Donovan Mitchell put on a show against the Memphis Grizzlies scoring 38 points but it wasn’t enough to get the victory.
The downfall for Utah came on the defensive end where they simply weren’t able to get stops to finish the game.
As a team the Grizzlies shot 40% from three and 51% from the field. If you were in a powder blue uniform tonight, you probably did well.
It’s a little bit of a head scratcher because Utah is coming into the easiest string of games for the rest of the year. On top of that, in the last two weeks they’ve had impressive victories against the Denver Nuggets and Milwaukee Bucks and losses to the New Orleans Pelicans and now the Memphis Grizzlies.
If Jazz fans are worried, they probably shouldn’t lose too much sleep because this game may be a bit of an anomaly. Joakim Noah, who seems to be rising from a coffin like the undertaker, looked a little vintage stuffing the stat sheet with 7 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and one ugly mid range jumper.
Ivan Rabb also had a big impact on the game scoring 15 points on 63 percent shooting with 6 rebounds.
That type of thing is pretty rare for bigs going against Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors.
The big story for the Grizzlies was the play of Jonas Valanciunas and Mike Conley. Valanciunas, who always seems to play well against Gobert had 27 points and was a team leading +15. He shot 70% from the field and bullied Gobert and Favors in the paint all night.
Mike Conley sealed the victory for the Grizzlies hitting floater after floater to end the game. Conley, who the Jazz made a big effort at the trade deadline to bring to Utah, showed why the Jazz wanted him. His ability to shoot from distance combined with his lethal right-handed floater and perimeter defense are a potent combo. Conley will always be one of the most underrated players in the league.
Outside of Mitchell’s electric performance there weren’t a lot of players who played above their averages. Kyle Korver shot 3/11 from three, Gobert and Favors combined for only 12 points and Joe Ingles, who actually put up a nice line of 14 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds was a team worst -22.
All in all it amounts to an off night for the Jazz who need to get back to their winning ways as they work their way to the playoffs.