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The NBA’s trade deadline has passed, and the second half of the season is underway. So how do you describe the past week in one word? Fireworks. It began with the stunning trade of DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans …

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  • Washington Wizards guard John Wall, left, dives for a loose ball against Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) Utah Jazz: Wizards’ guard duo poses a huge challenge on Sunday
    Washington, D.C. • The ink on Utah’s 109-95 win over the Milwaukee Bucks was barely dry before Jazz players began to think about the next challenge: s...
    Updated Feb 25 2017 03:48 pm   |     |   Share
  • Milwaukee Bucks’ Greg Monroe (15) and Utah Jazz’s George Hill (3) reach for a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Benny Sieu) Utah Jazz: George Hill ignores the pain in his toe to push toward the playoffs
    Washington D.C. • George Hill sat in his locker room stall Friday following Utah’s win over the Milwaukee Bucks. He was relaxed and tanned, the produc...
    Updated Feb 25 2017 11:25 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz’s Derrick Favors (15) and Milwaukee Bucks’ Matthew Dellavedova (8) reach for the ball in the second half during an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Benny Sieu) Monson: Jazz make a loud statement by standing pat at the trade deadline
    As the trade deadline came and went, accompanied by nothing more audible or eventful around here than the sounds of silence, the Jazz started in on th...
    Updated Feb 25 2017 11:26 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder and Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) huddle together late in the fourth quarter of the Utah Jazz versus Houston Rockets game at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Tuesday, February 23, 2016. Utah Jazz notes: Three-game trip tests Jazz’s push for high playoff seed
    Milwaukee • The Utah Jazz know they are fighting for the right to host the first round of the playoffs. But that’s not what they will tell you. On t...
    Updated Feb 24 2017 11:05 pm   |     |   Share


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  • Utah Jazz’s Gordon Hayward (20) shoots  against Milwaukee Bucks’ Thon Maker (7) and Michael Beasley (9) in the second half during an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Benny Sieu) Utah Jazz cruise to 109-95 win over Milwaukee Bucks
    Milwaukee • The Utah Jazz looked like a team coming off the All-Star break. Shots weren’t falling. The defense offered little resistance. It took fou...
    Updated Feb 24 2017 10:58 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder and Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) huddle together late in the fourth quarter of the Utah Jazz versus Houston Rockets game at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Tuesday, February 23, 2016. Utah Jazz shootaround: Jazz eager to see how a fully healthy roster plays together
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  • LA Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) shoots as Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles (2) defends in the first half during an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Kragthorpe: As Jazz get back to work, topping Clippers will be tough
    The Jazz advanced in the NBA’s Western Conference standings without doing anything Thursday. The Jazz (35-22) will resume their schedule after the All...

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  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder and Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) huddle together late in the fourth quarter of the Utah Jazz versus Houston Rockets game at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Tuesday, February 23, 2016. Utah Jazz: Team decides to stand still at NBA trade deadline
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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood (5) goes one-on-one with Boston Celtics guard C.J. Fair (49), in Utah Jazz Summer League action, Utah Jazz vs. The Boston Celtics, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, July 6, 2015. Hood led the scoring for the Jazz with 23 points. Utah Jazz: Rodney Hood hopes to return to lineup against Milwaukee Bucks
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    (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) before the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Thursday January 26, 2017. Gordon Hayward receives positive feedback for gesture before All-Star Game
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  • Monson: Greg Ostertag has learned from his substantial Jazz regrets
    Greg Ostertag has gone and grown up. It’s a couple of decades too late to help the Jazz, but there should be some satisfaction in knowing the enigmat...
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  • (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) grabs onto Dallas Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes (40) as he tries to dunk the ball during NBA game at Vivint Smarthome Arena in Salt Lake City Wednesday November 2, 2016. Utah Jazz: With deadline approaching, Derrick Favors helps fuel the trade speculation he says he ignores
    With basketball fans in a frenzy ahead of Thursday afternoon’s NBA trade deadline, ready to gobble up any internet rumor or bit of salacious speculati...
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  • (Tribune file photo)    Karl Malone and John Stockton share a moment on the court in this 1997 photo. Utah Jazz: 1997 Finals team, minus Karl Malone, to reunite for 20th anniversary
    Bryon Russell still wonders sometimes. “If the ball had bounced a few different ways,” he says, “we might have went to a Game 7, and who knows what wo...
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum (11) defended by Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) as the Utah Jazz host the Portland Trailblazers, NBA basketball in Salt Lake City, Wednesday February 15, 2017. Utah Jazz: After slow start, Dante Exum is turning the corner
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    New Orleans • The NBA season will start earlier next year, Commissioner Adam Silver said on Saturday. The league plans to add an extra week to the re...
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  • Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics (4) shakes hands with Western Conference Gordon Hayward of the Utah Jazz (20) after competing in the skills competition during NBA All-Star Saturday Night events in New Orleans, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) All-Star Weekend: Gordon Hayward finishes second in Skills Challenge
    New Orleans • Gordon Hayward is ready for the All-Star game. The weekend has been great for him, including Saturday night’s second-place finish in th...
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  • Former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal, left, greets actor and director Spike Lee during the Rising Stars Challenge as part of the NBA All-Star weekend in New Orleans, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) Tony Jones on the NBA: All-Star weekend turns even the biggest of stars into fans
    Part of the charm of All-Star weekend is its ambiance and the overall madness that comes with it. What makes it really fun is watching the players b...
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) runs around Miami Heat forward James Johnson (16) during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Thursday December 1, 2016. Miami won the game 111-110. Utah Jazz: After being challenged by the front office, Gordon Hayward’s responded with an All-Star season
    New Orleans • Gordon Hayward’s father still has the piece of paper, now “beaten up and abused,” upon which he helped his son map a path to his child...
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  • U.S. guard Jonathon Simmons of the San Antonio Spurs dunks in front of World guard Dante Exum (11) of the Utah Jazz and Nikola Jokic (15) of the Denver Nuggets during the Rising Stars Challenge as part of the NBA All-Star events in New Orleans, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) Utah Jazz: Lyles has fun helping World win wide open Rising Stars Challenge, 150-141
    New Orleans • Trey Lyles walked confidently following Friday night’s Rising Stars Challenge. He shook a few hands, said hello to a few of his teammate...
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    With a victory in hand and a week of vacation ahead, Rudy Gobert sat at his locker, patted his chest and announced his vacation plans with a smile. “I...
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    (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Salt Lake Stars Joel Bolomboy (4), and Sundiata Gaines (15) double-team Eric Moreland (25) Canton Charge, in NBA D League action, at Salt Lake Community College, Saturday, January 7, 2017. Joel Bolomboy to play in D-League All-Star Game
    The Jazz’s contingent for All-Star Weekend grew on Thursday. Jazz draft pick and Salt Lake City Stars mainstay Joel Bolomboy has been selected as a re...
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