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Triple Team: World Class Defense by Rudy Gobert and others interrupting bad night from Donovan Mitchell in Jazz's victory vs. Golden State Warriors

first Fantastic defense from jazzen wins them against defending champs This is what jazzen can be defensive, and that's really something. They are now on a four-game run to hold their opponents to 100 points per 100 possessions, and while two of these games were against the relatively flawless Miami Heat and Orlando Magic, the matches against Houston Rockets and Golden State Warrior's amazing efforts against incredibly talented opponents . Rudy Gobert has been phenomenal in this stretch. Absolutely phenomenal. Tonight could have been the best of the four games: Gobert ended up with four blocks, but influenced countless other gigs everywhere in the court, from the perimeter to the decor with its length and speed. Some of these games are just absurd defensive superstar games, what kind of things no other players in the league could cope with. Look at this: he jumps in the air to stop Steph Curry from getting his 3-point shot and recovering all the way to get in between Draymond Green and the basket to get a block. [embedded content] Here he is again and while he does not jump this time, both feet are outside the 3-point line to stop the Curry. So Curry makes the right game again, passes to a green, with a slight layup – except that the man apparently the longest reach of the world is behind him to grab the ball. [embedded content] It's just sensational. One last: Gobert faces a two-on-one at the rim. He turns over…

first Fantastic defense from jazzen wins them against defending champs

This is what jazzen can be defensive, and that’s really something. They are now on a four-game run to hold their opponents to 100 points per 100 possessions, and while two of these games were against the relatively flawless Miami Heat and Orlando Magic, the matches against Houston Rockets and Golden State Warrior’s amazing efforts against incredibly talented opponents .

Rudy Gobert has been phenomenal in this stretch. Absolutely phenomenal. Tonight could have been the best of the four games: Gobert ended up with four blocks, but influenced countless other gigs everywhere in the court, from the perimeter to the decor with its length and speed.

Some of these games are just absurd defensive superstar games, what kind of things no other players in the league could cope with. Look at this: he jumps in the air to stop Steph Curry from getting his 3-point shot and recovering all the way to get in between Draymond Green and the basket to get a block.

Here he is again and while he does not jump this time, both feet are outside the 3-point line to stop the Curry. So Curry makes the right game again, passes to a green, with a slight layup – except that the man apparently the longest reach of the world is behind him to grab the ball.

It’s just sensational. One last: Gobert faces a two-on-one at the rim. He turns over to Kevon Looney, scaring him from taking the shot, so he switches to Green, whose layup is blocked in the last second.

This is where Gobert is when Green releases it. How does he get up so fast?

 (screenshot from NBA.com video)

(screenshot from NBA.com video)

We should also note the rest of the jazz contributor for defense. Quin Snyder complimented the rest of his team to put Gobert in positions where he could succeed and say “it’s much more effective for us if he can do a game where we have done a good job as a team before he has to make a game.” And that’s true, Jazz’s defense worked well.

But the three games are positive on the defensive impact Gobert can have everything on its own.

2nd Donovan Mitchell has a bad night

Gobert will soon be a recipient of Donovan Mitchell gift basket, which had his worst game in the season against Warriors. Mitchell shot 5-26 in total, 2-11 from the 3-point line and twisted the ball over six times in the jazz’s victory. (He had six assistances.)

I was amazed at how nonchalant Mitchell seemed after the match of his performance and said things like “I’m over it.” At the end of the day, I tried my best to take good shots, they just did not fall . “(Author: They were not good shots.) Last year, Mitchell would have won such an achievement. But as he explained, “I’ve had a whole 90-game to go through. It’s not like we lost.”

That reaction might have been a show for us media, or just legitimate luck to the win. Mitchell then told us that he returns to the jazz training facility to work on his shot after the match – “How are you? 10 PM? It’s early.”

Here’s my mind: Mitchell can not play so that Jazz will win most of their games. I’m less worried about how Mitchell shot the ball on his jumpers and much more worried about the decisions he made on the court.

On this game he gets the ball and runs by Curry. Good! Now Looney turns over. Mitchell has three good options: a dump-off pass to Derrick Favors, a lobe to Gobert or Ricky Rubio wide open to the three. He instead gets up in the air, makes everything harder and stops blocking.

The jazz had a fifty-four here and Mitchell jacked a 27 foot three.

On the last jazz offensive possession of the game, Mitchell resigned from a screen to take Klay Thompson – an excellent defender who had done an excellent job that defended him all night – one at a time. Mitchell actually gets up, but dribbles the ball from the leg and out.

You can not refrain from a screen at the end of a game where you have shot 5-26 from the field. It’s hero ball in the worst way.

The joker needs Mitchell to be a scorer, yes. But they also need him to make the right game. The six assistants show he was capable, and he had some very good games tonight when he thought about it. But if Warriors had hit 42 percent of their shot instead of 40 percent, Mitchell’s bad game could have been enough to cost them the game. Give him credit to consistently compete and play well defensively, though.

3rd Take advantage of Kyle Korvers gravitation

Jazz slowly gets better using what Kyle Korver provides to open shots for other players.

In the same way, Korver plays two defenders, which makes Exum open to just running to basket and dunk.

This is the obvious example, where korver is such an emphasis where he forces the defense to turn on a circuit breaker. Cows here also help by screening Curry, but Curry does not seem to be focused on the other man in the game.

But there are also some invisible ways. In this game, the whole defense thinks something for sausages happens on the other side of the floor. That means when Ingles screens for Gobert, it’s easy two-to-two actions. The warriors replace it, but Joe Ingles takes a shot because Green is worried about preventing the interior of the passport to the big man under low.

There were more actions like this in Korver’s first stop to obscure Gobert. Of course, it also helps in the nights like tonight when Korver shoots enter. He made 4 to 7 three at night, and the jazzen needed each of them.

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