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For the 6th straight season, the Utah Jazz are heading to the playoffs.
The Jazz locked up a playoff berth with a 121-115 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night.
In typical Utah style, it didn’t come simple. The Jazz—who have lost 15 videogames this year in which they held a double-digit lead—led by as lotsof as 9 points in the 4th quarter, just to see the Grizzlies force overtime. (To be reasonable, the Jazz likewise tracked by as lotsof as 11 points at one point.)
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We’ve got overtime in Utah 👀
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It was a huge win for a number of factors in Utah.
For one, closing videogames has clearly been an concern, and while it raised its head onceagain Tuesday, the Jazz handled to close it out in overtime.
For another, whipping the Grizzlies assisted the Jazz (47-32) leapfrog the Denver Nuggets (47-33) in the standings with a videogame in hand. The Jazz now sit at 5th in the conference and are on track to face the Dallas Mavericks in the veryfirst round.
The Jazz and Mavs have split their season series, 2-2.
And the Jazz requirement great vibes—this group hasactually been hopping to the surface line. Coming into Tuesday, Utah lost 6 of its past 7 videogames. Since beginning 28-10, the Jazz haveactually gone simply 19-22.
Those hasahardtime have put the Jazz’s title hopes in concern, with the oft-scrutinized pairing of Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert yet onceagain coming under the microscopiclense, to the point that both Mitchell and Quin Snyder goneover it Tuesday:
Donovan Mitchell averages 2 passes a videogame to Rudy Gobert.
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Donovan Mitchell’s complete action at shootaround this earlymorning when he was asked about the number of times he passes to Rudy Gobert per videogame: pic.twitter.com/OTez0jURfz
“Let’s simply not attempt to drive a wedge inbetween some of these gamers, and particularly utilizing numbers. We oughtto be more accountable than that,” Snyder told pressreporters. “… We’re not playing terrific all the time. We desire to play muchbetter. But you puton’t get there by attempting to state that one gamer’s not passing to another.”
All is not well in Utah, even if it doesn’t run much muchdeeper than the Jazz merely going through a rough spot.
But on Tuesday, they protected a playoff berth. A difficult stretch will rapidly be forgotten if the Jazz can make a deep run in the postseason.