Depleted Raptors in Town Tonight
If Christmas is a time to relax, if New Year's is a chance to get away from the grind, if the holidays are supposed to be a vacation, then consider the Jazz a bunch of scrooges.
Fresh off their 98-69 dismantling of Philadelphia on Saturday, the Jazz took Sunday off. They face injury-depleted Toronto tonight (7 p.m., FSN), then don't play again for four days, Friday night in Milwaukee. Coming off a similar four-day gap over Christmas, the three-games-in-10-days stretch seems like a placid Caribbean cruise compared to the shoot-the-rapids pace the NBA schedule normally imposes.
And Jazz coach Jerry Sloan doesn't like cruises.
"I never want any time off," he said. "When you play four games in five days, that's what players like, because they stay in a rhythm."
And if they don't play, that rhythm eludes pro basketball players like a grade-school orchestra. Proof of that was provided Saturday by the 76ers, who had not played in a week -- and looked like it had been much longer.