Utah Jazz: 3 crucial goals for their playoff run

Utah Jazz. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports
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The Utah Jazz finished the regular season with the best record in the NBA. They had the fourth-best offense with 116.4 points per game. The fact that they coupled this with the third-best defense, only allowing 107.2 points per game against them was a reason for this.

Their identity was strong, especially on defense. This was anchored by Rudy Gobert, recently named the Defensive Player of the Year for the third time in his career. He was second in the NBA with 2.7 blocks per game, which was more than half the 5.2 per game the Jazz managed this season. This had them eighth in the league.

The Jazz were also the best rebounding team in the league. They collected 48.3 total rebounds, made up of 37.6 defensive rebounds (second in the league), and 10.6 offensive rebounds (fourth in the league). Most of this was the result of tremendous team play by the Jazz.

The Utah Jazz has been the best team in the NBA all season. Now that they are getting deeper into the playoffs, here are three crucial goals.

The Jazz took and made the most 3-point shots of any team in the league. When you have the likes of Bojan Bogdanovic and Joe Ingles, who has been top-5 in the league three times now. They are surrounded by other good shooters which gives the Jazz the ability to space the floor as few other teams can in the league.

This is where Donovan Mitchell steps in. He is able to create for himself and others on drives to the hoop, or simply taking the 3-point shot. They are a well-oiled machine that just needs to continue to play the way they are. Now, let’s take a look at three crucial goals for their run through the NBA playoffs.