With last night’s victory over the Rockets–the second in a row on the road at the Toyota Center–the Jazz have left Tracy McGrady and Co. in a sizeable hole heading to Salt Lake City. The series is of particular interest to Lakers coaches and fans as the team will advance to face the winner if they can beat Denver in their best of seven series.
“Utah has really put Houston in a bind and they have to come back and play well,” said Jackson. “Everyone knows that as good as your home court record is in the season, you can’t rely on that in the playoffs. The playoffs bring a whole new level of basketball.”
Even though they are now forced to win at least one game in an arena where the Jazz posted a gaudy 37-4 home record this season, Jackson said that the Rockets must find a way to pull out a victory.
“Houston’s now playing a one game series and they’ve got to come back and win this game. That’s the way they have to look at it.”