Guys just have to have the courage to drive to the basket. It doesn't have to be one guy. —Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder
SALT LAKE CITY — One of the concerns for the Utah Jazz was being aggressive offensively and creating good-look shots. The Jazz showed that in their 96-81 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Jazz showed dominance from the first quarter when leading 31-16 and completing 52.2 percent of their shots, along with going for 5-11 in 3-pointers. Throughout the night, the Jazz created good-look shots that led to them making 46.8 percent of their shots, and 41.9 percent from the 3-point line.
"I really thought we made some pretty good plays and made good decisions in the first quarter and I thought we competed," said Jazz coach Quin Snyder.
Before the game, Snyder said he wanted Jazz guard Rodney Hood to show more aggressiveness and wanted him to be a catalyst. It wasn't his best shooting performance, shooting 5 of 14 from the field — and 3 of 7 in 3-pointers.
"I didn't shoot the ball as well as I wanted to, but I think just being aggressive like I was and getting confidence from my other teammates. I want to just continue to tell them to shoot the ball as well," Hood said.
Despite being successful in shooting from the perimeter and from behind the arc, there wasn't enough attacking to the basket. The Lakers controlled the paint against the Jazz's pick and roll offense. Rudy Gobert only had six points and eight rebounds for the night. Snyder wants to see more attacking inside and not to be hesitant during the pick-and-roll offense.
"The game became different when they started switching everything in the pick-and- roll," said Snyder. "That's something we need to learn how to attack better. We've worked on it this morning. We know what it is. Guys just have to have the courage to drive to the basket. It doesn't have to be one guy."
Rookie forward Donovan Mitchell put on the show offensively, especially in the second half. With his struggles in the last few games, Mitchell scored a career-high 22 points coming off the bench for the Jazz. Of course the highlight of the night was his one-hand dunk over the Lakers' rookie point guard Lonzo Ball. He then hit a 3-point shot to end the third quarter. With a spectacular performance offensively by the first rounder, his defense was no slouch as well, recording three steals. For Mitchell, defense was the key after dealing two road losses.
"We just jelled. It was a tough road trip we just had, but we locked in," said Mitchell. "Coach Snyder made it a point to focus on defense. We just rallied behind the noise, the crowd and each other and we came out with a win. "