Preseason Week 2: Jazz Ready for Regular Season after Two Victories

Preseason Week 2: Jazz Ready for Regular Season after Two Victories

by Kimya Oliver

The Utah Jazz defeated the New Orleans Pelicans and the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks this week to end their preseason schedule.

New Orleans Pelicans

The Utah Jazz finally secured their first win in the preseason defeating the New Orleans Pelicans by a score of 127-96.

Utah’s starting center, Rudy Gobert, had a double-double at the end of the game with 19 points and 19 rebounds. All but four of those rebounds were from on the defensive side of the ball. Donavan Mitchell had 18 points. Defensively, he had an amazing game with four steals and three blocks.

Pelicans guard Devonte’ Graham led his team with 14 points in only 19 minutes of playing time. Trey Murphy III, Jonas Valančiūnas, and rookie Herb Jones all had double figure points with 12 points.

The Jazz have improved their shooting, making 48 of 94 shots from the field (51.1 percent) and 16 of 42 from the three point line (38.1 percent). Utah also had their best night shooting from the free throw line making 15 of 17 (88.2 percent).

Utah focused on getting the ball down low, ending the night with 54 points in the paint. Defensively, the Jazz are looking bright. Utah had seven blocks and 13 steals at the end of the night compared to the Pelicans (two blocks and eight steals).

The Pelicans struggled shooting from the field, 38 of 87 (43.7 percent) and from the three point line, 10 of 29 (34.5 percent). They made over half of their shots from the free throw line shooting 10 of 15 (66.7 percent).

Milwaukee Bucks

The Utah Jazz defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 124-120. 

Jordan Clarkson, shooting guard for the Utah Jazz, led his team to victory with 18 points. Rookie Jared Butler had 16 points and Mike Conley had 13 points.

The Bucks had two players who managed to score above 20 points. Forward Khris Middleton had 25 points and last season’s NBA Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo had 21 points.

Each team had fairly the same percentage on the floor. The Jazz shot 42 of 88 from the field (48.9 percent) and 20 of 46 from beyond the arc (43.5 percent). The Bucks struggled with fouling this game, so the Jazz had 23 shots from the free throw line and made 18 of them (78.3 percent).

The Bucks shot 48 of 103 from the fiel (46.6 percent) and 16 of 39 from the three point line (41 percent). Milwaukee had a great night from the free throw line shooting 8 of 10 (80 percent).

Up Next

The regular season is set to begin on Tuesday. The Utah Jazz will be facing the Oklahoma City Thunder on October 20, 2021 at 7 p.m. MST and then traveling to Sacramento, California to face the Sacramento Kings October 22, 2021 at 7 p.m MST.

Featured image courtesy Shafkat Anowar, Deseret News

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