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NBA shifts to small ball, but this big man duo creates elite defense

If the NBA season ended today, the injury-plagued Jazz would narrowly earn the final spot in the Western Conference playoffs thanks to an impressive defensive presence focusing on big men -- not small ball like Golden State. Utah (25-25) has an even .500 record through 50 games this season; how has the team fared, however, when their two stars have been fully healthy? While Utah...
Via Fox Sports
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Bucks battle to the wire in loss to Jazz

SALT LAKE CITY -- Rodney Hood scored 23 points and the Utah Jazz pulled away late in an 84-81 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night despite an ugly offensive performance. The Jazz won their season-high fifth consecutive game but shot just 39 percent from the field. The Jazz pulled away in the final 5 minutes thanks to a reverse dunk by Rudy Gobert set up by a drive and...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Jazz pull away in fourth quarter for 84-81 win over Bucks

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Rodney Hood scored 23 points and the Utah Jazz pulled away late in an 84-81 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night despite an ugly offensive performance. The Jazz won their season-high fifth consecutive game but shot just 39 percent from the field. The Jazz pulled away in the final 5 minutes thanks to a reverse dunk by Rudy Gobert set up by a drive...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Erick Green Signs 2nd 10-Day Deal With Jazz

The Utah Jazz have signed guard Erick Green from the Reno Bighorns to a second 10-day contract. Green signed his first 10-day with the Jazz on Jan. 26 and has appeared in two games, averaging 2.0 points in 3.0 minutes. Green (6-3, 178, Virginia Tech) appeared in 23 games (22 starts) for the Bighorns this season, averaging 26.7 points on 53.3 percent shooting, 4.4 assists, 4.4 rebounds...
Via RealGM
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Utah Jazz struggling on the road

The Utah Jazz are struggling to find any kind of consistency on the road resulting in a disappointing record of 7-15. Utah is only scoring 96.4 ppg away from Vivint Smart Home Arena, which is currently 24th in the league. Utah’s defensive efficiency at home and on the road is basically the same, holding oponnets around 96.0 ppg. The problem for Utah has been scoring the ball...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Preview: Bucks at Jazz

The Utah Jazz are enjoying their longest win streak of the season with a fairly straightforward obstacle left on what has been a successful six-game homestand.The Jazz have won 13 straight at home over the Milwaukee Bucks entering Friday night's matchup of teams headed in opposite directions.Utah (23-25) fell 95-92 to Detroit to open this homestand Jan. 25 before winning the next...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Utah Jazz are going streaking

The Utah Jazz dropped the Chicago Bulls 105-96 in overtime in their third-straight win. Utah held Chicago to just three points in the extra frame after Bulls guard Derrick Rose knocked down a go-ahead 3-pointer with 19 seconds to play in regulation. Rose bowed towards the Jazz bench thinking he had put the final nail in the coffin for Utah. But Jazz forward Gordon Hayward answered...
Via isportsweb.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Derrick Favors thinks mattress contributed to back problems

Jazz big man Derrick Favors was recently sidelined for 16 consecutive games due to back spasms. Turns out the whole thing may have been avoided altogether if he had just made a trip to Mattress King. In an interview ahead of Monday night’s game against the Chicago Bulls, Favors was asked what he could do to prevent the back from flaring up again and responded by singling out some...
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

The Utah Jazz Need a Superstar – Or Do They?

It’s the happiest time of the year, at least for flower shoppes, chocolate stores, and Adrian Wojnarowski.  As we enter February, two things are certain – Valentine’s Day will be here in a couple of weeks, and there will be increased trade rumors prior to the NBA trade deadline on February 18th. Traditionally, the Utah Jazz have remained quiet near the deadline.  Sure, there...
Via TornBySports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Injury struck Utah Jazz fall from playoff picture

With the NBA season halfway over, the Utah Jazz find themselves on the outside looking in. Both the Sacramento Kings and the Portland Trail blazers have surpassed the Jazz leaving Utah sitting in 10th and out of the playoff picture. The Kings have won five of their last seven games behind recently named Western Conference player of the week DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins is averaging...
Via isportsweb.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Utah Jazz: Hayward vs Hood: Dawn of a Playoff Team

In a couple of months we get the privilege to see Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice in theaters. People that know the comics, or those who read the last part of the title of that movie, know that this is the beginning of the justice league. I know what you are thinking; what does this have to do with the Jazz? People are putting Rodney Hood and Gordon Hayward against each other...
Via TornBySports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Raja Bell calls Blake Griffin 'soft' after punching Clippers staffer

The more casual NBA fan will remember Raja Bell as the guy who clotheslined Kobe Bryant and ended up getting suspended for a game during the 2006 playoffs. But he was also an above-average three-and-D player who was known for speaking his mind.Bell pulled no punches (pun intended) when speaking about the Blake Griffin situation for CBS Sports. Griffin, of course, was involved in...
Via Fox Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Would Hawks trade Jeff Teague to Jazz?

The Atlanta Hawks continue to float just outside the realm of NBA trade rumors with the deadline on approach. One name many hadn’t thought would come up, though, is point guard Jeff Teague. Now it has. With Atlanta perhaps ready to act as sellers at the deadline if things go south in the coming weeks, the Utah Jazz might make sense as a trade partner with names like Trey Burke...
Via The Sports Daily
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Utah Jazz – Why Gordon Hayward Will Be a Superstar

Gordon Hayward has commanded a lot of attention this season, and not from opposing defenses alone. Fans and analysts alike have been critical of his game, putting it under a microscope, especially considering he’s in the second year of a max deal. The question often seems to surface – Is Gordon Hayward a legitimate star in the NBA? This comes, due to opinions on Hayward’s...
Via TornBySports
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Kemba Walker sets Martin Luther King Day record with 52 points in win over Jazz

Kemba Walker is having the best season of his five-year career, averaging 19.1 points per game entering Monday, but he took things to the next level during the Hornets’ game against the Jazz this afternoon. The former UConn star scored 52 points on 16-34 shooting in his team’s double-0vertime victory, adding nine rebounds, and eight assists for good measure. Walker’s 52 points...
Via The Comeback
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Kobe Bryant no longer planning to try for spot on Olympics team

    Kobe Bryant has reversed course and is no longer planning to play in the Olympics this summer. During the summer of 2015, there was talk that Bryant, who has announced this season will be his final one in the NBA, had interest in playing in the 2016 Summer Games in Rio. In fact, USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo specifically said that Bryant wanted to earn a spot...
Via Larry Brown Sports
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Should the Jazz trade star Gordon Hayward, as Raja Bell suggested?

NBA analyst Raja Bell played in the NBA from 2001 until 2013. He did two stints with the Jazz, which is where he eventually retired. Bell's career with Utah, however, didn't have the prettiest ending. When he was waived in 2013, headlines called Bell a "disgruntled" guard who was "finally" waived. The breakup wasn't clean. Clearly, Bell has held some resentment against the organization...
Via Fox Sports
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Harden: Fan who shined laser pointer at him ‘disrespectful’

James Harden indicated he doesn’t really care that the fan who recently shined a laser pointer at him as he shot free throws has been banned from attending NBA games for one year. In fact, he believes the offending party deserves it. “That’s just disrespectful, not just to a basketball player, anybody,” Harden said after the Houston Rockets’ practice Wednesday, via ESPN...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
January 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Jazz fan banned for shining laser pointer at James Harden

A Utah Jazz fan reportedly has been banned from attending NBA games for one year after he was ejected for shining what appeared to be a laser pointer at James Harden during Monday’s game at Vivint Smart Home Arena. The Houston Rockets superstar became irate during the third quarter when he noticed a fan shining a laser pointer at him as he shot free throws, pointing out the...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
January 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Lacking Jazz: Why Utah’s offense has struggled this season

The Utah Jazz can defend. Since trading Enes Kanter and inserting Rudy Gobert into the starting five at the deadline last season, Quin Snyder’s team has undergone a startling transformation. Utah was by the far the best defensive team in the final two months of the 2014-15 campaign, posting a 94.8 Defensive Rating that was three points per-100 possessions better than the second...
Via Crossover Chronicles
November 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Slow start not a problem for Utah Jazz

Last year the Jazz blossomed after the All-Star break. The beginning of their run coincided with the three-way trade that sent Enes Kanter to Oklahoma City, opening up playing time for rim-protecting monster Rudy Gobert. They secured a 19-10 post-All-Star break record, and their peripherals were even more impressive. They were fifth in the league in point differential, behind only...
Via The Sports Quotient
November 25, 2015  |  Discuss
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