Utah Jazz News: Regular Season and Preseason Updates
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11/29/12: Host Utah outlasted the visiting Denver Nuggets 105-103 on Monday, in a game that Utah valiantly battled back from an early double digit deficit. Utah was down 11 at the half and tied up the game in the third quarter. The Jazz were able to drop two more points than the Nuggets in the final frame, and came out with an exhilarating two point win. Overall, the Jazz are playing about .500 ball. There is certainly room for improvement, but they are fielding a competitive team night in and night out, and are perfect at home so far this season.
11/22/12: The Jazz are stuck in the quagmire that is the Northwest Division. Oklahoma City is certainly the class of the division, and has already opened up a three game lead on everyone else. But Denver and Utah are tied at 6-5, while Minnesota is 5-5 and Portland is 5-6. Utah is playing a bit different style this season. The Jazz are shooting threes at an alarming rate, and are doing so successfully. Combined, Mo Williams, Marvin Williams, Randy Foye, Gordon Hayward, and Paul Millsap have shot 93 for 171 from beyond the arc, an astounding 38% for the season. This is the kind of pace the Jazz need to make another playoff run this season.
11/15/12: The Jazz went into Boston with a goal of defining what kind of team they are this season. In a hard fought effort, Utah fell 98-93. While Boston fans will certainly exclaim that they dominated Utah, the Jazz led 46-22 at the half, but trailed by three after the third quarter, and just could not muster enough offense in the final frame. Utah now sits at 4-5. They are in fourth place in the Northwest Division, but only two games behind Oklahoma City. Utah has a day off before continuing their East Coast swing with games in Philadelphia and Washington on Friday and Saturday, respectively.
11/8/12: The Jazz are off to a disappointing 1-3 start, so let the armchair coaches start their speculation. A big problem is defense. Simply put, the Jazz are giving up far too many points, particularly in the paint. Paul Millsap has the nod as the starter, but how long can the Jazz continue to use Derrick Favors as a bench player? The debate has raged in Utah all summer - Millsap or Favors? Millsap has the experience, but Favors is more athletic and a better interior defender. If the defensive woes continue, expect the Jazz to make the move to Favors as the starter.
11/1/12: Veteran guard Raja Bell was asked not to report to training camp as Bell and the team tried to work out a buyout deal. Those talks failed and Bell is still on the roster. The Jazz are likely to try to trade the guard, with Miami and the Los Angeles Lakers being possible destinations. The Jazz want to avoid the situation turning into a distraction while not paying to much to get him off the team. As of now, the saga still continues, but for the sake of the team and fans, the Jazz will probably try to get resolution in short order.
10/18/12: Who will play power forward, incumbant Paul Millsap or young gun Derek Favors? Favors could start for a number of teams right now, but it is hard to bench Millsap. The answer may just be to get them both on the floor at the same time by moving Millsap to the 3 spot. Last season, the Jazz experimented with Millsap at 3, Favors at 4, and Al Jefferson at 5. It was also the time when the team was at its best both offensively and defensively. So maybe the answer isn't "either/or", but rather "both at once".
10/4/12: There will be plenty of time to discuss the Paul Milsaps vs. Derrick Favors situation brewing in Utah. But for now, the most interesting thing about the Jazz is that big man Enes Kantor dropped 51 pounds. His weight is down from 293 to 242! Over one sixth of his mass is gone. He was not featured on any made for TV diet show or use new age training methods. Apparently, he just stopped eating 'everything in sight'. No word yet on how the weight loss will affect or benefit his play, but congratulations to the man for such an amazing effort.
8/16/12: Many times when a new coach is introduced, team management cites how well the coach relates to the players. This is often used (as a rationalization) for hiring a young and/or inexperienced coach. But new Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts is flipping that cliche. Stotts (54) believes that his experience and advancement in age will help him in working with an inexperienced roster. With 18 years as a head or assistant coach, Stotts has been in the league since many players were in diapers. Will it help the team? That is to be determined, though Portland does have the opportunity to escape from the lottery this coming season.
8/2/12: When the Jazz signed free agent guard Randy Foye, GM Kevin O'Connor joked "We finally signed somebody not named Williams". This after Utah signed Mo Williams and Marvin Williams earlier in the offseason. Foye signed a one-year deal, though O'Connor said that both parties are looking for a long-term relationsihp. Foye, for his part, said that selecting Utah over the Knicks, Rockets, Mavericks, and Bulls was a 'no-brainer' and that this is where he and his family want to be. It is rare to see an NBA player willingly bypass the brighter lights of New York or Chicago, but that should give the Jazz hope as they look to advance further in the playoffs next season.
7/26/12: The Utah Jazz are morphing into the Clippers North. Earlier in the month, the Jazz reacquired fan favorite Mo Williams, who played for the Clippers the past few seasons. Now, they have come to terms with guard Randy Foye on a single year deal. Foyle played mostly at shooting guard for the Clippers last year, opposite point guard Chris Paul. Foye shot nearly 40% from beyond the arc while paired with Paul, and the Jazz hope he can bring that outside threat up to the Great Salt Lake. And there is a good chance for Foye to start, as last year's shooting guard Raja Bell agreed to a buyout and is no longer with the team.
5/23/12: Al Jefferson isn't ready to blow up the team yet: 'I'd love to see everyone come back, because this is a team that we did well'. Despite the grammatical errors, Jefferson does have a point. The Jazz have a solid core with Jefferson, Paul Millsap and youngsters Derrick Favors and Enis Kantor. In fact, Jefferson plans on spending some of his offseason working out with Favors and Kantor - hoping to improve from a team that barely made teh playoffs (and was swept by the Spurs) to true contender in the West. Some key offseason moves and the Jazz will be ready to compete next season.
5/15/12: The Utah Jazz exceeded even their own expectations this past season, even making the playoffs after a strong surge towards the end of the regular season. Veterans Josh Howard and Jamaal Tinsley resurrected their careers under second-year coach Tyrone Corbin, and center Al Jefferson said "I can see this team actually growing to be something special". The expectations will be bigger next year, and two moves the team will need to make are parting ways with 35-year old Raja Bell (who continuously quarlled with Coach Corbin), and acquiring perimeter shooting, which was non-existent in the first round sweep by San Antonio.
5/11/12: Utah snuck into the playoffs in the season's final days, accepting the eighth see and the right to play number one San Antonio in the first round. Unlike other 1 vs. 8 matchups where the underdog rose up and defeated the heavy favorite, this series was more of what one would expect between a dominant contenter and a fortunate final entry. San Antonio not only swept the series in four games, but never even trailed at the end of the bare minimum 16 quarters played. The Jazz mounted one late rally - cutting a 21 point deficit to four, but came up short in the end.
5/3/12: The Jazz secured the final playoff spot in the West and face perinneal powerhouse San Antonio in the first round. The Jazz finished strong, with a five game winning streak, including crucial wins over Dallas and Phoenix to enter the postseason with a 36-30 record. The Spurs beat the Jazz in Game 1 in San Antonio by a score of 106-91. The Jazz were simply outmanned by Tony Parker (28 points) and Tim Duncan (17/11). Paul Milsap had team highs 20 points and 9 rebounds for Utah, but the Jazz have an uphill battle against the best in the West.
4/25/12: Utah made a strong playoff push, going XXX-XXX, including a XXXX-game winning streak. Aside from the team and fans, the Timberwolves have a vested interest in the Jazz' outcome. By making the playoffs, the Jazz will send their first round pick to Minnesota as part of the Al Jefferson trade. That trade paid dividends on Tuesday. Jefferson suffered a facial gash in the third quarter and left the game for attention. When he returned in the fourth, he siezed control - scoring eight straight points and securing both a 100-88 victory and a spot in the post season for the young Jazz.
4/18/12: Utah continues to hold hope for a playoff spot as they are currently in a dead heat with Phoenix and Houston. The Jazz won one of the most exciting games of the season on Monday - a (123-121) triple overtime victory over the Dallas Mavericks. The Jazz provided a balanced attack, with all five Utah starters scored in double-digits, with Al Jefferson hitting 28, Gordon Hayward adding 24, and Devin Harris contributing 23. Utah is in full playoff mode and not taking chances with the bench - all five starters played at least 45 minutes, and the bench only adding 14 total points.
Utah Jazz Tickets - Team History
Utah Jazz tickets allow fans the opportunity to see one of the NBA's proudest franchises. Established in 1974 as the New Orleans Jazz, the team made the move to Salt Lake City after only five seasons. The Jazz play their games at Energy Solutions Arena and have called the venue home since it opened in 1991. Watch as the Jazz build their legacy and work to bring a world title to Salt Lake City!
Utah Jazz Tickets - Season Info
The Utah Jazz are in the process of testing the waters but promise to keep improving as a unit. With reliable wingmen and a supporting frontcourt, the Jazz may just be the dark horse of the West. With the recent arrivals of players like Derrick Favors and Gordon Hayward, the Jazz are taking steps to get back into the playoff mix. The Western Conference is absolutely heating up so get your Utah Jazz tickets now!
Utah Jazz Tickets - Venue Information
The Utah Jazz currently play their home games in EnergySolutions Arena. The arena was originally opened in 1991 after breaking ground on construction in 1990. It was completed for a cost of $93 million. In addition to the Jazz, the AFL's Utah Blaze also call the arena home. EnergySolutions Arena (ESA) has a capacity of 19,911 for basketball games. The arena was originally called the Delta Center between its opening in 1991 and 2006 when Delta Airlines decided not to renew their contract with the arena.
Utah Jazz Tickets - Ticket Information
Utah Jazz tickets ensure that fans see the Jazz play top contenders throughout the entire NBA season. The Jazz will look to rise in the ranks of the Nothwest Division in 2011. With matchups against great teams like the Denver Nuggets and Oklahoma City Thunder and non-divisional meetings with Blake Griffin's Los Angeles Clippers, the Jazz are sure to be tested all season long. Grab your Jazz tickets now and don't miss the action!
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