Oops, I meant February 1, 2012.
The Jazz have 20 games between now and February 1, 2011. In looking at who they
play and what they have to play with, I am guessing that the Jazz will be 5 and
15 by then. By the end of the season, if lucky, 25 and 41.
Cheer up folks! It's almost Christmas and even though the Jazz have a ways to
go, no one can deny that this year's version of the Jazz is better than the last
years.How much better? We will know by February, at which point the
Jazz can still make a few changes via trades as needed.Till then,
let's avoid the talk about the gray dreariness and drudgery that sometimes fills
our lives.I know, I know ... someone out there is thinking or saying
Devin Harris "...we are a deep team.."His performance was
slightly better last night but I thought his defense was probably the worst I
have ever seen Monday night.He let his man routinely penetrate which
caused our bigs to collapse and have to take fouls and/or collapse and then they
were kicked out for wide open 3's.Everyone is patting themselves on
the back last night for their defense. If you really paid attention, Portland
just plain missed alot of wide open 3's that they hit Monday night in Portland.
We all know how close the finish was and Portland hits even a few
more of those wide open 3's they missed and suddenly everyone is on here
whining. The misses were just misses and had little to do with improved
defensive strategy or effort by the Jazz players.My guess is this
team will be alot of Jekyll and Hyde this year.I watched Jefferson
on multiple occasions standing flat footed on the defensive board while the
Portland players hustled and got the rebound. That leopard is not going to
change his spots.
Well, now we wait and see. Is consistency and sticking to a proven plan the way
to go, or does toss everything out, throw some talented pieces together and see
how they mesh, work better. No question there is talent there. No question they
could turn out to be something, or the seed of something. Their defense will
work--if they choose to make it work. Their offense is suited to high energy
play and if they choose to bring energy to the building and play that way, we
might see some entertaining games.The Jazz gave themselves a nice
Christmas present last night (and let's face it-preseason or not, this was an
important game) and hopes for a better new year. But in late February, the
ornaments will be taken down and the colored lights and the lingering taste of
eggnog will be naught but a pleasant memory. Gray snow will fill the gutters,
the inversion will be making people sick and we will be preparing for another
state legislature session. Will be gone on his mission. Will this team have the
strength and will to warm the cockles of Jazz fans hearts, or will the gray
gutter snow turn to sickening slush?