Seasons come and seasons go, and with the changing of the seasons comes a change of sports seasons as well. While Utah Jazz fans wish they could watch their favorite stars battle it out on the court all year long, all things, even the very best things, must come to an end.
For the Utah Jazz, they are ending a phenomenal 2018-19 season. They ended the regular season in fifth place in the Western Conference, with 50 wins and 32 losses for the season, making them one of eight teams to win 50 games or more in the season.
The Houston Rockets defeated the Jazz in the first round of the NBA Playoffs, but they didn’t go down without a fight. Finding their groove in Game 3, the Jazz kept the score close with the Rockets edging them out for the win. The Jazz came back in Game 4, defeating the Rockets 107-91 to stay alive in the series.
In Game 5, the Rockets had a cold start, while the Jazz managed to keep James Harden scoreless in the first quarter. However, the Rockets overcame their slow start to narrowly defeat the Jazz 100-93.
The 2018-19 season, like most seasons, had its highs and lows. The first half of the season was marked by hamstring and rib injuries for Donovan Mitchell as well as the return of Kyle Korver to the Jazz after eight years. However, despite challenges on and off the court, Jazz players rose above these obstacles with the help of family and fans.
Here’s a look at some noteworthy moments for Jazz players during the 2018-19 season:
Amazing performances — Mitchell, in his second season in the NBA, scored a career-high 46 points in a game against the Milwaukee Bucks on March 2. Mitchell matched that record on April 9, with 46 points in a win against the Denver Nuggets. Mitchell led the Jazz in scoring for the season with an average of 21.4 points per game.
Rudy Gobert also put in some amazing performances. He broke the Utah Jazz team record for most point-rebound double-doubles on April 3rd when he scored his 63rd double-double of that kind. The previous record of 62 was held by Karl Malone since 1988. Gobert also broke the NBA record for single-season dunks when he scored his 270th dunk of the season on March 25 against the Phoenix Suns. The previous record of 269 dunks was held by Dwight Howard.
Raising awareness — Following his son’s diagnosis, Joe Ingles worked to raise awareness of autism during the Jazz’s annual Autism Awareness Night. Players wore custom-painted sneakers promoting autism awareness while fans received rally towels that said: “Let’s Talk About Autism.” During the national anthem, children on the autism spectrum stood with players from both teams. To top off the event, Ingles, the Jazz, and Vivint pledged over $1 million during 2019 to support raising awareness for autism.
While the 2018-19 season may be over, Jazz fans have a lot to look forward to as they wait for the 2019-20 season to commence. The synergy will ignite once again when the loyal fans meet the dedicated players, and they share more memorable moments together.