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blazers+and+jazz1The Portland Trailblazers may have to revert to old school tactics t to stop Andrei Kirilenko. He is playing out of his mind. I would have to say it is a combination of more minutes and the realization that either he doesn't have to be the man or is not the man on the Utah Jazz. Either way I am happy for him and the team. Winning also helps, but he is one of the main reason that we are winning. He probably won't have near the stat line tonight that he did against GS. The Trailblazers play at the slowest tempo in the league and we won't have near as many possessions. The Utah Jazz are going for the Jugular tonight, a Freaking Sweep against the Portland Trailblazers and even more important sweeping a four game road trip. I honestly thought that the Lakers game last week would play with their minds and have been waiting for them to hit "that stretch" that they hit every year. If you are any of the other Western Conference teams are you not a little bit scared by the way the Utah Jazz are playing especially on the road. It's like when Wesley in Princess Bride says " I am not left handed", or when Ace Ventura realizes that Einhorn is a Man. Deron Williams has lit up the Trailblazers this year so far averaging 20.3 and 11.7 I don't think that that will change tonight especially after his poor shooting performance against GS. It will be interesting to see how he comes back from that. Then again the game is ESPN and we know that Deron plays possessed on National Television. The game will be a late game on ESPN 8:30 MTN Time  and we will probably run the Podcast at Halftime . Brandon Roy is listed as day-to-day but will probably be playing tonight but not at 100%.  He only played nine minutes against the Celtics the other night when the Blazers got crushed scoring a season low 76 points and franchise low 7 assists. A lot of that was due to the Celtics Defense and the other part was trying to implement Roy and newly added Marcus Camby into the Mix. As a team the Utah Jazz are averaging 110 points and shooting over 60% in the first three games  this season. First team to score 90 points wins in my opinion. Stat Break Down
Jazz Key Team Stats Trail Blazers
102.1 Points scored 97.3
97.2 Points allowed 95.2
.492 FG% own .462
.446 FG% opposition .463
.350 3PT% own .353
.353 3PT% opposition .348
533 Offensive Rebounds 609
1675 Defensive Rebounds 1671
2208 Total Rebounds 2280
1.8 Assist/Turnover Ratio 1.7
21.9 Fouls Per Game 21.2
Scoring Stats Jazz Trail Blazers
Stat Rk Stat Rk
Winning % .642 7 .571 12
Points Per Game 102.2 7 97.7 22
Points Allowed Per Game 97.3 12 95.1 4
Points Off Turnovers Per Game 18.4 3 15.8 18
Points Allowed Off Turnovers Per Game 17.0 21 15.1 5
Field Goals Attempted 4161 27 4353 16
Opposition Field Goals Attempted 4162 5 4361 13
Field Goals Made 2052 10 2020 13
Opposition Field Goals Made 1863 6 2016 16
Field Goal % .493 1 .464 11
Opposition Field Goal % .448 8 .462 17
Free Throws Attempted 1433 5 1372 10
Opposition Free Throws Attempted 1442 25 1299 15
Free Throws Made 1066 8 1081 5
Opposition Free Throws Made 1085 22 967 14
Free Throw % .744 19 .788 3
Opposition Free Throw % .752 12 .744 4
Defensive Stats Jazz Trail Blazers
Stat Rk Stat Rk
Total Rebounds Per Game 40.8 23 40.1 27
Opposition Total Rebounds Per Game 39.0 3 38.0 1
Offensive Rebounds Per Game 9.8 25 10.7 17
Opposition Offensive Rebounds Per Game 10.3 8 10.1 6
Defensive Rebounds Per Game 31.0 11 29.4 27
Opposition Defensive Rebounds Per Game 28.7 4 27.9 1
Team Rebounds Per Game 8.9 6 8.1 21
Opposition Team Rebounds Per Game 8.2 10 8.5 18
Steals Per Game 8.0 5 6.0 28
Opposition Steals Per Game 7.8 23 6.2 2
Blocked Shots Per Game 5.0 12 3.9 26
Opposition Blocked Shots Per Game 5.1 18 3.9 2
Assists & Turnovers Stats Jazz Trail Blazers
Stat Rk Stat Rk
Assists Per Game 26.2 1 20.5 17
Opposition Assists Per Game 19.4 7 19.5 8
Turnovers Per Game 14.6 23 12.1 2
Opposition Turnovers Per Game 14.5 7 12.3 25
Team Turnovers Per Game 0.7 13 0.8 18
Opposition Team Turnovers Per Game 0.8 3 0.6 17
Fouls & Penalties Stats Jazz Trail Blazers
Stat Rk Stat Rk
Personal Fouls Per Game 21 23 21 19
Opposition Personal Fouls Per Game 22.3 4 21.5 11
Disqualifications (Fouled Out) 9 22 7 16
Opposition Disqualifications (Fouled Out) 10 4 13 2
Player Technical Fouls 9 8 13 16
Opposition Player Technical Fouls 11 24 19 8
Team Technical Fouls 10 2 26 22
Opposition Team Technical Fouls 16 23 19 17
Coach Technical Fouls 2 10 2 10
Opposition Coach Technical Fouls 0 29 3 11
Bench Technical Fouls 0 1 0 1
Opposition Bench Technical Fouls 0 12 0 12
Flagrant Fouls 0 1 3 24
Opposition Flagrant Fouls 1 13 4 2
Player Ejections 0 1 0 1
Opposition Player Ejections 1 4 0 13
Coach Ejections 0 1 0 1
Opposition Coach Ejections 0 7 0 7
Picture 6 I would think that Camby may cause a few problems Defensively, but after watching the small ball the other night against GS, I love it. IT will usually cause match-up problems for the other team more than it will for us unless we are playing the Lakers or Nuggets who can go big against our small and then we are in trouble. The Trailblazers can't go big, at least with their current injury situation. It is really hard to bet or pick against the Utah Jazz right now the only other team that you don't want to pick against is the TTTSNBN. Prediction- Deron Goes Off 25-12 Millsap and Ak have good games Bench player of the night will be Price. Jazz Win 101-93. On a side note, the Knicks have lost 6 in a row and are 1-9 in their last ten. Denver, Watch-out you have two teams that are closer than they appear. Picture 7