Utah Jazz at Sacramento Kings Goes Differently in Rd. 2
As the first regular season game of the season for both clubs, the Utah Jazz at Sacramento Kings game was surprisingly close.
Only days after absolutely massacring the Kings in preseason action, the Utah Jazz struggled to get things going throughout the game. Luckily, the Jazz bench came through to help the team eek out a six-point victory 123-117.
Game 01 Takeaways – Utah Jazz at Sacramento Kings
#1 | Starting Things Off the Right Way
If I were a betting man, my money would have been on a Derrick Favors dunk to open up this season’s scoring.
However, for one reason or another, the Utah Jazz had a hard time getting things started last night. Fortunately, Joe Ingles (AKA Old Reliable) finally broke the seal with a hammer dunk in the first quarter.
Can you think of a better way for the Jazz to open up the season?
I can not.
#2 | The “Ex” Factor (Sorry for Being So Cliche)
Who will Dante become this season? If it’s anything close to his role in last night’s victory, he’s worth every penny of that recent extension.
If you’ve listened to the show lately, you’ll know that I chose Dante to be my most improved player on the team as well as the most pleasant surprise.
After seeing him go from 2-feet behind the 3-point line to a ringer roll at the rim in TWO steps (see below), it’s looking like I made the right choice…
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#3 | Alec Burks = Spark Plug
We’ve heard over and over about how Alec Burks is looking like he did before the string of injuries. What did last night tell us?
When the Jazz got off to the terrible start, Quin Snyder brought Alec off the bench sooner than most expected. Why?
Because Alec is a spark plug.
The team couldn’t hit a shot. It was looking like the first game nerves were playing a big factor…
Alec Burks comes in, immediately gets the ball on the right wing and doesn’t hesitate to shoot.
Can’t wait to see how he contributes this year. Could he be our official 6th Man???
Also, the bench in general was stellar:
#4 | The DNP
Grayson Allen didn’t get any time. Seemed kind of weird.
Is he really struggling as much as this makes it seem? I doubt it.
Also, I trust our coach. Hopefully Grayson figures it out soon and is able to contribute in a real way.
#5 | “When was the last time you were scared of the Sacramento Kings?”
In Episode 02 of The Jazz Fan Show, I asked Ryan this question. My answer was when Peja was on the team.
Guess who was in attendance at last night’s game?
Peja and Chris Webber.
Guess what? Still not scared.
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