In their final preseason game, the Utah Jazz will face the Milwaukee Bucks and will hopefully look as good as they did against the undermanned New Orleans Pelicans. In just three preseason games, Jazz fans have gotten a good flavor for this Jazz team and what they will look like this upcoming season.
There’s been some interesting lineups including multiple times with Eric Paschall playing center. There’s also been the exciting play of Jared Butler in his first two preseason appearances. What was nice about the game against the Pelicans, in which the Jazz played their standard rotations in the first half, was Quin Snyder’s willingness to adjust to different lineups when things weren’t working. For example, in his time on the floor, Hassan Whiteside has left a little to be desired. During those times where he’s struggled we’ve actually seen Snyder pivot to a lineup with Paschal at the position. That’s really exciting to see and bodes well for future lineups that could include Rudy Gay at the center position or even Gay and Paschall switching on the perimeter. It’s certainly something to watch for tonight, and during the regular season, to see if this type of adjustment happens more often during the year. It could be the thing that gets the Jazz over the hump during the chess moves of the playoffs.
When: 7:00 PM MT - Oct 13, 2021
Where: Vivint Arena, Salt Lake City, UT
TV: AT&T SportsNet-Rocky Mountain - Bucks.com
What to watch for
It looks like Joe Ingles is out, Trent Forrest is out and Jared Butler is questionable for tonight’s game. We’ll know better closer to tipoff if Butler will play but it would be nice to see him get an opportunity to play with the Jazz’s main rotation players.
Joe Ingles will be held out of the Jazz’s preseason finale tonight for rest.— Eric Walden (@tribjazz) October 13, 2021
Injury report:— utahjazz (@utahjazz) October 12, 2021
OUT- Trent Forrest (Concussion Protocol)
OUT- Rudy Gay (Right Heel Surgery)
Questionable- Jared Butler (non-COVID illness)
Probable- Elijah Hughes (Left Leg Soreness)
It’s been just two preseason games, but Jared Butler has looks really good. Can he keep up this level of play when he’s playing with the starters? Does his play get worse? Maybe it gets better? It would be really fun to find out tonight. Something tells me that his shooting improves when the floor is spaced with guys like Mike Conley, Donovan Mitchell and Bojan Bogdanovic spacing the floor. There’s only one way to find out and this may be one of the few opportunities he will get if Quin Snyder doesn’t have enough trust in the promising rookie when the regular season starts.