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Mar 27, 2017

Utah Jazz players hold team meeting after Rudy Gobert criticizes some teammates' competitiveness

The Utah Jazz say they have cleared the air and moved on after a disappointing loss to a potential playoff opponent and some pointed comments from center Rudy Gobert. “We had a team meeting,” Gobert said at shootaround Monday morning. “We discussed everything. I think it was good to talk to each other.” The Jazz’s defensive anchor ignited that conversation Saturday when he went on the offensive following a frustrating road loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. “We’ve got guys that compete, but some ...
Mar 13, 2017
East region: Stacked draw will prove tough sledding for No. 1 seed Villanova

East region: Stacked draw will prove tough sledding for No. 1 seed Villanova

The NCAA Selection Committee did its No. 1 overall seed zero favors. In Sunday afternoon's NCAA Tournament unveiling, the No. 1 Villanova Wildcats (31-3, Big East champs) were placed in the East Region with a ...
Mar 8, 2017

Gobert's hair gets teammates' attention

Houston • Rudy Gobert’s defensive prowess in the paint might make opposing coaches want to pull out their hair. The Utah Jazz center, however, has chosen to have a little bit less of his own hair these days — and the meaning behind the swirling design shaved atop the 7-footer’s dome has created a few theories in the Jazz locker room. “Some of the guys were saying it’s the initials for his secret girlfriend,” Gordon Hayward said. That the explanation Joe Ingles was selling at the team’s shootarou...
Mar 7, 2017

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. Quin Snyder said as much Monday night after Utah held off New Orleans. The statistics offer further proof. Hood, the Jazz’s starting shooting guard, has played in 45 games this season. The Jazz are 31-14 when he’s in uniform and 9-10 when he sits. Hood averages 14.2 points when the Jazz win with him in the lineup. He averages 12.9 in losses. When he’s aggressive and looking for his shot, ...
Mar 7, 2017

Utah Jazz: Rudy Gobert's last-second tip-in lifts Jazz over Sacramento Kings, 110-109 in overtime

Sacramento, Calif. • On Sunday afternoon, George Hill threw up a prayer. After the Utah Jazz had battled back from a 16-point deficit to force overtime, they still found themselves on the verge of a deflating defeat, down one with the final seconds of the game ticking off the clock. Hill faded away and fired a shot. “Knew it probably wasn’t going to be close,” Hill said later, “but at that point [I was] trying to pray to the basketball gods to give us something for coming back that far.” The poi...