You must forgive Utah Jazz General Manager Dennis Lindsey if he’s sending your call to voicemail. After tonight’s convincing win over the Golden State Warriors, you’ll have to forgive him for having second thoughts around the trade deadline. The Utah Jazz pulled a stone cold stunner on the Golden State Warriors as they beat the Warriors at home 129-99 in what is Golden State’s worst loss since 2016.
Ricky Rubio was brilliant tonight. We had mentioned on our podcast and in downbeats over the past few days that it seems that Ricky Rubio seems to have found a groove in Utah. That couldn’t be more apparent than tonight where in a duel vs the two-time MVP Steph Curry, Rubio looked like the better point guard. Ricky finished with 23 points, 11 assists, 5 rebounds, 1 steal, and 1 gatorade bottle shower courtesy of Donovan Mitchell. Curry on the other hand only had 14 points on 4-13 shooting. Curry only made one three the entire night—not a typo.
It seemed that every Jazz player who had been in the Trade Rumor mill showed out tonight. Derrick Favors? 18 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steals. Joe Johnson? 8 points on 3 of 5 shooting and a block. Alec Burks? 9 points on 4-8 shooting, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists.
Donovan Mitchell was absolutely brilliant. Having to be guarded by one of the league’s top perimeter defenders—Klay Thompson—is never an easy feat. But Donovan Mitchell was up for the task and finished with 20 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals.
Before he cooled off in the second half Joe Ingles was having himself a 1st half. In the 1st half alone he totaled 17 points. He finished with six threes! SIX! When Ingles shoots, it’s always a good thing.
This was Utah’s first night sporting the Red Rock city jerseys and they are beautiful. The combo of them and the court is a piece of beauty. Part of me hopes that these become Utah’s staple colors.
It just feels Utah. It doesn’t feel like Jazz, BUT IT FEELS LIKE UTAH. It’s gorgeous. I have been a vigilant supporter of the Jazz moniker all these years, but if Utah ever gave up the Jazz nickname but kept this color scheme and motif ... I could actually live with it. Just a beautiful look.
RED ROCK ROUND BALL FOREVER.