Saturday night marked the third time in three weeks that the Jazz were going up against the Grizzlies, and so, by this occasion, the novelty of facing Jae Crowder and Grayson Allen — a pair of Jazz players a season ago — had worn off.
Still, with both of those prior matchups being played in Memphis, Saturday did mark the first time those players were back in Salt Lake City since being included in the trade that brought Mike Conley to Utah.
Allen said that since flying back into his first professional city on Thursday, it’s been a pretty low-key return.
“I got my hair cut here. I went to the barber I was going to last year and got my hair cut. But that was about it,” Allen said. “This is the middle of our road trip. I wish I was coming back at some point outside of the season — I’d go and get a hike in or something. But [it’s been] mostly rest while I’m here this time.”
As for Crowder, the Grizzlies did not hold a shootaround, and he has a years-long routine of not addressing the media pregame, so he was unavailable for comment. He did post a video to his Instagram account on Friday, though, captioned, “PEACEFUL WALK AT LIBERTY PARK!”
Allen said that while he doesn’t chat a ton with his ex-Jazz teammates, he does keep in touch with a few, noting he talks to Donovan Mitchell, Georges Niang, Royce O’Neale and Joe Ingles a bit. (“Joe’s always joking with me and messing around anyway.”) He also joked that, having played the Jazz twice already, it feels as though “I’ve…