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Downbeat #1889: The "Let's End Our Playoff Drought" Edition

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The Utah Jazz, Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors, Rudy Gobert, Rodney Hood, Alec Burks, and cast are ready to make the playoffs and be relevant again!

NBA Playoffs start in 5 days on April 16th!

The Jazz may make it and can still finish anywhere from 6th to 9th in the West with 2 games to go!!!!!

This season may have been a slight disappointment wins-wise (we won 38 last year and barely improved on that in a year we were supposed to make a big jump), but considering the injuries and behemoths in our conference this year, I think many of us will gladly take this scenario had you told us this a month ago when we were 6 games under .500.

Jazz play a HUGE home game vs. the Mavericks tonight at 7 PM and

finish off the regular season at the Lakers on Wednesday night at 8:30 PM in Kobe's last game.

How will you best remember Kobe?

This is my favorite memory involving him:

After bringing up that last point involving the Mavericks, it made me curious, when was the last time the Jazz were involved in a game with as big of implications as tonight's game vs. the Mavericks? (Let us know in the comments)

This game could very well make all the difference between the Jazz finishing 6th and getting the chance to face a team that's not a top 10 team of all time (but still a contender in the Thunder) as opposed to not even making the playoffs at all in a crucial year for this team.

The Jazz beat down the Nuggets last night while resting Derrick Favors to prepare him for tonight's huge game. Enjoy some highlights from Trey Lyles' 22-point career high game!

After crapping the bed the game before, last night's game was a nice palate-cleanser to helpfully get us some momentum into the playoffs!

Gobert's 6 blocks:

A big thank you to Salt City Hoop's Dan Clayton for breaking down every scenario for where the teams in the playoff hunt will finish:

If the text is too small for you to read, this is where the Jazz will finish:

6th if Jazz win both games and Grizzlies lose both games

7th if a) Jazz win both games and Grizzlies win any game. b) Jazz beat Dallas and Spurs beat Dallas

8th if a) Jazz beat Dallas and Dallas beats Spurs and Rockets lose 1 game. b) Jazz beat Lakers and Rockets lose 1 game. c) Jazz lose both and Rockets lose both.

9th if a) Jazz beat Dallas, Dallas beat Spurs, and Rockets win both. b) Jazz beat Lakers and Rockets win both. c) Jazz lose both and Rockets win 1 game.

So moral of the story is Jazz need to win both and everyone else needs to lose!

Lastly, I leave you all today with a reminder that the Jazz have not won a single playoff game with anyone in this core. 2010 is the last year the Utah Jazz won a playoff game. Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer were still at large. Jerry Sloan was still our coach. Millsap, Okur, Kirilenko were not distant memories from a past roster but still important cogs.

Will the Jazz end this drought this year? Who knows, but I sure hope so, and even if not, it's just got to happen by next season. Right....RIGHT?!!?

For the Jazz fanbase's collective sanity, please get us the taste of a playoff win once again Jazz!