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Utah Jazz 98 Oklahoma City Thunder 81: Quin Snyder channels his inner Dylan Thomas

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This needed videos. Cuz it did. And poetry.

Don't let the calm teacher mode fool you—this is one angry dude.
Don't let the calm teacher mode fool you—this is one angry dude.
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Yeah, of all the possible references I could do, I'm gonna do this one:

Do not go gentle into that good night,

Old age should burn and rave at close of day;

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.


Though wise men at their end know dark is right,

Because their words had forked no lightning they

Do not go gentle into that good night.


Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright

Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.


Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,

And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,

Do not go gentle into that good night.


Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight

Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.


And you, my father, there on the sad height,

Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.

Do not go gentle into that good night.

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

—Dylan Thomas

Or how about this one:

Or maybe this:

And if I'm referencing Chuck, I probably need to do Angry Sarah Walker saving Chuck:

And we need a Picard:

And more Picard:

* * *

So, back to the game

What a pathetic waste of time the first 19 minutes were. What a disappointment for a team that is trying to break out and become a team that matters. What a disaster, at home, against a lousy team muddling through an injury-wasted season. What a mess.

And then Quin Snyder goes all Anne Shirley on us (Vine posted by Andrew Bailey of Bleacher Report):

And the Jazz, of course, responded.

Alec Burks gave us a line that we expect to see from Favors: 20 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists. Trey Burke, Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter, and a groggy (and apparently sick) Hayward all scored double figures. Dante Exum was outstanding.

But that wasn't the real story. The real story is that Quin Snyder goes all John Casey on us, and the Jazz finally play defense like they mean it.

And thus a 17-point deficit turned into a 17-point victory.

What a beautiful moment for Angry Quin to save the day.