Instant analysis: Utah Jazz hold on late to beat Thunder, but it wasn’t pretty

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Ty Jerome, wearing orange, shoots over Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, wearing blue

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Ty Jerome (16) shoots over Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021, in Oklahoma City. | Sue Ogrocki, Associated Press

The Utah Jazz were able to hold on in the fourth quarter and pull out a 110-104 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night on the road.

High Notes

Rudy Gay seems to be getting more and more comfortable with the Jazz with every game. All of the reports about how involved he was over the last couple of months even though he wasn’t able to practice with the team seem to have been true and to have paid off. If the only way to go is up for Gay then the Jazz really are going to get what they’ve wanted out of him.
No one is ever perfect and basically every player goes through slumps or just times when they feel like their shooting is off. I’ve watched countless players go through this, but when it happens with Jazz players, they are unique in that they never seem really upset about it. Even if they do get a little frustrated, the Jazz continue to shoot and that speaks to a level of confidence that they get from the coaching staff and from one another and those are really important aspects of being a part of a team.

Special defensive honorable mentions for Rudy Gobert, Royce O’Neale and Jordan Clarkson. Gobert and O’Neale were doing their usual thing, blocking shots, grabbing steals, and Clarkson was showing effort against Lu Dort when other Jazz players weren’t as successful.
Actually, Jordan Clarkson was maybe the best two-way player for the Jazz on Wednesday night. He finished with a team-high 20 points to go …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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