One Game Will Decide Playoff Fate of Utah Jazz

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The Utah Jazz have reached a point that a lot of people pretend about in their driveway. It is down to one game to decide if the Jazz make the playoffs or go home for the summer. This is obviously the same as a Game 7, but Utah still needs help to make it. The Jazz must beat the Memphis Grizzlies on the road and have the Los Angeles Lakers lose their season finale for the Jazz to reach the postseason. It will be a very tough task for the Jazz to pull off, but Utah has no choice now.

The Jazz are 1-2 this season against the Grizzlies, but they may catch a break if the Grizzlies decide they want to rest players before the playoffs. That seems unlikely with the team fighting for homecourt advantage in the first round though. The Jazz must get a huge night out of Al Jefferson, who had 14 points during the one game that Utah won this season. I’m really glad that ESPN has made it a point to show the Utah game right before the Lakers game so fans can just sit in front of the televisions to see how this ends.

Utah needs their leaders to finish this regular season with a victory so they have at least a chance to play on even if it means seeing the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the playoffs. It is all about getting there and not really how you did it. Wednesday night becomes one of the biggest regular season nights in the last decade for the Jazz.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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