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Kurt Kragthorpe

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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) defends Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) as the Utah Jazz host the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the second round, NBA playoff basketball in Salt Lake City, Saturday May 6, 2017. Kragthorpe: Warriors vs. Cavs in NBA Finals not getting old to me, yet
    One of the first stories I wrote about the NBA in the 1980s listed the wrong team as the reigning champion, but I didn’t miss by much. Either the Los...
    Updated May 22 2017 05:36 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah players celebrate the win as Utah faces BYU in the final of the Salt Lake City Regional, NCAA softball at Dumke Family Softball Stadium, Saturday May 20, 2017. Kragthorpe: Utes enjoy beating BYU, but advancing to Super Regionals is bigger
    Hailey Hilburn produced another walk-off moment in a Utah-BYU softball game Saturday, only this ending was considerably less dramatic. The Ute relief...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:55 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   New York City FC forward Sean Okoli (9) shoots a goal between Real Salt Lake defender Aaron Maund’s legs. Real Salt Lake vs. New York City FC at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Wednesday May 17, 2017. Kragthorpe: RSL thrives in the snow, breaking four-game losing streak
    Sandy The celebrations were subdued. Real Salt Lake’s Albert Rusnák clenched his fist and hugged a few teammates after his tying goal, then Aaron Ma...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:52 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Brigham Young Cougars forward Eric Mika (12) during the game at the Marriott Center Thursday February 2, 2017. Kragthorpe: BYU’s Eric Mika and Utes’ Kyle Kuzma made informed decisions, and that’s good
    It is just too easy for any of us to say that Utah’s Kyle Kuzma and BYU’s Eric Mika have made wrong decisions by entering the NBA draft with college e...
    Updated May 17 2017 09:33 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   University of Utah softball coach Amy Hogue watches during the game against Washington Thursday, May 11, 2017. First Jobs: Amy Hogue nurtured SLCC softball before rejoining Utes
    Salt Lake Community College’s softball players recognized their coach’s commitment to them when Brennan Hogue accompanied his mother to their first te...
    Updated May 16 2017 10:18 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Utes quarterback Troy Williams fires a pass downfield during the Foster Farms Bowl at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara California  Wednesday December 28, 2016. Kragthorpe: Utah, BYU appear headed for familiar finishes in 2017; USU should improve
    The University of Utah football program has climbed to the Alabama level. Well, the Utes’ quality of personnel is back where it was when Utah beat Al...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:46 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) had 40 points for the game. The Utah Jazz lost to the Los Angeles Clippers 106-111 during Game 3 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series at Vivint Smart Home Arena, Friday, April 21, 2017.   Kragthorpe: Gordon Hayward will stay with Jazz, unless Celtics rise in East
    The story Brad Stevens loves to tell about Gordon Hayward and their Butler University days unfolded in Salt Lake City. In an Elite Eight game of the 2...
    Updated May 13 2017 10:25 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   USA’s Steven Holcomb after competing in the Bobsled and Skeleton World Cup at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City Friday January 15, 2016. Kragthorpe: Memories of Steve Holcomb, from Skyline to Sochi
    Tryouts are a staple of sportswriting. The effort of covering a casting call for any sport always is rewarded, often because of the delusional, if adm...
    Updated May 12 2017 09:12 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood (5) defended by Golden State Warriors guard Ian Clark (21) as the Utah Jazz host the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the second round, NBA playoff basketball in Salt Lake City, Saturday May 6, 2017. Kragthorpe: Jazz guard Rodney Hood’s shooting solution: ‘Lock myself in the gym’
    The Jazz’s most memorable shot of their playoff series vs. Golden State came in Game 3 when guard Rodney Hood took a pass from Gordon Hayward and hit ...
    Updated May 15 2017 06:13 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum (11) shrugs as the the Warriors build a big lead late in game 4 of the NBA playoffs at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City Monday May 8, 2017. Kragthorpe: Jazz must find permanent solution at point guard
    T he Jazz’s final, futile effort of their best season in seven years brought their rebuilding project right back to where it started. The playoff run...
    Updated May 09 2017 10:30 pm   |     |   Share
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  • U.S. Open: BYU golfer Rhett Rasmussen wins local qualifying stage
    BYU freshman Rhett Rasmussen posted a 67 at The Country Club of Salt Lake City and led five Utahns into the sectional qualifying stage of the U.S. Ope...
    Updated May 09 2017 08:45 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) is fouled by Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during game 4 of the NBA playoff game between the Utah Jazz and the Golden State Warriors at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City Monday May 8, 2017. Kragthorpe: Warriors’ sweep makes Jazz’s Gordon Hayward say, ‘We’re not there yet’
    In advance of the Jazz’s biggest surge of the series, the Bear produced the noise-inducing signs usually saved for the start of the fourth quarter. T...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:28 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) defends Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) as the Utah Jazz host the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the second round, NBA playoff basketball in Salt Lake City, Saturday May 6, 2017. Kragthorpe: Jazz can give home fans a better ending vs. Warriors, if nothing else
    Gordon Hayward stopped and popped from the right wing. When his 3-point shot went through the net, he responded with a golfer’s clenched fist, as if s...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:25 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) and Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) celebrate one of Durant’s scores as the Utah Jazz host the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the second round, NBA playoff basketball in Salt Lake City, Saturday May 6, 2017. Kragthorpe: Warriors’ Kevin Durant is the difference vs. Jazz in Game 3
    The first suggestion that this would be Kevin Durant’s night came in the first quarter when he recorded a rebound and an assist while seated on the co...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:24 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz fans during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Friday, April 28, 2017. Kragthorpe: Message to Jazz and their fans is to have some fun vs. Warriors in Salt Lake City
    Relax. Have some fun with this series. Forget about the futility of chasing the Golden State Warriors in the coming years. That’s my advice to Jazz f...
    Updated May 05 2017 08:02 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz guard Shelvin Mack (8) tries to pass out of trouble during game 2 of the NBA playoff game between the Utah Jazz and the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena in Oakland Thursday May 4, 2017. Kragthorpe: Gordon Hayward gives Jazz some hope vs. Warriors as they come home
    Oakland, Calif. Every answer came with a grimace and a shake of Gordon Hayward’s head. “Again,” he said with a sigh Thursday, “here we are.” And that ...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:19 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) battles Utah Jazz guard George Hill (3) as the run up the court during NBA playoff game between the Utah Jazz and the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena in Oakland Tuesday May 2, 2017. Kragthorpe: George Hill’s health issues raise questions about his future with Jazz
    San Francisco Every answer came with a grimace and a shake of Gordon Hayward's head. The Jazz will play without point guard George Hill in Thursday ni...
    Updated May 04 2017 02:42 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Jazz forward Carlos Boozer (5, right) embraces Los Angeles Lakers guard Derek Fisher (2) after the Jazz loss in game 6 of the Western Conference semi-finals at Energy Solutions Arena Friday, May 16, 2008. Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant  (24) at left. Kragthorpe: Jazz figured Warriors out in ‘07; can they do it again?
    Oakland, Calif. Ten years ago, the Jazz’s solutions in a playoff series with Golden State came during the day between two road games. As the team pr...
    Updated May 03 2017 08:58 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) pushes the ball up court but is cut off by Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) during NBA playoff game between the Utah Jazz and the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena in Oakland Tuesday May 2, 2017. Kragthorpe: Jazz find out quickly that Warriors are a cut above the Clippers
    Oakland, Calif. Before knowing their opponent in the NBA’s Western Conference semifinals, the Golden State Warriors organized a 10-year reunion for ...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:14 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) shakes hands with LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) after the game as the Utah Jazz defeat the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 7 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California, Sunday April 30, 2017. Utah Jazz: Clippers' Game 7 loss sends them into uncertain summer
    Los Angeles • Chris Paul hugged Jazz coach Quin Snyder as he walked toward the table in the interview room Sunday, while embracing the reality that th...
    Updated Apr 30 2017 08:03 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) shoots the ball as the Utah Jazz face the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 7 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California, Sunday April 30, 2017. Kragthorpe: Jazz’s Game 7 win impresses their own toughest critic
    Los Angeles Apparently, the Jazz just needed something to go against them Sunday. They turned Game 7 of a first-round playoff series with the Los A...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:06 pm   |     |   Share
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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 11:36 pm   |     |   Share
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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
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  • (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 May 22 2017 03:32 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (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 May 22 2017 02:49 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (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
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  • (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 May 22 2017 02:49 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (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
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  • (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
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