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Downbeat #1965: Jazzlympians Making Noise

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Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

After an unexpected hiatus, JuMu's back in business!

Beat 1 AllThatAmar

This weekend, Jazz heartthrob Raul Neto helped key a huge comeback that came just a little short in Brazil's match against Lithunaia this weekend. 

Kurt Kragthorpe of the Salt Lake Tribune helped summarize the exciting but anticlimactic match.

Neto played the whole 2nd half and helped Brazil cut a 29 point deficit down to 6. Neto contributed a healthy 14 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists.


On to the more shocking match....

Beat 2

The premier Olympic basketball game for Jazz fans was a shocker! The heavily favored France got demolished by Australia.

Joe Ingles had 4 points, 6 assists, 2 rebounds, and 2 steals in 25 minutes starting for the triumphant Aussies.

France's captain and Jazz newcomer Boris Diaw had 9 points, 2 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks in 31 mintues. Rudy Gobert had 5 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal, and 3 blocks in 25 minutes also starting for the disappointed France squad.

Highlights of the game:

Beat 3

RealGM writer Brett Koremenos dropped a great piece focusing on the Jazz last week detailing the balancing act that Quin Snyder will have to figure out next season. One of the better problems to have with the experienced upgrades coming onto this roster this season.

An excerpt from the piece:

It seems like no team has done less to change their outlook more than Utah has this offseason. Every single acquisition of note pales in comparison to other the big moves that shook the landscape of the league. Yet at the end of this frenetic period, the Jazz may have succeeded in building the deepest and most versatile roster in the entire league.

Highly encourage you to dig into this good read in the source link below.

Source: Utah Jazz: How To Make The Offseason 'Win' Work On The Court

Beat 4

In his all-encompassing competitve fire, Gordon Hayward fought his way to victory in his other high school sport of tennis in a tournament that helped raise funds towards curing juvenile diabetes. Way to go, Gordon!

Beat 5

What are y'all looking forward to most this preseason?

Getting a first glimpse of how our new acquisitions play for this squad?

Seeing what surprising under-the-radar player the Jazz pluck out of the woodwork to be a future surprise NBA player or D-league all-star?

Remembering that preseason means that you're one day closer to a season where the Jazz likely break their 6 season drought of winning a playoff game?

Ah, this is going to be a special season for Jazz fans and I can't wait!