Jazz Power Rankings Roundup: Week 10
Below is a graph of where the Jazz have ranked over the course of the season.
And here is what Power Rankers are saying about the Jazz this week:
Jazz ranked 9th - "Even though the Jazz are coming off back-to-back defeats at home, we still feel compelled to mention that Quin Snyder, at the very least, deserved an honorable mention in our recent Coach of the First Trimester dispatch. Considering he's had his first-choice starting five for all of 12 minutes this season, Snyder and the Jazz had every reason to savor this Christmas, even after those disappointing narrow defeats to Sacramento and Toronto. Three games this week against bottom-feeders (Lakers, Sixers and Suns) should serve as a nice sendoff before Utah's five-game trip to open its 2017 schedule."
Jazz ranked 13th - "Three losses, two blowouts vs. good teams and a bad loss to a bad team. Maybe it's enough that Utah is just better than most. They are definitely a playoff team. They can worry about where to go from there after they actually get there. But they are still a ways away from being ready to trade haymakers, though injuries continue to be legitimate explanations for their downswings."
Jazz ranked 10th - "A three-game losing streak brought Utah back to earth a bit, including a 30-point L at Golden State, a blown double-digit lead at home against Sacramento, and an inability to stop Toronto’s Kyle Lowry. The caveat: an injured George Hill and a sick Rodney Hood. I wouldn’t be too worried."
Jazz ranked 10th - "The Jazz haven't been nearly as bad in late games as they were last season (they're 9-7 in games that were within five points in the last five minutes), but they have still been worse defensively in the fourth quarter than in any other period. Witness the 64 fourth-quarter points (on 64 percent shooting) they gave up to the Kings and Raptors, with Sacramento coming back from a 20-point deficit on Wednesday and Kyle Lowry (25 points in the fourth) taking over on Friday. Their health situation got worse (with Rodney Hood having tummy troubles and Dante Exum dealing with knee tendinitis) before it got better (maybe George Hill returns this week). With a depleted backcourt and a three-game losing streak, it's not a bad time for four straight games against four of the league's worst eight teams."
Jazz ranked 10th - "Losers of three in a row, and that 30-point thrashing at the hands of Golden State was a reality check. Still, things like the blown lead (or inability to stop Toronto’s guards) might be different when George Hill gets healthy. Soft schedule this week (Lakers, Sixers, Suns) can help them get right before a rough road trip the following week."