by Kimya Oliver
The Crossover: Utah Jazz by the Numbers
Donovan Mitchell opened the game by driving to the basket. The ball game stayed close until the Mavericks took a five-point lead with four minutes remaining in the quarter. Juancho Hernangomez found Danuel House open in the corner for the driving dunk. The first quarter ended with the Mavericks leading 27-20.
Mike Conley start the second quarter with a driving floater. The Mavericks opened the quarter on a 10-4 run. The Jazz offense was not clicking. The Jazz continued to send the Mavericks to the charity stripe and allowed them to make shots beyond the arc. Jordan Clarkson pulled up from deep to sink the shot from long range. The first half with the Jazz trailing 68-51.
After struggling in the first half, Mitchell made a floater in the second half to get his offense going. The Mavericks even took a 15-point lead with 4:30 left in the third quarter. In the final two minutes of the penultimate frame, the Jazz outscored the Mavericks 9-2, but it still was not enough to reclaim the lead as the Mavericks still lead 97-91.
The Jazz started the final quarter of play slowly by not scoring until two minutes in with Conley driving to the basket. The Jazz continued to attack the basket for the remainder of the ball game, but it was not enough.
The Daily Double-Double
Mitchell ended the night with 32 points and Bojan Bogdanović finished with 24 points. Gobert finished just three rebounds shy of a double-double. He has yet to record one in this series.
The Mavericks were overall better down the stretch. The Jazz got within a few points, but it was not enough. Jalen Brunson has been spectacular so far. With Luka Doncic not on the hardwood, Brunson dropped 31 points. This entire season Brunson was used as a role player, but he has been playing like a superstar so far in this series. I feel like the Mavericks will bench Doncic because, in reality, he is not necessary for a win. Doncic could rest his calf strain injury for another game to avoid potential injury for the rest of the playoffs.
For the Jazz, the upcoming game is a must-win. If the Jazz goes down 3-1, this series will be hard to complete a comeback. The Jazz defense is horrible. The Mavericks are doing a great job shutting down Mitchell when needed. The Mavericks held Michell to four points in the first half of the game. When Rudy Gobert was not on the floor, the Mavericks took advantage of driving to the paint and that can’t happen. In my opinion, the Jazz defense has not been up to par in these past three games. In the previous game, the Jazz were getting beat beyond the three-point line. In this game, they were getting defeated when met at the rim.
Bounce Pass: Up Next
Game 4 will be on April 23 at 2:30 p.m. MT.
Featured image courtesy Mengshin Lin, Deseret News