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San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard (2) drives to the basket as Utah Jazz's Josh Howard (8) and Al Jefferson (25) defend during the first quarter of Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, May 2, 2012, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Jazz play Spurs in Game 4 of playoff series
First Published May 07 2012 09:18 am • Last Updated May 07 2012 09:42 am

Boy, it’s terrible to be the No. 8 seed in the NBA playoffs.

First off, a No. 8 seed usually has to scramble right up to the last week of the season just to lock up a playoff spot — burning up talent while other teams are resting their superstars.

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Then, that team faces a No. 1 seed that not only tore through the regular season, but is all rested up (as already mentioned). And nobody, not even the No. 8 team’s mothers, think the No. 8 seed will win, no matter how many times they rerun those shots of the Denver Nuggets knocking off the Seattle SuperSonics in ‘94. (That was a five-game series, and so was the first-round in ‘99 when the Knicks upset Miami.)

The only thing worse than being the No. 8 seed in the playoffs is not making it into the playoffs.

If you’re going to see the Utah Jazz play the San Antonio Spurs in the fourth game of their first-round playoff series — Monday, May 7, at at EnergySolutions Arena, 301 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City — your expectations are already diminshed. After watching the Spurs maul the Jazz in the two games played in San Antonio, and in Saturday’s Game 3 at home, your expectations are diminished even further.

So go to have fun, to root for the home team, to soak in the atmosphere, to watch the Jazz Dancers and laugh at Bear — because is likely to be your last chance.

Tickets are available at Smith’s Tix locations.

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