‘How ‘Bout This Jazz’ podcast: After a terrible road trip, can the Utah Jazz find its mental toughness to make a playoff run?

Plus, talking Rudy Gobert’s honesty when talking to the media about the team’s performance

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) goes for a loose ball along with Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook (0), in NBA action between the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Lakers, at Vivint Arena, on Thursday, March 31, 2022.

Two weeks ago, before the Utah Jazz started its 6-game road trip, we at the “How ‘Bout This Jazz” podcast agreed that if the Jazz go 3-3 or under, it’d be a failure.

Well, they didn’t go 3-3; they went 1-5 with the Knicks as the only team they beat.

Losing to teams like Kevin Durant’s Brooklyn Nets or a Boston Celtics team that’s been tremendous for the past few months isn’t something of which to be ashamed. But the way the team has lost games on the road has been frustrating. Just when losing to the Dallas Mavericks in a crucial game wasn’t enough, then came the LA Clippers game and another 25-point lead blown in the second half.

And that’s the big question: Can the Jazz show more mental toughness and get it together for the playoffs?

In the latest episode of The Tribune’s “How ‘Bout This Jazz” podcast, host/moderator Xoel Cardenas and Tribune Jazz beat reporter Eric Walden discuss the Jazz’s horrible road trip, their seeming lack of mental toughness, and whether they can turn it around in time for the playoffs.

The guys also discuss Rudy Gobert’s comments post-Clippers loss when he said the team “never get our hands dirty,” which resulted in a Quin Snyder rebuttal. Meanwhile, Donovan Mitchell stated the team needs to “stay together” after the win over the Lakers.

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