The Utah Jazz had a disappointing exit to the 2018-19 NBA season, falling once again to the Houston Rockets in five games.
Having made the second round of the playoffs each of the last two seasons, the Jazz appeared poised — based on an additional season of internal development — to better challenge a Rockets team in this year’s playoffs.
In each of the two previous postseason trips, the Jazz were a lower-seeded team but found a way to win one of the first two series’ games on the road. This gave them home-court advantage with trips back to Salt Lake City.
But this year, not only were the Jazz unable to win one of the first two games at Houston, they lost by a combined 52 points. For reference, the Jazz’s four second-round losses last season came by a combined 58 points.
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