After winning four out of five games in their first Eastern Conference road trip, fans didn’t expect the Jazz to drop four straight games in their return to the West.
Take a deep breath Jazz fans. Hope is not lost.
15 games is less than a fifth of the season. The Jazz are the most injured team in the NBA. Key players Derrick Favors, Gordon Hayward and George Hill haven’t all played together yet due to different aches and pains. Injuries to other reserves such as Boris Diaw and Alec Burks haven’t helped either.
The depth of the Jazz is supposed to right the storm. If the Jazz keep being the easy Eastern Conference teams that they should beat, then fans will see what version of this team they will get.
This game at home against the Nuggets is important. The Jazz are supposed to beat this fellow Northwest Division foe as this team from Mile High City isn’t sitting high at all in the Conference standings.
If the Jazz beat teams like Denver while waiting for their core players to heal then they will climb their way back near the Best of the West when they are healthy enough to compete with the great teams. If they fail to exploit on these easier opportunities or face even more injuries then barely making the playoffs is the most likely scenario.
The Jazz are too good to not make the playoffs with this depth. They have graduated from lottery team basketball. It’s time to hit the high notes.