Last Saturday during and after the Utah Jazz loss to the Kings, Twitter was on fire. Jazz fans were mad, angry, furious and well, besides themselves. How on Earth could the Jazz let the Kings come back and then lose to them in the 4th quarter? How can they lose to a team lead by DeMarcus Cousins? Fire Corbin! Get rid of Hayward! Oh it was an epic meltdown. The funny thing was, had Jazz fans not noticed this before, this loss pounded home the importance of Derrick Favors AND Marvin Williams to this team. Enes Kanter, even though he gave the Jazz 20 and 10, is no match for Cousins on the defensive end. Biedrins and Gobert aren’t stopping him anytime soon either. Trey Burke’s 19, 10 and 7 line seemed to be almost ignored completely. Gordon Hayward had a nice night as well that night with 22 points and Alec Burks had a nice night off the bench with 19, 4 and 5 in 37 minutes of play. The Jazz simply did not have the manpower to hold off the Kings in overtime without their 2 best big men.
Fast forward to the Jazz’s win on Wednesday night, a 122-101 victory in Sacramento. Derrick Favors and Marvin Williams return and combine for 25 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 3 blocks. Richard Jefferson played like he was 25 again, Trey Burke had 11 and 9, and Gordon and Alec scored 17 a piece. Fans were as giddy as ever with the Jazz’s win and now we’re hoping they take that momentum with them to Denver tonight. Funny thing about that win 2 days ago though; it was the Kings’ turn to be short handed. On Tuesday they agreed to a trade and sent 4 players to the Raptors in exchange for Rudy Gay + 2 others being sent back their way. The Jazz, along with some red hot shooting, took full advantage of this on their way to the route. Was it a fun game to watch? Sure, but it also needs to be put into perspective just like the loss to the very same team only 4 nights prior.
I love fans and I love being a fan. Sometimes we can be over judgmental and emotional but that’s half the fun of being a fan. I would just suggest that in order to save yourselves some unwanted stress especially during the holidays to take a deep breath (a female cousin of mine made this astute observation on Facebook yesterday Lamaze breathing does jack during childbirth, but it sure comes in handy at other times!”) and focus on the good things that happened during a loss. Then enjoy the win for what is and be happy that the players’ hard work paid off for a game. These guys are working hard and will be rewarded for doing so in future seasons.