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Utah Jazz Show Off Early In In-Season Tournament Debut Against Memphis

Nov 10, 2023, 6:43 PM | Updated: Nov 13, 2023, 3:32 pm

MEMPHIS – In their In-Season Tournament debut, the Utah Jazz looked pretty good and jumped out to an early lead over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Utah led by two at the end of the first quarter, 34-32.

The Jazz shot over 50% from the field, 40% from three, and made all nine of their free throw attempts in the opening quarter.

They did their damage with a balanced attack.

Six players posted five or more points.

Utah also posted three steals and three blocks.

With tougher tournament games against Los Angeles and Phoenix coming up for the Jazz, Utah needs wins over Memphis and Porltand if they hope to advance.

Jazz Face Grizzlies In First In-Season Tournament Game

The Utah Jazz will look to win their first in-season tournament game when they face the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night.

The Jazz have lost three straight games on their current road trip, and are winless in five road games this season.

The Grizzlies meanwhile own the worst record in the NBA at 1-7.

Jazz coach Will Hardy made a major shakeup to his starting lineup in Wednesday’s loss to the Indiana Pacers.

Rookie Keyonte George got the first start of his NBA career. He recorded seven points, nine assists, and just one turnover on 3-8 shooting.

“I think overall his poise and communication tonight was fantastic,” Hardy said of George’s performance.

Second-year wing Ochai Agbaji was also moved into the starting lineup. This move came after it was announced that Walker Kessler would be sidelined for at least two weeks.

The 2-7 Jazz own the fourth-worst defensive rating in the NBA and have given up 120 points or more in five of their nine outings this season.

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Chandler Holt is a co-host for the Jazz Notes podcast and a Digital Sports Producer for KSLSports.com, specializing in all things basketball and football. Follow Chandler on Twitter @ChandlerHoltKSL or on Threads @chandlerho1t.

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