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“I am proud” |  Full View Depth in Win Over Thunder

The depth of the NBA cannot be underestimated.

The Utah Jazz not only know it, but they also preach it and fully believe it – and never has it been more evident than on Wednesday night.

With three starters sitting in street clothes and cheering on their teammates, head coach Quin Snyder tapped deep into his reserves and they answered the call. Taking control early in the first quarter and never giving up the lead the rest of the way, Utah beat Oklahoma City 137-101 in front of a packed crowd at Vivint Arena.

Here are five things to know after the win:

1.) Utah depth is legit
With Donovan Mitchell, Mike Conley and Royce O’Neale all on Wednesday for various reasons, it meant actors Trent Forrest, Jared Butler and Danuel House were going to see extended minutes in a game that realistically the Jazz couldn’t stand. afford to lose from a mental point of view.

But depth was hit even harder when Forrest went down in the second quarter with a foot injury and didn’t return – meaning Nickeil Alexander-Walker was then called up.

Thanks to Snyder and his team for always keeping the players engaged and ready as the Jazz seemed to be in good shape throughout the game.

House finished with 14 points, Rudy Gay added 12 and Alexander-Walker added nine, while Butler was sensational finishing with 10 assists. They all finished with +/- odds of +15 or better.

While not everyone can be called with the playoffs right around the corner, giving regular starters a break while picking up the win is a multi-tiered win.

2.) Bogdanovic always does Bogdanovic things
In his last three games since returning from a left calf injury that saw him miss two and a half weeks of action, Bogdanovic has struggled to find his rhythm offensively. His shooting percentages, including from the free throw line, were below his season averages.

But on Wednesday night, the Bogdanovic that Utah fans have come to know and love was back with a bang.

Highly aggressive early on, Bogdanovic finished with a game-high 27-for-7 for 11 shooting from the floor, 2 for 4 from three-point territory and an impressive 11-for-12 free throw performance. line.

To establish a rhythm early, and even more in the face of the Thunder’s inexperience, Bogdanovic spared no effort to attack the rim. Unable to contain it, Oklahoma City were forced into a foul as they shot 8 of 9 from the charity strip in the first quarter, finishing with 12 points.

With Utah’s original starters expected on Friday, Bogdanovic setting a pace entering the playoffs is a scary thought for the rest of the league.

3.) Rudy Gay, the crafty vet
It’s not often that a 16-year-old veteran would dive to the ground for a stray ball while playing in a game with his team up more than 20 points late in the fourth quarter. Yet Gay isn’t just a veteran, he’s someone who’s been through and seen it all during his tenure in the league – and that fire to compete and win still burns deep within him.

However, that wasn’t on his mind as his body flew through the air, trying to stop a ball from going out of bounds.

“When I realized I couldn’t bend down to catch it, I probably shouldn’t have,” Gay said with a laugh after the game. “I was immediately like, ‘What the hell are you doing?’ as soon as I jumped. At that time, I didn’t care about the score.”

When Gay finally sat down for good, he put on a performance he not only could be proud of, but Snyder couldn’t talk about enough in his post-game press conference. He finished with 12 points, eight rebounds, three assists and a +20 rating in 26 minutes.

“I’m proud,” Snyder said unprompted. “To be a vet like that, for him to step in and be ready and play with emotion and energy. … He dives on the ground for loose balls. It’s good to see. … He came here because he wants to win, and that’s what he showed.”

4.) Jordan Clarkson continues to shine
Nearing the end of his third season with the Jazz, there’s not much Clarkson hasn’t accomplished with the team. He won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year award last season averaging a career-high 18.2 points per game, and he dropped a career-high 45 points a month ago. .

But one thing missing was the elusive double-double, a rare feat for someone qualified as a pure goalscorer like Clarkson is. Although he has continuously improved his game for others this year, he had yet to hit the double-digit mark for assists.

Not anymore.

Clarkson has continued his phenomenal play of late, notching his first career double-double in a Utah uniform when he finished with 18 points, 10 assists and a +25 rating in 29 minutes. He was again very effective, shooting 7 of 11 from the field and 4 of 6 from outside the arc.

5.) Western Conference playoff push
After Wednesday’s win over Oklahoma City, the Jazz remain fifth in the Western Conference playoffs, one game ahead of sixth-seeded Denver and two games behind fourth-seeded Dallas.

With Dallas’ victory over Detroit, Utah’s chances of securing a top-four seed and home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs are slim. Not only will the Jazz have to win their last two games against league leaders Phoenix and Portland (likely), but the Mavericks or Warriors will have to lose the rest of their games (unlikely).

Although home-court advantage seems unlikely, the good news is that Utah is one win – or one loss away from Denver – from winning the Northwest Division and securing the No. playoffs. They would then face either Dallas or Golden State in the first round of the playoffs.

1.) Phoenix (63-17)
2.) Memphis (55-24) — 7.5
3.) Golden State (50-29) – 12.5
4.) Dallas (50-30) — 13
5.) Utah (48-32) — 15
6.) Denver (47-33) — 16
7.) Minnesota (45-35) — 18
8.) LA Clippers (40-40) — 23
9.) New Orleans (35-44) — 27.5
10.) San Antonio (34-45) — 28.5

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