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Last Updated Dec 10, 2016 05:23PM

Despite the Jazz’s recent relative success on the court, injury anxiety has gripped many fans, and for obvious reasons. When an emerging team misses four of five starters in a game, when it routinely misses key players — players central …

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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) runs past Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum (11) and Utah Jazz guard Shelvin Mack (8) during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Thursday December 8, 2016. Golden State Warriors defeated Utah Jazz 106-99. Monson: When will the Fates ever smile on the Jazz? (with video)
    OK, so this has blown straight past ridiculous, hurtling now toward preposterous. I mean, somebody’s playing a joke, right? Here, here, pull my finger...
    Updated Dec 09 2016 05:25 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes running back Joe Williams (28) runs the ball as Utah hosts Oregon, NCAA football at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Saturday November 19, 2016. Monson: BYU, Utah now lost in an ocean of irrelevant bowls
    A holiday wish for football teams and fans in the state of Utah is to again — one day, some day — play in a meaningful bowl game, a game of consequenc...
    Updated Dec 06 2016 08:24 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   BYU’s new running back coach Reno Mahe works with his players during practice Tuesday March 22.  Monson: A prayer sent up for Reno Mahe, for Elsie, and for beautiful little children
    It’s too cruel. Too, too cruel. Sometimes life is hard. Too, too hard. Unimaginably, unbearably hard. When I heard that Reno Mahe’s 3-year-old daught...
    Updated Dec 03 2016 02:20 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2016, file photo, Penn State’s Grant Haley returns a blocked field goal for a touchdown against Ohio State in an NCAA college football game, in State College, Pa. The blocked field goal in the fourth quarter against Ohio State changed Penn State’s season. The Nittany Lions have not lost since and Happy Valley is happier than it’s been with its football team in the five years since a scandal shook the program and the school. (Abby Drey/Centre Daily Times via AP, File) Monson: Flawed nature of 4-team College Football Playoff coming home to roost
    “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy [ride].” — Bette Davis, as Margo Channing Yeah, so, this ride is going to be good and bumpy, frus...
    Updated Dec 01 2016 10:43 pm   |     |   Share


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  • (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)     Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) shoots over Utah Jazz forward Trey Lyles (41) and Utah Jazz guard George Hill (3) and during the Utah Jazz versus Houston Rockets NBA game at Vivint Smarthome Arena in Salt Lake City Tuesday November 29, 2016. Monson: Nobody knows how far, how high this Jazz team can go
    The Jazz won another game, this one on Tuesday night against a hot Rockets team at Vivint Smart Home Arena by the count of 120-101. It was a home game...
    Updated Dec 04 2016 05:53 pm   |     |   Share
  • (BYU defensive back Michael Shelton (18) celebrates with his teammates after picking up a fumble and scoring against Utah State during an NCAA college football game in Provo, Utah, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016.  (Rick Egan/The Salt Lake Tribune)   via AP) Monson: Kalani Sitake and BYU sustain big hope moving forward (with video)
    Provo Hope. That, more than anything, is what Kalani Sitake sold his team and his fan base in his first season as BYU’s head coach. He succeeded on...
    Updated Nov 29 2016 11:37 am   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes running back Joe Williams (28) runs the ball as Utah hosts Oregon, NCAA football at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Saturday November 19, 2016. Monson: No ordinary Joe, Utah’s Williams proves quitters sometimes do win
    It’s one of the best stories of the year in all of college football, a singularly familiar one by now, maybe even on the verge of being taken for gran...
    Updated Nov 25 2016 07:50 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes running back Joe Williams (28) runs for a first down as Utah hosts Oregon, NCAA football at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Saturday November 19, 2016. Monson: Utah’s Pac-12 South title dreams undone by inability to beat the North
    As Joe Williams reminded everyone in the aftermath of a heartbreaking loss, made that way by the width of a postage stamp, on Saturday afternoon, Utah...
    Updated Nov 22 2016 08:34 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes wide receiver Cory Butler-Byrd (16) dives for a touchdown as Utah hosts Oregon, NCAA football at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Saturday November 19, 2016. Monson: Utah betrays itself in upset loss
    The ball hung in the air, sailing over the head of Brian Allen, and landing in the hands of Darren Carrington in the absolute farthest possible corner...
    Updated Nov 25 2016 07:49 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah wide receiver Raelon Singleton celebrates his touchdown against Arizona State during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) Monson: Promises fulfilled, Utes are on the edge of greatness
    Promises about the renovation … no, the resuscitation … of Utah’s offense have been a long time coming. Season after season, coaches and players have ...
    Updated Dec 05 2016 07:28 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz’s Gordon Hayward (20) drives past Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker (15) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) Monson: Jazz’s search for a star is over — they have their guy
    Almost five years ago to the day, Gordon Hayward was asked a question — the same question he was asked on Monday night — that still awaits an answer i...
    Updated Nov 15 2016 07:45 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes quarterback Troy Williams (3) runs the ball as the University of Utah faces Washington, college football at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Saturday October 29, 2016. Monson: Punch Troy Williams or Kyle Whittingham, and they’ll punch you back
    Kyle Whittingham was recently asked which of his players reminded him most of himself. His answer might surprise you. He didn’t say one of his defensi...
    Updated Dec 05 2016 07:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah wide receiver Raelon Singleton celebrates his touchdown against Arizona State during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) Monson: Utah answers questions, passes test and prepares for big things
    Tempe, Ariz. Two questions hung over the Utes here on Thursday night against Arizona State, a game that Utah ended up winning by the count of 49-26....
    Updated Nov 10 2016 11:38 pm   |     |   Share
  • Philadelphia 76ers’ Ersan Ilyasova, bottom, and Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert, top, battle for the loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola) Monson: Utah Jazz taking the road to something new and significant
    It’s early, but something new is happening with the Jazz — and it’s an absolute requirement in order for them to make themselves a significantly bette...
    Updated Nov 08 2016 07:10 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz’s Gordon Hayward (20) drives past Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker (15) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) Monson: Jazz’s search for a star is over — they have their guy
    Almost five years ago to the day, Gordon Hayward was asked a question — the same question he was asked on Monday night — that still awaits an answer i...
    Updated Nov 15 2016 07:45 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes quarterback Troy Williams (3) runs the ball as the University of Utah faces Washington, college football at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Saturday October 29, 2016. Monson: Punch Troy Williams or Kyle Whittingham, and they’ll punch you back
    Kyle Whittingham was recently asked which of his players reminded him most of himself. His answer might surprise you. He didn’t say one of his defensi...
    Updated Dec 05 2016 07:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah wide receiver Raelon Singleton celebrates his touchdown against Arizona State during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) Monson: Utah answers questions, passes test and prepares for big things
    Tempe, Ariz. Two questions hung over the Utes here on Thursday night against Arizona State, a game that Utah ended up winning by the count of 49-26....
    Updated Nov 10 2016 11:38 pm   |     |   Share
  • Philadelphia 76ers’ Ersan Ilyasova, bottom, and Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert, top, battle for the loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola) Monson: Utah Jazz taking the road to something new and significant
    It’s early, but something new is happening with the Jazz — and it’s an absolute requirement in order for them to make themselves a significantly bette...
    Updated Nov 08 2016 07:10 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz forward Trey Lyles (41) battles with San Antonio Spurs guard Jonathon Simmons (17) for the rebound. The San Antonio Spurs lead the Utah Jazz 53-41 during their game, Friday, November 4, 2016 at Vivant Smart Home Arena. Monson: Jazz are counting on Trey Lyles’ growth
    Watching Trey Lyles play NBA basketball is like raising a teenager: It’s fun and it’s frustrating, rewarding and ridiculous, encouraging and energy-sa...
    Updated Nov 05 2016 09:54 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Tom Holmoe, Athletic Director, Brigham Young University, talks about the new men’s college basketball showcase featuring BYU, Utah, USU, and Weber State, at Vivint Smart Home Arena, Thursday, July 21, 2016. Monson: Tom Holmoe picks up the BYU pom-poms, tells fans that 'independence is working'
    Tom Holmoe did what he had to do on Friday in his sports version of a General Conference talk wrapped in a one-man pep rally wrapped in a state-of-the...
    Updated Nov 04 2016 01:57 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz guard George Hill (3) scores against the San Antonio Spurs during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, in San Antonio. Utah won 106-91. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) Monson: Jazz’s George Hill is the boot to finally kick the playoff door in
    In the run-up to the 2016 NBA Draft, Dennis Lindsey was uncertain as to the course he was going to take. He had the 12th overall pick and a pile of no...
    Updated Nov 03 2016 11:07 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes quarterback Troy Williams (3) celebrates Utah Utes tight end Evan Moeai’s (18) touchdown. University of Washington Huskies defeated University of Utah Utes 31-24 at Rice-Eccles Stadium, Saturday, October 29, 2016. Monson: Utah’s season of angels and devils is a season it can win
    When it comes to Utah football, I’ve got a devil sitting on one shoulder and an angel on the other. And both are talking. The devil says the Utes hav...
    Updated Nov 01 2016 09:01 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes running back Joe Williams (28) tries to gain yardage as the minutes tick off in the half. University of Washington Huskies lead University of Utah Utes 14-10 during the first half of their game at Rice-Eccles Stadium, Saturday, October 29, 2016. Monson: Utes can’t control destiny, but they can still go to the Rose Bowl
    After Troy Williams’ last pass had been thrown incomplete on Saturday, and Utah was on the short end of a 31-24 count to Washington’s Huskies, as Utes...
    Updated Nov 14 2016 09:04 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz guard George Hill (3) runs past Los Angeles Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell (1) during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Friday October 28, 2016. Monson: Don’t worry folks, the Utah Jazz will be just fine (with video)
    The Jazz are going to be all right. After an offseason of acquisition from the inside out and praise from the outside in, and after a season-opening ...
    Updated Oct 31 2016 05:27 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham stands with members of his team during the second half of an NCAA college football game against UCLA, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, in Pasadena, Calif. Utah won 52-45. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Monson: Kyle Whittingham loves these Utes and here’s why
    After at least half — and probably more — of Utah’s games this season, Kyle Whittingham has used a word to characterize his team that is more than jus...
    Updated Nov 23 2016 09:03 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Tanner Mangum (12) throws down field, in football action, as BYU defeated the Fresno Bulldogs 52 -10, at Lavell Edwards stadium, Tuesday, November 21, 2015. Monson: BYU should give Tanner Mangum the ball
    The question hangs over BYU football and likely will stay right where it is for the rest of the season: Why won’t Ty Detmer make a change at quarterba...
    Updated Oct 25 2016 07:00 pm   |     |   Share