by Kimya Oliver
The Crossover: Utah Jazz by the Numbers
The Mavericks clicked from the start as they opened the first quarter on a 12-6 run. They were not letting off the gas. Jordan Clarkson found Rudy Gobert cutting to the basket for a layup. The first frame ended with the Mavericks leading 24-18.
Mike Conley found Rudy Gobert under the basket for the easy layup to start the second quarter. In the final six minutes of the first half, the Jazz only made a total of four points compared to the Mavericks who put up 12 points. With the lack of offense, the first half ended with the Mavericks leading 52-36.
Royce O’Neale sank a step-back three-pointer to start the third quarter. The Mavericks gained a 20-point lead with nine minutes to go in this penultimate frame. Again, the Jazz struggled towards the end of the quarter by not scoring for five minutes. Gobert closed the quarter by sinking two shots from the charity stripe. The Mavericks held their insurmountable 81-55 lead after three quarters.
The Jazz started to gain offensive momentum, opening the fourth quarter making six straight points. That did not last long though. The Mavericks stretched their lead to 94-65 with less than five minutes left in the ball game. Danuel House made a reverse dunk to close the ball game, but it was too little too late.
The Daily Double-Double
Clarkson finished the ball game with 20 points and Gobert finished with a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. No other Jazz player scored in double figures.
This game was a disaster. The Jazz only made three shots out of 30 from beyond the arc. That is a very poor performance as it is a season-low. Clarkson and Gobert had a spectacular night. Mitchell only dropped nine points. With another performance like this from Mitchell, the Jazz will not win this series. Mitchell suffered a hamstring injury, but that was towards the end of the game. The Mavericks built their lead way earlier than that.
The next game is highly important for the Jazz. The Jazz will need to win back-to-back games and with the display they just put on, they are not going to win. They need to build chemistry. Throughout the season the Jazz did not mesh well together. Yes, there would be sparks of great connection, but overall there was nothing. This was one of the biggest games for the Jazz and they did not show up to play.
Mitchell’s injury is not available to the public yet, but when he was injured he waddled to the bench and went straight to the locker room. If Mitchell returns for game six, he will need to execute offensively. He needs to show off his athletic ability and shooting range. Bojan Bogdanovic needs to also increase his offensive intensity. Bogdanovic played almost 30 minutes and ended the night with two points. Bogdanovic is the second-leading scorer on the Jazz this season, behind Mitchell. Two points are not going to help the Jazz win games.
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Game 6 will be on April 28 at 8 p.m. MT.
Featured image courtesy Tony Gutierrez, AP Photo