O’S I THINK DESERVE A SEASON LONG CONTRACT—PLUS THE EFFORT / DEFENSE SEEM TO ALWAYS BE THERE —–OPINIONS ?

NOMAD
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NOMAD
30 days 15 hours ago

YOU ARE SO CORRECT JASON——-COULD EVEN BE WORSE AS THE ‘HIGH ” AIR ALWAYS AFFECTS OPPOSING PLAYERS ALSO ——-“-DANG IT WE WANT “DENG IT “—–MY NEW BATTLE CRY : )

NOMAD
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NOMAD
30 days 15 hours ago

ANOTHER NAME FOR THE RECAP COULD HAVE BEEN —-“TWILIGHT ZONE “—AS THE CAVS STILL DO NOT KNOW HOW / CAPABLE OF ATTACKING A ZONE——AND PLAYED LIKED THEY WERE ‘ZONED ‘ OUT

Jason
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Jason
30 days 23 hours ago

Utah is good. We are not. They are big. We are not. They can shoot. We cannot. They have 2 all-star level players. We have none.

Same story in Denver tomorrow.

MikeO
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MikeO
30 days 22 hours ago

Ugh, that one is gonna be uggggggly…..

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