Daily Dribble: Analysis on why the Utah Jazz lost to the Bucks

Daily Dribble: Analysis on why the Utah Jazz lost to the Bucks

by Kimya Oliver

The Utah Jazz fell short to the Milwaukee Bucks by a final score of 117-111.

The Crossover

To open the first quarter, Royce O’Neale hit a three from downtown off an assist from Donovan Mitchell.

The Jazz stepped in front with a 22-18 lead halfway through the quarter. Mitchell hit from beyond the arc to extend the Jazz lead to 34-27. With 30 seconds on the clock, Mitchell drove to the basket for the layup to close the first quarter leading 39-37.

The Jazz went scoreless for two minutes to open the second quarter. Mike Conley drove to the basket for the mid-range floater. The Bucks opened the second quarter on a 12-6 run. The Bucks continued the offensive momentum and ended the first half with the 68-59 advantage.

Conley threw it up to Rudy Gobert for the alley-oop dunk to get the crowd on their feet. The Jazz found offensive momentum and opened the third quarter on a 10-0 run to take a one-point lead.

The Jazz had back-to-back threes from Mitchell and Conley. The Jazz extended the lead to 91-81 with less than three minutes left, but the Bucks went on an 8-2 lead to cut the deficit to end the third quarter.

Conley made a quick mid-range floater to start the final quarter of play. This game came down to the wire.

With 24 seconds left, Mitchell shot from beyond the arc and missed, but Gobert was there for the putback layup to cut the lead to 113-111.

The Jazz immediately fouled and Jevon Carter sank both free throws. The Jazz pushed the ball up the court, but Mitchell missed the shot beyond the arc.

The Daily Double-Double

Mitchell and Conley both finished with 29 points.

Gobert finished with a double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds. The Jazz are currently No. 4 in the Western Conference with a record of 42-26.

Pivotal Moment

The game did come down to the wire, but that was not the moment the game got out of hand. The Jazz had a total of 13 turnovers, but the Bucks would either gain easy fast break points or the Jazz would send the Bucks to the free-throw line. The Bucks shot 86.2 percent from the charity stripe. The Bucks also managed to grab 10 steals from the Jazz.

Kimya’s Take

Besides the low points in the ball game, the Jazz played well overall. The Bucks would make a run, but the Jazz would answer by going on a run themselves.

O’Neale, Mitchell, Conley, and Gobert were the only ones in double digits, but I think if Clarkson made more than eight points tonight (somewhere between 12-16), the Jazz would have pulled out a win.

Clarkson came off a 45 point game, which is impressive, but could not make it to double figures in this game. Clarkson is 31.9 percent from beyond the arc this season. That is not the best, but whenever he is running down the court and can step into his shot he is most likely to make it. Clarkson is not consistent in his shot-making. If he could make at least 12 points on an off night, that could help the Jazz. I think Clarkson is better than what he shows everyone and can eventually become more consistent this year.

Bounce Pass: Up Next

The Jazz will be facing the Chicago Bulls on March 16, 2022 at 7 p.m. MST.

Featured image courtesy Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

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