So the Utah Jazz think they're gonna shock the NBA world, do they? Well, good luck with that, LOL.
I never bet "everything but the kitchen sink," but in this case, I think I'd bet at least the living room and spare bedroom on the Jazz going home for the season a lot sooner than later.
I certainly do respect the attitude they appear to be bringing into this series that starts on Sunday.
But I'm 99.5 percent certain that Utah has no shot to win this series.
San Antonio just won two games against teams with records not that far below the Jazz, without Tim Duncan, Tony Parker or Manu Ginobili. And no disrespect meant, but I think the Spurs team that won their last two regular season games without the "Big Three" could probably eliminate the Jazz in a post-season series.
Now I guess I should confess that the only thing that worries me about this series is the fact that all the pressure is on San Antonio. They are the top seed in the West. They are the team that should slaughter the Jazz in round one. They are the team that finished tied for the best regular season record in the league.
So if the Jazz coaching staff has any clue what's going on, they'll focus their fellas on being beyond loose for this series. Their thought process should be: Hey, fellas, everybody thinks and says the Spurs should sweep us right outta town, so put the pressure on San Antonio. Agree?
I've seen it happen before in sports, and it will happen again. I just don't expect it will happen starting Sunday at noon at the AT&T Center.
The Jazz had to essentially play-it-out to lock-up a post-season birth.
The Spurs have been resting since the beginning of the week after wrapping up that top spot in the west. San Antonio beat Utah three times in the regular season, and lost once. And yes, before you ask, Duncan, Parker and Ginobili had the night off. And down the stretch, it does appear the Jazz are peaking at the right time, playing much better ball. But you know what, so are the Duncan-Parker-Ginobili-less Spurs, just to make my point.
Oh, and another point: The Jazz don't have the horses to keep pace - not even close!
The Jazz closed the regular season on a five-game winning streak, scoring at least 100 points in four of those five wins. So, congrats to them! They've earned the right to play the Spurs. But, don't expect Utah to last long.
In fact, they might wanna ready some jazz "blues" music for the coming days. I don't think they'll be cuing up any "party" jazz if you know what I mean.
Go Spurs Go!