SUMMARY: Shorthanded Jazz team beats an equally shorthanded Suns team 118-97
- The Jazz came to Phoenix without Derrick Favors, Kyle Korver and Dante Exum. Before warm ups Jae Crowder was out and after warm ups Ricky Rubio was out. However, the game changer was Devin Booker spraining his ankle and leaving the game with 4:29 left in the first quarter and the Suns leading 21-12
- The Suns started 10-0 and 15-2. By the end of the first the Jazz had it down to 6 and the Jazz took the lead at 40-39 and never relented.
- Joe Ingles was the star of the game for the Jazz tonight. Phoenix played him to go right as dramatically as any team has all season. Igor know Joe. Joe showed great development of his game with the ability to answer to what the Suns were doing to him. He told us post game that Ekpe Udoh helped him on how to run the pick and roll against their over shading and that when Rudy returned he followed the lead of Ekpe. Joe was snaking the pick and roll so he could get back to his left hand at time and at other times get a flipped pick that got him back to his left hand. It was a brilliant performance from Joe who by the night’s end had equaled his career high 27 points along with 5 rebounds and 8 assists.
- Donovan Mitchell finished with 29 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. There is a level of awesomeness to this line because it wasn’t flashy at all. He just got it done. He is deadly right now on a catch and shoot 3. He is over 50% on catch and shoot 3 point shots since Jan 1st.
- In a statistical abnormality the Jazz had 11 field goals in every quarter.
- The Jazz had a 33 point advantage behind the three point line. The Jazz hit on 16 threes again tonight on 32 attempts. The Jazz are also the best team in the NBA at not allowing a 3 and tonight the Suns went just 5 of 21
- The Jazz shot distribution was brilliant again. 41% of the shots at the rim and 41% of their shots as three point shots.
- Rudy Gobert for the last 10 games is averaging 18 points and 13 rebounds and shooting 79%. Tonight he had 17 points and 13 rebounds on 7 of 9 shooting. Just to add to his greatness he had 3 assists and 5 block shots. The Suns got to the rim a ton tonight and shot below 50% at the rim.
- The Jazz bench was awesome. Ekpe Udoh changed the game with his ability to run the pick and roll. Raul Neto who is one of the best plus minus players in the NBA did again tonight in 21 minutes he was +19. Georges Niang hit on 3 three point shots and was a plus +23.
- The highlight of the bench was Grayson Allen who coming off his brilliant G-League playoff game played with great confidence and scored 10 points on 2 of 5 from three. He was able to guard Jimmer on the defensive side.
- The Suns had decided that Jimmer Fredette would play more. He did. He played 22 minutes and scored 10 points. The Suns were -21 when he was on the floor. Jimmer can’t play pick and roll. Everytime he goes off a pick and roll he retreats back into a one on one. He doesn’t come off the pick and roll to shot, drive or pass he retreats back everytime. Then he goes one on one and he is not athletic or tall enough to play that style in the NBA. He has a decent floater game and an ok pull up but it is all off isolation drives. He is not big enough to pass when he gets in traffic. It is nice for him to get to play in the NBA again but there aren’t signs that he can be a consistent NBA player. The exciting news is he had a baby boy last week. He held a nice event after the game with the fans and I sure the ownership was very happy to have him so he could host that event and be an attraction with the season dwindling away.
- The Jazz have won 11 of 12.
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