. 1 Jazz wins with 3-point shooting
Well, jazz would not have been able to produce a statement game after taking on Kyle Korver. The jazz took a ton of three and made a ton of three to score 119 points in just 97 possessions to win. Look at all these threes:
Many of these looks were really awesome thanks to the jazz ball movement that was very, very well. The jazz ended with 32 assists tonight, but no jazz player had more than seven. That Crowder was the player at seven is also remarkable. He is usually known as a pass finisher rather than a creator. Tonight he had both in an excellent game.
Remember the Triple Team before only two games? Here is an excerpt: "Here is the key to beat jazz: pack the color. If you're stopping jazz from going to the rim and helping you out, you need to shoot them outside, and you have to do them.
James Borrego, coach of the Hornets, accepted this game plan. "The biggest worry of the game was the paint. They are a very good color team. They do not shoot the 3-ball well. This is not a team that was successful on the 3-point line. We won the color 70-46. Most nights you win this game. It's just the 3-point line, they made 18, we did nine. "
As in this game, it's Raul Neto who drives, and the Hornets still oblige all five guys to fight back to keep him and Gobert from rolling to the brink. But if it's Kyle Korver in the corner, you just can not do that.
Also note: The jazz had at least a little luck. Even if Korver is in tow, they will not beat regularly from three to 45 percent and above all not 53 percent beat out of the harder 3-point shots. Teams do not regularly leave Korver for Neto. 4-6 is not crazy for Korver, as he is currently a 46 percent 3-point shooter, but Crowder 6-10 will not happen very often. In fact, his career was high for 3-point brands.
After the game, Quin Snyder wanted everyone to stay calm. When asked about Korvers questioning, he said. "Well, we're just not going to overreact, okay. We will continue to play and we have to play defense.
This is the classic Snyder that focuses on the process, not the result.
2. The Experience of Kyle Korver
Despite Snyder's reluctance, Korver is the story of today's game, though he is the only one That's just because we've learned a lot more about what Korver can do with jazz at the age of 37 with just a shot under his belt.
We knew about shooting, yes, but me Korver does not know much about the terminology of jazz, but I think Korver has been proven in most of his possessions, which was really encouraging: Korver followed the much faster and younger Malik Monk, but remained with him during the long cut and eventually forced him into the miss.
Then there was the bad thing: Here Jeremy Lamb gets the ball late in the shooting time, but Korver lets him Just pass by to simply lay it down.
But here, too, Korver Monk simply cuts well and pulls a load (something he probably does more often than any jazz defender on the roster).
Some of what we see above is the defense of a young, largely untried player in Monk against a veteran scorer in Lamb. And this may be one of the lessons: Korver can hold his own against good players, but probably not the faster guards in the league. Matchups may need to determine when Korver plays.
Korver played 21 minutes today, more than I thought he would do in his first game. But he was an important part of the jazz rotation, bringing Dante Exum and Grayson Allen to DNP-CD status and Sefolosha to the field in just three minutes. Georges Niang has been moved to the inactive list. Korver spent most of the time in the three positions, but played for a few minutes in the four.
. 3 Quick Games in Transition
Another factor that has led to the success of jazz tonight: the efficient game of transition.
You usually think of quick breaks after rounds, but the Hornets only shot the ball eight times. On Friday, however, the jazz got missed games after passing strikes. According to Cleaning The Glass, jazz has turned a Charlotte miss into transition 40 percent of the time, and has turned those odds into an offensive rating of 130.8. Pretty good!
This game came after one of the turnovers, but it's instructive because Charlotte's defense usually had the chance to return anyway.
Donovan Mitchell forces sales, but gets the ball deep into the corner. At this point, he moves on to Crowder, who immediately returns it to Mitchell. Gobert meets Lamb, Mitchell's defender, with a screen and Mitchell is in color. The defense collapses, and Mitchell finds Ingles for the open corner three, which is money.
This is not a big game, but a pick-and-roll. But speed and surprise make it possible. First, Mitchell's cross-court game with Crowder gives and gets the attention of the defense and gives Gobert the chance to put a startling screen on Lamb. With all his might, Mitchell goes to hell with force, which means the defense must collapse by force. Ingles stays for three.
If Mitchell had hit the ball on the ground, the Hornets would probably have defended the situation a little better. But as he went through and passed, the defense was on the heels all the time.
Snyder and jazz work in practice on these situations and learn where the basic patterns of what they want to do in the first few seconds with the shot time and what screens they want to adjust depending on staff and situation. Although it was not great this season, this focus has paid off tonight.