Winning at home has traditionally been a Jazz assumption. But what was once an almost mythical home court advantage has slipped in recent years, though this year they're a respectable 27-9. Last year they were 25-8 in the lockout-shortened season, but the year before just 21-20.
In 2004-2006 they were 18-23 and 22-19, respectively, at home.
Not exactly an impregnable castle.
In their best years they only lost three home games in a season.
So while home isn't the fortress it once was, it isn't the favorite place for visiting teams, either. Teams would rather play in, oh, Charlotte, where no one is paying attention, or New Orleans, where the Hornets just can't create a buzz.
In any case, the Jazz deserve credit for their recent work. They trailed by as many as 14 points on Friday, yet went on a 19-2 run to take the game away from the Blazers. On Saturday they beat a nice 42-31 Brooklyn team. The playoffs are still in reach.
Which brings up a point: Who wants that last playoff spot, anyway?
Apparently the Jazz. They came at the Nets from a variety of directions.
As it stood on Saturday, their motto might have been: So many options, so few games.
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