Will the Jazz ‘March’ into the playoffs?

I work with some pretty great people who are talented, curious, hard-working and, well, kinda nuts. Trevor Phibbs is one of those, especially when it comes to the talented and hard-working part.

This email he sent me and the information he put together shows that he’s also kinda nuts and very curious, qualities I can certainly appreciate. (Click here for high quality Utah Blaze and high school coverage from Trevor.)

March is a few days in the rear-view mirror, but the Jazz’s 11-8 month simply can’t be dismissed, according to history.

From Trevor:

It seems like Utah always puts together a streak of games either starting in March or late February. So, I went back to see if my memory was playing tricks on me and looked at the season-by-season game log. I put a long list of statistics together and according to history the Jazz should clinch a playoff berth if they continue playing well for the remainder of this month. Anyway, I thought it was pretty interesting and I don’t know if you’d like to use the information to write a story or not, but I’m sure you could make a fun story out of it.

18 Utah Jazz Seasons (1994-11)
Total March record: 181-101 (64%)
Total percentage of March wins: 21% (181-857 wins)
Number of seasons that March contributed at least 20% of wins: 13(14) out of 18. Three out of four seasons under 20% Utah didn’t qualify for the playoffs and every single year that Utah exceeded 20% wins in March, it qualified for postseason play.
Streak of 5 games: 11
Streak of 6 games: 9
Streak of 7 games: 6
Streak of 9 games: 5
Streak of 11 games: 3
Streak of 12 games: 2
Streak of 15 games: 1

1994:
March record: 12-4
Longest win streak: 7 (9 game streak Feb. 26-March 14)
Season record: 60-22/ WC First
March percentage of wins: 20% / 23% with entire streak included

1995:
March record: 12-4
Longest win streak: 6 (7 game streak Feb. 26-March 10)
Season record: 55-27/ WC Finals
March percentage of wins: 22% / 24% with entire streak included

1996:
March record: 14-1
Longest win streak: 9 (Streak carried until April, ended at 15/ March 12-April 11)
Season record: 64-18/ NBA Finals
March percentage of wins: 22% / 31% with entire streak included

1997:
March record: 15-2
Longest win streak: 10 (11 games with addition of game played on Feb. 26)
Season record: 62-20/ NBA Finals
March percentage of wins: 24% / 26% with entire streak included

1998:
March record: 10-6
Longest win streak: 6
Season record: 37-13/ WC Semi
March percentage of wins: 27%

1999:
March record: 14-2
Longest win streak: 8 (9 games with addition of game played on Feb. 28)
Season record: 55-27/ WC Semi
March percentage of wins: 25% / 27% with entire streak included

2000:
March record: 9-7
Longest win streak: 4
Season record: 53-29/ WC First
March percentage of wins: 17%

2001:
March record: 9-7
Longest win streak: 3
Season record: 44-38/ WC First
March percentage of wins: 20%

2002:
March record: 10-6
Longest win streak: 6
Season record: 47-35/ WC First
March percentage of wins: 21%

2003:
March record: 9-6
Longest win streak: 3
Season record: 42-40
March percentage of wins: 21%

2004:
March record: 3-12
Longest win streak: 1
Season record: 26-56
March percentage of wins: 11%

2005:
March record: 7-9
Longest win streak: 2
Season record: 41-41
March percentage of wins: 17%

2006:
March record: 9-6
Longest win streak: 5 (6 games with addition of game played on Feb. 26)
Season record: 51-31/ WC Finals
March percentage of wins: 18% / 20% with entire streak included.

2007:
March record: 12-4
Longest win streak: 5
Season record: 54-28 / WC Semi
March percentage of wins: 22%

2008:
March record: 10-5
Longest win streak: 5 (12 game streak Feb. 11- March 10)
Season record: 48-34 / WC First
March percentage of wins: 21%/ 35% with entire streak included

2009:
March record: 12-5
Longest win streak: 4
Season record: 53-29/ WC Semi
March percentage of wins: 23%

2010:
March record: 4-10
Longest win streak: 2
Season record: 39-43
March percentage of wins: 10%

2011:
March record: 10-5 so far
Longest win streak: 6
Season record: 26-23
March percentage of wins: 38%

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Jody Genessy

Jody Genessy is the Utah Jazz beat writer for the Deseret News. To answer some of your questions: 1) Yes, he travels everywhere the Jazz do. 2) No, he doesn't fly on the team charter. 3) No, he can't sneak you into the game, let you take notes for him or get you tickets (sorry, Mom). 4) Yes, he realizes that other people out there have to work for a living so he's a lucky dude. 5) Yes, he usually answers questions in the third person.

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