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April 18, 2008 9:30 PM

NBA Playoff Preview: Jazz vs. Rockets

#4 Utah Jazz vs. #5 Houston Rockets
(Season Series – 2-1 Jazz)

Average Score: 99-97 Jazz

Coach Of The Decade: Jerry Sloan. How does he continue to win and make the playoffs every year in Utah? He's made it to the playoffs in 22 of the past 25 years. He is by far the longest tenured coach. Pretty unbelievable.
Most Annoying Thing Will Be: Dikembe Mutombo’s finger wave. How about you run down the court to play offense as opposed to waving your finger?

 

How The Mighty Have Fallen Award: Steve Francis. His points per game have fallen each of the past four seasons. In 2004 he averaged 21.3 points 7 assists and nearly 5 rebounds a game. This season he averaged 5.5 points per game.
Secrets Of The Series: Mehmet Okur & Luis Scola. These players get little press, but could be keys to the series. If Okur is hitting his three's, he can go off for 30-plus points. Scola, the 28 year-old rookie brings a lot of hustle on both ends of the floor. He's a big piece to the Rockets stellar defense.
Most Likely To Grace The Cover Of Tiger Beat Magazine: Kyle Korver

 

Most Likely To Cheat On His Wife: Andrei Kirilenko. Don’t worry, he’s allowed.
Basketball Player or R&B Artist?: Luther Head
Best YouTube Video: Rockets trying to sound like a dinosaur.
Better Beer Name - Ronnie Brewer or Carlos Boozer? - We have to give this one to boozer because that's a much funnier name.
Rap Battle: Scarface/UGK/Chamillionaire, etc. vs. Southern Class. One city gave birth to Southern rap, the other required me to Google "salt lake city rap." That should just about sum it up.
How The Jazz Will Win: Outscoring the Rockets. That sounds like something John Madden would say, but what I mean is the Rockets might not have enough firepower to keep up with the Jazz. If the games are high scoring the Jazz will win.
How The Rockets Will Win: Beats me, but they’ve done it all season long (including 22 straight).

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