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  1. infection

    infection Well-Known Member Staff Member 2019 Award Winner 2018 Award Winner

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    I’m not old by any stretch, but Twitter is not that intuitive. Granted, I don’t use the app, but it should be easier.

    Hmm. I’ll have to think how this affects my prediction that we’d trade for him.
     
  2. str8line

    str8line Well-Known Member Contributor 2019 Award Winner

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    **** that. Payback, bitches.
     
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  3. vegas

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    I think Houston is more vulnerable. With Dedman, I would be even more optimistic. I got a hunch QS has been constructing an evil scheme for them.
     
  4. Sandman822

    Sandman822 Well-Known Member

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    Nah Houston is the one non-Warriors team in the West that the Jazz don't want to see. OKC too if PG's shoulder isn't bothering him but if it is I'd be ok with seeing them as well.
     
  5. hgb

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    Looks like he went through warmups, but he has some kind of leg issue. Might just be a smokescreen, of course.
    But what a terrible first ~5 minutes. 4-0 Portland...
     
  6. Wes Mantooth

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    Jazz were 5th in the NBA last year with a 4.3 NET rating. 1st was the Rockets at 8.4.

    Right now we’re 4th with 4.8. The Bucks are 1st at 9.2, the Dubs second at 5.6, and the Raptors third at 5.3.

    Makes me feel pretty good considering our slow start which had a ton to do with Mitchell’s slow start coming back from injury.

    Let’s ****ing go.
     
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  7. NAOS

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    I wonder what would happen to those rankings if every team got a one-game mulligan. Like, if we subtract our 50-point embarrassment in Dallas from our data set, I imagine a lot of our statistics would be interesting to see.
     
  8. Wes Mantooth

    Wes Mantooth Well-Known Member

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    Yep.

    And if my math’s right, we’d jump to a 5.5 NET rating minus that game.
     
  9. Wes Mantooth

    Wes Mantooth Well-Known Member

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    I feel really good about the playoffs knowing:
    1) We play elite d.
    2) We have two playoff series wins the last two years
    3) We bring it on the road.

    Starting to think **** it, bring on the Rox.
     
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  10. Sandman822

    Sandman822 Well-Known Member

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    I'm still negative nancy on all of this, Jazz beating up on **** teams going into the playoffs doesn't change anything about their ability to play good teams imo. But the injuries to POR and OKC have reduced the number of awful matchups assuming PGs shoulder is still buggered by the playoffs.
     
  11. Wes Mantooth

    Wes Mantooth Well-Known Member

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    We’re the second worst of the current eight playoff teams in the west but 18-19 isn’t that bad against .500 and above opponents, especially considering the toughest part of the season was the first two months which coincidentally was when Mitchell was shaky coming back from injury. Two more wins against such foes (during that stretch or later) and we’re 20-17 which is what the Dubs and Nuggets are against such teams.

    In other words, we’re not bad against .500 and above opponents.
     
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  12. Sandman822

    Sandman822 Well-Known Member

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    I just don't think the Jazz are anything more than a 2nd round exit team like last year, but at least it's more good experience for Mitchell + Gobert and should give the FO a good idea about who to keep vs who to let go in the offseason.
     
  13. Avery

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    This POR/DET game... both teams are a combined 1 for 26 from the three point line.
     
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  14. Wes Mantooth

    Wes Mantooth Well-Known Member

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    I don’t agree necessarily. Matchups are always important. If we don’t play the Dubs in the 2nd round, I see no reason we can’t make the WCF.
     
  15. Sandman822

    Sandman822 Well-Known Member

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    We could also lose in the 1st round due to matchups
     
  16. Wes Mantooth

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    Obviously. But the sky isn’t falling. We do things others don’t. Play elite d. Win playoff series.
     
  17. candrew

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    Pistons putting The Blazers away.

    Tho it looks like Portland owns tie breaker with Houston.
     
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  18. Sandman822

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    I'm not trying to say the sky is falling at all as the Jazz are going to be relevant for years to come and are one key piece away from being contenders, I just don't think the Jazz are much different to last year while other teams have gotten better or were already better than the Jazz. We got by OKC last year because we got to abuse Carmelo for 30 minutes a game offensively and PG shrunk when they needed him most before getting rolled by the Rockets, so we're basically relying on OKC to suck/be injured again and to avoid the Rockets/Warriors to make it to the WCFs rather than backing any real internal improvement from the team as a whole which is why I don't have great expectations for this team in the postseason.

    Things could absolutely go well like you're saying and the Jazz get a favorable 1st round matchup (e.g. Clippers, Spurs, etc) before going up against a Portland team with Nurk where Gobert can completely shut off the only source of value Kanter provides to a team while on the other end the Jazz abuse Kanter defensively for 20+ mins a game, or going against OKC with a hobbled PG and (imo) a still hobbled Adams to get to the WCF to get rolled by the Rockets or Warriors in 5. I just don't feel great about that because we're relying on realistically the best 2 teams in the West to meet in the 2nd round because the Rockets got off to a horrendous start.
     
  19. Sandman822

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    and I just completely ignored Denver in all of that, and tbh I really have no idea what to think of Denver in a playoff situation. Gut says they will underperform this year as historically young teams the 1st time they get into the playoffs don't make big runs but who knows.
     
  20. fishonjazz

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

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    Whoa

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