Jazz Vs. Hawks: Game Night
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Welcome to KSL Sports Game Night as the Utah Jazz host the Atlanta Hawks. Follow this page throughout the night for updates on pregame availability, starting lineups, and the highlight throughout the game.
The Jazz and Hawks both had their last games postponed as neither team’s opponent had a full eight-man roster due to COVID-19 exposure.
The Hawks fly into Utah after beating the Philadephia 76ers, but haven’t played since Monday. The Jazz meanwhile are riding a three-game winning streak, and return home after a six-game road trip.
Quin Snyder has talked recently about the Jazz need to improve their focus defensively, especially on their pickup points against opposing guards. Hawks guard Trae Young is particularly difficult because he’s a willing shooter out to 35 feet.
“Like any great offensive player, one of the things that makes him special is their ability to take what the defense gives you,” Snyder said. “Whether that’s rejecting the pick and roll, using the screen, shooting behind the screen. In this case, it’s difficult to go under on those pick and rolls. So you have to be higher up the floor.”
The Jazz may not want to be overly zealous on Young’s willingness to pull up from near mid-court. The guard is shooting just 29 percent from three this season and 47 percent inside the arc.
With a rash of COVID-19 outbreaks across the NBA, the league is considering adding a third two-way player to rosters to give teams more flexibility if players are held out of games.
The Jazz have yet to fill their current 15 man roster, though both two-way spots are filled. But instead of adding an additional roster spot, Snyder said he wished the league would change another issue facing two-way players.
“The first thing would be just to let us use our two-way players,” Snyder said. “We have a limit on the amount of days that we can actually use guys. So, what’s happening now is that you’re essentially preserving those days, so that if something happens with an injury or particularly a COVID situation.”
The NBA did up the former 45-day limit two-way players could spend with their main rosters for this season. Now players can be active for up to 50 games before they reach the maximum threshold.
With Joe Ingles missing games due to injury (including tonights game) and Juwan Morgan having spent time in the NBA’s safety protocol, both Jarrell Brantley and Trent Forrest have been active for the Jazz in recent games.
Mike Conley starts the game quickly for the Jazz with 8 of their first 10 points, including back to back three-point shots.
Haws meanwhile are just 1-4 from the with 2 points.
The Hawks look like they haven’t played all week and the Jazz are red hot. Jazz 4-5 from three to start the game.
They’re 6-1 this season when they shoot 35% or better from three.
Jazz have suddenly gone cold after Conley subbed out. After starting red hot, the Jazz have missed 8 straight field goal attempts and the Hawks trail by just 4.
After the Hawks trim the Jazz lead to just 6 at 27-21, the Jazz close the quarter on a 6-2 run to build it back to 10.
Jazz missed their last 8 threes of the quarter, but held Atlanta to 0-5 shooting from deep in the quarter.
After a good defensive outing against the Cavaliers, Miye Oni has had trouble keeping Kevin Huerter and DeAndre Hunter from getting to their spots.
They’re targeting him on most plays.
Meanwhile, Jordan Clarkson is having his worst game of the season. He’s opened 0-5 from the floor.
But, so is Trae Young for the Hawks and the Jazz will happily make that trade
Jazz up 40-33 with 7:21 left in the half.
Donovan Mitchell gets a rookie big on him, waves the entire offense off, and then pulls up for three.
Did the same thing from the same spot against Jalen Smith earlier this year. Good veteran knowledge.
Hawks are just 1-10 from three.
The Jazz are in a groove thanks to Mitchell’s big quarter.
Nice play from the Jazz where Mitchell saves a ball under the Hawks basket, Conley catches it at half court, touch passes it to Bogdanovic, Bogdanovic throws it to Royce O’Neale who quickly finds Gobet under the basket for a dunk.
One of the Jazz best plays of the season.
The Hawks open the quarter on a 7-0 run and trim the Jazz 15 point halftime lead to just 8.
After hitting just one three in the first half, the Hawks are 2-2 to start the third quarter.
However, the Jazz seem to have had an answer all night for the Hawks mini runs, mostly tanks to Donovan Mitchell who continues to abuse the Hawks defense. He’s got 26 points and 6 made threes.
The most threes ever by a Jazz player in a game is 8 (Hornacek, Bogdanovic, Hood, Foye).
Mitchell has 6 right now with 5:47 left in the third quarter. Could be another record-breaking night for Mitchell and the Jazz. If he doesn’t get it tonight, either he, Bogdanovic, or Clarkson will get it by the season’s end.
The Jazz continue to answer every Hawks run with a run of their own and enter the fourth quarter in good shape.
Jazz up 87-74 with 12 minutes left to play.
The Jazz open the fourth quarter on a 9-0 run and suddenly this game feels over. Jazz up 96-74. Impressive performance so far.
Stretching back to the third quarter, the Jazz went on a 21-0 run thanks to hot three-point shooting from the team’s second unit.
The game wasn’t exactly close, but the run ended the game in a hurry.
For the second straight game, the Jazz get to close with rookies and young players for most of the second half of the fourth quarter.
Quin Snyder doesn’t play his young guys a lot, so these are valuable minutes.
Jazz win 116-92.
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