That's right everyone, the Jazz are back and as hopeful as they have been in years of putting together a season capable of leading our fans through some eventual playoff wins for the first time since 2010!
Yuccaman's got you covered with a recap of the Jazz's 90-71 victory over some D-league team in Hawaii who apparently refer to themselves as the verbal form of a body of water despite their jerseys being piss-yellow, I'm not even going to try to figure that one out.
Yucca's lowdown of our players' peformances from the game:
Below is the Jazz's box score from yesterday, while browsing through the stats you'll see some interesting thi...HOLY BRAZILIAN WAX, WOULD YOU TAKE A LOOK AT NETO'S +20!!!!
Looking at the lineups and how their plus/minus' from last night for anyone who was wondering:
First 6:15- Burke-Burks-Hayward-Favors-Gobert: +8 (14-6)
Next 1:52- Burke-Hood-Hayward-Favors-Gobert: -4 (2-6)
No score change for 1:22 while minor changes were made
Last 2:31- Neto-Hood-Ingles-Booker-Pleiss: -2 (2-4)
First 2:49- Neto-Hood-Ingles-Booker-Pleiss: -5 (3-8)
Next 1:45- Neto-Millsap-Ingles-Lyles-Pleiss: +1 (1-0)
Next 0:47- Burke-Millsap-Ingles-Lyles-Pleiss: 0 (0-0)
Next 1:25- Burke- Millsap-Burks-Hayward-Favors: -4 (1-5)
Next 2:13- Burke-Burks-Hayward-Lyles-Favors: +3 (5-2)
Next 0:42- Burke-Burks-Hayward-Favors-Gobert: +1 (1-0)
Last 2:29- Burks-Hood-Hayward-Favors-Gobert: -3 (4-7)
First 8:57- Burke-Burks-Hayward-Favors-Gobert: -2 (15-17)
Last 3:03- Neto-Hood-Hayward-Booker-Gobert: +5 (9-4)
First 3:35- Neto-Hood-Ingles-Booker-Pleiss: +10 (11-1)
Next 3:44- Burke-Millsap-Ingles-Lyles-Pleiss: -2 (4-6)
Last 4:41- Neto-Millsap-Ingles-Lyles-Withey: +13 (18-5)
As you can see, this game was closer than the final score would indicate. The Jazz built the majority of their lead in the last few minutes. Alas, this is just preseason, we're probably not seeing 100% effort from everyone yet, but this does not exclude one from getting some interesting takeaways from yesterday.
Neto impressed and interestingly Cotton was a DNP. (And less interestingly, Cooley, O'Brien, and Graham also had DNPs).
Looks like Pleiss has the backup center position locked up. His intimidating size and serviceable skills looks to be a notch above the appeal in playing Withey over him at this point.
Since this is preseason, don't be surprised if the rotations are completely different next game as Quin tinkers around with what works well. Cotton may very well play 20 minutes and Neto 0 next game.
Hood and Burks went a combined 4 points off of 14 shots, while Burke got 10 off of 9. Not what you'd expect from our shooting guards.
The lineup that quite a few Jazz fans have been wanting to see since Exum went down is our arguably 5 best players together in Burks-Hood-Hayward-Favors-Gobert. They closed the 1st half's last two and a half minutes with meh results (-3). Small sample size, but still it's cool to see that Coach Snyder is not totally against trying out all sorts of lineups that seem to be in line with.
For those craving even more in-depth stats and breakdown for a pre-season game, Amar's got you covered there as well:
I enjoy the excerpts on Tibor
Good win to start the preseason, feels good to be back on the court with the squad!— rudy gobert (@rudygobert27) October 5, 2015
Felt great to be back out there with the guys! Good win fellas #JazzNation— Gordon Hayward (@gordonhayward) October 5, 2015
I'm so giddy for this season, I love this team from top to bottom
Here's to our playoffs hopes
GO JAZZ GO!