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SALT LAKE CITY - This Utah Jazz team is a very interesting situation. There is a nice mix of guys that are mostly all better than average for the NBA, but are they going to make any noise? Are they going to make the playoffs?
At the halfway point of the season the Jazz sit at 14-14, which is a better record than I thought they would have. There are possibly a couple games that could have gone either way, especially the game in New Orleans on Monday night. That is a game you just have to win, and speaking of a game you have to win, how about tonight against the Wizards. Washington is 7-23 overall, but are 3-3 in their last six games. John Wall and Nick Young lead the team in scoring at almost 17 and 18 points/game respectively. John Wall fits into the category that has killed the Jazz this year - quick, score first point guards. I do expect the Jazz to win tonight though.
It was fun to speak with Gordon Hayward about being on Team Chuck in the Rising Stars game on All Star Weekend. He is definitely looking forward to it. Here is the roster breakdown.
Team Chuck: Kyrie Irving (Cavs), Demarcus Cousins (Kings), Gordon Hayward (Jazz), Kawhi Leonard (Spurs), Tiago Splitter (Spurs), Evan Turner (76ers), John Wall (Wizards), Derrick Williams (TWolves), Paul George (Pacers), and Marshon Brooks (Nets).
Team Shaq: Blake Griffin (Clippers), Ricky Rubio (TWolves), Jeremy Lin (Knicks), Greg Monroe (Pistons), Norris Cole (Heat), Kemba Walker (Bobcats), Brandon Knight (Pistons), Tristan Thompson (Cavs), Landry Fields (Knicks), and Markieff Morris (Suns).
Coming up this Sunday on SportsBeat, we invited the Jazz beat writers Jody Genessy of the Deseret News, Brian T. Smith of the Salt Lake Tribune, and Jim Burton of the Ogden Standard Examiner to join Tom Kirkland in what we are calling the "Jazz Roundtable." The four of them kick around everything Jazz related. They will hit topics like team chemistry, team leaders, what to do with the point guard situation, and if Ty Corbin is the right guy for the job. These guys are with the team constantly and they know every situation in and out, I think you will enjoy hearing what the beat writers have to say about the Utah Jazz.
You can watch the Jazz Roundtable on SportsBeat Sunday at 10:35pm on KSL 5.