Jazz HC Will Hardy Talks Brice Sensabaugh’s Progress After Bulls Loss


The Utah Jazz were defeated by the Chicago Bulls by a score of 117-119 at home on Wednesday night. The game reached a close conclusion, but the Jazz were unable to pull off the victory.   

In practice, this brings the Jazz's regular season record down to 28-35 for the year, and they are now struggling with a skid of 2-8 over their past 10 games during this span.  

Despite the fact that the Jazz rookie, Brice Sensabaugh, did not emerge victorious from the competition, it was a significant evening for him.   

As a result of the numerous absences that his team was experiencing, head coach Will Hardy made the decision to start the first-year wing player, despite the fact that he had only participated in thirteen games prior to this one.  

Sensabaugh had a great chance to shine without Lauri Markkanen, Walker Kessler, Keyonte George, or Taylor Hendricks, and he did a great job with it. In the end, he had 15 points, 12 boards, and 1 assist, which were all career highs.   

His splits were 62.5/50.0/100.After Wednesday's loss to Chicago, Coach Hardy talked to the media about some of the good things he saw in the rookie in his first NBA start:  

Hardy said, "I believed Brice did a good job." "He had a few good drives that were pretty rough." I liked how he grabbed defensive rebounds tonight. That's been a big focus for him lately: taking part in all the things that don't lead to points.   

Overall, I thought he did a good job on defence. He needs to work on some skill and picking the right player to pass the ball to in pick and roll, but Brice is working hard.   

He's getting better, and he's letting us push him hard. I think he's showing that he can learn quickly. It's always a good sign for a coach when his players can pick up on things during a game.  

Since it's still unclear what will happen with Wednesday's inactive player, Sensabaugh's strong showing could help his chances of playing more in the last three quarters of the season.   

The 28th overall pick in the 2023 draft spent most of his rookie year learning with the Salt Lake City Stars in the G-League. But he is now starting to show that he belongs in the NBA.  

It is expected that Sensabaugh and the Jazz will play their next game away from home on Saturday, when they will be competing against the Denver Nuggets, who are currently the reigning champions.  

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