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Spinning around Kenneth Faried with a wicked drop step for a bucket in the second half. Making a difficult catch on the run and finishing a Gordon Hayward pass off for a dunk in the first half. Slowly — but …

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  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) spins around Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari (8) on his way to the basket during first half action in the Jazz versus Nuggets NBA game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Kragthorpe: Jazz are playing like they want the playoffs. Maybe next year?
    The amazing thing is, the Jazz did this without the help of any incendiary comments from a former teammate. Denver guard Ian Clark remained quiet Wed...
    Updated Apr 01 2015 11:14 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Rodney Hood drives on Russel Westbrook in the first half of a game between the Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder at EnergySolutions Arena on Saturday, March 28, 2015. Jazz notes: Coach hopes Rodney Hood’s injury woes will help later
    Rodney Hood’s rookie year has been a rocky one. First it was the right foot that sidelined him. Then the left foot kept him out for 19 games. Next an ...
    Updated Apr 01 2015 09:07 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) rises for a dunk during first half action in the Jazz versus Nuggets NBA game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, April 1, 2015. NBA: Utah Jazz win third in a row, beat Denver Nuggets 98-84
    Early this season, Dante Exum wasn’t even allowed to drive. The 19-year-old Aussie point guard had to rely on teammates and even, on occasion, his mot...
    Updated Apr 01 2015 11:14 pm   |     |   Share
  • JAZZ NOTES
    After bout with back spasms, Derrick Favors could be back against Denver
    It’s April 1 and, with just eight games left to go in the NBA season, just about every part of Derrick Favors hurts. “My eyes hurt. My head hurt. That...
    Updated Apr 01 2015 12:15 pm   |     |   Share


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  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Trevor Booker shoots over Mitch McGary in the first half of a game between the Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder at EnergySolutions Arena on Saturday, March 28, 2015. Utah Jazz: With Favors out, small-ball lineup has worked
    In the NBA, you can sometimes stumble onto a functional lineup out of necessity. In the last two games — wins over the Oklahoma City Thunder and the M...
    Updated Mar 31 2015 10:12 pm   |     |   Share
  • Denver Nuggets' Ty Lawson, center, shoots against Portland Trail Blazers' Dorell Wright (1) and Damian Lillard (0) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, March 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens) Utah Jazz face improved Nuggets team
    Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder knew it wasn’t going to be the same. He warned us. He wasn’t surprised in the least when it happened. Last Friday night, t...
    Updated Mar 31 2015 10:11 pm   |     |   Share
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    Andrew Wiggins looking to claim Rookie of the Year award
    Minneapolis • Andrew Wiggins hopes to add a few extra pounds this summer to his mix of style, grace, and athleticism. “It will be a focus for me,” the...
    Updated Mar 31 2015 10:06 am   |     |   Share
  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Enes Kanter of the Oklahoma City Thunder responds to boos from the crowd during player introductions before facing his old team at EnergySolutions Arena on Saturday, March 28, 2015. Monson: A former Jazz player who has no name
    Gordon Hayward, the other night, couldn’t even say the former Jazz player’s name. The player who would not be named later. The player who alienated h...
    Updated Mar 31 2015 10:13 pm   |     |   Share
  • Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Flip Saunders reacts to a call during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Chicago on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. The Bulls won 96-89. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) Jazz notes: Utah broadcasters’ talk of tanking miffs Timberwolves’ coach
    <b>Minneapolis • Flip Saunders </b> was fired up after his team’s win over the Jazz last week in Salt Lake City — and not just because of...
    Updated Mar 31 2015 12:02 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Trey Burke drives around Anthony Morrow in the first half of a game between the Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder at EnergySolutions Arena on Saturday, March 28, 2015. Utah Jazz: Gobert leads Jazz past Timberwolves, 104-84
    Minneapolis • Andrew Wiggins was putting together a highlight package featuring Rudy Gobert on Monday night. After throwing down one big dunk in the f...
    Updated Mar 31 2015 10:00 am   |     |   Share
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    (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) goes to the hoop, Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) defends in NBA action, Utah Jazz vs. The Portland TrailBlazers, at the EnergySolutions Arena, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Favors goes through shootaround, but still questionable vs. Minnesota
    Minneapolis • Derrick Favors finished Monday morning’s shootaround on the court at Target Center, participating in a team shooting competition. Whethe...
    Updated Mar 30 2015 11:28 am   |     |   Share
  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Rodney Hood drives on Russel Westbrook in the first half of a game between the Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder at EnergySolutions Arena on Saturday, March 28, 2015. Utah Jazz notes: Rodney Hood back after bout with illness
    It’s not a weight loss plan Rodney Hood would recommend. Already slight of build, the Utah Jazz rookie has lost about six pounds during a recent bout ...
    Updated Mar 29 2015 10:17 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Enes Kanter and Rudy Gobert battle for a rebound in the first half of a game between the Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder at EnergySolutions Arena on Saturday, March 28, 2015. No love lost between Utah Jazz, former Jazzman Enes Kanter
    Gordon Hayward wouldn’t even say his name but, yes, he’d heard “a former player’s comments” about the Utah Jazz. Oklahoma City center Enes Kanter, who...
    Updated Mar 29 2015 10:16 pm   |     |   Share
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    Jazz say Enes Kanter's remarks motivated them in win over Thunder
    Gordon Hayward wouldn’t even say his name but, yes, he’d heard “a former player’s comments” about the Utah Jazz. Oklahoma City center Enes Kanter made...
    Updated Mar 28 2015 10:58 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz: Kanter headlines, but Novak also returns
    Enes Kanter returned to EnergySolutions Arena on Saturday night, fully embracing his role as a villain, baiting the Utah Jazz crowd whenever he had th...
    Updated Mar 28 2015 09:48 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Ron Boone reminisces about calling games with the late NBA player and broadcaster Hot Rod Hundley during a memorial before the Jazz faced the Oklahoma City Thunder at EnergySolutions Arena on Saturday, March 28, 2015. Utah Jazz: Broadcasting colleagues remember Hot Rod Hundley
    Over the years, Ron Boone learned many things from Hot Rod Hundley, the Utah Jazz’s longtime and notoriously thrifty broadcaster who died Friday. “He ...
    Updated Mar 29 2015 08:20 am   |     |   Share
  • (Photo by Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Rod Hundley and his girlfriend Kimberly Reardon watch clips of Hundley playing basketball inside of the newly dedicated Utah Jazz: The life and times of Hot Rod Hundley
    Oct. 26, 1934 • Rodney Clark Hundley is born in Charleston, W. Va. 1953 • Hundley enrolls at West Virginia University, where he becomes the fourth pla...
    Updated Mar 28 2015 08:03 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Rudy Gobert knocks the ball away from Enes Kanter after Kanter was called for an offensive foul during the first quarter of an NBA game between the Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder at EnergySolutions Arena on Saturday, March 28, 2015. Utah Jazz knock off Oklahoma City Thunder, 94-89
    The Utah Jazz won’t make the playoffs this season, which means the year will end in a little more than two weeks, with little fanfare. But that doesn’...
    Updated Mar 30 2015 12:12 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Salt Lake City - Utah Jazz radio announcer Hot Rod Hundley calls the play-by-play during second half action in the Jazz Wizards game at the EnergySolutions Arena Tuesday Mar 17, 2009.  Steve Griffin/The Salt Lake Tribune)   3/17/09 

Utah Jazz: Top 10 Hot Rod Hundley game calls
    Hot Rod Hundley’s voice was as legendary as the era of Utah Jazz basketball he announced. Hundley was as much apart of Jazz history as Jerry Sloan, Jo...
    Updated Mar 28 2015 06:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Enes Kanter of the Oklahoma City Thunder responds to boos from the crowd during player introductions before facing his old team at EnergySolutions Arena on Saturday, March 28, 2015. Enes Kanter rips Jazz organization after shootaround (with video)
    Enes Kanter’s dream of becoming a professional wrestler after his basketball days never seemed that outlandish. From the beginning of his time with t...
    Updated Mar 28 2015 09:40 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Photo by Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Rod Hundley and his girlfriend Kimberly Reardon watch clips of Hundley playing basketball inside of the newly dedicated Kragthorpe: Utah Jazz legend Hot Rod Hundley’s voice will be heard forever
    Hot Rod Hundley made every play of every game sound important. That’s how I’ll remember the Jazz broadcaster. His distinctive, raspy voice and enthus...
    Updated Mar 28 2015 08:23 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Charlotte Hornets forward Jeff Taylor (44) defends, as Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood (5) makes his move, in NBA action Utah Jazz vs. The Charolette Hornets, at the EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, March 16, 2015.  Jazz notes: Guard Chris Johnson gets 2nd chance in Utah
    Denver • When the Utah Jazz didn’t bring Chris Johnson back for another 10-day contract in February, the shooting guard didn’t get down on himself. He...
    Updated Mar 27 2015 09:20 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Jim Urquhart  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Hot Rod Hundley, left, does the pre-game show with Joel Meyers for KCAL prior to NBA action Saturday, December 12 2009 at EnergySolutions arena in Salt Lake City. 12/12/09 Kragthorpe: Utah Jazz legend Hot Rod Hundley is unforgettable
    In the old days, when writers and broadcasters were positioned on the front row of NBA arenas and I sat next to Hot Rod Hundley for five seasons, his ...
    Updated Mar 28 2015 05:25 pm   |     |   Share
  • Voice of the Utah Jazz Hot Rod Hundley. photo: paul fraughton 12/10/04 Legendary Utah Jazz announcer ‘Hot Rod’ Hundley dies
    “Hot Rod” Hundley, the beloved voice of the Utah Jazz who guided fans through countless yo-yo dribbles and leapin’ leaners over more than 30 years on ...
    Updated Mar 27 2015 10:24 pm   |     |   Share