Yesterday, tragedy shook the basketball world to its core. Somehow the players have to play basketball tonight while grieving the death of Kobe and Gianna Bryant.
It’s a harsh reminder about how precious life is and that we should never take those close to us for granted.
That said, basketball, the thing that united us with the great Kobe Bryant, can help the healing process. Tonight the Utah Jazz will remember Kobe Bryant and, hopefully, help Jazz fans take another step towards processing such a terrible loss.
When: Monday, January 27th, 2020 • 7:00 PM MST
Where: Vivint Smart Home Arena • Salt Lake City, UT
TV: AT&T Sports Net Rocky Mountain, NBA TV
Radio: 97.5 FM | 1280 AM The Zone
What to watch for
Rudy’s defensive dominance
The recovery. The block.— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 26, 2020
WOW GOBERT. ❌ pic.twitter.com/rDWdwRXAOm
The reigning two-time (soon to be three-time) Defensive Player of the Year is the heart and soul of this team. His intimidating paint presence deters ball handlers from even attempting shots anywhere near the rim, forcing defenses into late shot clock situations. He’s made a habit of shutting down star players on the perimeter and has stepped up in the clutch time and time again this season.
Tonight Rudy Gobert will go against a Houston Rockets team that will be playing without James Harden and likely Russell Westbrook and Clint Capella. Without those core pieces the Jazz should handle them with relative ease. If the Jazz can put a stamp on this game early, they should be able to have starters out of the game by the end of the third quarter.
: That fourth quarter was electric. Here are the plays that made the difference down the stretch:— Jake Edmonds (@JakeKUTV) January 26, 2020
Donovan stepback 3.
Royce steal from Doncic.
Royce corner 3 to answer a Hardaway 3.
Rudy block to seal it... and then the flex.#TakeNote #DALatUTA pic.twitter.com/9uUjSDUd5A
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