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10-0 Scoring Run Gives Utah Jazz Early Lead Against Memphis Grizzlies

Oct 29, 2022, 7:22 PM
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Guard Collin Sexton is one of several new face on the Utah Jazz roster (Deseret News: Ben B. Braun)
(Deseret News: Ben B. Braun)

SALT LAKE CITY – After falling behind 4-0 in the opening minutes, the Utah Jazz went on a 10-0 run to grab a 10-4 first quarter advantage.

The Jazz are hosting the Memphis Grizzlies at Vivint Arena on Saturday, October 29.

With Mike Conley out tonight, the Jazz starting backcourt of Collin Sexton and Jordan Clarkson combined for 12 of the Jazz first 14 points.

Newcomer Lauri Markannen has five points for the Jazz as they hold a 17-9 lead.

Utah Jazz Early Grades

KSLsports.com‘s Ben Anderson graded the Jazz performance through one week of the season.

Youth Development: B

Walker Kessler is the first player in NBA history to record a double-double and not miss a shot from the field in his rookie debut.

On Wednesday, it was 21-year-old NBA veteran Talen Horton-Tucker who turned heads with his best performance in a Jazz uniform. The fourth-year guard scored 14 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and dished out four assists in 28 minutes off the bench.

So far, Jazz coach Will Hardy has found opportunities to play three of the five Jazz youngsters at crucial moments during the first week and a half of the season, and they’ve performed reasonably well.

Veteran Performance: A-

Lauri Markkanen looks like a major piece of the Jazz franchise going forward, while Clarkson and Olynyk could be highly sought-after trade pieces with their current production.

Mike Conley and Malik Beasley have yet to shoot the ball well, but their numbers should improve. Rudy Gay’s production has been below-average since a strong opening-night performance, and moving him may prove difficult.

Lottery Standings: D-

Just five games into the season the Jazz already have a 4.5 game lead over the Orlando Magic for the worst record in the NBA, and they’ve built this lead by beating three likely playoff teams in the Western Conference.

There is plenty of time to rack up losses this season, but if the draft were held today, the Jazz and the Portland Trail Blazers would flip a coin for the 29th overall pick in the first round.

Fun Factor: A+

Remember, above all else, basketball is a game designed to be enjoyed by fans. Through five games, the Jazz have one blowout victory over the Denver Nuggets, two overtime wins against the Minnesota Timberwolves and New Orleans Pelicans, and a close win over the Houston Rockets.

On top of that, they’ve been fun to watch due to their fast-paced offense, rapid ball movement, and strong individual performances from Markkanen and Clarkson.

How To Watch

This is the first of back-to-back home games against the Memphis Grizzlies. Tonight’s game can be seen on AT&T SportsNet, NBA League Pass, and heard on KSL Sports Zone.

The Grizzlies return to Vivint Arena on Halloween night, Monday, October 31 for a 7 p.m. (MST) tip-off.

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