The past week for Jazz fans has been a crazy ride of ups and downs. One week ago Jazz fans were at as high as they could get as we beat the Spurs on a last second 3 from Mo Williams putting us at 13-10 and winning our 4th strait game. It looked as though the Jazz were finally going to break out and show they are a power house in the West. Then came the Phoenix game, the Jazz were strait out hustled and out played by a team that on paper the Jazz should have no problem beating. Even though it was a huge letdown dropping the game to Phoenix, we were coming back to Utah where we were 9-1, playing a Memphis team that had lost 3 strait. First half was great, second half was terrible. The Jazz took a comfortable 10 point lead into halftime but in the 3rd quarter scored a season low 10 points. The Jazz scored 33 points in the 2nd quarter and 32 points in the entire second half. In my opinion two of our worst showings all year were Phoenix and Memphis, it looked as though losing those 2 games and then heading on our annual Pre-Christmas road trip was going to bring a long losing streak for this team.
First stop on the road trip is Brooklyn. This is the first game the Jazz have played in Brooklyn and playing a team that is much improved from years past. We all know Deron Williams better then any team in the NBA and know exactly what he can do. They now have a healthy Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson is on the roster they seem to be a playoff team in the East. The Jazz went down 13 in the game early but fought their way back in the second half. The Jazz were up 4 points with 1 minute left in the game, turned the ball over twice on inbound plays but still managed to squeak out a 92-90 win in Brooklyn earning their 5th road win of the season. For how nervous I was going into this road trip, getting a win in Brooklyn was very uplifting.
If you were looking at the schedule at the beginning of the season you probably had different results for the last four games. Many of us most likely predicted us to lose to San Antonio, win against Phoenix and Memphis and lose to the Nets in Brooklyn. The Jazz came away from those four games with the complete opposite results. We as Jazz fans must stay strong and understand we are going to have more highs and lows as this season goes on. Let’s hope for more highs then lows, either way it’s going to be an interesting season.