The Utah Jazz faced off against the Memphis Grizzlies with a severe disadvantage. While at home, Utah would be without starting power forward , starting center , starting point guard , and bench scorer Alec Burks. Memphis was missing no one except (and a few guys on assignment to the Developmental League). On paper it didn't look good as the Grizzlies were a Top 4 team in the West looking to maul the injured Jazz. The opposite of that happened as the Jazz took control early, and withstood all of their grit and most of their grind, to win 92-87 in Overtime. It was a fantastic win for this young team, one where second year guard exploded for 32 points.
This team is going to need people to step up when four of your best five players are out. And tonight quite a few guys did step up. First, yes, Hood was spectacular at times. He went 5/10 from downtown and 7/8 from the free throw line. He didn't get much going in the paint, but in the fourth quarter was cooking in isolation. His ability to get to the line, especially with the game also on the line, is something the team never had play isolation with Al Jefferson. Food for thought.
Joe Ingles did not impress in the box score but had to defend four positions tonight because of match-ups and kept quiet in the fourth with his post defense. But the largest contributions outside of Hood's 32 came from and .made all of his shots, including a sideline three pointer on a fast break. That's amazing. played some huge minutes, including in OT when there really was no one else, and he finished with 6 points (3/4 shooting) and 6 boards. His one miss was a dunk attempt in OT.
Withey played inspired all game long, and finished with 12 points (a huge dunk in the 4th put the Jazz up, for what seemed like, for good), 10 rebounds (3 offensive), 4 blocks, 2 assists, and 1 steal. He fouled out seconds into overtime. That left the door open for Trevor Booker, who at times had to play center, and against Marc Gasol. Book finished with 4 points (all his points scored in OT at the FT Line), 11 rebounds (4 offensive), 3 assists, and 2 blocks. Both players gave the Jazz lots of extra chances to score. In a game of grit and grind they really were huge factors.
, in a secondary role, thrived -- finished with 14 points, 50 FG%, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 1 steal. and shot 4 for 30 tonight. This game seems like it could have been easier if they made some shots.
Anyway, solid win. Exciting game. Did it without four of your best players against one of the best teams in the conference. Full marks to everyone.
The Jazz play next on Monday against the Houston Rockets.