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The Jazz play at San Antonio on Friday and Dallas on Sunday. Those are both tough places for the Jazz to get wins. Incidentally, Dallas is the last place the Jazz have not played a game this season.
If they lose both, the Jazz will fall two games below .500 for the first time since Dec. 30, when they were 15-17 after a loss ot the Los Angeles Clippers. Incidentally, before tonight the Jazz hadn't been even in the win-loss column since they were 19-19 on Jan. 11.
A little playoff guessing game...
Next five for the Warriors (39-31): vs. Wizards, vs. Lakers, vs. Kings, vs. Trail Blazers, vs. Hornets (Prediction: 4-1)
Next five for the Rockets (37-31): vs. Cavaliers, vs. Spurs, vs. Pacers, @ Grizzlies, vs. Clippers (Prediction: 1-4)
Next five for the Lakers (36-33): vs. Wizards, @ Warriors, @ Timberwolves, @ Bucks, @ Kings. (Prediction: 4-1)
Next five for the Jazz (34-34): @ San Antonio, @ Dallas, vs. 76ers, vs. Suns, @ Trail Blazers. (Prediction: 2-3)
On the off chance I'm correct (I have Montana beating Syracuse tomorrow, after all), the bottom of the Western Conference playoff chase will look like this in a week:
6. Warriors (43-32)
7. Lakers (40-34)
8. Rockets (38-35)
9. Jazz (36-37)
The Jazz would be two games out with 9 games left.
Like Marvin Williams said tonight: "We don't have the most time on our side, that's just the reality of the situation. There is still time. There is still time."
The Jazz's 33 points at the mid-way point was the fewest in a half by a Rockets' opponent. The Jazz didn't break their own record, though. They outdid themselves with a 28-point first half last week in Oklahoma City.
First quarters are killing the Jazz. They've been outscored in the first period in six of their last eight games.Next Page >
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