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A Look at Losing Streaks During Winning Seasons

Losses are not fun. Let’s look at some of the losing patterns over the last 20 years.

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Well, darn. There goes another winnable game against a +.500 team that ended in a loss for the good guys. Also, the Utah Jazz are officially on a losing streak again. When stuff like this happens, it makes me want to go back and look at other years to see where this one, which is the best in quite awhile, stacks up. So that’s what I did.

So, it appears that if the Jazz continue to win at the same pace that they are winning at now then they will likely end up with similar metrics (narrow though they are) to the 2001-02, 2002-03, 2008-09 and 2012-13 teams.

That’s not great, but it ain’t terrible either. Here’s a small cause for optimism: no, the Utah Jazz shouldn’t start planning their victory parade through the streets of Salt Lake City just yet, but they will almost certainly be able to call themselves something that hasn’t applied since the spring of 2012. An NBA playoff team. If I were a betting man, I’d put money on them being able to call themselves something that hasn’t applied since the spring of 2010: winners of a playoff game, and probably a playoff series. Finally, they have their first all-star since Deron Williams. Things are trending up for this team, not down!

I, for one, am still excited about the team, and I think they can get better. The All-Star break will do them good, and I’m confident that Quin Snyder will push them to compete for a top-four seed come April.