Utah Jazz suffer tough loss to Memphis Grizzlies, 103-98--Deseret News
"They're a playoff team," Jazz swingman Gordon Hayward said. "They're where we want to be."
Mayo's 17-point fourth quarter — including a backbreaking 3-pointer over Hayward that put Memphis up 98-94 with 45.8 seconds remaining — made the road to get there this year all the tougher for Utah.
And Hayward had his shot blocked a bit later by Memphis center Marc Gasol, which could have trimmed the Grizz's lead to two with 30 seconds remaining.
"We didn't get stops defensively," Hayward said. "They made some big, big plays and big shots down the stretch and that's got to be on us to get those stops and rebounds."
Al Jefferson and Harris led the Jazz with 20 points apiece, while Millsap and Hayward each contributed 17. Derrick Favors had his third-straight double-double — a career-first — with 14 rebounds and 10 points off the bench.
Utah Jazz-Memphis Grizzlies: Instant Analysis--Deseret News
Numbers that tell Stories:
61.7 percent: the proportion of Utah’s available minutes taken by Jefferson, Devin Harris, Paul Millsap and Gordon Hayward. Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin altered his rotations quite a bit, going with his starters for most of the second half.
Erik Spoelstra defends rotation roulette with long view--South Florida Sun Sentinel
"The rookie -- Norris Cole -- we haven’t seen him tonight. He's struggled, [Joel] Anthony didn't play the other night. They're still trying to find their playoff rotation."
Even with injecting Miller into the primary rotation and going without a backup point guard, with Norris Cole again held out Sunday for all but the final six seconds of the first half, Spoelstra does not view it as a dramatic overhaul.
Transition game: Botham steps down--UWM Post