Game Thread: Utah Jazz at Oklahoma City Thunder -- Soggy Cookies should not be so strong

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Game #74: Utah Jazz (23-50) @ Oklahoma City Thunder (53-19)
Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
March 30, 2014 -- 1:00 pm MT
TV: ROOT Sports -- RADIO: 1280 am / 97.5 fm

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We know the Oklahoma City Thunder are a good team, and we know that the Utah Jazz aren't really that good at all. Perhaps we need to look at more than just a team by season by season, but look at the big picture. OKC is a contender, and have been for a long while now. The Jazz, as a franchise, have been in a tail-spin since losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in the playoffs three seasons in a row half a decade ago.

One think OKC didn't do was that they didn't skip steps. They took their beatings, and their young guys learned from them.

Player 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Average
1 Kevin Durant 2,768 2,885 3,239 3,038 2,546 3,119 2,734 2,904.1
2 Jeff Green 2,253 2,873 3,043 2,427 2,254 2,454 2,550.7
3 Russell Westbrook 2,668 2,813 2,847 2,331 2,861 1,195 2,452.5
4 Serge Ibaka 1,323 2,216 1,792 2,486 2,333 2,030.0
5 Reggie Jackson 501 993 2,038 1,177.3
Franchise Wins 20 23 50 55 47 60 53 44.0

Sure, they flipped Green, but got the starting center from the NBA championship team for him. Could we flip anyone for a starter from the Spurs or Heat? I don't think so. Reggie Jackson averages more minutes per season than Kanter or Burks does, and jackson played 500 minutes as a rookie. Anyway, by comparison, this is where we are.

Player 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Average
1 Gordon Hayward 1,218 2,015 2,104 2,470 1,951.8
2 Trey Burke 1,934 1,934.0
3 Derrick Favors 1,535 1,376 1,787 1,929 1,656.8
4 Alec Burks 939 1,137 1,909 1,328.3
5 Enes Kanter 874 1,078 1,899 1,283.7
Franchise Wins 39 36 43 23 35.3

I think we're going to lose tonight. I hope our guys learn from it. And as this season comes to another close, let's hope that our front office learns that it's the wrong thing to try to skip steps.

GO JAZZ GO!

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