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Rough Road Ahead

Posted By Wilson Tarpeh Jr. On Nov 8 2010 @ 12:40 pm In Utah Jazz | No Comments

The last post let you all know that the Jazz were 3-3, what it didn’t let you know was that the road trip ahead might be a little dangerous. Tomorrow night the Jazz play the Heat in Miami, followed by the Hawks in ATL, and the Magic in Orlando. This is not a road trip for the faint of heart, but it will be a good way to gauge how good this Jazz team is or isn’t.

One of the things the Jazz have in their favor going into the match-up against the Miami is their size, Milsap and Jefferson are huge. They will HAVE to cause damage in the paint against the front line challenged Heat, the 2 bigs also have to stay out of foul trouble. The Hornets were able to take down the Heat, they have a very similar team to the Jazz. They have just been together a little longer,Chris Paul caused a lot of trouble by penetrating deep into the lane and distributing the ball to Okafor and West. My thinking is if they couldn’t keep Paul out of the paint, how are they going to keep Deron Williams out of the paint? Not only that but Jefferson and Milsap are a little bigger than Okafor and West. Once again that’s on paper, you don’t know how Miami is going to counter that or if they are going to shoot as bad from beyond the arch as they did against the Hornets. All I am saying is that the Jazz have a good chance, they have the ingredients they just can’t afford to fall behind or turn the ball over. The Heat is the worse team in the league to turn the ball over against, once they’re in transition there is no one catching them. They have 2 of the fastest, if not the 2 fastest players in the league in transition on one team in Wade&James. Slow the pace, play good defense and get the ball in the paint. If the Jazz can do these things, they have a great chance at beating the Heat. Not only would they be capable of beating the Heat with that level of play, but they might be able to come out of this rough trip with a winning record. 2-1 isn’t bad in that 3 game stretch, the Jazz just can’t afford to come back 0-3. What are the Jazz chances for coming out of this stretch with a winning record??

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