Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley (10) is defended by Detroit Pistons guard Delon Wright (55) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, in Detroit. | Carlos Osorio, Associated Press
For the second game in a row, the Utah Jazz on Sunday faced a player who went to high school in the Beehive State, and a former University of Utah star was in the opposition’s starting lineup as well.
After former Bountiful High and Utah State standout Sam Merrill played for the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday against the Jazz, former Lone Peak High star Frank Jackson saw his second appearance of the season for the Detroit Pistons on Sunday, while Delon Wright made his fifth start of the campaign.
With guards Derrick Rose and Killian Hayes both out for the Pistons because of injury, Jackson and Wright played a combined 48 minutes Sunday. Wright accounted for 36 of those, and he largely struggled offensively, going just 2 of 9 from the field and scoring six points.
As he’s done since his college days, however, Wright contributed in a couple of different areas, as he grabbed five rebounds, dished three assists, came up with two steals and even blocked a shot.
Two of his points did come at a crucial time, as he made two free throws in the fourth quarter to cut what was a 17-point halftime deficit to just six before Utah made the plays it needed to regain control in an eventual 96-86 win.
For Jackson, Sunday marked the second straight game in which he’s appeared for Detroit after signing a two-way contract exactly two weeks ago. After playing 10 minutes on Friday against the Phoenix Suns, Jackson played 12 on Sunday — seven in the first half and five in the second — and like Wright, struggled offensively but found other ways to contribute.
Jackson scored just three points on 1 of 5 shooting, but he grabbed four rebounds and three assists as the Pistons dropped to 2-8 on the season.
Source:: Deseret News – Sports News