I find it very interesting how all the media and fan's make a big deal over
the fact that Blake Griffin was out for most of the series. Let's give the
Jazz some credit! They played without Rudy for all but 17 seconds in the first
game (and they won) and he only played about 10 minutes in the final game
because of foul trouble (3 of which were terrible calls) and they won again!
That's not to mention they were without Hayward for all but 9 minutes in
another game because he was sick... The better team WON, I wish the NBA and
MEDIA would give the Jazz some credit, and most of all some RESPECT!
@Iowa Jazz Fan 2I think that you may be right, but it is also important to
note that besides the loss of Griffin and the return of a less than 100% Austin
Rivers, the Clips seemed to be pretty healthy. The Jazz have a number of players
who are playing more minutes than they should be because of lingering injuries.
It will be interesting to see what both teams do with their often-injured,
talented power forwards. Going forward, I think that the Clips must sign Paul
and the Jazz must sign Hayward, but failing to sign Griffin and Favors might
doom both teams in the long run. The Jazz, at least, could wait, I think, until
mid-next season to see how Favors responds to a summer of recuperation.
If Griffin had not gone down, I think the Jazz still would have played strong,
gutsy, intelligent basketball -- but nevertheless I think they would have been
cleaning out their lockers tomorrow.