It seems like it's been forever since the Utah Jazz, the new media darlings (uh, the newest media darlings, or the darlings of new media? or both?) last played. They'll tip off against the Houston Rockets in Game 2 of their season high five game home stand. (Home stand info here). The Houston Rockets are a team fighting for home court in the West, and the Jazz are fighting to play spoiler. According to Sports Illustrated, both of these teams are surging right now, the Jazz on defense and the Rockets on offense.
Houston has won 7-3, and Utah 8-2 in their respective last 10 games. Historically the Jazz are 98-86 all-time against the Rox, and a commanding 62-30 in Utah. Can they win tonight? I sure hope so. They will have some help as the Rockets are not at full strength, no Kostas Papanikolaou. Dwight is a load with his defensive rebounding, and shot blocking ability. Papa can hit the three, and has against the Jazz. Sadly, Utah could also be without two rotation players tonight. is still out for the season. is still listed as questionable, even after shoot around., and no
The Jazz have stepped it up on defense, and the Rockets are on fire from outside right now.
I am actually pretty blogged out today, so this is basically the preview. They're hurt. We're hurt. They haveand a bunch of guys stepping up. Gordon Hayward may not be available. and are bigger than their guys, but they have lots of good defenders who can hit threes like and .
The X-factor is how 'stretchy' their stretch bigs can be. If they can disrupt Utah's defense, guys like Harden andwill have lots of room to drive and get to the line. If the Jazz and force Houston into taking TOO MANY threes (not open spot up ones, but forced shots when a defender in their face) then things could work out for the Jazz.
Also, someone #ping Moni, because this is the biggest ever #UDQM of all-time, by Ron Boone: