The Utah Jazz could be in big trouble when they head to LA to play the Lakers. The Lakers are the hottest team in basketball, recently throttled the Jazz on the road, and determined to win the top spot in the Western Conference.
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That’s what Lakers coach Phil Jackson was told late Friday night after his team ran its post-All-Star-break record to a stunning 17-1 by winning in Utah.
The Lakers are 55-20 to San Antonio’s 57-19, but there is one game left between the teams at Staples Center on April 12. The Lakers, who trailed the Spurs by nine games back on Feb. 16, are in position to make up all that ground.
But Jackson is not yet ready to discuss that, saying he will wait to see where the Lakers stand after back-to-back road games at Golden State on April 6 and at Portland on April 8.
The Lakers rallied from a 17-point deficit for their ninth consecutive victory — exceeding two eight-game winning streaks earlier this season. Asked if this was the best the team has played this season, Lakers coach Phil Jackson said: “Yes.” That win eliminated the Jazz from the playoffs and it is yet to be seen if the jazz will use that as motivation or if they will just fold when they face the Lakers.
The Jazz proved they could play with the Lakers they just did not finish strong. That will change this week and the Jazz will play close against the Lakers.
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