Match Review: Phoenix Suns VS Utah Jazz, April 8, 2022

Match Review: Phoenix Suns VS Utah Jazz, April 8, 2022

The NBA regular season is almost over. Teams are now fighting as preparations for playoffs. While there are other teams who are resting their best players so that they are healthy during the Playoffs. But, most often than not the best players in their respective teams are likely playing to keep their rhythm and team chemistry going.

The Phoenix Suns and the Utah Jazz fall under that category. Coming into the game, the Suns have a 2-1 lead in the regular season series. They were looking to close out the Jazz and win the series while the Jazz were looking for the win to even the series and put their foot firmly on the 5th seed.

The Utah Jazz went with their starting lineup of Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, Bojan Bogdanovic, Mike Conley and Royce O’ Neale. The Phoenix Suns started with Chris Paul, Devin Booker, Jae Crowder, DeAndre Ayton and Mikal Bridges.

Game Summary

The Suns came flying in the opening minutes of the quarter as they outscored their opponents 15-2. The Jazz then sunk a 3 and started their offence. Then they went on a shooting spree. The Suns were scoring but they weren’t getting any stops on Utah. On the other hand, the Jazz were getting important blocks on the Suns which led them to take the 1st half, 57-54.

In the 3rd quarter, it seemed like the Jazz had the momentum of the game and they just went on a riot around the Suns defense. They widened the gap to 17 points by the end of the 3rd quarter.

But, once again, the Jazz did what they do best and blow up that lead. In the 4th quarter, the Suns showed why they were the 1st seed in the West as they obliterated the Jazz with good defensive stops and Chris Paul did most of his crucial plays in the final quarters. Everyone was getting touches, the ball was flowing and that style of basketball is very beautiful to watch for any fan. The Suns took the lead by the end of the quarter and got the win.

Box Score

Devin Booker scored the most points in the game as he went off for 33 points going 13 off 26 from the field and 40% from 3-point range. Chris Paul took the duties of a leader as he scored 16 points and dished 16 assists along with 6 rebounds and 2 steals. DeAndre Ayton took care of the paint going for 19 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks. Mikal Bridges scored 18 points on 70% shooting.

The Jazz had an even distribution of scoring as Bojan Bogdanovic scored 21 points and 7 rebounds. Donovan Mitchell had a bad scoring output for his standards giving only 18 points, 5 assists and 7 rebounds. Rudy Gobert had his usual 16 points and 12 rebounds. Mike Conley delivered with 13 points and 8 assists.

What the results of the game mean?

The Suns won the game with a scoreline of 111-105. They claimed the regular season series with a 3-1 win over the Jazz. The Suns have continued to get out of tight situations thanks to their core players as well as their coach, Monty Williams, giving them really good confidence going into the playoffs.

The Jazz on the other hand have a lot of work cut out for them as they are known for blowing big leads up. Coach Quincy Snyder needs to work on how to close games as the Playoffs are going to be very crucial. The Jazz need to pick themselves up if they don’t want to get out in the 1st round itself.

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