After losing Game 1 at home, the Utah Jazz rattled off four consecutive victories against the Memphis Grizzlies, including a win on Wednesday night in Game 5 to win the series and advance to the Western Conference Semifinals for the first-time since the 2018 NBA playoffs.
After Game 1’s loss, the Utah Jazz looked much more locked in and showed why they were the best team in the NBA during the regular season. Getting Donovan Mitchell back and healthy also helped the Jazz big time and his performances against the Grizzlies should have definitely put the rest of the playoff field on notice.
The Jazz are not playing around this year and after taking care of Memphis, they now await the winner of the Mavericks-Clippers series, a series that currently sits at 3-2 in favor of the Mavs. Between being a great defensive team to being able to put up 47 points in a quarter like they did in Game 5 against Memphis, the Jazz have numerous ways to beat any team in this league, which is why they have a really good chance of going to the NBA Finals this year.
Overall, this series against the Grizzlies was a really good first-round test for the Jazz because they learned a lot about themselves. Losing Game 1 may have been the best thing that could have happened to them because it now only showed the importance of Donovan Mitchell, but it proved to this Jazz team that nobody can be overlooked in the playoffs!
With them now just 8 wins away from their first NBA Finals appearance since 1998, the Jazz can take a lot away from this Grizzlies series in order to win moving forward, so let’s take a look at the three biggest things we learned about the Jazz in this series.