76ers Blog: Pre-Game Notes ~ 2/12/2014 @ Utah Jazz
Posted 2/12/2014 8:41:00 PM

The Match-Up:
The 76ers (15-38; 5th-Atlantic Division, 14th-Eastern Conference) make their final appearance before heading into the NBA All-Star Game break, taking on the Utah Jazz (18-33; 5th-Northwest Division, 13th-Western Conference).  The Sixers are in the midst of a season-high tying seven game losing streak.  The team's troubles in its last two games have been well-documented, being out-scored by a combined 88 points through the first two games of their current three-game road trip.  

Earlier today, following shoot-around, Brett Brown emphasized the importance of the finishing the unofficial first half of the Sixers' slate on a positive note.

"We want to end with a performance that we're proud of," said Brown to reporters at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, UT.  "We want to walk out of this building with our head held high.  How we react to these last two games will be key.  I want these guys to leave, take a deep breath, get with their families, re-fill their cup, and come back ready to go."

The Utah Jazz have spent the better part of the season occupying the basement of the Western Conference; however, they've played .500 basketball over their past eight games.  Going even farther back on Utah's schedule, the Jazz have gone 17-19 since beginning the year 1-14.  They're coming off consecutive wins versus the Miami Heat on Saturday, and the Los Angeles Lakers yesterday evening.

Much of Utah's early-season issues could be attributed to roster instability caused by off-season personnel moves and injuries.  Shooting guard Gordan Hayward - a Butler product who played under current Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens - is leading the team with 16.3 points per game.  Rookie point guard Trey Burke - taken ninth in this June's NBA draft, two spots ahead of Michael Carter-Williams - has held his own, averaging 12.6 points in 39 games.  Burke missed time at the start of the season due to a hand injury.

Click the audio link beneath the image in the upper right corner of this article to hear a conversation with David Locke, the radio play-by-play commentator for the Utah Jazz.

Posted By: Brian Seltzer  

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