UTAH JAZZ REPORT, Malaysia, — The first night, losing Gordon Hayward didn’t hurt so bad, although it is just a Summer League game. Utah Jazz might not losing Hayward at no cost. According to Adrian Wojnarowski (who else do you think?), Jazz and Boston Celtics discussed on Wednesday the possibility of including Jae Crowder in a sign-and-trade agreement for Hayward, which could be a win-win situation.
While waiting further details being bombed by Wojnarowski, Jazz Summer League team is going to be OK after all.
After 87-74 win over San Antonio Spurs in the first game of Utah Jazz Summer League, the Jazz stunned the Philadelphia 76ers 100-94 in the second game at Jon M. Huntsman Centre, a win that gave Jazz fans perhaps just a little bit heartbreak comfort.
Life will be fine, I believe, after watching Dante Exum and Donovan Mitchell delivered another big performance for Jazz. Exum scored 26 points, Mitchell added 15 and thanks for Mitchell made clutch shots in the closing seconds to hold off the 76ers.
Joel Bolomboy scored 10 points and Eric Griffin had 14 points and 8 rebounds for Jazz, which led by 13 points in the second half. Markelle Fultz put up extraordinary performance with a fantastic fourth-quarter performance, trying to will the 76ers to victory after the Jazz slowed down, finishing with 13 points in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, Mitchell made the shot with 29.2 seconds left in the game.
Exum did just about anything he wanted to offensively early on, since he is playing for Jazz Summer League team, his shooting form is good and he has a smooth release, shooting 56.2% from the floor and 60% beyond the arc.
Mitchell wasn’t in the offensive flow early on like first game on Monday, but he had an impact at the defensive ends. The issue of lacking communication when switching defence is getting better in this game, and he was defending aggressively. Running up and down, making spectacular defensive play, had two games with at least three steals.
Jazz: Great dunk from Eric Griffin…Despite Fultz scored 23 points, Exum played defensively well against Fultz…Jazz shot 11 of 22 on 3s for total.
76ers: Fultz finished 9 of 16 from the floor, including 4 of 8 from 3-point range…76ers’s losing streak extends to 2 games.