The Utah Jazz are flying high on a 4 game winning streak. This Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde squad continues to baffle all of us. This team is capable of getting blown out in four out of five games at home, but then is professional enough to go on the road, take care of business, and even get a convincing road win against the Boston Celtics. This team’s identity is as sure as spring in Utah. Don’t like it? Wait an hour. It’ll change.
Igniting this month’s Utah turnaround is Mike Conley. Conley looks a lot like the #MountainMike we were all promised in the offseason. Despite bad games from Donovan Mitchell and Bojan Bogdanovic in The Garden, Conley lifted the Jazz to a win.
The Pistons are a great sight for any team on their last game of a road trip. They have won only one game in their last 10 and they are decimated by trades and injuries. Should be a good last game for Utah to push their winning streak to 5 games.
When: Saturday, March 7, 2020 • 5:00 PM MT
Where: Little Caesar’s Arena • Detroit, MI
TV: AT&T Sports Net Rocky Mountain
Radio: 97.5 FM | 1280 AM The Zone
What to watch for
Et tu, Jazz Defense?
You’re not alone if you watched the Boston game and saw an old familiar face. The Jazz defense evidently was left in Boston last year and had been waiting for a ride home. The Jazz held Boston to only 94 points in last night’s contest. While the Jazz may not be as dialed in defensively on the second night of a back to back, that display last night boded well for the rest of the season.
Did you guys know that crow was delicious? It’s so good to eat crow when it’s being served by wins. Mike Conley looked like the player Utah traded for last night. He was decisive, his shot was falling, and he showed the ability to carry this team when Donovan couldn’t. This is why Utah gave up the farm for him. Mike Conley is a go tonight, making tonight’s game the first time he’s played in both nights of a back to back. He should have a pretty good matchup as he will most likely play opposite of Brandon Knight.
[Editor’s Note: Thank you for being patient with us this week without a couple game previews. I’ve been battling a nasty sickness, a lot of things with writers this week cane up, and stories fell through the cracks. It’s a labor of love but sometimes life can get in the way. Happy to be back on track. ]
Donovan Mitchell and Jayson Tatum trading buckets. This is beautiful to watch pic.twitter.com/NUTEultRBm— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) February 27, 2020
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