Jazz put it all together in lopsided win over Blazers

On Monday night, the Utah Jazz defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 129-107, to move their record to 14-7.

The Jazz were terrific on both ends of the floor. Six of their players scored in double figures. They led from virtually the middle of the second quarter until the end of the game. They put the game out of reach in the third quarter, leading by as many as 22 points.

Utah has responded since its worst loss of the season on Friday night to the New Orleans Pelicans. The Jazz are playing selflessly. They are playing well defensively, and they are developing a bit of consistency.

Here are some trends we are seeing, and how those trends can potentially translate to the big picture.

When the ball moves

The Utah Jazz are tough to beat when they have ball movement. It’s just that simple.

They have so many shooters, so many ballhandlers who can make plays off the dribble, and when you combine that with the attention Rudy Gobert commands when rolling to the rim, it’s an offense that presents a multitude of problems. When the Jazz shoot well, and they made 41 percent of their 46 3-point attempts on Monday, then the offense becomes dynamic. If they don’t turn the ball over, get to the rim and shoot well inside the arc, the Jazz made 53 percent of their field goals overall Monday, then they score almost at will.

Utah did this on Saturday night against the New Orleans Pelicans. They did this on Monday night as they pulled away from the Trail Blazers. It’s not surprising that the Jazz have looked terrific in back-to-back games. They made ball movement a priority, and the offense came easily. And the defense came easily as well.


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