The Utah Jazz may have been eliminated after Game 4 of their Western Conference Semi Finals series, losing to the Golden State Warriors 121-95… But there was one bright spark that the game delivered the Jazz – Dante Exum.
Exum has only played sparingly in the Playoffs so far, falling out of the rotation. But after a finding themselves in a 17-39 hole at the end of the first quarter, Coach Quin Snyder turned to his Australian point guard to try and find some instant offense in the second quarter.
Something had to work. And boy, did Dante put in work.
Exum finished the quarter with 11 points as he helped the Jazz claw back to a single-digits defect, going into halftime down 60-52.
Dante looked great in the quarter. Putting together arguably his most complete quarter of the season so far. He attacked the rim, beating defenders with his quick first step, hit some outside shots and connected well with fellow Aussie Joe Ingles.
Exum finished the game with a career Playoff high of 15 points along with three rebounds, two assists and a steal.
After missing his sophomore season with an ACL injury that he suffered whilst playing for the Australian National Team in 2015, the gradual improvement to health that we’ve seen from Exum this year topped up by this impressive output will definitely give Jazz fans something to look forward to for next season.