Celtics (11-3) vs. Jazz (2-15)
Friday, November 16
The pre-Jerry Sloan Jazz were no pretty sight. Coach Tom Nissalke’s team was bad right from the stretch: Utah dropped its first four games, losing the first by 16, the second by 31, and the third by another 15 points. The team would finish 2-18 in the month of October, with the only victories coming at the expense of the San Diego Clippers (who were missing Bill Walton, whose injury situation will be covered when the Celtics travel to San Diego in December) and an eight point win over Sloan’s Bulls.
The Celtics would do the Jazz no favors, coasting to their eighth win in the previous nine games with a 113-97 win in front of 15,320 at the Garden. The Jazz had a couple of recognizable names of the roster, as both Adrian Dantley and Pete Maravich were among their starting five. Bernard King, in just his second year out of the University of Tennessee, was injured but on the roster. The Celts dominated in almost every...