Jazz Guard Jordan Clarkson Completes Four-Point Play Against Grizzlies
Oct 31, 2022, 8:23 PM
(Courtesy of Deseret News)
SALT LAKE CITY – Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson hit a three-pointer and free throw for a four-point play during a big quarter by Utah against the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Jazz hosted the Grizzlies at Vivint Arena on Monday, October 31.
With 2:38 remaining in the second quarter, Clarkson connected on a 25-foot jumper while getting fouled by Memphis’ Ja Morant, who was fighting over a screen to defend the Jazzman.
After the triple, Clarkson completed the four-point play with a foul shot.
Clarkson’s play gave Utah a 54-38 lead. The Jazz won the quarter, 38-18.
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) November 1, 2022
At halftime, the Jazz owned a 61-44 lead.
Clarkson went into the locker room at the break with six points on 1-3 shooting overall and 3-4 from the free throw line. He added four rebounds and three assists while posting a plus-19 rating during 17 minutes on the hardwood.
Grizzlies vs. Jazz
The Utah Jazz will be short-handed again tonight when they host the Memphis Grizzlies as rookie Walker Kessler has been ruled out by the team.
Kessler joins a list of Jazz players who are missing the game due to various illnesses.
The Jazz beat the Grizzlies on Saturday night 124-123 in Salt Lake City.
Walker Kessler Out For Jazz
Kessler was the latest player to be scratched by the Jazz due to an illness. The rookie center missed Saturday’s win over Memphis along with Rudy Gay and Simone Fontecchio but was listed as questionable early Monday before he was ruled out.
Gay and Fontecchio are both in the NBA’s Health and Safety Protocol while Kessler is only listed out due to an unspecified illness.
Second-year guard Leandro Bolmaro was also added to the Jazz injury list and has been placed in the health and safety protocols.
Jazz injury report:
OUT – Walker Kessler (illness)
OUT – Leandro Bolmaro (health & safety protocols)
OUT – Simone Fontecchio (health & safety protocols)
OUT – Rudy Gay (health & safety protocols)
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) October 31, 2022
Though short-handed the Jazz came away with an exciting victory over the Grizzlies to move to 5-2 on the season.
Kelly Olynyk and Lauri Markkanen each scored 23 points and made clutch baskets late in the game to wrestle away a late five point Memphis lead.
Jordan Clarkson added 21 points and six assists to push the Jazz to victory.
Mike Conley, who also missed Saturday’s game is back in the lineup tonight.
Ja Morant Questionable
The Grizzlies weren’t at full strength either in Saturday’s loss.
The team was playing without superstar Ja Morant who missed the game due to an illness.
The guard was listed as questionable by the Grizzlies on Monday morning ahead of the Halloween night game.
— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) October 31, 2022
The Grizzlies got big performances from both Desmond Bane and Dillon Brooks in Morant’s absence.
Bane scored 32 points on 11-23 shooting while Brooks at 30 points on 12-20 from the floor.
Memphis had a chance to win the game at the final buzzer, but Bane tripped as the ball was inbounded and was unable to get a shot away.
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