Utah Jazz Hold 1-6 Record In Yellow Jersey ‘Statement’
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Jazz have lost five of their last six games and fans have been looking for answers to what is suffering this team. The answer may have something to do with their yellow jerseys.
The Utah front office has taken several off-season steps to make a statement on the ground during the 2019-20 season. When it comes to their alternative “Statement” jerseys, however, they have failed to make an impact. They only make 1 and 6 when wearing them.
Like every other NBA team in recent years, the Jazz have released a number of alternative uniforms, including returns to their green jerseys from the early 1980s and the purple ‘mountain’ jerseys from the summit. the franchise with John Stockton and Karl Malone in the NBA Finals.
Big losses have occurred in statement jerseys
Utah posted a 1-4 record on their recent five-game road trip, which ended in heavy losses to Toronto and Philadelphia.
The team wore the Statement jerseys three times during the road trip (in Indiana, Toronto and Philadelphia) and the Classic jerseys twice (in Milwaukee and Memphis).
Utah struggled in the Statement games. Although the Jazz remained close for most of the game against Indiana, the Pacers pulled out late in the fourth quarter, winning 121-102.
The Jazz fell 40 points to the Raptors, unable to overcome the deficit despite a franchise record of 49 points in the third quarter.
Against the 76ers, Utah followed 26 at one point, looking dull and tired just one night after the loss to Toronto. They shot just 22.7% from behind the arc and gave up the ball 19 times.
Wearing yellow, the Jazz lost all three games by an average of 16 points.
Utah’s only declaration victory came on Nov. 6 when they beat the 76ers 106-104 in Salt Lake City. It was their second game in the shirts and it ended a two-game losing streak.
The first loss of these two came at the hands of Sacramento while wearing Statement jerseys. It was the Kings’ first victory of the season after the opener with five straight losses. Harrison Barnes gave the Kings a 102-101 lead with 2.9 seconds left.
Mitchell had a chance to win the game with a three-point attempt at the buzzer, but the ball hit the front of the rim.
Once popular with fans, the bright and shiny jersey may have fallen out of favor.
Beyond the performance on the pitch, some fans began to dismiss the idea that the yellow jerseys had been bad luck this season – and yes, there is a Change.org petition ask the team to drop the jerseys completely.
Utah will wear the Statement jerseys 15 times during the 2019-20 season. The next two times come against the worst warriors in the league. The Jazz have already beaten Golden State twice. Neither time was in the yellow jersey.
Of the remaining nine games of the Statement jersey, only two face teams with record wins. Both of those games are against the Dallas Mavericks. Maybe there is hope for a better result in the jerseys, but if the Jazz keep losing in yellow, maybe there is something in the Statement jersey curse.
Jersey color, or an unlucky program?
Utah amassed an 11-4 record in their other jerseys, holding a record of wins in every other suit except one.
The Jazz are 3-2 in the traditional white Association jerseys, 4-1 in the classic (mountain) back jerseys and undefeated (4-0) in the Icon navy jerseys.
The City Edition jerseys made their 2019-20 season debut on Wednesday at home against LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. The result was a loss of 121-96.
Jazz traditionally had a long road trip (often to the East Coast) before Christmas back in Jerry Sloan’s day, but recent schedules have attempted to break that down into more manageable chunks, or have shifted trips to earlier or later parts of the season.
Last season, Utah went 2-3 on a November trip to Memphis, Dallas, Philadelphia, Boston and Indiana.
The year before, Utah had seen 1-3 and 1-5 road trips involving East Coast crews before Christmas Day.
All of these games mean lots of miles traveled and at least a handful of games against playoff teams.
This year’s five-game trip involved just under 5,000 travel miles and four playoff teams.
Superstitious? Or “A little Stitious?”
The good news? Jazz has the the simplest program in the NBA in the last 60 games. Several games against the Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks will help in this ranking, and three of those games will be Statement jersey games.
Additionally, Utah is currently sixth in the Western Conference at 12-10, having played more than half of its games against teams currently in the playoffs.
Last year the Jazz were 12-13 on December 4 and were tied for 11th place in the West. They finished season fifth in the Western Conference with a 50-32 record after a meteoric run of 19-8 after the All-Star break.