A 30-point lead at halftime, a 40-point lead after three quarters, and then an eight-game now win in the Vivint Arena, Utah Jazz, after cruising to a 127–108 win over Golden State – flying high. are filling.
Maybe a little bit.
It is, after all, a group whose informal team mantra is “sometimes too much, sometimes too little.” But with the win improving to 12-4 on the season, which was nowhere near as the final score, it may appear, the Jazz are suddenly facing skyrocketing expectations, Shakeel O’Neill and Thoughts by Charles Barclay.
And so it was that after the win, Utah coaches and players sought to put all the narratives in perspective, with the rising narrative going downhill with non-working breaks.
“Were not [even] A quarter of the way through the season. I’m not trying to dampen any enthusiasm – it’s okay to feel good about how you’re playing. Coach Quinn Snyder said, “There’s a long season ahead, it’s a marathon, and there are games where it clicks like it did tonight and has other games that you have to grind.” “And I want us to be stable. Neither too high, nor too low. The fact that we are playing well right now is a good thing, but the challenge is to keep playing well and that is what we are seeing. “
But it’s also not hard not to go overboard when the NBA’s most recent dynasty coaches are comparing your team to theirs now.
Prior to Saturday’s game, Warriors’ Steve Kerr was asked about trying to find a balance between using the patience needed to develop his young talent with an urgent need to win a few more games. He said that every team should have a good understanding of their place in the food chain, and pointed out the difference between their own group and jazz.
“[Utah] There is an experienced team. They are trying to win a championship right now, and I think they are capable of doing that, ”Kerr said. “Looking at him on tape, the continuity that he has compared to us is night and day, just with execution. You know, that’s where we were three, four years ago. “
High praise – which Jazz then went out and presented.
In addition to a steep slope, garbage-time fourth quarter by turnover and 7-for-19 shooting from deep reserves, it was a key performance in many cases.
For starters, the Warriors, before the fourth, made just 29 of 70 shots (41.4%). For Utah, a team that was already setting a league record for 3-point shooting was hot beyond the arc, finishing 20 this time. The Jazz scored 77 points by halftime.
Renowned non-superstar Donovan Mitchell added 23 points in 27 minutes, while somehow managing to add seven rebels and six assassins, despite having zero ability to influence the games beyond getting the bucket.
His half-dozen dis, Alas, was only the second-best mark on the team, as Bojan Bogdanovic set a new career-high with eight (14 points and seven rebounds to go).
Meanwhile, Rudy Gobert contributed 11 points and 14 rebounds. Mike Conley dropped 17 points and played the perfect perimeter defense. Sixth man Jordan Clarkson added 14 from the back. Fellow reserve Joe Ingalls dropped 13 points – all after the break, three of which came on an open tray after breaking Kent Bazemore’s ankles, which the broadcast crew affectionately called “the world’s slowest crossover”.
“Yeah, I mean, it’s not a consistent part of my game, obviously. I think Rudy probably framed him to be honest,” Ingalls said, apparently pursuing a question about it Doing. “I don’t think any of my tricks are so cold that it’s bad for someone to go for a fake – let’s be honest.”
To see Jazz’s Saturday win and his big-picture where he stands …
“Honestly, on the next one. this was good, [but] There are still some things on which we will watch the film. … We would watch the film and see things that we know we didn’t do as well, things that we could do better 10 times out of 10 instead of nine out of 10. “Obviously, we are a confident team and we are confident in the style that we play. We are going to miss shots, we are going to make shots at times, but I think our defense has been pretty consistent – it was tonight, obviously. And we were also able to make shots. When we are going to both ends, we will play against a tough team.
Mitchell agreed, admiring the praise from Kerr, that he was not ready to go with such a lofty comparison after an eight-game winning streak.
“We have our inspiration and moments. … But we have a way – in a good way. We are actually doing a lot of things correctly, but there are things we can do better, ”he said. “… It’s definitely an accolade, but the biggest thing is to focus on what we do. We’re not trying to explain what they did at Golden State. We’re in the second round Haven’t even arrived. … It’s definitely a huge accolade coming from Coach Kerr, but we’re seeing it as a game as a game, step by step, bit by bit. It’s a long The season is – we’ve only played 16 games, and anything can happen. So we’ve got to stay locked inside and stay where we are. And with it, with little details, success will come. “
Jazz 127, Warriors 108
Critical moment • The first five possessions of the very beautiful Jazz game – a Royce O’Neill 3, back-to-back Mike Conley 3s, a Rudy Gobert layout, and another O’Neill 3 that gave the Jazz a 14–0 lead.
Large number: 8 • While Bojan Bogdanovic struggled again with his shot (going 3 for 13), he made up for it with a career-high eight assists.
next • There are two days left to come up, after which Homestead will continue with the Knicks heading to Vince Arena on Tuesday, tipoff set for 7pm