It was an agonizing end to the season for the Jazz after finishing with the league’s best record … then getting bounced by the Clippers in the Western Conference semifinals.
Worse, the Jazz finished 0-2 vs. the Clippers without star forward Kawhi Leonard. But the difficult finish didn’t take away from an entire season full of fun for Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, the rest of the Jazz and their fans.
“I’m incredibly proud of this team,” coach Quin Snyder said after the Game 6 loss. “When we finish on a game like this, it’s hard to reflect what I think was some high level performances in the playoffs, what Donovan was able to do, a lot of the individual things that our guys did.”
Jazz guard Mike Conley Jr. missed the first five games of the series with a strained hamstring, but gave it a go in Game 6. Mitchell suffered a sprained ankle in Game 5. So it’s safe to say the season ended in pain all the way around.
“We tried to fight … we all did.” Mitchell said.
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- It appears the Jazz’s biggest flaw has been their inability to defend opposing lineups with multiple 3-point shooters, or “small-ball” teams, wrote Andy Larsen of the Salt Lake Tribune.
- Gobert’s struggles vs. such opponents were particularly glaring, the Tribune’s Josh Newman wrote, citing the Clippers’ 12-of-16 shooting in Game 6 when Gobert was the primary defender.
- Clippers forward Paul George also had some praise for the Jazz. “That’s a good team we just (eliminated),” he said, via Jay Drew of the Deseret News.