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Donovan Mitchell calls Jazz (again) to order | NBA

And three! The Jazz were the last team in the league to be affected by health protocols and are currently in the rough. Still deprived of Rudy Gobert and Joe Ingles last night in Detroit, Quin Snyder’s troops conceded their third defeat in a row after conceding 78 points in the second half.

“We put our finger in the eye if we think we can win a title by playing like that”, dropped Donovan Mitchell after the meeting, who had already railed after the setback in Indiana.

Rudy Gobert, but not only …

The absence of Rudy Gobert revealed the defensive flaws of the Jazz, which concedes too many spaces near the circle and halfway when the Frenchman is not there. But the package from the Utah hub does not explain everything.

“We lacked communication in defense where guys found themselves open. We are missing players in the squad but that’s no excuse. We must defend better, starting with us, the backs, who must stay in front of our players ”, pointed out Mike Conley.

The problem is that in addition to being less effective in painting, the task is complicated when the opponent puts in from a distance like the Pistons did last night, and the Pacers in the previous game. We can also mention the impact of Hassan Whiteside summed up in this action from elsewhere.

Different habits

On arrival, the Jazz found themselves on the streets, and have just collected more than 124 points on average over their last three outings. In the absence of Rudy Gobert, the defense of Utah went from 5th to … 30th place.

“We have to settle this”, added “Spida”. We have already done it, so we can do it. We did this earlier in our road trip to Denver. So it’s not like we don’t know how to do it. When we don’t have Rudy Gobert behind us, our intensity has to increase. And this, from the first to the 17th player, regardless of the number of players available. We do not defend consistently, and we must remedy it ”.

After having chained five games away from their bases, the Jazzmen will find their lair and should quickly recover Rudy Gobert and Joe Ingles. In the meantime, they will have to show another face, and erase some (bad) habits if they want to stop this series this Wednesday against Cleveland before leaving on the road for a “back-to-back” in Denver then on the floor. of the Lakers.

Because with Rudy Gobert behind their back, Utah’s outside defenders generally only have to orient their players towards their pivot. Without him, the team’s entire defensive strategy falters.

Shots Rebounds
Players MJ Min Shots 3pts LF Off Def Early Pd Bp Int Ct Fte Pts
Donovan mitchell 37 33.4 45.4 34.7 88.1 0.9 2.9 3.8 5.2 3.0 1.6 0.2 2.5 25.9
Bojan Bogdanovic 40 30.5 48.3 41.0 86.4 0.8 3.4 4.2 1.6 1.7 0.5 0.0 1.6 18.1
Rudy Gobert 37 32.1 70.6 0.0 68.3 3.5 11.5 15.1 1.1 1.8 0.8 2.3 2.7 15.5
Jordan clarkson 40 25.7 39.9 31.8 79.5 0.7 2.7 3.5 2.2 1.6 0.7 0.2 1.8 15.1
Mike Conley 36 28.5 46.3 42.4 81.7 0.6 2.4 3.0 5.4 1.6 1.1 0.3 1.7 14.0
Rudy Gay 25 19.9 42.9 37.7 80.5 1.0 3.7 4.6 1.1 0.8 0.5 0.3 1.9 9.2
Hassan whiteside 36 16.4 62.6 0.0 68.5 2.3 4.6 6.8 0.3 0.9 0.2 1.3 2.9 8.2
Joe ingles 36 25.2 42.7 37.6 77.8 0.3 2.6 2.9 3.6 1.2 0.6 0.1 1.9 7.6
Royce O’neale 38 31.3 49.0 40.0 71.0 0.9 4.1 4.9 2.5 1.0 1.3 0.5 2.5 7.4
Danuel House 3 17.9 41.7 44.4 100.0 0.7 1.7 2.3 1.7 0.3 0.3 0.3 2.0 5.3
Eric Paschall 28 11.3 45.1 28.6 71.8 0.6 1.2 1.8 0.6 0.5 0.1 0.1 0.9 4.4
Elijah hughes 10 6.2 52.6 50.0 100.0 0.0 0.9 0.9 0.4 0.4 0.2 0.0 0.4 3.0
Jared butler 20 5.7 34.6 33.3 66.7 0.1 0.7 0.8 0.7 0.8 0.2 0.3 0.9 2.6
Norvel Excavator 3 6.3 60.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 0.0 0.7 0.0 0.3 0.3 2.0
Trent Forrest 30 9.1 48.6 25.0 78.6 0.3 1.1 1.4 1.1 0.8 0.2 0.0 0.5 1.6
Udoka Azubuike 6 6.7 80.0 0.0 50.0 0.3 1.0 1.3 0.0 0.3 0.2 0.3 0.5 1.5
Malik fitts 7 5.0 22.2 50.0 0.0 0.0 1.4 1.4 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.4 0.9
Miye Oni 16 2.8 22.2 12.5 0.0 0.1 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.4 0.3

 

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