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Utah Jazz 2012-2013 Schedule: October / November Review

18 Games into the season this team is . . . right where they should be.

AllThatAmar

Monthly Previews: October and November , December , January , February , March , April

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The Month that Was:

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The Good:

  • Game 1, Jazz 113 vs. Mavericks 94: The season started off with a bang in game one. The Jazz took control with a decisive third quarter (stop me if you hear this a lot this season) and put the game away.
  • Game 5, Jazz 95 vs. Lakers 86: Utah got their second win of the season against a pretty great team (on paper) Steve Nash did not play, and both Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard scored a lot (48 points), but it wasn't enough. This was one of the first Randy Foye Enfoyego games of the season as he went 5/9 from downtown.
  • Game 8, Jazz 140 @ Raptors 133 (3OT): Just a crazy game, would have been devastating if we lost. Great perimeter defense by Derrick Favors down the stretch on face up specialist Andrea Bargnani.
  • Game 15, Jazz 105 vs. Nuggets 103: We weren't playing like we were going to win this game for an entire half, but a very solid third quarter by Al Jefferson changed everything. We eventually won, despite it looking grim. This would be a jump-off point for a good team. Sadly we went 1-2 in the next three games.

The Bad:

  • Game 2, Jazz 86 @ Hornets 88: We should have won this game, no Eric Gordon, no Anthony Davis for most of the game -- we had one dude to guard in Ryan Anderson, and we still lost.
  • Game 6, Jazz 84 @ Nuggets 104: This was our first blowout of the season, and it happened in a place we've lost a lot of blowouts in, in Denver, We looked completely over-matched as Kenneth Faried and Kosta Koufos were klowning on us.
  • Game 10, Jazz 93 @ Sixers 99: Only Paul Millsap showed up for this game, which is sad. Two nights before the Jazz played a very spirited game against the Boston Celtics and lost a close one. Somehow playing against a worse team missing their best player (Andrew Bynum) on a day of rest resulted in a worse performance. We should have won this game, if only we played half as good as we did the night before.
  • Game 14, Jazz 97 @ Kings 108: I was unhappy with how we started this game. Just an overall poor performance to a bad team that, normally, we should have defeated.

The Meme-y:

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The Jazz are, uh, undefeated at home this year.

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Randy is making a lot of believers out there with his amazing shooting so far.

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This season has seen the end of "Al the Conqueror Ball"

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Ty is still searching for respect from the refs, but he's slowly earning it.

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Technically, December is here. And we need to continue winning, while playing slightly tougher opponents.

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Amar's Prediction:

I had the Jazz going 9-9. The Jazz went 9-9. Big whoop. At my most optimistic I felt like we could have won 12 games out of our first 18 -- if we beat New Orleans in game 2, and Philly without Bynum in game 10, and Sactown in game 14 we do just that.