By phillipnaessens on August 30, 2014
The Utah Jazz are a young hungry team and have a new coach in Quin Snyder. Is 2014-15 the year for the Jazz to make their mark on the NBA Western Conference? If the Jazz are to do just that, these five early games will tell us all we need to know about this Utah Jazz team.
The Houston Rockets visit ENERGYSOLUTIONS Arena to take on the Utah Jazz on opening night in Salt Lake City. The “Beard” and the “Weird” will be looking to send a message to the NBA that they are for real while this would be a great opportunity for the Jazz to knock off the Rockets and gain some immediate respect around the Association.
Former Jazz assistant coach Jeff Hornacek brings his Phoenix Suns and their high expectations into ENERGYSOLUTIONS Arena to play host Utah in what should be a fun night of basketball. Pay particular attention to the backcourt battle between the Suns' Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe and Utah’s Trey Burke and Alex Burks. Maybe Jazz first-round draft pick Dante Exum will see some time as well.
This is the first game of a tough five-game road trip when the Jazz visit The Palace at Auburn Hills to take on the Detroit Pistons. This is a game the Jazz really need to win if they want a shot at the playoffs and it will be a good test to see just where the Jazz are currently at and, more importantly, where they need to be in order to succeed this season.
This is the second back-to-back for the Jazz when they travel to Bankers Life Fieldhouse to take on the injury-riddled Indiana Pacers. No matter what happened against Detroit, beating teams they should beat, and Indiana is one of them, is crucial for this young Jazz team.
Both teams are young and exciting, and both also have brand new head coaches. This should be a fun and important night of basketball when the Jazz travel to northern California to take on the Golden State Warriors. This another opportunity to send a message to the rest of the NBA that the Jazz are for real and there’s no better way than by beating the Warriors in their own barn.
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