Sports Commentator Patrick Blake is host of the Blake’s Take show, airing weekdays from 5-6 p.m. on KZNU Sports Radio Southern Utah Sports Network – 96.7 FM 1450 AM – with live stream online at http://www.KZNUsports.com.
COMMENTARY – The Utah Jazz drop their second game in a row and five-out-of-six to drop to 14-14 on the season. The latest loss came to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night 111-85 in Oklahoma City.
The Jazz are back to 500 for the first time since January 3, six games into the season. The Jazz took advantage of their early season schedule, playing most of their games at home, but knew they would have to return to the road.
The Jazz have more losses in February then they did in all of the rest of the season combined. Coming into February, the Jazz were 12-7 and in fourth place in the West, looking like a playoff team. Now the Jazz are 14-14 and in 10th place in the West.
The Jazz do have a chance to finish the month off with some wins, playing the third worst team in the NBA – the Washington Wizards – at home on Friday before going to Houston to play the Rockets on Sunday. The Rockets are in 7th place in the West.
From Houston, the Jazz travel back to Salt Lake to host the San Antonio Spurs on Monday. The Spurs are the hottest team in the NBA, winning eight games in a row.
After the home game against the Spurs the Jazz go back out on a very winnable two-game road trip. The Jazz go to Minnesota to take on the Timberwolves on Feb. 22. The Jazz beat the Timberwolves on Jan. 21 by 10 points.
After the game in Minnesota the Jazz go to Sacramento to take on Jimmer and the Kings. The Jazz also beat the Kings in Salt Lake.
The Timberwolves and Kings are both behind the Jazz in the standings and are a combined 23-34 on the season.
The Jazz wrap up February at home on Wednesday, the 29th, against the Rockets.
The Jazz have three home games and three away games to wrap up February.
According to Don Best Sports, the Jazz will be favored three of the six games. The Jazz will be the favorite against Washington at home, a game the Jazz gave to win. They will be underdogs on the road against Houston and at home against San Antonio. The game against Minnesota should be another Jazz win – but they would be the underdog once again if the game was tonight. The final two games the Jazz should win, and they will be favored in the game.
To keep their playoff hopes alive, the Jazz need to go at the worst 3-3 to finish up February, 17-17 for the season.
The Jazz could help themselves by finishing the month 4-2 putting the them 18-16 on the season.
The Jazz playoff hopes will be over if they can’t get out of February at least 500. The Jazz start March with the teams that were in the NBA finals last year. March 2 they will be at home against the Heat, and March 3 they will be in Dallas against defending champions, the Dallas Mavericks.
The Game in Dallas is the first of five straight games on the road.
For more Jazz talk, tune into Blake’s Take weekdays from 5-6 p.m. on KZNU Sports Radio – 96.7 FM 1450 AM – or online streaming live on the brand new KZNU Sports website: www.kznusports.com
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