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8:27pm. Anybody else nervous? The Utah Jazz shock the world and every Jazz fan has their lucky totem out. Myself included. So many things have to go right for Utah to win. The comforting thing is with Utah’s defense and home court advantage, so many things have to go right for Houston.
*Quin Snyder pulls down projection screen*— “Playoff SLC D” (@slcdunk) May 5, 2018
"Let's watch the film of that joke. Andy, you can see right here, you weren't expecting what could only be seen as an OBVIOUS Joe Ingles joke. I shielded the joke until the last possible moment, then boom. JOKE." https://t.co/TT7GvsDCds
The Office’s @PaulLieberstein aka Toby Flenderson aka the Scranton Strangler could be sitting court side at a @utahjazz playoff game???— “Playoff SLC D” (@slcdunk) May 5, 2018
Thank you, basketball gods. You’ve been too good to us. https://t.co/jiFPZjleeg
You'd best believe Joe Ingles is getting his very own playoff mixtape. pic.twitter.com/Nl0hyt7T7i— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) May 5, 2018
8:35pm. By the way ... guess who’s wearing his Venom Adidas. Have a feeling we won’t see the friendly part of the our neighborhood Spida-Man tonight.
8:47pm. Well that escalated quickly. Houston jumped out to a quick 8-3 lead. Timeout by Quin Snyder. Joe Ingles did hit a 3 from the logo, though.
The Jazz simply can't get a stop now....Rockets running much less pick and roll and just isolating and going to work and the Jazz can't do anything with it— Tony Jones (@tribjazz) May 5, 2018
Donovan Mitchell just went to the locker room, not sure what's up.— Andy Larsen (@andyblarsen) May 5, 2018
Had to poop. I could tell something was up— Taylor Griffin (@griffdunk) May 5, 2018
Utah Jazz 22 - Houston Rockets 39
So that was probably as bad a quarter that Utah could have. They came out looking for their crowd to carry their energy rather than themselves. They played tight, they turned the ball over, and the Houston Rockets massacred Utah’s lineup with O’Neale and Favors in it. We might be at a point that Utah can’t be in this series if they play Favors and Gobert together against Houston. They can dominate other teams, but Houston’s playing style is a kryptonite. Donovan Mitchell looked all out of sorts. It seems like the terrible
sophomore rookie game in the playoffs is contagious.
9:18pm. Well ... this is not what we expected at all. Expected an intense game, but not a complete annihilation. Utah can’t get anything going and Donovan Mitchell has completely been taken out of this game.
Clint Capela just took 4 years and 12 million dollars off of Derrick Favors' life.— “Playoff SLC D” (@slcdunk) May 5, 2018
Before we go hot takes, remember game 3 against OKC. They brought it. Utah chipped away then took the lead at the end of the 2nd quarter. Jazz have to adjust and stay focused.— “Playoff SLC D” (@slcdunk) May 5, 2018
Carlesimo right on. Utah has to keep offense on the floor so they can put Houston on their heels a bit.— Aaron Bruski (@aaronbruski) May 5, 2018
Royce O'Neale with his own personal 7-point run!— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) May 5, 2018
And his beard looks great. pic.twitter.com/lRSdPT9TaB
Utah Jazz 40 - Houston Rockets 70
This is a nightmare scenario for Utah. Donovan Mitchell is doing his best Ben Simmons impression. Rudy Gobert is getting worked by Clint Capela. Joe Ingles has 5 turnovers alone. That’s 2 more turnovers than the entire Houston Rockets.
When Donovan Mitchell penetrates to the lane, he’s avoiding contact. Because of that, Houston has shut down Mitchell. No one is even close to foul trouble for Houston. Clint Capela is putting on DPOY performance with 8 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, and 3 blocks. He’s +30 in the game. James Harden has 10 points, Chris Paul has 12 points. But the main reason this game is completely out of hand is Utah has been completely unable to contain Houston’s role players. Eric Gordon? 17 points. PJ Tucker? 9 points. Ariza? 9 points.
The Utah Jazz look in need of a point guard. Houston adjusted to point guard Donovan Mitchell and have taken him out of the game. Can Quin Snyder make the right adjustments and get Utah back into this game? It’s not very likely. As with anything in this Utah season, you can’t count Utah out, but it looks very doubtful Utah can make a comeback against a team this overpowering while being down this much.
Game 2 star Joe Ingles swished a long 3 on the first possession of the night. Since then, he's 0-of-5 with five turnovers.— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) May 5, 2018
Make an adjustment in Game 4, I'm guessing https://t.co/g7Uenv0Tjx— Kyle Goon (@kylegoon) May 5, 2018
Utah Jazz 65 - Houston Rockets 93
The Utah Jazz won the 3rd quarter so there’s that. Other than that, Quin Snyder has waved the white flag. He has brought his starters out. He’s playing big time minutes to his bench guys and Donovan Mitchell who he’s hoping to get back in rhythm. Derrick Favors went out with an injury to his ankle. Only two Jazz players are in double figures: Royce O’Neale and Rudy Gobert. This is the worst case scenario.
When: 8:30MT • Friday May 4th, 2018
Where: Vivint Smart Home Arena · Salt Lake City, Utah
Radio: 1280 AM/97.5 FM The Zone,
Thabo Sefolosha - Knee - Out for season
Ricky Rubio - Hamstring - Out for 10 days
Nobody. Must be nice.
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