Why Utah Jazz fans are going crazy over the ‘Longhorn’ and the ‘Saints’
AUSTIN, Texas — The Utah Jazz are not only winning, they’re winning like a bunch of guys who are trying to win.
The Utah Valley is on fire right now.
And this week, the Jazz are hosting the first NBA game at the Alamodome, the home of the San Antonio Spurs.
This is one of the best basketball atmospheres in the country.
The seats are packed, the fans are there, and the arena is rocking with the excitement.
Utah is not only the hottest team in the league, it’s also a winner.
But how can the Jazz win a game like this?
Here’s a look at how the Jazz could pull off the trick, starting with the most obvious: Be more aggressive on offense.
Utah has a new starting five.
But that isn’t going to be enough.
Coach Quin Snyder has been asking players to be more aggressive, and they’re responding.
They’re shooting more threes, and playing more isolation.
They are more physical, and their defense is better.
But that’s the biggest difference between this Jazz team and last year’s squad, when they struggled to score and make plays on offense and didn’t have a true point guard on the floor.
Snyder needs to bring back those guys who were injured, and he needs to find a way to keep the offense clicking.
If the Jazz can’t keep playing at the same level as they did last year, the team will lose.
That’s just the way the game is.
But they need to be a lot more aggressive this year.
Utah can still get the win at home against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday, but that would be a tough test for the Jazz.
The Thunder won by more than a point last week, and Oklahoma City’s offense was dominant.
Utah was one of two teams that didn’t score a point against the Thunder.
This team is talented, and it could beat Oklahoma City, but if they can’t find a spark off the bench, it could fall apart.
It was a bad loss for Utah.
That was the most Utah has lost all season.
And it wasn’t just the loss of starters, either.
Utah’s starting five struggled, as well.
Utah lost center DeMarcus Cousins to a broken finger, guard Trey Burke to a strained hamstring, and guard Spencer Hawes to a knee injury.
The Jazz have lost their best big man, guard Rodney Hood, who had 11 points and six rebounds.
They’ve lost guard Ty Lawson to a torn ACL.
And now the Jazz have to replace two starters on the roster.
All of this has to change.
If Snyder can’t get a spark from his starters, then the Jazz won’t have the same success.
Utah’s new lineup has to make up for some of the lost production, too.
The team’s bench is filled with young players, but the Jazz should have more scoring in the backcourt.
And the Jazz’s starting six should be better offensively.
Snyder and the Jazz must also find a new coach.
Coach Jason Kidd is a former player who can bring a lot of experience to the bench.
And he should be able to make the Jazz a better team, too, since he’s spent years coaching at the college level.
If the Jazz hire Kidd, they should have a coach who has the experience and ability to make a team play at a high level.
If Snyder can find a coach, he should do so.
The NBA is not a team-building exercise.
The only way to make it work is to get the best players on the court at the right time.
And if Snyder can make that happen, the Utah Jazz will have a team that can win basketball games.