Jazz embracing role of spoiler tonight against Trail Blazers

Jazz embracing role of spoiler tonight against Trail Blazers
April 11, 2014, 10:30 am
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Favors: We definitely want to play spoiler

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SALT LAKE CITY -- It’s been a little over a year since the Utah Jazz last defeated the Portland Trail Blazers. This season, Portland leads the season-series 3-0.

Utah isn’t playing for anything with its season reduced to just three games after tonight’s clash with the Trail Blazers.

Usually, when you haven’t beaten a team in a while, you start to notice it. That wasn’t the case here when CSNNW.com asked Jazz forward Derrick Favors after shootaround Friday morning if there was any extra motivation in the locker room to get a win against their division rival tonight, being that they've failed thus far this season.

“Man, I didn’t even know that, to tell you the truth,” Favors responded. “Portland is a good team but tonight we’re going to try get our first win against them this season. I didn’t even know that.

Damn.”

To be fair, this happens a lot. NBA players play so many games in so little time that they’re not always up to speed on what the season-series looks like. We asked him since he’s aware now, is there a little extra motivation.

“Of course, now,” Favors responded. “…tonight we’ve definitely got to try to get a win. We can’t let them sweep us like that.”

Favors and rookie guard Trey Burke say they’re taking on the role of being a spoiler in an attempt to ruin playoff chances and for Portland, that means ruining playoff positioning.

“We definitely want to be a spoiler,” Favors said. “We’re not going to the playoffs. We just want to come out there and just try to make it tough for teams to come in and get a win.”

“That's one of the things we’re playing for as well…We know there are some teams that are playing for those [playoff] spots. It’s definitely good to know you’ve messed up a teams spot in the playoffs. Especially if you’re capable of beating them.”

Coverage of tonight’s game starts at 5 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet with tipoff at 6 p.m.

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Mo Williams says he will play tonight after resting against the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.