September 25, 2020, 4:55 pmDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
Dell Demps has agreed to join the Jazz as an assistant coach for the 2020-21 season, per Adrian Wojnarowski.
After vacating the role of General Manager for the Pelicans, Demps has elected to shift gears and will now focus his attention on coaching. He will reunite with Quin Snyder after the pair worked together previously back in 2007. This is certainly a great addition for the Jazz who were narrowly ousted from the playoffs in the first round. Look for the team to make further changes as they look to get over the playoff hump that seems to be following them.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
September 2, 2020, 11:31 amDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports is reporting that Donovan Mitchell and the Jazz will finalize a five year extension worth roughly $170 million when free agency opens in mid-October.
Mitchell finished the series against the Nuggets averaging 36.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.9 assists, while shooting 52.5 percent from the field and 51.5 percent from beyond the arc. He was beyond incredible and he absolutely deserves to sign the extension which the Jazz will gladly offer him. He is still only 23 and with lots of room for improvement while next year he will again push for a position in the fantasy top-30.
Source: Yahoo Sports
September 1, 2020, 11:33 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert dropped 19 points to go along with 18 rebounds and two blocks on 8-of-13 shooting in 39 minutes as the Jazz dropped their Game 7 matchup vs. the Nuggets on Tuesday.
Gobert bounced back from his sub-par game on Sunday but it wasn't enough to push the Jazz into the second round. He also wasn't as sharp as normal on the defensive end, giving up 30 points to Nikola Jokic including what would end up being the game-winning bucket. His offensive game is limited and now with the Jazz out of the playoffs, the organization might explore their options when it comes to trading the big man.
September 1, 2020, 11:27 pmMike ConleyPG, Utah Jazz
Mike Conley put up just eight points (2-of-13 FG), seven assists and four rebounds in 40 minutes as the Jazz dropped Game 7 to the Nuggets on Tuesday.
Conley was 1-of-6 from beyond the arc with his last attempt coming on a potential game-winning buzzer beater. His shot wasn't falling tonight and this will effectively end his first season in Utah. On the season, he ranked outside of the top-135 but managed to provide hope for owners during the seeding games and playoffs. Hopefully, his down year will allow his ADP to drop next season and serve as a steal for owners betting on a bounce back year for Conley.
September 1, 2020, 11:22 pmDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell finished with a team-high 22 points (9-of-22 FG) to go along with nine rebounds, one assist, two triples and nine turnovers in a crushing loss to the Nuggets in Game 7 on Tuesday.
Mitchell wanted this one bad. He committed his ninth turnover with under 20 seconds to go and gave the Nuggets the ball to seal the game. Somehow the Jazz still almost won because Torrey Craig missed a layup rather than holding the ball out for the win but Mike Conley couldn't hit the game-winning shot. Mitchell played his heart out this entire series and has managed to make the playoffs in all three years of his career. Still just 23 years old, Mitchell has likely not even entered his prime yet and will be another popular early round pick in next season's drafts.
August 30, 2020, 11:33 pmDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell tore up the Nuggets once again on Sunday, ending the night with 44 points (14-of-25 FG, 7-of-7 FT), nine triples, six rebounds, five assists, three steals and four turnovers.
The Jazz struggled to maintain a steady offensive rhyme during the middle of this game, but that had little to do with Mitchell's performance. He hit a number of difficult drives and 3-point bombs to keep the Jazz within striking distance, and it will be up to his teammates to take advantage of the openings he is creating if the Jazz are going to win a pivotal Game 7 on Tuesday. Mitchell is continuing to prove he is a bonafide number one option that can deliver early-round fantasy value when he is locked in.
August 30, 2020, 11:27 pmMike ConleyPG, Utah Jazz
Mike Conley did his part on Sunday versus the Jazz, tallying 21 points (7-of-13 FG), six assists, five rebounds, four 3-pointers, one steal and two turnovers.
Conley has rounded into form nicely during the series against the Nuggets and has been the only consistent sidekick to Donovan Mitchell's brilliance. The Jazz don't want to push him too hard, but 34 minutes is more than enough for Conely to deliver strong across the board performances. It has been a long season for Conley, but he is putting it together at the right time. His teammates will need to step up if the Jazz are going to pull this series out.
August 30, 2020, 11:22 pmJordan ClarksonPG, Utah Jazz
Jordan Clarkson had a rough outing against the Jazz on Sunday, totaling 11 points (5-of-14 FG), four rebounds, two assists, one 3-pointer and two steals.
Clarkson had a tougher challenge with Gary Harris making his restart debut in Game 6. Clarkson's offensive contributions are crucial as the Jazz seek to generate offense beyond Donovan Mitchell's regular magnificence. He will continue firing away in Game 7 on Tuesday, and his ability to stretch the floor better than he did on Sunday (1-of-6 3PTS) will be a crucial indicator of how this series concludes.
August 30, 2020, 11:17 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert put together 11 points (5-of-11 FT), 11 rebounds, one steal and one block against the Nuggets on Sunday.
Gobert's stats would've been acceptable if not for his struggles from the free-throw line, but Gobert struggled to accumulate big numbers over 42 minutes of playing time. Free-throws are always going to be a letdown, as he's been stuck below .700 percent for every season of his career. His limitations on the offensive end could become a frustration if the Jazz can't get the win in Game 7 on Tuesday.
August 28, 2020, 4:52 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
With the players now unified in resuming play, the NBA released an updated schedule for Saturday and Sunday's contests, with the Bucks-Magic set to open the activities at 3:30 PM ET on Saturday.
The remaining teams will be featured in games on Saturday and Sunday. Following the Bucks-Magic at 3:30 PM ET, we will have the Rockets-Thunder at 6:30 PM and the Lakers-Blazers for a 9:00 PM nightcap. Sunday's slate includes game one of the Raptors-Celtics series at 1:00 PM ET, Mavs-Clippers at 3:30 PM and Jazz-Nuggets to conclude the weekend at 8:30 PM. While the fight for social justice will be ongoing and it is well worth monitoring in the weeks and months to come, it appears that the players and the owners have a better understanding in place as the playoffs are now back on track.
Source: Bobby Marks on Twitter
August 27, 2020, 12:23 pmJaylen BrownSG, Boston Celtics
Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that Thursday's playoff games will be postponed.
Game 6s between the Nuggets and Jazz and Clippers and Mavs, as well as Game 1 between the Raptors and Celtics, will all be rescheduled to a later date. It's being reported that the playoffs will resume as soon as Friday, though the league also has to deal with Wednesday's three postponed games.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
August 25, 2020, 9:54 pmJoe InglesSF, Utah Jazz
Joe Ingles hit three triples in the Jazz's Game 5 loss vs. the Nuggets on Tuesday, finishing with 13 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Ingles played 33 minutes but put up just eight shots (5-for-8 FG) and went 3-for-6 from downtown. The Jazz simply didn't have enough offense outside of Donovan Mitchell to overtake Jamal Murray's offensive explosion. They need more from both Ingles and Rudy Gobert (11 points) in order to finish off the Nuggets on Thursday, when the teams will face each other in Game 6.
August 25, 2020, 9:48 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert scored just 11 points (4-of-9 FG, 3-of-4 FT) and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Nuggets outlasted the Jazz, 117-107, on Tuesday in Game 5.
Gobert was on the floor for almost 43 minutes — he definitely needed to score more for the Jazz to win. He's always been labeled as "offensively challenged," but has made strides in the last two seasons (15.1 ppg in 2019-20). This was Gobert's weakest offensive output of the series thus far and the Jazz will look to capitalize on another opportunity to finish off the Nuggets in Game 6 on Thursday.
August 25, 2020, 9:42 pmJordan ClarksonPG, Utah Jazz
Jordan Clarkson chipped in with 17 points off the bench for the Jazz on Tuesday as they fell to the Nuggets in Game 5 of their first round playoff series.
Clarkson tied with Mike Conley (17) for second on the team in scoring on Tuesday but they didn't get much offense from Rudy Gobert (11) and Joe Ingles (13). The Jazz now have a three games to two lead in the series, with Game 6 coming on Thursday. Clarkson had three rebounds and two assists in 26 minutes in a productive effort in the defeat.
August 25, 2020, 9:32 pmDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell posted 30 points in the Jazz's Game 5 loss to the Nuggets on Tuesday, adding in five assists and two rebounds.
Mitchell paced the Jazz with 30 points, but was the third leading scorer in the game behind Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray of the Nuggets. His offense wasn't enough and the Jazz didn't receive quite enough from the supporting cast to overtake the Nuggets and finish off the series. Mitchell has already dropped 57 points and 51 points in single games this series. The Jazz still lead, three games to two, and will have another opportunity to close it out on Thursday.