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Instant analysis: Utah Jazz show off on both ends of the court in win over Atlanta Hawks

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Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) shoots during an NBA game against the Atlanta Hawks at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

The Utah Jazz picked up their fourth straight win with a wire-to-wire 116-92 victory over the Hawks in what was a show of consistent defense and polished offense from the Jazz.

High notes

  • Early in the first quarter, in the middle of a Hawks possession, the Jazz had managed to thwart Atlanta’s first action and Donovan Mitchell was clapping even as he was off-ball. It was a good sign to see Mitchell so fired up on the defensive end in the early going. He went on to have an pretty nice defensive night picking up three of the Jazz’s eight steals along the way
  • On offense, Mitchell was stepping into 3-pointers like it’s something he could do in his sleep. He finished the night with a game-high 26 points including going 6 of 10 from deep.
  • Royce O’Neale’s passing has been improving by the day and he had some incredible reads and passes that were right on the money, racking up five assists to go with his seven points.
  • Miye Oni has been given more of an opportunity with Joe Ingles missing some time because of a sore right Achilles, and Oni is proving more and more that he deserves a spot in the rotation. He had some rough minutes in the preseason, but as he’s gained more time on the court he’s started to look really comfortable and ready to shoot whenever given the chance.

  • Jordan Clarkson’s unwavering confidence is a trait we should all be trying to emulate. He didn’t score his first points of the game until there was less than a minute left in the third quarter but that did not stop him from trying or being impactful. When he finally hit a 3 late in the third quarter, he went off for 16 points to go with his seven rebounds and four assists.

“His mentality, that’s what you want. I think that confidence, and also having an understanding that there’s going to be nights where it’s not falling, not only do you need to keep shooting, but you need to figure out other ways to help your team on the offensive end as well, and he’s he’s trying to do that.” — Jazz head coach Quin Snyder

  • While there are some centers that give Rudy Gobert some trouble, Clint Capella is not one of them.
  • I had honestly forgotten that Cam Reddish was a thing, not having watched the Hawks this season before Friday night, but man that kid is athletic. (I’m sure this is obvious and known by most people. It was just fun to be reminded.)

Low notes

  • On a night when there was so much good passing from the Jazz, it made Gobert’s passing foibles look pretty bad. There are times when he passes out of the post and it looks great but then there are nights like the one he had against the Hawks when he telegraphs his passes. On the receiving end of passes, Gobert seems to have trouble getting his hands to stick to the ball.

Flat notes

  • Trae Young is averaging 24.8 points per game and is one of the most prolific scorers of the young players in the NBA right now, and the Jazz held him to just four points on Friday. That certainly is a high note for the Jazz’s defense, but for Young, he’s going to look back at this game as one of his worst. It wasn’t just that he wasn’t able to get to the basket the way that he normal is, but he also went just 1 of 11 from the floor.

“It was a complete team effort. He’s a guy that can score 50 on you in a second. Just trying to keep the ball out of his hands as much as possible. That was the game plan and because we did it we looked pretty good.” — Mike Conley on defending Trae Young