Utah Jazz ready to begin regular season

Oct 16, 2018, 7:01 PM | Updated: 7:08 pm
Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder huddles with guards Dante' Exum, left, and Donovan Mitchell during the ...
Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder huddles with guards Dante' Exum, left, and Donovan Mitchell during the first quarter of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Sacramento Kings, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. . (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Jazz just beat the Sacrament Kings in preseason 132-93 last week and Wednesday night the team will tip off its regular season with Kings hosting again.

This time it counts though and the squad expects to see a much livelier Sacramento club.

“We have to forget about that game. That was a preseason game,” Jazz forward Derrick Favors said. “Now, we’re getting ready to go into the regular season where we’re playing them for real now, so we have to go in there with the right mentality and know that they’re going to come out ready.”

The game will tip-off at 8 P.M. MDT. Head coach Quin Snyder and his players continue to talk about building good habits and the word Jazz fans have heard often from Synder, “connectivity”.

“A lot of it for us is just our focus mentally,” Snyder said. “Some of our habits are there, but like anything, if you don’t do it, it can cease to become a habit and sometimes there’s a sense that in practice you work on those things, then in the game you go ahead and do what you want and maybe less attention to detail … less concentration.

“I feel like the last couple games we’ve been able to drill down on that more, and that’s what competition does for you.”

Favors said the preseason does serve its purpose for teams as it prepares them for the regular season.

“We’re a lot better. Obviously, that first preseason game everybody was getting back used to playing in the system,” Favors said. “In the offseason, you play more one-on-one type basketball, so we had to come back and play in the system, so throughout the whole preseason we just worked on that connectivity, and I think we found it and got it back.”

The Jazz players are all entering the year healthy and ready to go, but despite returning most of its team from last year the players will have some new challenges. There were many questions entering last year about expectations. This year everyone knows who the Jazz are and expectations are high.

ESPN released its first power rankings of the season and list the Jazz #6 in their Basketball Power Index (BPI) rankings. BPI uses advanced statistical analysis to measure each team’s offensive and defensive levels relative to an average team.

Tip-off against the Kings is the season opener for both teams as well and it also begins the 40th season the Jazz have played in the Beehive State. The organization is paying tribute to that anniversary in many ways. There will be two hashtags for the season #TeamIsEverything and #TakeNote will stay as well.

Two large scale murals were also announced to be painted in downtown Salt Lake to commemorate the 40th season.

“We look forward to celebrating the 40th season of Jazz basketball,” said Steve Starks, president of the Utah Jazz and Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment. “The incredible community support for this team is felt throughout the organization, and we can’t wait to tip off another promising season.”

The Utah Jazz’s first home game is Friday against the defending champions Golden State. Tip off is at 8:30 P.M. and will be televised on ESPN.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Today’s Top Stories


Lindsay Aerts

Will lawmakers fund free UTA fare beyond one week?

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Transit Authority has approved free fares on all public transit for one week starting Feb. 12 during the time the NBA all-star game is in town. But will lawmakers fund it further? Gov. Spencer Cox has asked for a year of free transit in his budget. But the chair of […]
14 hours ago
A bill making its way through the Utah legislative session this year wants to promote Utah's extrem...
Allessandra Harris

SB 151 would exempt certain businesses from farmer’s market regulations

Under S.B.151, minor producers would not be required to tell consumers their food is not officially licensed by the state.
14 hours ago
Sen. Nate Blouin, D-Salt Lake, left, and Rep. Joel Briscoe, D-Salt Lake, speak at a press conferenc...
Lindsay Aerts

Bill to set target water level for the Great Salt Lake dries up

The bill proposed by Sen. Nate Blouin, would set a target elevation goal at 4.198 feet. However, the bill died in committee.
14 hours ago
Police are looking for a shooting suspect, after a man was found with a critical gunshot wound in S...
Kate Davis and Simone Seikaly

One man dead, suspect on the run after Glendale shooting

Glendale police said the shooting happened Wednesday night near 1665 South Riverside Drive, not far from the Jordan River.
14 hours ago
A herd of elk ended up on the roadways near I-80 and Foothill Boulevard on Thursday, Jan 26, 2023. ...
Mark Jones

Four elk killed as herd gets too close to I-215 and I-80

Four elk were killed Wednesday after a herd of elk got too close to I-215 and I-80. Two of the elk were struck and killed by vehicles. The other two had to be euthanized after being hit.
2 days ago
Salt Lake City police are investigating a shooting Wednesday night that sent one person to the hosp...
Mark Jones

Salt Lake City police investigating shooting, one person hurt

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City police are investigating a shooting Wednesday night.  Police say the shooting occurred in the area of 1665 S. Riverside Drive at 6:43 p.m. One person was transported by ambulance to an area hospital in critical condition.  Police have been unable to locate a suspect. They say the suspect […]
2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Banner with Cervical Cancer Awareness Realistic Ribbon...
Intermountain Health

Five Common Causes of Cervical Cancer – and What You Can Do to Lower Your Risk

January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness month and cancer experts at Intermountain Health are working to educate women about cervical cancer, the tests that can warn women about potential cancer, and the importance of vaccination.
Kid holding a cisco fish at winterfest...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Get Ready for Fun at the 2023 Bear Lake Monster Winterfest

The Bear Lake Monster Winterfest is an annual weekend event jam-packed full of fun activities the whole family can enjoy. This year the event will be held from January 27-29 at the Utah Bear Lake State Park Marina and Sunrise Resort and Event Center in Garden City, Utah. 
happy friends with sparklers at christmas dinner...

15 Easy Christmas Dinner Ideas

We’ve scoured the web for you and narrowed down a few of our favorite Christmas dinner ideas to make your planning easy. Choose from the dishes we’ve highlighted to plan your meal or start brainstorming your own meal plan a couple of weeks before to make sure you have time to shop and prepare.
Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots...

5 Game Day Snacks for the Whole Family (with recipes!)

Try these game day snacks to make watching football at home with your family feel like a special occasion. 
Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...

The Best Tools for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Workplace Success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
Utah Jazz ready to begin regular season