We did it ! Game 82. The Portland Trail Blazers are locked on their draft odds, so there are no more mixed emotions. It’s a last chance for players to show off what they’re up to, and for many of them the last chance to add to their resumes before joining new teams in the offseason. For fans, it’s the first time in months that they’ve watched a game without thinking about the repercussions of a win or a loss.

The good news for the Utah Jazz is that they head into the playoffs healthy and with a solid roster on paper. The bad news for them is that there are a lot of questions about whether this team can play to their potential when it counts. One of the main concerns is their propensity to blow up big leads. Friday night was a great example as they managed to blow a seventeen point lead in the fourth quarter and lose to the Phoenix Suns by a score of 115-111.

UPDATE: Drew Eubanks has been demoted with a sprained wrist.

Sunday, April 10 – 6:30 p.m. PT
How to watch on TV: Root Sports NW, NBA League Pass
Blazer injuries: Damian Lillard (out), Nassir Little (out), Jusuf Nurkic (out), Eric Bledsoe (out), Joe Ingles (out), Anfernee Simons (out), Justise Winslow (out), Josh Hart (out), Trendon Watford (out), Drew Eubanks (out), Greg Brown III (likely), Keljin Blevins (questionable), Kris Dunn (questionable), CJ Elleby (questionable)
Jazz injuries: Trent Forrest (out), Udoka Azubuike (out)
SBN Affiliate: SLC Dunk

To monitor

  • Look at the dashboard? While the Blazers are locked in their lottery odds, the Jazz don’t yet know their playoff opponent. They know it will either be the Dallas Mavericks or the Golden State Warriors. Which one they will play will depend on the outcome of that game, if the Denver nuggets win their last game and if the Golden State Warriors win their last game. With all games starting at the same time, the Jazz can get a bit distracted. If they have a strong desire to play against one opponent or the other, it could get a little crazy.
  • Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell. At Blazer’s Edge, we don’t have any inside information about Gobert and Mitchell’s relationship, but from where we are, their relationship seems a little… strained shall we say? If you’re looking for a detail to watch, see how many times Mitchell looks for Gobert down there. It could be fun.
  • A chance to say your last goodbyes. It’s hard to predict what moves the Blazers will make in the offseason, but it’s not really a stretch to say that the majority of players who hit hardwood for the home team won’t be donning the Blazers uniform the next day. next season. . While things certainly didn’t go the way fans wanted, it was certainly memorable. Good luck to all players who find themselves in new homes next season.

what others say

How’s it been for Jazz lately? Not great, written Sports Illustrated’s Chris Herring.

Utah, which had the NBA’s best record last season for getting bounced in the second round by a Clippers club that lost Kawhi Leonard mid-series, seems to be falling apart lately. The Jazz have lost six of their last seven games, the lone win against the Lakers, who alone are arguably the league’s biggest disappointment in recent years.

Sven Karabegovic from SLC Dunk explores whether the Jazz can make a splash in the playoffs. Note that this was written before Utah lost a 17-point fourth-quarter lead to the Suns on Friday.

Does a win against a depleted Grizzles team outweigh the 15 games the Jazz lost after leading by 10 or more? No, probably not. I still think this team is unlikely to make it to the second round. Yet this Is show that Jazz is progressing. Just a week ago, I didn’t expect Utah to walk away from this game with a win. The fan in me is feeling cautiously optimistic that this team could hold out long enough to make a splash in the playoffs. After all, Danuel House played as the 3&D player they desperately needed and Juancho Hernangomez was a pleasant surprise (read more about it in Calvin’s article, here). And given the incredible offensive firepower on this list (the league’s number one offensive rating at 116.4, according to NBA.com), the Jazz should have the weapons to take on any team in the west. .

Carlos Boozer talks about jazz past and present, but the highlight is a story you just have to read about Prince, reported by Eric Walden of the Salt Lake City Tribune.

The story has been out for years about when the late pop superstar took over the California hoopster pad and lent his own quirky vibe to the place. But hearing Boozer recount it and sprinkle in hilarious details was the highlight of the evening: