Lauri Markkanen Hits First Quarter Buzzer-Beater Against Boston
SALT LAKE CITY – Lauri Markkanen hit a three at the first-quarter buzzer to give the Jazz some momentum against a hot Boston Celtics team.
The shot gave Markkanen his fifth point of the game.
190 threes and 𝚌𝚘𝚞𝚗𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐,,,#TakeNote | @MarkkanenLauri https://t.co/HTsTGvPvKl pic.twitter.com/fsihiLqBmS
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) March 19, 2023
The shot was Markkanen’s 190th three-point make on the season. No Jazz player has ever made more in their first season.
Markkanen’s shot gave him the edge over Bojan Bogdanović who hit 189 threes in 2019-2022.
Congratulations @MarkkanenLauri on 𝟏𝟗𝟎 threes, the most ever by a first-season Jazzman 🏆#UltraMoment | @MichelobULTRA pic.twitter.com/jGkbNJVqsm
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) March 19, 2023
Utah shot 35% from the field in the first compared to 57% from Boston.
The Celtics led by ten after the first quarter, 34-24.
Q1 is done, let’s see what’s new in Q2👀 pic.twitter.com/i7PiN5nDl0
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) March 19, 2023
Jazz Open Four-Game Homestand
The Utah Jazz will return to action on Saturday after a five-day hiatus against the Boston Celtics.
The Jazz last played in Miami on Monday night, concluding a marathon six-game road trip that spanned four states and five different teams.
The Celtics, meanwhile, are in the midst of their own six-game road trip with their penultimate stop coming in Salt Lake City.
back home for 𝒈𝒂𝒎𝒆 𝒅𝒂𝒚 🏡
⏰ 7:00PM MT
🎟️ https://t.co/2qwAls9wR4#TakeNote pic.twitter.com/k7uOtphM6E
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) March 18, 2023
After playing their last six games on the road the Jazz return to Utah to open a critical four-game homestand.
The Jazz will face the Celtics before hosting the Sacramento Kings, Portland Trail Blazers, and Milwaukee Bucks over the next week.
It was a quiet week for the @utahjazz, and they still climbed a spot in the standings.
Here are the grades for the team over the last seven days. #TakeNote https://t.co/TOKffokcuj
— KSL Sports (@kslsports) March 17, 2023
With 13 games left in the regular season, the Jazz sit in the 11th seed in the West, a half-game back of both the Los Angeles Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder, and tied with the 12th-ranked New Orleans Pelicans.
Unexpected wins over top playoff teams like the Celtics, Kings, or Bucks this late in the season are likely to have a huge impact on final standings, as the Jazz are still in the running for a spot in the playoffs, or a top-ten pick in the lottery.
Collin Sexton remains out for the Jazz, while Jordan Clarkson’s status will be updated before Saturday’s game.
Celtics Fading In East
Despite owning the second-best record in the East the Celtics are playing arguably their worst basketball of the season.
Boston is just 5-5 in its last 10 outings and is 2-1 to start its six-game road trip including an ugly loss to the Houston Rockets.
locked in 🔒 pic.twitter.com/OSr370QVnC
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) March 17, 2023
The Celtics will face the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday before making the tough turnaround in Utah.
Jayson Tatum is questionable against the Blazers with a hip bruise while center Robert Williams will miss his seventh straight game with a hamstring injury.
Utah Jazz vs. Boston Celtics Broadcast
The Utah Jazz and Boston Celtics will tip off at 7 pm MT in Salt Lake City on Saturday. The game will be televised on AT&T SportsNet and can be heard on 97.5 The KSL Sports Zone. It can also be streamed on DirecTV Stream and FuboTV.
Chandler Holt is a Digital Sports Producer for KSLSports.com, specializing in all things basketball and football. Follow Chandler on Twitter at @ChandlerHoltKSL.
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