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‘How ‘Bout This Jazz’ podcast: Can the Utah Jazz backcourt step it up on defense against other elite NBA guards?

Plus, should the Jazz consider trading Joe Ingles if a good offer is made?

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) and Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley (10) in the fourth quarter as the Utah Jazz host the Sacramento Kings, NBA basketball in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020.

It’s December and the Utah Jazz go into the last month of 2021 winners six out of their last eight games.

Last Monday, the Jazz shut down Damian Lillard en route to a win over the Portland Trail Blazers. The Weber State alumnus is just one of many star guards in the NBA’s Western Conference. With the likes of Steph Curry, Luka Doncic, Chris Paul and Devin Booker, and (when he comes back from injury) Jamal Murray in the conference, it’s likely the Jazz backcourt of Mike Conley and Donovan Mitchell will have to battle several of these All-Stars in the playoffs.

In the latest episode of The Tribune’s “How ‘Bout This Jazz” podcast, host/moderator Xoel Cardenas and Tribune Jazz beat reporters Andy Larsen and Eric Walden discuss can the Jazz realistically step up the backcourt defense, considering Mitchell needing to expend energy on offense as well as Conley’s unfortunate bad luck when it comes to injuries.

Also, the guys answer the question some Jazz fans have asked on social media: Have the Jazz actually had a quality win against a quality opponent this season?

The trio also talk Joe Ingles and — as crazy as it might sound to some fans — should the Jazz seriously consider trading “Jingles” based on his down numbers this season and expiring contract.

Lastly, Eric, Andy and Xoel give you their favorite Christmas movies of all time — even answering the eternal question: Is “Die Hard” a Christmas movie?

Click below to listen now! You can also find the podcast on every major podcast platform.

Find the HBTJ podcast at sltrib.com/podcasts/bout_jazz/

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