Jazz @ Suns Wednesday game thread 4-7-2021

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Seemed like every time Bogdanvich went to the basket he scored on a layup. I’m sooo happy they went away from that down the stretch and went to Mitchell hero ball.
Right? It’s crazy to me that a head coach’s assistance don’t pick up on this and say something (head coach being too busy with everything all at once).
 

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Chris Paul was everything we needed last night. My worry is that when he plays that many minutes over 2 or 3 playoff series, he will miss time. It's almost a lock IMO.

DA was great. Effort, hustle, defense. Everything we need. Great game from him and it shows that he CAN be that guy when he's motivated.

Holy crap that was fun. And I think I may have a stroke in the playoffs. 43 year old me can't handle the things I went through in 1993 and the mid 2000's.
 

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A couple of stats that jumped out on Booker. He had 35 points without making a 3pt field goal but took 31 shots making 13. He is very streaky, when he is on he can't miss but sometimes he has nights like last night where he can't get into a rhythm.

My Ayton theory is valid, give the guy at least 15 shot attempts and he has a good night. I think when he is not engaged on the offensive end then he shuts down completely in other areas (rebounding and defense). Paul and others need to get him more involved in offense even if that means creating shots for him with lob passes he can finish. He had a nice jumper from top of the key to start the game which shows me has has range, of course the 3pt attempt a couple of possessions later missed the mark but at least he is taking shots. When Booker is having off night, I would try and get it to Ayton more if I was Paul.

On Booker: IIRC he was 9 of 16 at one point before he started missing everything. Then he made a few big shots in the OT but in-between he couldn't buy a hoop.

As for your Ayton theory: To an extent, everyone tends to play better when they are part of the offense but for the most part I disagree with your Ayton conclusions. First off, he played good defense from the start last night yet he only had a couple of attempts well into the first half and only 8 points total by the time the 2nd half started. Secondly, I can't tell you how many times we've started off poorly because we've wasted half a dozen or more possessions trying to get DA going out of the gate.

Some of his worst performances have come when we've fed him early and he's missed or fumbled away his opportunities. He does seem to be a little more engaged if he's involved early but only if he succeeds. And to me, it actually shows up more in his offense than his defense. But, again, the key isn't the extra shot attempts, it has to do with him succeeding on those chances.
 

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Right? It’s crazy to me that a head coach’s assistance don’t pick up on this and say something (head coach being too busy with everything all at once).

I seem to recall at least 4 or 5 possessions where they tried to go to him and our defense was up in his face. He immediately gave up the ball passing it around. I think part of it was Bogdanvich not being aggressive.
 

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Nobody has really mentioned that Joe Ingles is one of the most efficient players in the league (I think he's #1 in the league at that stat) and he was virtually non-existent last night.
 

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On Booker: IIRC he was 9 of 16 at one point before he started missing everything. Then he made a few big shots in the OT but in-between he couldn't buy a hoop.
Yeah, like I said streaky

As for your Ayton theory: To an extent, everyone tends to play better when they are part of the offense but for the most part I disagree with your Ayton conclusions. First off, he played good defense from the start last night yet he only had a couple of attempts well into the first half and only 8 points total by the time the 2nd half started. Secondly, I can't tell you how many times we've started off poorly because we've wasted half a dozen or more possessions trying to get DA going out of the gate.

Some of his worst performances have come when we've fed him early and he's missed or fumbled away his opportunities. He does seem to be a little more engaged if he's involved early but only if he succeeds. And to me, it actually shows up more in his offense than his defense. But, again, the key isn't the extra shot attempts, it has to do with him succeeding on those chances.

Again, like I said he ended up with 15 shot attempts for the game, he had a good game. Doesn't really matter how early he gets most of them. I believe he had 3 shot attempts early in game (jumper, layup and missed 3pt attempt) so he was engaged early.

I saw a bunch of bad passes that were bobbled or thrown away. Example, the possession where Booker got caught in paint and he tried to kick out to Bridges and he couldn't handle it and it went out of bounds. Some of the issue may be Ayton's hands but I seen plenty of times where players get caught in air and make bad passes or just plain miss guys. Point is it's not just Ayton, I haven't seen him miss many alley oops, if fact he had a nice catch and lay in from Paul lob early in game that he had to adjust for.

Ayton needs to be involved otherwise he becomes passive and seems okay to just let offense go through others. I know he needs to be more assertive and less soft, I agree he and he alone needs to fix that.
 

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Nobody has really mentioned that Joe Ingles is one of the most efficient players in the league (I think he's #1 in the league at that stat) and he was virtually non-existent last night.

They did not get much out of Clarkson either.

Which is why this was not a typical Jazz game.

Suns would have to play better than they did to beat them in a series.
 

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Chris Paul was everything we needed last night. My worry is that when he plays that many minutes over 2 or 3 playoff series, he will miss time. It's almost a lock IMO.

DA was great. Effort, hustle, defense. Everything we need. Great game from him and it shows that he CAN be that guy when he's motivated.

Holy crap that was fun. And I think I may have a stroke in the playoffs. 43 year old me can't handle the things I went through in 1993 and the mid 2000's.
It’s been 10+ years. You’re just emotionally outta shape as a basketball fan. This season is building your endurance. You’ll be fine come playoffs. That’s what I’m telling myself.
 

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They did not get much out of Clarkson either.

Which is why this was not a typical Jazz game.

Suns would have to play better than they did to beat them in a series.
But for every one of the jazz that didn’t play well we had a bridges, crowder, saric that didn’t play well and a Nader completely out. It was a tough game for both sides.
 

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Chris Paul was everything we needed last night. My worry is that when he plays that many minutes over 2 or 3 playoff series, he will miss time. It's almost a lock IMO.

DA was great. Effort, hustle, defense. Everything we need. Great game from him and it shows that he CAN be that guy when he's motivated.

Holy crap that was fun. And I think I may have a stroke in the playoffs. 43 year old me can't handle the things I went through in 1993 and the mid 2000's.
Did those paul clipp teams ever have a good shooter as book? Just curious
 

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They did not get much out of Clarkson either.

Which is why this was not a typical Jazz game.

Suns would have to play better than they did to beat them in a series.
But we didn't have Bridges and Crowder either, so it evens out.
 
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