Rebuilding momentum becomes the newest task for Utah.
The Jazz had their 11-game winning streak snapped with a loss to Portland in their first game back from the NBA All-Star break. Now they feel a bit of pressure to get back on track against Dallas on Saturday night.
Turnovers were a major culprit behind the 100-81 setback to the Blazers on Friday. Utah coughed up 20 turnovers through four quarters, which led to 22 points for Portland. It kept the Jazz from finding an offensive rhythm as the game progressed.
The deal was the first of what could be several made with Monday’s trade deadline approaching. It came about two weeks after general manager Jeff Gorton announced the Rangers’ moves at the deadline would be with an eye to the future and “not trying to save this season.”
Vigneault acknowledged the announcement has made things “a little awkward,” but he added that players and coaches “all got to focus and we all got to be pros.”
The Rangers, who have missed the postseason just once — in 2010 — since the lockout wiped out the 2005-06 season, are six points behind Columbus for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
So the next season, to give those former rookies a chance to play in the game, the league introduced the first Rookie-Sophomore challenge where they chose the best 10 rookies and best 10 sophomore players to compete against each other. It was a fun game, too, with Steve Francis showing out with 13 points and 11 assists in a 92-83 overtime win.
After that season the game had shifted. Sophomores were here to stay as part of the challenge. It wasn’t until 2012 that we saw another shift in the game to make things a bit more interesting.
A dominating spring that elevates him ahead of Brad Ziegler for the Marlins’ closer role, or a trade of Ziegler, paving the way for Steckenrider to close with practically zero competition. Again, Steckenrider needs to lower his walk rate in order to be a fantasy force in middle relief, but keep in mind that his first-pitch strike rate was 68.2 percent, seventh-best of the 50 relief pitchers who met the column’s criteria.
The country should fare much better than they did in the men’s event, and it starts with the Shib sibs, who have a bronze in PyeongChang from the aforementioned team event.