By REBECCA CADE
SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz currently sport the third youngest team in the NBA.
With their first game of the regular season on the horizon, Head Coach Quin Snyder, along with the rest of his staff, have some big decisions to make, beginning with the starting lineup. The team could see two-year veteran Trey Burke or rookie Raul Neto.
Last year, “we basically just went out there playing basketball,” said forward Derrick Favors. “This year, a lot of people expect a lot out of us, so we just have to be ready for the pressure and for the teams coming after us, and just be ready to play.”
When it comes to expectations, the buzz is that Utah is an up-and-coming team with the ability to potentially make the playoffs.
Snyder emphasizes expectations and real life are two separate realities.
“We don’t know that much about them yet,” Snyder said of this year’s Jazz lineup. “It’s as they say, a huge sample size. I think we played hard, but not well, although it looked like we played well in Hawaii.”
The Jazz will take on the Detroit Pistons Wednesday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit, Mich.
The Pistons have a preseason record of 3-5.
Tip-off starts at 5:30 p.m. MST.