Friday, May 2, 2008

If History Means Anything...

There need not be any description on how big tonight's game is. Many, including yours truly, are nervous about how this series has turned as of late. The comforting thought I return to is that this game is at the arena formerly known as the Delta Center (now known, at least to me, as the Tox Box). To ease my nerves, and to fill the time of an extraordinarily slow Friday afternoon at work, I did a little historical statistical analysis to see how good home court has been to the Jazz in this situation.

My question was: How effective are the Jazz at closing a series on their home court?

The answer is somewhat comforting. Over the last 19 years, the Jazz are 13-4 (.764) when they have the opportunity to close out a playoff series at home. Yes, most of these games were played with Stockton and Malone at the helm. The Williams-Boozer era team is 1-0 in this situation, last year's Game 5 against Golden State. The one constant that draws this together, however, is soon-to-be Hall of Famer Coach Jerry Sloan, who has been the head coach for each and every one of those battles.

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