Today the Utah Jazz beat the San Antonio Spurs 125-105.
🏀 FINAL SCORE THREAD 🏀
Ricky Rubio: 16 PTS, 6 REB, 6 AST
Donovan Mitchell: 23 PTS, 5 AST
Royce O'Neale: 17 PTS, 4-4 3PM pic.twitter.com/JFxEaWQGfy
— NBA (@NBA) February 10, 2019
After the first quarter, the Jazz led the Spurs and never let up. Earlier this month LaMarcus Aldridge was voted into the all-star game as a reserve. He was voted onto the roster over one Rudy Gobert who was snubbed again this year. Almost as if he was proving a point, that he deserved the roster spot over Aldridge, Rudy kept LA to 15 points on five of sixteen shooting which is not good. All the while, Rudy scored 21 points and shooting very efficiently going eight of ten. Over the season Gobert has maintained a 65% field goal percentage which is the second best in the entire league.
Another stand-out in todays game was Royce O’Neale. His isn’t a name that is circulated very often in the media but I think his efficiency in this game is definitely worth a mention here. He shot 85.7% from the field and went an astounding four for four from behind the 3-point line. He has turned into that utility player that every team needs. He does the things that a lot of other players don’t. He plays hard nose stifling defense and he always seems to be able to put some points on the board when the team needs them.
How good has Royce O'Neale been playing? Besides his usual stellar defense, his season shooting splits sit at 48-42-74. If he can keep shooting consistently, it boosts that second unit in a big way. #SASatUTA
— David J. Smith (@davidjsmith1232) February 9, 2019
With todays win, the Jazz have now won 13 out of 18 games, or in other words they have a 72% winning percentage since January 1. They have one more game to go before the all-star break. Next week on Tuesday the Jazz will travel to the bay area in California and take on the reigning world champs. The game will be broadcast at 10:30pm eastern time on TNT.
The Jazz and the Golden State Warriors have played twice this season, both times in Utah and they have split the season series thus far. Tuesday’s game will be the third and final game of the series. I may be a little biased in saying this but in my mind I can see either team winning the game and taking the series.
However the game turns out, the Jazz will enter the all-star break on a hot streak. They are notoriously a second half of the season team. As far as I could remember, the team has always played their best basketball post all-star break and if past statistics are anything to go on, the Jazz are going to climb the western conference ladder and enter the playoffs in excellent position.