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Jazz Basketball is Back- Downbeat #1740

(Indistinct Howling Noises Heard in Background)
(Indistinct Howling Noises Heard in Background)

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:

  • Derrick Favors had the most impressive game: 16 points, 9 rebounds, a steal, and a block in 24 minutes.
  • Rudy Gobert was decent: 10 points (4-9 FT's), 8 rebounds, 1 assist and a block in 25 minutes.
  • Gordon Hayward was okay: 11 points (4-10), 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and a steal in 28 minutes.
  • Rodney Hood and Alec Burks couldn't shoot worth beans: 4 combined points off 1-14 shooting. Burks looked good as a ball handler, passer, and defender, though.
  • Trey Burke had some nice moments (including a couple nice fast breaks) and some ol' chuck-and-miss habit moments. 10 points (3-9 shooting), 5 rebounds, and 3 assists.
  • Jeff Withey and Tibor Pleiß can hit their FT's (11-12 combined). Also, our frontcourt is huge.
  • Joe Ingles can hit 3's (2-4).
  • Trevor Booker played well and with a lot of energy, Trey Lyles really wanted an epic dunk.
  • Elijah Millsap had a nice 12 minutes (4 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal)
  • And Raul Neto can freaking pass. And steal the ball. 2 points, 6 assists, 4 steals, 2 rebounds.

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:

1st Quarter:

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)

2nd Quarter:

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)

3rd Quarter:

First 8:57- Burke-Burks-Hayward-Favors-Gobert: -2 (15-17)

Last 3:03- Neto-Hood-Hayward-Booker-Gobert: +5 (9-4)

4th Quarter:

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:

SLC Dunk Preseason Chasedown #1

I enjoy the excerpts on Tibor

Tibor Pleiss was supposed to be the goofus to Ante Tomic 's gallant, yet here we see him being effective against NBA vets. Together they added 10 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists, 5 steals, and 2 blocks to the cause. Sure, most of that was due to Neto's big game off the bench -- but the other two guys surely contributed as well. Raul is going to challenge to be the starting point guard this season. Everyone sees it.

For me a more interesting, though smaller challenge, is going to see what happens between Tibor and Jeff. Tibor had 7 boards (sometimes it's good to be 7'3) and made his free throws. Jeff somehow got to the FT line 8 times in 5 minutes, and was a monster on the glass when he was in the game too. These are nice problems to have, like if Kyrylo Fesenko and Kosta Koufos were actually useful players when they were here.

I'm so giddy for this season, I love this team from top to bottom

Here's to our playoffs hopes