UTAH JAZZ

Keyonte George Fakes Pass, Hits Shot Over Rudy Gobert During Jazz-Wolves Game

Nov 30, 2023, 6:31 PM | Updated: 6:36 pm

SALT LAKE CITYJazz rookie guard Keyonte George faked a pass before knocking down a shot over former Jazzman Rudy Gobert during Utah’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Keyonte George completes three-point play vs. Wolves

The Timberwolves hosted the Jazz at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Thursday, November 30.

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With 6:34 remaining in the opening quarter, Utah’s Omer Yurtseven dished the ball off to a driving George. The rookie collected the ball and faked a pass before burying a shot over Gobert. The former Jazzman fouled the rookie on the play.

Following a timeout, George completed the three-point play by knocking down a shot from the foul line. George’s three-point play gave the Jazz an early 12-10 lead.

During his first eight minutes on the court, the Baylor product recorded five points on 2-4 shooting. He also added three rebounds and two assists.

This season, George is averaging 9.8 points per contest on 35.7 percent shooting.

Utah’s game against Minnesota is broadcast on KJZZ, Jazz+KSL Sports Zone (97.5 FM), KSLSports.com, and the KSL Sports app.

Utah Jazz vs. Minnesota Timberwolves

The Jazz will see a pair of familiar faces in Rudy Gobert and Mike Conley when they take on the Timberwolves on Thursday night.

The Jazz enter the contest with one of the league’s worst road records at 1-8.

The Timberwolves meanwhile are 8-1 at home and own the top record in the Western Conference at 13-4.

Jazz Looking For Improved Effort On The Road

The Jazz travel to Minnesota coming off two of their worst road losses of the season.

Last week the Jazz fell to the 5-12 Trail Blazers in Portland and trailed by as many as 32 points in the loss.

On Wednesday, the team gift-wrapped an easy 105-91 victory to the 4-13 Memphis Grizzlies, marking their first home win of the season.

“We’ve got to face the fact that on the road, our intensity, our physicality, and our how connected we are has really got to take a big step forward,” Jazz coach Will Hardy said after the loss.

The Jazz will once again be without All-Star Lauri Markkanen who has missed the last three games with a hamstring strain.

Jordan Clarkson is out with a thigh contusion while Kris Dunn is out for a personal reason.

Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) is available.

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Gobert, Conley Find New Homes With Timberwolves

A season after leaving the Jazz, both Gobert and Conley have found their stride in Minnesota.

Though Gobert’s averages are down nearly across the board from last season, his impact on the defensive has returned to his Jazz-era dominance.

Minnesota owns the NBA’s best defense with Gobert as the early frontrunner to earn his fourth Defensive Player of the Year Award.

Conley has seen a dip in his scoring average but a significant increase in his efficiency. The former Jazz guard is shooting 44 percent from three in 17 appearances this season.

Kyle Ireland is a Sports Producer and Locals in the NFL Insider for KSLSports.com. He’s also co-host of the Yards After College Podcast. Follow him on Threads (@kyleirelandksl), Instagram (@kyleirelandksl). and X (@kyleireland).

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Keyonte George Fakes Pass, Hits Shot Over Rudy Gobert During Jazz-Wolves Game