Utah Jazz (36-30, 3rd in Northwest Division, 8th Seed Western Conference)
With the Utah Jazz being swept away last night, it’s time to look at how their season unfolded. As a Pacers fan, I didn’t pay that much attention to them. But they do have Indiana ties thanks to Gordon Hayward, who looked to become more of a player for the Jazz as the season wore on.
The Jazz’s beginning of the season didn’t start out too bad as they put together a five game winning streak early on. But then things got shaky in January and February as they won some and lost some a bit too much. As their record will show, they never got too far ahead of the .500 record.
But they did get another good winning streak going in March, even beating Los Angeles Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder in consecutive games. That’s not a bad couple of wins for any team, especially a team that was trying to make the playoffs.
This Jazz team actually came hot into the playoffs as they rode a 5 game winning streak. But come playoff time, that all seemed to disappear.
They got swept by the impressive San Antonio Spurs team, who was the top seed in the West, and even competed for top seed overall. Not much competition put up by the Jazz as they got routed in three of the four games. Even with the close score of game four, the Spurs were the better team, and now the Jazz have to figure out how to get over that hump for next year.