Remember that sweet season opener? Ah, it seems so long ago.
After the elation of a season-opening victory over the Lakers, the atmosphere changed to one more representative of the shape of things to come as the Mavericks arrived in Salt Lake City for a thumping at the hands of the Jazz. Utah is known for the imposing frontcourt of Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson but against the Mavs, 6 players scored in double figures including 21 points each from Mo Williams and Maurice Williams.
Since that time the Jazz have played .500 ball, which normally wouldn’t be a big deal, but since the Mavs have lost 8 of the last 9 games and just dropped one to the New Orleans Hornets, every opponent presents a problem.
The Jazz will continue to present a variety of potential threats as they have seven players averaging over 9 points, including Jefferson’s 16.8 ppg and 9.8 rpg. With the Mavericks’ struggles on defense it seems easy for a team such as the Jazz to simply go wherever the grass is greener, whether it’s inside or outside.
While Jazz center Enes Kanter is returning from and ankle injury, Brandan Wright remains out with a quad strain. The Jazz continue to play without starting point guard Mo Williams who is out after having thumb surgery last Friday.