The Utah Jazz are red hot in the first third of the season.
After a shaky start at the beginning of the season, Utah turned things around and started going off this 2021.
Since the start of the year, the Jazz have only lost two games and are currently on a ten-game winning streak.
Heading into the season, after exiting the 2020 NBA Bubble in the first round of the playoffs, fans were excited to see how Donovan Mitchell and the whole Utah squad would play in the 2020-21 season.
Unlike the other playoff contending team, there weren’t any major changes made to the Jazz team and still have the same squad that took on Denver in that best-of-seven series in the playoffs.
Still led by Mitchell and all-star big-man Rudy Gobert and veteran point guard Mike Conley, Utah is looking like a team that could make some noise as the season goes deeper moving forward.
The Jazz is currently on a nine-game winning streak that included wins over top contending teams like Milwaukee and Denver.
Out of those ten straight wins, they only had one game that ended with a single digit victory margin, which was a 109-105 win against the Nugget.
In the Jazz’s nine-game win streak, they have an average win margin of 14.2 points. Mitchell has been undoubtedly the best player of this team and has been on fire during this win streak.
This season, the 13th overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft is averaging 23.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.9 assists, in this nine-game winning streak, he’s been putting up 25.2 points, 4.7 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game.
His best game of their winning run came in the game against New Orleans, as he dropped 36 points, five assists and seven rebounds while shooting 11-19 at the field and 6-8 from the three-points line.
It’s also the game where legendary big-man Shaquille O’Neal gave strange criticism to Mitchell, stating that he doesn’t have what it takes to get to the next level.
At the time, Utah was on a seven-game winning streak and despite the criticism, Mitchell was unfazed and continued to lead them to two more wins before skipping their 10th straight win against Dallas.
The big asterisk to the winning streak of the Jazz is that they only faced two title contending teams. The rest are either outside of the playoff picture or aren’t real title contenders, they are yet to face the likes of the Lakers, Miami or Boston.
However, none should be taken away from the performance of the Jazz squad as they played as a cohesive in their past ten games.
Mitchell has been great, and Gobert has been working hard to prove that he was worthy of his supermax contract. In their tenth consecutive win against Dallas, he put up 29 points and 20 rebounds.
Their role players have been stepping up too, including sixth man of the year candidate Jordan Clarkson. He dropped 31 points against Dallas.
Winning six more games would give them the franchise record for the longest winning streak in Utah Jazz history with 16. The Utah squad that had legends Karl Malone and John Stockton had 15-win streaks twice during the 1996-97 season.
The Jazz, who are currently the second-best team in the West with a 14-4 record, will take on Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Atlanta and Charlotte in their next five games.
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