Jazz Rookies Struggle In Loss To Timberwolves

Mar 16, 2024, 10:45 PM | Updated: Mar 18, 2024, 2:49 pm

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Jazz dropped their 12th game in their last 15 outings falling to the Minnesota Timberwolves 119-100.

Playing without Lauri Markkanen, John Collins, and Jordan Clarkson, Collin Sexton scored 22 points to lead the Jazz in the loss.

Anthony Edwards scored 31 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Timberwolves who were without Rudy Gobert and Karl-Anthony Towns.

Former Jazzman Mike Conley scored 25 points on 8-12 shooting.

Jazz Rookies Struggle In Loss

While the Jazz’s three first-round picks from the 2023 NBA Draft have all flashed their potential in recent weeks, Saturday’s loss to the Timberwolves wasn’t a performance for the highlight reel.

Keyonte George, Brice Sensabaugh, and Taylor Hendricks combined for 41 points on just 14-40 shooting including 3-19 from three.

The rookies recorded eight turnovers and just five assists in 90 total minutes on the floor.

Despite averaging over 22 points per game over his last five outings, George, the Jazz’s best rookie found himself benched to close the game after struggling to execute a play coming out of a timeout.

“I hold Key to a high standard,” Jazz coach Will Hardy said. “And if he’s going to be the future of this program, which is something that I think he’s capable of being, he has to hold himself to that standard as well.”

It wasn’t all bad for the Jazz first-year players.

Hendricks scored a career-high 15 points and recorded his first double-double snaring 10 rebounds, but had a team-worst -23 plus-minus in 33 minutes on the floor.

“Taylor is showing the ability to guard a variety of people, and so I think there is there is some potential there moving forward,” Hardy said. “But nights like tonight show you there’s a lot of work to be done.”

The Jazz have enough evidence to feel confident that they’ve made wise investments with last year’s draft capital, but their performance against Minnesota is a reminder of how much growth is needed to compete with the top teams in the West.

Jazz Standings Watch

With their loss to the Timberwolves, teamed with the Houston Rockets surprising win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Jazz now sit at 29-38, three full games back of the Rockets for the 11th seed in the West.

With just 15 games left to play, the Rockets have the 11th easiest schedule remaining in the NBA while the Jazz have the third most difficult.

The Jazz and Rockets will face one another three more times before the end of the regular season, but with Houston’s recent five-game winnings streak, the Jazz are nearly guaranteed to finish with one of the 10-worst records in the NBA, giving them at least an 80 percent chance of holding onto their first-round pick.

With the Jazz’s loss they fell 0.5 games back of the Atlanta Hawks and now own the ninth-worst record in the NBA.

The Jazz remain three games ahead of the Brooklyn Nets for the eighth-worst record in the NBA.

Utah Jazz Next Broadcast

The Jazz will face the Timberwolves again on Monday at 7 pm MST in Salt Lake City. The game will be televised on KJZZ, streamed on Jazz+, and can be heard on 97.5 The KSL Sports Zone.

Are you on Threads yet? Let’s connect, give us a follow @kslsports

Download the new & improved KSL Sports app from Utah’s sports leader. You can stream live radio, video and stay up to date on all of your favorite teams.

  • Utah Jazz Scoreboard

  • Utah Jazz Team Leaders

  • Utah Jazz Standings

Utah Jazz

Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers drives to the basket against Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mave...

Ben Anderson

NBA Playoffs Rooting Guide For Utah Jazz Fans

If you're a Utah Jazz fan wanting to watch the NBA playoffs, but don't know who to cheer for, this rooting guide is for you.

3 days ago

Jordan Clarkson #00 of the Utah Jazz...

Ben Anderson

Jordan Clarkson Wants NBA Title, Second Sixth-Man Trophy

Now the elder statesman of the Utah Jazz, Jordan Clarkson has a few to-dos left in the NBA before calling it a career.

3 days ago

Kenneth Lofton Jr. #34 of the Utah Jazz is guarded by Jonathan Kuminga #00 of the Golden State Warr...

Ben Anderson

Three Utah Jazz Players Earn G League Honors

Kenneth Lofton Jr., Jason Preston, and Darius Bazley all took home G League honors after signing with the Utah Jazz this season.

3 days ago


Ben Anderson

Will Lauri Markkanen Sign Contract Extension With Jazz?

The Utah Jazz enter the 2024 offseason with their eyes set on signing Lauri Markkanen to a contract extension.

5 days ago

Utah Jazz Notes season outcomes Lauri Markkanen...

Chandler Holt

Jazz Notes Season Grades: Did Utah’s Season Go As Planned?

The Utah Jazz had a very interesting season. With a bottom-10 record, many fans were left wondering if this was the plan all along.

5 days ago


Ben Anderson

Utah Jazz Mailbag: Is Keyonte George’s Shooting A Concern?

Welcome to the Utah Jazz mailbag where every week our NBA insiders answer your questions on social media about your favorite team.

5 days ago

Sponsored Articles


KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.


KSL Sports

Jazz Notes Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the Jazz Notes newsletter. Get insider analysis, game recaps and opportunities to win tickets!

Follow @kslsports...

The Road Home Mediathon 2023

The KSL Sports Zone and KSLSports.com are proud to support the all-day Mediathon 2023 at the Road Home, an annual tradition to raise money and other essential items for the Road Home, a Homeless Shelter.

3 kids wearing real salt lake jerseys smiling...

Real Salt Lake

6 Reasons You Need to Experience a RSL Matchday

RSL Games are a great way to spend time with your family with fun activities, good food, and traditions you can only experience at the field.

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.


KSL Digital Sales

Notable Moments From The Utah Jazz Season… So Far

At the beginning of the season, the Utah Jazz were second to last. Now they rank in the top 10 teams in the Western Conference.

Jazz Rookies Struggle In Loss To Timberwolves