With a 3-0 series deficit to the most ridiculously constructed team of all-time, the Utah Jazz have no reason to believe that they will be the first team in NBA history to come back from this kind of hole to win the series. Nonetheless, if you know Jerry Sloan and his hard-working squad, you can be absolutely certain that they will continue to fight, especially in their possible last home game of the season tonight.
Watching the Jazz fall short in all 3 games this series has been heart-breaking for all Jazz fans, as their team has struggled to earn the respect of sports analysts everywhere. Terms like, “boring series,” “just give up,” and “waste of time” have all been used to describe this series because of the Lakers apparent dominance. However, each game was anything but boring, as they all involved intrigue late into the game.
The reason this has happened is because the Jazz have refused to give up, and they have remained within a decent run of coming back at all times in each game. Why should this attitude suddenly change just because the Jazz trail 3-0 right now?
If any team is aware of the benefits of persistence and never giving up hope, it is the Utah Jazz. Now, I am not saying that the Jazz will actually flip this series around and come back to win a few games, but I am saying that if any team were to do it, it would be this Utah Jazz team.
Like I mentioned in my last post, the Jazz could have legitimately come into this Game 4 with aspirations of a sweep of their own, but due to a few bounces here and there, the opposite is the case. But just like the difference in the first 3 games were a few extras in favor of the Lakers, who is to say that those little extras won’t start to suddenly favor the Jazz?
Obviously, it is highly unlikely, since the Lakers have truly earned those offensive rebounds, and they hit those late-game daggers because of confidence and familiarity with the situation, but it is always in the realm of possibility. Who knows? Maybe the Jazz have grown because of the first 3 games of this series (That’s just me being hopeful again).
But before we get ahead of ourselves, we need to start with Game 4 tonight. If the Jazz want to have any chance at making history, they will need to have the same attitude that they had in the first 3 games of this series. Although those first 3 games ultimately ended up in 3 losses for the Jazz, they did have the games within their grasp down the stretch of each one of them. And if you really think about it, that is all you can ask for. Hopefully this time around, the Jazz can be the team that makes the big shots when it counts the most.