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While you were sleeping... 25 February 2009

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Since we're in the playoff race, I figured I'd start a little something each morning to catch you up with where the Jazz are in the standings on a daily basis and the games from last night that have an impact on that.

We'll ask Carlos Boozer to give us his reaction to each game

LAKERS 107 @ THUNDER 93

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No one is probably catching the Lakers at this point.  So while their games aren't likely to impact our place in the standings, we could be first-round opponents.  And even if we were completely out of it, you always root for a Lakers loss.

TRAIL BLAZERS 94 @ ROCKETS 98

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We trail both of these teams in the standings.  So having other teams in the west cannibalize each other is a good thing.  Either way, we're going to pick up some ground.  This one gets a smile because it's a division rival that lost.  Portland almost pulled it out but couldn't hit the shot down the stretch when they needed it.  But you can't go wrong with either one on this.

MAVERICK 76 @ SPURS 93

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Another game of attrition.  Either way we're in good shape.  I would have liked to have gained ground on the Spurs, but having the Mavs fade away works as well.  The Mavs couldn't win despite Duncan being out.

BOBCATS 102 @ SUNS 112

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Didn't expect any help out of this one from the Bobcats.  The Suns are still in the 9th spot in the west though.  Nash tweaked his ankle but should be fine.

So here are the Western Conference standings,

Western Conference
  W L PCT GB HM RD CONF DIV PF PA DIFF STRK L10
LA Lakers 47 10 .825 - 26-4 21-6 30-4 10-1 108.9 100.6 +8.4 Won 5 9-1
San Antonio 38 17 .691 8 19-7 19-10 24-8 8-3 97.6 93.7 +3.9 Won 3 7-3
Denver 37 20 .649 10 20-7 17-13 22-11 7-2 103.2 100.6 +2.6 Lost 3 6-4
Houston 36 21 .632 11 23-6 13-15 23-10 5-5 98.5 94.9 +3.6 Won 5 8-2
Portland 35 21 .625 11 ½ 23-5 12-16 17-16 5-4 99.2 95.2 +4.0 Lost 1 6-4
New Orleans 33 22 .600 13 19-9 14-13 21-14 5-3 96.3 93.8 +2.4 Won 1 5-5
Utah 34 23 .596 13 25-6 9-17 23-11 7-3 102.7 99.3 +3.4 Won 5 8-2
Dallas 33 23 .589 13 ½ 19-8 14-15 18-16 4-6 100.6 99.3 +1.3 Lost 1 6-4
Phoenix 32 24 .571 14 ½ 17-11 15-13 19-13 7-3 106.5 104.3 +2.2 Won 1 6-4

Do you realize that if we were even .500 on the road we're be 38 & 19?  Yikes.  But we're in a good position to start moving up.  It will take a bit to catch Denver right now.  But with two head-to-heads left, we'll certainly have the chance.

Overall grade for the night?  What do you say Booze?

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Like I said...  We're not catching the Lakers, so I won't count their wins as bad.  Take them out and we gain ground in 2 of the 3 games.  I'll take that.