by Kimya Oliver
The San Antonio Spurs handed the Utah Jazz their first loss, (111-85), in a preseason opener.
The team struggled from the three-point line online hitting 10 of 42, (23.3 percent). Utah shot the ball over 100 times, 104, but only made 33 of those shots (31.7 percent). Utah also struggled with foul trouble.
The Spurs shot 19 of 25 (35.3 percent) from the free-throw line while the Jazz only had fifteen shot attempts and made nine of them (60 percent). The Spurs made 40 of 86 from the field shooting (46.5 percent) from the field. San Antonio shot 12 of 34 (35.3 percent) from the three-point line.
Defensively, Utah got 11 steals and the Spurs had three steals. Both teams were low in blocking. San Antonio had six blocks while Utah had five blocks.
The Spurs outrebounded the Jazz in the rebounding category. The Spurs had 60 total defensive rebounds while the Jazz managed to pull 47 rebounds.
Both teams could use some time on the court and build team chemistry to be more in sync when playing.
Rookie Jared Butler led the Utah Jazz with 16 points and two assists. Starting point guard Donavan Mitchell had 10 points while shooting guard Jordan Clarkson had 11 points.
Dejounte Murray led the Spurs with 17 points, but he isn’t the only guard who left his mark on the hardwood. Rookie Joshua Primo managed to put up 17 points on the board.
Utah Jazz small forward Rudy Gay didn’t play due to a left foot surgery. Bojan Bogdanovic sat out due to soreness in his right shoulder. Both Rudy Gobert and Joe Ingles sat out under head coach Quin Snyder’s decision.
The Spurs Thasseus Young and Al-Farouq Aminu both sat out due to a last-minute decision by Coach Popovich. Zach Collins didn’t check into the game due to left ankle surgery and Tre Jones sat out due to a left ankle sprain.
Last season the Utah Jazz record was 52-20 and they lost in the Western Conference Semifinals to the Los Ángeles Clippers. Will they be able to live up to their expectations from last year once the regular season starts?
The Utah Jazz will be facing the Dallas Mavericks in their next preseason contest on October 6, 2021 5:30 p.m.
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