Utah Jazz Prioritizing an Extension with PG George Hill

The Utah Jazz made the move to acquire George Hill in a three-team deal with the Indiana Pacers and Atlanta Hawks during the offseason. They moved a lottery pick, which many thought would be a bad move in the grand scheme of things. Now that Hill has played some games with the Jazz, people may […]

Report: Pacers trade for Jeff Teague

According to Adrian Wojnarowski the Indiana Pacers will trade for Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeff Teague…. The Atlanta Hawks are sending guard Jeff Teague to the Indiana Pacers as part of a three-way deal with the Utah Jazz, league sources told The Vertical. Indiana will send guardGeorge Hill to the Jazz, who are moving the […]

April Autopsy: Utah Jazz

The Utah Jazz were stung near the end of the season by established veterans who used to play for them. The Jazz will feel the pain of their loss to Dallas — and their inability to make the playoffs — over the next several months. Yet, if the Jazz lost the battle in 2016, they’re […]

Take that, DeAndre: Rick Carlisle guides Dirk and Dallas to the playoffs

Rick Carlisle has won a world championship. He has firmly established himself as one of the NBA’s five best coaches. Yet, his 2016 season — for reasons totally beyond his control — might get lost in the tides of history. In a season defined by the supreme excellence of the Golden State Warriors and San […]

The weight of pressure: Dallas sheds it, the East’s teams are feeling it

The Dallas Mavericks’ season and Jose Barea’s life have flowed into the same river this week. The Mavericks — in huge trouble after their loss to Sacramento on Sunday — had not inspired confidence that they could take care of inferior opponents. However, they were able to push through their injuries and roster limitations to […]

James Harden’s triple-double keeps Rockets’ playoff hopes alive

After losing to the Utah Jazz at the Toyota Center on Wednesday night, the Houston Rockets knew that on Friday night, they had to beat the Eastern conference’s second-best team in to retain the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Coming into Friday’s game against the Toronto Raptors, Houston was riding a […]

The Jazz put some soul in the West playoff push

The Utah Jazz are the Detroit Pistons of the Western Conference. Sure, they’d love to make the playoffs — it would be great if they did — but as much as they’re locked in a present-tense battle, they’re more fundamentally playing for the future. A championship is not a realistic aspiration this season, and it […]

The Mavericks win a vital game against the Blazers, but that barely scratches the surface

Sunday afternoon in the American Airlines Center, the Dallas Mavericks and Portland Trail Blazers played one of the more thrilling and remarkable games of the 2016 NBA season. The considerable importance of the game only magnified the proceedings. Mavs-Blazers was packed with fun, craziness and intensity, offering something for fans with wildly disparate tastes. The game […]

For the Wizards and Jazz, a season takes a discouraging left turn

The Utah Jazz needed the Washington Wizards to defeat the Portland Trail Blazers Tuesday night in Oregon. Know who else needed the Wizards to beat the Blazers in the Northwest? The Wizards. It was a bad night for two teams trying to chase down one of the final playoff spots in their respective conferences. Tipping-point […]

The Grizzlies and Jazz embodied the NBA season Friday night

The 2016 NBA season has been marked by a small cluster of teams at the top, a few especially bad teams at the bottom, and a broad, mushy middle that has not decided what it wants to be. That mushy middle was epitomized by the Memphis Grizzlies’ 94-88 win over the Utah Jazz on Friday […]

For the Bucks and a few other teams, basketball isn’t the same sport each day

Coaches, sports psychologists, executives — anyone invested in seeing athletes perform better — would tell you: Basketball is basketball. It’s the same game anywhere you play it. The court’s the same. The basketball is the same. Free throws are still 15-foot shots. Three-pointers are still 23 feet and 9 inches, except in the corners. Switching, […]

The difference between the Spurs and Thunder was made clear on Thursday

The San Antonio Spurs enter Friday, February 26 with an eight-game lead over the Oklahoma City Thunder for the second seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Want to know the essential difference between these teams, albeit one which might not matter much in a potential West semifinal series that should light up the NBA? It […]