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Jazz Triumph Over Warriors

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Besides being an intensely exciting and very popular sport, basketball is also a business and that fact was evidenced this week when Ronnie Brewer was unexpectedly traded. At an eleventh hour decision on trade deadline day, Ronnie was shuffled off to Minnesota to become one of the Grizzlies and in exchange Utah received a first round draft pick for 2011. The reaction from the Jazz team was shock and disappointment. Carlos Boozer said he felt like Ronnie was part of the family and that it was hard to see him go. Deron Williams went even further in expressing his dislike for the decision saying that while he saw most of the NBA teams trying to better themselves through their trades, in his opinion, Utah became worse. He even suggested inadvertently that his feelings may carry over to when it becomes time to resign with the Jazz.
If there were concerns about how the Jazz would come out on this first game since the trade went down and if their disappointment would affect their chemistry and their play, those worries were soon laid to rest. The Jazz took an early charge against the Golden State Warriors and for the most part, they didn’t look back. There was a let-up in the fourth quarter which allowed Golden State to come within 12 points of the Jazz who had lead by 23 at one point but they got it going again and finished with a 100-89 win. This win makes it six straight road wins and leaves them only 1/2 game behind Denver in the quest for the #2 spot in the Western Conference.