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Jordan Clarkson helped Donovan Mitchell lead an outstanding outing with 20 points off the bench for the Jazz, who are now 3-4 through their last seven video games and 29-10 overall, still holding the top area in the Western Conference.
- Jayson Tatum, Celtics: 29 PTS, 6 REB
- Jaylen Brown, Celtics: 28 PTS, 7 AST
- Jordan Clarkson, Jazz: 20 PTS
- Donovan Mitchell, Jazz: 21 PTS, 5 AST
Jazz Come Alive After Slow Start
Utah has actually had a hard time defensively over its recent rough patch.
That strength from beyond the arc came from the bench, though that’s not a surprise as the Jazz got in the night with the eighth-leading bench in the league.
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Clarkson paced all scorers in the very first half with 14 points in 16 minutes off the bench, with 5-of-9 shooting and 4-of-6 from beyond the arc. Joe Ingles shot 3-of-5 from deep to acquire 11 points in his 12 minutes of action.
Their performance in the very first half made up for a horrific showing from Bogdan Bogdanovic, who missed his only shot attempt and had 2 rebounds and an assist however led all gamers with 3 turnovers heading into the 2nd half. He ended up finding five points in the third.
Another three-pointer from Clarkson kick-started a 13 -2 run by the Jazz to open the fourth quarter, addressing the Celtics’ similar go to end the third quarter
The Jazz entered Tuesday off a less-than-ideal stretch, but their capability to come back from their early deficit will be the secret to remaining competitive as the second half draws on.
Small-Ball Celtics Get Beat in the Information
Boston lacked its leading rebounder Tuesday, as the team announced pregame that Tristan Thompson would miss the game due to the league’s health and safety procedures.
The COVID-19 procedures also impacted depth behind Brown and Tatum at the forward position, with second-year Romeo Langford out for the exact same factor. However the team has managed without Langford all season, as he underwent wrist surgical treatment that postponed his 2020-21 debut.
Thompson is another story. Since joining the team on a two-year, $19 million offer this offseason, he has appeared in 36 games and averaged 7.9 points and 8.4 rebounds. Semi Ojeleye got the start in his location, and he was a non-factor throughout, ending the night with no points through 19 minutes. Behind him, Grant Williams taped simply two points, and the hole in the lineup was felt more so than anticipated.
Daniel Theis was a surprise at center with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
The Celtics were currently preparing to play a smaller game even prior to losing their big, and they kept allure unstable through the start of the game, forcing 8 turnovers in the very first 12 minutes– the most by the Jazz in the opening frame this season, per Chris Grenham of Forbes
Brown paced the team with 12 points, followed by a pair of 11- point scorers in Tatum and Theis, however the group had a hard time to safeguard Utah from far out and never had actually a nasty hired their favor, while Utah struck six of seven free tosses in the first two quarters.
Boston started to lose steam in the third as allure found their footing in the paint, but they ended the quarter on an 11 -2 run that highlighted how vital the complimentary throws and three-pointers really remained in this video game.
The resurgence was highlighted by a Tatum series late in the 3rd, the two-time All-Star struck a 3 and after that a complimentary throw for the Celtics to take a fast lead, which was secured with a 3 from Marcus Smart. They could not hold on to open the fourth, enabling a 13 -2 run to the Jazz.
In the end, the nearness of the video game came down to Utah’s consistency on the bench and from the line, as the Jazz bench combined to score 45 points compared to 21 from Boston’s reserves. The Celtics took just four shots from the line, and while they hit 3 of them, it was no match for Utah’s 22- of-24 free-throw shooting and 19- of-43 from deep– almost double the production from the arc by the Celtics.
The Celtics are headed to Cleveland for a Wednesday pointer with the Cavaliers(8 p.m. ET).
The Jazz will continue their East Coast swing with a Thursday meeting versus the Washington Wizards(7 p.m. ET).