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Rookie Dante Exum. Elbow 3. Lots of cheers.
The Utah Jazz have two Australians on the court right now — Dante Exum and his Aussie roomie, Joe Ingles.
Joe Ingles making his NBA debut
Joe Ingles practiced with the Jazz for the first time yesterday. The Aussie forward is in the game now. Jazz up 31-30.
CRIKEY! Joe Ingles just checked in for the Jazz two days after joining the team.
Teams will start taking this away, but Exum finds his new favorite target Gobert for the oop there.
Gobert's length is giving Howard real issues. Not so easy anymore for D 12
Dante Exum talked about the connection he's made with Rudy Gobert. That just resulted in a Gobert dunk.
Great lob from Exum to Gobert....dunk
With Exum in, his man laying off and getting into the passing lanes. It's disrupting the Jazz offense a bit
Favors with 8, Kanter with 6, Hayward and Burks with 4 each for the Jazz in the first period...
Twenty of the Jazz's 27 points have come in the paint.
End of 1: Jazz 27, Rockets, 27. Derrick Favors 8p/2r/1a. Kanter 6p/2r. Dwight Howard 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting.
Entertaining first quarter comes to an end with a 27-27 tie
Papanikolau...wasn't he on Vegas Vacation?
Rodney Hood hits his first NBA attempt — a 3. Now Dante Exum makes his debut with 1:41 to play in the first. Rockets up 27-25.
Dante Exum making his NBA debut
Jason Terry been hittin threes since the Mayflower
Rookie Rodney Hood. Corner 3. Lots of cheers.
Defense keeps getting caught in Harden's beard.
Favors has hit a couple of free-throw-line jumpers. Watch out, if his mid-range game is on this season.
But as I said, Kanter CAN score....so there's the conundrum
Rodney Hood makes his NBA debut at the 4:57 mark in the first quarter. The rookie is the first guy off Snyder's bench tonight.
Rookie Rodney Hood is going to make his NBA debut as the first player off of the Utah Jazz bench.
Wondering who's the worse defender. Kanter, or James Harden. I'm taking votes
Jazz not doubling Dwight Howard. He has 12 points on 6 of 7 shooting in less than seven minutes.
James Harden just got beat BADLY (shocker) by a driving Alec Burks.
Of course, Kanter's good on the block. And he has a mismatch against Terrence Jones
Quin Snyder is at the end of the Jazz bench explaining something to Clark, Novak, Hood and Ingles.
Jazz and the Rockets tied at 12-12 with seven remaining in the first quarter. Howard has 10 of Houston's total
Kanter's making it easy on Howard. All but giving him an invitation baseline for a reverse dunk
Inactives tonight for the Jazz: Toure' Murry and Jordan Hamilton.
Derrick Favors working inside and out. He's 3 for 4 right now. Jazz and Rockets knotted up at 12 midway through the first quarter.
Derrick Favors hits a soft jumper off of a pick-and-roll with Trey Burke. Nice shot.
Howard has eight already. Guarding him without help isn't working at all lol
Howard dominant in the lane early on
Enes Kanter misses his first corner 3.
Houston force-feeding the ball to Howard in the paint
Takes Derrick Favors 17 seconds to pick up is first foul guarding D Howard
Opening night about to start now
Key tonight might be Jazz holding Houston's Terrence Jones under 30 points, which they could not do last March.
A lot of fire, a lot of smoke, a lot of....everything at ESA right now, as they are introducing the Jazz
Derrick Favors and Gordon Hayward, sporting some new Jazz warmups, take the mic at center court before tipoff to thank the fans at ESA.
Tonight's season-opening starting lineups: Jazz: Burke, Burks, Hayward, Kanter, Favors Rockets: Beverley, Harden, Ariza, Jones, Howard.
Sadly, the press conference ended before I could show Adam Silver the vine I made. Next time. (Not really.)
Another congrats: Ex-Utah Jazz ballboy and U. of Utah grad Daniel Shimensky. His first game as head trainer of the Denver Nuggets.
Gordon Hayward & Jeremy Evans are no longer locker neighbors. GH joked it's Evans' fault. JE said he doesn't earn enough $ to be by Hayward.
Trevor Ariza, Terrence Jones, Dwight Howard, James Harden and Pat Beverley the starters tonight for the Rockets
Burke, Burks, Hayward, Kanter and Favors are the starters tonight
Joe Ingles is active tonight. Jordan Hamilton is inactive tonight. Interesting
Jazz will start Burke, Burks, Hayward, Favors and Kanter. Newcomer Joe Ingles is active. Inactives: Jordan Hamilton and Toure' Murry.
Congrats to good friend Craig Bolerjack on the start of his 10th season as voice of the Jazz.
Quin Snyder on his NBA head-coaching debut: "I'd like to think this is more about our team, the work that we’ve put in together as a group."
Trevor Ariza - a long versatile defender - will start on Gordon Hayward tonight. Huge matchup
McHale on the jazz: they are very good. They aren't easy to defend. I like what they're doing
Kevin mcHale said he's concerned with Houston's energy level tonight due to back to back
Snyder said he noticed James harden getting to the free throw line 16 times last night
NBA commish Adam Silver is in SLC tonight: “It’s just a coincidence that Quin Snyder went to Duke as I did and I’m here for his first game.”
Snyder:hopefully effort and unselfishness become our calling cards
Snyder: alot of games to be played but there's something significant about the first one
Quin Snyder addressing media now
NBA commish Adam Silver will go to Los Angeles on Thursday to see owner Steve Ballmer's first game as the Clippers owner.
Adam Silver said it's "highly unlikely" NBA will shorten games to 44 minutes. Experiment was to put attention on pace and length of games.
NBA commish said "no imminent plans for expansion now," but he thinks Europe expansion is "doable" in the future.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver pointed out that the Jazz have the second-longest tenured ownership (Millers) in the league.
NBA commish Adam Silver joked it's "just a coincidence" he's in Utah for new Jazz coach Quin Snyder's first game. They're both Dukies.
Adam Silver reminds everyone the Miller family is the 2nd longest running ownership in the NBA
Shout out my "rook" on her debut today
Adam Silver "Expansion is not on our agenda right now. It is possible teams will be in other markets. 30 teams feels right."
The @Grantland Basketball Hour's "No Ring Saloon" features Laker legend Karl Malone. http://t.co/fO14GW3qLB
Dante Exum's first autograph ever was Joe Ingles. Tonight the two Aussies will make their NBA debuts on the same team. Great story
The reality of the absence of Red Panda from our NBA lives is beginning to set in.
Dante Exum was getting asked what his expectations are after being picked fourth. He quietly replied "fifth" as the media member continued.
Hayward's advice to Kanter? "Just not worry about (the contract). It’s over with and now he just has to play this season as a Jazz player."
Gordon Hayward: "Every opening night you get a little nervous. You get some butterflies, but it’s definitely exciting."
Trey Burke was surprised when asked how this opening night is different than 2013. "Well, I’m playing tonight. Last year, I was injured."
Trey Burke: "Expectations from a lot of people aren’t where we want them to be. We can prove them wrong by just playing hard and together."
Hayward's advice to Kanter, on facing RFA: Don't think about it. which is easy “as long as you guys don’t ask questions about it.”
Derrick Favors has missed some time recently with a sore knee, but he went through shootaround today and will play tonight.
Diyor ki; http://t.co/tCRBEmWmtx
Dante Exum on fellow Aussie/Jazz teammate Joe Ingles: "He was my favorite player. Things have changed." He's excited to have him in Utah.