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Without Gobert, Jazz can’t do it


Hours after the two Los Angeles franchises had mixed fortunes, Minnesota handed Utah its fifth straight loss, while Phoenix lined up a tenth win. Milwaukee got slapped at home by Denver.

The first absence of Rudy Gobert, caught up by the Covid-19 at the start of the year, had already done a lot of harm to Utah. The French pivot again stopped, this time on injury, the Jazz, also currently deprived of its other star player Donovan Mitchell, once again accuses the blow. The Salt Lake City franchise, which had not experienced such a series for almost two years, suffered its fifth straight defeat (126-106) on Sunday against Minnesota. and a Karl-Anthony Towns who notably took advantage of the free field left by Gobert to afford his second career triple-double (31 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists). Worrying for the Jazz before receiving Denver on Tuesday. Especially since the Nuggets, who have not lost since January 22 (five wins in a row), humiliated champion Milwaukee (136-100) on his floor on Sunday. MVP Nikola Jokic (18 points, 15 assists, 9 rebounds), symbol of this Denver team running at full speed, only missed two shots in this game which saw the men of Colorado also shine collectively (39 assists ) and make a misfortune at long distance (23 three-point baskets) against the Bucks with absent subscribers.

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Ten out of ten for Phoenix

The best team of the moment in the NBA remains, however, by far, Phoenix. The Suns, who have only been defeated once in 2022 (for thirteen successes), lined up a tenth success on Sunday, at the expense of San Antonio (115-105). Carried as often (if not always) by Chris Paul (20 points, 19 assists, 8 rebounds) and Devin Booker (28 points), the leader of the Western Conference signs an impressive ten out of ten. At the head of this team which is already at forty victories this season (it is the only one in this case), coach Monty Williams is at the same time guaranteed – and this for the first time in his coaching career – to be in the next All Star Game, where he will lead the team composed by LeBron James.

Sunday January 30, 2022
Atlanta Hawks – Los Angeles Lakers: 129-121
Charlotte Hornets- Los Angeles Clippers : 90-115
Detroit Pistons – Cleveland Cavaliers: 115 – 105
Orlando Magic – Dallas Mavericks: 110 – 108
Milwaukee Bucks- Denver Nuggets : 100 – 136
Minnesota Timberwolves – Utah Jazz: 126 – 106
Phoenix Suns – San Antonio Spurs: 115 – 110

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