Utah Jazz (9-7) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (12-4)
The Jazz just do. They are quiet and they are workmanlike, with little flash and glitz. Al Jefferson is the team's star and he is just the definition of being underrated. Paul Millsap does his work as a hybrid forward that straddles the definitiono f post-up and stretch-4.
Why don't we talk about the Jazz more? This is a good team that made the postseason last year and has some very solid players.
Perhaps the Thunder provide a clue why. The Jazz are in a small market without a superstar. For the casual fan, solid footwork and post moves from Al Jefferson is not enough to move the needle. There is also the little fact that the Jazz are not going to be among the West's elite.
Unlike the Thunder. The Thunder have Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook and an elite team. Elite talent, plus elite fans, plus a chance to win a championship, that is how you get the league to care about a small market.
For tonight tho...