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Walker Kessler Shows Off On Both Ends In Houston

Mar 23, 2024, 8:18 PM

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Utah Jazz center Walker Kessler (24) dunks the ball as the Jazz and Raptors play at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City on Friday, Jan. 12, 2024. Utah won 145-113. (Courtesy of Deseret News)

(Courtesy of Deseret News)

HOUSTON – Utah Jazz center Walker Kessler played a great game against the Houston Rockets on Saturday despite the big loss.

The big man posted 12 points, nine rebounds, and three blocks.

Kessler’s total gives him double-digits in back-to-back games.

He failed to reach at least 10 points in the first six games in the month of March.

Kessler also hasn’t reached three blocks since the Jazz hosted the Spurs on February 25.

Kessler shot 5/8 from the floor against Houston.

The only other player to shoot above 50% with at least six attempts was John Collins.

RELATED: John Collins Carries Jazz Offense Against Rockets In Houston

Utah Jazz Season Can End One Of Three Ways

With a dozen games left in the season, the Utah Jazz have just a handful of potential outcomes awaiting them.

Utah currently sits at 12th in the West with a record of 29-41. They have the ninth-worst record in the association.

Jazz Catch Fire, Overtake Rockets In 11th

Utah sits 5.5 games back from Houston but more importantly, the Jazz will play the Rockets three times in the final 12 games of the season.

If Utah manages to win all three of those games, they will likely overtake Houston in the standings and no longer own a bottom-10 record.

This is the worst-case scenario for Jazz fans.

Yes, winning is the goal. But what is the point of finishing in 11th and missing out on a top-ten pick in next year’s draft?

No Movement, Finish 12th In West With 9th Worst Record

Although it may not be the best-case scenario, it’s probably the most likely.

Utah has one of the toughest remaining schedules in the NBA but the Jazz can easily avoid going 2-10 or worse to wrap up the season.

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Skid Continues, Utah Claims Bottom 8 Record In NBA

Although unlikely, it is entirely possible for Utah to finish somewhere around 31-51.

The Jazz could claim the 8th, 7th, or 6th-worst record in the NBA. But, that depends on how Brooklyn, Toronto, and Memphis close out the 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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