When Ricky Rubio went down in the first half, it didn’t look like the Utah Jazz would be able to close out the Oklahoma City Thunder, but this Utah Jazz team has shown resilience at every point of the season and they showed it again tonight. Joe Ingles hit big shots in the second quarter that helped tie the game going into halftime.
In the third quarter, Donovan Mitchell put on a show. He went toe to toe with reigning MVP, Russell Westbrook, and willed the Jazz to a double digit lead. The things that Mitchell is doing as a rookie are unprecedented. Mitchell carrying the team in the third quarter was reminiscent of things we’ve only seen from players like Michael Jordan. It’s going to be a long and fun ride for Jazz fans as Donovan Mitchell continues to grow both in these playoffs and for years to come. What a player!
The Jazz also got big contributions from other players like Derrick Favors who had big blocks, rebounds and a MASSIVE jumper late in the fourth. Royce O’neale started the third quarter and played next level defense. Alec Burks hit huge shots including a big corner three late in the game. Jae Crowder brought fantastic intensity on the defensive end and effectively took Paul George out of the game.
The strength of this Jazz team really is the team and that’s why no one should ever count them out.

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Behind James Harden’s massive 41 point night, the Houston Rockets took care of the Utah Jazz with relative ease. Part of this could be explained by the Utah Jazz coming off a draining series finale with the Thunder only to play the #1 team in the league a day and a half later. But if we’re being honest, this was mostly due to the Houston Rockets being as good as advertised.

If the Jazz want to have any sort of success against the Rockets, they’ll have to find some way to slow Harden. Easier said than done. Harden has been an isolation monster all year and guarding him is nearly impossible. If you guard him close, he can go to the rim and either score, find Clint Capela at the rim or a corner three. If you give him space he takes a step back three and buries it. And all of this happens while he creates fouls at an elite level.

For Jazz fans there were two things to be somewhat optimistic about:

Donovan Mitchell got to where he wanted on the offensive end, even while being guarded by Trevor Ariza for much of the night. If he can consistently score, that gives the Jazz a base to build on, but they’ll need contributions from many other places.

Raul Neto got minutes and looked good! If Neto can stay on the floor and guard Chris Paul, the Jazz have a chance at getting some production from their bench. That’s no small thing considering how shaky the Jazz bench was against the Thunder.

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On a night when the’d hoped to build on the momentum they’d created in Houston, the Utah Jazz put up one of their worst performances in recent memory.
The Houston Rockets came out on a mission to prove they are still the #1 team in the league and they sent that message from the opening tip. James Harden and Chris Paul carved up the Jazz defense from start to finish. Surprisingly, it was probably the Rocket’s defense that was even more impressive.
Utah looked out of sink the entire game and never found a rhythm. Donovan Mitchell had his worst postseason outing shooting 4/16 from the field for 10 points. But it wasn’t just Mitchell who struggled. Joe Ingles, who was so magnificent in Game 2, shot 2/10 for 6 points with 5 turnovers. Rudy Gobert’s stat line looks efficient from the box score, but his defensive impact was almost non existent. It may have been from the Rocket’s scheme, but, more likely, it was the Rocket’s talent that negated Gobert.
For the Jazz to be successful they’ll have to find ways to help Gobert impact the game more on defense. This may mean that the Jazz perimeter defenders have to defend even better. Easier said then done when your guarding a hall of fame back court.
The one bright spot for the Jazz was the play of Royce O’neale. He guarded James Harden as well as anyone and was hitting his threes on the offensive end. More than once his play put a little life into the Jazz only to have those small sparks put out by the Rocket’s hot shooting.
Whatever the case, the Utah Jazz have a lot of adjustments to make if they want a chance to even things up in Game 4.

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Post game reaction to the Utah Jazz and San Antonio Spurs. Grayson Allen posted a near triple double as the Jazz routed the Spurs. Georges Niang shot lights out scoring 17 points as well.

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Dante Exum signed a contract extension with the Utah Jazz for 3 years for 33 million. Was the contract worth it?

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The Norwest division is the toughest in the NBA. How will the Jazz, Nuggets, Blazers, Thunder and Timberwolves end up at the end of the season?

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Check out some of the highlights from Steve Novak’s 20-point game Saturday against the Utah Jazz, hitting tough 3-pointers & surprising the crowd with a rare running jump shot inside the three point line!

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Check out the top 5 plays of the night featuring Rudy Gobert, Avery Bradley, and Anthony Davis.

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Who doesn’t love basketball above-the rim?! Check out the VERY BEST DUNKS from the past week!!! Tell us your favorites in the comments! February 5, 2018- February 11, 2018.

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