Posted by: Shauna Brock on November 20th, 2010The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
So here is part two of my initial set of home and away ideas. And like the Jazz on a back to back, I’m a little out of energy, a little banged up, and kind of just want to make it through 48 good minutes of basketball. Problem is that it’s half-time and the Utes are also down to the Aztecs and I’m just not sure if my poor sports loving heart can take the disappointment.
Anyway, the basketball game. It’s deja vu. Yup. Just like last night, only better. Maybe. I keep thinking that well, since Portland isn’t as good as the Spurs, we’ll see a little more energy and a little more hustle and a few more rebounds.
Hustle we’ve got. There’s been some great hustle. For Portland.
As for the rebounding, I was about to say “Yes, this looks good” until I watched Portland get four offensive rebounds in a row.
And I won’t even get into the turnovers.
It’s a much quieter night in our house tonight. My mom hasn’t been threatening to take Truckie to the Jazz and have him bite their collective butts. Especially since the run at the end of the half put the Jazz in very good position.
We’ve all heard it, all said it – this is going to be a very up and down year for the Jazz as they learn to play with each other. The confusing thing remains however – why is it that the Jazz are playing so much better on the road than at home. All last year, the analysts said, “If you’re going to be an elite team, you need to win on the road.” This year it’s, “You need to win at home.” But our household has a theory: There are so many guys on the team who are used to being booed, they just aren’t ready to accept that the crazy-ass fans in Utah are actually cheering FOR them.
Gallows humor keeps us going.
As I said last night – I have a lot of faith and excitement for this team. Even when they’re down, even when they’re struggling. I’ve loved them in good times and bad. And right now, I’m excited about these guys. They’re special and they can do great things. We’ve seen glimpses of it this season. Now I want them to blow the doors off the place.
And for just a second, they had the lead. Now we see what happens.
20 minutes of basketball to go.
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