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Utah Utes reporter, Sports

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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   LA Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) guards Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Friday, April 28, 2017. Jazz notes: Team knows it must match Clippers’ desperation and physicality
    Los Angeles • Sure, the Jazz missed a lot of open shots in Game 6 on Friday night. No, they didn’t play great defensively. But more than one voice in...
    Updated Apr 29 2017 05:08 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Friday, April 28, 2017.  Utah Jazz: Young team unable to close deal at home vs. the Clippers
    Friday’s Game 6 against the Los Angeles Clippers marked one of the biggest games for the Utah Jazz in a decade. It was the chance to advance to the se...
    Updated Apr 29 2017 01:30 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) and Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Friday, April 28, 2017. Utah Jazz notes: Gordon Hayward finds range during series against Clippers
    Gordon Hayward struggled in the first two games against the Los Angeles Clippers. The Utah Jazz small forward shot 36 percent from the field, with Cl...
    Updated Apr 29 2017 01:30 am   |     |   Share
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  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood (5) pumps his fist as the Jazz stormed back in the fourth quarter to defeat the Clippers in game 4 of the NBA playoff at Viviint Smart Home arena in Salt Lake City Sunday April 23, 2017. Utah Jazz notes: Depth a key asset in establishing series lead
    The Utah Jazz are on the cusp of advancing past the first round of the playoffs for the first time since 2010 thanks in large part to their ability to...
    Updated Apr 27 2017 11:05 pm   |     |   Share
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  • Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, left, and Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, of France, battle for a rebound during the second half in Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Tuesday, April 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Jazz won 96-92. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Utah Jazz notes: Jazz have slowed uptempo Clippers down in series
    When the Clippers can get out and run in transition, they are one of the most dangerous teams in the NBA. They didn’t get the nickname “Lob City” for ...
    Updated Apr 26 2017 10:00 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) passes the ball around LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) during game 5 of the the Jazz versus Clippers NBA playoff game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Tuesday April 25, 2017. Utah Jazz’s playoff composure took root in tough losses of past seasons
    Los Angeles • Rodney Hood still remembers the Utah Jazz’s most important loss of last season. Making the playoffs came down to beating the Dallas Mav...
    Updated Apr 26 2017 09:58 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     LA Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) talks with LA Clippers head coach Doc Rivers during a time-out in game 5 of the the Jazz versus Clippers NBA playoff game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Tuesday April 25, 2017. Clippers notes: Austin Rivers returns, immediately furnishing L.A. with more depth
    Los Angeles • Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers doesn’t expect his son Austin to return from his hamstring injury and save the series against the ...
    Updated Apr 25 2017 11:31 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) slaps hands with Utah Jazz guard George Hill (3) as Hayward gets off to fast start during game 5 of the the Jazz versus Clippers NBA playoff game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Tuesday April 25, 2017. Utah Jazz seize control, beat Clippers 96-92 to take 3-2 series lead
    Los Angeles • Sometimes, the NBA is a simple game: It comes down to making open shots. The Utah Jazz ran a crisp offense Tuesday night, in Game 5 of ...
    Updated Apr 26 2017 05:34 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) sat out much of the game with an illness. 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. Utah Jazz notes: Gordon Hayward makes trip to L.A. with teammates, could play in Game 5
    As of late Monday afternoon, the Utah Jazz hadn’t commented officially on Gordon Hayward’s status for Tuesday’s Game 5 against the Los Angeles Clipper...
    Updated Apr 24 2017 08:51 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) glides past LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) for a finger roll during the Jazz versus Clippers NBA playoff game at Viviint Smart Home arena in Salt Lake City Sunday April 23, 2017. Utah Jazz bigs play big, change look of series
    Almost two hours after the Jazz completed a stirring comeback 105-98 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday, a gray Range Rover leaving Vivint Sm...
    Updated Apr 24 2017 10:15 pm   |     |   Share
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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
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  • (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. Utah 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 24 2017 09:50 am   |     |   Share
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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
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  • Duke’s Frank Jackson (15) looks to pass as South Carolina’s Sindarius Thornwell (0) and Chris Silva (30) defend during the first half in a second-round game of the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament in Greenville, S.C., Sunday, March 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt) Duke’s Frank Jackson, a Lone Peak grad, declares for NBA draft but will not hire agent
    For Frank Jackson and his family, the process has been arduous, and the decision has been difficult. But in the end, Jackson decided to follow his dr...
    Updated Apr 22 2017 10:47 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (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?
    Tribune Jazz beat reporter Tony Jones will answer readers’ questions in a Twitter mailbag after each playoff game. You can submit questions using the ...

    Updated Apr 22 2017 06:14 pm   |     |   Share
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  • 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
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  • 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
    The Utah Jazz’s playoff outlook for their series against the Los Angeles Clippers changed 11 seconds into Game 1, when Rudy Gobert crumbled to the flo...
    Updated Apr 24 2017 09:59 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (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
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  • (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
    Quin Snyder’s tweaked his playing rotation, allowing for more Boris Diaw minutes at center with the second unit, in order to create offensive spacing....
    Updated Apr 22 2017 08:07 pm   |     |   Share
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  • JAZZ NOTES
    (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
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) dribbles two basketballs during a practice at UCLA Student Activities Center Monday, April 17, 2017. Jazz: No surprise, Rudy Gobert ruled out for Game 3
    The Utah Jazz will be forced to defend the Los Angeles Clippers’ powerful frontcourt without star center Rudy Gobert on Friday night for the third con...
    Updated Apr 20 2017 11:09 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) Utah Jazz center Boris Diaw (33) and LA Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) go for a rebound during Game 2 of the Western Conference at the Staples Center Tuesday, April 18, 2017.  Jazz: Hacking DeAndre Jordan an option to slow down his paint production
    DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin seemingly staged their own personal dunk contest in Tuesday’s Game 2, and the lane was wide open for the Los Angeles ...
    Updated Apr 20 2017 10:09 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) dunk past LA Clippers guard JJ Redick (4) and LA Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) during Game 2 of the Western Conference at the Staples Center Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Utah Jazz mailbag: What’s up with the slow offense? Is Favors actually healthy?
    Tribune Jazz beat reporter Tony Jones will answer readers’ questions in a Twitter mailbag after each playoff game. You can submit questions using the ...

    Updated Apr 20 2017 01:02 pm   |     |   Share
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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 disappointed by Game 2 loss, upbeat about being tied in series
    Jazz players were disappointed following Tuesday’s 99-91 Game 2 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. They knew the Clippers were going to be more physic...
    Updated Apr 19 2017 10:45 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. Utah Jazz: Hayward struggles against Clippers’ swarming defense
    Los Angeles • Gordon Hayward had good moments in Tuesday’s Game 2 against the Los Angeles Clippers. But the Utah Jazz need their best offensive playe...
    Updated Apr 19 2017 05:47 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz guard George Hill (3) runs past LA Clippers guard Raymond Felton (2)and  LA Clippers forward Luc Mbah a Moute (12) during Game 2 of the Western Conference at the Staples Center Tuesday, April 18, 2017.  Utah Jazz notes: Rodney Hood comes off bench as Joe Ingles takes starting role
    Los Angeles • Rodney Hood’s role didn’t change with Quin Snyder’s decision to bring him off the bench and insert Joe Ingles into the starting lineup. ...
    Updated Apr 20 2017 05:41 pm   |     |   Share
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  • JAZZ NOTES
    (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) runs past LA Clippers forward Luc Mbah a Moute (12) and LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) during Game 1 of the Western Conference at the Staples Center Saturday, April 15, 2017.  Utah Jazz defeated LA Clippers 97-95. Jazz shootaround: Hayward says Jazz must be ‘as desperate’ as Clippers in Game 2
    Let the mind games begin entering Tuesday’s Game 2. The Jazz won the opener in Los Angeles, and of course both teams are looking to gain an edge in a...
    Updated Apr 18 2017 03:06 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz guard George Hill (3) runs around LA Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) during Game 1 of the Western Conference at the Staples Center Saturday, April 15, 2017.  Utah Jazz defeated LA Clippers 97-95. Utah Jazz: George Hill got it done against Chris Paul in Game 1; Jazz need repeat performance in Game 2
    Los Angeles • The Jazz are expecting a different Los Angeles Clippers team on Tuesday night. More importantly, the Jazz are expecting a different Chri...
    Updated Apr 17 2017 09:01 pm   |     |   Share
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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) shoots past LA Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) during Game 1 of the Western Conference at the Staples Center Saturday, April 15, 2017.  Utah Jazz mailbag: How long can Favors go? How do the Jazz expose Crawford’s defense?
    Tribune Jazz beat reporter Tony Jones will answer readers’ questions in a Twitter mailbag after each playoff game. You can submit questions using the ...

    Updated Apr 17 2017 02:29 pm   |     |   Share
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  • 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) Utah Jazz notes: Rudy Gobert out for Game 2 vs. Clippers
    Los Angeles •The Utah Jazz are going to have to make due without Rudy Gobert for at least one game. The Jazz center will miss Tuesday’s Game 2 against...
    Updated Apr 17 2017 09:08 pm   |     |   Share
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