For rebuilding teams, the term "stretch run" takes on a different meaning.
For the Utah Jazz, it's about continuing to learn as much about the young core as possible.
Oddly enough, the core group (Trey Burke, Alec Burks, Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter) expected to be the starting five before the season began has only played 32 minutes together in 2013-14.
It's hard to criticize coach Tyrone Corbin too much over his rotation, though, as the Jazz have played very well when everyone's available:
Jazz go to 17-9 when healthy this year.— David Locke (@Lockedonsports) February 25, 2014
If they struggle, no big deal. The team isn't going anywhere in the next couple of months anyway. If they shine, then you can move forward confidently with this group.
It's all up to Corbin. Whether or not he gives some of the younger players more of an opportunity to shine remains a mystery.