One night after the first ever off the backboard dunk ever seen in Utah, and probably the last, one night after a stunning offensive third quarter in which the Jazz scored 44 points and appeared utterly elite, Devin Harris and the Nets came into Utah determined to squash every bit of confidence Utah gained in the previous two games.
And the Jazz obliged-what a difference 24 hours can make in the always fickle NBA.
Not only did Devin Harris have that look in his eyes usually reserved for DWill but the Jazz also missed many easy shots. New Jersey on the other hand made all the tough jumpers and the long threes and got the crucial rebounds to seal the game, they outplayed Utah at their own game, the hustle one, and for the first time in a long time, the home Jazz resembled the road Jazz-at home.
I know it's confusing.
The Jekyll and Hyde characteristic the Jazz continue to display is one of the most frustrating things to see, one night on top of the world all glittery, the next completely owned with their tails tucked between their legs. But I keep coming back for more punishment.
Don't ask me why.
Despite not being able to stay in front of Devin on any possession and still not having that explosion we have all come to know him for, the recently injured Deron still played as many minutes as he could muster and he did all of this at 80% or less. But...
This game and the other games he has started in make me wonder if he will ever be that same DWill who crosses on foes and stays on his toes invoking fear in the eyes of opponents?
I know he is not completely healed yet but I keep reminiscing of him dunking on seven footer domes and I start to get antsy, I'm sorry DWill but like Jay said; "I got no patience and I hate waitin".
Im an instant gratification kind of girl.
One thing is for certain Devin was never frightened, he was actually the one scaring people.
Devin has a history of playing well against Deron, I think many point guards really want to play well against him just because he has been anointed as one of the best in the game. Just a theory of mine.
Was this game against New Jersey just a fluke??
A 17 point home blowout fluke it was.
The Jazz allowed the Nets to yuck em Laker game 6 style, with no compassion.
After all, last season Utah only lost four games at home and this season they are already on pace to lose eight. Utah's home-court advantage is their bread and butter and the biggest reason for why Utah won 54 games last season.
Losing two home games in one week is very uncharacteristic of the Jazz.
Could it be the despicable fans at the arena who began to boo the injury ridden Jazz in the third quarter when they weren't continually putting on a dunkfest??
Your guess is as good as mine.
But one thing is for sure, you can bet all your dough that I will definitely tune in to see if the Jazz can awaken themselves from their self pity on Tuesday in Sacramento at Arco, a place they have not won at for who knows how long.
The real question is which side will come out? The Jekyll or the Hyde, hopefully its the Jekyll, I think that is the friendly one.
I suppose I'm just a glutton for punishment, I should call them "the punishers," considering all they the pain they put their up and down emotional rollercoaster riders called fans through, but Ill keep watching even if it is with one eye open while I clench my heart.