Five things: don’t make Joe Ingles angry

“Don’t make Joe angry” – Ingles dominates in victory

One night when Jordan Clarkson threw a huge dunk and where Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert dominated, it was Joe Ingles who stole the show. Known for his passion and energy, the two were in the spotlight Thursday night when Utah beat Minnesota 128-116 in another offensive showcase.

“I think we did a good job against the team that shoots a lot of threes, these guys in particular,” head coach Quin Snyder said after the game. “I think they really competed, played at a high level and shot the ball well, which they are capable of.… So a very good win for us.”

Here are five things to know after winning:

1.) It is never good to anger Joe Ingles
This is something Joe Ingles doesn’t want to admit, but his teammates are more than willing to say it and be okay with it – Ingles is the best talker in the NBA. Even naysayers have uttered the words, believing that Ingles’ passion and fiery propensity for liners makes him the elite in that department.

It was on full screen at Vivint Arena on Thursday night.

In a verbal argument with Jake Layman of Minnesota, Ingles’ passionate actions succeeded in igniting his teammates and helping the Jazz defeat the pesky Timberwolves.

It was also one of Ingles’ best performances of the season. He finished with 16 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals. With the Timberwolves playing the pick-and-roll like they do, Ingles was able to be in attack mode much more often, shooting 6 for 13 from the field and 3 for 8 from beyond the arc.

The longest-serving jazz player, Ingles’s background in attack and defensive communication has helped the team achieve one of their most effective starts in the past eight years.

A sixth man of the year runner-up last season, Ingles will play an important role the rest of the season and seems to be finding his rhythm ahead of the season’s heatwave at the right time.

2.) Jordan Clarkson returns to LA
Mitchell said it best.

One of the best shooters in the league, Clarkson can surprise opposing players and teammates with his athleticism. He is generally known for his wild shooting sequences, Clarkson always has the legs and jumps to remind others of his skill set.

At the end of the second quarter, Clarkson slipped into the lane and dived hard against Naz Reid and Jaden McDaniels of Minnesota, two players who are both 6-foot-9.

“Wow. I told him I thought his shot was going to be blocked.… I thought he was going to put it up there and then they were going to meet him at the top of the block,” Donovan Mitchell said after the game. “Every once in a while JC reminds you of his younger days in LA, having fun with everyone.… Against two guys who can get away with it, that was really impressive.”

In a game where Clarkson – who averages 14.8 points per game – struggled on the pitch, he still found ways to affect the game. He finished with just five points, but added seven assists, three rebounds and an insane dunk that not only made the crowd sing the crowd, but his teammates turned the game on and changed the energy.

“He was incredibly efficient. It just shows he’s talented,” Snyder said of Clarkson. “In games like tonight, when they’re aggressive in the pick-and-roll like they were, to get him to take the ball out, that says a lot.”

With Ingles finding his offensive flair and Clarkson reminding everyone of his athleticism, the Jazz appear to have the deepest team in the league again.

3.) Mike Conley takes control of the offense
Mitchell was sensational for Utah, racking up a team-high 28 points. At the same time, Rudy Gobert made a double-double scoring after what happened the last time between the Jazz and the Timberwolves.

But it was Conley who was the most efficient and impressive player on the pitch. He finished with a record-breaking +22 score with 17 points, six assists and four rebounds in 28 minutes of action.

He continues to show his ability to thrive when the Jazz needs him most, taking control of the attack and consistently putting the team in the right places of attack. Just as Ingles could thrive in the pick-and-roll, Conley has proven that he and Gobert could be the most dangerous pick-and-roll combination in the league.

With the Jazz taking a more cautious approach with Conley this season to keep him healthy in April, May and June, the 16-year-old veteran understands he doesn’t need to score more than 20 or take more. 15 shots per night to be effective.

His effectiveness has increased significantly on offense this season, reaching a career high of 44.2% beyond the arc, including a 2v3 game on Thursday night.

If Conley can stay healthy and continue to shine when Utah needs him most, Jazz becomes all the more dangerous as the season progresses.

4.) Rudy Gobert can’t be stopped
This season, Gobert is playing at an all-time level in what becomes more and more evident as each game passes.

Not only is he on the hunt for a record-breaking fourth Defensive Player of the Year title, his offensive evolution has also been a huge boost, giving the Jazz the league’s highest-rated offense with a significant margin.

Completely unaware of what happened the last time these two teams met, Gobert played like someone with nothing to prove. He finished with another double-double, totaling 20 points, 17 rebounds, four blocks and two assists.

With Karl-Anthony Towns and Jarred Vanderbilt both sidelined due to health and safety protocols, Minnesota had no answer for Gobert at the post.

This is what made Gobert’s victory and performance even more impressive. In a game the Jazz had the option of not taking seriously with so many Timberwolves missing, the team played aggressively and came out on top.

“We’ve lost some of those games already, so we know how it doesn’t really matter in the NBA who you play against and how many guys are injured.… We know we really have to care about ourselves. themselves, “Gobert said. “We played with fire a bit.… But for the most part, I thought we played the right way.”

5.) Christmas day special
December 25 is shaping up to be a big day in the homes of jazz fans.

While everyone is sitting around the Christmas tree opening presents, going through stockings, and sipping eggnog, be sure to set your alarms for early in the morning. Utah needs your help as the NBA All-Star Voting begins at 9:00 a.m. MST.

Then later that night, after digesting your excellent food, don those new clothes and head to Vivint Arena to watch the Jazz take on Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks on a special Christmas party. The departure is set at 8:30 p.m. MST.

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