“This Was A Really Good Game For Us” | Utah Shows Resiliency In Win



Welcome to the dialog, Mike Conley.

After battling accidents late within the season the previous two years, Conley hasn’t been capable of finding his rhythm as he is been on a minutes restriction this 12 months.

Regardless of being an all-star final season, Conley has been thought-about considerably of an after-thought for a lot of the season within the eye of the nationwide media. Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert get all of the headlines, and rightfully so, however there’s nonetheless one other star participant on the Jazz able to taking up a recreation.

That is what Conley did on Wednesday night time.

Regardless of main by 14 halfway by way of the fourth quarter and coping with a buzzer-beating three-pointer by Houston to pressure extra time, Conley scored 9 factors in further time as Utah picked up the 132-127 victory over the Rockets.

“This was a very good recreation for us,” head coach Quin Snyder stated postgame. “It was a recreation we will take up and study from. … There’s not plenty of magic to what occurred, however there’s issues we all know are going to occur to us, and we’d like to have the ability to deal with them.”

With Mitchell and Gobert dominating for a lot of the sport, Utah led by 14 with simply over six minutes to play. However that lead evaporated because the Rockets took benefit of Utah’s carelessness with the ball, occurring a 22-8 run to tie the sport at 114 with 30 seconds left.

That is when Conley took over.

He appeared to hit the game-winner when he knocked down a nook three-pointer with eight seconds left — a shot made attainable after an exceptional go by Mitchell out of a triple-team. However Christian Wooden knocked down a buzzer-beater for the Rockets, sending the sport into extra time.

The additional time was backwards and forwards till Conley got here up clutch once more. He scored Utah’s remaining 9 factors, together with a private 7-0 run, with two minutes left in extra time to present the Jazz their third consecutive win.

Conley completed the night time with 15 factors, eight assists, 4 rebounds, and 4 steals, a masterful efficiency from somebody who dominated a recreation regardless of taking 10 photographs.

“Photographs weren’t falling for me personally. … However I had a pair actually attractiveness late in moments I am accustomed to performing in,” Conley stated postgame.

“I wasn’t pondering he was having a nasty night time. … I am pondering, ‘After I watch him shoot, I am anticipating the ball to go in,'” Snyder stated of Conley.

Other than Conley’s late-game heroics, Mitchell and Gobert had been sensational for a lot of the night time.

Gobert appears absolutely recovered from his calf pressure suffered within the early a part of this month when he completed together with his third consecutive double-double since getting back from the all-star break. Going towards the undersized Rockets, Gobert was unstoppable within the paint as he completed with 27 factors, 17 rebounds, and two blocks on 12-of-14 capturing from the ground.

Whereas Gobert dealt with enterprise down low, Mitchell was the destroyer on the perimeter.

As he is achieved since his return from a extreme concussion, Mitchell was lights out on the offensive finish. He completed with 37 factors, 10 assists, and three steals, capturing 13-of-27 from the ground. He exploded for 13 factors within the opening quarter, after which scored six in a row in extra time to maintain the Jazz shut.

“It feels good to come back out of right here with a win, however we have gotta discover a manner not to surrender an 18-point lead,” Mitchell stated.

Regardless of enjoying on the backend of a back-to-back, the Rockets got here out on hearth, leaping out to a 9-4 lead on three three-pointers. However the Jazz, behind the play of Mitchell, reeled off a 10-0 run to take a 25-20 lead after one.

Houston rallied again to take a one-point lead halfway by way of the second earlier than Utah rallied as soon as once more. Starting with a Bojan Bogdanovic three-pointer and ending with a jumper of his, the Jazz went on a 21-3 run earlier than main 66-53 on the break.

The third quarter was a backwards and forwards affair as Utah was in a position to push its result in 17 on a number of events whereas the Rockets had been in a position to reduce it to single digits on a couple of event. However the Jazz nonetheless went into the fourth quarter main by 10 and setting the stage for the thrilling end.

“I feel the way in which we performed on the finish, I do not assume we deserved to win. … It was good we received an opportunity to redeem ourselves in extra time,” Gobert stated.

Bogdanovic completed with 18 factors and 5 rebounds, whereas Jordan Clarkson added 14 off the bench. Royce O’Neale was strong once more, ending with 9 factors, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and nice protection on Rockets level guard Kevin Porter Jr.

Utah continues its roast journey when it faces the new-look New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night time. Tipoff is ready for six p.m. MST.



Is Season 2 of ‘Picard’ any good? Paramount+ won’t let me tell you.


I’ve seen the primary three episodes of Season 2 of “Star Trek: Picard,” and I might like to let you know about them. Sadly, the parents at Paramount+ gained’t let me till Thursday at 1 a.m. MT, when their embargo lifts.

That’s additionally when Season 2 of “Picard” begins streaming.

This embargo appears fairly silly to me. It’s the type of factor folks do after they know that their program is unhealthy.

I can’t let you know if that’s the explanation right here, due to the embargo.

I can let you know just a few issues. Patrick Stewart returns as Admiral Jean-Luc Picard, former captain of a few U.S.S. Enterprises (NCC-1701-D and NCC-1701-E). He’s joined by the supporting forged from Season 1 — Jeri Ryan as Seven of 9, Alison Capsule as Agness Jurati, Michelle Hurd as Raffi Musiker, Evan Evagora as Elnor, Isa Briones as Dahj, Orla Brady as Laris, Santiago Cabrera as Cristóbal Rios, and Brent Spiner as Knowledge.

Wait, you’re saying. Knowledge died, seemingly as soon as and for all, within the first-season finale of “Picard.” How is he again?

There’s a logical rationalization. It isn’t even a spoiler, actually. However I can’t let you know what it’s due to the embargo.

(Trae Patton | Paramount+) John de Lancie as Q and Sir Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard of the Paramount+ authentic collection “Star Trek: Picard.”

I can let you know that the all-powerful Q (John de Lancie) performs a major function in Season 2. (In case you have been questioning, Q beforehand appeared in eight episodes of “Subsequent Era,” three episodes of “Voyager,” and one episode every of “Deep Area 9” and “Decrease Decks.”)

I can even let you know that Whoopi Goldberg returns as Guinan. (She was in 29 episodes of “Subsequent Gen” and two films, “Generations” and “Nemesis.”) And the Borg Queen is again, performed by a distinct actress — Annie Wersching. (Alice Krige originated the function within the film “First Contact,” performed her within the two-part collection finale of “Voyager,” and voiced a holographic simulation of her in an episode of the animated “Decrease Decks.” Susanna Thompson performed her in three different “Voyager” episodes.)

(Nicole Wilder | Paramount+) Whoopi Goldberg as Guinan and Sir Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard of the Paramount+ authentic collection “Star Trek: Picard.”

And it’s not a spoiler to let you know that — like lots of the greatest “Star Trek” episodes and flicks — Season 2 of “Star Trek: Picard” entails time journey. “Picard should enlist associates each outdated and new to confront the perils of twenty first century Earth in a determined race towards time to save lots of the galaxy’s future – and face the last word trial from considered one of his biggest foes.”

That’s direct from Paramount+. These aren’t my phrases.

Hey, I’m grateful to Paramount+ for sharing screeners. I’ve been and at all times shall be an enormous “Star Trek” fan, and I watched the primary three episodes of Season 2 of “Picard” simply as rapidly as I presumably might.

I want I might let you know about them. I REALLY want I might. (I’m making an attempt to make it so you possibly can learn between the strains, folks. Work with me.) Not that I need to give something away — I hate spoilers — however to let if it’s value watching. You realize — to do my job as a TV critic.

I’m not holding my breath, however I’m hoping that sooner or later the parents at Paramount+ will rethink their embargo coverage.

“American Idol” (Sunday, 7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4) • As soon as upon a time, this present was concerning the contestants, not a lot the judges. It was an enormous deal. Now it’s hardly a deal in any respect. The one folks actually concerned about it are the contestants, their dad and mom and their grandparents.

OK, that’s an exaggeration. However when was the final time anyone who was on this present — anyone who gained — turned even a minor star?

• “Killing Eve” (Sunday, 7 p.m., BBC America) • The primary season of this collection was nice. They need to’ve stopped there. Sadly, they made three extra seasons, with diminishing returns.

We’re advised Season 4 would be the final, which is an efficient factor. It could’ve been a significantly better factor if this had resulted in 2018.

• “Tremendous Pumped: The Battle for Uber” (Sunday, 10 p.m., Showtime) • The boardroom battle to regulate Uber doesn’t sound like scintillating tv, nevertheless it just about is. The struggle between CEO Travis Kalanick (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and his mentor, Invoice Gurley (Kyle Chandler), is so loopy it looks like fiction … nevertheless it’s not.

The forged consists of Uma Thurman as Arianna Huffington, Hank Azaria as Apple chief Tim Prepare dinner, Ben Feldman as Google cofounder Larry Web page, and Quentin Tarantino narrates.

“Tremendous Pumped” is an anthology collection that’s already been renewed for Season 2, which is able to deal with Fb.

“The Dropout” (Thursday, streaming on Hulu) • Talking of stranger-than-fiction reality, this restricted collection focuses on Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes (Amanda Seyfried), who fooled a number of very good, very wealthy folks into investing in her firm and its phony medical know-how.

Curiously, they have been capturing the collection whereas Holmes was nonetheless on trial.

“Lucy and Desi” (Friday, streaming on Amazon Prime) • Amy Poehler directed this documentary (which premiered final month on the Sundance Movie Pageant) concerning the private {and professional} lives of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. It consists of residence films and audio recordings of the couple, and is must-see for anybody who ever beloved Lucy.

Samsung’s next-gen S22 chip is almost as good as Apple’s… in the iPhone 11


Michael Simon has been overlaying Apple for the reason that iPod was the iWalk. His obsession with know-how goes again to his first PC—the IBM Thinkpad with the lift-up keyboard for swapping out the drive. He is nonetheless ready for that to come back again in fashion tbh.

‘He’s as good as anybody’: How Rudy Gobert got the best of Luka Doncic


Estimated learn time: 3-4 minutes

SALT LAKE CITY — Luka Doncic had already gotten the most effective of Mike Conley repeatedly and had left Royce O’Neale caught on screens for a lot of the night time.

So when Dallas Mavericks coach Jason Kidd noticed the Jazz swap Rudy Gobert onto his famous person late within the recreation, he was all smiles.

Doncic, in spite of everything, is without doubt one of the most deadly offensive threats within the recreation — a participant that Jazz coach Quin Snyder needed to cease himself from persevering with to call all of the issues that he can do on the courtroom. And he was up in opposition to a man whose notion across the league says he cannot guard on the perimeter.

“That is to our benefit,” Kidd mentioned, following the sport.

However was it?

For seven minutes, Gobert switched onto Doncic and repeatedly stopped him. The Mavericks, who as much as that time had been almost unstoppable, have been held to only 10 factors in these minutes because the Jazz got here again to win the sport.

In a recreation that was extra of a chess match than any regular-season recreation deserves to be, Gobert performed the position of a do-it-all defensive menace that was nearly all over the place. Isolation in opposition to Doncic not often ends nicely for anyone; however for seven minutes, Gobert did not simply maintain his personal in opposition to a no-doubt top-5 offensive expertise, he gained the Jazz the sport.

Snyder mentioned the choice to make use of Gobert in opposition to Doncic late was read-based. He mentioned the crew’s ordinary drop-big protection had made the crew too passive and had allowed Doncic to get to his spots, which in flip bought the Mavericks too snug.

So the Jazz switched choose and roll extra within the second half. Dallas countered by attempting to get Gobert matched up with Doncic.

“When he is switching, he is nearly as good as anyone standing in entrance of guards,” Snyder mentioned of Gobert.

Friday proved that.

Because the clock ticked beneath seven minutes, Gobert switched onto Doncic for the primary of many possessions down the stretch. Doncic tried to drive however ended up being caught beneath the basket. Unable to discover a shot, he was compelled to offer the ball away because the shot clock wound down, which led to a turnover.

That was the start of the sport throughout the recreation that determined Friday’s recreation.

“He is aware of I am attempting to remove his stepback,” Gobert mentioned. “After which he is driving and I do know he will attempt to use my physique after which cease, so I’ve bought to remain balanced and take up the contact. After which he will attempt to get me within the air, so I’ve bought to remain down.”

Doncic wasn’t held scoreless — he had 8 factors within the last minutes; and Gobert wasn’t excellent and allowed an open 3-pointer when he dropped again an excessive amount of. However for essentially the most half, Gobert managed the sport defensively when he was matched up with the Dallas famous person. He stopped Doncic’s drives and even had an empathic block within the last minutes.

“Rudy did a reasonably good job on him, staying in entrance and making him take robust photographs,” Bojan Bogdanovic mentioned.

“We simply trusted within the large fella and we stayed dwelling,” added Donovan Mitchell.

To Doncic, nevertheless, Gobert’s defensive efficiency wasn’t with out controversy.

“I just like the matchup. I bought fouled, he did not name it,” Doncic mentioned. “I do know the ref, he would not like me.”

On two drives down the stretch, Doncic turned to the ref and brazenly questioned the place the whistle was.

Gobert’s response?

“I am not a ref. It was a bodily recreation,” Gobert mentioned. “Luka at all times pushes, so if they don’t seem to be going to name that, then they should not name the rest.”

And as for the notion — Doncic and Kidd appear to agree with it — that he cannot guard on the perimeter, Gobert mentioned: “The notion has by no means matched the numbers.”

The numbers have been on full show Friday.

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