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Walker Kessler Blocks Five Shots During Opening Quarter Of Jazz-Grizzlies Game

Jan 8, 2023, 4:46 PM
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Utah Jazz center Walker Kessler (24) grabs a rebound in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022. The Jazz won 121-100. (Courtesy of Deseret News)
(Courtesy of Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITYJazz center Walker Kessler blocked five shots during the opening quarter of Utah’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Grizzlies hosted the Jazz at FedEx Forum on Sunday, January 8.

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During the first quarter of action, Kessler swatted five shot attempts by the Grizzlies. Kessler’s five rejections tied Joel Embiid’s mark for the most blocks in a quarter this season.

At the end of the first quarter, the Jazz owned a 24-23 lead.

During his first seven minutes on the hardwood, the Auburn product had two points on 1-3 field goals. He added three rebounds and five blocks while posting a plus-six rating.

Kessler entered the contest averaging 6.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 1.8 blocks, and 0.3 steals in 18.6 minutes per game this season. He’s played in 40 games.

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

Jazz vs. Grizzlies

Jazz Face Well-Rested Memphis Team

While the Jazz had the rest advantage on Saturday after the Bulls had played in Philadephia on Friday, it will be the Memphis Grizzlies who should be the fresher team when they host the Jazz on Sunday.

After falling to Chicago the Jazz will take a quick trip to Memphis to face the Grizzlies on short rest.

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The Jazz and Bulls game concluded shortly before 8:30 pm MT on Saturday and will have a short turnaround when they tip off against the Grizzlies at 4 pm MT on Sunday.

The Grizzlies meanwhile have not played since their 123-115 victory over the Orlando Magic on Thursday night.

Memphis sits at 25-13, a half-game behind the Denver Nuggets for the top spot in the West having won five straight and 13 of their last 17 outings.

The Grizzlies are the only undefeated team in the NBA over the last five games and own the best net rating in the league at 13.7.

Memphis owns the fifth-best offensive rating during the stretch and the second-best defensive rating.

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