Having passed a test against one tough defense, the Utah Jazz face another Sunday when they visit the Cleveland Cavaliers. Cleveland is the second of three straight opponents that rank in the Top 10 among NBA teams in defensive rating. Utah faced the first one in that gauntlet in Salt Lake City on Friday.
The tanned, stubbled face behind the dark sunglasses and a black T-shirt underneath a white bib made Ryan Smith look the part of a PGA Tour caddie in the Hero World Challenge. Looping for Tony Finau is a break from his day job, and Smith only missed his regular routine briefly when he considered the calendar. The Utah Jazz owner would be missing a home game Friday night against the Boston Celtics.
The St. Louis native nearly carried the Celtics to the win.