‘How ‘Bout This Jazz’ podcast: Why do the Utah Jazz struggle in ‘clutch’ games?

Plus, the guys talk Danny Ainge and what his arrival might mean for the team’s future

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) reacts after a call by the official, in NBA action between the Utah Jazz and the Washington Wizards, at Vivint Arena on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021.

Happy Holidays from all of us at the “How ‘Bout This Jazz” podcast!

‘Tis the season for celebrating with loved ones, yummy food, and of course, plenty of NBA action.

The Utah Jazz will have a Christmas night game against the Dallas Mavericks. For Jazz fans, their Christmas wish might be that that game not be a close one because if you haven’t noticed, the Jazz have struggled in “clutch” games this season.

Utah is one of the best teams in the Association, with a double-double machine in Rudy Gobert and a potential MVP candidate in Donovan Mitchell. So why are the Jazz below .500 in “clutch” games — not to mention poor last-minute shot selection being a regular thing?

On the latest episode of The Tribune’s “How ‘Bout This Jazz” podcast, host/moderator Xoel Cardenas and Tribune Jazz beat reporter Andy Larsen discuss what is going on with the Jazz in clutch games and break down why Quin Snyder’s play calls and the team’s shot selection are failing with under a minute in close games.

Plus, the guys talk about the arrival of former Boston Celtics exec and BYU basketball alumnus Danny Ainge to the Jazz front office and, given his history of making moves in Boston, if there is anything that they now question about the future of this Jazz team with him at the wheel.

Lastly, inspired by the traditional quintuple-header of NBA games on Christmas Day, Xoel and Andy tell you which is their favorite sports time of year. Is it Christmas NBA, Thanksgiving NFL or something else?

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