After Game 2 I started believing the Jazz could close things out in six games. After Sunday’s strong Game 4, however, I’m going all in. I think the Jazz close it out in Denver in Game 5. The Nugget meltdown (smeltering?) was just too devastating. Nene getting pushed around. Birdman ignoring the coach and asking out of the game. JR Smith venting on Twitter. Carmelo throwing teammates under the bus. Adrian Dantley inexplicably laying the blame on Carmelo. The disarray just seems too strong and the Jazz just seem to be clicking on all cylinders.
(Speaking of Dantley in the post game, was anyone else a little uncomfortable with the extended face AD pulled? He’s always had a few tics, so I don’t want this to sound like I’m making fun of something like that, but it was just a bizarre look. Someone send me a screenshot if you have it. The NBA.com clip edited it out.)
Here are some stories to keep the momentum leading up to Wednesday’s Game 5: