Salt City Hoops - Five Questions As the Jazz Head Down the Stretch


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Zarin Ficklin

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Mitchell and Conley prepare to lead the Jazz down the stretch. (via Utahjazz.com)

The Utah Jazz’s season so far could be broken up into three distinct chunks:

  • The 4-4 start. The team showed signs of a revamped offense, but back-to-back losses to Brooklyn (without Kevin Durant) and New York gave fans real concerns.
  • The 20-1 run. Everything is awesome.
  • The current 10-4 stretch, starting with a 3-2 limp to the All-Star game and 2-2 start after the break, before starting a new 5-0 winning streak. Especially at 5-4 on either side of the All-Star break, the Jazz suddenly felt mortal again after an unbelievable run. There were signs of fatigue and low effort.

These three recent wins may have been what the team needed to get their mojo back.

They’re still the top seed in the league. They have the best Net Rating, as well as the second best defense and third best offense, per Cleaning the Glass. They’re on pace to have one of the best records in franchise history and their personnel is poised to contend for a bunch of awards, which is great. Now we face the latter half of the season and playoffs approach.

Here are some of the top things to watch as the Jazz head into the home stretch with the trade deadline behind them.

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