With the Jazz missing both Keyonte George and Jordan Clarkson, Collin Sexton came play. But he didn’t just play, he dominated the Portland Trail Blazers with his infamous brash play and style. The greatest thing about Sexton is that everything felt like it was done within the office. It wasn’t long ago that Will Hardy telling the team that if you don’t play hard, if you don’t pass the ball, if you don’t give a s___ about the Jazz, you won’t play. Sexton seems to have embraced every part of that and tonight was one of those nights where it showed. Sexton ends the night with 27 points and 4 assists and did it while shooting 11/17 from the field and 2/5 from three.
Walker Kessler was close to breaking the Utah Jazz triple-double drought with 10 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 blocks. Kessler was a monster all night and is looking more and more like his rookie self. So much of the issues with Kessler this season have seemed mental and it’s nice to see him growing in confidence.
Simone Fontecchio had another big night as well. He scored 24 points with 5 rebounds but played a great all around game to help lead the Jazz to what was at one point a 30+ point lead. There are a lot of success stories with this Jazz team right now and Fontecchio is absolutely one of them.
Finally, we got more time with Taylor Hendricks on the floor and he continues to impress. His defense is sparkling right now, his ability to do everything on the defensive end whether it’s get hands on balls in the passing lane, block shots from the weak side, switch onto the perimeter, and so many other things is making him seem like the Jazz had another homerun pick. The fact he shot 2/5 from three in this game and Will Hardy is running plays to get him shots tells you just how good he might become. What a steal for the Jazz.