Three reasons to be excited about the Utah Jazz again

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - NOVEMBER 25: Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Utah Jazz gets introduced before the game against the Milwaukee Bucks on November 25, 2017 at vivint.SmartHome Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - NOVEMBER 25: Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Utah Jazz gets introduced before the game against the Milwaukee Bucks on November 25, 2017 at vivint.SmartHome Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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SALT LAKE CITY, UT – NOVEMBER 25: Joe Ingles #2 of the Utah Jazz drives to the basket against the Milwaukee Bucks in the first half at Vivint Smart Home Arena on November 25, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT – NOVEMBER 25: Joe Ingles #2 of the Utah Jazz drives to the basket against the Milwaukee Bucks in the first half at Vivint Smart Home Arena on November 25, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images) /

The Jazz are burning the nets from deep

After losing both Gordon Hayward and George Hill this offseason, the biggest concern facing the Utah Jazz was how they were going to put points on the board. Early in the season, particularly during Utah’s frustrating losing streak, the offense matched those expectations. The Jazz struggled to score and frequently fell victim to several poor possessions.

There’s still a handful of issues with their offense that they need to work out, but recently it’s been much improved. They are now 21st in the league in offensive rating on the season and over the course of the last eight games, they’re third in the league with an impressive rating of 111.4!

That has been largely due to their red hot three-point shooting which has been through the roof lately. Utah has climbed all the way up to the eighth best three-point shooting team in the league at 37.7% and over the course of the last eight games, they’re second in the league during that stretch at 42.1 percent, trailing only the Indiana Pacers.

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This is a very reassuring sign. Utah had issues finding good looks early in the year as they dealt with terrible spacing with both Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors on the floor together. However, since Gobert went down with injury, they seem to have worked out several of these kinks and their three-point shots are falling at an extremely high clip.

It’s good to see guys like Rodney Hood, Joe Ingles and Donovan Mitchell find success in that area and being able to hit the threes at this kind of rate could very well jump start Utah’s offense and turn them into a much more dangerous team than many presumed.

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Of course, some of Utah’s opponents of late such as the Chicago Bulls and Orlando Magic have been less than daunting and may be skewing the Jazz’s numbers somewhat. Nevertheless, there’s no doubting that they’re very much on the upswing in compared to their earlier slump and have shown plenty of thrilling and reassuring signs for the remainder of the season again.

In the recent contests against the Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks, the Utah Jazz were an absolute blast to watch. Their exhilarating performances made it clear that there’s plenty of fuel left in their tank and a lot to be excited about moving forward. If they can continue to put it all together, the Jazz could very well continue their charge up the Western Conference standings and find a way to break back into the playoffs once again.