“Right now, we’re decidedly average,” Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey said during an interview on The Zone Sports Network.
Are you going to do anything about it is the question
“You've just got to get through this part of the schedule, and we’re almost there,” said Jazz television analyst Matt Harpring. “It’s becoming tiresome because we’re almost there. But I do feel by the end of the month that the schedule certainly does turn in favor of the Jazz. Does that mean they’re going to start going on a streak like they did last year? I’m not so sure. That’s yet to be seen.”
sounds more like March but keep up the homerism Matt it suits you
By mid-December, the Jazz have played an NBA-high 18 road games, splitting them down the middle — but part of the problem is they are only 4-6 at home.
Exactly. More home games is a good thing?
“I do think they can climb back into it,” Harpring said. “I do sense an urgency there. If they’re going to make a run, they’re going to have to do it here when the schedule does turn. They can’t kind of mess around, lose to teams when they should be beating them if they want to be in the top four.”
How about top 8 for starters?
“From what I’ve gathered so far, I feel like the Jazz are kind of a front-running team,” Harpring said. “When they’re good, they’re very good. They can really shoot. But they’re not as good as far as coming from behind as they are playing in front.”
They can't really shoot!
As last season proved, Quin Snyder’s teams have a history of improving after the holidays. The Jazz fell to nine games below .500 last January before going on a 29-6 streak.
it's had more to do with Gobert than COTY but keep up that narrative!
"The ethos of Utah is kind of the bootstrap mentality, us against the world -- 'We're going to build this thing and we don't care how long it takes,'" Clint Betts, the executive director of Silicon Slopes, said with only a hint of hyperbole. "This is the most beloved Utahn in the history of the state -- already, one year in! We already call him a Utahn! I was here for [John] Stockton and [Karl] Malone. We loved those guys. But he's already surpassed Stockton and Malone in the way he's beloved by this state. And it's because he has embraced this state -- because he loves us."
DANTE EXUM: THREE YEARS, $33 MILLION
When the Utah Jazz re-signed Dante Exum this past summer, it was at a price that had the future in mind. If the Australian swingman can reach his full potential, paying him an annual average value of $11 million will look like a steal.
The thing is, thus far this season, it doesn’t look like he’ll be reaching his potential anytime soon. Exum is averaging 6.4 points and shooting 37.1 percent from the floor overall, and the Jazz are getting outscored when he’s on the court.
Still, Exum is just 23 years old, so although the early return on investment isn’t great, there’s plenty of time for that to change. Plus, even if it doesn’t, at least the third year of his deal is non-guaranteed, so Utah can get out of the contract without paying the full $33 million.
While some of the Jazz’s worst performances have been undeniably head-scratching, those that paid close attention to their early schedule probably aren’t that surprised by the sub-.500 start. Utah has had it absolutely brutal to start the year, with a number of tough opponents and a ridiculous amount of travel.
I'm not surprised because it's the same roster that couldn't shoot taking even more 3's
Last of all, not only do they lead the league in road games, but their travel schedule has been simply insane. Their home games haven’t even felt like home games, which is something I touched on earlier in the month in extensive detail. But just to briefly reiterate, because Utah has had so many single home games instead of home stands, at one point during the year they literally played a stretch of 13 games in a different arena every night.
The home games that are like road games!
Hopefully you’re picking up what I’m putting down here. Essentially what I’m saying is that, while there’s been surprising disappointments and undeniably poor stretches of play that need to be corrected, Utah’s lackluster start also has a completely justifiable explanation. The NBA schedulers did Utah no favors to start the year and essentially put them in a situation where they were almost guaranteed to fail due to circumstances outside of their control.
Things are in their control and Ricky and Favors and Exum and Snyder and Lindsey just keep doing their thing.
So, once again, before hitting the panic button, Jazz fans should instead take a step back, look at the facts and realize that, while no excuses should be accepted, the strength of schedule discrepancy is a real thing. Utah’s poor start can be directly related to a nearly impossible situation. And with how tough things have been and due to the toll such travel takes, it’s miraculous that Utah is even where they’re at.
Miraculous that what was considered a great team is 14th in the west?