The first half was some of the ugliest of ugly NBA basketball you’ll ever see. The Jazz players threw the ball at the rim, but it wasn’t going through. The first half saw the Jazz shoot below 30% from the field. One of the magical shots that went in was a rare unicorn Derrick Favors 3.
It was a particularly ugly first quarter when the Jazz defense was also lax. Despite the horrible offensive showing, the Jazz managed to get enough free throws and a buzzer beating 3 to keep it 46-44 at the half.
The Jazz started the third quarter like they did the first, terribly. JJ Reddick scored about 11 points on Mitchell in the first five minutes of the third, with Dario Saric and Simmons also having their way again against a porous Jazz defense. On the other end, it was the parade of turnovers and bricks. Quin went to a small-ball lineup with Ricky Rubio, Rodney Hood, Alec Burks, Thabo Sefolosha, and Ekpe Udoh which at least showed some energy and pulled it back to a nine point deficit at the end of the third, 80-71.
The team played hard in the 4th, but the offensive woes continued. They managed to pull it close at the end, but it was too little, too late.
The Jazz shot 30.6% from the field and 23.7% from 3. The only place they were reliably able to score from all game long was the free throw line where they hit 28 for 80%.
Rudy Gobert had a double with 16 and 15, added 3 block shots, but was a game worst -16.
Donovan Mitchell played 31 minutes and had 8 points on 21 shots, with 3 boards, 1 assist, 1 steal, and 1 block.
Rodney Hood led the team in scoring with 19 points on 14 shots. It took him the 4th quarter to wake up.
Today’s questioning Picard goes to rookie Donovan Mitchell and Coach Quin Snyder.
Super Rookie Donovan Mitchell took 21 shots and made 3 for 8 points. The rest of the subs took 17 shots and made 7 for 23 points. It was a rough night for the rookie.