On Wednesday night, the Utah Jazz faced a surprising 121-105 defeat at the hands of the Portland Trail Blazers, a team on a seven-game losing streak. Despite missing starting center Walker Kessler due to injury, the Jazz attempted to adjust their lineup, introducing Kelly Olynyk into the starting five and moving Ochai Agbaji to a reserve role. While all Jazz starters reached double figures in scoring, led by Lauri Markkanen with 24 points and rookie Keyonte George with 16, the team seemed to lack the usual intensity and grit.
Even though numerical figures were respectable, with Markkanen contributing nine rebounds and George dishing out a team-high seven assists, the effort was notably subdued. Surprisingly, 11 of the 12 Jazz players who saw game time received negative game ratings, underscoring an uncharacteristically challenging night for the team.