June 17, 2024

The Utah Jazz were historically bad once again against the Dallas Mavericks

The Utah Jazz’s season just keeps getting worse and worse. The team came up short against the Dallas Mavericks in a big way, losing 113-97, marking their 15th loss in their last 18 games. That’s right since Feb. 8, the Jazz are a pathetic 3-15. The worst part is that 11 of those 18 losses were by double digits, many of whom were by far more than just 10 points.

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The Jazz are clearly tanking, but the play is far worse than what you’d expect from a team with this much talent, and it’s starting to be hard to ignore how bad the play has been. It’s not that this team isn’t talented enough to win as is, they are, but the team has lost its desire. While we can’t prove this, it feels like the team has phoned in the last four or five weeks of games.

Including players like Lauri Mrkkanen. He went just 1-9 from three last night. Keyonte George went just 1-6 while Brice Sensabaugh went 0-4. For the team, they went just 4-30 from three, brinnging the total percentae of three point shots made to a really bad 13.3%. According to Ben Anderson, Utah Jazz writer for KSL, that’s the worst shooting night in Jazz history.

Mar 21, 2024; Dallas, Texas, USA;  Utah Jazz forward Lauri Markkanen (23) shoots as Dallas Mavericks

The Utah Jazz having a historically bad shooting night isn’t unexpected. The team is no longer trying like they once did, and even if they were trying, shooting three-pointers isn’t exactly their strongest attribute this season. The team is just 21st in shooting from beyond the arc on the season, and that’s not surprising at all.

The Jazz only have one plus 40% shooter from three (minimum two full attempts per game) currently on the team, Collin Sexton. Markkanen is second with a respectable 39%, but after that, you have Simone Fontecchio (39%), who is gone, and then Johnny Juzang (37.5%) and John Collins (35.2%). Considering the NBA league average is 37% from three for guards, and 36% for forwards, anything lower than that is unacceptable.

The Jazz need to rethink their roster and make some massive upgrades this offseason. if they want to avoid this problem next season.

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