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Jordan Clarkson Switches Hands, Hits Pretty Layup During Grizzlies/Jazz Game

Apr 5, 2022, 9:04 PM
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Jordan Clarkson #00 of the Utah Jazz dribbles during a 125-105 preseason win over the LA Clippers at Staples Center on December 17, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson switched hands before hitting a beautiful shot during Utah’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies.

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

With 2:01 remaining in the third quarter, Clarkson drove down the middle of the court before jumping into the air after reaching the paint.

As he floated towards the hoop, the Missouri product moved the ball from his right hand to his left and lobbed a shot towards the hoop.

Clarkson’s attempt fell through the net and gave the Jazz an 81-78 lead.

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

During his first 26 minutes of action, Clarkson had a team-high 22 points on 7-12 field goals. He added five rebounds, five assists, and a steal.

This season, Clarkson is averaging 16.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game.

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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