NBA playoffs: Jazz eliminates Grizzlies; Mike Conley leaves with a hamstring injury
What did Jazz show in this series?
Tony Jones, jazz beat writer: They haven’t proven anything yet. It was a good show for them. They established their dominance over a team they should have beaten. They played better as the series progressed. They closed extremely hard, which should erase the bad memories of yesteryear. At the same time, it’s a group that believes they can win a title. Seeds # 1 are supposed to blow seeds # 8. It will be a battle to make it to the Western Conference Finals, as the Clippers and Mavericks are both very good teams.
Who would Jazz prefer to play: the Clippers or the Mavericks?
Jones: The answer is probably the Mavericks. It’s a tough game for Jazz anyway. On the one hand, you get Kawhi Leonard. Behind the other door you get Luka Doncic, who is quite simply one of the best players in the world. Here is the difference. It will be difficult for the Clippers to defend Jazz, but they can do it. It would be nearly impossible for the Mavericks to defend Utah, especially with Kristaps Porzingis on the ground.
What did the Grizzlies show on the show?
NBA Editor-in-Chief Josh Robbins: Memphis has shown he is in the playoffs and has proven he has a bright future. As lopsided as Game 5 is, the truth is that Memphis faced the No.1 seed in the first four games of the series.
If the Grizzlies displayed just a few more shots and slightly better offensive execution in Games 3 and 4, both teams would be gearing up for Game 6 right now.
But no player has proven more than 21-year-old Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant. He’s an aspiring superstar.
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