Posted by: Steven on March 22nd, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
A few weeks ago I was praying, wishing and hoping that a few teams above the Jazz in the Western Conference slipped up, but whenever the would do so the Jazz were unable to take advantage by winning their own games. It looked for a while through that period that if the Jazz were going to make the Playoffs it was going to be a long hard slog to the death.
It still looks like it will be that hard long slog but all of a sudden it is looking like a more achievable possibility.
Not only that though if you look up at the conference Utah suddenly finds itself just 2 games back from Memphis in 4th place. That’s something that not even the most optimistic Jazz fan could have predicted a few short weeks ago.
As a result of the hard fought victories of the team lately thoughts can start to be transferred from believing that we can scrape in to the number 8th seed, to maybe dreaming of another place in the standings. Such a push by the Jazz might get thema better match and a chance of getting through that first knock out round.
When I first came to Utah, from Scotland, 3 years ago basketball was the only American sport I could get into. Every other sport seemed too stop/start and alien compared to what I was used to. So for a selfish reason I wanted the basketball season to go on and on. Last year felt like an anti-climax when the Jazz were unable to get to the playoffs for the first time since I moved here. I had no interest in any of the playoff games. The previous 2 years the team I didn’t want the Jazz to draw was the Lakers. The Lakers just seemed to be the bogey team the Jazz didn’t truly believe they could beat. For whatever reason the Jazz could not get over that purple and yellow hump.
This year, despite the teams recent win against OKC, I wouldn’t want to come against Durant, Westbrook and Harden in the first round. I wouldn’t want to play against the Spurs either, after what happened to them in the first round last year they will be gunning for revenge whoever they are up against. However I do think the Lakers are very much beatable. This Lakers side is not a great side, I’m not going to say that this Jazz side has their number but I do think they would be an easier game than many of the other possibilities. It would be great to go to some of those games and watch those fair weather Energy Solution Lakers fans go home with the tails between their legs at the end of the night.
If the Jazz could more than scrape into the playoffs in the final position what matchup would you pick for the first game?
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