Cavs’ Garland on missed final shot against Jazz: ‘I work on that shot every day’

On Sunday, the Cleveland Cavaliers returned home to face the Utah Jazz after an undefeated three-game road trip, which included wins against all plus .500 teams.

The Cavs(13-11) battled hard against Utah(16-7), but their three-game winning streak would be snapped as they fell short to the Jazz 109-108.

Utah has now won four straight and five of their last six.

Here is the Great, Not So Great, and the Bottom Line of the Cavs’ loss to the Jazz.

The Great for the Cavaliers:

-For the first time in his career, Darius Garland had his second straight 30-point game. Garland scored 31 points(11/19 FG), including a game-high five threes, to go along with five assists, four rebounds, and a career-high-tying four steals. The third-year guard scored 32 against Washington on Friday night.

-Jarrett Allen had his career-high seventh straight double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. He also added two blocks and two steals. Allen went head-to-head with Rudy Gobert and played very well.

-Evan Mobley had his sixth double-double of the season with 14 points, 12 rebounds, and a block. This is Mobley’s 13th consecutive game with a block.

-Cedi Osman returned after missing three games with a back injury, and he scored 11 points off the bench. After the Jazz took a 15-point lead in the fourth, Osman helped ignite a 15-0 run for the Cavs as he scored five points during that stretch, which tied the game at 97.

-Ricky Rubio scored in double figures for the first time in four games as he had 15 points, four rebounds, and two assists off the Cavs’ bench. He added five points in the fourth during the big 15-0 run by Cleveland.

Fourth Quarter: The Cavaliers outscored the Jazz 26-18 in the quarter, including the 15-0 run, and they held Utah to 35% from the field and 3/10 from downtown. Cleveland gave themselves a chance to win in the end with their play in the final period. 

The Not So Great for the Cavaliers:

-The Cavs allowed the Jazz to make 20 threes(20/48) Sunday night. Bojan Bogdanovic, Royce O’Neale, and Donovan Mitchell had four threes apiece.

Final Shot: The ball was in the hands of Garland with Cavs down one, and he came up short on a three. He probably could have tried to get a better shot because a made two-point shot wins the game. The last shot wasn’t awful, but it could have been better.

“I work on that shot every day,” Garland said about the final shot.

Bottom Line:

The Utah Jazz are a very good team and put a lot of pressure on teams with their ability to make the three-point shot. Cleveland fought in this one, especially in that fourth quarter.

The Cavs have played a lot of good teams so far this season and just played four straight games against plus .500 team, including tonight’s contest against Utah. During that stretch, they are 3-1.

That’s a win for Cleveland.

What’s Next:

Cleveland will play the second half of a back-to-back in Milwaukee against the world champion Bucks on Monday night.

Best of the Rest:

Utah had five players in double figures as Donovan Mitchell had a game-high 35 points, Bogdanovic added 16 points, Rudy Gobert chipped in with 6 points, and game-highs in rebounds(20) and blocks(5).

Watch below as Garland, Osman, and Rubio react to the loss against Utah:











Gobert, Simmons lead the way on NBA All-Defensive First Team

NBA Defensive Player of the Year Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert and Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons lead the 2020-21 NBA All-Defensive First Team, the NBA announced on Monday.  

Joining Gobert and Simmons on the NBA All-Defensive First Team are Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday, and forward Giannis Antetokounmpo. 

Gobert, a three-time Defensive Player of the Year, has been named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team for the fifth season in a row. This marks the second straight First Team selection for Simmons, the runner-up for NBA Defensive Player of the Year this season.  

Green has been selected to the NBA All-Defensive First Team for the fourth time to go with two Second Team honors. Holiday is a First Team honoree for the second time. Antetokounmpo, the 2019-20 Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year and a two-time Kia NBA Most Valuable Player, has earned his third consecutive NBA All-Defensive First Team selection.

The 2020-21 NBA All-Defensive Second Team consists of Miami Heat forward Bam Adebayo and guard Jimmy Butler, 76ers center Joel Embiid  and guard Matisse Thybulle , and LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard.

Leonard has been named to the NBA All-Defensive Team (First Team and Second Team) for the seventh time. This is the fifth NBA All-Defensive Team selection for Butler, the third for Embiid, and the second for Adebayo. Thybulle is making his All-Defensive Team debut in his second NBA season.

NBA suspends season after player tests positive for coronavirus

On Wednesday, the NBA announced that it was suspending its season due to the coronavirus. According to reports, Utah Jazz C Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19(coronavirus).

Before the decision to suspend the season, the league was reportedly looking at playing games without fans, but Gobert’s reported positive test changes things.

Here is a statement from the NBA:

The NBA announced that a player on the Utah Jazz has preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19. The test result was reported shortly prior to the tip-off of tonight’s game between the Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. At that time, tonight’s game was canceled. The affected player was not in the arena.

The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice. The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.

NBA announces 2018-19 All-Defensive team

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George and Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo lead the 2018-19 NBA All-Defensive First Team, the league announced today.

The three finalists for the 2018-19 Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award finished with nearly identical point totals as the top vote-getters for the NBA All-Defensive Teams.

The 2018-19 NBA All-Defensive First Team features Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (145 points; 63 First Team votes) and Milwaukee Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe (100 points; 36 First Team votes).  Smart and Bledsoe are both first-time selections to an NBA All-Defensive Team.

The 2018-19 NBA All-Defensive Second Team consists of  Philly’s Joel Embiid, New Orleans’ Jrue Holiday, Golden State’s Draymond Green and Klay Thompson and Toronto’s Kawhi Leonard. The NBA All-Defensive First Team consists of Utah’s Rudy Gobert, Oklahoma City’s Paul George, Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo and Eric Bledsoe and Boston’s Marcus Smart.

The winner of the 2018-19 Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award will be revealed at the 2019 NBA Awards presented by Kia on Monday, June 24 at 9 p.m. ET on TNT.  The third annual NBA Awards, honoring this season’s top performers, will take place at Barker Hangar in Los Angeles.

Position Player, Team 1st Team (2 Pts.) 2nd Team (1 Pt.) Total Points All-Defensive Selections
Center Rudy Gobert, Utah 97 2 196 3 (three 1st)
Forward Paul George, Oklahoma City 96 3 195 4 (two 1st, two 2nd)
Forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee 94 5 193 2 (one 1st, one 2nd)
Guard Marcus Smart, Boston 63 19 145 1
Guard Eric Bledsoe, Milwaukee 36 28 100 1


Position Player, Team 1st Team (2 Pts.) 2nd Team (1 Pt.) Total Points All-Defensive Selections
Guard Jrue Holiday, New Orleans 31 28 90 2 (one 1st, one 2nd)
Guard Klay Thompson, Golden State 23 36 82 1
Center Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 4 72 80 2 (two 2nd)
Forward Draymond Green, Golden State 2 57 61 5 (three 1st, two 2nd)
Forward Kawhi Leonard, Toronto 5 29 39 5 (three 1st, two 2nd)


Kevin Durant: ‘That’s why they call our league soft’

Last night, in the 4th Qtr of game 3 between the Warriors-Jazz, Kevin Durant was issued a flagrant one and technical foul after pushing Rudy Gobert in the back.  Durant was retaliating after taking a push from Gobert.

“That’s why they call our league soft because they call flagrants for stuff like that,” Durant said after the game.

Durant was dominant last night with 38 big points, and now the Warriors lead the series 3-0 after beating the Jazz 102-91.

Here is the link to shove:

Here is the Durant’s comments about the incident with Gobert:

Rudy Gobert on teammates: ‘Some of us don’t compete’

The Utah Jazz have been struggling this past week (losing 2 out of 3 games this week), and that struggle continued in a 108-95 loss to the Clippers on Saturday night. After the loss, center Rudy Gobert was not happy with some of his teammates efforts. Gobert gave ESPN his thoughts after the loss to the Clippers:

“We’ve got guys that compete, but some of us don’t compete. Some of us just think about scoring. That’s what it is. Coach keeps repeating it. We’ve just got to compete. We’re too nice. Those guys, we know they’re going to get calls. We’ve just got to come out aggressive and ready to fight.”

The Jazz are going to be a tough out in the playoffs. Maybe this late season swoon will get them back on track.