Dec 12, 2012; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward (20) goes up for a layup while defended from behind by San Antonio Spurs power forward Tim Duncan (21) during the first half at EnergySolutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Team Ball Has Jazz Riding High

The Jazz have won 4 games in a row and should have won 5 losing to the Clippers by 1.  During that 5 game stretch the Jazz defeated the Spurs at home and the Lakers in LA.  Jazz are playing team ball averaging 25.4 apg good for 2nd in the league behind San Antonio.  They are also 2nd in scoring with just over 107 a game while shooting a deadly 41% from behind the arc.  In fact, the Jazz lead the league in 3 point percentage over the past 10 games.  Kevin O’Connor has apparently fixed that issue after last year’s embarrassing 27th in the league from behind the line.

The Jazz have pushed the tempo and really caused havoc on the defensive end as well, causing 9 steals a game with Carroll and Millsap leading the team over that stretch.  This team is really finding chemistry and they work well together.  The Jazz also don’t have a cancer in the locker room as they’ve had in the past and seem to be all focused on winning.  It will be very difficult to pull the trigger on a trade if they continue to play together like they have recently.  No GM wants to ruin the flow of a team if they are on a tear and can compete with anyone.

Millsap is finally out of his slump. Big Al outside of his defense has played well all season minus a game or two.  Mo, Foye and Hayward have all shot well as of late.  If there is something the Jazz can fix it’s the ability to stop the pick and roll with Big Al in the lineup, as well as their play on the road.  If somehow they can figure these two things

out, then the Jazz will be gunning for a top 4 seed in the West and home court advantage in the first round.  Which everyone knows will be more beneficial for the Jazz than any other team in the league.  Obviously it is still early in the season and too many variables can change everything to say for certain, but for now the Jazz are a team to be reckoned with.

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