The Jazz certainly can't duplicate the inconsistent effort they've had at times this season, which was the case in Utah's rollercoaster win Wednesday. New Orleans went eight minutes without scoring in the first half, but the Jazz only managed to take a two-point lead into the locker room before blowing the game open with a 31-17 third quarter.
"We're going to have to play 48 minutes," said Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward, who might see time against Durant. "We can't have lapses where they go on big runs, especially in their own building. I know they play especially well there and their crowd gets into it."
The Jazz haven't had much success against OKC in recent years. Utah is 6-9 against the Thunder since they skedaddled out of Seattle, including a 2-5 mark at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Utah does, however, have a one-game winning streak against Durant & Co., having beaten them last March. The Jazz's last win in Oklahoma came two Halloweens ago, a surprising 120-99 Thunder thumping.
"We've got to come ready to play," Jefferson said.
That's a better option than sitting out.
Just ask Mo.
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