August 14

No Donovan Mitchell, but Utah Jazz’s biggest problem is on defensive end in loss to Toronto Raptors

first_img Kristin Murphy, Deseret News Utah Jazz guard Grayson Allen (24) dunks the ball during an NBA game against the Toronto Raptors at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. The Jazz lost 124-111. Kristin Murphy, Deseret News Kristin Murphy, Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz didn’t have their best player, Donovan Mitchell, Monday night due to an ankle injury, which must be the reason they lost to the Toronto Raptors by 13 points after trailing by as many as 26.Except the Raptors didn’t have their best player either, as Kawhi Leonard also sat out the game with a sore ankle. And you couldn’t really blame Mitchell’s replacements either, as Royce O’Neale, who got the start, and Alec Burks, who came in off the bench, combined for an impressive 33 points on 12-of-19 shooting, with O’Neale scoring 11 and Burks a game-high 22 points.No there were a host of reasons why the Raptors dominated the Jazz in winning for the fifth time in the last six years at Vivint Arena, improving their NBA-best record to 10-1 and handing the Jazz (now 0-4 at home) their fourth straight loss. Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles (2) moves past Toronto Raptors forward CJ Miles (0) during an NBA game at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. The Jazz lost 124-111. Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio (3) shoots in front of Toronto Raptors forward OG Anunoby (3) during an NBA game at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. The Jazz lost 124-111. Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio (3) dribbles around Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka (9) during an NBA game at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. The Jazz lost 124-111. Utah Jazz forward Jae Crowder (99) shoots in front of Toronto Raptors guard Danny Green (14) during an NBA game at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. The Jazz lost 124-111. Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) reaches past Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka (9) for the rebound during an NBA game at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. The Jazz lost 124-111. Kristin Murphy, Deseret News Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum (11) dunks the ball during an NBA game against the Toronto Raptors at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. The Jazz lost 124-111. Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) makes a pass during an NBA game against the Toronto Raptors at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. The Jazz lost 124-111. Kristin Murphy, Deseret News Kristin Murphy, Deseret News Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles (2) moves past Toronto Raptors forward CJ Miles (0) during an NBA game at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. The Jazz lost 124-111. Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) looks to make a pass past Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas (17) during an NBA game at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. The Jazz lost 124-111. Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) makes a pass during an NBA game against the Toronto Raptors at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. The Jazz lost 124-111. Kristin Murphy, Deseret News 3 takeaways from the Utah Jazz’s 124-111 loss to the Toronto Raptors Utah Jazz guard Grayson Allen (24) dunks the ball during an NBA game against the Toronto Raptors at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. The Jazz lost 124-111. Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) shoot over Toronto Raptors guard Danny Green (14) during an NBA game at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. The Jazz lost 124-111. Perhaps the biggest was a lack of defense, which has plagued the Jazz all season. The Raptors shot in the 60 percent range from the field all night before finishing at 57 percent, their second-best shooting night of the season. They also made 39.4 percent of their 3-pointers and 93 percent of their free throws.“We made mistakes on defense . . . just a lot of mistakes,” said Jazz coach Quin Snyder. “What was giving us the most trouble was transition defense — there was space on the floor and we were getting driven. We needed to get back with more urgency and we needed to keep the ball out of the paint.”The Jazz also struggled on the offensive end, outside of Burks, O’Neale, Rudy Gobert (6 of 9 from the field), and Derrick Favors (4 of 6).Ricky Rubio’s shooting woes continued as he was 1 of 10, Joe Ingles sank just 3 of 13, Jae Crowder was 3 of 11 and Grayson Allen 3 of 8. That’s 10 of 42, a cool 23.8 percent from that foursome.Snyder didn’t blame his team’s offense much but did acknowledge that poor shooting can lead to poor defense if the team isn’t disciplined, which is partly what happened Monday night.“Shooting covers up a lot of sins and when you don’t shoot well you have to be even more committed to the defensive end,” he said. “We can’t rely on making shots in order to play defense. Defense is one of the things you largely have control over, more so than making shots, that’s for sure.”When asked if there are any similarities for the Jazz in their last four games, all losses, Snyder again referred to defense.“There are some things we are breaking down that is consistent across games,” he said. “But the larger thing is we’ve got to guard.” Utah Jazz guard Naz Mitrou-Long (30), Utah Jazz guard Grayson Allen (24) and Utah Jazz center Ekpe Udoh (33) watch as the clock ticks down the last seconds of an NBA game against the Toronto Raptors at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. The Jazz lost 124-111. Kristin Murphy, Deseret News Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio (3) shoots in front of Toronto Raptors forward OG Anunoby (3) during an NBA game at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. The Jazz lost 124-111. Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) looks to make a pass past Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas (17) during an NBA game at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. The Jazz lost 124-111. Utah Jazz guard Grayson Allen (24) dunks the ball during an NBA game against the Toronto Raptors at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. The Jazz lost 124-111. Kristin Murphy, Deseret News Utah Jazz forward Jae Crowder (99) shoots in front of Toronto Raptors guard Danny Green (14) during an NBA game at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. The Jazz lost 124-111. Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio (3) dribbles around Toronto Raptors forward OG Anunoby (3) during an NBA game at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. The Jazz lost 124-111. Toronto Raptors center Greg Monroe (15) and Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) reach for a rebound during an NBA game at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. Utah Jazz forward Royce O’Neale (23) dunks the ball during an NBA game against the Toronto Raptors at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. The Jazz lost 124-111. Toronto Raptors center Greg Monroe (15) and Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) reach for a rebound during an NBA game at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. Kristin Murphy, Deseret News Utah Jazz guard Grayson Allen (24) dunks the ball during an NBA game against the Toronto Raptors at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. The Jazz lost 124-111. Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio (3) dribbles around Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka (9) during an NBA game at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. The Jazz lost 124-111. Kristin Murphy, Deseret News Utah Jazz guard Naz Mitrou-Long (30), Utah Jazz guard Grayson Allen (24) and Utah Jazz center Ekpe Udoh (33) watch as the clock ticks down the last seconds of an NBA game against the Toronto Raptors at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. The Jazz lost 124-111. Kristin Murphy, Deseret News Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum (11) dunks the ball during an NBA game against the Toronto Raptors at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. The Jazz lost 124-111. Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio (3) dribbles around Toronto Raptors forward OG Anunoby (3) during an NBA game at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. The Jazz lost 124-111. Kristin Murphy, Deseret News Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles (2) shoots over Toronto Raptors forward CJ Miles (0) during an NBA game at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. The Jazz lost 124-111. Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles (2) shoots over Toronto Raptors forward CJ Miles (0) during an NBA game at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. The Jazz lost 124-111. Kristin Murphy, Deseret News Related Kristin Murphy, Deseret News Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert feels team defense is still adapting to NBA rule changes Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) reaches past Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka (9) for the rebound during an NBA game at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. The Jazz lost 124-111. Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) shoot over Toronto Raptors guard Danny Green (14) during an NBA game at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. The Jazz lost 124-111. Grid View Utah Jazz forward Royce O'Neale (23) dunks the ball during an NBA game against the Toronto Raptors at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. The Jazz lost 124-111.last_img

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