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Utah Jazz: Start Hard, Finish Hard

Coming off of a weekend in which the Utah Jazz split games against the Orlando Magic and Dallas Mavericks, the team is trying to focus on getting off to better starts. As you Jazz fans know, the Jazz have a habit of falling behind early in games, and a lot of the time, those games turn out to be triumphant victories for Utah. However, there are times, like on Saturday night against the Mavericks, where Utah’s lack of urgency in the beginning comes back to bite them in the rear at the end.

Against the Mavs the other night, Utah fell behind 29-4 in the first quarter (yes, 29-4!). No team should ever find themselves getting behind by that much in the first quarter of a game in any sport at any level. What’s even crazier is that the Jazz actually found themselves tied with the Mavs at the end of the game with a legitimate chance to win the game. Unfortunately for the Jazz, the Mavs were able to sink the big buckets down the stretch, and they were able to fend off the pesky and persistent Jazz.

Although it is all good and well that the Jazz showed a lot of fight in making up 25 points on the road, at the end of the day, it goes down as an L. The more the Jazz get themselves in these enormous holes, the worse things are going to be for this team as the season progresses. Why? Because making these comebacks is forcing the Jazz to use way more energy, and all of that energy adds up over the course of a season. If the Jazz just play solid basketball for 48 minutes instead of sleeping for 10 and playing for 38, then the Jazz will be a lot better off in the long run.

By watching this Utah Jazz team play, it is obvious that they are extremely talented and they definitely deserve to be mentioned with the elite teams in this league. Yet, despite that, if they don’t figure out a way to fix this slow-start problem, it is going to be the Achilles heal that holds them back from achieving their greatest potential.

If you look at the NBA season like one individual game, the Jazz are already in the second quarter. We have seen this team correct their problems later in games, but time is not on their side. If they don’t figure out a way to correct the issues before it gets out of hand, this is one comeback the Jazz might not be able to make. The time is now!

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