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1st Week of Playoff Push Complete; Downbeat #1762

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Hope you all had a great Halloween weekend, the first week of NBA basketball is in the books. Our Eastern road trip against non-playoff teams to begin the season have us off to a 2-1 start.

Our last game against Indiana on Saturday gave us a 2nd straight 20+ point victory on the road in back-to-back days.

It may not be the toughest competition but still, it's better to crush the bottom feeders of the league rather than have it be closely contested or *gasp* a loss!

The Jazz's next game is tonight tomorrow Wednesday night in our home opener against the Blazers at 7:00 PM local time, so it looks like you may have time for some errands and productivity for the couple evenings this week. This 3-day drought of no Jazz basketball games is the longest break between games this season besides the 8-day temporary-apocalyptic scenario of no Jazz games during the All Star Break from Feb 11-18.

Jazz blogger/superstar/all-time-great moni has a grade 'A+++' post over on her blog summing up what went on last week in the world of Jazz basketball. Go check it out here: And here's your weekly Utah Jazz wrapup

My favorite excerpt (besides the questionable picture in the end with the son of one former Jazz "great"):

Rudy Gobert, asked whether he trash-talked Ian Mahinmi in English or French after blocking his shot: Both.

Rudy Gobert wished everybody a Happy Halloween after a solid trampling of the Pacers with a short clip containing what many NBA players have nightmares about more frequently as of late, watch at your own risk:

Happy HalloWIN!

A video posted by Rudy Gobert (@rudygobert27) on


I'd like to take this time to share with you all my appreciation for some Jazz players who are exceeding even my oft-homeristic expectations.

Derrick Favors, thank you for starting strong this season, averaging over 21 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 steals with a PER over 32!!!! (5 players with a higher PER so far this season: Curry, Bogut, Griffin, Tyler Johnson, Westbrook)

Rodney Hood, thank you for being our what appears to be the steal of the late first round of the draft (23rd pick in 2014), you're currently 2nd on our team in scoring with over 15 pooints per game off of 47.6% shooting and also 2nd on our team in assists with 2.7 per game, keep it up!

Rudy Gobert, thank you for picking up where you left off in being a downright maniac and tormentor in the paint for other teams (3rd in rebounds, 2nd in blocks, 1st in all of our hearts). Keep our defense on fleek, Rudy

Now with some more Rudy love, watch Rudy's 6 "official" blocks from Friday's game against the Sixers as much as your heart desires:

Also, will leave this other one here, did Philly statkeepers flub up this no-block call, yes or no?

Jazz have 3 games this week (Mountain Time):

Wednesday vs. Portland (7 PM)

Thursday at Denver (7 PM)

Saturday vs. Memphis (7 PM)

Are we going to stay over .500 through the end of this week?

None of these opponents are scoring more than they're allowing.

Speaking of which, Jazz are currently 2nd in the league in points differential to only the Warriors. Jazz are allowing an obscenely low 79.7 points per game. Facing the 76ers and playing at the league's slowest pace helps but still, the next best team is Cleveland with 88.3 points per game. Those are the only 2 teams keeping people below 90, and the Jazz are below 80!

Even after adjusting for pace, the Jazz lead the league in defensive efficiency with 85.5 points allowed per 100 possessions (2nd is Spurs with 90). Also, the Jazz are (barely) a top half offense in terms of offensive efficiency in 15th place with 99.6 points scored per 100 possessions. That's even with the Jazz averaging a paltry 13.4 assists per game (28th in league), once this system gets cranking you'll start to see this team get a little closer to clicking on all cylinders on offense! Jazz are also averaging a league-best in committing 5.3 less turnovers than their opponents are.

Keep doing work and applying that sweltering defensive pressure, Go Jazz!