Posted by: Earl-Stevens on April 15th, 2010The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
Northwest Division champions. . .Not
2nd seed. . .Nope
Home court advantage. . .Gone
Getting up for a game that really counts. . .Not this time
Are you feeling those losses against Minnesota, Indiana, Sacramento, and Houston yet? I am.
Are you questioning the toughness of the Jazz? You’re not alone. One more win would have given us the two seed and home court advantage in the first round. Two more wins would have given us the two seed and home court advantage in the first two rounds.
With the Northwest Division title on the line, it all came down to one game. . .AT HOME. . .and the Jazz choked. Big time.
With the exception of Memo, nobody showed up. Can I get a three, Korver? Nope. How ’bout some leadership, D-Will? Maybe next game.
Kobe can play half a season with a broken finger, but Kirilenko and Boozer can’t put some icy-hot on their “strains” and suck it up for a game? I guess not.
The good news: we’re in the playoffs, and we’re not playing the Lakers in the first round. I can also take pride in the fact that the Jazz exceeded my mid-season predictions by one game. At that time, I thought I was being a bit too optimistic predicting 52 wins because the Jazz would have to win 70% of their remaining games to hit that mark. Looking back on it, it was amazing that they were able to accomplish that, but in the end, the two seed was within their grasp. And they choked.
Winning a championship is never easy, but the two seed would have added some grease to the skids. With the five seed, the road is a bit longer.
Two minutes after the final buzzer has sounded on Game 82, I’m just getting used to the idea of playing underdog in Denver. It’ll be great to [hopefully] see Chuck Barkley hang the “gone fishin’” sign on Carmelo and Billups. It’ll also be fun to watch the Lakers-OKC series and hope for an upset.
But in the back of my mind, I can’t help but question the Jazz’ killer instinct. If they can’t win (let alone compete) in a must-win situation at the end of the regular season, will they suddenly be able to turn it around in the playoffs? I hope so.
Such is the life of a Jazz fan.
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