As the Jazz continue their recent hot streak (19-1 in the last twenty games), just about everyone is jumping on the bandwagon.
The day following their 134-123 defeat of the east-leading Philadelphia 76ers, Magic Johnson called the Jazz contenders:
And before you think he forgot about Jordan Clarkson after his 40-points-in-29-minutes explosion, he added a second tweet two minutes later:
The Jazz just have too much good going on to say it in one tweet.
I'm not sure what "best solid bench play" is but, according to Johnson, the Jazz have it. Suffice it to say, the Jazz bench, led by Clarkson, Ingles, Favors, and Niang (and a little more Miye Oni with Conley's injury) has been solid and one of the best in the league.
While the Jazz have been playing some of the best basketball in the league many wanted to wait to appoint them contenders until after they survived a tough stretch of opponents. So far they've held up well, beating the Celtics, Bucks, Heat, and 76ers (by an average of 11 points per game) in their last four. Granted their opponents have missed key pieces (Marcus Smart, Jrue Holiday, Goran Dragic, Joel Embiid). But the Jazz were also without All-Star candidate Mike Conley.
Next up the Clippers--who played their last game sans four starters (Beverley, PG, Kawhi, and Batum).
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