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#741 Japago

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Posted April 02, 2013 - 08:33 AM

Ty Lawson is going to be out for at least 2 weeks. Man, things are really starting to go Utah's way.


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Posted April 02, 2013 - 09:55 AM

Ty Lawson is going to be out for at least 2 weeks. Man, things are really starting to go Utah's way.

 

probably could have avoided having things go Utah's way by not playing .500 ball for the first 75 games of the season.  



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Posted April 02, 2013 - 12:14 PM

probably could have avoided having things go Utah's way by not playing .500 ball for the first 75 games of the season.  

 

Wow, I didn't know that! Thank you.


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Posted April 02, 2013 - 09:32 PM

Alright let's break down some nights and swing days shall we? The days that are stacked against us and the days we need to take advantage of.

Let's start April 1st

April 1st
Portland @ Utah

April 2nd
Dallas @ Lakers

Deck: Even
Importance: Big

Both us and the Jazz are expected to win these games, if either lets down it could be devastating.

April 3rd
Denver @ Utah

April 4th
Dallas @ Denver

Importance; Big

These are two games that can give us back a lead on Utah and shut Dallas out of the playoff picture(provided we win on April 2nd) as Denver is a good home team, the Dallas game seems forgone, the Utah game though is not as they are good at home.

April 5th
Memphis @ Lakers
Dallas @ Sacramento
New Orleans @ Utah

Deck: against us

This is a night where both Utah and Dallas are pegged to win. This means if we have a let down on any of the previous 2 games we could be staring at being a game behind or worse, important night where we either must secure a victory or pray that Utah and or Dallas had lost to Demver prior because they get that loss back this night(or should)

April 7th

Lakers @ Clippers
Utah @ Golden State
Dallas @ Portland


This is the night the space on Dallas would come in handy as Utah and us have equal challenges ahead of us and it could be a night both lose, if we win this game and Utah loses theres it could be worth an entire game of a lead or a catch, which at this point is vital. Especially since Dallas is favored.

April 9th
New Orleans @ Lakers
OKC @ Utah


This night coud very well be the deciding night.

The Lakers have what should be an east win and Utah have what seems to be a loss.

This is the night where the night prior comes into absolute full effect.

If we had won and the Jazz lost prior we'd have gained a game, on this night if we beat the Hornets and Utah loses to OKC that's a 2 game swing over the course of 2 nights.

And if it goes in reverse its a 2 game swing for them. So those two stretches may be the most important in the schedule as far as our playoff chances.

April 10th

Lakers @ Portland
Phoenix @ Dallas

April 12th
Denver @ Dallas
Minn @ Utah
Golden State @ Lakers

The 10th games are more or less by the script, expected wins for either, so we can't afford a let down.

The 12th games are deck stacked against us, we have a rough game against the Warriors while Utah has it relatively easy against the T'wolves. At this point the April 9th and prior stretch of games becomes vital because if we're still within a half a game within one another by this point its a dangerous situation..extremely! So we gotta hope we took care of the April 9th and prior game, could be vital here. By this point Dallas is in or out, so lets focus on Utah now.

April 14th
San Antonio @ Lakers

April 15th
Utah @ T'wolves

These stretch of 2 games is also vital depending on if we'd built ground by now, Utah basically has two gimmies they are expected to win whilst we have the rougher games, this is where whether we took advantage of the earlier gimmies comes back to help us..or to bite us if we didn't take care of business. Important stretch unless Utah chokes and we win,if that happens we're basically in.

April 17th
Houston @ Lakers
Utah @ Memphis

ONE GAME SWING in this game right here.

Tough game for either side and this is a potential one game swing, if we are a half game back or a half game ahead this is the night that will make or break us.

A win for us and a loss from Utah gives us a game up and we make the playoffs, the other way around and if Utah ties us in that one game or goes ahead, we miss the playoffs. This means even if we have one full game on Utah, it isn't safe unless Utah loses.

That is the significance of this night.

Vital games all around we MUST take care of the gimmies.


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Posted April 02, 2013 - 10:40 PM

Come on Denver beat the Jazz tomorrow! We want sole possession of that eight seed again. Andre Miller needs to step up in Ty Lawson's absence. Hopefully the Jazz have a cold shooting night for once.


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Posted April 03, 2013 - 05:38 AM

This is going to be tough, man. Basically all the teams we play the rest of the way have a lot to play for:

 

Memphis and Clips are battling for the 3rd place (along with Denver), thus avoiding the 4th-5th matchup.

GS and Houston are battling for the 6th seed, trying to avoid SA and OKC in the first round.

SA is battling for home-court advantage.

Portland hates us, is out of the playoffs, and winning against LA would do nothing in the lottery.

New Orleans is the only bright spot - thought they could get hot and hit 1000 3s.

 

The only bright spot is that Utah is playing teams with similar motivation.

Den, GS, OKC and Memphis will try to win.

NO not so much.

I think it depends on Minnesota. If they're in Lottery-mode, we're screwed. If they're in "let's see what we have for next season"-mode, we might make it.

 

But i dont like our odds!!!!!



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Posted April 03, 2013 - 08:28 AM

we just have to tread water with Utah and hope they lose one  of these games, they have Denver tonight and I think OKC the next game. I know we play Clippers on Sunday, but they're struggling lately. That game might be the deciding factor if we get in or not 


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Posted April 03, 2013 - 10:14 AM

Every game from here on out is a deciding factor.



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Posted April 03, 2013 - 11:45 AM

Let's go Nuggets!



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Posted April 03, 2013 - 03:09 PM

When is the last time or any time both the Lakers and Celtics did not make the playoffs?

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Posted April 03, 2013 - 03:17 PM

When is the last time or any time both the Lakers and Celtics did not make the playoffs?


Problably the year Shaq left. And then we fought for the 8th seed the next few years, then got Pau.

Thats why its shocking some Lakers fans talk like "ive never felt this kind of season before"

It was just what... 6 or 7 years ago we were fighting for the 8th seed and Luke Walton and Kobe had 10 and 11 assists in overtime losses to the wizards :P

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Posted April 03, 2013 - 05:32 PM

I know it is more difficult than this, but all that we need to do is lose one game less than Utah in these final 7 games. I think of it this way in order to give me hope.



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Posted April 03, 2013 - 06:08 PM

Well we have two "one game swing" nights where Utah has a tough assignment and we have an easy one, if we win those we ahould be fine. But we gotta take care of the hard ones too as Utah got a few gimmies as well, look above, I pretty much broke it down.

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Posted April 03, 2013 - 06:33 PM

Den running away with the lead. :D



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Posted April 03, 2013 - 06:38 PM

Thank you Denver


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Posted April 03, 2013 - 06:44 PM

I'm not jinxing anything :laughing:



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Posted April 03, 2013 - 06:55 PM

Not out of the water yet, Jazz trying to mount a comeback.

10 mins left. Dont rejoice yet

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Posted April 03, 2013 - 07:06 PM

Nuggets killin em by 20. 



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Posted April 03, 2013 - 07:08 PM

K its a 20 point lead. We have to beat the Grizzlies on Friday. Cause the Jazz ain't losing to the Pelicans.

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Posted April 03, 2013 - 07:11 PM

back to 8 seed!!!
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