This lent an air of wistfulness when the team announced between quarters that a banner would be hung at ESA to honor Jerry Sloan. After a standing ovation, followed by a highlight video and a second standing O, he rose and waved.
That was the biggest cheer the Jazz heard.
Though they hung close early, things began sliding when Portland fashioned an 8-2 run to start the second half. Soon the difference was 15.
Though Jazz starters Marvin Williams and Derrick Favors were out with injuries, the game was still a fine display of what the Jazz envision next year or the next ... or the next.
There’s not as much in common as the Jazz would like.
“It’s hard to compare, because they’re two different situations,” said Watson. “The Jazz are surrounded by young guys. We have a unique mix and we’re positive in the right amounts.”
“Their core talent is amazing,” Watson said. “What those core guys have is one of the top young groups in the NBA. I’ve been around those core guys, they’re great people and the character in those guys always gives you the opportunity to win, especially a bit later in their careers.”
Right now in their careers, they can only look at the Blazers and dream.
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