by Daniel Olsen
The Utah Jazz haven’t been this dominant in a long time. However, the franchise is finally starting to come full circle. The Jazz cruised to a 126-110 Game 5 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. The last time they won a first round NBA playoff series was 2017. Here’s how it went down:
The Jazz could not miss in the first quarter. They scored a franchise record for most points in a quarter. Their offense looked like a well-oiled machine. With a second left in the quarter, the Jazz drew up a perfect play to get Mike Conley an open jumper off a run to the left side. 47 points in a quarter is NBA All-Star Game level.
Donovan Mitchell was dominant from the start. He had 26 of his 30 points in the first half and capped it off with some silly three-point bombs. When the play broke down, Mitchell was calm and scrambled away for a splash over the outstretched hands of Dillon Brooks.
To highlight just how impressive it was, just take a look at this shot by Mitchell and then this shot by Stephen Curry. They are basically the same. Mitchell is turning into a postseason superstar and has averaged 28.5 points-per-game since his return.
Modern Day Spurs
Jazz coach Quin Snyder stems from the Popovich tree. That’s why plays like this are certainly a piece of art. The Jazz had 27 assists on the night compared to just 23 from the Grizzlies. What’s even more impressive is the passes that lead to assists. Royce O’Neale ranks eighth in the playoffs with an average of 59 passes-per-game. Conley isn’t far off as he ranks just outside the top ten with an average of 54. Thanks to these players, the ball never sticks in the Jazz offense.
The Jazz play the winner of the Los Angeles Clippers and Dallas Mavericks. The Mavs currently lead that series 3-2 and have a chance to close out the series on Friday night. If they do, Game 1 is already confirmed to be on Sunday afternoon. If the Clippers win, the winner of a pivotal Game 7 will earn a date with the Jazz sometime during next week.
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