Posted by: KCJones on November 12th, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
Game tonight. @Raptors. Here’s a little preview.
Arguably one of the worst teams in the league right now, the Canadian dinos are 1-5 and Marc Stein of ESPN fame has them in his latest power ranking at #25 in the league. Kyle Lowry, known Jazz killer, is out with an ankle injury. He was leading their team in points, assists and steals. However, known Jazz killer Linas Kleiza is still on the loose, so be on the lookout. Andrea Bargnani can shoot threes and is a big man, so also keep an eye out for him to be loosely guarded on the perimeter. Jose Calderon is a very underrated passer in the league and probably should be a starter somewhere and he’s starting in place of Lowry, so there’s your third guy to watch.. Still, the raptors are in year 13 of their rebuild after Chris Boshasaurus up and left them (apparently forgetting to pack his dreads, but not his talents) for the balmy breezes of South Beach.
So the good news is they are a bad team and have some guys out with injury. The bad news is that we’re playing this game in Toronto and not in SLC. Apparently there’s some magic essence in the air that gives the Jazz energy and nudges the ball to fall within the nets that only resides in the valleys of the Wasatch mountains. When taken outside of this zone, Jazz players’ bodies are sluggish, offensive strategies and defensive assignments fade from their memories, and no-name opposing players become superstars for a night.
We’re 0-4 on the road so far this year after going 11-22 on the road last year, which was the worst road mark for a playoff team. If there’s any hope of bucking that trend, tonight is the night to prove it. You can’t find much weaker competition out there right now than the bottom of the Eastern Conference (Charlotte, Toronto, Washington, Detroit), and if we can’t get a road win against those teams, well then honestly there’s not much hope of the playoffs, IMO.
I have faith though, that the Jazz can bottle up some of that Wasatch Mountain magic air to take with them tonight and come away victorious. Go Jazz!
On a side note, Toronto would be one of three teams I would include in a 3-way name trade, if Utah ever abandoned the Jazz name (they won’t). Jazz name moves to New Orleans, Hornets name moves to Toronto (they should probably change it to ‘Wolverines’), and the Raptor name moves to Utah. It’s the only name in the NBA that makes ANY sense for Utah.
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