The Utah Jazz (23-35) returned to practice today as they will take on the Memphis Grizzlies (42-16) on Tuesday night in Memphis at 6:00 PM. The Jazz are still looking for their first 3-game winning streak of the season. The trip to Memphis will be the first game of a 4-game road trip for the Jazz. Other games on the trip include the Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, and the Brooklyn Nets.
The Utah Jazz are coming into the game winners of 6 out of their last 8 games including a win on Saturday against the Milwaukee Bucks 82-75. The Grizzlies beat the Minnesota Timberwolves their last time out on Saturday 101-97.
The game on Tuesday night should be a great game defensively as the Grizzlies are first in the NBA in points allowed at 95.7 points per game. The Jazz are 7th in the NBA at 96.8 points allowed per game. Since the All-Star break the Jazz have only allowed one team to score more than 82 points in the five games they have played. Rudy Gobert is one other reason why the team’s defense has been so successful as of late. He is a dominate presence under the basket. He is blocking shots and causes his opponents to alter their shots if he doesn’t get to them. One thing the Jazz will need to eliminate is their number of turnovers. They have 62 turnovers over the last 3 games they have played.
This is game 3 of 4 games these 2 teams will play this season with the Jazz winning game 1 in Memphis and the Grizzlies taking game 2 at EnergySolutions Arena. The Grizzlies are currently the 2nd seed in the Western Conference.
Utah Jazz Head Coach Quin Snyder met with the media following practice:
Gordon Hayward also met with the media after practice:
Utah Jazz Point Guard Trey Burke talked with the media following practice: