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The Downbeat #1777- The Utah Jazz Are Fun Edition

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Welcome to Your Friday Downbeat!

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The Jazz have won two games in a row! It's so fun to be on a winning streak. Lets hope the Jazz bring that streak to 3 tonight. It will be hard. The Jazz play Dallas in Dallas. We never seem to do well there.

So if you remember the Jazz beat the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday. This was my favorite part of the game. Thank you long time Dunker, @SLCJuanB for the video. What's with all our friends getting such amazing seats :)

What would you name Rudy's dance?

As you know the Jazz haven't been that great at free throw shooting the last couple of years. It seems like the coaching staff is getting creative in their positive reinforcement in helping the players improve.

Love Love Love it!

And more recently this!

So awesome.

So the Jazz play the Mavs tonight. Once a year we lay a big fat giant egg in Dallas. I hope tonight is not that night. We'll be facing former Jazzmen, Deron Williams and Wesley Matthews.The Mavs are cooking. They are 8-4 and have won 5 in a row! They are also an amazing 5-0 at home. Tonight is going to be a tough test for our team.

For an extensive look at what Deron is bringing to the Mavs, check out this article on him at It is super extensive. It is a good read. A peak:

If the job of a point guard is to run the show, Williams has done that beautifully so far during his tenure with the Mavericks. In his 11 appearances, the Mavericks are 8-3, and a few of those wins have a lot to do with Williams. He closed out a home win against the New Orleans Pelicans on Nov. 7 and, more recently, hit a few key shots and scored 11 points in the fourth quarter alone as the Mavs stole a game from the Boston Celtics Wednesday night.

He’s also setting his teammates up to be successful, Dirk Nowitzki most of all. The power forward has connected on 59.0 percent of his field goal attempts following a Williams pass, according to NBA Stats, including a whopping 46.2 percent of his three-point shots. We all know how important it is for a Mavs primary ball-handler to establish a rapport with the No. 6 scorer in league history, and that two-man game has produced easy points all season long.

Williams presents multiple problems for opposing defenses, especially in the pick-and-roll. With is combination of vision, quickness, physicality, and a sharp jump shot, he’s able to impose his will on the game while also making the easiest decision. Basketball is complex but it’s not rocket science, and watching him play makes the game seem even less complicated.

Our friend, Aaron Falk wrote an article on Raul Neto. It has quotes from Quin Snyder, Jonathan Tavernari, Rudy Gobert and Raul himself.

Quin on Raul

"I think he's handled it great," Snyder said. "If you look at a lot of international players, and particularly the guards, there's an adjustment period. I think he's way ahead of that."

"I'm really happy with the job he's done so far," Snyder added.

The article also shares why Raul's dad is such a big John Stockton fan.  After 11 games how do you feel about Raul Neto?

Since this is suppose to be Moni's DB we'll honor her by having a capture the picture contest. Capture this one!