The Utah Jazz don’t have much time to overcome their first loss of the season. Less than 24 hours after losing to the Chicago Bulls after four straight wins to open the season, the Jazz travel to Milwaukee on Sunday night to take on the defending champions Bucks.
Milwaukee will not be well rested for this game either. The Bucks suffered a 102-93 home loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night, dropping to a mediocre record of 3-3 after winning the 2020-21 NBA Championship a few months ago.
Utah should get a boost from all-star point guard Mike Conley Jr., who did not play in Saturday’s loss to Chicago with a right knee injury. Conley typically played in a single game in back-to-back sets last season as well, as the Jazz tried not to overload the veteran playmaker’s knee.
Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer spoke about how many of his key players recorded season highs in minutes against Spurs on Saturday night, including Giannis Antetokounmpo (34 minutes), Khris Middleton (33), George Hill (32) and Grayson Allen (29).
âThe whole group, it’s fair – we just have to live in our little world and our cave, and I’m sure everyone is facing different things and will be dealing with different things at different times – so definitely Giannis and Khris are carrying a big load right now, and it’s my job to be aware of that and deal with them appropriately, the whole group appropriately, “Budenholzer told the Milwaukee Sentinel-Journal.” We have to find a way to make our way through this stretch. â
Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee with 28 points and 13 rebounds against San Antonio, but the Spurs still handed the Bucks their second straight loss at home. The Jazz beat them in Milwaukee and Utah last season.
Not having Conley definitely affected the Jazz, who returned the ball over 20 times, leading to 25 points for the Bulls.
All-star Donovan Mitchell made six of those turnovers and shot just 9 of 27 points en route to a record 30 in the team’s first loss.
âWe were reckless with the ball,â said Mitchell. âI think mental mistakes played into a lot of things. When we got into our business it looked good and it looked flowing. But I think the most important thing is just being able to play through the pressure – the physical pressure, I mean. “
-Media at field level
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