Are All Systems “Go” For Jazz Opener?
Posted by Nancy on October 21, 2010
The Utah Jazz regular season will kick off next Wednesday night against the Denver Nuggets and judging by their preseason record which now stands at 7-7, Jazz fans have every reason to believe that their team is going to do well. There is one more preseason game to be played and that will occur on Friday night against the Sacramento Kings and then it will be time for the real show to begin. Although the Jazz have a winning preseason record thus far, it is still too early to tell how the team is going to respond when the real test begins next week. The starters that Coach Jerry Sloan plans to begin the game with, Al Jefferson, Deron Williams, Raja Bell, Paul Millsap and Andrei Kirilenko, have not yet played together for any length of time. In fact, this particular group has seen action only twice together so it is not yet known how they gel as the starting line-up. Deron Williams, along with the rest of the team and all of the fans, are hoping that Al Jefferson proves to be the “go-to” guy that the Jazz are going to need to replace the efforts of Carlos Boozer.
Jefferson is averaging 14.9 points per game in preseason play so he’s off to a good start. He readily acknowledges that he needs to continue to work to blend in with Coach Sloan’s brand of offense and he is determined to be successful in his new assignment.