Utah Jazz forward Bojan Bogdanovic (44) goes for a layup over Milwaukee Bucks center Robin Lopez (42) during the second half of an NBA basketball game at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. | Colter Peterson, Deseret News
SALT LAKE CITY — Inside the Utah Jazz huddle on Friday night with 1.3 seconds remaining against the Milwaukee Bucks and the score tied at 100, head coach Quin Snyder drew up a play the team had practiced at the end of shootaround that morning.
During the conversation, newcomers Bojan Bogdanovic and Mike Conley spoke up, wishing to make some alterations to the play, which was designed to either get Bogdanovic a look at a 3-pointer or Donovan Mitchell a layup.
“There’s just times when you just got to will yourself to a win, and that’s what we did. I’m just proud of the way we fought. We executed down the stretch and Bojan hit a game-winner.” — Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell
As it happened, Joe Ingles got set to inbound the ball and Bogdanovic stationed himself just outside the key, about halfway between the free-throw line and the bucket. Mitchell curled around a double screen from Bogdanovic and Rudy Gobert, with Conley stationed above the break, different from the originally designated corner for him to go to.
With the floor spread, Bogdanovic simply ran toward the baseline, Ingles threw him the ball and the Croatian newcomer turned and shot over Khris Middleton, who was late reacting to Bogdanovic’s run.
Swish, and pandemonium ensued as Utah came away with the 103-100 win, its second consecutive against one of the best teams in the NBA’s Eastern Conference.
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— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) November 9, 2019
“The guys in the huddle manipulated the play, and he made the right read,” Snyder said of Bogdanovic. “I told them, ‘In the end, players make plays,’ and both he and Mike in that situation, I think their maturity, their experience, they executed something that wasn’t initially what we wanted to do, but when we left the huddle, they knew what they wanted to do. He made the right read and he made the shot.”
Bogdanovic, who finished with a game-high 33 points, said simply that, “I slipped to the baseline and I had a pretty decent look.”
Even though both Bogdanovic and Conley are both new to the Jazz, they both said they felt comfortable in speaking up in the huddle.
“That’s what’s good about this team and about Quin. He’s here to listen to the players because we’re there on the court executing,” Bogdanovic said.
Added Conley: “There’s always been that dialogue, but it’s winning time. Guys are competing and wanting to win, so we’re not going to hold anything back. Bogey making the comment, it showed that he’s trying to win, I’m trying to win, (Mitchell), everybody.”
The shot was the culmination of a wild night that saw Utah dominate the first half as it took a 55-35 lead into the …read more
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