This time, a 3-1 lead didn’t take the Utah Jazz away.
And now the next problem arose: the second round of the NBA playoffs.
After Donovan Mitchell scored 30 points, the NBA number one winner advanced to the Western Conference semifinals. on Wednesday night, the Jazz defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 126-110 moving forward Utah has won four games in a row since leaving Game 1 and is now awaiting the winner of the series between the Dallas and Los Angeles Clippers.
It seemed like forever to Mitchell, who hasn’t made it to the second round since the new season – the 2018 playoffs.
“For me, personally, it’s just something I want to do,” Mitchell said. “It’s not the end goal, but it’s definitely something to appreciate along the way. What we had to do, but at the end of the day, you also have to appreciate where you are, because it can get lost in the interference of everything.
“It’s going to be a pleasure for me tonight, and then I’ll be ready to play whoever is in the next round.”
The Jazz probably won the Mavericks-Clippers series – if Dallas won in Los Angeles on Wednesday night – to take a 3: 2 lead in this game if the road teams were to win every game. if he wins – crossing the distance, if not another reason, it gives the starting guard Mike Conley more days off. Conley’s right knee was the only major problem for the Jazz on Wednesday night, forcing him to leave a game the team called pain in the first half.
Worth worrying about. Conley has been sent off twice this season due to issues with the same thigh muscle.
“He will be evaluated after the game and for the next 24 hours,” said Jazz coach Quinn Snyder. “Then we’ll tell you more.”
The Jazz turned the Grizzlies into a fast-paced, they did what they did all season – creating 3. Utah set a team record of 10 games not less than the norm this season, scoring 1 205 3 goals this season, placing third among all teams in NBA history.
The same goes for the playoffs. Utah has averaged 3 points and 84 rebounds in five games against the Grizzlies, the most of any team in this playoff so far. The Jazz have scored at least 17 in each of their last four games – the first team in NBA playoff history to have at least as many in four games.
“It’s not over,” Mitchell said. “We have to keep going and keep going and do the same in the next phase.”
They played their game, never deviating, even after facing their first deficit of 1-0.
“I think that’s a sign that last year is last year and this year is this year,” Snyder said.
If nothing else, this playoff is already better for Utah than last season’s playoffs.
Jazz put a ahead 3-1 in the first round and recovered at Walt Disney World last summer, then dropped the last three games of the series – first to second in a potential game. the mother reversed her 15-point lead in Game 5 and eventually fell to 80-78 in Game 7, with no offense in that game and moving away from leading Utah in the fourth quarter.
“We were in business,” Mitchell said.
Some teams would have sought to make big changes after such a collapse. Jazz did nothing else. They imprisoned Mitchell with a maximum extension starting next season, then forced Rudi Gobert to sign for five years as well. Jordan Clarkson signed a four-year deal, and with that, he won the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award this season – and the closest person to him in voting was his jazz teammate Joe Ingles.
They were the best in the West all season, spending each of the last 104 days of the regular season at the top of the conference; technically, they were the first to connect at the end of those days, but no team has finished the day with a better performance than the Jazz since February 1st.
Now the question arises as to whether they will be able to make the calculations and reach the Western Finals for the first time since 2007.
This is the next goal, and four wins.
“We could have been trapped and everyone took a step back and what they had to do,” Mitchell said. “Championship teams do that and our goal is to win the championship.”