This Jazz team is obviously different than all of those, but it's difficult-to-impossible to accurately project how a team will end up being based solely on two games. The Jazz could be lottery-bound again, but they're holding out hope defensive problems can be fixed and a successful season can be had.
"Absolutely, absolutely," Millsap said.
The weirdness of this season puts the odds against the Jazz.
With four potentially key players 21 or under, summer league could've boosted the development of the talented youngsters. And now they're trying to mesh them with veterans, some of whom are trying to find or rediscover their roles.
Playing two likely playoff-bound teams on the road after a short training camp didn't help their cause.
"It's not like we didn't know what we were facing," Corbin said. "It's going to be tough putting together a group of guys that's trying to go out and compete at this level against some teams that have been together for a while. You're going to have some growing pains."
What Corbin really wants is effort, not excuses.
No place like home for that to begin.
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