Last season's second half run by the Jazz will certainly be talked about for years to come in Utah. The Jazz went 29-6 to end the season and secure the fifth seed in the 2018 NBA playoffs. Utah defeated Russell Westbrook, Paul George and the Oklahoma City Thunder in a thrilling six-game series in which Donovan Mitchell took charge. The Jazz would fall to the Houston Rockets in the second round, but optimism was sky-high in Salt Lake heading into the 2018-19 season.
The Jazz started out this season slow, but with the schedule softening up, the Jazz only dropped four games in January.
ESPN writer Tim MacMahon unveiled his feature piece before the Jazz-Blazers game examining this year's second-half turnaround.
"We can't make excuses," Derrick Favors said in the article. "We played some good teams, and they beat us fair and square. I think in the early part we were just trying to find ourselves, find out who we are. Now we're starting to find it again."
NBA profiles Joe InglesComment on this story
Ahead of the Jazz-Blazers game, the NBA Twitter account tweeted out a video detailing Joe Ingles and his unique path to the NBA. Ingles started his journey playing in his native Australia before being cut by the Los Angeles Clippers in preseason and then being picked up by the Jazz in 2014. Since then, Ingles has grown into one of Utah's key players.
Derrick Favors passed John Stockton for franchise rebounds in the game against the Blazers.