Well, here we are. After the long, dark offseason the Jazz are finally, finally playing against another bona-fide NBA team.
When: Friday, October 6th at 7:00pm MT
Where: Aunt Viv, (Vivint SmartHome Arena) Salt Lake City, UT
Radio: 1280 or 97.5 The Zone. There will be no televised broadcast of this game. Have fun watching the Las Vegas
Lame Names Golden Knights on AT&T Sportsnet Rocky Mountain.
Utah Jazz: None
Phoenix Suns: Shabazz Napier
What to Watch For
How will Dante Exum and Ricky Rubio fare against Eric Bledsoe?
Sure, Bledsoe isn’t quite the firecracker he was when he was with the Clippers. He’s been hampered by injuries, but he’s still an athletic guy who can score. Those types of guys usually give the Jazz trouble. It will be interesting to see how the Jazz ballhandlers match up with him.
Will Rodney Hood continue to produce against NBA competition?
This question obviously won’t be completely answered tonight, but this is an important preseason test for Rodney, if he’s able to play. He demolished the Sydney Kings, but these Suns are obviously better than they are. If the Jazz want to win games this season, Rodney Hood needs to step up.
Can Ricky Rubio score?
It’s early, but I feel like this is a fair question. In fact, I just looked at the previous game preview, and MyLo asked basically the same question. Last game Ricky was 0-3 in 15 minutes of action with 2 points. It’s clear that he’s a solid point guard, but we knew all along that his strength lies in defense and assists, not scoring. Still, 2 points from your starting point guard isn’t going to cut it night in and night out in the NBA.
Most likely Jazz killer
This one is a no-brainer. Devin Booker is going to be the best scorer in the building. If the Jazz backcourt players can put the clamps on him, the Suns’ offense is in bad shape. As I mentioned before, Eric Bledsoe is also a potential threat.
Should be a fun one.