SALT LAKE CITY – When the Jazz face the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 2 of their NBA playoff streak on Wednesday, former player Thurl Bailey predicts you’ll see a much different team.
The Utah Jazz lost Game 1 Sunday by 3 points.
Thurl Bailey, now an analyst and the host of a KSL podcast, think the team will come back stronger than before.
“It’s the playoffs,” Bailey said on KSL’s UnRivaled on KSL NewsRadio Tuesday night. “A whole different state of mind, isn’t it?” The same time. Not much is going to change. It’s a game, man. You go out and play long enough, you flourish with the energy, you create the energy yourself. It will be a totally different Jazz team.
Thurl Bailey on the Mitchell effect
Guard Donovan Mitchell, who missed Game 1 and the end of the regular season with an ankle injury, returns to the field on Wednesday. Bailey said it was good news.
“I think Donovan is – he’s at the stage of his career now where I think he can – he can do polls, right? He’s become a better point guard, so it’s not fair, you know, one-on-one, go for a basket or just shoot. I think he was able to gauge when he needs to be more assertive, ”Bailey said. “I expect him to stay with the system, don’t I?” and then assert himself when he needs it on both sides of the court, not trying to, you know, do it all at once.
According to Thurl Bailey, the return of Donovan Mitchell could mean a boost of energy for the whole team.
“Sometimes the best story is how you bounce back from it,” he said.
But Bailey doesn’t think Mitchell was the only reason the Jazz lost Game 1 to the Grizzlies.
“They distracted the Jazz and really took advantage of it,” Bailey said.