The Jazz entered Sunday afternoon’s game at the Chase Center with a 28-9 record, but some pundits don’t see them as legitimate title contenders. The reason could be the same that the media underestimated the Warriors in 2014-15.
“I think people will always question teams that maybe don’t have the traditional appearance of a championship team,” said Golden State head coach Steve Kerr. “By that I mean no transcendent superstar. I think historically people kind of look at championship teams, and they project themselves into the future. They project how the playoffs are going to play out, and people will say on Utah: “Well, who’s going to take over a playoff game in the home stretch?”