Jazz At Heat: Game Night
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Welcome to KSL Sports Game Night as the Utah Jazz take on the Miami Heat in the first game of a four-game road trip.
The Jazz have won 22 of their last 24 games, including a stellar 114-89 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night.
The Heat meanwhile have won four straight games including a win at home against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday.
Follow this page throughout the night for updates on coaches quotes, starting lineups, and highlights and thoughts during the game.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra continued his praise of the Jazz during his pregame availability.
“To the average fan, they’re wondering where did this team come from,” Spoelstra said. “But the people in the know, people in this league have seen this team as one of the elite teams for at least the last three years.”
Jazz coach Quin Snyder took the opportunity to discuss how his team could improve in the second half of the season.
“Sometimes rather than trying to add more, simplicity and execution are the way to improve,” Snyder said. “So whether someone’s trapping us or switching pick and roll or they’ve dropped their big or they’re up at the point of the screen, you try to get to a point where your players, not just the guys that are in the pick and roll, but other players on the court understand how they need to space.”
- Another slow start from the Jazz, though Miami’s defense has been stout.
- Jazz now starting to find their ability to generate open looks, but trail early 12-9.
- The Heat are doing to the Jazz what the Jazz to do teams. Bam Adebayo sucks the defense in, which the Heat turn into kick-outs, and then they drive again until they get a good look.
- Nice bench minutes for the Jazz. Joe Ingles was +7 in the first quarter, Jordan Clarkson had 6 points on two-threes.
- Derrick Favors back on the floor after heading to the locker room earlier in the game.
- The Heat look like a talented team that is well-coached and are seeing a team for the second time.
- The formula this season for beating the Jazz is to outshoot them, then, get a bad shooting night from Mike Conley.
- Currently, both things are happening, as Conley is shooting just 3-10 from the floor.
- The physicality of this game favors the Heat, and Miami is getting the benefit of the whistles right now.
- Jimmy Butler is killing the Jazz with the ball in his hands. He’s drawing a lot of contact against Jazz defenders.
- Donovan Mitchell doing superstar stuff. His finishing through contact this year, especially on floaters has seemed significantly improved. He’s got 24 points.
- Clarkson is having his worst game in a while for the Jazz, his shot is just off, and when he’s switched onto bigs, he’s struggled to score over Adebayo.
- Jazz can’t break past the Heat, and Goran Dragic is having his best game of the season.
- Now, the question for the Jazz is do they have the ability to flip the switch late in a close game against a good team?
- Winning basketball from Mike Conley. Forces a jump ball off his own miss, Miami mistakenly tips the ball to the Jazz, and Bogdanovic makes them pay with a three.
- The Jazz have cut the Heat lead to just 1 with 2:30 left to play.