Following their 6-game losing streak the Utah Jazz received the news of Deron Williams‘ right wrist injury. This seemed like the most inopportune time for a D-Will injury, but luckily for the Jazz, it did not detract them from winning 2 out of their last 3 games. Now granted, the Jazz haven’t been playing “quality” ball clubs in the last 3 games, but any time your leader and best player goes down, there are no “gimmes.”
Between the Timberwolves and the Bobcats the Jazz have beaten teams who have a lot of talent. Without a guy like Deron Williams to tie the team together, those are very losable games and something that Utah should be plenty proud of.
A ton of credit has to go to Earl Watson, CJ Miles, and Andrei Kirilenko who really showed up in each of the victories. Outside of helping the Jazz just win two games, these players showed that the Jazz run on more than one great player. This is a very important realization for the team to see, and it will help them in the long run when they are faced with adversity, or they are without a key player due to injury or fouling out of a game early.
With the positive results in the games where Williams has been out, the Jazz could have grown from the whole experience of their 6-game losing streak by breaking out of it in admirable fashion. For the team to come together in the absence of their best player right after a 6-game losing streak, the team could very well be charged up for the remainder of the season stronger than ever. When Williams comes back, the energy should be back in Utah, and the entire team should be ignited and uplifted.
Sometimes it takes a small loss to realize just how lucky you are to have something. With the Jazz, that was the loss of Deron Williams for a few games (Despite winning 2 of 3, his absence made those games much more difficult). But now that they will have him back (hopefully for the remainder of the season), they are going to make sure to get the most out of him, and they will fight hard to the finish.
By the way, Williams still might be out for the game against Houston on Thursday. Oh, and Paul Millsap (fingers) and Andrei Kirilenko (ankle) are both dealing with injuries that could prevent them from playing in that game as well. Let’s go, backups!