Utah Jazz – Fight that good fight
This was a tough Utah Jazz season to predict. Some thought they would slide. Others thought they would be able to win big without Hayward. Others still thought they would do kind of both in between.
They’ve done all three! The beginning of the season they went back and forth to get a 5-3 record.
Then they lost eight of ten games. You know, it’s tough to win when your best player and most unsung player leave for nothing. Granted, Hayward is currently not playing, and George Hill is playing for the Kings which is basically the same as not playing, but still. It’s tough to recover. They’re 7-11.
Immediately afterward, they won six straight! Wow! It turns out Hill and Hayward weren’t needed when you have Favors and Ingles and a large French man. They were the true stars of the team last year. They’re 13-11 because they’ve rediscovered their true identity as whatever they heck they are and were.
Immediately after that, they lost seven of eight. That’s less good. You know, they really couldn’t recover from losing Hayward and Hill after all.
I don’t know. They are now 14-18, ninth place in the Western Conference as the writing of this sentence. What they are changes by the moment.
Basically they just have to persevere. This year is weird. If they keep being themselves, at some point they’re going to have another cool moment where someone does something. Maybe Ingles will have a month where he goes 70 percent from 3. Or Gobert will have a 20-20 game with 7 blocks. Or Derrick Favors will look like a top-30 player in the league again and spark a 9-1 run. Somehow they’re probably going to end at .500, though, and it won’t make sense.