first Jazz win with 3-point shooting Jazz could not have come out with more of a statement game after the…
Jazz could not have come out with more of a statement game after the Kyle Korver acquisition. The jas took a lot of three and scored a ton of three in order to get 119 points in only 97 possessions to win. Look at all these three:
Much of these looks were really amazing thanks to jazzen’s ball movement that was very good. The jazz ended with 32 assistants tonight, but no jazz player had more than seven. That Crowder was the player with seven is also remarkable. He is usually known as a passer, rather than a creator. Tonight he did both in a great game.
Remember the Triple Team from literally just two matches since? Here is an excerpt: “Here’s the key to killing the jazz right now: pack the color. If you prevent jazz from driving to the rim and helping on the lobe, they have to take out shots and they have to do them.”
Hornets coach James Borrego adopted this game plan. “The biggest concern about entering the game was the color, they are a very good color scheme, they do not shoot the 3-ball well. This is not a team that enjoyed the 3-point course. We won the color 70-46. Most nights you winning the game. It’s only the 3-point line, they did 18, we did nine. “
Likewise, Raul Neto is driving and Hornets still commits all five guys to the color to stop him and Gobert rolls to the rim. But when there are Kyle Korver in the corner, you just can not do it.
Let’s also note: Jazzen has at least some luck. Even with sausages in sleigh, they will not hit 45 percent from three on a regular basis, and especially do not shoot 53 percent from the top of the line, the harder 3-point shot. Teams will not often leave Kores for Neto. 4-6 is not crazy from Korver, because he is a 46-point 3-point player right now, but 6-10 from Crowder will not happen very often. In fact, it bound its career high for 3-point brands.
So Quin Snyder after the match, everyone wanted to keep calm. When asked about the distance thanks to Korver he said. “Well, we will not just overreact, okay. We’ll keep playing and we have to play defense.”
It’s classic Snyder, focused on the process and not the result.
Despite Snyder’s reluctance, Korver is the story of tonight’s match, even though he ended up just Jazz’s fourth leader. It’s only because we learned a lot more about what Korver can bring to the jazz, even at the age of 37, and even with just a shotgun under his belt.
We knew about shooting, yes, but I was curious about his defense in the jazz system. There are still a lot of sausages do not know about jazz terminology, but I thought korver did well in most of his possessions. It was really encouraging: Korver followed the much faster and younger Malikmonken, but stayed with him through the long cliff and ended up forcing him into the missed shot.
Then it was bad: Jeremy Lamb gets the ball late in the shot, but Korver only lets him drive straight ahead for a simple setup.
But here again, Korver is just cutting out of monk and taking a charge (something he probably does more often than any jazz defender on roster).
Some of what we see above is to defend a young, largely untested player in Monk versus a veteran scorer in Lamb. And maybe it’s one of the lessons: Sausages can stay in front of good players, but probably not the faster guards in the league. Matchups may have to dictate when Korver plays.
Korver played 21 minutes tonight, more than I thought he would do in his first match. But he was an important part of the jazz rotation, Dante Exum and Grayson Allen knocked to DNP-CD status and Sefolosha in just three minutes at the court. Georges Niang was moved to the inactive list. Sausages spent most of their time in three positions, but played for a few minutes on the four.
Another factor that led to the success of jazz tonight: their effective game in the transition.
Usually you think of fast breaks that occur after sales, but the Hornets just turned the ball over eight times. On Friday, Jazz got a transition game after missed shot. In fact, Jazz, according to Cleaning The Glass, made a Charlotte miss in a transition 40 percent of the time and converted those chances with an offensive score of 130.8. Fairly good!
This game came after one of the sales, but it is educational because Charlotta’s defense mostly had a chance to come back anyway.
Donovan Mitchell forces the turnover but gets the ball deep in the corner. At this time he goes on to Crowder, who immediately sends it back to Mitchell. Gobert meets Lamb, Mitchell’s defender, with a screen and Mitchell is in the color. The defense collapses, and Mitchell finds Ingles for the open corner three, which is money.
This is not much of a game taken up: it’s just picking and rolling. But speed and surprise make it difficult. First, Mitchell’s cross-court brings Crowder’s attention to the defense, giving Gobert a chance to put a surprising screen on the Lamb. With a full vapor trail, Mitchell enters into the color of violence, which means the defense must collapse with violence. It leaves Ingles for three.
If Mitchell had gone the ball on the floor, Hornets probably defended the situation a bit better. But because he hustled and passed, the defense was on his heels all the time.
Snyder and Jazz work in these situations in practice and learn where the basic patterns of what they want to do in the first seconds of the shot clock and what screens they want to set depending on staff and situation. While they have not been good this season, tonight, the focus fell.