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The Utah Jazz fall to 8th in the Western Conference

Utah’s hot streak began after a loss in Atlanta, so it’s only fitting that it end with a loss against Atlanta. The Hawks’ Dennis Schröder had a career best night while Ricky Rubio had a career worst night on the defensive end. That was all the difference Atlanta needed to shock the resurgent Jazz at home beating them 99-94. Dennis Schöder had 41 points on 16 of 18 shooting with 5 rebounds and 7 assists.

The Jazz played down to Atlanta’s level the entire game. They missed wide open shots and only shot 6 of 34 from three. Every time Utah pulled away they struggled to put the pedal to the metal and put the game out of reach. Every time Atlanta kept crawling back. The Utah Jazz missed Derrick Favors dearly in this game with Schröder beating Rubio to paint every single time. While Gobert normally would make an impact in this game, he was limited by foul trouble missing most of the 3rd quarter then being limited with 5 fouls for most of the 4th.

What’s troubling is Utah had Atlanta in the bonus starting with 9 minutes in the 4th quarter but didn’t challenge Atlanta in the paint for much of that remaining 9 minutes.

Ricky Rubio scored 23 points, but had a +/- of -11 while on the court. He struggled to stay in front of Dennis Schröder for much of the night. Most of the Jazz team did. Schröder enjoyed a paint free of Gobert with Rudy in foul trouble and reluctant to foul out.

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It wasn’t the prettiest, but it was worth it.

With San Antonio and Minnesota both losing during the Utah Jazz-Sacramento Kings game, the stage was set. With a win, the Utah Jazz would have climbed their way out of lottery hell and into 5th into the Western Conference. Unfortunately for Utah, Sacramento wasn’t going to do them any favors. With a 5th seed on the line, Sacramento’s young phenoms put on a show. Pushing the Jazz to the very end of a closely contested game with Utah ultimately winning 103-97.

Buddy Hield played like a man possessed from long range. He couldn’t miss. It was as if he Monstar’d Joe Ingles before the game. Hield finished with 23 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists. The entire Kings team shot the lights out from three finishing at 66% from 3 point range. That combined with Utah’s high amount of turnovers allowed the pesky Kings to stick around and even lead for much of the game.

The Utah Jazz’s bench didn’t do the team any favors tonight. Thrown off by the additional of Exum and, for whatever reason, having trouble cohesively playing together, Utah’s bench combined for only 15 points, 11 of which came from Jae Crowder. While Utah was able to survive tonight with a poor showing from their bench, this is definitely something that needs to be rectified before season’s end. With a playoff birth within reach, Utah’s bench troubles could spell doom if they don’t improve their play.

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