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It’s all Joe Ingles all the time

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Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles (2) gestures as he runs past Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in New York. The Jazz won 118-107.

Kathy Willens, AP

SALT LAKE CITY — Joe Ingles, all the time.

That kind of turned out to be the theme of Tuesday.

In a 118-107 win over the Brooklyn Nets, Ingles put on a shooting exhibition, going 6-of-8 from downtown and finishing the night with a career-high tying 27 points to go with four assists and three rebounds.

Hours before the Utah Jazz visited Barclays Center to take on the Nets, an ESPN podcast featuring the charismatic Ingles and NBA expert Zach Lowe hit the airwaves. Topics included the surging Jazz, his trash-talking boundaries and expertise, his exclusion from the NBA’s three-point shooting contest, and the Australian wildfires, among others.

(Lowe was also interviewed by the Utah Jazz social media team while the squad was in New York.)

This Ingles-centric intriguing statistic was also revealed. Since Dec. 1, there are 111 players who have attempted at least 75 threes, 110 of those players are shooting below 46.8 3P%, Ingles is shooting 52.8%.

And, even though Ingles dropped six 3-pointers to help the Jazz win their 10th straight game he still sees ways for the Jazz to get better.

“As silly as it sounds, I think we’ve still got a lot to improve on,” Ingles said after the win. ”I think we have breakdowns — that one in the third quarter, I think we can stop that a lot earlier. Offensively we get a little muddled up sometimes. Obviously we’re on the right track and it’s fun to play at the moment.”

Ingles noted after Tuesday’s win that his increased efficiency at moving to his right has changed his game and made it more difficult for teams to guard him and plan for him.

For most of his career Ingles said he would do anything to avoid moving to his left and find any way to move back to his left. Opponents have become so accustomed to Ingles going left that in Tuesday’s game Ingles noticed Kyrie Irving calling for his Nets teammates to force Ingles right.

Ingles response was to just let it happen.

“I’m actually more comfortable from my right right now because it’s been happening kind of all year,” he said. “It was something that I had to do because teams were going to send me right from day one.”

In the podcast with Lowe, Ingles reiterated his pride in being a pass-first player who always looks to get him teammates involved, and said in the past that mentality came even at the expense of giving up open looks.

Jazz coach Quin Snyder said Tuesday night that there are still times when the he and the Jazz bench will see Ingles pass up an open shot, though those instances are happening less often nowadays.

“He’s been more focused on getting his shot and getting volume,” Snyder said. “He’s shooting the ball off the dribble and he’s shooting them in transition and he’s just very confident...Everybody on this team is getting confidence from one another.”

The Jazz will look to pick up their 11th straight win, which would be their first such streak since and 11-game run that began in January of 2018, a stretch in which Ingles averaged 15.9 points per game shooting 54.2 percent from beyond the arc.

PRE-PRE-PRESEASON POLL

The Utes finished 16th in the rankings after rising as high as fifth this past season, and one publication has them listed as the 21st best team for 2020.

Here’s how Stadium college football insider Brett McMurphy sees the next iteration of the Utes:

“To reach a third consecutive Pac-12 title game in 2020, the Utes are going to have to do so without a lot of key performers from last season. Utah loses six senior starters on defense as well as star quarterback Tyler Huntley and running back Zack Moss on offense. Kyle Whittingham has built a solid program and will still be a force to contend with in the Pac-12. At quarterback, Jason Shelley, who has five career starts, will be counted on along with wide receiver Bryan Thompson.”

McMurphy will likely update that last sentence, considering Shelley made the switch from quarterback to defensive back before the Alamo Bowl.

AND FINALLY

If it’s on a college writer’s list, it’s gotta be true, right? If so, Tyler Huntley will be returning for a super senior season with the Utes next year. (It’s not really true, but very fun to think about.)