6:33 AM EDT, Tue April 25, 2017
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Next level strategy: Insult the other team’s best player.

Next level strategy: Insult the other team’s best player.

Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers either has too much pride or went full something-something The Utah Jazz tied up the NBA Playoffs series against the Los Angeles Clippers 2-2 last night with a 105-98 win at home. A huge factor that somewhat normalizes both what the Jazz do on offense and defense was the return of possible DPOY / All-NBA center Rudy Gobert. Gobert sets screens that frees up his ball handlers. He cuts to the basket and finishes above the rim. He gets offensive rebounds and second chance points. He hits his free throws. Dude can even drive and hit finger roll layups...
16 hours ago
Utah Jazz Downbeat #2076: Looking ahead Edition

Utah Jazz Downbeat #2076: Looking ahead Edition

LAC fighting more than just UTA, but their own past failures The Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Clippers are all tied up. We look at the NBA Playoffs, what’s happened so far in this series, and what new developments are around the corner. Is this a zone with a close proximity to danger for LAC? Have they been here before? How have they handled it? What’s on the horizon of the Jazz? Who has stepped up this series -- and which team has enough to finish strong? The NBA Playoffs are heating up, one team has advanced, another two are a win away from punching their ticket to...
Apr 24, 2017
Utah Jazz 105 - Los Angeles Clippers 98: Game 4 Recap

Utah Jazz 105 - Los Angeles Clippers 98: Game 4 Recap

No Blake Griffin. No Gordon Hayward. No room for error. The Utah Jazz (2-2) defeated the Los Angeles Clippers (2-2) tonight by the final score of 105-98. And in doing so, have tied up their 4/5 series in the NBA Playoffs at two wins a piece. This game wasn’t a given, and there has been plenty of intrigue to add huge unknowns to this series that so many national writers assumed would be very predictable. Blake Griffin, the Clippers’ leading scorer, left Game 3 before halftime, and is now out for the rest of the season. In this one Gordon Hayward, the Jazz’ leading scorer, had to leave...
Apr 23, 2017
Gordon Hayward recovering from food poisoning.

Gordon Hayward recovering from food poisoning.

Gordon Hayward reportedly received an IV before the game. In typical Utah Jazz fashion, when the Jazz get healthy, the basketball gods must take something away. Gordon Hayward is recovering from food poisoning and reportedly received an IV before gametime. via @Lockedonsports on @1280sports, Hayward has been on an IV for food poisoning. will be less that 100% obviously— Adrian Leiser (@APLeiser) April 24, 2017 Gordon Hayward will be fighting through exhaustion and fatigue tonight. Can he muster a flu game? Possibly. The most likely scenario is Utah will be relying upon Joe Ingles,...
Apr 23, 2017
Rudy Gobert to return for Game 4

Rudy Gobert to return for Game 4

He’s back. Rudy Gobert is set to make his true debut in the 2017 NBA Playoffs tonight after being cleared to play for game 4 of Los Angeles Clippers vs Utah Jazz. Rudy Gobert had hyperextended his knee and received a bone bruise as a result of a collision with Luc Mbah a Moute just 15 seconds into Game 1 of the playoffs. In that game, the Utah Jazz shocked the Los Angeles Clippers at home thanks to the heroics of Joe Johnson. Being told Rudy Gobert WILL PLAY tonight— Tony Jones (@tribjazz) April 23, 2017 Since then the Utah Jazz have given the Clippers a tough series but have...
Apr 22, 2017
Why I Still Have Hope in Our Utah Jazz

Why I Still Have Hope in Our Utah Jazz

We may be down 2-1 but all hope is not lost. Last night started wonderfully. The crowd was in hot Delta Center form. Let's go!!! #TakeNote pic.twitter.com/3OsbYzpmce— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) April 22, 2017 Fans were in their white shirts cheering their hearts out, the decibel levels were insane, and that was all before the game even began. The fans and the players were excited for the playoffs, an excitement we haven't seen in nearly a decade. I was not at the game but my heart was beating fast, my palms were sweating, I was pacing. I couldn’t sit down. I imagine I am not the only...
Apr 22, 2017
Game 3 Postgame: Clippers Thelonius Monk the Jazz

Game 3 Postgame: Clippers Thelonius Monk the Jazz

This is a tough one to get over. [Ed. It’s the NBA Playoffs. And Utah Jazz fans are allowed to be as passionate as they want. I encourage it!] I'm not happy about losing, not in the playoffs. Never at home. So this could have finished better for me. No moral victories now.— Amar (@AllThatAmar) April 22, 2017 That about sums it up. Any loss is a bad loss, but how bad was this one? Real bad. Here are a few things that made it real bad, and some other things that are just bad in general: Paul Pierce played 21 minutes. The man is slower than frozen molasses. The Jazz should have...
Apr 22, 2017
Los Angeles Clippers 111 - Utah Jazz 106: Game 3 Recap

Los Angeles Clippers 111 - Utah Jazz 106: Game 3 Recap

G-Time drops 40, Jazz lose I did not feel like the Utah Jazz (1-2) stole game one against the Los Angeles Clippers (2-1). Those Jazz players dug deep and earned it. In the same vein, these Clippers did not steal game three. They earned it. Their decisive run in the fourth quarter, that was the game winner. Or loser if you are coming from our side. The Clippers won 111-106. It was in some ways the inverse of Game 2. In that game the Jazz were blasted early, but won two of the next three quarters and tied the other. Tonight we saw the Clippers were on their heels in the first, but won the...
Apr 21, 2017
Utah Jazz vs Los Angeles Clippers: Playoffs Game 3 Preview

Utah Jazz vs Los Angeles Clippers: Playoffs Game 3 Preview

Finally, playoff basketball is back in Salt Lake City! Guess what, Utah Jazz fans? It’s playoffs time, baby! The Los Angeles Clippers are about to get sunk by the Utah Jazz and the fans at the Aunt Viv tonight. If you’re like me, going to the game and not independently wealthy, you forked over $50 or so and are headed to the friendly confines of the upper-bowl. Apparently there are a fair number of us. Check this out: Upper Bowl sold out. #takenote pic.twitter.com/MfqxHOLL7q— Kris (@5kl) April 21, 2017 That’s a great sign, and I imagine lower bowl tickets will be similarly...
Apr 21, 2017
With Game 2 in the Books, What are the Utah Jazz Chances?

With Game 2 in the Books, What are the Utah Jazz Chances?

Probabilities and projections as the series switches to Salt Lake No loss tastes good. I tried to have fair expectations for this Jazz team coming in to last night’s game, but couldn’t help myself. I really wanted that win. I was still high from one of the all-time best Jazz games in Game 1. Unfortunately the loss of the DPOY caught up to Utah in this one. That being said, the Jazz took care of business by getting the split in the first 2 games. Home court advantaged was flipped after 1 game, and now the Homer Fans of Utah get to influence the next 2 games. Being 1-1 is a good position...
Apr 21, 2017
The Downbeat #2075: The Utah Jazz Home Playoff Game Edition

The Downbeat #2075: The Utah Jazz Home Playoff Game Edition

Your Friday Downbeat! It’s here! Its finally here! The Utah Jazz are playing in their first home playoff game in five years. (And who really counts that Spurs series, so 7 years since a meaningful home playoff game) Kurt Kragthorpe from the Salt Lake Tribune wrote an article about what home games mean now in the playoffs compared to in the past. He talks about how the 2007-2009 Carols Boozer and Deron Williams team went 37-4 at home. Compared to this team which is deeper went only 29-12. Granted this years team is a much stronger road team. Here is what Kurt says: The...
Apr 19, 2017
Los Angeles Clippers 99 - Utah Jazz 91: Game 2 Recap

Los Angeles Clippers 99 - Utah Jazz 91: Game 2 Recap

This was their emotional, blow-out home win? The Los Angeles Clippers (1-1) won an emotional game at home over the Utah Jazz (1-1) and tied their best of seven series with their 99-91 victory on Wednesday night. The Clippers won a wire-to-wire victory and really came out strong in the first quarter. There were dunks! And there were points in the paint. And there were lobs! And even more dunks! Also dunks! I guess in a world without Rudy Gobert this is what you expected to see. But, for reals? If LA was filled with so many bad ashes, why didn’t they do this in game one? I digress. The...
Apr 18, 2017
Utah Jazz vs Los Angeles Clippers: Playoffs Game 2 Preview

Utah Jazz vs Los Angeles Clippers: Playoffs Game 2 Preview

Expect the “homecourt” advantage to be in full effect tonight Game one has been in the books for two straight days. It’s time for the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Clippers to finally play again. I don’t think any of us really expected the good guys to win game one, but we had a hope of stealing it. A few heart beats into it the defensive anchor and heart of the team, Rudy Gobert, needed help leaving the game. And with it most of our reasonable and unreasonable hopes for stealing a game. But the rest of the team rallied together and out worked LAC. They didn’t steal Game 1, with...
Apr 18, 2017
NBA Draft 2017: Draft order settled after tie-breakers, Utah Jazz select 24th

NBA Draft 2017: Draft order settled after tie-breakers, Utah Jazz select 24th

Four way tie between Clippers, Jazz, Raptors, and Cavaliers end in that order. The NBA announced that the have broken the ties for the non-lottery teams for the order in this upcoming 2017 NBA Draft. There were a number of teams that needed this figured out. The Minnesota Timberwolves and New York Knicks were tied at 31-51. The Portland Trail Blazers and Chicago Bulls were tied 41-41. The Milwaukee Bucks and Indiana Pacers were tied 42-40. The Atlanta Hawks and Memphis Grizzlies were tied 43-39. And the biggie, the Los Angeles Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors, and Utah Jazz...
Apr 18, 2017
Utah Jazz Downbeat #2074: The moving picture edition

Utah Jazz Downbeat #2074: The moving picture edition

Sorry this is late. I blame Xenu. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. How many words is a moving picture worth? At the very least, I hope it’s worth your time Utah Jazz fans. Check out this beat! I’ve had crushing migraines today, hence the late start on the content. Be aware - I did what any sane person would do and took a whole lot of pain killers. I’m in playoff mode too, not just our players. Gotta tough this one out. I’m ready, coach! Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports Oh, by the way, this is breaking news. Free Throws still exist in...