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Utah Jazz 2014: Rodney Hood steals show from Jabari, Jazz win at summer league

Utah Jazz forward Rodney Hood.
Utah Jazz forward Rodney Hood.
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Going into this NBA Summer League game between the Utah Jazz and Milwaukee Bucks on Monday, July 14 all you heard was talk about Bucks rookie Jabari Parker. The former Duke star Parker was the talk of this game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas before the opening tip--but in the end, the one who did all the talking with the basketball was Hood.

Parker's former Duke running mate poured in 29 points, shooting 7-for-9 from three point land as the Jazz won their first game at this summer league tournament by the lopsided score of 87-71. Hood had people wondering if NBA teams drafted the wrong Duke guy with the second overall pick after this one, and probably had NBA execs scratching their heads as to why Hood slipped all the way to No. 23 before he was drafted.

Hood was about as automatic as anyone could be Monday, going 11-for-16 in all--and that was without getting to the free throw line, too. Imagine what Hood's numbers might have been, had he started knocking down foul shots. It's almost frightening if you're the Bucks.

For the game, the Jazz were almost as automatic as Hood, shooting 49 percent from the field--and 50 percent as a team from three-point range. Hood also proved that after a ho-hum first summer league game scoring just 8 points to go with 9 rebounds that he has come back--in a big way.

So too have the Jazz, who were led by Hood's point-scoring explosion--followed by Aussie high-flying sensation Brock Motum who scored 16 points, on several dunks that had him soaring well above the rim. Center Rudy Gobert had 13 points and nine rebounds, a second consecutive near double-double for him in Las Vegas.

Rookie Dante Exum had just six points in what was an average game for him and Trey Burke only had two points--but Burke had six assists and six rebounds for the Jazz. As for Jabari Parker, the person that everyone came to see, well, he had 14 points--less than half what Hood put up. The Jazz have a quick turnaround in their next game, taking on the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday, July 15.

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