NBA Primetime: Slow Starts, Quick Recovery

Brandon RibakSenior Writer INovember 5, 2009

DENVER - OCTOBER 28:  Deron Williams #8 of the Utah Jazz takes a free throw against the Denver Nuggets during NBA action at Pepsi Center on October 28, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Jazz 114-105.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Five games into the beautiful 2009 NBA season and already teams are starting to show their true colors.

Organizations like New Jersey (0-5), Milwaukee (1-2), Minnesota (1-4), and Sacramento (1-4) were obviously not expected to turn heads this season and thus far neither team has disappointed in that regard.

Aside from the low-tier teams in the league, a few squads have started off on a slow note and have obvious potential to bounce back and recover throughout the next week or so.

NBA Primetime presents to you the "Slow Starts, Quick Recovery" teams of the NBA.

Utah Jazz - (1-3, .250 PCT) 4th in Northwest Division

After retaining Boozer from being dealt this offseason, the Jazz entered the year with high hopes and a well-assembled roster.

With three loses to Denver, Houston, and Dallas, the Jazz have started the season with a 1-3 overall record, averaging four points less on the offensive end than a year ago (99 PPG now, 103 PPG last season) while giving up five points more on the defensive end (105 PPG now, 100 PPG last season).

Why will they make a quick recovery?

The Jazz will face off against 12 different teams during their 13 games played in the month of November. Of those 12, only four teams posted higher than a .500 winning percentage last season.

Portland Trail Blazers - (2-3, .400 PCT) 3rd in Northwest Division

Heading into the season, the Blazers were discussed as one of the potential breakout teams in the league.

While a 2-3 start to the season is not technically bad, the Blazers are one squad that will quickly turn things around (hence, their record).

Why will they make a quick recovery?

With Greg Oden beginning to show signs of improvement (averaging 6.8 PPG, 9.8 RPG, and 2.2 BPG in 23.0 MPG in five games) and Portland's upcoming schedule of facing the Timberwolves three times, the Grizzlies twice, and one game against the Nets and the Bobcats, the Blazers should end the month of November with a record well above .500.

Washington Wizards - (2-3, .400 PCT) 5th in Southeast Division

After acquiring guards Randy Foye and Mike Miller during the offseason, the Wizards looked like another team that was on the cusp of breaking out.

Since losing forward Antawn Jamison to an injury and now guard Mike Miller to a shoulder injury, the Wizards start the early year with a 2-3 overall record.

Why will they make a quick recovery?

Two words for ya, Gilbert Arenas.

Agent Zero has officially resurrected, averaging a ridiculous 27.6 PPG, 5.6 APG, 2.6 RPG, and 1.0 SPG, in 36.4 minutes of action (not scoring under 22 points in the five games played).

With a healthy No. 0, the Wizards should be able to bounce back from their semi-slow start and compete for anywhere between the fourth to eighth seed in the East.


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