Normally facing a team minus their best player would seem like a huge advantage for the Jazz. Considering their recent 5-game losing streak, maybe not so much.
Luka Doncic is listed as out for Monday’s game vs. Utah on the NBA’s latest injury report.— Callie Caplan (@CallieCaplan) February 9, 2020
Carlisle has been noncommittal on which game, if either, Doncic will return before All-Star break. Teams have until 5 p.m. local time the day before a game to designate an availability.
Doncic has been one of the best players in the NBA this season and is the focal point of everything the Mavericks do. Although we said the same thing when Utah faced Houston minus James Harden and Russell Westbrook and Eric Gordon scored 50 with relative ease.
Now that Utah has pulled off two wins in a row, can they take advantage this time?
When: Monday, Feb. 10, 2020 • 8:30 PM MT
Where: American Airlines Arena, Dallas, TX
TV: AT&T Sports Net Rocky Mountain | TNT
Radio: 97.5 FM | 1280 AM The Zone
What to watch for?
Are the Jazz finally figuring out their chemistry with Mike Conley?
Quin Snyder has made some adjustments that have looked to really helped. Mike Conley has been playing with the second unit more than Donovan Mitchell and it has looked good. It’s only a few games but it’s a good sign.
His numbers have also been really good since moving to the starting unit and the Jazz look like they’re starting to gel a little bit more.
Big development out West: Mike Conley looking like Mike Conley again. Averaging 20-5-5 over his last four games and finally attacking with purpose. Floater back, Conley back.— Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) February 10, 2020
It still isn’t perfect. Joe Ingles hasn’t looked the same in the last two weeks. It could be Conley related and it could be something else. Regardless, the Jazz are showing signs of becoming the team Jazz fans were hoping to see.
Because the Jazz have so many weapons opposing teams have to focus on, every night someone is capable of going off. If they lock in on Mitchell, Conley can go off. If they focus on Bogdanovic or Ingles, Jordan Clarkson can roll.
The Jazz are a Hydra right now that comes at you from all directions and as long as they can stay cohesive as a unit, there’s no reason they can’t hit their ceiling.
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