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Instant analysis: Jazz shooting goes cold in loss to Mavericks

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, left, defends against a shot by Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Monday April 5, 2021.
Tony Gutierrez, Associated Press

The Utah Jazz’s win streak was snapped in Dallas with a 111-103 loss to the Mavericks on a night when the Jazz’s hot shooting seemed to completely disappear.

High notes

  • The Dallas Mavericks were on a four-game streak heading into the game, and they extended that streak on their home court, ending the Jazz’s streak at nine games. But it’s the way that Dallas won that was the most impressive. They played an absolutely wonderful game of basketball on both sides of the floor, which made the Jazz’s performance look even worse in comparison.

“We made it a little harder on ourselves than we needed to but like I said, they’re a good team, and they did a lot of good things to win the game.” — Jazz head coach Quin Snyder

  • Dallas had a dismal defensive start to the season and has started to turn things around lately and used its defense early on to open up the offense. They were aggressive on switches and on hunting open looks but even more aggressive in the getting into passing lanes and denying the Jazz’s normal attacking options.
  • While Dallas is not known as a great 3-point shooting team, the Mavericks had one of their best shooting performances against the Jazz on Monday. The team went 23 of 49 from deep with Luka Doncic, Dorian Finney-Smith, Jalen Brunson, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Josh Richardson all shooting upwards of better than 40% from deep.

“We’ve talked about overcoming a poor shooting night, for which we had tonight, but when they make 10 more 3s than us, it’s going to be tough to do that.” — Quin Snyder

  • Mike Conley scored 13 of his 28 points in the first quarter and was one of the few bright spots for the Jazz, but not through the entirety of the game. Bogdanovic was also offensively aggressive and dynamic in the way he was getting to the paint at times.
  • Rudy Gobert was possibly the only other bright spot for the Jazz and had some really impressive moments especially in defending on the outside.

Low notes

  • It really is a make or miss league and the Jazz were missing shots left, right and center that they normally hit. They missed 11 straight 3s to end the first half and finished the night just 12 of 44 from deep (27.3%).

“I think we did a lot of good things generate a good looks. The shots just didn’t fall, and just move on to the next one.” — Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell

  • All of the usual suspects who are known for hitting their shots were off and in a bad way on Monday, including Donovan Mitchell and Royce O’Neale combining to go 0 of 16 from beyond the arc.

  • Joe Ingles, who took four 3s in the first five minutes of Saturday’s game, took just one 3 through the first three quarters against the Mavericks. He took just one more in the fourth quarter, the lone trey that he hit all night. It just feels like there needs to be some balance on his shooting volume. I know that he started on Saturday in place of Conley resting, but he still played 25 minutes on Monday and took just two 3-pointers.
  • The Jazz were getting offensive rebounds, but they couldn’t seem to convert on those opportunities. That didn’t really come as a surprise as the game went on because the Jazz were having trouble converting anything on offense.

Flat notes

  • Mitchell sprinted to score off the opening tip, a sign of early aggression, but it was not a sign of what was to come. Despite his continuing to be aggressive and take shots, Mitchell had a very rough outing.
  • O’Neale went 1 of 5 from deep on Saturday in the Jazz’s win over the Magic and then went 0 of 8 from deep on Monday and was visibly upset after the game, attempting to tear his jersey as he walked off the court. But more importantly, O’Neale had some serious defensive lapses, as if he was allowing his offensive struggles to impact him on the other end. As with all shooters, O’Neale will find his shot again, but he’s too important on the defensive side for the Jazz to let up. The Jazz will absolutely live with him missing shots if he puts in the work on defense.