Jazz aims to solve domestic problems against pelicans | WGN 720 radio



For a team with a reputation for having one of the toughest arenas for visitors, the Utah Jazz have certainly lost a lot at home lately.

And it’s not just for suitors, either.

The Jazz will look to get back on track at home against the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday.

On Friday night, the Jazz lost to a New Orleans team that had only scored four total wins this season and hadn’t won on the road in over a month. And that mind-boggling loss, which included a last-second 3-pointer from Devonte ‘Graham, came just after a disappointing 119-118 loss to Memphis after a 3-point loss from Jaren Jackson Jr. gave the Grizzlies the win at Salt Lake. Town on Monday.

After winning their first four home games, the Jazz have now lost four of six games on their home turf. Three of those losses are against teams with records below 0.500.

The rambling and inconsistent play worries a jazz team that is considered one of the favorites to compete for an NBA championship.

“I don’t know how many years we’re going to keep losing in the playoffs without learning from it. I could be 30 years old. I could be 40, ”jazz center Rudy Gobert said. “We have to put our ego aside and learn. “

Donovan Mitchell, who missed a late practice and scored just 16 points on a 6-for-21 shot on Friday, said the blame fell on the players.

“You can’t put it on Quin (Snyder) or the wizards,” Mitchell said. “We just have to (swear) play better.”

New Orleans deserves credit for playing well enough to add to the jazz woes. The Pelicans responded to every Utah run on Friday with one of their own, finishing the first half on a 14-2 run, then scoring the final five points after the Jazz experienced a 12- push. 2.

Pelicans coach Willie Green said his players sometimes backed off in other games when they took the lead and teams responded with agility, but that was not the case in this one .

“Tonight was different,” Green said. “Our guys got hooked in there. We fought. It started with a stop.

Brandon Ingram had a solid game with 21 points, eight rebounds and five assists, and Jonas Valanciunas had 11 with 10 rebounds.

What really made a big difference for a team that lacked its star – Zion Williamson came out with a foot injury – was the bench play. The New Orleans substitutes totaled 41 points in the 98-97 win.

It was the first time in 15 games this season that the Pelicans won a contest as they trailed after three quarters. Utah was leading 75-72 heading into the fourth quarter, but New Orleans led the Jazz 26-22 in the final 12 minutes.

“It’s a tough place to play, and it’s a tough team there,” said Green. “So coming to Utah and getting that type of victory to start a three game road trip is huge.”

And extremely frustrating for the hosts.

“We don’t play like a team that wants to compete for a championship,” Gobert added. “Even the young teams are playing better than us in the clutch.”

–Field level media


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