Again, the stretch before Rudy was hurt was the very start of the season. Hayward was gone. Mitchell was new to the team. Rubio was new to the team. The struggles made all the sense in the world. Then Rudy got hurt. Everything began to mesh for the team right before Rudy came back from injury and it was obvious the Jazz were poised to make a run. And they did. It. Was. Not. The. Schedule. People are just looking for an excuse for how bad we've played this year. There are no excuses. We just haven't been as good as we expected we would be. That simple.