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Utah Jazz: Going For 11 Straight Against Detroit

Coming off of a hard-fought victory against the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night, the Utah Jazz welcome the Detroit Pistons to town; looking to improve their home record to 2-0 in 2011. The Pistons and the Jazz have not hooked up yet this season, but there is a good indicator that the Jazz are going to come away from this game victorious. Is it the fact that the Jazz are 11.5 games better than the Pistons in the standings? Not even. Did you know that since the Utah Jazz selected Deron Williams out of Illinois in 2005, they have not lost to the Detroit Pistons. That’s a 10-0 record for D-Will and the Jazz against the men from the Motor City. With that being said, the Pistons better hope for a miraculous performance tonight if they want to knock off the Jazz in Salt Lake.

If the Pistons are going to have any chance of a victory it is going to be with huge performances from their guards who can score points in bunches. Ben Gordon, Richard Hamilton, Rodney Stuckey, and even Tracy McGrady are all capable of going off on any given night, and it is going to be very important for the Jazz to deny them open looks from the outside and free lanes to the hoop. The Jazz are actually going to be without Mehmet Okur in this game, which I think is going to help them out with interior defense. Memo cannot move too well right now, and he is a liability as a big defender. This means that guys like Francisco Elson and Jeremy Evans should see more playing time, which I think could generate a lot of big plays for the Jazz on the defensive end.

Offensively for the Jazz, I think it’s important for Deron Williams to get back to his 20-10 form in this contest. In the last 3 games, Williams has had under 20 points and under 10 assists. This is not like him, especially the lack of assists, but I don’t think that all of it has been his fault. Watching the last few games, I have noticed that there have been a lot of missed open shots, which have cost Williams a few of his normal assists. It is common in a long NBA season for teams to have stretches where their shots aren’t always falling as they usually do, so I don’t think it’s too much of a concern right now. However, if this trend continues, it is going to put a lot more pressure on Williams to become a higher scorer. I think Williams is more than capable of increasing his points per game average, but I don’t think that it will benefit the Jazz positively for him to have to do that. This team runs at its best when everybody is involved on both ends of the court, and that is one of the keys to Jerry Sloan’s success over the years. So please, guys, just knock down your shots tonight!

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Leading up to the game, I thought it would be fun to have an Add-A-Caption Contest, so here it is! Below is a picture of Ben Wallace, Charlie Villanueva, and Tayshaun Prince on the bench during their last game (a 17-point loss to the Suns). What are these 3 wise men thinking? You can choose one, two, or all three of their thoughts. Have fun! (Leave your Twitter Username if you have one).

Topics: Ben Gordon, Ben Wallace, Charlie Villanueva, Deron Williams, Detroit Pistons, Francisco Elson, Jeremy Evans, Jerry Sloan, Mehmet Okur, Memphis Grizzlies, Richard Hamilton, Rodney Stuckey, Tayshaun Prince, Tracy McGrady, Utah Jazz

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