The Utah Jazz have started off the preseason in impressive fashion, knocking off the Phoenix Suns in back to back games. Remember when the Suns were apparently going to be better than the Jazz this year? Lol. I know it’s just preseason, but that did not appear to be the case heading into this season.
Anyways, a shortened preseason means the Jazz have their final tune-up game tonight on the road against the Los Angeles Clippers. This game may or may not give everyone a better indicator as to how the Jazz will look this year. Honestly, it’s hard to take too much from preseason. But it’s basketball and it’s the Jazz, so you’ll watch anyways.
Utah will be without their first round draft pick Udoka Azubuike. He’ll be sitting out tonight’s game due to left knee soreness. That, OR because he killed a guy.
Either way it’s disappointing. I was pleasantly surprised at Dok’s presence and play so far. Fortunately, to make up for it, Royce O’Neale will be back for tonight’s game!
When: Thursday, 12/17/2020 • 8:00 PM MT
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
TV: NBAtv, AT&T SportsNet-RM
Radio: 97.5 FM | 1280 AM The Zone
What to watch for
What will Quin Snyder’s Rotation look like?
With it being the last game of the preseason, I imagine Snyder will try to mimic regular season rotation quite a bit this evening. This will be more interesting tonight because a regular starter from last season (Royce) is back with the team. This will be our first chance at seeing Quin’s plans for this roster with the addition of Derrick Favors to the big man rotation. I’m really curious how many minutes guys get and who plays with who.
Will we get to see Shaquille Harrison?
In what was probably my favorite move of the offseason, the Jazz made a late addition by signing defensive specialist Shaq Harrison. He’s been mending from an injured wrist, but does not appear on the Jazz injury report. The assumption here is that he’ll be ready to play. But will he get minutes? Personally, I hope so. Especially after hearing some of the initial impressions people had during camp and practices. Between Miye Oni and Shaq, it will be fun to see who can carve out those guard/wing rotation minutes. This is a good problem to have!