SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz’s schedule through the first 33 games of the season entering Saturday was incredibly road-heavy, as the team played 21 contests away from home and just 12 at Vivint Arena. Additionally, Utah has had just one three-game homestand and only three times in which it has played consecutive games at home.
Finally, the Jazz will have an extended period at home, as Saturday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder marked the first of a four-game homestand through Dec. 29. Utah will next play the Portland Trail Blazers, then the Philadelphia 76ers, followed by the New York Knicks.
The Jazz will then head back out on the road for a four-game Eastern Conference road trip before another four-game homestand.
“Pretty sure everybody’s happy about that, just to stay at home and don’t have to get on the plane and don’t have to go to hotels,” big man Derrick Favors said after Saturday night’s game. “Pretty sure we’re going to enjoy it, just take care of business at home and just get ready to get back out on the road.”
Favors was asked how much the week at home will help the team get its legs back underneath them, but he feels it’ll be more beneficial in another way.
“It’ll help a lot mentally, I think, most importantly,” he said. “It’ll help a lot just being home and just being in your own space, your own house, whatever, and not having to travel.”
The Jazz will have Sunday off as they played both Friday and Saturday.
ALL-STAR?: Thunder center Steven Adams is known for giving detailed answers to questions from the media, often throwing a joke or two in his answers.
On Saturday morning after Oklahoma City’s shootaround, however, Adams was asked what making the All-Star team this season would mean to him if it happened, and, in atypical Adams fashion, he shook his head for five seconds before saying, just, “I don’t care, Mate.”Comment on this story
On Saturday, Adams and Jazz center Rudy Gobert had a nice battle at Vivint Arena. Gobert finished with 20 points, 10 rebounds and a block, while Adams had 15 points, 10 rebounds and a block.
HOMECOMING: As Christmas Day nears, two out-of-state college basketball players with direct ties to the Jazz organization were at Saturday’s game. General manager Dennis Lindsey’s son Jake plays for Baylor (although he’s sitting out this season after undergoing hip surgery), while studio analyst and former player Thurl Bailey’s son Brendan is a freshman at Marquette.