Utah Jazz guard Trent Forrest (3) passes the ball as the Utah Jazz and the Toronto Raptors play an NBA basketball game at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Saturday, May 1, 2021. | Annie Barker, Deseret News
If the Utah Jazz indeed hold onto the top seed in the Western Conference heading into the playoffs, the grit they showed in fighting and scrapping past Toronto on Saturday night will be a big reason why.
Multiple players pointed to the contributors of reserve guard Trent Forrest for getting the Jazz over the hump.
“The bench did an amazing job. Trent was amazing. I don’t think we win this game without him, with the minutes he gave us in the third and the fourth,” said Rudy Gobert. “This one feels good because it was a fight.”
Forrest’s contributions were subtle with seven points, three assists and two rebounds in 15 minutes, but positive things usually happened during the three-to-four minutes stretches he played in all four quarters.
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