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    Nightmare scenario could be unfolding...

    I generally consider myself pretty optimistic about the Jazz but I am seriously concerned about a possible scenario that could be unfolding for this franchise.

    We all know the tough road the Jazz face to close this season. Clippers, Wizards, Spurs, Blazers, Blazers, Warriors, Spurs are 7 of the 11 remaining games. If that is not concerning enough, take a look at the Clippers remaining schedule. It is ridiculous. Knicks tonight then Lakers, Mavs, Kings, Suns, Lakers, Mavs, Kings are 8 of their remaining 12 games.

    Clippers almost certainly will jump us, barring a (always likely) LA collapse or a Utah surge. That would put us 5th, and not in much different shape other than losing home court which I believe would be absolutely huge in that series.

    Before we write ourselves in 5th though, the Thunder have found a rhythm. They have won 5 straight (until they ran into the Golden State buzzsaw tonight). They will be 2.5 games back with a balanced remaining schedule. They own the tiebreaker which is important.

    Alright so possibly 6th seed. Many fans may believe this could be a decent matchup with the Rockets. And yes, the Jazz have played the Rockets well.

    The nightmare starts when you look down one spot... to the dreaded 7th seed. Our counter parts the Memphis Grizzlies sit only 3 games back of us with games coming up against the Pelicans, Kings, Mavs, Lakers, Knicks, Pistons, Mavs.

    Essentially, the SEVENTH seed is definitely in play for this team. Dropping "should-be" wins in Chicago and Indiana really hurts the Jazz cushion going into a very brutal finish to the season. The seventh seed of course, will most likely run into the San Antonio Spurs. Not an ideal first-round matchup for our largely playoff virgin Jazz.

    Sure, a lot of things would have to go right (or wrong in the Jazz case) for the seventh seed to be where they end up, I wouldn't say it's probable by any means but it is definitely possible.

    Limping to the finish line into the 7th spot and getting swept, or for the most part dominated by San Antonio could also make a certain player's decision to stay or leave a lot more clear.

    Sitting in 4th is nice, beating LA last week for a bigger cushion was great. But the pressure is on. The Jazz have to start winning and winning now. The ship must turn around or a lot of dominos could fall that may really set the franchise back years with Hayward and Hill leaving in FA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MDAV28 View Post
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    I generally consider myself pretty optimistic about the Jazz but I am seriously concerned about a possible scenario that could be unfolding for this franchise.

    We all know the tough road the Jazz face to close this season. Clippers, Wizards, Spurs, Blazers, Blazers, Warriors, Spurs are 7 of the 11 remaining games. If that is not concerning enough, take a look at the Clippers remaining schedule. It is ridiculous. Knicks tonight then Lakers, Mavs, Kings, Suns, Lakers, Mavs, Kings are 8 of their remaining 12 games.

    Clippers almost certainly will jump us, barring a (always likely) LA collapse or a Utah surge. That would put us 5th, and not in much different shape other than losing home court which I believe would be absolutely huge in that series.

    Before we write ourselves in 5th though, the Thunder have found a rhythm. They have won 5 straight (until they ran into the Golden State buzzsaw tonight). They will be 2.5 games back with a balanced remaining schedule. They own the tiebreaker which is important.

    Alright so possibly 6th seed. Many fans may believe this could be a decent matchup with the Rockets. And yes, the Jazz have played the Rockets well.

    The nightmare starts when you look down one spot... to the dreaded 7th seed. Our counter parts the Memphis Grizzlies sit only 3 games back of us with games coming up against the Pelicans, Kings, Mavs, Lakers, Knicks, Pistons, Mavs.

    Essentially, the SEVENTH seed is definitely in play for this team. Dropping "should-be" wins in Chicago and Indiana really hurts the Jazz cushion going into a very brutal finish to the season. The seventh seed of course, will most likely run into the San Antonio Spurs. Not an ideal first-round matchup for our largely playoff virgin Jazz.

    Sure, a lot of things would have to go right (or wrong in the Jazz case) for the seventh seed to be where they end up, I wouldn't say it's probable by any means but it is definitely possible.

    Limping to the finish line into the 7th spot and getting swept, or for the most part dominated by San Antonio could also make a certain player's decision to stay or leave a lot more clear.

    Sitting in 4th is nice, beating LA last week for a bigger cushion was great. But the pressure is on. The Jazz have to start winning and winning now. The ship must turn around or a lot of dominos could fall that may really set the franchise back years with Hayward and Hill leaving in FA.
    valid concerns dude ..
    It will place the ball in the basket .....

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    I'm too scared to read your post. I'm sorry.

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    OP says bad things can happen

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    Like I said in the game thread, the Jazz cannot be losing games like tonight. Or Saturday.
    "Adversity is opportunity in disguise."

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    Nightmare scenario could be unfolding...

    I agree that the Jazz need to regain their winning attitude rather sooner than later. You are not winning anymore games with only Hayward and Gobert looking like they try their best. I cannot see too much of the characteristics of the Jazz basketball for the last few games so this road trip has been rough on us so far. Lettuce just shift the vector with our depth and youth. Come on guys where is the hunger?


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    Nightmare scenario could be unfolding...

    Weird thing is most of the time we start terribru but eventually find a way to break through the lame start and make it a close game but simply unable to close out games. When I see the basketball that is played worrying, Jazz show me that they are more than that. The only thing to do is do it by being able to close out the games. Don't force it, be like water. Flow through it and put it in the hole baby.


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    The Jazz are 6-4 in their last 10 both OKC and Mem are 5-5. Even if the Jazz went 4-7 to finish the season both of those teams would have to go 7-5 for us to fall to 7th. If the Jazz go 5-6 they have to both go 8-4. If either of them finishes 6-6 then the Jazz would have to finish 3-7 to fall to the 7th seed.

    No need to panic

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    3 defensive 3 seconds violations in one game means your focus has been dropped extremely. Things will not go worse, they will get better. Unless our guys stop battling and make boneheaded plays over and over again that is. For instance Hill looked hero balling the other day against Cavs I think and then he started off hero baller against Pacers too but then he realized how hobbit he was under the rim and started kicking off. Just use your head guys most of you can make that shot so leave it to the open one.


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    Not too concerned about OKC or Memphis catching us at this point but you're right that there's probably a good chance that the Clippers overtake us for home court in that series and that's probably a game-changer if that indeed happens. We do have six of our remaining eleven games at home which is a plus, however the Clips have seven of their remaining eleven games at home. Aside from the Lakers (twice), the Suns and the Kings (twice), I don't think their schedule is all that easy, as the Mavs (twice) have been on fire recently. The Clips had been reeling a bit before tonight so I think it could all come down to how the Lakers play them in their two remaining games. The Lakers are in full tank mode, everybody knows that, however they are also competing with the Clips for fans in the city of angels so I'm guessing they make the effort. If that is the case, they could help us out as they're really a lot better than their record indicates IMO.

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