Utah Jazz content after road victory over Wizards

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  • zero4gravity
    March 29, 2010 12:35 p.m.

    RE: PHO

    The Suns schedule after the next 3 games is brutal. I'm thinking a 5-4 finish for them, maybe even 4-5 because of that Lopez injury.
    @ CHI
    @ NJ
    @ Det
    @ MIL
    vs SA
    @ OKC
    vs HOU
    vs DEN
    @ UTA

    RE: gdog3

    Not that big of a deal, but the 3 division winners are only guaranteed a top FOUR seed. Technicaly, The Jazz could finish with the 3rd & Denver the 2nd seed if they both pass Dallas. And then a 5th seed could have home court over a 4 seed if the division winning 4th seed had a worse record than the 5th seed.

  • SinceNow
    March 29, 2010 1:17 a.m.

    I'm not so worried about Phoenix catching up. The Jazz would really have to choke for that to happen. I am disappointed with the Pacers game, but there's no way they're gonna repeat their disastrous finish from last year. Yeah, Phoenix has 3 easy games coming up, but Milwaukee is no pushover; especially at home. Then they go on to play San Antonio, Houston, OKC, Denver and Utah. Phoenix could finish 4-5. Hopefully, they go 5-4 and take care of Denver for us. What you don't want is a second-round matchup with the Lakers. Not because the Jazz are incapable of beating the Lakers, but because they need the boost of confidence of making it through 2 rounds before seeing them. Then we could see some Laker-killers. This team has really grown to believe in themselves in every game they play, but there's something about the Staples Center that spooks them. But hey, San Antonio was that way before this year, too. GO JAZZ!

  • gdog3 @PHO
    March 29, 2010 12:54 a.m.

    The division winners get the first three seeds. So, no the Jazz couldn't pass Denver to win the Northwest and slip to the 4 seed behind Phoenix. However, if the Suns have the better record, they would get homecourt against the Jazz in a head to head match up. That wouldn't happen unless both teams made the Western Conference Finals though. The reason getting the 2 or 3 seed is important is to avoid the Lakers in the second round. There is more to it though. Finishing a 2 seed is better than a 3 seed because it means homecourt in the second round against Dallas (most likely scenario).

  • PHO plays
    March 28, 2010 9:46 p.m.

    CHI, NJ, DET and MIL in the next 4 games. They do not have Lopez but what are the chances they win 3 of 4?

    Yes it is a really good time for the Jazz to be content.

  • PHO
    March 28, 2010 9:36 p.m.

    has a much easier road. The Jazz could win the Division and still be in 4th playing DEN in 5th with PHO in 3rd.

    I am not sure that the IND game resulted from but if that is what contentment looks like they may as well buy their plane tickets for the summer now.

    I am tired of wishing and hoping just have have the Jazz tank at the prospect of getting a 2 seed. Every time we think this team might be great it quickly dispels the delusion.

  • Shame on Jazz
    March 28, 2010 6:17 p.m.

    Content after dropping to pathetic Pacers?

    That is why Utah is not ready for winning the NBA champion.

  • the Mailman
    March 28, 2010 6:03 p.m.

    Teams take on the personailty of their coach. Rest assured the contentment starts at the top.

  • @ GregH
    March 28, 2010 1:30 p.m.

    Just checking to see if you have awakened from your dream yet...

  • GregH
    March 28, 2010 1:17 p.m.

    I hear all this talk about getting the number 2 seed. Which obviously is important. The best thing the Jazz need to do is go 8-0. It's not like they can't do it. They have L.A. on the road which is the biggest road block. But, they are not unbeatable and if they Jazz play a great tempo they can win. Other than that the only two other teams they have above .500 are OKC and Phoenix, with both of them at home. There is no way the Jazz will lose to OKC again and get swept, they wont let that happen. Phoenix is a win too considering the Jazz will need to win that for the series. I hope everyone realizes that Phoenix only has 26 losses as well and could move up in the standings just as easily as the jazz. So, if the jazz win in L.A. I have no problem predicting the Jazz finishing the season 8-0. This would put them at 56-26 and the #2 seed would almost be guaranteed to them.

  • todd to purple people eater
    March 28, 2010 11:14 a.m.

    For one thing I see the Nuggets going 6-3 or 7-2 after that emotional win in Toronto. Obviously, with the Lakers coming up, there is only one chance of a scenario that could get us the #2 or #3 seed and it is simple:

    Hope Denver loses at Orlando and Dallas the next 2 nights. With wins over the Knicks and Warriors at home as expected it would mean: The Jazz could be 1 up over Denver in the Loss column going into LA

    If we lose as expected we could be tied at worse and take our chances and try and close out out with 5 wins in 5 games hope denver goes 4-1 or more realistic: The Jazz finish 4-1 Denver 3-2

    In Summary: Denver has to lose the next 2 to really have a chance. The Jazz need to finish 7-2 and Denver 5-4...If Dallas finished 6-3 we finish #2

  • PurplePeopleEater
    March 28, 2010 9:34 a.m.

    Content? OOPS! Great attitude. Duh!


    As of games through March 27th, listed by final ranking, the projected wins/losses are based on "paper," meaning they are what's supposed to happen (by toughness of schedule) if all teams play their best:

    1. Lakers - go 8-1 to be 62-20
    2. Jazz - go 7-1 to be 55-27
    3. Mavs - go 6-3 to be 54-28
    4. Nuggets - go 5-4 to be 53-29
    5. Suns - go 6-4 to be 52-30
    6. Spurs - go 8-3 to be 51-31
    7. Thunder - go 7-4 to be 51-31
    8. Blazers - go 6-3 to be 50-32

    This pits the Jazz against the Thunder (a team they have a hard time against) in the first round, with the winner between the Mavs and Spurs in the second round.

    But, we know that status quo doesn't always happen. Some teams falter, some excel.

    It would be easy for the Jazz to end up 8th if lower teams excelled and the Jazz faltered. There currently aren't that many losses between 2nd and 8th.

    Jazz need to be ticked, not content.

  • SinceNow
    March 28, 2010 9:06 a.m.

    No, you can't afford bad losses. I think that Pacers loss is gonna be hard to get over considering the implications it has on the playoff seeding. That one game may have cost 2nd seed. Ouch.

  • The Problems Root-Content
    March 28, 2010 8:52 a.m.

    This is and always has been with all Jazz teams they're achilles issue-CONTENTMENT! I want to see effort, desire, killer instinct and drive to be the best you can, not just qualifing for some stupid playoff as merely a qualifier. Your all overpaid, so we the fans expect more of you than to be content, do you get it?