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The workers charged with completing arena renovations by the end of September secretly may be relieved about the possibility of proceeding with the major project at full speed next week. As for other Utahns, the letdown caused by the Jazz’s …

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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood (5) Utah Jazz guard Raul Neto (25) and Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Friday, April 28, 2017.  Utah Jazz: Young team unable to close deal vs. Clippers
    Friday’s Game 6 against the Los Angeles Clippers marked one of the biggest games for the Utah Jazz in a decade. It was the chance to close out the Cli...
    Updated Apr 28 2017 11:41 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) and Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Friday, April 28, 2017.  Utah Jazz notes: Gordon Hayward finds range during series against Clippers
    Gordon Hayward struggled in the first two games against the Los Angeles Clippers. The Utah Jazz small forward shot 36 percent from the field, with Cl...
    Updated Apr 28 2017 10:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   LA Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Friday, April 28, 2017.  Clippers notebook: Quin Snyder praises Chris Paul as an ‘all-time great’
    Quin Snyder is considered one of the NBA’s brightest minds, but the Jazz coach thinks there’s someone else in this series who has been just as good in...
    Updated Apr 28 2017 10:45 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   LA Clippers forward Luc Mbah a Moute (12) Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) and LA Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) go for the ball during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Friday, April 28, 2017. NBA playoffs: Despite late rally, Jazz fall to the Clippers in Game 6
    The music thumped as Rudy Gobert made his way to center court for the jump ball. “You only get one shot … ,” the song’s chorus cautioned. Fortunately ...
    Updated Apr 28 2017 11:44 pm   |     |   Share



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    Utah Jazz forward Joe Johnson, left, celebrates after making a 3-point shot as coach Quin Snyder stands nearby during the second half in Game 5 of the team’sp NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers, Tuesday, April 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Jazz won 96-92. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Jazz shootaround: Jazz must try to impose their will early in Game 6
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    Updated Apr 28 2017 01:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Jazz C Rudy Gobert speaks at the Jazz practice facility, Thursday, April 27, 2017. Utah Jazz: Rudy Gobert becomes Jazz’s great equalizer in battle with Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan
    When an errant shot went up and the ball came off the rim in the first three games of the Jazz-Clippers playoff series, Utah found itself in the midst...
    Updated Apr 27 2017 11:03 pm   |     |   Share
  • Los Angeles Clippers guard JJ Redick talks to fans during the second half in Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz, Tuesday, April 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Jazz won 96-92. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Clippers notes: L.A.’s roster has experience rallying from 3-2 down
    The numbers favor the Jazz. Teams with 3-2 leads in the NBA playoffs advance somewhere in the neighborhood of 80 percent of the time. But the Clippers...
    Updated Apr 27 2017 11:04 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Rodney Hood speaks at the Jazz practice facility, Thursday, April 27, 2017. Utah Jazz have grown ‘clutch’ mentality ahead of Game 6
    For the coach of a team that’s needed a buzzer-beater, 11 straight points from one player and key free throws to get its three wins in this series, Qu...
    Updated Apr 27 2017 10:07 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz forward Joe Johnson, left, celebrates after making a 3-point shot as coach Quin Snyder stands nearby during the second half in Game 5 of the team’sp NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers, Tuesday, April 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Jazz won 96-92. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Kragthorpe: Utah Jazz maximizing ‘Iso Joe’ when it counts
    Rodney Hood’s vantage point in those moments is fairly exclusive, but he’s about like everyone else in the building when Jazz teammate Joe Johnson tak...
    Updated Apr 27 2017 08:47 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood (5) pumps his fist as the Jazz stormed back in the fourth quarter to defeat the Clippers in game 4 of the NBA playoff at Viviint Smart Home arena in Salt Lake City Sunday April 23, 2017. Utah Jazz notes: Depth a key asset in establishing series lead
    The Utah Jazz are on the cusp of advancing past the first round of the playoffs for the first time since 2010 thanks in large part to their ability to...
    Updated Apr 27 2017 11:05 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Jazz General Manager Dennis Lindsey, makes a comment  during a discussion with Salt Lake Tribune columnist Gordon Monson, and Utah Jazz President Steve Starks, during a ’Back to the Playoffs’ discussion sponsored by the Tribune, at the Gateway Megaplex Theaters, April 11, 2017. Monson: Two rarities — honesty and acumen — helped lead the Jazz to current success
    Dennis Lindsey asked everybody to go ahead and fire away. They were assembled there and he was sitting in front of them on a postseason panel, not ju...
    Updated Apr 27 2017 09:19 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz forward Karl Malone makes a face as he talks about teammate John Stockton during a news conference after practice Monday, June 9, 1997, in Salt Lake City.  Malone reacted with the funny face when he was asked what he thought of Stockton when he first saw him years ago.  Malone had 23 points Sunday night as the Jazz beat the Chicago Bulls 78-73 in Game 4 of the NBA Finals to even the best-of-7 series at 2-2.   (AP Photo/Susan Ragan) Gallery: 1997 NBA Finals between Utah Jazz and Chicago Bulls
    Images from the 1997 NBA Finals between the Utah Jazz and Chicago Bulls....
    Updated Apr 26 2017 05:20 pm   |     |   Share
  • Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, left, and Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, of France, battle for a rebound during the second half in Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Tuesday, April 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Jazz won 96-92. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Utah Jazz notes: Jazz have slowed uptempo Clippers down in series
    When the Clippers can get out and run in transition, they are one of the most dangerous teams in the NBA. They didn’t get the nickname “Lob City” for ...
    Updated Apr 26 2017 10:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) passes the ball around LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) during game 5 of the the Jazz versus Clippers NBA playoff game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Tuesday April 25, 2017. Utah Jazz’s playoff composure took root in tough losses of past seasons
    Los Angeles • Rodney Hood still remembers the Utah Jazz’s most important loss of last season. Making the playoffs came down to beating the Dallas Mav...
    Updated Apr 26 2017 09:58 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood (5) slaps hands with Utah Jazz forward Joe Johnson (6) after Johnson made a basket late in game 5 of the the Jazz versus Clippers NBA playoff game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Tuesday April 25, 2017. Monson: The Jazz’s secret to winning isn’t what you might think it is
    Los Angeles After everything was done here Tuesday night in Game 5, the scoring, the missing, the boarding, the bumping, the bumbling, the rumbling, t...
    Updated Apr 26 2017 05:13 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz forward Joe Johnson (6) crashes throughout LA Clippers guard Jamal Crawford (11) and LA Clippers forward Luc Mbah a Moute (12) as he drives to the basket during game 5 of the the Jazz versus Clippers NBA playoff game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Tuesday April 25, 2017. Utah Jazz players’ attitude toward Game 6: ‘We have to treat this one as a must-win’
    Los Angeles • Boris Diaw has enjoyed his time in Southern California, where he’s been able to soak up some sunshine and dine in Beverly Hills. But the...
    Updated Apr 26 2017 05:59 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) keeps the ball high as he looks to pass during game 5 of the the Jazz versus Clippers NBA playoff game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Tuesday April 25, 2017. Kragthorpe: Game 6 will be the hardest one yet for Jazz
    Everything is new to this Jazz team, making the playoff series with the Los Angeles Clippers even more fun. “Every game … it’s a position our team ha...
    Updated Apr 27 2017 07:46 pm   |     |   Share
  • Los Angeles Clippers guard JJ Redick, center, tries to pass as Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, left, and forward Joe Ingles defend during the first half in Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Tuesday, April 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Clippers notebook: J.J. Redick finally gets going in Game 5 defeat
    Los Angeles • Quin Snyder knocked on a table before tipoff Tuesday night, hoping to stave off a jinx. “Some of it — knock on wood — is a little bit of...
    Updated Apr 26 2017 09:55 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) passes the ball around LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) during game 5 of the the Jazz versus Clippers NBA playoff game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Tuesday April 25, 2017. Utah Jazz: Led by Gordon Hayward, the Jazz lean on each other for Game 5 win
    Los Angeles • It became fairly clear during Tuesday night's Game 5 of the Jazz-Clippers first-round playoff series that in a defensive battle much of ...
    Updated Apr 26 2017 12:51 am   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) keeps the ball high as he looks to pass during game 5 of the the Jazz versus Clippers NBA playoff game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Tuesday April 25, 2017. Monson: Jazz now are thiiiiiiiiiiiis close to something extraordinary
    Los Angeles Set against what had become the most important game of the season — Game 5 of the Jazz-Clippers playoff series — there were questions to...
    Updated Apr 26 2017 12:06 am   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers guard Raymond Felton defends during the first half in Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Tuesday, April 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Utah Jazz: Healthy again, Rudy Gobert having major impact in series
    Los Angeles • When it first happened, Rudy Gobert feared his playoffs were over just seconds after they started. Just over a week ago, Gobert was craw...
    Updated Apr 26 2017 07:39 am   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     LA Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) talks with LA Clippers head coach Doc Rivers during a time-out in game 5 of the the Jazz versus Clippers NBA playoff game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Tuesday April 25, 2017. Clippers notes: Austin Rivers returns, immediately furnishing L.A. with more depth
    Los Angeles • Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers doesn’t expect his son Austin to return from his hamstring injury and save the series against the ...
    Updated Apr 25 2017 11:31 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) passes the ball around LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) during game 5 of the the Jazz versus Clippers NBA playoff game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Tuesday April 25, 2017. Utah Jazz notes: Gordon Hayward bounces back after food poisoning knocked him out of Game 4
    Los Angeles • Gordon Hayward’s Game 5 started with the All-Star forward making a 3 — a dramatic improvement over how things started for him two nights...
    Updated Apr 26 2017 08:25 am   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) slaps hands with Utah Jazz guard George Hill (3) as Hayward gets off to fast start during game 5 of the the Jazz versus Clippers NBA playoff game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Tuesday April 25, 2017. Utah Jazz seize control, beat Clippers 96-92 to take 3-2 series lead
    Los Angeles • Sometimes, the NBA is a simple game: It comes down to making open shots. The Utah Jazz ran a crisp offense Tuesday night, in Game 5 of ...
    Updated Apr 26 2017 05:34 pm   |     |   Share