Walker Kessler Rocks Rim With Reverse Slam Dunk During Jazz-Timberwolves Game
The T-Wolves hosted the Jazz at Target Center on Monday, January 16.
With 8:17 to go in the third quarter, Jarred Vanderbilt dumped the ball underneath the basket to a cutting Kessler. The rookie from Auburn flew under the rim before throwing down a reverse jam.
Kessler’s dunk cut Minnesota’s lead to 73-66.
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) January 16, 2023
At the end of the quarter, the Jazz trailed the T-Wolves, 95-87. Kessler had a double-double with 14 points and 18 rebounds. He added four assists and two blocks during his first 25 minutes on the court.
This season, Kessler is recording 7.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 2.0 blocks, and 0.3 steals per contest.
Jazz vs. Timberwolves
After losing to the Philadelphia 76ers, the Jazz travel to Minnesota to face the Timberwolves after their win over the Cavaliers.
The Timberwolves have been one of the hottest teams in the NBA to start the new year after a difficult close to December.
Minnesota had lost six straight to close the month but has responded by winning six of their last seven to open the year.
Gobert had been a critical piece in the team’s sudden success averaging 14.7 points and 12.3 rebounds during the stretch.
The former Jazz center’s status for the game will be worth watching after suffering a groin injury against the Cavaliers.
— KSL Sports (@kslsports) January 16, 2023
The game could have playoff implications as the Jazz entered the contest trailing the Timberwolves by one game in the Western Conference standings. Minnesota owned the sixth seed in the West after Saturday’s win, but was tied with the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Clippers in the standings.
The Jazz and Timberwolves have split their first two games of the season with each team winning on the other’s home floor.
The teams last met on December 9 in a 118-108 Timberwolves victory. The game ended in controversy after Gobert’s last-second layup with the game already in hand rubbed some players on the Jazz the wrong way.
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