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Utah Jazz: Too Much Rest?

Today the Utah Jazz are on the final day of a 3-day break between games. They edged out the Houston Rockets on Saturday night in overtime, and they are preparing to welcome the surprising New York Knicks on Wednesday night. This season the Jazz are 0-2 when they have at least 3 days in between games, and they are hoping that trend doesn’t continue as they still have 4 more instances of that happening after Wednesday night’s tussle with the Knicks.

When you play a season of 82 games there is no doubt that you will begin to develop routines. When those routines are broken, there are sure to be some consequences. Let’s take a look at some of the numbers from the two games and compare them to Utah’s season averages:

Field Goal Percentage:

- Season Average (46.4%)

@Hornets (35.8%)

VS. Blazers (43.2%)

- 2-Game Average (39.5%)

3-Point Percentage:

- Season Average (34.6%)

@Hornets (15.8%)

VS. Blazers (50%)

- 2-Game Average (33.3%)

Points:

- Season Average (99.63)

@Hornets (71)

VS. Blazers (91)

- 2-Game Average (81)

Rebounds:

- Season Average (39.18)

@Hornets (24)

VS. Blazers (31)

- 2-Game Average (27.5)

Assists:

- Season Average (23.63)

@Hornets (13)

VS. Blazers (17)

- 2-Game Average (15)

Obviously it’s hard to tell from only two games, but the Jazz have definitely seen a decline in important statistics when they come off of extended rest periods. It will be interesting to see if these sort of numbers hold up in the final 5 times that the Jazz have these big breaks.

Another thing is that the game against the Hornets was clearly Utah’s worst performance of the season. To put those numbers with any one game would make any trend look like a concern. There are still 5 games for the Jazz to prove that this is not a trend or a concern, and the first time is tomorrow night against New York. If they can hover around their season averages in the categories mentioned above, and they can come away with the victory, then I think that the extended break hysteria would come to a halt. After all, when they lost to the Blazers, a lot of their statistics were not very far from their season averages, and they did have a shot to win the game towards the end. However, if they get dismantled by the Knicks, and they look like an alien Jazz team, expect a follow-up post with the Knick game statistics included.

Now all we have to do is wait……..

Tags: Houston Rockets New York Knicks Utah Jazz

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