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Last Updated Apr 30, 2017 09:24AM

The workers charged with completing arena renovations by the end of September secretly may be relieved about the possibility of proceeding with the major project at full speed next week. As for other Utahns, the letdown caused by the Jazz’s …

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  • 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 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
  • (Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)   LA Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) passes after driving against Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) during second half play. 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. Jazz’s Game 3 loss, Game 4 win framed in six-minute snapshots
    The Jazz scored 22 points in a six-minute stretch of Sunday’s fourth quarter, thanks to Joe Johnson’s shooting and passing. This phenomenal display of...
    Updated Apr 24 2017 10:15 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 24 2017 09:56 pm   |     |   Share


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  • 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 24 2017 09:56 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 24 2017 09:56 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Jazz fans try to distract New Orleans Pelicans forward Solomon Hill (44), in NBA action Utah Jazz vs. New Orleans Pelicans, in Salt Lake City, Monday, March 27, 2017.   Kragthorpe: Utah Jazz eager to stage home playoff game after five years away
    Doc Rivers likes the design of Vivint Smart Home Arena with fans seated so close to the court, and he admires how the Utah Jazz’s crowd loudly support...
    Updated Apr 24 2017 09:56 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) walks off of the court after Game 2 of the Western Conference at the Staples Center Tuesday, April 18, 2017.  LA Clippers defeated Utah Jazz 99-91. Kragthorpe: Jazz need Gordon Hayward to heat up on offense
    The Jazz hardly could have asked for a better start of the NBA playoffs when it comes to projecting Gordon Hayward’s future with the franchise. That...
    Updated Apr 24 2017 09:55 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) grabs a rebound past Utah Jazz center Jeff Withey (24) during Game 2 of the Western Conference at the Staples Center Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Kragthorpe: Jazz’s loss to Clippers is an inside job
    Los Angeles Jazz center Rudy Gobert returned to the Staples Center, striding purposefully and looking like his usual, overwhelming self Tuesday night....
    Updated Apr 24 2017 09:55 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) shoots a free throw during Game 1 of the Western Conference at the Staples Center Saturday, April 15, 2017.  Utah Jazz defeated LA Clippers 97-95. Kragthorpe: Derrick Favors vital to Jazz in Game 2 vs. Clippers
    Los Angeles Everyone associated with the Jazz was stunned and frightened when center Rudy Gobert fell to the court with a knee injury of the opening ...
    Updated Apr 18 2017 11:03 am   |     |   Share
  • Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers gestures to the referees during the second half in Game 1 of the team’s NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz, Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Jazz won 97-95. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Kragthorpe: Jazz hope Clippers’ curse continues
    Los Angeles The Los Angeles Clippers already are threatening to give away a first-round playoff series, even after earning the home-court advantage w...
    Updated Apr 24 2017 09:55 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder, left, yells to forward Joe Johnson during the second half in Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers, Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Jazz won 97-95. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Kragthorpe: With Game 1 win, Jazz have altered the look of this series
    Los Angeles Quin Snyder’s start of his Jazz playoff coaching career is much better than Jerry Sloan’s. Snyder’s challenge for the rest of April is to...
    Updated Apr 24 2017 09:55 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, of France, goes down after injuring his knee as forward Gordon Hayward looks back during the first half in Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers, Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Kragthorpe: Jazz’s stunning win is flashback to 2010
    Los Angeles Five years of anticipation, ruined within 10 seconds? That sure looked like the story of the Jazz’s long-awaited return to the playoffs, b...
    Updated Apr 24 2017 09:54 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Utah Jazz guard Deron Williams (8) presents Gail Miller with the ball after their game against New Orleans Saturday, February 21, 2009 at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City.  Gail’s husband Larry H. Miller passed away the day before from complications from Type 2 Diabetes. The Jazz defeated the Hornets 102 to 88. Jim Urquhart/The Salt Lake Tribune)  ; 2/21/09 Kragthorpe: Jazz’s first playoff win will be seven years in the making
    The Jazz have clawed their way back to the level nobody ever thought was good enough. That means they have more to do. This team needs to produce a p...
    Updated Apr 24 2017 09:54 pm   |     |   Share
  • Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers gestures to the referees during the second half in Game 1 of the team’s NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz, Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Jazz won 97-95. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Kragthorpe: Jazz hope Clippers’ curse continues
    Los Angeles The Los Angeles Clippers already are threatening to give away a first-round playoff series, even after earning the home-court advantage w...
    Updated Apr 24 2017 09:55 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder, left, yells to forward Joe Johnson during the second half in Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers, Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Jazz won 97-95. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Kragthorpe: With Game 1 win, Jazz have altered the look of this series
    Los Angeles Quin Snyder’s start of his Jazz playoff coaching career is much better than Jerry Sloan’s. Snyder’s challenge for the rest of April is to...
    Updated Apr 24 2017 09:55 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, of France, goes down after injuring his knee as forward Gordon Hayward looks back during the first half in Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers, Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Kragthorpe: Jazz’s stunning win is flashback to 2010
    Los Angeles Five years of anticipation, ruined within 10 seconds? That sure looked like the story of the Jazz’s long-awaited return to the playoffs, b...
    Updated Apr 24 2017 09:54 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Utah Jazz guard Deron Williams (8) presents Gail Miller with the ball after their game against New Orleans Saturday, February 21, 2009 at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City.  Gail’s husband Larry H. Miller passed away the day before from complications from Type 2 Diabetes. The Jazz defeated the Hornets 102 to 88. Jim Urquhart/The Salt Lake Tribune)  ; 2/21/09 Kragthorpe: Jazz’s first playoff win will be seven years in the making
    The Jazz have clawed their way back to the level nobody ever thought was good enough. That means they have more to do. This team needs to produce a p...
    Updated Apr 24 2017 09:54 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) fires mini balls from a sling shot as the 2017 season comes to a close following the Jazz victory over the Spurs at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City Wednesday April 12, 2017. Kragthorpe: Jazz reach 82-game finish line healthy, happy
    The Jazz’s best regular season in seven years ended dramatically, weirdly and successfully. Fans stood and cheered wildly Wednesday night as a Jazz l...
    Updated Apr 24 2017 09:54 pm   |     |   Share
  • Sergio Garcia, of Spain, holds up his winning trophy at the green jacket ceremony after the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 9, 2017, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Kragthorpe: Sergio Garcia already a different guy, before winning Masters
    Augusta, Ga. Wearing a green jacket, Sergio Garcia could joke about his new label in professional golf. “I don’t know if I’ll be the best player to...
    Updated Apr 24 2017 09:53 pm   |     |   Share
  • Daniel Summerhays hits from a sand trap on the first hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., Saturday, July 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Mike Groll) Kragthorpe: Daniel Summerhays takes home crystal from his first Masters
    Augusta, Ga. Daniel Summerhays walked off Augusta National Golf Club’s No. 8 green happily after making an easy birdie Sunday afternoon, while wishi...
    Updated Apr 24 2017 09:53 pm   |     |   Share
  • Daniel Summerhays hits from a sand trap on the first hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., Saturday, July 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Mike Groll) Kragthorpe: Daniel Summerhays settles for another 75 in Augusta sunshine
    Augusta, Ga. Daniel Summerhays took a Saturday stroll in his first Masters appearance, enjoying the sunshine and perfect playing conditions of August...
    Updated Apr 24 2017 09:53 pm   |     |   Share
  • Daniel Summerhays tees off on the 2nd hole during the third round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman) Kragthorpe: Soft landing sends Daniel Summerhays into Masters weekend
    Augusta, Ga. Daniel Summerhays figured his golf ball would roll down the bank and into the water around the 13th green. He worried that it would st...
    Updated Apr 24 2017 09:53 pm   |     |   Share
  • Daniel Summerhays waves on the 18th hole during the rain delayed second round of the U.S. Open golf championship at Oakmont Country Club on Friday, June 17, 2016, in Oakmont, Pa. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) Kragthorpe: Masters rookie Daniel Summerhays almost aces his revered No. 12
    Augusta, Ga. Daniel Summerhays’ golf ball trickled backward down the slope of the No. 12 green, stopping 4 inches to the left of the hole. He turned...
    Updated Apr 24 2017 09:52 pm   |     |   Share
  • Jon Rahm, of Spain, hits out of the bunker on the seventh hole during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament Tuesday, April 4, 2017, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) Kragthorpe: Masters rookie Jon Rahm is one to watch, as young stars hit Augusta
    Augusta, Ga. Warm weather is coming this weekend, when Augusta National Golf Club will have the pristine look that everyone pictures about this plac...
    Updated Apr 24 2017 09:52 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Tanner Mangum poses for a portrait Wednesday March 29, 2017. Kragthorpe: BYU’s Tanner Mangum discloses his issues with ‘mild depression and anxiety’
    Nearly every major story about BYU quarterback Tanner Mangum mentions his happy outlook and relentless optimism. Mangum has revealed those traits are ...
    Updated Apr 04 2017 12:35 pm   |     |   Share