Los Angeles Clippers vs. Utah Jazz
6:00 p.m. PST
January 28, 2015
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Utah Scouting Report: Stop this play.
1. Was releasing Joe Ingles a mistake by the Clippers?
Andy Larsen, Salt City Hoops, (@andyblarsen): Yeah, probably. It’s not a huge mistake, but Jingles is a definite upgrade over Rivers, CDR, or Dahntay Jones. He’s a nice facilitator on offense, and his defense is surprisingly effective. That he’s starting for Utah is an accident of injury, but he looks to be an NBA player.
Seth Partnow, (@SethPartnow): You could say yes, but since he didn’t play a prominent role in the 2009 Eastern Conference Playoffs, would Doc has used him much anyway?
Andy Liu, (@andykhliu): The Los Angeles Clippers have made some peculiar, to say the least, personnel decisions in the past year. GM Doc Rivers is finding it much tougher to balance coaching and GM-ing than to “simply” coach. That being said, releasing Joe Ingles likely ranks lower than, say, going through Earth and beyond to secure the services of Austin Rivers. He’s better than whatever the backups the Clippers are throwing out there but not by a regretful margin.
2. Over/under 2.5 Jazz players make the rosters for ‘The World’ versus ‘America’ rookie-sophomore game?
Larsen: I think over, but by some pretty slim margins. Gobert should definitely be in. Exum benefits from the 4 World guard minimum, he should be in. Then it’s a question of whether or not Burke makes it… he has to beat out 2 of MCW/Oladipo/KCP/Smart/Payton/McDaniels/McLemore. I think he does on name recognition.
Partnow: Burke needs some help to get in, I’ll say that. His draft slot plus NCAA Tourney pedigree help some, but even more so is the dearth of really productive players from each of the last two draft classes, so maybe he gets in by default. Gobert and Exum certainly seem likely members of Team World Police.
Liu: I don’t think so. Trey Burke just isn’t a good basketball player right now – that is, if we care about these things. A lot of what constructs a roster for these rookie-sophomore games are based on draft pedigree rather than production.
3. What’s the cause of Utah’s improvement on the defensive end?
Larsen: We had a great post on this on Salt City Hoops recently. A lot of it is due to the minute rise of Rudy Gobert, who by many measures has been the best rim protector in the NBA. Gobert’s presence allows Utah’s guards to be more aggressive in rotations, causing more turnovers than earlier in the season.
Partnow: Rim protection from Gobert where he is the top rim protector in the NBA by my favored measure. That said, this effect is probably made to look larger by the fact that Utah is going from a defensive minus in Kanter to an interior defensive menace like Rudy.