Five things to know after Utah lost Memphis

It might be a few days before Thanksgiving, but the atmosphere inside the Vivint Arena on a Monday night is like a mid-May game.

More than a month into the season, the battle between Utah and Memphis feels like a playoff game, with noisy crowds making the game jarring at the end of the fourth quarter.

But unlike the last time the two teams met in the knockout stages, the Jazz lost a heartbreaking 119-118 to the Grizzlies.

Donovan Mitchell said after the game: “We left as a team, and that’s when things went awry. “We can’t give up, that’s the biggest thing. We have to keep our feet on the gas.”

Here are five things you need to know after a loss:

1.) What happened in the end?
The movie played out with 14.8 seconds left and Utah trailed by a two-point lead. Memphis’ Ja Morant was at the charity pitch, taking his second free throw. He missed the shot, and a battle for the recovery ensued, with Royce O’Neale coming off the field with the recovery for the Jazz.

Instead of the game continuing, a referee’s whistle stopped the game, prompting officials to replay it to check for foul play against Memphis. After what was said to be an inadvertent whistle – no goal – a jump jump occurred halfway down the pitch. The Grizzlies won the jump jump, leading to Jaren Jackson Jr with three points with 5.9 seconds remaining – the final point of the game.

Even with the movie, the question remained if the officials did the right thing by blowing the play to death – thus taking away O’Neale’s recovery, which would put the Jazz ball 14.8 seconds down and lead. two.

“It was just a bad call,” Rudy Gobert said of the referee’s inadvertent whistle. “I don’t want to put the game on that, but it doesn’t help.”

Gobert was right in both cases – both on the call and not to blame for the entire outcome of that game.

However, many Jazz players and head coach Quin Snyder were so confused by the outcome of the game, they believed they had let a win go based on their play.

“At that point, it was down to 14 seconds, and they did the plays and we didn’t,” said point guard Mike Conley. “That’s what it happens in a game like this.”

2.) Bojan Bogdanovic proves to be the closer one
It’s rare but it happens.

Sometimes Donovan Mitchell plays like a moth and not like a superstar like him. But in those games, there was always the question of who would become the main attack threat as Mitchell struggled to buy a crate.

That’s the situation Utah was in on Monday night against an aggressive team of Grizzlies.

While Conley and Gobert did all they could to put points on the scoreboard, it was Bojan Bogdanovic who made the most significant difference.

The forward finished with the team’s highest 24 points, 12 points (4 to 5 from outside the arc) of which came in the fourth quarter. He also has three more rebounds and three assists.

Bogdanovic scored all of the points in his fourth quarter with seven minutes remaining, featuring two separate innings where he beat three straight pointers. His ability to not only catch and shoot but also create his own shot makes Jazz an excellent goalscorer and gets closer in the rare games when Mitchell is out of the game.

“They’re trying to dodge picking and scrolling, so I can get a few glimpses in a minute,” says Bogdanovic. “Then that kind of floor opens up for me once I hit that triple corner.”

3.) Rudy Gobert gives a list of all-time blocks of Utah
Arrange seats for Mark Eaton and Andrei Kirilenko. A new member is joining Utah’s top three in all-time blocks.

With a Morant interception with just over a minute to play, Gobert overtook Greg Ostertag and is currently at number 3 in the all-time franchise series for Jazz. He is currently at 1,254 of his career, only 126 behind Kirilenko in second all time.

It can be tough to catch Eaton and his 3,064 blocks – the fourth all-time and one of only five players in NBA history with 3,000 blocks. But even if Gobert failed to catch Eaton, he would still go on to become one of the greatest defensive players ever to play.

Gobert is now a three-times-year-old defensive player, joining Dwight Howard in second all-time behind Dikembe Mutombo and Ben Wallace (four each). Gobert has won awards three of the past four seasons because his ability to change a match in paint is unmatched in today’s game.

For example, Memphis’ Jackson averaged just six three points per game, but when defended as he was by Gobert on Monday night, he shot three to 11.

It seems that Gobert’s offensive game is now catching up to his defensive prowess, making him one of the most elite and all-rounder centers in the league.

4.) Forward defense and continued attacks become Achilles’ heel
While many fans wanted to point to the accidental whistle at the end of the fourth half as the reason the Jazz lost the game, Snyder didn’t come close to that. According to him, Utah lost the game by dropping counter-attacks and scoring in the transition.

Jazz gave up 16 offensive rebounds – including three in the 1:09 minute mark that ultimately proved to be the most significant difference maker. Of those 16 tables, Memphis scored 22 points – and when combined with 18 quick break points, that’s 40 extra points Utah surrendered.

“What hurt us was giving up on counter-attacks, especially late in the game,” Snyder said after the game. “Giving up possession of the ball at either end, forward defense and counter-attack defense, they’ve scored more than 50 points in those two areas. If we had focused right on those two areas, we wouldn’t have been in there. last place. ash game.”

Snyder isn’t the only one upset with the team’s performances in those two areas. Gobert also has some choice words, saying that should never happen to a team with Utah maturity.

“We’re six with one minute left, and we have three properties where we don’t commit an offence, and three properties in a row where we give up counterattacks,” he said. “Just too many mistakes for an experienced team. … That’s unacceptable.”

These are the two aspects of the game that Utah has struggled with the most throughout the season — parts of the game Snyder talked about in nearly every post-game press conference. If the Jazz can dial, this team could be very dangerous when it comes to post-season.

5.) Mike Conley better than last year?
Much was said about Conley last season when, in his 14th NBA season, he finally became an all-star for the first time.

It doesn’t matter that he’s had better seasons of stay statistics ahead of the 2020-21 season. It didn’t matter that he was no longer the focus of the attack. All that matters is that Conley, the ultra-efficient kicker, is a key figure in one of the NBA’s top fouls and defenses.

Based on efficiency alone, Conley is having the best statistical year of his career.

One fifth enters the new season and he’s scoring career-highs from the floor (49.3%) and three points (45%), averaging 13.8 points, 5.6 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game. He also perfected picking and rolling with Gobert, absolutely devastating teams with his play as the defense didn’t have the answers to stop him.

Conley has been particularly effective in recent matches.

Against Philadelphia three games ago, Conley completely dominated the competition despite taking just four shots. He then averaged 18 points, five assists and 2.5 rebounds in his past two games.

Utah’s coaching staff has made health a priority this year, especially for Conley. That means the point guard does not play in head-to-head games, which he reluctantly accepts.

But they are willing to drop a few games in the regular season if it means Conley will be fitter to run after the season – after all, there are lofty goals in Salt Lake City these days. Five things to know after Utah lost Memphis

James Brien

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