The Utah Jazz will try to get back on track against a Memphis Grizzlies team that is now without Jaren Jackson Jr. who went down with a meniscus tear in his left knee.
Grizzlies: Memphis F Jaren Jackson Jr., suffered a meniscus tear in his left knee and will miss the rest of the season.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 4, 2020
Utah is no stranger to losing key pieces of their team as they’ve struggled to overcome the loss of Bojan Bogdanovic, especially the bench. If Utah wants to climb in the standings to get a favorable matchup in the playoffs, they can’t afford to drop a winnable game like this one.
When: Wednesday, August 5th 2020 • 12:30 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
Will Utah’s bench show up?
There have been ups and downs for the Utah Jazz in the Orlando bubble. We’ve seen big performances from Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert. We’ve seen Royce O’Neale step up in a nice way at power forward. We’ve also seen Mike Conley look like the Mike Conley Jazz fans have been waiting for.
Even with all those good signs, the downs of the second unit have been too much to overcome the last two games. Probably the most surprising has been the play of Jordan Clarkson who seems to have lost his three-point shot in the bubble.
In his last three games Clarkson is shooting 18% from three and 29% overall. It’s been bad. But he isn’t the only one whose shooting has disappeared.
Georges Niang is shooting 7% from three, Emmanuel Mudiay is shooting 20% from three with 0 assists per game combined with 1.7 turnovers and Tony Bradley has consistently been lost on defense.
There’s just not a lot to say other than they’ve been awful. The Jazz do have options though with players like Juwan Morgan, Rayjon Tucker and Jarrell Brantley that could bring a different set of talents. With how poorly the play has been, it’s time for Quin Snyder to try something different. He may or may not try something different but but what could it hurt? The bench couldn’t be worse than what Jazz fans have seen so far in the bubble.