Player News - Jazz

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Jae Crowder inadvertently forearmed Steven Adams in the face on Monday night and was ejected, finishing with six points, seven boards, three steals and a 3-pointers on 2-of-10 shooting in 28 minutes.

He didn't play that well, but still put up some fantasy numbers before leaving. Crowder was beefing with Russell Westbrook (surprise) and was swatting away the arm of Carmelo Anthony when he accidentally popped Adams in the nose. There's no chance of a suspension here, as Russell Westbrook, Paul George, Raymond Felton, Joe Ingles, Ricky Rubio and Rudy Gobert were all hit, or hit someone, harder than Adams got it tonight. But the difference was Crowder caught Adams on the nose.
Apr 24 - 1:40 AM

Rudy Gobert hit 7-of-11 shots for 16 points, 10 rebounds, a steal and a block in 34 minutes of Monday's Game 4 win over the Thunder.

Gobert took a shot to the batteries from Raymond Felton, and despite selling the drama, he's fine. It felt like he had more than one block tonight, but whether he's blocking shots or not, he's playing tough defense for the best defensive team in the league. OKC scored 30 points in the first quarter and then the Jazz put the clamps down and dominated the final three quarters. Game 5 is Wednesday at OKC.
Apr 24 - 1:29 AM
Joe Ingles - G/F - Jazz

Joe Ingles hit 6-of-12 shots and five 3-pointers for 20 points, three rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block in 30 minutes of Monday's Game 4 win over the Thunder.

He hit five 3-pointers in Game 3 and the Thunder have apparently ignored the memo that says he's one of the best 3-point shooters in the NBA, as they keep leaving him open. This series is quite heated and Ingles has been in the middle of several flare ups, mostly with Paul George. He's also on fire, averaging 20.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 5.0 3-pointers over his last two games. He'll look to keep it going in OKC on Wednesday night for Game 5, where a Utah win would end the series.
Apr 24 - 1:24 AM

Donovan Mitchell hit 13-of-28 shots and three 3-pointers for 33 points, seven rebounds, four assists and a block in 39 minutes to lead the Jazz to a 113-96 win over the Thunder in Monday's Game 4, giving the Jazz a 3-1 lead in the series.

Mitchell broke Karl Malone's team playoff scoring record for a rookie with his 33 points tonight, as Malone scored 31 points in a game back in 1986. These two teams hate each other and there were six technical fouls handed out tonight, but Mitchell managed to stay out of most of the drama. He doesn't look like a rookie, and really hasn't all year, and the Jazz will look to put away the Thunder in Oklahoma City in Game 5 on Wednesday. However, a more likely scenario would be the Jazz ending the series in Game 6 back at home. Mitchell is a much needed offensive force on a team that thrives by playing defense, and this series has been the most entertaining matchup of the playoffs thus far.
Apr 24 - 1:18 AM

Ricky Rubio was the best player on the floor during a 115-102 Game 3 win over the Thunder on Saturday, scoring 26 points with 11 rebounds, 10 assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

Obviously it's his first playoff triple-double, but he is the first Jazzman to notch one of those since John Stockton in 2001. He was on fire in the first half with 19 points, and he hit a massive 3-pointer at the buzzer to end the third. On the lighter side, Rubio had a man bun today, and it's worth a mention he's put up more points, boards and dimes while being more efficient and posting a 14.5 net rating when he has a man bun compared to without one (H/T SLC Dunk). Hairstyle stats aside, the Jazz are so hot right now.
Source: SLC Dunk
Apr 22 - 12:55 AM

Donovan Mitchell scored 22 points with 11 rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block, five turnovers and four 3-pointers in a win over the Thunder on Saturday.

He couldn't keep his 25-plus scoring streak alive, but Mitchell was active on defense and wasn't forcing shots while Ricky Rubio was rolling. Mitchell said before the game that he's still not 100 percent over his foot injury from Game 1, but he's been explosive as ever. Today was a good day for two incredible rookies to sandwich an action-packed Saturday slate of NBA action.
Apr 22 - 12:47 AM

Rudy Gobert scored 18 points with 12 rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal in 41 minutes against the Thunder on Saturday.

He had such a huge impact on this game with putting fouls on Steven Adams and just owning the paint on the defensive side. Offensively, he continues to set high screens to set the halfcourt offense, and he picked up five offensive boards today. Gobert isn't going to lead the Jazz in scoring in just about all the games this season, but his presence on both ends makes the Jazz who they are. Don't be surprise to see the Jazz take this series.
Apr 22 - 12:46 AM
Joe Ingles - G/F - Jazz

Joe Ingles was left open all game against the Thunder during a win on Saturday, scoring 21 points with three rebounds, four assists, one steal and five 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

Yeah, OKC gets a lot of blame for continuing to leave Ingles open in the corner because they were helping too hard on the weak side. Ingles may not have the prettiest shot, but he made 44.0 percent from deep this year and 44.1 percent from last season. Coach Billy Donovan will be talking to his guys about this one.
Apr 22 - 12:45 AM

Donovan Mitchell (foot) is starting for Game 3 against the Thunder on Saturday.

The Jazz called him probable to play yesterday, but there was no way he'd miss this one. He'll look to score 27-plus points again as the Jazz try to take a 2-1 lead.
Apr 21 - 9:23 PM

Donovan Mitchell (foot) is probable for Saturday against the Thunder for Game 3.

He's playing. Mitchell played the part of superstar in a Game 2 win, scoring a game-high 28 points in 43 minutes. He was a game-time call for that one, but there was no doubt he'd play through the questionable tag.
Apr 20 - 4:25 PM

Donovan Mitchell (bruised left foot) finished Wednesday's road win with a game-high 28 points on 10-of-25 FGs and 8-of-9 FTs, six rebounds, two assists and one steal in 43 minutes.

Mitchell was a game-time decision after MRIs were negative for structural damage, but you couldn't tell he was injured by watching him play. He was instrumental in turning a 10-point deficit into a lead in the fourth quarter, and continues to reach new heights in his rookie season -- he and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are the only players to score 27+ points in their first two playoff appearances. He's unreal.
Apr 18 - 10:58 PM

Derrick Favors set multiple postseason highs on Wednesday with 20 points and 16 rebounds, adding three assists, one steal, two 3-pointers and one turnover in 37 minutes.

Favors had six offensive rebounds in the first half alone, finishing with eight boards on the offensive glass. He's having a solid season for Utah after battling injuries in recent years, and has quieted concerns about his ability to share the frontcourt with Rudy Gobert. Tonight's impressive 102-95 victory ties things up at 1-1 as the series shifts to Utah for Game 3.
Apr 18 - 10:57 PM

Ricky Rubio was terrific on Wednesday with 22 points on 6-of-16 shooting, nine assists, seven rebounds and one steal in a Game 2 victory at OKC.

Rubio launched 18 shots in Utah's Game 1 defeat, which tied the third-most attempts he had in any regular season game this year. He wasn't shy tonight, either, and connected on 5-of-6 free throws while knocking down five 3-pointers. The triples tied Rubio's season high and helped Utah escape with a series-tying victory, despite the rest of the roster combining for 4-of-21 shooting from downtown. So far, so good for Rubio in his first postseason run.
Apr 18 - 10:56 PM

Rudy Gobert piled up 13 points, 15 rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two steals in 33 minutes of action vs. OKC on Wednesday.

Gobert began the game 2-of-6 from the FT line but he made them when it mattered most, finishing 7-of-12 at the stripe. His job got easier with Steven Adams playing only 22 minutes due to foul trouble, before fouling out in the fourth quarter, and the battle at center remains a key to the series. Gobert shot just 54.4% on the road this season, compared to 68.8% during home games, so we're expecting some big performances in Games 3 and 4.
Apr 18 - 10:55 PM

Donovan Mitchell (bruised left foot) will start Game 2 on Wednesday.

Utah's star rookie briefly exited Game 1 due to "left foot soreness" but an MRI was negative and he should see another heavy workload tonight. There's a bit of risk here, but don't hesitate to fire him up in DFS.
Apr 18 - 7:10 PM


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