And, yes, the Jazz, finally, were physical on Friday night, for the first time this season. Two nights after Denver scored lay-in after lay-in on free-flowing drives to the basket, the Jazz decided to make people pay for entering the lane.
The transformation started in the second quarter when Josh Howard laid Thaddeous Young on his back. Then there was Jeremy Evans blocking two shots in five minutes of action. And finally, there was Lou Williams driving for the potential game-tying bucket, only to be contested by Derrick Favors at the rim.
The Jazz, for one night, resembled a playoff team, at least defensively. And, they won the game because of it, finally holding an opponent to less than 100 points in the process.
"It was tough," Collins said. "They played Favors. They played Millsap. Kanter's big - it was tough."
A few more coaches may have similar thinking before the season ends.