The Jazz Are in Hot Water


Four straight losses has the Utah Jazz looking like anything but a top team in the Western Conference. Blame it on not having Donovan Mitchell available while he recovers off the court from injury, but that’s not the root of the problem.

Even with their second year superstar on the court, this team has not looked as promising as most people thought they would — at least out of the gate.

This is the worst home start that this team has had in its history of being in Salt Lake City. Falling to Toronto on Monday dropped their record at home to 0-4 and their overall record to 4-6.

Through ten games, the Jazz are finding different ways to lose games they should be winning. The fact that they already having two home losses to the Memphis Grizzlies is another telling sign that success this season is going to come the ugly way.

On paper, the Jazz haven’t done anything to stand out from their opponents, breaking almost literally even when it comes to points per game and points allowed.

Also, nine of their ten games have been against the Western Conference — having a losing record in those contests — including a performance they’d like to forget in their one game against an Eastern Conference squad (Toronto) from Monday night.

I would love to tell you that this season is going to be much like last season, to where a bad start — or even bad halfway point — can be fixed easily. However, if they lose winnable games like the ones to Memphis or Minnesota, it’s going to cost them.

Somehow, in their first home game of the year, they went blow for blow with Golden State. It took more than 120 points from each team and a Jonas Jerebko buzzer beater for the Warriors to pull off the one point win, but part of me still thinks that the first home loss of the year is what’s bringing this team down mentally.

It’s a drag to put that much effort and hustle into a game that you should’ve won, only to have your opponent celebrate on your floor in victory at the horn.

They need a spark now more than ever. If they come up empty handed on Wednesday, they’ll be without a win in their first five games at home. They beat Dallas in their first clash and will play them for the third time this season on November 14th on the road.

About Keith Rivas

Keith is based In Salt Lake City and covers the Jazz for TLSM. Follow him on Twitter @mrkeithrivas for all things Utah Jazz.

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