It’s not the time to panic for the Utah Jazz, but the last 7 games have definitely given them cause for concern. After an unlikely 10-3 start, the Jazz have now won 2-5 in their last 7, with their most recent loss to the bottom-ranked Pistons. Things don’t get any easier tonight when they face off against Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors.
The Warriors had a really rough start but have now won 3 of their last 4 and are hungry for wins to get their season right. After winning the title last season, the Warriors relied on their younger players and things didn’t go well. James Wiseman is in the G-League, Jonathan Kuminga shoots 38% from field and 24% from three, and Moses Moody plays just 11 minutes a game. It’s clear that things haven’t gone the way the Warriors had hoped this year.
However, the Warriors have one of the best starting lineups in the league. If the starters leave the ground, there is a problem. Jordan Poole, fresh off a big new contract, is shooting 40% from the field and 31% from three this year. Eventually he’ll start figuring things out, the hope for jazz is that he’s figuring it out against someone else.
The Jazz have lost their last two games since losing Mike Conley to a knee injury. It proves that Conley was instrumental in jazz’s success that season. Losing Mike Conley for a couple of weeks gives other jazz players a chance to prove themselves and develop, but it hasn’t resulted in wins. And that’s the dichotomy that jazz is in now. With Mike Conley, they are a successful basketball team that plays beautiful style on the court. Without him, they would be an underperforming team working towards a better draft pick. This game is down the road against the Warriors and the next game they’re up against the Phoenix Suns. Those are two tough matchups, and Utah could be in for a 4-game losing streak very soon. That would put them in the losing column as teams battle for a play-in. If you continue to lose after that, check out the lottery.
Things are changing fast in the NBA and the Jazz must either find a way to win these tough games or they will face some tough decisions that will be made with the future in mind. We’ll see what happens tonight, a lot depends on what happens.
When: 8:00 p.m. MT
Where: Chase Center, San Francisco, CA
TV: NBA League Passports, ATTSN-RM
Radio: 97.5/1280 The Zone
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