SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – Joe Ingles scores career-high 20 points in his first start of the season as the Utah Jazz fall short to the Memphis Grizzlies 102-96. When Ingles was asked about his performance after the game, he took the focus off of him and said it didn’t matter. Instead of focusing on him, the Aussie offered his thoughts on the game.
“We started, obviously, terrible and they got the lead from there. We were kind of chasing uphill the rest of the game. They are a good veteran team. We just didn’t come out, obviously, the right way.”
The Jazz are just coming off a five-game road trip and came back to Utah pretty sluggish.
“Usually happens on games like this when you go on the road,” said Gordon Hayward, Forward for the Utah Jazz. “I just think it was a tough one for us tonight. Took us a little while to get it going. Don’t think we played very well at all. We still had a chance to win the game there in the fourth (quarter).”
When it comes down to it, Memphis simply outworked the Jazz on the defensive end, and the Jazz weren’t able to get stops.
“I don’t think we were as physical as we needed to be to close possessions,” said Utah Jazz Coach Quin Snyder. “That to me is the essence of the game. There were a lot of issues early on. We just had break down after break down. As the game progressed I thought we settled in we just didn’t defensive rebound.”
Though Hayward didn’t have his best game, coach Snyder says he thinks Hill is an all-star caliber player.
“We’re all human and he didn’t make his jump shot tonight but he’s been our heart and soul. When he wasn’t playing George Hill provided that. I can’t say enough about what Gordon has been doing. He takes losses unbelievably hard. He’ll be upset with himself because he didn’t make his shot but he’s been terrific and he’s been doing it in every way. He’s been doing it on the boards, he’s been doing it shooting, he’s been doing it driving, and he’s becoming a special player. “
The defensive of play from the Jazz tonight isn’t the only questionable thing. There’s also a concern about Derrick Favors’ knee.
“I’m not sure. I think we’ll have to talk to our medical people and they’ve continued to monitor that, discuss it. Obviously he was in a position tonight where he couldn’t go anymore. We want to make sure that we’re not doing anything to provoke or irritate his knee, but at the same time he’s been able to play as well so it’s something we’ve got to continue to monitor and be aware of.”
The Utah Jazz take on the Chicago Bulls at the Vivint Smart Home Arena, Thursday, November 17th at 8:30 p.m. (MT).