Final grade: Jazz 126-Spurs 94
Once again, the Jazz showed why they are the best team in the Western Conference and also why the Spurs struggle to hold on to 10th place in play, as they beat both the Silver and the Black in a game that has never been tight. The Spurs were in this game for about the first 8-9 minutes of the first quarter, but again suffered a prolonged offensive drought as the Jazz started a 17-0 run that spanned the first and second quarters. The match was out of reach after that, but Popovich played a roster of young players and rookies, and guys like Tre Jones and Luka Samanic extended the minutes and played a few games, showing they probably should have played more since. the beginning.
Spurs are eyeing their most important game of the year on Friday, as they face the Sacramento Kings and need a win to break their 5-game losing streak and maintain their lead over the New Orleans Pelicans. At this point, it’s even possible for the Kings to catch up, so San Antonio will need a few more wins to sniff out the postseason this year. Friday night would be a good time to start.
- With Ingles and Bogdanovic, Jazz may have the best male pattern baldness duo in the league. Both of these guys move really well without the ball, and they were able to score easily with minimal resistance from the Spurs defense.
- The Spurs offense looked better to start this game, but the defense was stinky in the first quarter, allowing the Jazz to shoot 70 percent with wide open gazes almost every time on the floor. He eventually erupted with a 17-point run covering the end of the first and the start of the second as the Jazz went to put the game aside early.
- Jordan Clarkson has so much going on in his game, it’s a shame he’s never been on Spurs. He absolutely cut out the Spurs defense tonight, except this time when DrewBanks blocked his dunk attempt.
- Drew Eubanks shoots 100% on three this season (2-2). Secret weapon. He also had a great block to clear a Jordan Clarkson dunk in the second quarter.
- Luka Samanic should play more. He struggled to finish at the rim against Gobert, but everyone in Fiesta uniforms too. He really does seem to be starting to figure things out, and he has some really good flashes of playing. His effort level is off the leaderboards, which is a huge change from his rookie year, where he sometimes would. seem to have accidentally wandered the field. He led Spurs with 15 points tonight, which could have been the first time he has led the team in scoring of his career.
- Drew Eubanks just needs to start hitting three shots on point on each possession. He shoots 100% for his career. It’s just science.
The Jazz came out quickly scoring the first 5 points, started with a nice triple from Georges Niang, and Spurs responded with 6 from them with Dejounte, DeMar and Keldon entering the action. It was a back-and-forth, but when Jazz’s reserves entered the game they received a boost from Trent Forrest and Jordan Clarkson to rush to an 8-point lead. The Spurs have their own bench firepower, and Lonnie Walker IV has done his best to keep the silver and black in it, but the Jazz finished on a hot streak and the Spurs turned cold with the Jazz leading 38 -26 after a quarter. .
Early in the second quarter, Joe Ingles took over, as he ran an 8-0 solo run to lead to 20. Even when Spurs rushed for the ball, the Jazz outscored them and took turned the hustle and bustle into mismatches and easy baskets. . After Gobert increased the lead to 22, Popovich decided Spurs needed a time out. This couldn’t stop the assault as the Jazz poured in, and Pop eventually went into a lineup with younger players and Luka Samanic, Keita Bates Diop and Tre Jones and the young guys played with intensity and kept the advance to climb even higher. , as the Jazz were leading 66-42 at halftime.
The Spurs came out of the locker room with a 4-0 run, which led to a quick time out for Jazz. Quin Snyder took no risk with a 20 point lead. They quickly erased Spurs’ good feelings with a 10-0 jazz run, for their biggest lead of the game at 30. The rout was open, and it wasn’t pretty for the guys wearing Silver and Black. Pop returned to the green line, and even though they couldn’t take the lead, they competed. But the Jazz attack was perfectly timed and didn’t miss a beat as they led 100-63 after three.
The Spurs went with a complete youthful move in the final quarter, and they played hard, but the Jazz’s effortless scoring kept the game out of reach. It was always great to see guys like Tre Jones get an extended run and do a few plays. Both teams put on their deep benches for most of the quarter as the Jazz lead climbed to almost 40 points, but it was a learning experience for the young players as they played hard and made the most of it. of their time in the field. Tre Jone had a few good shots to the basket, and Devin Vassell is definitely starting to look more comfortable on the pitch, and hopefully that will pay dividends in the remaining games of the season.
Here we are again, playing Jazz in Salt Lake City.
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The Spurs have a night off before heading to Sacramento on Friday night to face the Kings, who still have a chance for 10th place in the play-in. The Spurs are on a five-game losing streak, and they’re going to have to win a few games to get to play-in, and Friday’s game is starting to look like they’re going to have to win.