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BLUES FOR THE JAZZ
Jack McCallum
May 07, 1990
As its series with Phoenix began, Utah again hit some sour playoff notes
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May 07, 1990

Blues For The Jazz

As its series with Phoenix began, Utah again hit some sour playoff notes

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"Look, I'm ready to step up and take the blame if people want to give it to me. I'm averaging 20 points in the playoffs, and I averaged 30 during the season, so I guess it's got to be me, right?"

Malone seemed exhausted and irritated, neither of which was surprising. The specter of another postseason failure—the big playoff ka-BOOM—hung over the Jazz locker room like a shroud on Sunday night.

When teams have time to study the Jazz, as they do in the postseason, Utah seems to shrink in stature. The minor alterations Utah made—Bailey as a starter, Edwards as a contributor—just don't seem important enough. Bailey's 16 and 15 points against Phoenix were quiet ones; he is Mr. Reliable but rarely Mr. Spark. Edwards played well in Game 1 but scored only three points in Game 2. And Utah's shooting guards, Hansen and Darrell Griffith, didn't match Hornacek, who made 15 of his 24 shots from the field in Games 1 and 2. Wear down Stockton and beat on Malone, it seems, and you've got Utah's number.

The Mailman sat at his locker studying the stat sheet for a long time. "What do you see?" he was asked finally. He crumpled the paper and tossed it away.

"I see our asses in a sling," said Malone.

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