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Bozeman, Mont. In the middle of Montana State’s women’s basketball practice, a hoarse voice is heard from the sideline after senior forward Riley Nordgaard delivers a pass. “Doggone it, Riley,” the critique begins. “That was perfect.” The compliment is meaningful, …

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  • Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) drives past Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Utah Jazz showing maturity in current winning streak
    Phoenix • There could be a notion that the current six-game winning streak the Utah Jazz are enjoying may not be that impressive on paper. The Jazz h...
    Updated Feb 07 2016 04:11 pm   |     |   Share
  • Toronto Raptors’ Greivis Vasquez, right, drives to the basket past Denver Nuggets’ Erick Green during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Toronto on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014.  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darren Calabrese) Jazz notes: Green learns the ropes with the Jazz on the fly
    Phoenix • As a player, learning the plays while deep in the throes of a 10-day contract can be quite difficult. You have to know every set, you have t...
    Updated Feb 06 2016 10:13 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) drives past Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Utah Jazz continue era of good feeling with win over Phoenix Suns
    Phoenix • Loud and lively, the Utah Jazz lockerroom is a happy place to be these days. This was especially true following Utah’s 98-89 win over the Ph...
    Updated Feb 06 2016 10:58 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood (5) gets the team fired up as he puts the Jazz up by 4 with  5:41 left in the game, with a 3-point shot. The Jazz went on to win 92-87, in NBA action Utah Jazz vs. The Memphis Grizzlies in Salt Lake City, Saturday, January 2, 2016. Hood finished with 32 points. Utah Jazz: Hood bounces back quickly
    In the past, Rodney Hood wouldn’t have been able to bounce back so quickly. In the past, the Utah Jazz shooting guard would’ve let a bad shooting nig...
    Updated Feb 05 2016 11:04 pm   |     |   Share


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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood (5) and Milwaukee Bucks guard Michael Carter-Williams (5) fight for the ball during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Friday February 5, 2016. Jazz notes: Friends Rodney Hood and Jabari Parker now foes on the court
    Rodney Hood expected some loving trash talk on the court Friday night. That’s how it was when he and Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker squared off...
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  • Utah Jazz: Postponed game against Wizards rescheduled for Feb. 18
    Washington • The Utah Jazz and Washington Wizards will make up their game postponed by last month’s snowstorm on Thursday, Feb. 18. The game was origi...
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) celebrates  during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Friday February 5, 2016. Utah Jazz defeated Milwaukee Bucks 84-81. Utah Jazz beat Milwaukee Bucks, 84-81
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    Erick Green has an invitation to play in the D-League All-Star game in just over a week’s time in Toronto. It appears he’ll have to politely decline a...
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    Milwaukee Bucks’ Jabari Parker poses on the Bucks logo during the team’s media day Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in St. Francis, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) Did BYU really have a shot at Jabari Parker?
    On signing day 2013, the second-ranked high school basketball player in the country had his list narrowed down to five schools. Jabari Parker was eith...
    Updated Feb 04 2016 11:30 pm   |     |   Share
  • Milwaukee Bucks’ Jabari Parker poses for a picture during the team’s NBA basketball media day Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, in St. Francis, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) Utah Jazz: Jabari Parker getting back to business after ACL injury
    Jazz shooting guard Rodney Hood stills seeks out the counsel of his old coach. Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski is one of the game’s legends and an indelible re...
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  • Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried (35) guards Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) during the first quarter  of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Utah Jazz: Derrick Favors shakes off ‘terrible’ shooting night to provide key contribution
    It wasn’t that Derrick Favors’ jump shot wasn’t hitting Wednesday night — it’s that it wasn’t hitting anything. The Jazz forward lofted up an air ball...
    Updated Feb 03 2016 10:48 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Trey Lyles motions after teammate Trey Burke hit a three-point shot during a game between the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Lakers at Vivint Smart Home Arena on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2016. Utah Jazz notes: Trey Lyles named to Rising Star Challenge game
    Trey Lyles set a goal for himself before his rookie season: He wanted to become one of the best first-year players in the NBA. Now, that goal has been...
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  • Denver Nuggets guard Emmanuel Mudiay (0) drives around Utah Jazz guard Raul Neto during the first quarter in an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Utah Jazz: It’s not pretty, but Jazz beat Nuggets
    The Utah Jazz made five of the 22 3-point shots they attempted on Wednesday night, shot 44 percent from the field, missed six free throws, were outreb...
    Updated Feb 04 2016 09:48 am   |     |   Share
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    Denver Nuggets forward Will Barton, front, drives for a basket past Toronto Raptors center Lucas Nogueira, of Brazil, in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in Denver. The Nuggets won 112-93. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Jazz shootaround: Utah looks to win fourth straight against Nuggets
    Wednesday night presents a new challenge for the Utah Jazz. The Jazz are fresh off Monday’s win over the Chicago Bulls, an overtime thriller that coun...
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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Former Utah Ute, Andrew Bogut (12) is guarded by Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) and Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27), in NBA action the Utah Jazz vs. the Golden State Warriors, in Salt Lake City, Monday, November 30, 2015. Utah Jazz: Favors, Gobert are back; is Jazz’s defense?
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    Updated Feb 02 2016 08:46 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Jazz coach Quin Snyder motions to the team during a game between the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Lakers at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016. Monson: Utah Jazz’s Quin Snyder has made adversity his friend
    In a quiet moment, not long after the Jazz beat the Chicago Bulls in overtime Monday night, Quin Snyder said something compelling. He said something t...
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  • Utah Jazz: Neto turns in career night against former MVP
    By the end of Utah’s 105-96 overtime win over the Chicago Bulls, the Jazz, the media, and all 18,811 at Vivint Smart Home Arena realized what they had...
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  • Jazz notes: Is bed to blame for Derrick Favors’ back injury?
    Few things are as important as a good night’s sleep. Just ask Derrick Favors and the Utah Jazz. Favors missed 16 games while being sidelined for nearl...
    Updated Feb 01 2016 10:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder looks on during the second quarter in an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Utah Jazz beat back Chicago Bulls in 105-96 overtime win
    Derrick Rose took a bow. Gordon Hayward took over. Rose, the Chicago Bulls’ point guard and former MVP, drilled a wide-open 3-pointer to give his team...
    Updated Feb 01 2016 11:07 pm   |     |   Share
  • JAZZ NOTES
    Hayward and Favors react to Jeff Hornacek's firing in Phoenix
    The Phoenix Suns on Monday fired Jeff Hornacek following a loss to the Dallas Maverick’s, his team’s 19th defeat in its last 21 games. Hornacek was in...
    Updated Feb 01 2016 03:21 pm   |     |   Share
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    Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio (9) passes the ball as Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) defends during the first quarter in an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Jazz shootaround: Favors says sleeping on his stomach, soft mattress might have caused back injury
    Few things are as important as a good night’s sleep. Just ask Derrick Favors and the Utah Jazz. Favors missed 16 games while being sidelined for nearl...
    Updated Feb 01 2016 12:53 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  Tribune file photo)    Jerry Sloan coaches a game against the Pistons in 2004. Kragthorpe: Fateful night against Bulls five years ago changed Jazz forever
    Five years later, the boxscore is almost as interesting as the entire story. The Chicago Bulls will visit Vivint Smart Home Arena on Monday night, eig...
    Updated Feb 01 2016 10:57 am   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles (2) passes around Minnesota Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine (8) during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Friday January 29, 2016. Jazz notes: Utah looking for first three-game win streak of season
    Three? Hasn’t been the magic number. The third time? Not exactly a charm. Not yet for this year’s Utah Jazz anyway. On eight occasions this season, th...
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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) prepares to pass to Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood (5), in NBA action, The Utah Jazz vs. The Los Angeles Lakers, in Salt Lake City, Saturday, January 16, 2016. Utah Jazz: Gordon Hayward turning in career season while carrying the load
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