3-3-14: It is all about Derrick Favors for the Jazz. Most people thought that Gordon Hayward was the most important player heading into the 2013-14 season, but it has turned out to the center. The Jazz dropped two more contests this past week to move to 0-9 this season when Favors is out. Those losses were to the Portland Trail Blazers and to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Then, he made his triumphant return for Monday’s contest against the Boston Celtics. His 20 points were a huge part of Utah’s win that evening. On Wednesday, Favors played again and the Jazz blew out the depleted Phoenix Suns.
2-24-14: Trey Burke participated in the Rising Stars Challenge and then won the skills challenge with Damian Lillard the following night. The Jazz had been playing well with the starting lineup of Burke, Gordon Hayward, Richard Jefferson, Marvin Williams and Derrick Favors, but Favors unfortunately remains out with a hip injury. In his place on Wednesday, Enes Kanter scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, but Utah lost to the Brooklyn Nets, 105-99. Burke also dished off a game-high 10 assists in that contest. Jazz fans hope that Favors will return soon so that they can see how their team will continue to build towards what looks like a successful future.
2-18-14: Utah found its stride as the team headed into the All-Star break. After the Jazz fell to the Dallas Mavericks on Friday, Tyrone Corbin’s squad bounced back to have its longest winning streak of the season. It began with a surprising five-point victory over the Miami Heat on Saturday. Marvin Williams scored a game-high 23 points as LeBron James matched his season-low in scoring for a single game. Then, Utah played another back-to-back set on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Jazz blew out the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center and returned home to beat the Philadelphia 76ers.
2-10-14: The Jazz had a frustrating week, as they had to face three current playoff teams. However, on Friday, the highlight of the night was the halftime presentation for longtime coach Jerry Sloan. The EnergySolutions Arena crowd gave him a standing ovation as the jersey representing his 1,223 wins was raised to the rafters. Both Alec Burks and Diante Garrett came off the bench to provide a boost for the Jazz that evening, but it was not enough to defeat the Golden State Warriors. Utah lost to the Los Angeles Clippers the following night, but Enes Kanter enjoyed a 23-point, 14-rebound game. The Jazz’s week unfortunately ended with a loss to the Toronto Raptors.
2-4-14: The Jazz definitely took advantage of the light schedule that was given to them in late January. Utah played just two contests this past week. After a one-game absence, Derrick Favors double-doubled in his return to the court. Enes Kanter also added a game-high 24 points off the bench in Saturday’s victory over the Washington Wizards. Interestingly, Kanter’s two highest-scoring performances have come when he did not start. Then on Monday, a balanced scoring effort helped the Jazz defeat the injury-riddled Sacramento Kings. Kanter, Jeremy Evans and Alec Burks each came off the bench to score double digits that night.
1-27-14: The Jazz kept up with the alternating of wins and losses for the first eight contests of 2014, but the Minnesota Timberwolves stopped that interesting streak by sweeping Tyrone Corbin’s squad in a home-and-home set. However, at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Utah matched its largest margin of victory this season with a 21-point win over the Detroit Pistons on Friday. Impressively, the Jazz won this game without leading scorer Gordon Hayward. Trey Burke led the way for Utah that night with 20 points and a career-best 12 assists. Unfortunately for the Jazz, just as Hayward returned to the floor Tuesday, leading rebounder Derrick Favors was out with a hip injury.
1-20-14: Utah has alternated wins and losses thus far in January. Gordon Hayward began 2014 with a bang. He scored more than 20 points in each of the first three Jazz contests of the New Year, which marked the second time this season that he has accomplished that feat after not doing so at any other time in his professional career. However, Hayward went down with a hip injury after putting up a career-high 37 points in a 112-101 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on January 7. Although Utah lost its next game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team bounced back to beat the Denver Nuggets on Monday. In that contest, Alec Burks posted a career-high 34 points to give Tyrone Corbin his 100th career victory. While the Jazz lost to the Spurs two days later, Enes Kanter became just the third NBA player to register at least 25 points and 10 rebounds off the bench this season.
1-7-14: This Jazz basketball team has quietly played very well recently. Utah entered the week with just eight wins, but now has 11 after home victories over the Los Angeles Lakers, Charlotte Bobcats and Milwaukee Bucks. On Friday, Derrick Favors grabbed a big rebound and dunked the basketball with only a couple seconds remaining to give the Jazz the 105-103 win over the Lakers. Although the Jazz fell to the Clippers on Saturday at the Staples Center, Trey Burke scored a game-high 21 points in Monday’s victory over the Bobcats. Then on Thursday, Gordon Hayward had a game-high 22 points and three blocks in the Jazz’s nine-point win against Milwaukee.
12-30-13: Before having a three-day break for Christmas, Utah finished its five-game road trip. This past week, the Jazz went 1-2. The Atlanta Hawks blew out Utah on Friday because they were able to neutralize Trey Burke, Derrick Favors and Gordon Hayward. However, all of them quickly bounced back to help the Jazz defeat the Charlotte Bobcats the next night. Burke scored 20 points with four 3-pointers, Favors added 14 points with nine rebounds and Hayward put up 12 points with 10 rebounds. Although Utah dropped Monday’s game in Memphis, Hayward registered another double-double, marking the first time in his career that he had double-doubles in consecutive games.
12-22-13: The Jazz had an impressive week, as they played three out of four games on the road and finished with a 2-2 record. With Trey Burke in the starting lineup, Utah is now 6-8 while the team is lowly 1-13 without him in the starting five. On Friday in Denver, Burke registered his first double-digit assist game as an NBA player en route to his second double-double in a week. He led the Jazz to the 10-point victory that night, but then Utah dropped games to the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat. However, Burke then posted a career-high 30 points as well as seven rebounds and eight assists as the Jazz defeated the Orlando Magic on Wednesday.
12-13-13: It continues to be the Trey Burke show in Utah. He has scored double-digit points in eight of his first 10 starts as an NBA player and is averaging 14 points per game in those contests. He led all players in assists in Sacramento on Wednesday as the Jazz cruised to a 122-101 victory. In that game, Utah scored 32 points in the second quarter and a whopping 38 in the third to put it away. Although the Jazz remain the worst team in the Western Conference after dropping four of the last five games, Utah’s offense has improved vastly over the last few weeks, due in part to Burke’s terrific play.
12-6-13: Trey Burke played his eighth career NBA game on Wednesday against the Indiana Pacers, but he has already made a profound impact on the Jazz. Utah has won just four games this season, but three of them have been with Burke in the lineup. Over the last five games, the Jazz rookie point guard averaged more than 16 points per game on 41 percent shooting overall and 52 percent shooting from 3-point land. While Utah will most likely be in the 2014 NBA draft lottery, the team has competed very well with wins against the Phoenix Suns and Houston Rockets in the last week.
11-28-13: While the Jazz continue to struggle on the year, they did pick up their first victory since November 13th when they beat the reeling Chicago Bulls on Monday night. The overtime victory saw strong play from rookie Trey Burke, including a key three-pointer in OT that propelled Utah to the win. Burke finished the night with 14 points and six assists and received universal praise from his teammates for keeping his cool through early-game struggles. The win improved Utah to 2-14 on the year.
11-22-13: Salt-filled tears are flowing throughout SLC as the Jazz continue to lose basketball games. After finally getting their first win on the 11/13, Utah has dropped four more consecutive games to sit with an NBA worst record of 1-12. The Jazz have played the 5th most difficult schedule through the early part of the season and did so entirely without their starting point guard. Trey Burke made his season debut on Wednesday night, scoring 11 points in 12 minutes. While Burke surely won’t be a cure-all, he will certainly help stabilize a team whose young roster is much sharper than it has shown.
11-15-13: Utah continues to flounder in this young NBA season and may be shaping up as the worst team in the league. It’s not for a lack of trying, as Gordon Hayward is impressing as a leading scorer and general youth is making it hard on the Jazz to compete consistently. Rookie point guard Trey Burke still being out doesn’t help, either. As bad as it’s been, the Jazz at least earned their first (and only) win of 2013 this past week, a 111-105 win over the Pelicans.
11-8-13: Trey Burke remains out due to injury, leaving a gaping hole at point guard for a very talented, but very young Jazz squad. While the point is a serious question mark until Burke is back on the court, the 0-5 Jazz are at least getting stellar play from Gordon Hayward, while the potential can be seen out of their young bigs, Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors, as well. The rough start puts the youth on full display, making it unlikely the Jazz compete for much else that a high lottery pick in 2013.
11-1-13: With all the changes to the Jazz’s roster during the offseason in addition to Trey Burke’s finger injury, Utah’s 1-7 preseason record might unfortunately be indicative of the team’s performance in 2013-14 regular season. By taking on a lot of expiring contracts in a trade with the Warriors and losing Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, DeMarre Carroll and Mo Williams to free agency, Utah will be building towards the future. However, this season will still be enjoyable with the development of all the young talent on this roster. Possibly a future all-star in the league, Derrick Favors signed a four-year contract extension during the preseason. In addition, the Jazz exercised the options on Alec Burks and Enes Kanter.
10-21-13: The Utah Jazz only have one win through five preseason games. the Jazz started the preseason with a 101-78 win against the Golden State Warriors, but have dropped four straight to the Portland Trail Blazers twice, Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder. Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors have been leading the way for the Jazz. Hayward leads the team in points, 15.0, and assists, 4.8, per game, while Favors leads the team in rebounds, 10.6, and blocks, 2.0, per game. The Jazz still have three preseason games remaining:
- Oct 22 at Los Angeles Lakers
- Oct 23 at Los Angeles Clippers
- Oct 25 at Los Angeles Lakers
8-23-13: Its official in Salt Lake City, the new regime is officially in place and the kids are running things. With Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap and Mo Williams all exiting in free agency, this is now a team run by Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors and Trey Burke. Burke, the 9th overall pick out of the University of Michigan, was acquired in a draft night deal with Minnesota that sent the 14th and 21st picks to the Timberwolves. The Jazz also acquired the 7’1” Frenchman Rudy Gobert on draft night from the Denver Nuggets. Utah also acquired the expiring contracts of Richard Jefferson, Andris Biedrins and Brandon Rush, along with a slew of future draft picks, from Golden State in the 3-team deal that ultimately sent Andre Iguodala to Golden State.
The Utah Jazz open their home season schedule on October 30th against Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Houston Rockets visit SLC a few days later on Saturday, November 2nd and once again one month later on Monday, December 2nd. Deron Williams and the Brooklyn Nets return to Utah on Wednesday, February 19th. The Miami Heat make their sole appearance in Salt Lake City on Saturday, February 8th.
Key Home Games:
- October 30th – Oklahoma City Thunder
- November 15th – San Antonio Spurs
- December 2nd – Houston Rockets
- December 27th – Los Angeles Lakers
- February 8th – Miami Heat
Jazz 2013 Draft Summary:
- Round 1, Pick 9: PG Trey Burke, Michigan (from Timberwolves).
- Round 1, Pick 27: C Rudy Gobert, France (from Nuggets).
6-12-13: The western race was exciting and came down to the final games. Unfortunately the Jazz were the team that squandered their strangle hold on a playoff spot due to poor play down the stretch of the season. Winners of 43, the Jazz fell 2 games shy of making the playoffs. This offseason the Jazz will have a series issue to address, that being the free agent status of not only Paul Milsap, but Al Jefferson also. The team has made it clear that they will not retain both. What remains unclear is which one will stay and which one will go. The Jazz have two first round picks this year and will select 14th and 21st in this year’s draft.
2-20-13: At 31-24 the Jazz are currently in the 7th seed. Dominant play at home has been a key reason for the success of the Jazz, especially in the tough Western Conference. Any time a team plays to a 21-6 clip on their home court, they are bound to make the playoffs and be a threat to anyone. Winners of three in a row the Jazz will look to climb the Western ladder and hopefully jump to a higher seed. This will not be an easy task with upcoming games against the Clippers, Celtics and Hawks who are all winning teams this year. Leading scorer Al Jefferson will have to buckle down and stay out of foul trouble do that he can continue to be the force he was for the first half of the season.
11-26-12: The Utah Jazz coached by Ty Corbin are an effective unit that operates without the proverbial superstar. Al Jefferson has proven to be no slouch. The Jazz currently hold a 7-7 record and are the third best rebounding team in the league.