Upsets are one of the more entertaining things about sports, unless you are on the losing end. The Utah Jazz have raised some eyebrows this week, defeating the San Antonio Spurs by a score of 106-91, as reported by ESPN.
Utah Jazz starters
The starting back court for the Jazz took over the game offensively, with George Hill and Rodney Hood combining for 41 points. Hill also had seven assists, while Hood pulled down five rebounds. The tandem also was able to open up paint for the rest of their teammate by combining to hit seven shots from the outside.
Rudy Gobert only hit one field goal, so the center opted instead to focus on defense and rebounding. He pulled down 12 rebounds for the night. Now that he has a brand new contract worth approximately $102 million, Gobert might feel obligated to produce a little more on the offensive end of things. However, the wise move would be for the 7-foot-1, 245 pound star to focus on defense, which is what earned him the contract in the first place.
Veteran forward Joe Johnson had a solid but quiet night, while 6-foot-10, 260 pound forward Derrick Favors continues to play limited minutes because of a knee bruise.
Utah Jazz bench
With veteran forward Boris Diaw out with a leg injury and Derrick Favors still not completely healthy, backup forward Trey Lyles took advantage of the additional playing time. He provided the Jazz with 15 points, seven rebounds and two blocks off the bench. By playing well, Lyles ensures that Utah does not have to rush Diaw’s return back.
Backup guard Shelvin Mack also provided a little offense off the bench with 14 points. He shot very efficiently from the field and nailed both of his two shots from the outside.
Dante Exum did not put up a lot of points offensively, but the young guard did have four blocks.
San Antonio Spurs starters
Kawhi Leonard continues to be on a tear. The superstar forward put up 30 points against the Utah Jazz. Out of the seven shots that he took from the outside, only two failed to go in. Leonard hit all five of his free throw attempts and even pulled down seven rebounds. If he is trying to prove that he is the best player in the NBA, then Leonard is putting up pretty good arguments thus far this season.
LaMarcus Aldridge chipped in with 21 points and a block. It is his highest scoring output since the opening night game against the Golden State Warriors. Aldridge is also coming off of a rest game against the Miami Heat, as San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich looks to keep his big man rested.
The other two veteran starters for the Spurs quietly had a solid night. Guard Tony Parker provided six points and six assists, while forward Pau Gasol had eight points, eight rebounds and three blocks. Parker and Gasol are fine with the reduced workload, but on a night like this, San Antonio could have used a little more production from them.
Jonathan Simmons was the talk of the town when he put up 20 points against the Golden State Warriors. However, things have slowed down tremendously for the Spurs guard. Against the Utah Jazz, he struggled with his shot, hitting only one out of seven.
San Antonio Spurs bench
There was no spark off the bench from the Spurs backups. Manu Ginobili was the only player that was given more than 20 minutes of action, but the veteran guard struggled with his shot. Backup center Dewayne Dedmon pulled down five rebounds, but that was not going to be enough to help San Antonio overcome the Utah Jazz.
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