More than four months after his surprise transfer to the wolves, Rudy Gobert would find the Jazz on its second outing of the season. Reunion for the less eventful and filled with suspense, because it took an extension to Utah to overcome Minnesota, in an attack match (132-126).
In such conditions, many of them were able to improve their statistics: Anthony Edwards (30 points, 5 rebounds), Karl Anthony Towns (27 points, 8 rebounds) and D’Angelo Russel (23 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists) Wolves side, but also Jordan Clarkson (29 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists), Lauri Markkanen (24 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists) and Kelly Olynik (21 points) Jazz side.
WHAT YOU MUST REMEMBER
— Rudy Gobert very gluttonous for his reunion with his ex. Of course, everything was not perfect for the Frenchman this night, for example author of 4 loss of ball and 3 faults, in addition to having missed two crucial free throws in overtime (at 128-126). As usual, however, he was very present under the circle, capturing a whopping 23 rebounds, including 10 offensive. A real domination inside from “Gobzilla”, far from being intimidated against some of his former teammates and against the franchise where he revealed himself to the eyes of the world.
— When a trio responds to another. D’Angelo Russell, Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns on one side, for 80 points in aggregate; Jordan Clarkson, Lauri Markkanen and Kelly Olynyk on the other, for 74 cumulative points. In this meeting where the defenses were absent subscribers, they are especially six to have been highlighted. Each taking turns to feed the mark of their respective formations, despite the faults and/or the loss of the ball. A pleasant mano-a-mano to follow, provided you like defensive oversights and excessive scoring…
— Jazz masters its score. What if Utah wasn’t ultimately destined to finish in last place in the West? While it may still be a little early to legitimately ask the question, the Salt Lake City franchise is still surprising at the start of the season. After pinning the Nuggets at the start, now Will Hardy’s men offer themselves the Wolves in stride. And this with manner, because this team preferred a lot offensively. Well coached, playful, combative and aggressive, she takes a lot of pleasure on the floor. Quite the opposite of last season…
✅ Jaylen Nowell. Off the bench, the 23-year-old back played the sparks for Minnesota (18 points in 20 minutes). Skillful, confident and ready to draw on almost every possession, he did his team a lot of good with his offensive contribution. Especially after the break, when the Wolves were in the hard and suffered the law of Jazz. The moment when everything changed, thanks to a 31-10 for Utah, straddling the second and third quarters…
✅ The Jazz Collective. In addition to the Jordan Clarkson – Lauri Markkanen – Kelly Olynyk triplet, the Mormons were generally able to count on the great performances of their entire group. In turn, Mike Conley, Malik Beasley, Collin Sexton, Jarred Vanderbilt, Walker Kessler and other Talen Horton-Tucker have thus brought their stone to the building, offensively. Result of the races: in full confidence, Will Hardy’s men end this game with 39 assists on the clock, for 49 baskets (including 20 at 3-pts), with success percentages of 45% on shots and 41% behind the ‘bow…
⛔ The seriousness of wolves. On paper, we could initially expect Minnesota to crunch Utah in front of their home crowd. The first minutes of the meeting quickly confirmed our thoughts. Yes, but here it is: Chris Finch’s men were punished on returning from the locker room, because of their loss of the ball and their foul problems, but also their non-existent defense. And that does not forgive on arrival, with this rather unfortunate setback, when they counted up to 17 points in advance in the first half…
Minnesota (1-1) : trip to Oklahoma City, in the night from Sunday to Monday (02:00).
Utah (2-0) : trip to New Orleans, overnight from Sunday to Monday (01:00).