You could say this is the last relatively easy game for the Jazz fora while. After Memphis at home tonight, it the Heat, Magic, and Mavericks. The next three games are at home before they finish out the month with only 2 of the 9 at the ESA.
Like I mentioned in the DB, they've had kind of a mixed year so far. They've beaten some good teams but have obviously dropped more than they've won. They're very young still with only Tony Allen (6 seasons) and Zach Randolph (9) being their only vets. The rest of the cast is Marc Gasol, Rudy Gay, O.J. Mayo, Mike Conley, and Xavier Henry. They have a core group of guys there but they have yet to put things together.
They're a middle of the pack team offensively and a little below average defensively on the season. That's right about where they were last year.
The Jazz need to jump on the Grizzlies early and often and don't give them a chance. They played hard last night and overcame a double-digit deficit to the Nuggets before falling 108-107. This game certainly doesn't make or break the season, but come April, it could be the difference in home-court advantage if they don't take care of business.
- Should be a good matchup between Gasol/Randolph and Jefferson/Millsap. Millsap's play against them the past couple of seasons has been so-so while Al has been good.
- Xavier Henry, passed over by the Jazz for Hayward, will make his 9th start on the season. He had his best outing last night against the Nuggets when he put up 17.
- Make sure to follow Matt Moore for this game on twitter.
- Straight Outta Vancouver
- Three Shades of Blue