SALT LAKE CITY — A buoyant, sell-out crowd at Vivint Arena showered No. 99 with cheers as he checked in for Derrick Favors at 6:35 in the opening quarter.

In Jae Crowder’s first home game as a member of the Utah Jazz Monday, he contributed to the 10th consecutive victory against the San Antonio Spurs, 101-99.

Crowder missed his first 3-point attempt, then had his layup swatted by Kyle Anderson, but displayed his versatility throughout the game as he grew more comfortable.

He drained his first triple at 9:37 in the second, en route to posting 14 points with three boards in 14 minutes off the bench.

In his first game at Portland Sunday, he shot 5 for 11 with 15 points and five rebounds.

The former Cavalier was acquired before the trade deadline last Thursday as part of the three-team deal that sent Rodney Hood to Cleveland, and Crowder seems to be loving every minute of being in Salt Lake City.

“It was rocking tonight, the crowd was into it, they really got us this win, and we fed off of that,” Crowder described. “It was a great first (home) game for myself to be able to get the win, and keep playing good basketball was big for us.”

Crowder has yet to practice with the squad, but is quickly picking up on Jazz coach Quin Snyder’s schemes. His physicality and strength allow him to play small and power forward while also guarding guards and forwards on the defensive end.

“He’s been great just coming in,” said Jazz center Rudy Gobert. “He hasn’t practiced once and he’s just out there competing, communicating with his teammates, and it’s been great.”

Snyder is being careful not to overload Crowder with too much too soon. Keeping things as simple as possible is the main thing right now as he eases into …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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