The Utah Jazz had a pretty good chance of winning 50 games this season. Many of us fans thought so during free agency when the schedule was released. They sit at 49 wins right now with two more games to play. They may yet win one of their next two games. But it’s not likely to be Monday’s match-up against the West leading Golden State Warriors.
According to the Jazz PR they are going to be a little injured:
- PG: George Hill (right groin strain, questionable), Raul Neto (left ankle sprain, out)
- SG: Rodney Hood (right knee soreness, out)
- SF: Gordon Hayward (left quadriceps contusion, questionable)
- PF: Derrick Favors (left knee soreness, out)
- C: Ante Tomic (afraid to play in the NBA, out)
I don’t expect Hill to play. Hayward might because he’s a gamer, but I really think there’s no beneficial point at this stage. Let the Dubs sweep the Jazz. Focus on the Los Angeles Clippers - a team Utah cannot beat if Utah is hurt.
When healthy the Jazz are remarkable. They should have been a 50+ win team by our estimation. By the estimation of ManGamesLost.com the Jazz probably should have been a 60 win team this year based on how they play when healthy.
NBA top 5, wins lost due to injured players (Lost-ws metric)— Man Games Lost NBA (@ManGamesLostNBA) April 9, 2017
1 UTA (9.0 wins lost)
2 TOR (8.6)
3 DEN (8.4)
4 MEM (7.6)
5 MIA (7.2)
I still believe that this team is a nuclear sub. Utah is under water, which is a bad place to be for most boats. But this is no ordinary boat. This is something that’s only gotten stronger and stronger through adversity.
When the NBA Playoffs come - and they’ll be here this weekend - we’re going to see who this team really is.