1. Rudy Gobert was all we want him to be
Rudy Gobert played at the absolute All-NBA level on Wednesday evening, at both ends of the floor.
In the insult, he was a monster: 23 points for 14 shots, showing the type of trim around the rim, which he displays when he is in the best condition. Of course, there were pieces, but he also made hooks (left, even!) And a scoop when he contacted.
Joe Ingles explained some of what happened when I asked him about it. “Many teams are now pushing him to the free-throw line to stop his pumping. Today was a different day, they leave their fives all the way back, and this gives him a bit of free play, ”said Ingles.
But the defensive end was one I was really impressed with, where he simply made life incredibly difficult for networks with the form that Defender won it last year. Gobert finished with four blocks, but more detailed was how the Nets shot around the rim: they made only 11 of 25 shots from the rim and shot only 5-19 at anything between the restricted area and 14 feet. I'll do the math for you: it's 16/44 overall, just 36% of shooting the closest shots to basketball. This is a huge win.
“Gobert is of great importance,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson told reporters. “Even when they make a mistake, he went back there. He is obviously the elite on the rim, so we didn’t look good. ”
Interestingly, Ingles also said that Grober's teammates were talking to him about restoring the DPOY form. “What we expect from him is indeed what he has done all his career. We all challenged him, we talked to him about it. I think he was a little up and down this year, but he really turned the corner and was proud of the defensive end. "
Of course, he is not alone in the defensive end, and the Jazz guards have really improved today. But when Gobert has such an impact, well, jazz is really hard to beat.
2. Donovan Mitchell went half-noon
I don't think we can say that Mitchell was a “supernova” on Wednesday night. He made 12 of his 24 shots, exactly half, for his 29 points. And he scored 14 points in the fourth quarter, which is good, but not like “a catastrophic explosion that pushes most of the star’s mass”.
Therefore, I am going with the "half-time." In the fourth quarter, he shot at 6-11, while creating and missing hard shots, and also created a light appearance for himself. But it was exactly what Jazz needed, because most of the team approached the “brown dwarf” earlier in the game. After three-quarters, only 6-22 of the three Jazz were shot, only two-thirds of their free throws were made, and, as a rule, the ball was scored with a hard time. You know, jazz.
And then Mitchell walked in and took in front of his family and friends from New York and neighboring areas.
In many ways, this confirms what Dennis Lindsey told me on Tuesday that it was difficult to assess the crime of Jazz without the presence of Mitchell. “Donovan Mitchell, for example, missed four games and parts from three others, which is close to 30 percent of the season. What offensive dilemmas do this create? ”
Jazz is 1-6 this season when Mitchell misses some or the whole game, which means they are 9-6 when he is healthy. This is much better, and you may need to alleviate some of the problems around Jazzland.
This also confirms this: Donovan Mitchell is a star, no matter what temperature it is.
3. Two jazz benches, without the Burks, step up
With Alex Burke traded, Jazz needed some scoring help from his bench tonight. They got it from two unlikely sources: Royce O & N 39 and Raoul Neto.
O & # 39; Neil scored 13 points and hit all three of these three-point attempts, for the first time he hit three 3 in the regular season since the end of the bidding last year. But I was inspired by the fact that O & # 39; Neil was actively shooting his shots, instead of avoiding a long ball, as in recent games. Only for the third time this year he took three 3 or more. (Say that three times faster.)
When O'Neil passes open shots, he kills the crime and rewards the defense for deciding to help him. When entering the game, Jazz was bypassed 12.2 points for 100 things with Neil on the floor, a dramatic change from +10 last season. Such games give reason for optimism that he can again find this level.
The Neto game relied more on medium shooting that Jazz could use more against certain compositions. Remember that Brooklyn strollers played deep in the paint, leaving space for the jumping arrows in the middle. Jazz wants to be smart by taking these pictures, and not taking too much, but if other things don't work, the average range may be an option. In addition, at least the medium-range shot is not a turnaround, and Neto avoided making any of them tonight.
Meanwhile, Ricky Rubio and Dante Exuma had dark offensive nights, although they both contributed to the defense. Rubio made zero shots (except six free throws) on nine attempts, including 0-5 from the 3-point range. But Neto received a significant playing time – almost 16 minutes – because Dante Exum continued to fight. He played a little less than seven minutes after making three terrible turns in the first half. When he played in the second half, he played the ball in two guard positions.
Kyle Korver should be able to help this security issue and, obviously, improve the shooting of Jazz if he can defend himself on the floor. Further analysis of tomorrow.