Jazz win after on-air drama: "It was traumatic"

A flock of birds collides with the flight that took to the Jazz to Memphis: "It seemed that the airplane was splitting in the air".


The Jazz arrived in Memphis and won (107-111), the seventh victory in a row, again on a streak, for the best team in the West and the entire NBA (36-11 now). A priori nothing strange but, in reality, one of the best victories of the season for Quin Snyder's men. Because the circumstances in which it was played were far from normal. The first flight that took the team from Salt Lake City to Tennessee had to make an emergency landing after minutes of terror in the air after colliding with a flock of birds. After minutes of awe, the team caught another flight, without Donovan Mitchell, and arrived in time to play, and win, his game. Much merit.

The images make the hair stand on end. Also the words of Mike Conley: “It seemed like the plane was breaking in half. For about ten minutes I felt totally helpless, it was terrifying. " Or the coach, a Quin Snyder who acknowledged that after the trip he had spoken with his players about "the fragility of existence": "It was traumatic, the atmosphere was chilling." Jordan Clarkson acknowledged that this tremendous scare was what left Mitchell on the ground: "It was crazy, I understand that he did not travel."

Luckily, everything was left to that. And then the Jazz, certainly without all five senses in the game, did enough to win. Mike Conley scored 13 of his 26 points (and 7 assists and 4 steals) in a final quarter in which he was totally decisive (89-89 with six minutes to go). Bogdanovic added 23 points and Clarkson, 24 with 22 shots from the bench.

The Grizzlies were in command after three quarters (76-75), after holding on to the game in the first half and shining in the third quarter. Ja Morant finished with 36 points and 7 assists, Valanciunas with 16 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists, and Anderson with 18 points and 11 rebounds. In negative (22-23) the Grizzlies have to keep rowing to repeat (they lost it against the Blazers in the bubble) in the play in: now they are tenth, the last play-off spot, with a game and a half over Kings and Pelicans.

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