The Utah Jazz are facing off against the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of the playoffs and everyone around the NBA is calling it one of the most anticipated series.

Here are some reasons to be excited about the Jazz’s chances.


After a sluggish start that saw a large amount of defenses lapses and hot shooting from the Denver Nuggets, the Utah Jazz came roaring back in the second half to get the victory.

The adjustments in the second half paid off immensely as the Jazz found a way to slow down the Nuggets scoring more effectively.
Nikola Jokic gave Rudy Gobert problems but Rudy still managed 18 and 10.

In the first half, Alec Burks struggled on the defensive end but exploded in the fourth quarter helping the Jazz pull away from the Nuggets.

Joe Johnson and Ricky Rubio’s veteran presence can not be underestimated. They helped keep the Jazz calm to overcome the offensive onslaught from the Nuggets in the first half.


The Utah Jazz lost another tough one to the Denver Nuggets on Friday night. Trey Lyles and Jamal Murray were huge for the Nuggets scoring a combined 52 points.

For Utah, Donovan Mitchell flashed his playmaking ability getting 5 assists along with 15 points and 7 rebounds.

The Jazz have now lost two of their last eight and slipping farther away from the playoffs. To get back in the playoff picture they need wins and they need them soon.


The Utah Jazz lost a heartbreaker to the Miami Heat after Josh Richardson made a late game winner that put the Jazz away.

That’s now three losses in a row for the Jazz and nine losses in their last eleven games and puts the Utah Jazz at a major crossroads. There is the possibility of making the playoffs still, but is it worth it? Rudy Gobert will not be back for probably another two weeks and will undoubtedly take time to get back to form. And even when Rudy Gobert comes back, there are still issues with the makeup of the roster with Derrick Favors and Ricky Rubio.

A decision will come soon, and it will either be to help the Jazz make the playoffs or do something that helps them in the long-term with the draft.

The bright side is Donovan Mitchell continues to make a case for rookie of the year. His play has been phenomenal and makes every game fun, win or lose.

P.S. I miss Dante Exum.


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The Utah Jazz had their backs against the ropes and are missing players. Losers of 9 of their last 11 and now missing Derrick Favors on the road against a solid Washington Wizards team, you wouldn’t have thought they’d gotten a victory. But that’s what they did!

Ricky Rubio came up big again for the Jazz. With 21 points he helped carry the Jazz in the first quarter and hit a big corner three to help seal the win in the 4th.

With so many trade talks looming about what may happen with the Utah Jazz, a win tonight could be the start of something. And if the Jazz can get Rudy Gobert back and possibly add Nikola Mirotic, they could turn the season around.



On the back end of their second back to back in just five games, the Utah Jazz looked slow against a Phoenix Suns team who seem invigorated after the departure of Earl Watson.

The Suns out-rebounded the Jazz 55 to 44 and also had less turnovers with 16 compared to the Jazz who had 24. This could be seen as effort plays, but more likely it is the sign of a tired team. The Jazz will need as much rest as possible to play well against the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday to avoid another loss to a non playoff team.

All in all a frustrating night for the Jazz looking to bounce back from a tough loss to the LA Clippers.