The Utah Jazz (8-8) returned to practice today after Monday night’s loss to the Golden State Warriors. The Jazz will next be in action on Thursday as they welcome in the Orlando Magic (10-8) to Vivint Smart Home Arena. The Jazz played well defensively on Monday and can take a lot of positives from their performance. They will still need to perform well on Thursday if they want to pick up a win. This will be their third game of a 4-game home stand as they will wrap up play tis week against the Indiana Pacers on Saturday.
One player that has really stepped up his play as of late is Gordon Hayward. His offense has picked up and he is definitely the team leader of the Jazz. In the team’s last 5 games Hayward is averaging 23.0 points per game and is hitting 50% of his 3-point attempts. Overall, Hayward is leading the team in scoring at 18.1 point per game. He will need to continue his improved play if the Jazz want to remain successful. Rudy Gobert continues to be the team’s defensive presence as he is pulling down 10.9 rebounds a game and blocking 2.6 shots a game. Gobert’s offensive game continues to develop as he is averaging 9.2 points a game. The Jazz play well as a team, there are no selfish players. For them, it is truly about the team’s success, and they know they need to keep playing as team if they want to have success this season.
Here is Utah Jazz Head Coach Quin Snyder with the media after practice today:
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