by Daniel Olsen
This road trip started off better than the last time the Jazz were on the East Coast. The Jazz adjusted to a fierce attempt by the Atlanta Hawks to deny three-pointers and dominated with a final score of 112-91.
With the win, the Jazz have dominated 14 of 16 games by double digits. Five of those wins were by more than 20 points. These blowouts are showing just how good this team is. They are starting to figure out how to gel as a team.
The Jazz were led by Sixth Man of the Year candidate Jordan Clarkson with 23 points off the bench. He made a team high five three-pointers on eight attempts. The rest of the team struggled from deep as they combined to make five of 19 attempts.
Rudy Gobert notched his 15th double-double of the year. The Jazz are 11-4 in games when Rudy records a double-double. He is averaging the highest rebound rate of his career this season at 23.7. He is just as valuable to the team defensively as a star scorer is on the offensive end.
Despite a rare missed dunk, Donovan Mitchell was respectable with 18 points. He made three of his five attempts from downtown and was effective at the rim as well. His mid-range game was a little off but those shots aren’t as effective anyways. He also recorded a team high five assists on the game.
The Jazz player of the night could arguably be Bojan Bogdanovic. He lead all starters with 21 points and he didn’t need to hit a bunch of threes to do it. He did his damage down low where he struggled earlier in the season after coming off of wrist surgery. He has his confidence back as he is attacking the rim with fearless attitude.
The Jazz will look to win on the second night of a back-to-back tomorrow when they travel to Charlotte to take on the Hornets. They are 2-1 on the second night of a back-to-back. Their endurance will be tested, but they will have extra motivation to play against one of the newest stars on the Hornets: Gordon Hayward. The game will start at 6 PM MST.
Rudy Gobert especially will be the one to play well as he values loyalty to his teammates. Hayward, the former Jazz star, might be valuing chasing rings or stardom in the East but Gobert has valued the highs and lows in Utah.
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