That type of shooting won’t get it done. On top of that, Donovan Mitchell really struggled in the first half to score and a lot of it was the result of him not looking for his teammates. Mitchell is such a gifted playmaker but tonight had 1 assist. He also lead the team with 23 shots with Bogdanovic the second most with 13. Mitchell becomes lethal when he’s facilitating for others. It also opens things up for him because defenders have to respect the pass. But on nights like tonight, when it’s clear the blinders are on, it makes it easy on the defense because they can just focus on him.
I would even say that if Mitchell facilitated more it could help Mike Conley out of his slumps as well. It might be hard for Conley to produce when he’s only taking 8 shots. It’s tough to find that rhythm when there’s so few tough opportunities.
But with all that said, Mitchell still managed to score 26 points on 10-23 shooting. He’s figuring things out just like everyone else on the team.
Reaction #1: The Jazz offense wasn’t good again
A lot of this can be attributed to an off shooting night. Outside of Bogdanovic no one on the Jazz shot the three at a high level. Some of this can be attributed to good defense from the Pacers but a lot of it was just Jazz players flat out not hitting shots.
As was already mentioned, Donovan Mitchell had some rough possessions in the first half that led to multiple bad possessions. He’ll get better, but Mitchell needs to trust his teammates more and fall in love with the pass. He such a good playmaker and needs to focus a little more on that.
Reaction #2: Emmanuel Mudiay and Jeff Green weren’t good tonight
Mudiay and Green both bad shooting nights, but Mudiay’s night might have been worse.
Multiple times Mudiay forced the issue to get some of his patented mid-range shots. Obviously when the shots are falling for Mudiay it’s great. But on nights like tonight when it’s not, his propensity to hold the ball too long really disrupts the offense.
Mudiay hasn’t proven to be a high level defender and so when he has nights like tonight, things get rough.
Overreaction #1: Jeff Green at center isn’t working
Let me tell you a short story.
There was this girl in college that seemed perfect to me. She was nice, cute and we were friends. We started dating and then it got terrible pretty quickly. Long story short she was mean a lot. Looking back, the idea of dating that girl was much better than the reality.
That might be the case with Jeff Green. The idea of Jeff Green at center is great. A stretch big that can hit threes, opening up lanes for others. The reality? The second unit is swiss cheese at the rim. Green has had good moments this season but I’m not sure that playing at the center has produced a lot of them.
Overreaction #2: Quin Snyder refuses to play Dante Exum
I don’t understand on a night when Mudiay goes 1/6, Jeff Green goes 2/6 and the Jazz could use defensive stops, how Dante Exum doesn’t get some run. It’s mind boggling the leash some player have whiles others, like Exum, are relegated to the bench at the slightest irritation.
And with Exum it looks like Quin is looking for any reason to sit him. I have no clue why he does this. He’s effectively ruined Exum’s confidence at every turn. At this point I’m open for any suggestion why Exum can’t be on the floor to defend the best 2nd unit offensive player for the other team. Seriously, let me know in the comments. I’m open for any explanation. But if the excuse is that he doesn’t run the offense correctly, well, the offense is in the mid 20’s and I wouldn’t want to hurt the flow of this turd-factory we call an offense this whole season.
Under-reaction #1: Bojan Bogdanovic was a remarkable pickup
I know the national media doesn’t watch the Jazz so I wouldn’t expect them to remember who their players are, but Bojan Bogdanovic has been a sensational pickup for Utah and they need to talk about it more.
Multiple times this season Bogdanovic has saved the Jazz. It’s a safe bet that the Jazz record looks much worse without him. Mike Conley got a ton of buzz when he was signed but the criminal misstep of the national narrative now is not talking about Bogdanovic like a potential all-star.