Most people in Jazzland weren’t overly upset about the loss to Milwaukee. After all, Utah was playing without their first and second string centers, Rudy Gobert and Ed Davis. Tony Bradley, (8 points, 11 rebounds, 3-4 from the field) Jeff Green, (11 points, 2 rebounds, 3-4 from downtown) and Royce O’Neale (9 points, 6 rebounds, 3-6 from three) played admirably, but were no match for Giannis Antetokounpo, who scored 50 points. Tonight, the Jazz take on the Indiana Pacers, who, while they lack a Greek Freak, feature Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner. With those two spreading the floor and Malcolm Brogdon running the point, tonight will not be easy for the shorthanded Jazz. As of the time of publication, Davis is out for tonight and Rudy is day-to-day.
Remember when the Jazz would get cheers every time they visited Bankers Life Fieldhouse? It was because there was a popular player on the team who used to be a Pacer. That’s right,
Jamaal “Tinsanity” Tinsley a former high school basketball player from Brownsburg was well-liked there. Tonight may be similar, as a former fan favorite, Jazz swingman Bojan Bogdanovic, returns to Naptown for the first time since switching allegiances during the offseason.
When: Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019 • 7:00 PM ET
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse • Indianapolis, IN
TV: AT&T Sports Net Rocky Mountain, FOX Sports Midwest
Radio: 97.5 FM | 1280 AM The Zone
What to Watch For
Bojan and the Backcourt
Bojan has been red hot of late, scoring 24 points and nailing five three-pointers in the loss to Milwaukee. He has been a godsend for Donovan Mitchell, who is under far less pressure to score than he was last year. Mountain Mike Conley has quietly recovered from his slow start With Rudy Gobert’s offensive production gone and little to replace that in the frontcourt, it is imperative that the backcourt continue to shine.
Can the Bench hold it together?
The second unit has been the subject of much consternation among Jazz fans lately. However, they provided a glimmer of hope last night, putting up 51 points, including 10 made three-pointers. There is clearly a missing piece here—namely Ed Davis—but a solid showing tonight would give the bench mob some momentum.
Brogdon is Back, and Brogdon’s Back
During a November 16th matchup with the Houston Rockets, Pacers all-star guard Malcolm Brogdon suffered a back injury. He was out for about a week, and came back for Indy’s tilt with the Memphis Grizzlies, in which he put up 14 points, 6 rebounds, and 8 assists. By all accounts, he is 100% ready to go. Even so, Indiana’s training staff will undoubtedly watch him closely during this game. Jazz fans will be watching to see if Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley can take advantage of any possible rust.
Jamaal Tinsley. Former Pacer, former Jazzman.
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