ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith Rips Jazz After Game 2 Loss To Mavericks

Apr 19, 2022, 2:41 PM
Donovan Mitchell - Utah Jazz - Jalen Brunson - Dallas Mavericks...
Jalen Brunson #13 of the Dallas Mavericks drives to the basket against Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Utah Jazz in the fourth quarter of Game Two of the Western Conference First Round NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Center on April 18, 2022 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
(Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – ESPN host Stephen A. Smith said he “can’t stand” the Jazz after Utah fell to Dallas Mavericks in Game 2 of the first round.

The Jazz lost to a Luka Dončić-less Mavericks team, 110-104, on Monday, April 18.

Utah allowed Dallas’ Jalen Brunson to score a career-high 41 points. The Jazz also allowed Mavericks forward Maxi Kleber to come off the bench and bury eight of Dallas’ 22 made three-pointers

With the result, the series will head to Utah tied 1-1.

The following morning, Smith ripped the Jazz for their performance in Game 2.

“I got to confess to you, man. I can’t stand the damn Utah Jazz. They make me sick,” Smith exclaimed on ESPN’s First Take. “They always, always, always wet the bed. They make me sick. I mean they really do. Dončić is out. Tim Hardaway Jr. is out. It’s a playoff game and Jalen Brunson drops 41. I’m a fan of Jalen Brunson but 41 points? This is what Utah does. This is what they do. Every single time you expect something from them they let you down.”

Smith continued by saying that NBA star Donovan Mitchell should be done with the Jazz if Utah fails to advance to the second round.

“If I’m Donovan Mitchell — if I lose this series, man, I take my jersey, I walk out and I throw that damn thing in the trash. I don’t even fly home with the team,” Smith added. “Every single time you believe in Utah they let you know. They just let you down. It’s who they are.”

Utah stole home-court advantage after beating Dallas in the postseason opener. After falling in Game 2, the Jazz will return to Salt Lake City with a chance to win back-to-back home games for a 3-1 lead.

Game 3 of the series will take place at Vivint Arena on Thursday, April 21 at 7 p.m. (MDT). The game will be broadcast on NBA TV, AT&T SportsNet, KSL NewsRadio, and The Zone Sports Network.

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