Sports Take note: At 26-6, Utah Jazz are the NBA's best team so far

01:10  26 february  2021
01:10  26 february  2021 Source:   msn.com

Clarkson, streaking Jazz win showdown vs Simmons, 76ers

  Clarkson, streaking Jazz win showdown vs Simmons, 76ers SALT LAKE CITY — Even without Joel Embiid, the Philadelphia 76ers were scoring every time down the court. But the Utah Jazz didn’t blink. They just gave the ball to Jordan Clarkson. Clarkson had a season-high 40 points off the bench to send the streaking Jazz past Philadelphia 134-123 in a matchup of conference leaders Monday night despite a career-best 42 points from Ben Simmons. “I’ve never played with anyone like JC in my lifetime,” teammate Joe Ingles said. “It’s pretty cool to play with someone that’s so locked into what his role is and so comfortable in the role.” Utah (23-5) has won eight straight games and 19 of 20.

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The Utah Jazz know where they want to be at the end of the season. The NBA on Wednesday released the second half of the 2020-21 season schedule, a march to the playoffs that will But here are the key dates and notes on the road ahead: • The team will play 17 of its final 36 games on the road. • March 26 -27 — The Jazz get a back-to-back dose of Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies.

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  Take note: At 26-6, Utah Jazz are the NBA's best team so far © Provided by The Canadian Press

They have one player among those with the 50 highest scoring averages so far this season. They have only one player among the top 50 per game in rebounding. They don’t have anyone with a top-30 assist average.

And they have the NBA’s best record — by a considerable margin.

Take note: The Jazz are off to the best start in franchise history, are on pace to shatter the NBA record for 3-pointers made per game, have won 20 of their last 22 games and just handed the reigning champion Los Angeles Lakers their worst loss of the season.

Jazz roll past short-handed Clippers for 9th straight win

  Jazz roll past short-handed Clippers for 9th straight win LOS ANGELES — Donovan Mitchell scored 24 points, Rudy Gobert had 23 points and 20 rebounds and the Utah Jazz rolled past the short-handed Los Angeles Clippers, 114-96 on Wednesday night for their ninth straight victory. Jordan Clarkson scored 18 points to help the NBA-leading Jazz improve to 24-5 with their 20th win in 21 games. After three tight quarters, Utah broke it open in the fourth to win this matchup of Western Conference powerhouses — although it wasn’t a proper showdown with the Clippers missing injured superstars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.

The Utah Jazz saw their nine-game streak come to an end, but are still 20-2 over the last 6 1/2 weeks in a season in which very few teams have been able to find consistency. Plus-Minus Players of the Week. For the second straight season, the Warriors are the first team to surpass its win or loss total from the previous season. And this time, that’ s a good note . They got win No. 16 by coming back from 19 points down against the Heat on Wednesday. Stephen Curry recovered from a poor shooting night to provide some of the heroics in overtime, but another key was the Warriors surviving his minutes off

No team in the NBA ' s riding a longer hot streak than the Jazz . How have they gotten back over .500 and into the playoff hunt? The Jazz have, by several measurements, played one of the NBA ’ s toughest schedules to date, and by comparison have one of its easier slates down the stretch. Fourteen of Utah ’s 24 remaining games will come in the friendly confines of Vivint Smart Home Arena, where the Jazz are 18-9 and outscoring opponents by a very healthy 6 .8 points per 100 possessions.

“They’re the hottest team in the league,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said after his team, which was without Anthony Davis and Dennis Schroder, lost 114-89 in Salt Lake City on Wednesday night. “Nobody’s playing as well as the Utah Jazz in the NBA right now.”

At 26-6, the Jazz sit atop the NBA. That alone is impressive.

The rest of the team numbers only adds to the story.

They have led by double figures at some point in 26 of their 32 games, led by at least 20 points in 19 of them and led wire-to-wire six times. They are third in the NBA in points per game scored — despite playing at the league’s 22nd-slowest pace — and are second in points per game allowed.

And what they’re doing from beyond the arc is historic. Utah is averaging 17 3-pointers per game, well ahead of the NBA record of 16.1 per game set by the 2018-19 Houston Rockets. The Jazz have made 544 3s, the most in NBA history by any team in its first 32 games.

Record night for Embiid, Fournier wears Orlando

 Record night for Embiid, Fournier wears Orlando © Supplied by Sports.fr Basketball - NBA: Utah has fallen, career record for Embiid, best outing of the season for Fournier The match of the night All in all, the Los Angeles Clippers brought down Utah (116-112). With his five major lined up for one of the first times this season, the California franchise ended the Jazz's nine-game winning streak. The teammates of a Nicolas Batum who has evolved in his register of facilitator dominated the meeting but they were still hot.

Became the NBA ’ s second all-time leading scorer as a member of the Jazz , won G: John Stockton. Rare is the team that possibly boasts two of the greatest players to ever play their Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons takes a bit of a shot at Utah Jazz big man Rudy Gobert after his big performance.

The Utah Jazz are an American professional basketball team based in Salt Lake City. The Jazz compete in the National Basketball Association ( NBA ) as a member of the league' s Western Conference, Northwest Division. Since 1991, the team has played its home games at Vivint Arena.

“At the end of the day, everybody’s coming for us,” guard Donovan Mitchell said.

When counting all players, not only those who have made enough appearances to qualify for the league leaders in various categories, the Jazz don’t anyone ranked in the top 20 in points per game and only one in the top 50; Mitchell is 21st. Rudy Gobert, ranked third, is the only Utah rebounder in the top 50.

Mike Conley leads the Jazz in assists per game; he entered Thursday ranked 32nd in the league in that stat. Conley is averaging 16.3 points and 5.7 assists. Those are good numbers, hardly eye-popping ones, but this is where just looking at the stats the Jazz are putting up can be dangerous.

Utah openly clamoured for Conley to make his first All-Star team this year and join Mitchell and Gobert on the squad; not enough voters agreed, quite possibly overlooking him because averages like his are fairly common — going into Thursday’s games, 24 players had those averages in both categories.

Jazz set records for 3s in 132-110 rout of Hornets

  Jazz set records for 3s in 132-110 rout of Hornets SALT LAKE CITY — Once again, Utah overwhelmed Charlotte with a barrage of 3-pointers. Donovan Mitchell and the Jazz enjoyed another record-breaking performance from long range Monday night in a 132-110 victory against the Hornets. Utah set a franchise mark for 3s with 28, including 19 off the bench — the most by any team’s backups in NBA history, according to STATS. The Jazz set their previous mark for 3s with 26 in the first meeting between the teams on Feb. 5.

Jazz are a very good NBA basketball team . Donovan "when his shot isn't falling he can't affect the game" Mitchell with 26 / 6 /8 and the game high plus minus of 18. With all due respect to the Raptors, the Jazz by far have the biggest Tampa Bay vibe of all teams in the league. Which really is the worst take because who the fuck have these sixers ever beaten, a 6-seed miami team pre Butler?

Los Angeles Lakers Defeat Utah Jazz 101-96 Kobe Bryant 60/4/4. Pardon my Take replayed their old interview with Kobe yesterday and this was probably my favorite part Kobe: Well it depends who’ s on the team . If I got Smush Parker lagging behind me you best believe I’m Pretty sure there have been some teams to lose on the same day a game of theirs where they lost is rebroadcast on

What voters might not have realized is this: Conley is averaging that in only 29 minutes per game. The Jazz often are playing reserves by the midpoint of the fourth quarter, a perk that comes when games have turned into blowouts.

“A lot of these games we’ve played we’ve won by double digits, so you’re not normally playing late in the fourth quarter and stuff like that,” Conley said. “Our team is that good right now.”

Tests are coming, though.

The Jazz end the season’s first half with a four-game road trip that starts Friday in Miami. Once the All-Star break ends, Utah plays five of its first six second-half games on the road as well.

But with the way they're playing now, even Vogel concedes that the Jazz are doing a whole lot right.

“They way they’re shooting the ball, they way they’re connected defensively, the continuity bump that they’re getting by having the same team come back,” Vogel said. “All those things are playing out well. Coach Quin Snyder is doing a phenomenal job with them. They’re playing like the best team in the league right now.”


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