During the Utah Jazz loss to the Indiana Pacers, Rodney Hood went through a tough stretch where he shot 1-7 and started to hear some boos from the crowd. It was a little surprising and local media and fans took notice.
Rodney Hood is 1-for-7 from the field. Some fans boo after his last miss.— Eric Woodyard (@E_Woodyard) January 16, 2018
Man, Rodney Hood is getting booed a little bit at home early after a 1-7 FG start.— Andy Larsen (@andyblarsen) January 16, 2018
Apparently, the players noticed as well, including Rodney Hood and Donovan Mitchell.
Rodney Hood has been hearing some criticism from Jazz fans recently, including getting some sparse boos tonight at the end of the first quarter. Here's how he responded when asked about it: pic.twitter.com/mwj8wfXRvb— Andy Larsen (@andyblarsen) January 16, 2018
Personally, that’s tough to read. Rodney puts in a lot of work and has to be frustrated with his own performance. To hear boos on top of it has to be hard.
That’s why I loved Donovan Mitchell’s tweet after the game calling out the fans who were booing Rodney.
Tough loss tonight but we will bounce back.... Can’t believe people were booing Rodney tonight that is insane to boo a man who works his butt off everyday to become a better player and for people to boo him is INSANE He gives his all for us and we do the same for him! GOOD NIGHT!— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) January 16, 2018
It was interesting to see that Rodney appreciated Donovan backing him up.
That is impressive leadership. It’s a difficult time for the Jazz who are looking at a tough 2nd half of the season. Hearing boos from the crowd can compound things, but in difficult times leaders rise.
Donovan Mitchell never disappoints and always comes away leaving people impressed. He’s everything the Jazz could have hoped for, and more.
Utah Jazz PR confirmed that Thabo Sefolosha will have season ending surgery “to repair an avulsion of the medial collateral ligament.”
This is going to be a tough loss to overcome for the Utah Jazz. They may have already seen the ramifications in the loss to the Indiana Pacers.
Sefolosha does things on the court that don’t always show up on a box score but help the team win. This can be proven by him leading the Jazz in real-plus-minus. He’s also 35th OVERALL in the league.
Because of the loss, the Utah Jazz applied for an injury hardship waiver from the league.
The Utah Jazz have filed for an injury hardship waiver in the wake of losing Thabo Sefolosha for the season, league sources tell The Salt Lake Tribune. They expect to hear back from the league in the next few days— Tony Jones (@tribjazz) January 17, 2018
The injuries have mounted up to a very frustrating level and have had a serious impact on a team that didn’t have huge margins of error to begin with. It should be no surprise that the losses have piled up.
Get better, Thabo!
Important reminder that Dante Exum is on this team and an important part of the future!
Dante Exum working on his jumper before the game, working on coming back from shoulder surgery pic.twitter.com/VKbGqQhUuy— Andy Larsen (@andyblarsen) January 16, 2018
There are not enough Dante Exum warmup videos in existence.
Rudy Gobert showed up with an interesting thought on the “tough guys” in the NBA.
Sometimes i wish we had that hockey rule, too many guys acting tough for the TV. That wouldn't happen.— Rudy Gobert (@rudygobert27) January 16, 2018
Rudy backs this up too. He never backs down.
Chris Paul assessed technical foul for shoving Rudy Gobert.— R b Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) March 14, 2017
Remember this for when two teams play each other next month Round 1 pic.twitter.com/EEPqBtmm7G
It’s important to watch this highlight of Donovan Mitchell again.
Donovan is doing all this with subpar spacing and injuries to three starters. How much fun will this team be with better spacing, Dante Exum and Rudy Gobert back?