The Utah Jazz were not clicking on all cylinders on Thursday when they faced the Phoenix Suns. They definitely looked like a team adjusting without Bojan Bogdanovic. Donovan Mitchell looked great but the rest of the squad looked like they were all reading from different scripts. They’ll have a very strong test today as they face off against Jimmy Butler’s Miami Heat. The Heat have had great chemistry and are a dark horse pick to come out of the East.
When: Saturday, July 25, 2020 • 2:00 PM MT
Where: The NBA Bubble, Disney World
TV: AT&T Sports Net Rocky Mountain, NBA League Pass
Radio: 97.5 FM | 1280 AM The Zone
What to watch for
The Utah Jazz went crazy with some interesting looks. One of which was a big lineup of Tony Bradley and Rudy Gobert that Quin did not employ in garbage time but in competitive minutes. Even crazier, it almost kinda worked. The Jazz has trailed most of the game but with that lineup, the Jazz were able to rebound, defend at a higher level, and cut into the Suns’ lead. The problem was it made Tony Bradley a corner three point shooter. He made those in G-League but stakes get higher in an NBA game. He missed all of his attempts and spacing on that end suffered. It does, however, deserve another look. Likewise Brantley impressed in his garbage minutes. We may see some of the Stars players getting some run with the main rotation. Quin Snyder had a lot of time in that hotel room so things could get even crazier.
How does Mike Conley get to Memphis Mike caliber?
Mike Conley has been the talk of reopening practices but in the game against the Suns he didn’t look in the groove. As these scrimmages go on, Utah needs him to be playing at a high level to take the pressure off of Donovan Mitchell.
Is the midrange floater ever going to go away?
When the nuclear apocalypse hits only cockroaches and Jazz midrange floaters will survive. This terribly inefficient shot that Utah is not good at seems to be part of Utah’s bread and butter STILL. Like your sister’s deadbeat boyfriend who doesn’t have anyone fooled, it just can’t go away. Hopefully with real game film from the first scrimmage, Utah can dump that shot and find a real shot that can treat them right.