The Utah Jazz blitzed the Detroit Pistons in the 1st quarter and never looked back. In the first quarter alone the Utah Jazz scored 42 points to Detroit’s 21. The Detroit Pistons looked like a team that was tanking for the #1 pick in the NBA Draft rather than fighting for a lottery pick. The Utah Jazz continued their dominance as they KO’d Detroit faster than a recession 110-79.
The Utah Jazz’s starters put on a show with Rudy Gobert getting sweet revenge on Andre Drummond (Drummond previously put 30 points on Gobert in their last game) as Rudy finished with 22 points 12 rebounds and 2 blocks while limiting the Detroit big man to 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Donovan Mitchell might not have looked like he set the place on fire (although he did hit a shot from Mt. Zion), but he was playing the part of decoy to perfection. While Detroit had all eyes on Mitchell at all times, Donovan took advantage and consistently made the extra pass. While Donovan only finished with 3 assists, he had quite the score of hockey assists. He also brought down 9 rebounds and had 2 steals.
Derrick Favors also beasted against Blake Griffin. Griffin who struggled for most of the game finished with 13 points on 5 of 16 shooting and 2 rebounds. Derrick Favors on the other hand finished with 12 points on 5 of 7 shooting, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists.
The real key to this game was the execution of the bench unit. You would think that after losing Raul Neto that Utah’s bench would struggle without a primary playmaker—they didn’t. Jonas Jerebko had himself a game. He finished 6 of 8 while 3 of 4 from three. He held his own against Blake Griffin and pulled down 8 rebounds. His name is Jonas.
Jae Crowder also had a big game. Crowder finished with 14 points on 5 of 8 shooting, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. Jae Crowder is a great addition to Utah’s bench.
Just watch this Donovan Mitchell three.
Seriously. We have a player like this.
Every player got to play tonight.
Dante Exum returns sometime this week. This resurgent Jazz squad gets Exum back. Those minutes going to Burks, Neto, and partly O’Neale are now going to go to Exum. Get ready. It’s about to get REALLY interesting.
This was Utah’s 7th win a row. Insane.
The Utah Jazz tip off against the Phoenix Suns on Thursday evening at 7:00PM. How poetic would it be if Dante Exum returns to play the team (and player) that injured him in preseason? Fingers crossed. Let’s hope it happens.