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Bogey scores 33 out of 36 words in arc, small ball foul wins Denver

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Three thoughts on the Utah Jazz’s 115-109 win over the Denver Nuggets from the Salt Lake Tribune Jazz beat writer Andy Larsen.

1. Shining Bogey

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 36 points tonight.

If I told you that, you would have probably guessed how that happened: Bogey has been hot since three o’clock. Like last year’s game against the Nuggets, in which Bogdanovic scored a remarkable 48, he took eight of his 11 triples to put him halfway.

But tonight wasn’t what you’d expect: he only made one of his six attempts. Mostly inside the arc and at the free-throw line. And he did it by making all his defenders look silly.

Aaron Gordon is a fairly well-regarded defender, but he couldn’t recover against Bogdanovic – the latter used his size to great effect, getting two solid dribbles, and plunging into the Nuggets.

Or how about on the smaller Davon Reed? Bogdanovic brought him up from a shot near the free-throw line, but casually backed him down, leaned in midway… then surprised him by swinging to his right for ease. .

And it’s also a pretty impressive play. First, he stole by facing Jokic – it was a bad pass, but Bogdanovic overcame the seal to get it. Then he ran downstairs to get a pass from Conley, adjusted, and brought the bunny home.

Now, out of all the Bogey supporters, I’m here to tell you that his 13 rebounds is nothing special. I think two of them were half-disputed, at best. Mostly, Gobert and Whiteside were out of the game for Hoover to make his usual misses, the Nuggets were back on the defensive and he got all the easy counter-attacks.

However, it says a lot about Bogdanovic’s game flexibility that he was able to do this tonight. He’s been very productive from 2-pointers this season, setting a peak of the season by shooting 54% from within the arc. Tonight, in the main position, in the midfield and in the free throw, Bogdanovic was too much for the Nuggets.

2. Committing the offense with Rudy Gay at 5

My beat-writing partner Eric Walden will have the scoop on Udoka Azubuike’s unexpected start, along with quirks about how Rudy Gay and ‘Dok were able to defend the tournament’s MVP Nikola Jokic under literally. Okay, sure, he scored 26 goals, had 21 rebounds and added 11 assists – but the Jazz won and the defensive situation wasn’t a disaster, a big win.

So, instead of focusing on their contributions, I wanted to rate how impressed I was with the offense with Rudy Gay at age five. That’s been a problem this year: those lineups only scored 101 offensively this year, just the 7th percentile among NBA rosters, according to Cleaning The Glass. However, tonight they have an offensive rating of 131 when Gay goes live.

Typically, their problem is that without Gobert and Whiteside’s refinement, the Jazz struggled to get paint penetration inside. But tonight, they found some creative ways to move the defense without following the traditional pick and roll.

Like this: Royce O’Neale pretends to make a save, but only misses to get right inside the free-throw line. He gets the ball, and has a chance to find out who’s in the loop. Gay is, and it’s cash.

The story is also clever: Clarkson ran pick and roll, and happened to be trapped by the Nuggets. The same card received output. But soon, O’Neale was in the paint, dragging his defender low in the paint, and the result was Bogey three.

Or, sometimes that money just pays off on its own.

That last video is a pretty good example of another trend: I think the Nuggets played in a horror style defense tonight: they didn’t reliably defend the threes nor inside, the phases. rotation is not enough and it is best to defend unfocused transitions. But the Jazz did a great job of causing just the little bit of difficulty they needed to get the Nuggets to disband.

3. On Miye Oni and Danuel House

Jazz bought Miye Oni with some spare cash, then they sold him to save more cash.

It’s basically yesterday’s story. Back in 2019, Jazz thought Oni had potential, so spent $2 million on pick #58 to buy him. And truth be told, he has potential: Oni can move his legs relatively well, has long arms and has some good sense – mostly he knows his limits and doesn’t do too much.

But he fouled too many and the 3-pointer was never consistent enough. And so, after 54 games against the Jazz last season, he was dropped from this year’s rotation. That means his contract is a burden, costing Jazz ~$5.5 million in luxury goods taxes if they keep him and ~$2.5 million if they let him go for free. whole.

They chose 3 instead and saved all the money, but dropped a second pick in 2028. Thunder also deposited a million dollars back in the transaction, saving the Jazz 3.5 million dollars in cash.

Whether that deal makes sense basically depends on how good that choice is. If it was the ’50s and the Jazz could spend $2 million to get one like they did in 2019, that would be a good deal. If it was the ’30s and the Jazz couldn’t afford a car like it for $3.5 million, or even more, that would be a bad deal.

Of course, we don’t know how good the Jazz will be in 2028 – that’s 25 other variations from now on, anyway. It’s really a small potato, but sometimes small potato bets can turn out to be big potatoes: remember, it was Jokic who was picked as number 41 in 2014.

In other news, with Joe Ingles’ COVID diagnosis, the ability to sign a 10-day contract is tough without having to worry about luxury taxes. Jazz did exactly that today, signing Danuel House for 10 days.

I like House – in theory, anyway. With James Harden and the good Rockets teams, he’s a 3-point kill shooter, hitting 42% of the arc pass. As the Rockets dwindled, he started to produce less and less of them, and last year he was below 35%. Is that a function of fewer open images? Or is he getting worse? Both are reasonable.

Likewise, his defensive effort could theoretically be a boon. He’s really, honestly trying on the perimeter, especially in Houston’s converted defense. He always keeps the players ahead, and the goodness knows Jazz needs someone like that. Can he still do it now? Again, that’s hope.

It’s funny, House is 28 years old, so he’s at the peak of his career. But I think he has the potential to be more valuable than the usual 10 days in an unusual way: because he’s done it before, maybe he can get that form back. It might be difficult to do so for a week and a half in a Jazz uniform, but he’ll get his chance, and I appreciate Jazz’s decision to give it to him.

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Beth Allcock

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