The Utah Jazz’s season has been a turbulent ride thus far. With sluggish play intermixed with some dominance, it is hard to tell what will become of them come game number 66.
They came out limping against the Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets to start the season, seemed to find their stride during a favorable January schedule when they went 11-4 and have gone 3-10 since during a weary, road-heavy February campaign.
Their trend of early success is seen most easily looking at their record in five-game intervals: 2-3, 6-4, 10-5, 12-8, 13-12 and most recently 15-15.
The Jazz are currently 15-17 after losing two heartbreaking games before the break.
The first came against the San Antonio Spurs (106-102) when they just could not seem to get stops at the end of the game, while their most recently loss at the hands of the Minnesota Timberwolves was a crushing defeat.
After leading 83-67 with 9:63 left in the game, Utah completely flopped in the fourth quarter, scoring only six points in nearly seven minutes, eventually losing 100-98 on a Luke Ridnour buzzer-beater.
This up-and-down season is reflected in the successes of some of the Jazz’s main role players, and their generally consistent core. Here are the grades for each player as the All-Star break sets to begin in Orlando.