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Lowlights on the Jazz's path to the NBA lottery

Published May 20, 2014 10:55 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2014, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Fifty-seven.That's how many times the Utah Jazz stepped onto a basketball court last season and walked away losers. Only one other Jazz team has done worse since the franchise left New Orleans.The Jazz finished 25-57, the fourth worst record in the NBA.And tonight, we'll find out if it was all worth it.The NBA draft lottery could slot the Jazz anywhere between the first and seventh picks in the June draft. And the higher the Jazz's pick, the less painful this last season will be for fans.But until then, let's not forget how we all got here.After all, those who do not learn from history ...Oct. 12 — Maybe it was an omen. The regular season hadn't even started when the Jazz suffered one of their biggest losses of the year. Rookie point guard Trey Burke fractured his finger in a preseason game against the Clippers. He'd miss the rest of the preseason and the first dozen games of the regular season. The Jazz would start the year 1-14.Nov. 20 — Gordon Hayward struggled with his jump shot through the season. On this night in late November, the Jazz's captain hit just one of his 17 field goal attempts as the Jazz lost 105-98 in New Orleans.Nov. 22 — Enes Kanter took this shot against the Dallas Mavericks.Dec. 7 — A Jazz team short on depth could have used the once-effective big man Andris Biedrins off the bench this year. But when his former coach, Michael Malone, called for Biedrins to be intentionally fouled three different times early against the Kings, Biedrins went 1-for-6 from the line. He played in just two games after that. Oh, and by the way, the Jazz lost to the Kings 112-102 in overtime.March 3 — No team in the NBA this year was worse than the Milwaukee Bucks, who won just 15 games all season and have the best chance tonight of winning the No. 1 pick. But on a cold night in Wisconsin in early March, the Jazz made the Bucks look like champs. Utah was outscored 40-19 in the third quarter and lost to the lowly Bucks 114-88.March 16 — Sometimes the ball just doesn't bounce your way. Here's Alec Burks, the Jazz's half-court heave specialist, trying to make up ground in what would turn out to be a 122-104 loss in San Antonio.April 14 — Sometimes Nick Young is a superstar. Against the Jazz, the man who calls himself Swaggy P went off for 41 points, beating the Jazz 119-104.— Aaron Falk