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  • Toronto • Gordon Hayward is averaging nearly 20 points, six rebounds and five rebounds a game—and Raptors coach Dwane Casey says he totally saw this coming. But what Casey saw as he watched Hayward and the Jazz play at Madison Square Garden caught him by surprise. “If you had told me a year ago he was going to be guarding Carmelo Anthony in the post, I would have thought you were on... read more...
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  • Adam Silver wanted to set the record straight Wednesday night, when he made his first appearance in Utah since taking over as commissioner in February. “It’s just a coincidence that Quin Snyder went to Duke as I did and I’m here for his first game,” Silver told a roomful of reporters at EnergySolutions Arena. Instead it was simply to check a stop in Salt Lake off his list. That sto... read more...
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  • Since camp opened, Quin Snyder’s mantra has been the same. Play with pace. Play with purpose. Play with a pass. Five games into the season, his young Jazz team is certainly doing that last part. According to the NBA’s tracking data, no team is moving the ball as much as Utah. The Jazz average 396.6 passes per game. Charlotte, the next closest team, is averaging 348.4. “I think we’r... read more...
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  • The smile on Gordon Hayward is back. That’s what happens when you are largely free of the flu bug that’s dogged you over the course of a week - two games on the calender, if you’re keeping track at home. Hayward - the star small forward for the Utah Jazz - was less than himself against the Toronto Raptors and the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night. He didn’t have explosion g... read more...
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  • New York • Gordon Hayward is no superstar. If he were, he might have been the beneficiary of a few more calls down the stretch of Friday night’s game at Madison Square Garden. Maybe for one of the time’s Carmelo Anthony, en route to 46 points, beat up on Hayward’s body with his elbows in the post. Or maybe when Hayward, driving to the basket, got his right eye smacked by Knicks gua... read more...
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  • This has the potential to be a big week for the Utah Jazz. Why, you ask? Why would this week be significant in a season that lasts through mid-April? Here’s the answer. The Jazz don’t want to lose contact. With that, we mean contact with the .500 mark, especially early in the year. It’s fairly obvious that this is a much better team than last season. It’s obvious that the Jazz... read more...
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  • If Anthony Davis makes a couple baskets in a row tonight, Jazz coach Quin Snyder might not immediately change up his team’s defensive match up. “He’s going to do that to the next guy he matches up with,” Snyder said in the run up to tip-off. Davis, the New Orleans Pelicans budding superstar, has been a nightmare for defenders around the league so far this season. He’s third in th... read more...
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  • There are NBA rookies who swear they don’t have a case of the butterflies when it comes to making their debut in the big leagues.   Rodney Hood is not one of those rookies.  The first year forward from Duke readily admitted to being nervous in the lockerroom on Monday night. An hour before the Utah Jazz face off against the Los Angeles Clippers, Hood is ready, but those first few posse... read more...
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  • New York • Inside Madison Square Garden, one of the NBA’s most vaunted arenas, new Jazz coach Quin Snyder took a moment to reflect as his team finished its morning shootaround Friday. “I think anybody that’s been in basketball long enough has significant Garden memories,” he said. “It’s a special place.” The Jazz have a host of memories here. And in recent times, they’ve... read more...
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  • When Rodney Hood fell to them at the 23rd pick last June, the Utah Jazz front office was elated to grab the sharpshooter from Duke. Looking back on it all now, there may have been a few other teams that would have liked to grab Hood, too. In NBA.com’s annual survey of the league’s general managers, Hood was voted the draft’s biggest steal for where he was selected. The Jazz rookie sa... read more...
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  • Jazz forward Derrick Favors will not play in tonight’s preseason finale against the Phoenix Suns because of soreness in his left knee. Favors went through the team’s shootaround this morning, but the team was concerned enough to keep him out of action tonight. “[Trainer Gary Briggs] called me and told me he had a little swelling and they wanted to make sure he was OK, and it’s a pr... read more...
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  • There will be a lot of pressure on Jazz point guard Trey Burke on Friday night. Around the NBA, floor leaders are a thing. Effective point guards are a dime a dozen, and seemingly every team has someone who can break a defense down at will. The Phoenix Suns have three. Goran Dragic, Isaiah Thomas and Eric Bledsoe are all uniquely talented individually. The fact that they are all the same t... read more...
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  • Dante Exum watched most of Friday’s preseason finale from the bench. The rookie logged just 9 minutes and 50 seconds total. Precious little of that came in the second half, as Jazz coach Quin Snyder opted to go with guard Ian Clark over Exum in the second unit. Why? One big reason, Snyder said: “I think Dante was struggling a little bit against what were very strong, physical guards. H... read more...
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  • Rookie forward Rodney Hood left Friday’s game against the Mavericks after the first quarter after being diagnosed with right plantar fasciitis. Hood played six minutes, recording three rebounds and a steal. He missed his only shot attempt. After the game, Jazz coach Quin Snyder did not have an update on the injury. Hood will be reevaluated Saturday. “Hopefully he’ll be back soon,” ... read more...
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  • Dante Exum has made scores of new fans since he was drafted by the Utah Jazz in June. But on Saturday night, he was glad to see — and hear — from some old ones. About 20 family members from North Carolina were at EnergySolutions Arena on Saturday to watch the Australian rookie have his best game as a professional. Exum scored 10 points, knocking down three of his four attempts from dis... read more...
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  • <freeform> Los Angeles • Gordon Hayward called it “a tale of two halves.” Quin Snyder referenced “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” Sunday night at Staples Center, the Utah Jazz nearly ran the Lakers out of the gym in the first half, building up a 22-point lead. But a third quarter in which the Jazz committed 11 turnovers and were outscored 31-19 flipped the script. In t... read more...
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