Utah Jazz The regular season was dominated by the Utah Jazz from start to finish. A lot of this had to do with good health: reigning champions and last year’s Finals teams struggled to stay injury free, and the amount of players that entered Covid-19 distancing protocols throughout the year meant few teams managed to go for any stretch of games without being interrupted.
Los Angeles • Mike Conley has been officially listed as “questionable” on the Utah Jazz’s injury report issued before each game of their Western Conference semifinal series against the Los Angeles Clippers — a trend that continued Thursday night due to his lingering right hamstring strain. This time, though, he has company on the injury report. His fellow All-Star guard, Donovan Mitchell, also appeared as “questionable” Thursday night owing to right ankle soreness.
You can see it in the Jazz’s drive numbers. During the regular season, the Jazz, despite the 3-point reputation, also drove the ball into the paint quite frequently — 53.2 times per game, according to NBA tracking stats, or 4th in the NBA. Sometimes, that resulted in layups for Mike Conley, Donovan Mitchell, Jordan Clarkson, or Joe Ingles.