Matchup against Los Angeles Clippers Provides a Measuring Stick for Utah Jazz

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This NBA season is reaching its critical point.

The All-Star Break and trade deadline have come and gone. There are under 30 games to go, and each contest becomes more important. Contenders are beginning to separate from the rest. Some franchises need to reexamine where they are in terms of relevance.

The Utah Jazz is a team that is currently in limbo. There is talent there, especially in Paul MilsapAl Jefferson,  and Gordon Hayward. Currently sitting as the seventh seed out West with a record of 31-24 , the Jazz are in an interesting position. If today was the start of post season play, the Jazz would draw Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and the rest of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Obviously, this is not an ideal situation. But how can the Jazz change it?

It may be just a small sample, but the Jazz’s three-game streak shows they may be hitting their stride. Road games are often said to be the true test, and perhaps there is no better test then Saturday’s contest against Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and  the Los Angles Clippers.

If the Jazz want to improve their standing and possibly even make a run at home court advantage several players need to consistently perform better against the league’s best clubs. Griffin’s freakish athleticism will provide an interesting challenge for Utah’s solid interior defense.

DeAndre Jordon and Jefferson will also be an intriguing battle. A win for Utah would give them their fourth straight, and a victory over an elite opponent.

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