Jordan Clarkson Catches Fire Before Ejection In Jazz-Grizzlies Game

Jan 8, 2023, 5:50 PM | Updated: 6:02 pm
Jordan Clarkson #00 of the Utah Jazz looks on against the Chicago Bulls during the second half at United Center on January 07, 2023 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
(Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – After a slow start, Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson caught fire before he was ejected in the second half of Utah’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies.

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

During the first 24 minutes of game time, Clarkson had only four points on 2-6 field goals.

After the break, the Missouri product got things going with a big three-pointer.

With 7:46 to go in the third quarter, Clarkson dribbled into the paint, dished the ball back out to Mike Conley before receiving it again, and let loose on a 26-foot attempt.

Clarkson’s triple cut Memphis’ lead to 72-67.

With 5.1 seconds remaining in the quarter, Clarkson was ejected with a flagrant 2 foul. The Jazzman swiped his arm across the face of Memphis’ Desmond Bane.

At the end of the quarter, the Jazz trailed the Grizzlies, 98-90. Before exiting the game, Clarkson had 17 points on 6-12 shooting, including 2-5 from three. He added two rebounds, three assists, and two steals in 28 minutes of action.

Clarkson entered the game averaging 20.5 points per contest on 44.7 percent shooting this season. He also averages 3.9 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 0.2 blocks, and 0.5 steals in 32.6 minutes per game.

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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.

RELATED: Bulls Get Hot In Fourth As Jazz Lose Late Lead

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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Jordan Clarkson Catches Fire Before Ejection In Jazz-Grizzlies Game