Daily Dribble: Analyzing how the Jazz ran out of luck vs the Celtics

Daily Dribble: Analyzing how the Jazz ran out of luck vs the Celtics

by Kimya Oliver

The Utah Jazz fell short for the second game in a row to the Boston Celtics 125-97.

The Crossover: Utah Jazz by the Numbers

Eric Paschall pulled up for the floater with the dish from Mike Conley to start the first quarter. The Celtics came out hot, gaining a 30-15 point lead with four minutes remaining in the quarter. Rudy Gobert gave Jordan Clarkson an off-ball screen to free him from his defender. Conley then found Clarkson for an easy basket to close the quarter trailing 39-24.

Conley drove to the basket for the floater and could not convert, but Gobert was there to clean up the mess for the dunk. The Celtics stretched their lead to 30 points with six minutes left in the quarter. Donovan Mitchell scored the majority of the Jazz points, ending the first half trailing 45-68.

Mitchell made a pullup jumper to start the third quarter. The Celtics still continued to find the bottom of the net while the Jazz struggled. The third quarter closed with the Jazz trailing 93-68.

The Celtics came out hot making four threes in the first five minutes of the ball game. The Jazz could not find the Celtic’s kryptonite as the home team ended up closing with a solid win.

The Daily Double-Double

Mitchell finished the night with 37 points. Gobert had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds on the night.

Bojan Bogdanovic was out because of a calf injury, Udoka Azubuike was out due to an ankle injury, and Danuel House Jr. was out because of a knee injury.

Kimya’s Take

I had a feeling the Celtics were going to take this win. First, the Eastern Conference teams are tighter in the record to secure a playoff spot. After this matchup, the Celtics pulled within 1.5 games of No. 1 seed the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference. I’m not saying the Jazz did not want this win, but they are far behind the No. 1 seed Phoenix Suns.

Also, the Celtics had a spark in their offense to start the game, opening the quarter on a 16-8 run and shooting 100 percent on the floor, six for six in field goals, and four for four from beyond the arc. The Celtics overall came out to play. They had a total of 21 assists at halftime. That is due to great ball movement which results in open shots.

The Jazz also had a rough scoring night. Mitchell dropped 30 plus points, but Paschall, Conley, and Jordan Clarkson all had under 12 points. That is not going to win games, especially as the playoffs are approaching. Paschall, Conley, and Clarkson all shot 33.3 percent from the field and could not sink one shot from beyond the arc. Maybe it was the energy from the fans in the arena giving some of the players cold feet. I believe one person can’t win a game and definitely not a championship in today’s era. Every team must have two superstars and a solid bench with role players to be a contender for a championship. Mitchell was the only Jazz player to score above 15 points in this game.

Another reason could be that Bogdanovic was out and he is the second-leading scorer on the team (18.1 points per game). Bogdanovic is a huge part of the offense and could be a game-changer when needed.

The Jazz can bounce back and defeat the Charlotte Hornets in their next game. I think they will beat them if Clarkson, Conley, and Gobert can score at least 14-22 points. Mitchell will drop at least 26 points easily in most games.

Bounce Pass: Up Next

The Jazz will face the Charlotte Hornets on March 25 at 5 p.m. MST.

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