I don't know how important preseason games are. Sure, you don't win the title if you are killing teams right now. But by the same token, if your team looks like garbage there's no automatic switch to flip that ensures a smooth start to the regular season. In Hawaii the Utah Jazz (2-2) looked defensively sound and ready to grind teams up. After returning from paradise the team has fallen back to earth and dropped two games to Western Conference foes the Phoenix Suns and the Portland Trail Blazers. That last game, their first at home, was a downer as Portland (2-2) was playing without their best player . Lillard has vowed to play tonight, and the Jazz are resting their big three of , , and .
By the laws of irony alone Utah should win, right?
We'll have to see what happens on the court. The Blazers will still be without starting shooting guard Cliff Alexander. But otherwise they are ready for action. The Jazz will be playing without four of the five starters from last season as Hayward is out with a low back contusion, is still out for the season, and Favors and Gobert are out for rest., and bigman
What could a starting line-up look like tonight? (N.B. These are not the official starters, I am writing this hours before the game starts)
- PG: vs. Damian Lillard
- SG: vs.
- SF: vs.
- PF: vs.
- C: vs.
In the last game the Jazz were having increasing difficulty on defense against mobile or orbital bigmen -- guys who didn't need to be in the paint to be in the play. Will Booker (or) tagged up with Pleiss (and ) do a better job? Or will the Jazz have to somehow shoe-horn as a Euro-four during stretches? Also, in somewhat related news, why didn't Dennis Lindsey give a call back in July?
I know, too soon.
GO JAZZ GO!
Who is going to win tonight?
This poll is closed
The Utah Jazz (2-2)
The Portland Trail Blazers (2-2)