If you weren’t around yesterday like me, then you probably haven’t gotten a chance to check out the 2010-11 regular season schedule for the Utah Jazz. If that’s the case, or you just feel like taking another look, CLICK HERE.
Based on the latest poll here on Purple & Blues, the fans are looking forward to getting revenge on the reigning world champions from LA more than any other team. The next closest team is the east coast Utah Jazz: The Chicago Bulls. Of course the Bulls feature 3 players who played for Utah last season in Carlos Boozer, Kyle Korver, and Ronnie Brewer. Again, it seems like the fans are playing the “revenge card,” as they would like to see their former heroes go down in flames. Do I blame them? Heck no!
A Couple Of Thoughts About The Schedule:
- The Jazz are going to open and close the regular season against Northwest Divisional foe Denver. As most of you remember, the Nuggets gave the Jazz fits in the regular season last year, as the Nuggets took 3 out of 4 from the Jazz. However, when the two teams met in the opening round of the playoffs, the Jazz exacted their “revenge” against the Nuggets with a 4-2 series win. There is no doubt that there is bitter blood between these two teams. This is not only because they will be fighting for the Northwest Division crown, but because of everything that took place in their 10 meetings last season (teams split those games 5-5). Is it just me, or do you have this strange feeling that the last game of the regular season will have an enormous impact on the playoffs?
- On Halloween night, the Jazz will be traveling to Oklahoma City to take on the pesky Thunder. As most people are now aware, because of last season’s playoff showing, the OKC Thunder have possibly the loudest fans in the NBA. With that being said, imagine what these fans are going to do on Halloween night. They are all going to be in a crazy mood, wearing ridiculous costumes, and shouting at the top of their lungs. You couple that with the speed, energy, and amazing shooting ability (specifically Durant) that OKC possesses, and you have yourselves one of the toughest games on the entire schedule. Oh yeah, and let’s not forget that the Jazz were a missed call away from being swept by this team last season. If Utah comes out of this game with a victory, in what is sure to be a hostile environment, I would definitely be impressed. Then again, if any coach is up to the challenge, it would be the great Jerry Sloan.
All in all, with the release of the NBA regular season schedule, I am very excited for the season to start. There are so many question marks left unanswered at this point, and I cannot wait for them to be answered as the season takes off. Whatever happens, it is sure to be one heck of a ride. And if revenge can be the theme of this season for the Jazz, it is going to be a very sweet ride as well. BEAT LA!