In a cross-conference match the Utah Jazz were comfortable winners during a blowout against the New York Knicks, who are reeling as one of the bottom feeders within the Eastern Conference this season.
They appear lost, tired and lack talent. At this point all they want is a top lottery pick and for their best player - Kristaps Porzingis - to recover from his Achilles injury in normal shape. Nothing else seems to be working for them and don't look interested in anything else.
They look lost, they look tired and they lack talent. At this point all they want is to get a top lottery pick and for their best player Kristaps Porzingis to get back into normal shape. Nothing else seems to be working for them and they don't actually look interested in anything else.
On the other hand, the Jazz look like they are returning to form after an early season slump. They have been performing a lot better recently and look like they're going to give other Playoff contenders a tough fight for spots. The Jazz are now 11th in the West with a 18-19 record, while the Knicks are at 14th in the East with a 9-28 record.
With all of that in mind, here are the top three talking points from this game:
#3 Multiple players in double figures for the Jazz
There were six players who scored in double figures for the Jazz - a great sign for a team who have been struggling lately and eager for a morale boost. They all came in strong and ended brighter in the game, taking a lot of momentum with them too.
They earned plenty of crucial points from the bench, which ensured the starters didn't have to log in huge minutes or take over the game in order for them to secure a much-needed victory.
This huge surge in their performance levels has helped them improve their ranking in the West too, having now won four of their last five matches.
#2 The difference in the Field Goal % of both teams
Utah Jazz were on a roll in this game. It seemed like every shot they took would go in, highly efficient looks and ensuring they took high quality shots on a regular basis. The whole team was generally involved, with every player displaying unselfishness and trying to create plays.
This was a huge achievement for them as this was their best offensive performance this season and has come at a time when they needed it most. They even shot well from the three-point line - 44.4% from 36 attempts.
As for the Knicks, it looks like they have given up all hope for this season. They can't wait for the summer of 2019 to come soon enough and are neither playing hard nor showing any efforts to win games regularly. So it's no surprise they're an easy opponent in the East.
#1 The Jazz dominated the boards
Utah Jazz has one of the league's best inside presence with Rudy Gobert on-court. He is one of the leading defensive player of the year candidates and won the accolade for his fearsome presence last season. He makes sure that nothing moves inside and importantly, the Jazz absolutely dominate in the paint.
This was on full display during this game. He didn't let any Knicks players more anywhere near the boards and refused to give them any opportunities to score second-chance points either. It was not just him and his infectious attitude though, as other Jazz players were also very active on the boards and this was the biggest reason behind their dominant win.