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Even if the Jazz is in crisis lately (six defeats in seven games), this victory in Utah is perhaps the most beautiful of the Rockets season. The only victories that approach the prestige of the latter are those against the Bulls at the end of November and then against Brooklyn two weeks later, without Kevin Durant, each time in Texas.
In any case, it is the most convincing success on the outside, that’s for sure. And it’s the third in four matches, all away.
“Winning like that away means that we are progressing”analyzes Jae’Sean Tate for the Houston Chronicle. “Opposite is a big team. It feels good and we have to build on it. The next match is at Golden State, it will be an even bigger challenge. »
Christian Wood does not say anything else. “We’re improving and we’re not as bad as people think. Every game we get better. This game was important. »
After a good first period for the Texans, the Jazz took control of the game and had a 13-point lead in the third quarter. Stephen Silas’ men finally found the resources to come back and win.
« As soon as we can spend time with our group to work, it’s worth it for us »
In a season where the apprenticeship of young people is central, being able to snatch victories against big teams, outside, in disputed matches, is invaluable.
» It’s enormous « assures Garrison Mathews. “There were a few absences, it can happen, but we held on, we fought and we played collectively in the last minutes. It comes with experience. It’s huge for us young people. It’s a great learning experience to beat such a formation, in an environment like that. »
And if the Rockets are progressing and winning matches at the moment, after having experienced a difficult period both sportingly and for the organizations with 18 matches in one month, it is precisely because the calendar has become more lenient.
Indeed, for eight days, they have already been able to train three times, and as no player is stuck in isolation, Stephen Silas can thus work with his entire group.
“We always want to be able to improve”explained, in the Houston Chronicle, the coach before the meeting in Utah. “Training is key. Tuesday, we were able to do a very good one. We worked on the things we missed in Sacramento. I can’t wait to be able to train together, the players maybe less, but I am. I want to work on some defensive points in the next few days. As soon as you can spend time with your group to work, it’s worth it for us. »
Stephen Silas will be able to do it until the end of the month since between Friday evening and the trip to California to face Stephen Curry and company, and on January 31, for the reception of these same Warriors, he and his players will not have only two matches to play: next Tuesday against the Spurs then Friday 28 against Portland.
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