Game Thread - Jazz @ Pistons 5 PM MTN

Discussion in 'Utah Jazz' started by JazzMan4Life, Jan 5, 2019.

  1. SCS

    SCS Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
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  2. fishonjazz

    fishonjazz Well-Known Member Contributor 2019 Award Winner 2018 Award Winner

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    We will see. We still have a good chance at finishing with a better record than last year imo

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  3. Thee jazz fan

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    The schedule easing up sure helped, idiot!!


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  4. Jingled

    Jingled Well-Known Member 2019 Award Winner

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    The Jazz have had by far the toughest schedule in the league so far, that's not an excuse it's a fact. They have the easiest schedule in the western conference the second half of the season so they're going to win a ton of games. We're also in a lot better shape than we were last year. We sit at 20-20 right now and last year we bottomed out at 19-28 before our run started. So even if we don't go on as big of a run as last year, we don't have to because we aren't going to be 9 games under .500.
     
  5. NAOS

    NAOS Well-Known Member

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    True.... but... the Jazz aren't as good as the great majority of JFC expected them to be.
     
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  6. RRJazz

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    @SCS
    Of course it was all those things you say AND the schedule. Let me remind you how insane December was:
    Fri, Dec 1 @LA (35-47) W126-107 11-11
    Sat, Dec 2 vsNew Orleans (48-34) W114-108 12-11
    Tue, Dec 5 vsWashington (43-39) W116-69 13-11
    Wed, Dec 6@Oklahoma City (48-34) L100-94 13-12
    Fri, Dec 8 vsHouston (65-17) L112-101 13-13
    Sun, Dec 10 @Milwaukee (44-38) L117-100 13-14
    Thu, Dec 14 @Chicago (27-55) L103-100 13-15
    Sat, Dec 16 @Boston (55-27) W107-95 14-15
    Sun, Dec 17 @Cleveland (50-32) L109-100 14-16
    Tue, Dec 19 @Houston (65-17) L120-99 14-17
    Thu, Dec 21 @Oklahoma City (48-34) L107-79 14-18
    Fri, Dec 22 vsSan Antonio (47-35) W100-89 15-18
    Sun, Dec 24 vsOklahoma City (48-34) L103-89 15-19
    Wed, Dec 27 @Denver (46-36) L107-83 15-20
    Thu, Dec 28 @Golden State (58-24) L126-101 15-21
    Sun, Dec 31 vsCleveland (50-32) W104-101 16-21
     
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  7. Sandman822

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    I can't see why both lines of thought can't be correct. The Jazz' record is 100% not indicitive of how good they really are due to the brutal schedule to start the season and they're definitely going to improve on that and get pack into the playoff picture, but at the same time they've lost too many games against some of the better teams in the league to suggest that they're truly going to be contending this year unless there's some dramatic improvement internally post all star break, or a big move is made at the deadline that improves the team.
     
  8. LoPo

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    Exactly. The schedule has been tough but we were supposed to be a top 5 type team. The schedule has affected the record but so has our often terrible play.
     
  9. Ostertag>Duncan

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    But you also have to factor in how that tough schedule affected their play. A lot of b2bs and long road trips.
     
  10. Wes Mantooth

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    A lot of b2b’s? How many have we had so far? 4?
     
  11. Ostertag>Duncan

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    Enough and on road trips also against the better teams.
     
  12. fishonjazz

    fishonjazz Well-Known Member Contributor 2019 Award Winner 2018 Award Winner

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    Ya just like last year. They were never true contenders last year and we all knew that. No one is arguing that the jazz are going to win the championship this year. Just saying that they will go on another huge run and get into the playoffs again. Last year the schedule was brutal for the first part of the year and the jazz struggled winning during that brutal stretch (they were even worse last year due to Rudy going down) and then went on a big run.
    I don't see why it won't happen again now that we have the easiest schedule in the league and teams will start to tank harder soon once they know they are out of the playoffs.

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  13. Ostertag>Duncan

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    Both our games against okc were b2b. One on the road and the other coming home from a road trip. I think Locke said there hasn't been more than like 4 times this season the jazz haven't been on plane between games.
     
  14. idiot

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    Last year at this time, we looked to be in far worse shape than this year (a -0.8 point differential compared to our +2.2 differential this year [despite Dallas, Indy, Philly debacles]). We may have had an even tougher schedule this year to this point than last year (though I can't find a good quantitative measure of last year's schedule after 40 games -- in any case, it was also front loaded, with an especially brutal December as well).

    Yes, injury situation differs from last year and yes, it's unlikely that we'll go on the type of run we went on last year. It's hard to catch lightening in a bottle twice.

    But the biggest reason last year was fun and this year seems brutal is expectations. Jazz have fairly close to the same team. Last year's expectations turned out to be far too low. This year's were probably a bit too high. My advice if you're not enjoying things this year: re-calibrate expectations.
     
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  15. NAOS

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    That, and those weird “home games” where they’re in SLC for less than 36 hours between road trips. Those might as well be “road games” (they may even be harder than road games, actually).
     
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  16. silesian

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    The schedule has been tough but we are 5-11 against top 10 sagarin teams. I think most of us expected better. And I’m not a whiner or a hater, just a realist who hopes we work out the kinks.
     
  17. SCS

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    So... when is this turnaround y'all are so sure of happening? Cuz, um... It's not looking like it. It looks exactly like I've been saying, around .500... probably a little above .500. But no monster turnaround.
     
  18. Jingled

    Jingled Well-Known Member 2019 Award Winner

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    The Bucks have the best record in the entire league and we were playing the last game of a 4 game road trip. No one expected us to win this game. Next game is when the schedule finally eases up.
     
  19. Saint Cy of JFC

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    Did you watch teh game? You know that team they just played has the best record in the NBA and Utah was missing both it's rotation PG's, right?
     
  20. fishonjazz

    fishonjazz Well-Known Member Contributor 2019 Award Winner 2018 Award Winner

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    Really wierd timing for this post. We just played 3 games in 4 nights i think, with three of them on the road and last nights game against a great team while we lose our starting point guard and we were already without our backup pg.
     

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