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Los Angeles • Sure, the Jazz missed a lot of open shots in Game 6 on Friday night. No, they didn’t play great defensively. But more than one voice in Utah’s locker room after the game said the Los Angeles …

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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) walks off of the court after the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Friday, April 28, 2017.  LA Clippers defeated Utah Jazz 98-93. Utah Jazz: Game 7 in L.A. is not ideal, but Gordon Hayward says, ‘Bring it on’
    Los Angeles • The Utah Jazz have landed in the Golden State in an effort to extend their playoff run, although Los Angeles was not their preferred Cal...
    Updated Apr 29 2017 08:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles (2) and Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) talk during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Friday, April 28, 2017.  Jazz need Joe Ingles and Rodney Hood to find their shooting strokes in Game 7
    Joe Ingles and Rodney Hood suffered through dreadful shooting performances for the Utah Jazz in Game 6 on Friday night against the Clippers — a combin...
    Updated Apr 29 2017 07:49 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Friday, April 28, 2017.  Jazz: Rollercoaster series with the Clippers comes down to Game 7
    By the time he had made his way to the podium minutes after a frustrating loss, a blown opportunity to close out a playoff series and move on to the s...
    Updated Apr 29 2017 07:51 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Friday, April 28, 2017.  Monson: In Game 7, Jazz look for diamonds among the stones
    After the Jazz’s loss in Game 6, a swing and miss at closing out the Clippers on Friday night in their first-round playoff series, the mood around the...
    Updated Apr 29 2017 07:51 pm   |     |   Share



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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) and Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) go for a rebound during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Friday, April 28, 2017.  Jordan’s second half gives Clippers hope for Sunday
    DeAndre Jordan did give the sellout crowd at Vivint Smart Home Arena something they enjoyed on Friday night: a free Chick-fil-A sandwich for each of t...
    Updated Apr 29 2017 07:48 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   LA Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) runs around Utah Jazz guard Raul Neto (25) during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Friday, April 28, 2017. Monson: Now it’s the Jazz’s turn to feel desperation in the series
    The Jazz had their matriculation from playoff neophytes to playoff veterans stymied late Friday night, their graduation to another level shunted by Ch...
    Updated Apr 29 2017 01:29 am   |     |   Share
  • (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.  Kragthorpe: Missed shots may have ended Jazz’s home season
    The workers charged with completing arena renovations by the end of September secretly may be relieved about the possibility of proceeding with the ma...
    Updated Apr 29 2017 01:29 am   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Friday, April 28, 2017.  Utah Jazz: Young team unable to close deal at home vs. the 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 advance to the se...
    Updated Apr 29 2017 01:30 am   |     |   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 29 2017 01:30 am   |     |   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 29 2017 01:29 am   |     |   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. Utah Jazz: Despite furious 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 29 2017 08:06 am   |     |   Share
  • JAZZ NOTES
    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
    With a win tonight in Game 6 at Vivint Smart Home Arena, the Utah Jazz can win their first playoff series since 2010, a milestone for the current rost...
    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