If the Utah Jazz (35-30) don’t win this game against the Memphis Grizzlies (18-46) it will be the most amazing thing I’ve seen all year (and probably the saddest). The Grizzlies are on a 15-game losing streak and have so many injuries it’s hard to keep track of. On the other hand, the Jazz have momentum and are making a great push to get out of the 10th seed and into the playoffs.
When: Friday, March 9, 2018 6:00 p.m. MST
Where: FedEx Forum Memphis, TN
TV: Fox Sports Indiana, AT&T Sports Net - Rocky Mountain
Radio: 1280 AM/97.5 FM The Zone
Dante Exum - OUT (Shoulder)
Thabo Sefolosha - OUT (Knee)
Mario Chalmers - OUT (Hamstring)
Mike Conley - OUT (Achilles)
Tyreke Evans - OUT (Ribs)
Andrew Harrison - OUT (Wrist)
Jarell Martin - Questionable (Knee)
Chandler Parsons - OUT (Rest/Personal reasons)
What To Watch For:
Rudy Dominating March
This is going to be a story until someone learns to stop the Stifle Tower. In the month of March, Rudy Gobert is averaging 21.5 points, 14.5 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 1.5 steals on 74.4 percent shooting from the field. He’s had three games of 20-plus points, 14-plus rebounds and is +57 in those four games.
This is probably the best I’ve seen Rudy play over a four-game stretch (might be a bit of recency bias) and he’s about to face a weakened Grizzlies team.
Ricky Rubio rolling back into form
In the six games after returning from injury, Rick Rubio averaged 10.0 points and 5.7 assists while shooting 36.2 percent overall and 20.0 percent from deep. But in his last game (the seventh), Rubio had 18 points, seven assists, six rebounds, and three steals on 44.4 percent shooting. It’s wasn’t a stat line to write home about, but it’s a start back toward the Rubio we saw in February.
Most Likely Jazz-Killer: Dillon Brooks
The Grizzlies’ guard/forward has posted back-to-back games of 20-plus points including 29 a few nights ago against the Chicago Bulls. He’s had to step up in with the tremendous amount of injuries Memphis is going through, but he’s shown the ability to make things happen