Jarred Vanderbilt (14 rebounds) and Malik Beasley (15 points) made huge contributions in a game against their former team. In the pregame introductions, Walker Kessler was presented among the other two players and earned a standing ovation from the fans. Walker Kessler was a rookie who played for Minnesota for exactly one week between the draft and a subsequent trade. Rudy Gobert stole the ball from Karl-Anthony Towns in the paint with 34 seconds left in overtime, and he then soared to an open hoop for what would have been a tying slam for Minnesota.
Towns’ shooting % stands at.560 after two games with 11 made field goals and 7 assists. The sixth member of the team, Kyle Anderson, played for 38 seconds before leaving due to back spasms. He got up from the bench and never came back. The scoreboard surprised me by being more accurate than I had anticipated, despite my first suspicions. Gobert asserted that he “never once” had any doubts about his allegiance to the opposing team.
The Jazz made a lot of adjustments throughout the offseason, including the trade of Gobert to the Timberwolves in exchange for four players and five first-round picks. Clarkson, Conley, and Rudy Gay, three of Gobert’s close friends who he had eaten with the night before, remained on the team, but the rest of the group was new to the 7-foot-1 Frenchman who had played his first nine NBA seasons in Utah.
Just short of the basket, Mike Conley blocked his close friend and former coworker to keep the Utah Jazz’s winning streak going. Jordan Clarkson led the Jazz to a 132-126 victory over Gobert and the Timberwolves on Friday night by scoring 29 points while shooting 7 of 12 from beyond the arc. Lauri Markkanen, who finished with 24 points and 13 rebounds, nailed a layup in the paint with 12 seconds left in overtime to give the Jazz a four-point lead.