Uh, oh, somebody learned how to win on the road.
Man, if the Jazz really have figured out how to finally win on the road, look out. The last two seasons have seen the Jazz post a 15-26 road record in 2009 and a 17-24 record in 2008.
In 2009, they would have finished 53-29 had they been just a game under .500 (20-21) on the road and would have been 5th in the west instead of 8th and facing a first-round exit against LA.
In 2008, the would have finished 57-25 with a 20-21 road record. Had they finished 21-20, they would have been the 1 seed in the west.
In both of those years they had quite a few losses on the road that they should have had. We would have had a whole different outcome to the last two years of playoffs had that happened.
They're by no means out of the woods this year as they still have 16 of their final 28 games left on the road. Can they go .500 on the road the rest of the way? Here are their remaining road games,
|Sun, Feb 21, 2010||@||Portland Trail Blazers|
|Fri, Feb 26, 2010||@||Sacramento Kings|
|Mon, Mar 1, 2010||@||Los Angeles Clippers|
|Thu, Mar 4, 2010||@||Phoenix Suns|
|Tue, Mar 9, 2010||@||Chicago Bulls|
|Wed, Mar 10, 2010||@||Detroit Pistons|
|Fri, Mar 12, 2010||@||Milwaukee Bucks|
|Sun, Mar 14, 2010||@||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|Fri, Mar 19, 2010||@||Phoenix Suns|
|Wed, Mar 24, 2010||@||Toronto Raptors|
|Fri, Mar 26, 2010||@||Indiana Pacers|
|Sat, Mar 27, 2010||@||Washington Wizards|
|Fri, Apr 2, 2010||@||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Wed, Apr 7, 2010||@||Houston Rockets|
|Fri, Apr 9, 2010||@||New Orleans Hornets|
|Tue, Apr 13, 2010||@||Golden State Warriors|
There are a lot of winnable road games as far as road games that are winnable. This road winning streak has been one of the biggest indicators that maybe, just maybe, things have changed with the team.
The game was a little too close for comfort late. The Jazz had a huge lead and the Warriors cut it to 11 late in the fourth. I let my guard down as much as the Jazz did. I was having a good game thread, checking on some tweets, getting stuff to eat, and when I snapped out of it, the Ws had a chance to cut the lead to single digits.
It was a pretty ugly second half for the Jazz after going into video game mode in the second quarter. They outscored the high flying Warriors 31-10. All of you that play video games, especially sports games, you've been the victim of playing really well only to have the CPU go into screw you mode and coming back. They can't miss and you can't hit.
However, on rare occasions, you just keep going and going and there's no comeback. They keep missing/striking out/fumbling and everything you do it gold. Best feeling ever to stick it to the computer and run up the score. That's what it was like for the Jazz in the second quarter. It was a beautiful thing to behold.
Let's finish this out Bullets
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- AK was just an assist and two blocks from the 5X5. He still had 22 to go along with 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals, and 3 blocks. A couple of those blocks were just a crime against humanity. AK will save us all.
- Millsap had 7 & 7 with 5 of those being offensive boards. He also had 4 huge blocks that
- Boozer was a monster and always has been against this Warriors team. 30 & 16 for him on the night. Even against the Ws, this was some good production. Fantastic game tonight.
- Deron may have left his shot in Dallas at the All-star game. But he must have had his dimes in his carry-on because he's still finding team mates. He'll break out of the shooting funk.
- He seemed to be in better spirits after the game for his interview. He joked about crying all day in reference to the Brewer trade. Boozer mentioned after the game that it felt like they were losing a member of family. It didn't sound like either of them knew about Ronnie's injury; at least they didn't mention anything about it.
- CJ Miles was, well CJ Miles. When he was getting his feet set, he was nailing threes. But he had a couple of jacks late that had me screaming. Give him credit though for getting the Jazz going early and coming in and scoring 10 quick points. He was the only other player in double figures. Sure looks like he wants those extra minutes.
- And the Fess got some PT which coincided with the start of the Warriors' late run. If we don't hear from bucimislover by Monday, he's kidnapped Fess and taken him across the border. The scary part of this is that Siler tweeted that a fan behind the Jazz bench was wearing a #44 and screamed when Fess made his bucket.
- It was LDS night at the Oracle. They had the missionaries singing the national anthem. Did everyone get their tickets 10% off?
- Memo to Booner, Ronnie B no longer plays for the Jazz. If it's easier, you can just say Ronnie now that we only have one.
- A little better on the turnovers. The Jazz had 14 to their 22.
- A lot of opponents still step in the lane early on Deron's free-throws. Gets them almost every time.
- Great night around the league for the Jazz. Nuggets lost to Washington. The Spurs fell in Philly. And Boston crushed the Blazers.
- Finally, they're doing an MRI on Ronnie Brewer in the morning. Let's hope for the best.
And I'm just stating fact here. After Denver's loss, we're just a 1/2 game behind them in the standings. They'll be hosting Boston on Sunday night while we're playing the Blazers. Fact.
On to Portland.