This week’s games:
- Monday, April 13 – Dallas Mavericks. Energy Solutions Arena. 7:00 PM MT
- Wednesday, April 15 – Houston Rockets. Toyota Center. 6:00 PM MT.
Game of the Week: Utah Jazz vs Dallas Mavericks
The Jazz have faced the Mavericks three times this season, and each time they’ve come up short – a couple of times they came up really short. When the Mavs roll into town for Monday’s match-up, they’ll be facing a different Jazz team than they have earlier this season. A February meeting in Dallas was the last game before the Utah Jazz turned the corner and started to win games in bunches. When you factor in the fact that this is the last Jazz game that Energy Solutions Arena will hold this season, there’s no way that this couldn’t be the game of the week – ESA is going to be rockin’ on Monday night!
Player Focus: Everyone!
Each week there’s been a focus on one player, so during these final games, I’d prefer to just sit back and enjoy watching the Utah Jazz play as a team. While it’s still uncertain if key players like Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors will see playing time, it will still be good to watch these guys play. Anyone who watches Saturday night’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers knows that it doesn’t matter who Coach Q puts on the court, they’ll be sure to compete despite no post-season implications. So this week, don’t worry about the stats and expectations; Just enjoy watching these guys two more times, whether it be Hayward and Favors, or Jack Cooley and Bryce Cotton.
Mavericks: Dallas has won three of their last five, so while they aren’t dominating right now, they’re winning a decent amount of games. The Mavs are set with the seventh seed in the West, so Monday night’s game will mean very little to them. Expect Rick Carlisle to give his stars and veterans some rest when they come to Utah, especially since they were in Los Angeles on Sunday night. With the Utah crowd coming out for one last home game of the season, I have faith the Jazz won’t disappoint. – Jazz win, 92-87.
Rockets: The Southwest Conference is a mess. With three teams within a half-game of each other, this may very well be a game that Houston needs just to get home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. To add to the challenge, it’s their last home game of the season. While the young guys for the Jazz were able to pull-off the upset in Portland, I’m not so sure they can do it again, especially if they happen to be resting key players again. – Jazz lose, 104-96.
April 18, 1991
John Stockton, in a 130-103 Jazz win over Seattle at the Salt Palace, dished out 11 assists to finish the 1990-91 season with 1,164 assists, breaking his own NBA record for assists in a season set the previous year.