Jan 25, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers point guard Chris Duhon (21) passes under pressure from Utah Jazz small forward DeMarre Carroll (3) during the second half at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Jazz Show Effort On Road

The last nine road games the Jazz are 0-9.  Yes you read that right, 0-9.  Nine straight losses.  The good to take from this past 0-3 trip is the effort that was displayed.  However crazy this may seem the Jazz still have a chance at the playoffs and if they bring that same effort at home expect the Jazz to win 6, 7 or all 8 of those home games.

The question will be though whether or not the Jazz can still bring that effort after so many close but disappointing losses.  The Jazz young guys played great in both 4th quarters against Houston and Dallas, and the whole team played well against San Antonio.  With 8 of the next 10 games at home, the Jazz can really catch the Lakers if they bring that effort.  I fully expect if the Jazz can win the next 2 games at home against Philadelphia and Phoenix that they will be motivated to finish out the year trying to catch the 8th seed.  Two games behind the Lakers this is what the schedule looks like for the Jazz and Lakers.  Still very possible.

Jazz remaining schedule: Philadelphia, Phoenix, @Portland, Brooklyn, Portland, Denver, New Orleans, @Golden State, OKC, Minnesota, @Minnesota, @Memphis

Lakers remaining schedule: @GSW, @Minny, @MIL, @SAC, Dallas, Memphis, @LAC, New Orleans, @Portland, GSW, San Antonio, Houston

 

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