The 2009 NBA Playoffs have arrived. This time of year is very exciting if you are an NBA fan. The games get more exciting, the fans get more rowdy, and the teams seem to play at the highest levels of the season. All of this makes for some great game watching and will keep us fans entertained for hours each night over the next 2 months.
The team I will be cheering for and watching closely is the Utah Jazz. I have watched the Utah Jazz from the time I was a small boy. I remember the good old days when Stockton to Malone was the most common phrase in the games the Jazz played. Then there was Thurl Bailey, Mark Eaton, and many other players that would help the Jazz reach the playoffs most years, but would then fail to win the NBA Championship. There were two years where the Jazz made it to the NBA Finals and would play against the formidable Chicago Bulls. This was during the mid-nineties when Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen graced the court and were an unstoppable force. The Jazz lost to the Bulls in both of the 1997 and 1998 NBA Finals and would not make it to the Finals again. Not too many years later both John Stockton and Karl Malone would retire with various NBA records, but never getting that coveted Championship ring.
Now, the team has the likes of Deron Williams, Carlos Boozer, and Ronnie Brewer. The Jazz still make the playoffs like always, but seem to fail each year to make it back to the NBA Finals for a shot at the crown. This year they square off against the almighty Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers boast arguably the most talented, most athletic, best team in the NBA. The Jazz will face the Lakers in a best of 7 series starting Sunday night April 19th. They will need the best games of their lives to make this a competitive series. One thing is for sure, the games will be fierce, fast, and full of energy. Whichever team comes out on top will advance to play against some team in the next series and the loser will be going home. The Jazz don’t have a very good chance, but I will be cheering for them and hoping that they can at least make it a close series.
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