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  • NBA Commissioner Adam Silver arrives at a press conference before NBA All-Star Saturday Night events in New Orleans, La., Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Max Becherer) Utah Jazz: The quest to rest NBA stars sparks backlash
    NBA teams have been strategically resting their star players for years, but the issue over how and when teams decide to sit their superstars has erupt...
    Updated Mar 24 2017 11:40 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Antoine Carr makes his entrance as the Utah Jazz celebrate the 20th anniversary of the franchise’s first Western Conference Championship and honor members of the 1996-1997 squad, in Salt Lake City, Wednesday March 22, 2017. Utah Jazz: Laughs, barbs exchanged as 1996-97 Jazz (minus Malone) reunite
    Sometimes a ceremony can be a bit anti-climatic. Sometimes, the anticipation can be so much the real thing doesn’t approach expectation. Wednesday’s ...
    Updated Mar 23 2017 09:00 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Derrick Favors complains to an official about a missed call in a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City. Utah Jazz mailbag: How do the Jazz deal with Favors being out? Who helps Gobert and Hayward?
    Tribune Jazz beat reporter Tony Jones will answer readers’ questions in a Twitter mailbag each week. You can submit questions using the hashtag #TonyT...

    Updated Mar 22 2017 01:52 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Utah Jazz notes: Former Jazzmen Al Jefferson and CJ Miles adapt to the new NBA
    Indianapolis • When Al Jefferson first came into the NBA, it was a different league. The same can be said for C.J. Miles. Both are current Indiana Pa...
    Updated Mar 20 2017 11:24 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Indiana Pacers guard Monta Ellis (11) makes a pass between Utah Jazz forward Joe Johnson (6) and guard George Hill (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Monday, March 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Utah Jazz: Pacers hand Jazz their third straight loss, 107-100
    Indianapolis • Maybe a trip home Wednesday to play the New York Knicks will serve as an answer for the Utah Jazz. Because after Monday’s 107-100 loss ...
    Updated Mar 20 2017 11:29 pm   |     |   Share
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  • JAZZ NOTES
    Chicago Bulls guard/forward Jimmy Butler, right, looks to the basket as Utah Jazz guard/forward Gordon Hayward guards during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) Jazz shootaround: Jazz have become adept at shaking off bad losses
    A defining characteristic of the Jazz this season has been their ability to acquire a next game, next play mentality. Losses that may have bothered ...
    Updated Mar 20 2017 11:18 am   |     |   Share
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  • Butler players Shelvin Mack (1) and Gordon Hayward (20) react after their 61-59 loss to Duke in the men’s NCAA Final Four college basketball championship game Monday, April 5, 2010, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Hoosier homecoming: Four Utah Jazz players with Indiana ties relish return
    Indianapolis • Geographically, the NBA is a worldwide melting pot, with players hailing from almost every conceivable spot on the globe. The NBA’s inf...
    Updated Mar 19 2017 11:18 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Chicago Bulls guard/forward Jimmy Butler, right, looks to the basket as Utah Jazz guard/forward Gordon Hayward guards during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) Utah Jazz: Shelvin Mack, others recall their tourney times
    Chicago • Shelvin Mack, while he was leading Butler to consecutive Final Fours seven years ago, would relax before the pressure-packed games by playin...
    Updated Mar 20 2017 11:28 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Chicago Bulls guard/forward Jimmy Butler, right, looks to the basket as Utah Jazz guard/forward Gordon Hayward guards during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) Utah Jazz: Fourth-quarter fade leads to 95-86 loss at Chicago
    Chicago • In the moments following Utah’s 95-86 loss to the Chicago Bulls, Gordon Hayward sat in his locker room stall, fiddling with his phone and po...
    Updated Mar 18 2017 10:58 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) goes up for a shot as Houston Rockets’ Sam Dekker (7) defends during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 12, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) Tony Jones: It’ll be James Harden by a nose in what is shaping up as a historic MVP race
    James Harden. LeBron James. Russell Westbrook. Kawhi Leonard. Which one of these superstars will win the NBA’s MVP? You can ask four people this que...
    Updated Mar 18 2017 10:51 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) goes in for a shot as LA Clippers forward Luc Mbah a Moute (12) defends,  in NBA action Utah Jazz vs. LA Clippers, in Salt Lake City, Monday, March 13, 2017.   Utah Jazz: Gordon Hayward’s quest for All-NBA honors faces stiff competition
    Chicago • It has been seven years. It was Deron Williams. That’s the last time a Utah Jazz player made the All-NBA team. Williams, a second-team sele...
    Updated Mar 17 2017 11:03 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Utah Jazz’ Rudy Gobert, right, grabs a rebound ahead of Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kevin Love, left, in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, March 16, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) Utah Jazz: Veteran Richard Jefferson just one formerJazz player to give Cleveland a boost
    Cleveland • Every NBA team with title aspirations needs a wily veteran who can contribute in multiple ways. For sure, the Cleveland Cavaliers have a ...
    Updated Mar 16 2017 11:17 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder and Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) huddle together late in the fourth quarter of the Utah Jazz versus Houston Rockets game at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Tuesday, February 23, 2016. Utah Jazz: Snyder praised by Stan Van Gundy
    Auburn Hills, Mich. • The NBA is a long way from naming its coach of the year. But if that postseason award contained a March vote, Quin Snyder would...
    Updated Mar 15 2017 08:09 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) grabs onto Dallas Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes (40) as he tries to dunk the ball during NBA game at Vivint Smarthome Arena in Salt Lake City Wednesday November 2, 2016. Utah Jazz: Derrick Favors ‘good’ while resting bone contusion in knee
    Derrick Favors walked through the cramped visiting locker room on Wednesday night before the Utah Jazz and the Detroit Pistons matched up at The Palac...
    Updated Mar 15 2017 05:27 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Utah Jazz center Jeff Withey has the ball knocked out of his control as Detroit Pistons’ Aron Baynes defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 15, 2017, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) Utah Jazz: Balanced effort on offense leads to 97-83 win over Detroit Pistons
    Auburn Hills, Mich. • Relentless execution. A stifling defense. The kind of ball movement that passed up good shots to create great shots. The Utah J...
    Updated Mar 15 2017 10:56 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz center Boris Diaw (33) and Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles (2) during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Friday March 3, 2017. Utah Jazz defeated Brooklyn Nets 112-97. Utah Jazz mailbag: What to do with Favors? How good is Ingles? How important is home-court in the playoffs?
    Tribune Jazz beat reporter Tony Jones will answer readers’ questions in a Twitter mailbag each week. You can submit questions using the hashtag #TonyT...

    Updated Mar 15 2017 11:39 am   |     |   Share
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  • FILE - In this June 29, 2016 file photo, Utah Jazz NBA basketball team 2016 draft pick Joel Bolomboy adjusts his hat during a media availability at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City.   Bolomboy has been back and forth between the NBA Developmental League’s Salt Lake City Stars and the Jazz 15 times since November. The NBA Developmental League has grown from an eight-team, largely overlooked sideshow to a 22-team league inching closer to becoming a legitimate minor league system since 2001. The league is no longer a final grasp for players clinging to a dream of playing professional basketball, but a respected avenue to get to the NBA. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Utah Jazz notes: Joel Bolomboy eager to make most out of his minutes
    Joel Bolomboy didn’t know when his next opportunity at legitimate NBA minutes was going to come. But when it did, he was ready to take advantage. Uta...
    Updated Mar 13 2017 11:31 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) is congratulated by Rudy Gobert (27) after Hayward put the Jazz ahead with a 3 point shot, in NBA action Utah Jazz vs. LA Clippers, in Salt Lake City, Monday, March 13, 2017.   Utah Jazz: Hayward scores 27 as Jazz top the Los Angeles Clippers 114-108
    A 114-108 win over the Los Angeles Clippers counts as only one in the victory column for the Utah Jazz. So on paper, Utah still has a bunch of work to...
    Updated Mar 14 2017 04:14 pm   |     |   Share
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  • San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich argues an official’s call during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers, Wednesday, March 1, 2017, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) Tony Jones: Even post-Duncan era, Spurs remain a title contender
    Not that we need reassurance about how good a team, system and franchise the San Antonio Spurs are. But they offered yet another sample this past week...
    Updated Mar 11 2017 12:09 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Alonzo Adams |  Associated Press file photo A top priority for the Jazz on Saturday will be trying to keep Russell Westbrook, right, from being the best player on the floor in the final five minutes, and the might have to do it without George Hill (sore toe). Utah Jazz: Defense will try to keep Westbrook from being clutch
    Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder knows Russell Westbrook will have a big game Saturday afternoon. Oklahoma City’s star point guard is averaging almost 32 p...
    Updated Mar 10 2017 11:37 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz forward Joe Johnson (6) saves the ball from going out of bounds past Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Thursday December 8, 2016. Utah Jazz: Offense powering along with Joe Johnson
    When you think of the Jazz, Gordon Hayward, Rudy Gobert and George Hill stand out, and for good reason. They have been Utah’s three best players. Qui...
    Updated Mar 10 2017 11:35 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood (5) reacts after Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles (2) scores a 3-pointer against the New Orleans Pelicans during the second half in an NBA basketball game Monday, March 6, 2017, in Salt Lake City. The Jazz won 88-83. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Utah Jazz: To make a playoff run, Jazz need a healthy Rodney Hood
    If the Jazz are to make a run in the postseason, they are going to need a healthy Rodney Hood in the lineup. Coach Quin Snyder said as much Monday nig...
    Updated Mar 07 2017 10:49 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Thursday January 26, 2017. Utah Jazz mailbag: Is Gobert or Hayward a better bet for all-NBA? Who is NBA’s nicest guy?
    Tribune Jazz beat reporter Tony Jones will answer readers’ questions in a Twitter mailbag each week. You can submit questions using the hashtag #TonyT...

    Updated Mar 07 2017 12:35 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) and New Orleans Pelicans forward DeMarcus Cousins (0) battle for position under the boards during the first half in an NBA basketball game Monday, March 6, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Utah Jazz notes: Pelicans coach preaches patience on progress with Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins
    The Miami Heat took time after the formation of their big three. The Cleveland Cavaliers took time to play well, when LeBron James subsequently decid...
    Updated Mar 09 2017 06:06 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) and New Orleans Pelicans forward DeMarcus Cousins (0) battle for position under the boards during the first half in an NBA basketball game Monday, March 6, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Utah Jazz: Defense leads 88-83 win over New Orleans
    On Monday night, the Utah Jazz shot 40 percent from the field against the New Orleans Pelicans. They missed 17 of their 27 3-point attempts, turned th...
    Updated Mar 06 2017 11:49 pm   |     |   Share
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  • FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, file photo, Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant looks on during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Philadelphia. The Warriors say n Durant will be out indefinitely after he sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee and bruised a bone in his leg.  (AP Photo/Chris Szagola,File) Tony Jones: With Durant’s return assured, we may get an epic NBA Finals after all
    Some fortuitous news broke for the Golden State Warriors early Wednesday. Kevin Durant, their megastar small forward, didn’t any lig...
    Updated Mar 04 2017 06:49 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum (11) during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Friday March 3, 2017. Utah Jazz defeated Brooklyn Nets 112-97. Utah Jazz: Back-to-backs becoming troublesome for Jazz
    Sacramento, Calif. • One solid measurement of how an NBA team performs is how it plays in back-to-backs — particularly the second game. The Jazz have...
    Updated Mar 04 2017 05:19 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) shoots as Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 3, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Utah Jazz: Vintage Derrick Favors performance a boost to whole team
    The Utah Jazz are a good team when they get the version of Derrick Favors who averages nine points and six rebounds per game. The Jazz are a much bet...
    Updated Mar 03 2017 11:13 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Utah Jazz guard George Hill (3) falls as Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio (9) defends during the first half in an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 1, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Utah Jazz: Offense goes missing against Minnesota
    The indictment of Utah’s offense was sweeping. Jazz players and coaches said nothing went right in the wake of Wednesday’s 107-80 loss to the Minneso...
    Updated Mar 01 2017 11:41 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, center, goes up for a basket against Utah Jazz guard George Hill, bottom, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. Oklahoma City won 109-106. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams) Utah Jazz: Russell Westbrook leads Thunder rally in 109-106 win over Jazz
    Oklahoma City • In the moments following Utah’s 109-106 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, Jazz players spoke of their resiliency. They trailed by as ...
    Updated Mar 10 2017 05:49 pm   |     |   Share
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