Saturday, March 7, 2020
The Utah Jazz are looking to grab their fourth straight win tonight as they head to Massachusetts to battle the Boston Celtics. They are coming fresh off of a 112-104 win against the New York Knicks on Wednesday. This will be the third of a four-game road trip before heading back home.
As for the Celtics, they are coming off of 112-106 victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers, hoping to grab a second consecutive win. Tonight’s matchup will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season. February 26 was the last time they saw each other as the Celtics handed the Jazz a 114-103 loss. Jayson Tatum finished that contest with 33 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 assists while Donovan Mitchell had 37 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:
The Jazz and the Celtics have played each other a grand total of 99 times in the past as the Jazz won 41 games while the Celtics went on to grab 58 victories.
-Nigel Williams-Goss (quad; 0.4 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.6 APG, 14.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Jarrell Brantley (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.2 APG)
-Ed Davis (coach’s decision; 1.3 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 41.2 FG%)
-Emmanuel Mudiay (coach’s decision; 7.3 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 2.2 APG, 47.1 FG%, 35.5 3P%)
-Rayjon Tucker (coach’s decision; 1.4 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.1 APG, 42.1 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Justin Wright-Foreman (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Juwan Morgan (G-League; 1.2 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.1 APG, 52.9 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Miye Oni (0.0 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Jaylen Brown (hamstring; 20.4 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 2.2 APG, 49.0 FG%, 38.1 3P%)
-Gordon Hayward (knee; 16.9 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 4.1 APG, 50.3 FG%, 38.3 3P%)
-Carsen Edwards (G-League; 3.0 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.6 APG, 32.7 FG%, 30.9 3P%)
-Tremont Waters (G-League; 3.3 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 1.2 APG, 34.3 FG%, 17.6 3P%)
-Vincent Poirer (G-League; 1.9 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.3 APG, 48.5 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
-Tacko Fall (G-League; 3.2 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.0 APG, 75.0 FG%)
The Jazz would have control of the game in the first half as they shot sixty percent from the field, keeping the Celtics to forty-five percent. Former Grizzlies’ point guard Mike Conley chalked up 15 points which included four three-pointers. Donovan Mitchell contributed with nine points, earning all of them from beyond the arc. Bojan Bogdanovic and Royce O’Neale combined for seven points while Rudy Gobert had two points. Jordan Clarkson played 13 minutes off the bench but only had seven points.
On the other end of the court, Marcus Smart scored 15 points while knocking down 3 three-pointers in the first period. Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker combined for 15 points while Semi Ojeleye had seven points. He was also able to grab four rebounds while Daniel Theis had just four points. Brad Wanamaker played the most minutes off the bench but only had four points as the Jazz went into halftime with a 62-49 lead.
The home team would attempt to make a comeback as they went on a 45 to 37 run in the second half. During that run, Smart recorded 14 more points but shot only twenty-eight percent. He was able to knock down 3 three-pointers while grabbing 3 rebounds, committing one steal and blocking one shot. Tatum, Theis, and Walker all combined for 24 points while Wanamaker had five points off the bench.
As for the Utah ball club, Mike Conley had ten points to go along with 2 rebounds, one assist, and 3 steals. Gobert helped out with seven points while recording 4 rebounds, one assist, and 3 blocks. Joe Ingles was held scoreless off the bench but the Jazz still managed to slip away from the Celtics with a 99-94 win. Mike Conley finished the game with 25 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals while Marcus Smart had 29 points, 3 rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block.
The Utah Jazz will head to Michigan to take on Derrick Rose (18.1 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 5.6 APG, 49.0 FG%, 30.6 3P%) and the Detroit Pistons (20-43) on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. This will be the second and final time that these two teams will meet up this season. The last time they saw each other was on December 30 when the Pistons fell to the Jazz, 104-81. During that game, Donovan Mitchell scored 23 points, grabbed 3 rebounds, dished out 3 assists, and committed one steal while Rose had 20 points, 4 assists, one steal, and one block.
The Boston Celtics will host Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (19.3 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 3.3 APG, 47.1 FG%, 35.2 3P%) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (38-24) on Sunday at 6:00 p.m.