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Donovan Mitchell Overpowers Grizzlies For Layup That Leads To Three

Apr 5, 2022, 8:56 PM
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Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Utah Jazz looks on during the first half of a game against the Memphis Grizzlies at Vivint Smart Home Arena on April 05, 2022 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)
(Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell pulled down a massive rebound that led to a three-pointer during Utah’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Jazz hosted the Grizzlies at Vivint Arena on Tuesday, April 5.

With 5:09 remaining in the third quarter, Danuel House Jr. missed a three-pointer that bounced high off the iron. Mitchell used his long arms and strength to out-hustle the Grizzlies for a big board.

After collecting the rebound, Mitchell kicked the ball outside to Bogdanovic, who buried a right angle three to cut Memphis’ lead to 72-70.

At the end of the quarter, the Jazz and Grizzlies were tied at 83-83.

Mitchell had 10 points, five rebounds, three assists, and a steal in 27 minutes on the hardwood.

Bogdanovic had 11 points on 3-9 field goals, including 3-5 from beyond the arc. He added three rebounds, one assist, and two steals in 26 minutes.

This season, Mitchell is averaging 26.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 5.4 assists per contest. Bogdanovic is recording 18.0 points per game on 45.6 percent shooting, including 38.78 percent from downtown.

Grizzlies vs. Jazz

The Jazz will look to earn their first win of the season over the Grizzlies when the two teams meet on Tuesday.

The Jazz beat the Grizzlies in the opening round of the playoffs last season 4-1, but have gone winless in two meetings this season.

The two teams have headed in different directions since last year’s postseason with the Jazz dipping to the sixth seed in the Western Conference while Memphis has already locked up the second seed.

Jazz Playing Worst Basketball Of The Season

The Jazz goal throughout the year has been to be playing their best basketball as they enter the playoffs, but recently it’s been anything but easy.

After blowing a 21 point lead against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday the Jazz have lost six of their last seven games, including six straight on the road.

Amid the losses, the relationship between Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert has come under a microscope with both players seeming to offer criticism of one another during media availabilities before and after games.

With less than one week left in the regular season, the Jazz need any combination of two wins over their four final games, or two Minnesota Timberwolves losses in their three final outings to avoid the postseason play-in tournament.

Grizzlies Playing Best Basketball In The West

While the Jazz season has submarined ahead of the playoffs, the Grizzlies are playing the best basketball of any team in the West.

Memphis has won 11 of their last 12 outings, including seven straight without the help of All-Star Ja Morant.

Morant has missed the stretch after tweaking his knee in late March and is expected to return to the lineup before the playoffs.

The All-Star guard did go through practice with the Grizzlies on Monday.

Utah’s game against Memphis is broadcast on AT&T SportsNet, NBA League Pass, and The Zone Sports Network.

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