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News broke a little less than an hour before tipoff that Rudy Gobert was going to play in Game 4 on Sunday night. And Vivint Smart Home Arena was a happy place. A bit scared, a bit apprehensive about the …

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  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood (5) gets to the basket during the Jazz versus Clippers NBA playoff game at Viviint Smart Home arena in Salt Lake City Sunday April 23, 2017. Utah Jazz: Rodney Hood comes up clutch in the fourth quarter
    The message all season from the Utah Jazz to guard Rodney Hood has been consistent: Shoot the basketball. If Hood missed four straight shots, the Jaz...
    Updated Apr 23 2017 11:51 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) looks to battle for a rebound against LA Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) and LA Clippers guard Jamal Crawford (11) during first quarter play. The Utah Jazz trailed the LA Clipper 26-24 at the end of the first period of Game 4 of the Western Conference playoffs, Sunday, April 23, 2017. Kragthorpe: Jazz reward their fans with home playoff victory
    In an NBA playoff series that has produced all kinds of twists and turns, personnel losses and comebacks, clutch plays and shooting slumps, the Jazz f...
    Updated Apr 23 2017 11:53 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) looks to battle for a rebound against LA Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) and LA Clippers guard Jamal Crawford (11) during first quarter play. The Utah Jazz trailed the LA Clipper 26-24 at the end of the first period of Game 4 of the Western Conference playoffs, Sunday, April 23, 2017. NBA playoffs: Jamal Crawford heats up before Jazz ice him with fouls
    Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford’s offensive outburst got lost in the wake of his former teammate Joe Johnson’s own turn-back-the-clock perfo...
    Updated Apr 23 2017 11:54 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles (2) gets an easy layup past the defense of LA Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) during first quarter play. The Utah Jazz trailed the LA Clipper 26-24 at the end of the first period of Game 4 of the Western Conference playoffs, Sunday, April 23, 2017. Jazz notes: Utah hopes to wear down Chris Paul on defense
    Stopping Chris Paul, or at least keeping him contained, hasn’t gone well for the Utah Jazz in their first-round series against the Los Angeles Clipper...
    Updated Apr 23 2017 11:51 pm   |     |   Share


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  • (Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Injured Clippers star Blake Griffin sits on the bench. The Utah Jazz beat the LA Clipper 105-98 to take Game 4 and tie up the Western Conference playoff series at 2-2, Sunday, April 23, 2017. Clippers: Injured Blake Griffin urges teammates to ‘continue our journey’
    Blake Griffin may need surgery to repair his injured toe, but the Clippers’ star forward delayed his return to Los Angeles, where he will meet with do...
    Updated Apr 23 2017 11:54 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz forward Joe Johnson (6) runs back up court after nailing a three pointer as he lead the Jazz back during the Jazz versus Clippers NBA playoff game at Viviint Smart Home arena in Salt Lake City Sunday April 23, 2017. Joe Johnson’s late heroics lead to 105-98 Jazz win, tie series with Clippers
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  • (Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Injured Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) sits on the edges of a Jazz time out during first half play. Utah took a 58-49 lead at the half of Game 3 of the Western Conference playoff series, Friday, April 21, 2017. Utah Jazz shootaround: Rudy Gobert upgraded to questionable for Game 4
    The Utah Jazz may receive a boost in Sunday night’s Game 4 against the Los Angeles Clippers. Rudy Gobert, who has missed all but 11 seconds of the se...
    Updated Apr 23 2017 05:17 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    LA Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) drives to the net around Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15). The Utah Jazz lead the Los Angeles Clippers after the third quarter during Game 3 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series at Vivint Smart Home Arena, Friday, April 21, 2017. Utah Jazz mailbag: How do you stop Paul? Is it time to dump Favors?
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    Updated Apr 22 2017 06:14 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) battles LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) for the rebound. The Utah Jazz lead the Los Angeles Clippers after the third quarter during Game 3 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series at Vivint Smart Home Arena, Friday, April 21, 2017. Clippers notes: Pick-and-roll preparation benefited from a bit of fate
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    Updated Apr 22 2017 08:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, right, fouls Utah Jazz guard Raul Neto, left, as he goes to the basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok) Jazz notes: Raul Neto earning more time off bench
    Raul Neto’s first thought was he was going to be out for the rest the season. The Utah Jazz point guard had suffered a nasty sprained ankle against t...
    Updated Apr 22 2017 08:18 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)   ’Not so fast!’ LA Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) put a stop to the Jazz’ hopes in game 3. The LA Clippers won Game 3 of the Western Conference playoff series 111-106, Friday, April 21, 2017. NBA Playoffs: With Blake Griffin out, pressure mounts for Chris Paul to perform
    Forget the years of heartbreak, the playoff collapses, the freak injuries. Doc Rivers doesn’t believe in a Clippers curse. The longtime coach does, h...
    Updated Apr 22 2017 11:10 pm   |     |   Share
  • Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers shouts at referee Eric Lewis (42) during the first half in Game 3 of the team’s NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz on Friday, April 21, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Kragthorpe: Clippers coach Doc Rivers, once fired in Salt Lake City, is creating better memories now
    The bus drove the Los Angeles Clippers into downtown Salt Lake City, and general manager Dave Wohl remembered a checkpoint in Doc Rivers’ coaching car...
    Updated Apr 22 2017 07:45 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood (5) and Utah Jazz guard George Hill (3) walk around UCLA after a practice at the Student Activities Center Monday, April 17, 2017.  Monson: Those damn yanked-knees are killing the Jazz
    When Rudy Gobert fell to the court seconds into his first playoff game then started crawling up the floor when he couldn’t stand on account of a damag...
    Updated Apr 22 2017 06:51 pm   |     |   Share
  • Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, center, and Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward, left, and center Boris Diaw (33) look for a rebound during the first half in Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Friday, April 21, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) NBA Playoffs: Clippers’ Blake Griffin to miss rest of series against Jazz
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    Updated Apr 23 2017 11:26 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) during a timeout. The Utah Jazz lead the Los Angeles Clippers after the third quarter during Game 3 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series at Vivint Smart Home Arena, Friday, April 21, 2017. Utah Jazz: Gordon Hayward slays playoff slump, erupts for career-high 40 points in loss
    Just a few minutes after winning Game 2, Clippers point guard Chris Paul picked up a box score and checked Gordon Hayward's line. "Probably 20 of the ...
    Updated Apr 22 2017 01:30 am   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Jazz guard George Hill (3), Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) and Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) celebrate play in the first half. The Utah Jazz lead the Los Angeles Clippers after the first quarter during Game 3 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series at Vivint Smart Home Arena, Friday, April 21, 2017.   Monson: Gordon Hayward’s all-time great playoff performance ruined
    So, as it turns out, the Jazz, to quote Miracle Max, are only partly dead. Not all the way dead. With Rudy Gobert out, only mostly dead. Even with an...
    Updated Apr 22 2017 08:08 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles (2) fouls LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6). The Utah Jazz lead the Los Angeles Clippers after the third quarter during Game 3 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series at Vivint Smart Home Arena, Friday, April 21, 2017. Utah Jazz: Clippers overcome Griffin’s toe injury in win over Utah
    Like any toe stub, the initial pain was much worse than the lingering ache. For the second time in the Jazz-Clippers series, a team suffered what shou...
    Updated Apr 22 2017 08:08 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder barks instructions to his team during a first half time out as Utah took a 58-49 lead at the half of Game 3 of the Western Conference playoff series, Friday, April 21, 2017. Kragthorpe: If Quin Snyder’s bold moves can’t produce a Jazz victory, what can?
    The list of reasons why the Jazz should have won Game 3 of their playoff series with the Los Angeles Clippers is long and lamentable, in the end. Sho...
    Updated Apr 22 2017 08:07 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Fans pressure LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) at the line. The Utah Jazz lead the Los Angeles Clippers after the first quarter during Game 3 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series at Vivint Smart Home Arena, Friday, April 21, 2017.   Utah Jazz notes: Jazz look to avoid slow start
    Finishing carries great importance in the NBA. A game-winning shot. A run to close a fourth quarter. A crucial defensive stop. Any one of those factor...
    Updated Apr 22 2017 08:07 pm   |     |   Share
  • Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) passes the ball as Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, left, defends in the first half during an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Clippers notebook: Austin Rivers unlikely to bolster L.A.’s shallow bench in Game 4
    The Clippers know they have a reliable option off the bench. Shooting guard Jamal Crawford has won the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award three times o...
    Updated Apr 22 2017 08:09 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    LA Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) drives to the net around Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15). The Utah Jazz lead the Los Angeles Clippers after the third quarter during Game 3 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series at Vivint Smart Home Arena, Friday, April 21, 2017. Utah Jazz: Clippers stun Jazz with furious rally; L.A. takes 2-1 series lead
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    (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder talks with Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles (2) Utah Jazz guard George Hill (3) /Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) and Utah Jazz center Boris Diaw (33) during Game 2 of the Western Conference at the Staples Center Tuesday, April 18, 2017.  Jazz shootaround: Rocking arena presents challenges for home team, too
    The Utah Jazz are especially preparing for crowd noise as they get ready for Friday night’s Game 3 against the Los Angeles Clippers That’s because Viv...
    Updated Apr 21 2017 12:05 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) and Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood (5) walk around UCLA after a practice at the Student Activities Center Monday, April 17, 2017.  Utah Jazz podcast: How do the Jazz bounce back in Game 3 without Gobert?
    Rudy Gobert isn’t walking through that door. Not for Game 3 anyway. But with the series coming to Salt Lake City tied 1-1, how can the Utah Jazz slow ...

    Updated Apr 20 2017 05:43 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder and Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) during Game 1 of the Western Conference at the Staples Center Saturday, April 15, 2017.  Utah Jazz defeated LA Clippers 97-95. ‘Inexperienced’ Quin Snyder has shown his coaching skills in playoffs
    He has gone from wunderkind coach to couch-crasher. From sharing practice space with the homeless in Austin, Texas, to the lavishness of Los Angeles a...
    Updated Apr 20 2017 10:08 pm   |     |   Share