by Kimya Oliver
The Crossover: Utah Jazz by the numbers
Bojan Bogdanovic drove to the basket for the floater to start the offense for the Jazz. The score was neck and neck until the last minute. Mike Conley pulled up from deep for the shot and the first quarter ended with the Jazz leading 21-15.
The Jazz continued to shoot from deep, with Jordan Clarkson sinking the shot to open the second quarter. The Mavericks were not letting up offensively and took their first lead of the night with five minutes left in the first half. With the time ticking away, Bogdanovic sank the pull-up jumper to close the quarter with the Jazz leading 53-41.
The Jazz came into the third quarter sluggish, not scoring for over two minutes. The Jazz lost offensive momentum only scoring two points in the final three minutes of the quarter compared to the Mavericks who finished with 11 points in that same span. The third quarter ended with the Jazz trailing 77-72.
The Jazz needed to capitalize in the fourth quarter. Clarkson attacked the basket to make an easy floater. Throughout the entire fourth period, the score was extremely close. The Mavericks gained a three-point lead. Mitchell grabbed the defensive rebound and found Rudy Gobert open for the layup to close the lead to one point. The Jazz had wiggle room to make something happen with Luka Doncic missing the three-point shot, but Conley could not control his feet and traveled with five seconds left on the clock. The Mavericks went one of two at the line to extend the game to three points, but Bogdanovic could not sink the game winning three-pointer.
The Daily Double-Double
Gobert finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds for his third consecutive double-double of the playoffs. He had 53 games in the regular season where he was featured in this segment as he led the NBA in rebounds per game this year. All hail Rudy, the king of the Daily Double-Double!
The last minute of the final was trouble for the Jazz. Boganovic missed a wide-open shot from beyond the arc and Conley traveled with five seconds left in the game. This was a disappointing season. With watching the Jazz over these past few seasons, I would never think that they would fall short in the first round. The roster will make a few changes this off-season.
Overall the Mavericks could not be stopped. After the first half of the ball game, they came out pushing the tempo and getting good looks from anywhere. They played smart. The Jazz were not smart as they committed careless turnovers which led to fast break points to cut the lead.
I think next season the Jazz will absolutely need to make changes. If the Jazz can acquire a consistent shooter then that will be an advantage for the next season but they will need to give up some pieces. The biggest question is who will be traded? Will the Jazz get rid of Gobert or will they move on from Mitchell? I do think in order for the Jazz to be on the road to being successful again, changes do need to be made.
Bounce Pass: Up Next
No games remain for the Jazz as they await the culmination of the NBA Playoffs. After that, the next big day will be the 2022 NBA Draft on June 23, 2022. The Jazz don’t have a first round pick as they are still paying out the last of the Mike Conley deal to the Grizzlies. However, they could find some developmental pieces in the second round. Time will tell what dominoes will fall at that point for the Jazz.
Featured image courtesy Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News