The Jazz (9-5) hosting the league worst Golden State Warriors (3-13) at home. Oh, how far the former five time consecutive Western Conference champions have fallen. All of the injury luck during those finals runs is being cashed in this year. Only Draymond Green is the only semi-healthy member left of that championship team, and he might not play tonight with a possible ankle ailment. When the rest of the healthy roster consists of a bunch of rookies or near rookies (Omari Spellman, Jordan Poole, Eric Paschall, Ky Bowman), or vets on vet minimums (Willie Cauley-Stein, Glenn Robinson III, Marquese Chriss, Alec Burks), you’re looking at a sad teams.
Speaking of Alec Burks, at least the former Jazz fan favorite is getting a run as the starting shooting guard, filling up the box score with 14.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game. After being traded for Kyle Korver, Burks has bounced around the league from Cleveland to Sacramento to signing with the Thunder this offseason, only to take back his commitment after the Paul George trade and sign for the vet minimum with Golden State.
The Warriors are coming off of a 142-94 drubbing at the hands of the blazing hot Mavericks and Luka Doncic’s ridiculous sophomore campaign. The Jazz righted a small rough patch with a win in Minnesota in a home-and-home series. When I originally saw this part of the schedule, I was scared for the Jazz. A home-and-home against the Wolves followed by the Warriors, new-look Pellies, Bucks, and then an eastern road trip? Minnesota beat the Jazz for their first home loss in that pair of games, but hopefully the Jazz can continue down the right path and re-establish that home winning streak tonight.
When: Friday, Nov. 22, 2019 • 9:00 PM ET
Where: Vivint Smart Home Arena • Salt Lake City, UT
TV: AT&T Sports Net Rocky Mountain, NBC Sports Bay Area
Radio: 97.5 FM | 1280 AM The Zone, 95.7 The Game
What to watch for
Which lineups do Quin roll with tonight?
As Taylor covered in an excellent downbeat yesterday, there’s been a number of lineups that have worked amazingly well for the Jazz this season (namely, the starters), and a few that haven’t (namely, Don plus the bench). With an easier opponent, let’s hope Quin Snyder tries some different lineup options (e.g. putting in Bogey with the bench, trying Miye Oni or Jarrell Brantley or even new acquisition Juwan Morgan). We all saw Bogey’s eye popping +38 in an 8 point win over the Wolves - and he played 36 minutes. Given that many of our bench pieces are new to the team, let’s hope that this game can be an opportunity to get them in-game time to work on their offensive and defensive sets.
Joe’s not been too great this season, but let us not forget what he can do. Here’s hoping he can get back on track.
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