Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder wants better defensive effort

Oct 9, 2018, 7:04 PM | Updated: 7:06 pm
Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder directs his team during the first half of an NBA basketball game a...
Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder directs his team during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)
(AP Photo/Steve Dykes)

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Jazz are coming off a come-from-behind preseason victory against the Portland Trailblazers Sunday winning 123-112 despite the defensive struggles.

However, the team’s bench had to use a 24-8 run in the final five minutes of the game to earn the win. Head coach Quin Snyder expressed frustration over the defense.

“I didn’t think we played well,” Snyder said after Sunday’s win in Portland. “We didn’t play good defense and a lot of it was just not being focused. There were breakdowns, and I didn’t think we had the level of intensity that we needed on the defensive end.”

Portland’s Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, and Jusuf Nurkic combined for 64 points, but they also sat out the entire fourth quarter.

Jazz rookie Grayson Allen was on the floor at the end of the game assisting in the comeback. He scored eight points and dished out four assists in just under 14 minutes. However, Snyder also wants to see more out of the rookie defensively.

“Right now his biggest adjustment is transition defense, so he’s either going to make that adjustment or he’s not going to play,” Snyder said. “I hope he reads that.”

Allen says he believes he can contribute to the team’s identity of defense.

“Coach Snyder wants the team to become elite defensively, so if I’m out there, I need to be a part of that and I need to add to that,” Allen said. “Defense is the first thing that’ll get me either into the rotation or minutes on the court, whatever it is.”

The Jazz wrap up their final preseason game Thursday at Sacramento. They will travel back to the same spot for their season opener at the Kings on October 17th.

Today’s Top Stories

Utah Jazz

Image of Vivint Arena from the outside...
Chandler Holt

A Utah Jazz rebrand could mean big changes in 2023

The Utah Jazz have had many different looks since their relocation to Salt Lake City in 1979. A rebrand may introduce a new era of uniforms for the 2023 season.
2 months ago
Photo of new tags installed by Digital Seat Media for Utah Jazz home games...
Chandler Holt

Utah Jazz home games receive a big upgrade just before the playoffs

The Utah Jazz has partnered with Digital Seat Media to install tags that fans can scan to access seating maps, food ordering, and more.
3 months ago
(The Vivint Arena, with a countdown to the 2023 NBA All-Star Game.  Photo: Paul Nelson, March 23, 2...
Paul Nelson

NBA watching Utah and the proposed transgender student sports ban

If a transgender sports ban is upheld by the Utah legislature, it's possible the 2023 NBA All-Star game could be pulled out of Salt Lake City.
3 months ago
Vivint Arena...
Mark Jones

Utah Jazz Foundation will fund 32,200 nights of housing for refugees

The Utah Jazz Foundation made a donation to AirBnB.org to fund 32,200 nights of housing for refugees fleeing Ukraine.
4 months ago
The Ukrainian national anthem will be played before tonight's Jazz game....
Samantha Herrera

Local violinist to perform Ukrainian national anthem at tonight’s Jazz game

The Ukrainian national anthem will be performed by a local violinist before tonight's Jazz game. The NBA usually only plays the U.S. or Canadian anthems.
4 months ago
Jordon Clarkson...
Mark Jones

Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson says fan ‘crossed a line,’ fan later removed

Clarkson's teammates and security prevented an escalation. Later, Jordan Clarkson hit a pair of free throws to seal a Jazz victory.
6 months ago

Sponsored Articles

Tax Harassment...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
national heart month...
Intermountain Healthcare

National Heart Month: 5 Lifestyle Changes to Make Today to Keep You Heart Healthy

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease
Joseph Smith Memorial Building...
Temple Square

The Joseph Smith Memorial Building is an icon of Salt Lake City | Why hosting an event at this beautiful location will make you a hero this year

Here's why hosting an event at the iconic Joseph Smith Memorial Building in downtown Salt Lake City will make you a hero this year.
Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder wants better defensive effort