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The Overtone: Jazz at Blazers - Stepping Up Our Scowl Game

Move over, Dame. Here comes Joe Johnson!

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There is an undeniable correlation between between a team’s scowl game and their win/loss record. Ok, not really. But there’s nothing like a good scowl to tell your opponent that you currently own them, that you are about to own them, or that you just owned them.

Damian Lillard is one of those guys I wished played for the Jazz. He’s often underrated. He’s always out to prove everyone wrong. He played college ball at Weber State for crying out loud. I mean who does that?? I’m looking at you Harold Arceneaux. He released a rap album on his time off.

He’s a competitor and he has lit up the Jazz of late. But that is about to come to an end because the Jazz have stepped up their scowl game in a big way. Exhibit 1 below is Dame’s scowl.

Exhibit 1:

Houston Rockets v Portland Trailblazers Ð Game Six Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images

That’s pretty good, Dame. But the Jazz now have Joe Johnson. We’ve had Quin for a few seasons now but needed on-court reinforcements. Joe’s scowl is more subtle which makes it even more menacing. He’s not even trying. Exhibit 2 is Joe Johnson when the photographer told him they just wanted a few more shots. Needless to say, there were no additional shots.

Exhibit 2:

NBA: Utah Jazz-Media Day Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

So, the Jazz win tonight if they bring their scowl game. Rudy Gobert is working on his scowl:

Can’t wait for tonight’s game. Feels like Christmas morning morning right now. Go Jazz!