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Feb 18, 2017

Utah Jazz: Lyles has fun helping World win wide open Rising Stars Challenge, 150-141

New Orleans • Trey Lyles walked confidently following Friday night’s Rising Stars Challenge. He shook a few hands, said hello to a few of his teammates and tried unsuccessfully to contain the smile on his face before he took questions. Basketball was fun for Lyles at Smoothie King Center. In a 150-141 World Team win over Team USA, the 6-foot-10 forward scored nine points on 4-of-8 shooting. He made one of his four 3-point attempts and handed out a pair of assists. His Jazz teammate Dante Exum p...
Feb 16, 2017

Utah Jazz: At all-star break, Jazz need to rest and regroup for final push in playoff race

With a victory in hand and a week of vacation ahead, Rudy Gobert sat at his locker, patted his chest and announced his vacation plans with a smile. Im going to swim, he said. I need some sun. The Jazz locker room cleared out quickly following Wednesday nights win over the Portland Trail Blazers, with players headed off to tropical destinations, home to be with family, or preparing for basketballs biggest party this weekend in New Orleans. And even the busiest of Jazzmen were ready for the...
Feb 9, 2017

Utah Jazz: George Hill sits out Thursday's game to rest sore toe

Dallas • Still bothered by soreness in his left big toe, George Hill sat out Thursday night’s game against the Dallas Mavericks, resting rather than pushing through the pain on a second night of a back-to-back. “It’s the same toe he hurt earlier in the year,” Snyder said of the injury that kept Hill sidelined for nearly a month earlier this season. “Just want to get him [healthy].” The Jazz are 19-4 when both Hill and Gordon Hayward have played together this season. “We miss George tremendously...
Feb 5, 2017

Utah Jazz finding balance between Favors' pain, production as season wears on

Derrick Favors is slowly coming to grips with his current reality. Utah’s starting power forward knows he probably won’t be fully healthy this season. He and the Jazz know that his knee — chronically sore because of a nagging bone contusion — will continue to give him issues as the season progresses. Favors knows he’ll have to deal with pain for the time being — and while the knee won’t require surgery, Favors said, the rigors of the NBA schedule probably won’t allow the knee to return to 100 p...
Feb 3, 2017

Utah Jazz: In middle of NBA's 'dog days,' Jazz grind on with playoffs in sight

Joe Ingles wants you to know he won’t be walking aimlessly in the mall anytime soon. He probably won’t be doing much of anything in the way of activity that doesn’t include a basketball, a court, or a jersey that has the words Utah Jazz on the front of it. This is the time of the year where Ingles — and many NBA players — are trying to find avenues to conserve energy, not spend it. Welcome to the dog days of the regular season. They typically come around early February. The novelty of the beg...
Feb 1, 2017

Live blog: Milwaukee Bucks at Utah Jazz

The Utah Jazz host the Milwaukee Bucks in an East-West battle at Vivint Smart Home Arena on Wednesday night. Follow the live blog for the action from The Tribune’s Tony Jones and others
Feb 1, 2017

Jazz shootaround: Derrick Favors won't play against the Milwaukee Bucks

Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors has been ruled out for Wednesday night’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks as he continues to deal with the lingering effects of the bone bruise in his knee that already cost him a month of the season. Favors went through pregame warmups Saturday night before the Jazz ruled him out against Memphis because, as coach Quin Snyder said, the forward had “no life” in his legs. In the days since, Favors has worked on conditioning during practices but has not participated...
Jan 31, 2017

Utah Jazz mailbag: What should the lineup look like, what about the draft?

freeform Tribune Jazz beat reporter Tony Jones will answer readers’ questions in a Twitter mailbag each week. You can submit questions using the hashtag #TonyTalks. Here is the this week’s questions. blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-partner=”tweetdeck”p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/TonyTalks?src=hash”#TonyTalks/a. What do you think of the shifting lineups for the Jazz? Does this cause a lack of rhythm?/p John ...
Jan 30, 2017

Utah Jazz: Offense has been slow, but steady enough for Quin Snyder

When legendary San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich speaks, people tend to listen. So when Popovich once told Quin Snyder his team needed to pick up the pace, Snyder quickly agreed. We didnt have any big guys. We had a bunch of guards, Snyder said recently, thinking back to his time as the coach of the Spurs D-League team in Austin, Texas. The best way to develop those guards was to open the floor and play more pick-and-roll and play with pace. It worked, too. The Toros sprinted to a rec...
Jan 29, 2017

Kragthorpe: Jazz lack Memphis' toughness in another home defeat

In the nine seconds that Jazz center Rudy Gobert officially needed to grab a rebound, dribble the basketball 94 feet and attempt a scooping layup, all kinds of possibilities came into play Saturday night. Judging by the sellout crowd’s buzz of anticipation as it became apparent that Gobert was not stopping on his long-striding trek down the court, Vivint Smart Home Arena may have imploded if he could have properly finished the play. Gobert’s shot bounced in and of the basket, though. The buildi...
Jan 27, 2017

Utah Jazz assistant Igor Kokoskov's journey to NBA began in a hospital

Epiphanies in life come at different times and different places for different people. Igor Kokoskovs came in a small hospital room in Serbia in the early 1990s. Kokoskov today is the top assistant coach for the Utah Jazz, Quin Snyders right hand on the bench. Back in those days, though, he was an athletic 18 year-old looking for a way to break into professional basketball, like Vlade Divac and Toni Kukoc — a pair of high-profile internationals from Serbia and Croatia, respectively, who went on...