Posted by: Danny-Hansen on May 10th, 2010The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
You have heard it on TV. You have read it in the papers and on the Internet. You have heard it from friends and family. You have probably even heard it from that little voice in your head. And what you have heard is that the Jazz’s second round series against the Lakers is over after the Lakers took a commanding 3-0 series lead Saturday night. It’s over they say. But last time I checked you need to win 4 games to win a series. And after even more thorough investigating, I found out that the Jazz’s season isn’t over and they are scheduled to play again on Monday night. So, while the Jazz have not been eliminated and still have games on their schedule, I am not waving the white flag.
Every time this Jazz team steps on the floor, I feel they have a chance to win. Every time. I haven’t had that feeling about a Jazz team since the Stockton and Malone years. The attitude and toughness of this Jazz team is different from past years. They are a dangerous team. Just ask Carmelo and his fans in Utah. And while the Jazz still have games to play, I will have their back.
They say, “You can’t come back from a 3-0 defecit to win a playoff series.” Well, where does it say that in the NBA rule book. And though it has never happened and it is very unlikely, it is not impossible. The Jazz should know better than any franchise that a 3-0 lead does not mean you have already advanced.
In the 2nd round of the 1994 playoffs, the Jazz met up with the #8 seed Denver Nuggets, who were fresh off the first ever upset of a #1 seed in the first round of the playoffs in NBA history. Stockton, Malone, and Hornacek took a 3-0 lead in the series with an overtime win in Game 3 by the score of 111-109. It was over everybody was saying, but Denver didn’t think so. In Game 4, the Nuggets stole Game 4 by a single point. They then went on to force Game 7 by winning two close games in Games 5 and 6. It was far from over. The Nuggets had all the momentum. Karl Malone was struggling. Denver was really close to making history all because they didn’t give up. And though the Jazz did eventually win that series with a 10 point Game 7 victory, the Nuggets showed what could happen if a team believes they can win.
Another source for inspiration for Jazz fans are the 2004 Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox trailed the rival Yankees 3-0 in the American League Championship Series. In fact, the Red Sox had lost Game 3 to the Yanks 19-8. They even trailed Game 4 in th 9th inning 4-3. Yet they were able to come back and win that game 6-4 in the 12th inning. That catalyzed them to a Game 5 victory, followed by a Game 6 victory, and finally a series clinching Game 7 thrashing of New York. And though comparing baseball and basketball is apples and oranges, the Red Sox should make believers out of Jazz fans.
Now, let’s look at some positives for the Jazz. Their next game is at home. We can be there, willing them to victory. In fact, two of the three games needed to force a Game 7 are at home. The Jazz have been in every game, and they are a few plays and inches from having a 2-1 lead in this series. The Jazz can play loose. They are, as they say, playing with house money. They can take chances and try something new. And finally, the Jazz have the best point guard in the NBA. I am not counting out D-Will. Considering all these things, who knows, the Jazz just may make history. And after all, there has to be a first time for everything.
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