by Daniel Olsen
The Utah Jazz capped off the season series with a 126-94 win to sweep the San Antonio Spurs. It was another game where the Jazz dominated from start to finish. It’s time to take a look at some quick notes to get up to speed on how it all ensued.
- While Clarkson had the game high on the night with 30 points, Bogdanovic has scored 77 points over the San Antonio Spurs in three games. That is more than any player on the Utah Jazz this year. Bogdanovic is averaging 27.66 points-per-game in the month of May so far.
- Clarkson scored 48.4 percent of the team’s points off the bench. He also recorded 23.8 percent of the team’s total points on the night. He is currently the leading scorer among the Sixth Man of the Year candidates.
- This 32 point win is the largest win over the San Antonio Spurs since December 4, 2018 when they won by 34 points.
- Gobert had ten points and eight rebounds. He was just shy of another double-double. He has recorded 44 of them on the season which is currently tied for third best in the NBA
- The Utah bench had more three-point makes than the entire Spurs team. They finished the night with eight made shots from deep compared to just seven from the Spurs.
- The Jazz made 18 three-pointers which is good for 43.9 percent on the night. They are currently fourth in the NBA at 39 percent from downtown. Keep in mind that they also hoist up a league high 43.2 attempts per game.
- With the 32 point loss, the Suns have fallen a game behind the Jazz. That means the Jazz once again have the best record in the NBA.
Drawing up the next play
The Jazz will take on the Denver Nuggets on Friday night at 7 PM Mountain Time. The game will be broadcast on AT&T Sports Net Rocky Mountain. Denver enters this game having won eight of their last ten. Despite the absence of Jamal Murray, the Nuggets continue to find ways to win. This is mostly due to Jokic being the lead MVP candidate.
If the Jazz can get some help from their own candidates, they can win this game despite the absence of Mitchell and Conley. If Gobert plays like the Defensive Player of the Year, Clarkson plays like the Sixth Man of the Year and Snyder leads the team like the Coach of the Year, the Nuggets better watch out.
The number one factor will be who wins the battle of the boards. Despite shooting worse from the field and downtown, the Nuggets were still able to cruise to a double-digit win over the Knicks. This was due to the fact that they rebounded the basketball 22 more times than New York did. If the Jazz can even break even with the Nuggets, they will win this game.
This game will decide who wins the season series. The Jazz split a pair of games against the Nuggets in the Mile High City back in January. The home court advantage should help the Jazz prevail in this one.
Featured image courtesy Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News