The Jazz beat the Knick 117 – 113. The Jazz played one of the best games this season and beat a really good Knicks team on 80’s night. Maybe I’m biased but the Jazz played their most complete night of basketball tonight. They embraced the 80’s and defended and hustled all night.
The Jazz had the hustle factor tonight, there’s very few stats to actually quantify hustle but it’s fair to say you know it when you see it. Simone and Sexton came out hustling right off the tip, this led to Hendricks hustling and playing great defense in the second quarter, which led to THT fast breaks in the fourth quarter. It was extremely refreshing to watch this team play hard for all 48 minutes. Will Hardy has made it clear that if you defend and hustle you will find a way on to the court, the Jazz had players do exactly that to make a great game.
Collin “Young Bull” Sexton! Collin has the energy of a McDonald’s sprite, the electricity is palpable when he plays. Collin didn’t just do his normal hustle and try hard game which he’s made a career out of, Collin played great offense. Shot the ball well, played with great pose while not running out of his mind every single play, he also had maybe the play of the game when he soared for a giant offensive rebound, put it back up plus the foul. A clear demonstration of someone who was willing to do whatever he could possibly do to win.
Collin Sexton grabs the offensive rebound over Randle and Hart and gets the and-one on the follow.— Across The Cavs (@AcrossCavs) December 14, 2023
Taylor Hendricks the clamp? A team high +25 in a 4-point win? I don’t think it’s hyperbolic to say that Taylor Hendricks legit changed the trajectory of the game with his defense. The 19-year-old rookie turned our defense around for the night as a mixture of length, effort, and instinct created a switchable defense that would fall into zone at times and overall made the Knicks life a nightmare. It’s fair to say Hendricks looks raw, it’s also fair to say the sky is the limit for someone who can defend the way he defended tonight.
Lauri is just Lauri at this point. One of the best shooters in the NBA, one of the most efficient shooters in the NBA, and he does it all with so few dribbles and zero taking away from anyone else. In fact, he might’ve been wise to take the ball for his own at some points towards the end of the game. Lauri had 23 points on 13 shots and shot 4-8 from deep. It reeks of 7-foot prime Klay Thompson.
Jazz play the Trailblazers tomorrow evening