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Jack Tucker
12-11-2008, 02:34 AM
Dec 11 AT Utah Jazz

After a night off Portland travels to Salt Lake to take on the Jazz. Its a short road trip. Only one game. The next night we play in Portland again vs the Clippers.

For those of you who don't have Comcast you will be able to view the game on KGW channel 8.

It will also be broadcast nationally on TNT

Gametime is 7:30 Pacific time.

The Jazz beat us in our last trip to Salt Lake on November 5. Hopefully this time the outcome will be different. Tuesday nights loss at home to Orlando bugged me. And I'm hoping it bugged our team too,\... enough to bring the something extra that it always takes if you're planning on beating Jerry Sloans team on their home floor.

Speaking of Sloan. This week he won his thousandth game as a head coach. IMHO he's one of the best coaches of all time. Always has his team ready to play. Always makes the most of what he has. The Utah Jazz have been beset with injury problems this season. First, to allstar point guard Deron Williams and most recently to Olympian Carlos Boozer, who anchors down the power forward position for the Jazz.

Utah brings a 14-9 record into the game (9-3 at home), and they are right behind Portland (15-8) and Denver (15-7) in the Northwest Division. It will be a tough game, but I just don't see Portland dropping two in a row at this point. And I don't think they'll repeat the mistakes that cost them the Orlando game. I'm picking the Blazers by three.

Projected starters
Portland Trailblazers
Steve Blake -PG
Brandon Roy-SG
Nic Batum-SF
LaMarcus Aldridge-PF
Greg Oden-Center

Projected starters
Utah Jazz
Deron Williams-PG
Ronnie Brewer-SG
CJ Miles SF
Paul Milsap-PF
Mehmet Okur-Center

NOTE: Paul Milsap has been starting at Power Forward for the injured Carlos Boozer. He has been out for about ten games due to a strained tendon in his upper left quadriceps. He's indicated he may wear some kind of brace upon his return, and had hoped that his first game back would be Thursday nights game against the Trailblazers. The Jazz announced Wednesday he'll probably won't be ready to play against Portland.

As always there will be pregame, gametime, and postgame discussion of the game in the gameday forum

Be sure to catch the video recap and hdtv highlights of the game at

12-11-2008, 02:44 AM
Even with Boozer out this should be a challenge. Utah is one sick home team.

12-11-2008, 05:34 PM
Jerry Sloan has over 1,100 wins as a coach. He got his 1,000th with the Jazz like a month ago. This week he was celebrating his 20th anniversary as Jazz coach

and we have to beat you, it'l be a hige set back if we dont. And our bench is pretty gnarly at home, so fingers crossed we should win...but we've been soooo poor in our last 4/5 games that you've got every chance