Utah Jazz News
12-15-14: The Utah Jazz have been one of the worst teams in the NBA in this still young 2014/2015 NBA campaign as the team has started the new season posting a 5-14 record. The Jazz started this week by traveling back home to Utah to play host to the Orlando Magic. During the contest these two teams had comparable shooting percentages, three point percentages and rebound totals which made for a close game between the two teams. Tobias Harris led all Magic scorers with 22 points only for a comparable performance from Utah’s leading scorer Derrick Favors who finished with 21 points. The difference in the contest came on the free throw line Orlando took care of business on the line going 17-20 while Utah struggled from the line going 13-21. Those four missed free throws along with a slightly better shooting percentage from the Magic led to a 98-93 victory over the Jazz. The Jazz looked to get back to their winning ways in their next contest when the team traveled to Sacramento to take on the Sacramento Kings. During the contest the Kings alternated struggling and dominating in a quarter but the team dominated when it counted posting strong second and fourth quarters. Sacramento was led by 29 points from Rudy Gay while Utah’s leader Gordon Hayward managed just 19 points on the night. The superiority shooting from the field and from beyond the arc led to a Kings victory over the Jazz by the score of 101-92. The Jazz searched for better results in their next contest when the team traveled home to Utah to play host to the San Antonio Spurs. During the contest Tim Duncan enjoyed a blast from the past type game as the Spurs forward scored 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds but without teammate Tony Parker San Antonio struggled. Kawhi Leonard tried to pick up the slack for the Spurs but the Utah scoring attack of Derrick Favors and Gordon Hayward proved to be too much in the contest. When four quarters were complete the Jazz were on top beating the Spurs by the final score of 100-96. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 6-16. Get your Jazz tickets for next week as the team plays host to the Miami Heat before setting out on the road to face off with the Washington Wizards, the New Orleans Pelicans and the Miami Heat.
12-5-14: The Utah Jazz have been one of the worst teams in the Western Conference this season as the team has only been able to post a 5-11 record in the first five weeks of the new NBA season. The Jazz started this week by traveling back home to Utah to play host to the Los Angeles Clippers in a Western Conference showdown. During the contest Gordon Hayward from Utah and Blake Griffin from Los Angeles put on a clinic as the two forwards traded bucket for bucket for most of the night. The Clippers rode a great first quarter scoring 35 points and strolled through the rest of the game in an easy victory for Los Angeles. Hayward finished with 30 points for the Jazz leading all scorers in the contest but it was not enough as the Clippers beat the Jazz by the score of 112-96. The Jazz were back at it again on Monday back at home in Utah as the team played host to the Denver Nuggets in a Western Conference showdown. During the contest the Nuggets jumped out to a huge first half lead as the team posted 64 points in the first half behind Ty Lawson and Wilson Chandler’s 15 points each outburst. The Jazz staged an epic second half comeback including a 25 point third quarter led by Gordon Hayward as the game came down to the final seconds. When the final buzzer sounded the Nuggets had held off the Jazz narrowly beating Utah by the score of 103-101. The Jazz finished their week off by traveling back home to Utah to play host to the high scoring offensive of DeMar DeRozan and the Toronto Raptors. During the contest Toronto absolutely went off as the team finished with a staggering 57% shooting from the field and 88% from the free throw line. Toronto especially separated themselves from Utah from beyond the arc in the game as the Raptors, led by 39 points from Kyle Lowry, knocked down 12 shots from beyond the arc in the contest. Utah had six players that scored in double figures in the contest but it was not enough as the Jazz fell to the Raptors by the score of 123-104. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 5-14. Get your Jazz tickets for next week as the team heads home to host the Orlando Magic before setting out on the road to face off with the Sacramento Kings. Utah will then head back home to play host to the San Antonio Spurs to finish their week.
11-28-14: The Utah Jazz have had a rough go of things so far in the 2014/2015 season as the Western Conference has given the team fits. Utah has only been able to muster a 5-7 record this season and will look to turn things around this week as the Jazz head out on the road. The Jazz started this week by traveling to Golden State to take on the Golden State Warriors on the road. In the game the Warriors were led six different players in double digits who picked up the slack while Stephen Curry was held to just 8 points on 3-9 shooting from the field. The Jazz looked to take advantage of a cold night from Curry behind 18 points from Enes Kanter but it wasn’t enough as the Warriors grinded out a 101-88 victory over Utah. The Jazz were back in action the very next night when the team hosted the New Orleans Pelicans at home in Utah. In the game the home team Jazz were led by 31 points from Gordon Hayward while Derrick Favors added a double-double but Utah had no answer for the Pelicans forward Anthony Davis. Davis scored a career high 43 points in the contest while grabbing 14 rebounds as New Orleans went on to handedly beat Utah by the score of 106-94. The Jazz looked for better results in their next contest when the team traveled back to Sal Lake City to host the Chicago Bulls in Utah. In the game the Bulls were led by 25 points from Jimmy Butler and a huge 30 point first quarter. Chicago outscored the Jazz by 16 points in the first quarter and went on to narrowly beat Utah by the score of 97-95. The Jazz were led by 21 points and 15 rebounds from Derrick Favors in the loss to Chicago. Utah attempted a comeback with a huge third quarter in which the team scored 36 points and outscored Chicago by 14 points but the comeback attempt fell just short in the loss to the Bulls. Utah finished their week off by traveling to Oklahoma City to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder in a Western Conference road matchup. Gordon Hayward led the Jazz both in point and rebounds in this contest with 24 points and 8 rebounds but none of his teammates were able to score more than 16 points during the game. Three members of the Jazz did not score in the contest in a tough night shooting for the team from Utah. The Thunder on the other hand enjoyed watching Reggie Jackson post 22 points while Jeremy Lamb kicked in 21 points in a 97-82 victory for Oklahoma City. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 5-11. Get your Jazz tickets for next week as the team heads home to host the Los Angeles Clippers, the Denver Nuggets and the Toronto Raptors in Utah.
11-21-14: The Utah Jazz have had a rough go of things at the beginning of their 2014/2015 season as the team has
posted a 3-6 record in the first two weeks of the campaign.The Jazz started this week by traveling back
to Madison Square Garden to play the struggling New York Knicks and Carmelo Anthony on the road. In
the contest the Knicks were once again led offensively by Carmelo Anthony who finished with a strong
46 points but only one other Knicks player, Pablo Prigioni, scored in double figures in the contest.
Gordon Hayward scored 33 points for the Jazz while Derrick Favors added a double-double for Utah in a
game that went down to the final buzzer. The shot before the final buzzer came from Utah and when it
was knocked down the Jazz stole a game from the Knicks by the score of 102-100. The Jazz were back to
it the next night as the team traveled to Toronto to take on the Raptors in a road game. DeMarcus
DeRozan scored 27 points for Toronto as a part of five Raptors scorers that had double digits on the
night. The Jazz had a great first half but the team fizzled out in the second half as the team fell to
Toronto by the score of 111-93. Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors each scored 18 points each for the Jazz
in the loss to the Raptors. The Jazz finished off their week back at home as the team hosted the
Oklahoma City Thunder in Utah. In the game the Jazz were led by 20 points and 14 rebounds from Alec
Burks while four other Utah players scored in double figures on the night. Oklahoma City managed to
get just three players in double digits during the game while being led by 19 points from Jeremy Lamb.
The Jazz outshot the Thunder is this game and out-rebounded them as well in a 98-81 Utah victory over
Oklahoma City. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 5-7.
Get your Jazz tickets for next week as the team travels to Golden State to play the Warriors in a road
game before heading back home to host the New Orleans Pelicans and the Chicago Bulls. The Jazz will
finish their week off by heading back out on the road to face off with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
11-14-14: The Utah Jazz did not have a great start to their 2014/2015 campaign as the team was only able to muster a 2-3 record to start their season. The Jazz started this week by hosting the high powered offense of the Dallas Mavericks at home in Salt Lake City. Utah had no answer for the Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki who scored 27 points and Tyson Chandler who scored 15 points in an easy victory for Dallas. The Mavericks would win the game by the score of 105-82 behind the offensive explosion from Nowitzki. In the contest the Jazz were led by Alec Burks 14 points in the loss for Utah. Two nights later the Jazz were in Detroit taking on the Detroit Pistons in a big road game. In the game Detroit was led by 23 points from Brandon Jennings and 19 points from Greg Monroe as this contest went down to the final buzzer. The Jazz scoring attack was led by 17 points from Gordon Hayward as the Jazz narrowly edged the Pistons in this contest by the score of 97-96. In the next Jazz game the team was back at home in Utah hosting the Indiana Pacers in Sal Lake City. In the contest Roy Hibbert led all Pacers with 29 points while Lavoy Allen added a double-double for Indiana in a 97-86 victory over the Jazz. Utah was led by 30 points from Gordon Hayward and 18 points from Enes Kanter in the loss for the Jazz. Utah finished their week up by hosting the Atlanta Hawks at home in Salt Lake City. In the contest Atlanta was led by 30 points from Paul Millsap and 20 points from Jeff Teague in a 100-97 victory for the Hawks. Utah was led by 22 points from Alec Burk and 20 points from Derrick Favors but the Jazz fell because the Hawks doubled them up in the fourth quarter. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 3-6. Get your Jazz tickets for next week as the team travels out on the road to play the New York Knicks and the Toronto Raptors before heading back home to host the Oklahoma City Thunder.
11-7-14: The Utah Jazz started their 2014/2015 season off last week with a pair of losses to the Houston Rockets
and the Dallas Mavericks to start the season 0-2. With the 2014/2015 season entering its first full week
the Jazz headed home to host the Phoenix Suns looking for their first victory of the young season. In the
game Derrick Favors went off offensively for the Jazz scoring 32 points while Gordon Hayward added 24
points in a 118-91 victory for the Jazz. Phoenix shot just 15 free throws in the contest knocking down 12
of them while Utah went 27-33 from the charity stripe in what ultimately decided this contest. The Suns
leading scorer in the game was Gerald Green and he only managed 16 points in the loss for Phoenix.
Two nights later the Jazz were in Staples Center in Los Angeles taking on the Los Angeles Clippers. In the
contest the Clippers Blake Griffin had his way with the Jazz defense as the forward put up 31 points and
grabbed nine rebounds in a 107-101 victory for the Clippers. Gordon Hayward did all he could in the
contest as he scored 27 points while Enes Kanter added 17 in the tough loss for Utah. The Jazz finished
their schedule for the week up by heading home to host LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. In
the game Kyrie Irving led the Cavs with 34 points while LeBron James scored 31 points but it wasn’t
enough as the Jazz went on to win the game by the score of 102-100. Derrick Favors and Gordon
Hayward scored 23 points each in the victory for the Jazz. When the week was all said and done the
team finished with an overall record of 2-3. Get your Jazz tickets for next week as the team hosts the
Dallas Mavericks at home before playing three straight games on the road against the Detroit Pistons,
the Indiana Pacers, and the Atlanta Hawks.
10-31-14: The Utah Jazz tipped off the 2014-2015 season by facing off with the Houston Rockets at home after posting a 5-3 record in the preseason. The Jazz come into the new season with a ton of money tied up in their guards after Gordon Hayward signed a max contract offer sheet with the Charlotte Hornets that the Jazz ultimately matched. Utah then signed Alec Burks to an extension worth four years and $42 million with an additional $3 million in “reachable” incentives. Utah also attempted to sign Enes Kanter to a new deal before the Halloween deadline but could not come to an agreement to keep their core together beyond the 2014/2015 season. The time to win is now for the Jazz and that mission started at home against the Houston Rockets. Hayward had a rough night shooting while Kanter and Burks could not shoulder the load as the Rockets went on to win the game by the score of 104-93 behind Dwight Howard and Trevor Ariza. Utah played the very next night at home as the Jazz traveled to take on the Dallas Mavericks but it was the same old story for the Jazz and their defense. Utah had no answer for Chandler Parsons and Dirk Nowitzki as the Jazz went on to fall to the Mavericks by the score of 120-102. Get your Jazz tickets for next week as the team hosts two home games against the Phoenix Suns and the Cleveland Cavaliers with a road contest with the Los Angeles Clippers thrown in the middle.
10-29-14: The Jazz will rely heavily on rookie point guard Dante Exum this season after posting just a 25-57 record last year. Alongside a minimal cast of proven talent, however, the Jazz have seen secondary ticket prices for home games at EnergySolutions Arena increase since last season. The average price for Jazz tickets is now $72.74 on the secondary market, marking an 11.1% jump from last season’s average of $65.43. A January 28 game against the Clippers serves as the team’s most expensive game. The average secondary market price for Jazz vs Clippers tickets is currently $328.79 with a get-in of $20.
10-24-14: Under new coach Quin Snyder, the Utah Jazz will hope to reverse their fortune on the court following a 25-57 season last year. The Jazz view Dante Exum as their future at the point, though the 19-year-old rookie from Australia will have plenty to prove in a difficult Northwest Division. The team has had an impressive preseason, owning a 5-2 record through seven games.
10-15-14: The Utah Jazz have gotten off to a strong start to their preseason schedule with three straight wins, including a 102-89 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers in their last outing on Oct 13. Next up on the Utah Jazz preseason schedule is a meeting with the Los Angeles Lakers this Thursday at the Honda Center, followed by four more remaining preseason games with the Clippers, Lakers, Thunder, and Suns before the Jazz kick off their regular season on Oct 29 against the Houston Rockets.
10-8-14: The Utah Jazz started their preseason last night with a win over the Portland Trailblazers and will look to repeat the result against Portland tomorrow night at the Moda Center. Utah will then host the LA Clippers on October 13, followed by remaining preseason games with the Lakers, Clippers, Thunder, and Suns to finish off their preseason schedule.
9-22-14: The Utah Jazz appear to have their young starting five ready and healthy for the first time. With the frontcourt led by Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter, and newly resigned swingman Gordon Hayward. The Jazz backcourt features Trey Burke and Alec Burks and would assume would be starters however the team used their lottery pick in the draft to take Australian guard Dante Exum 5th overall. Exum may play the point or the shooting guard position relegating one of the previous starters to the bench. New coach Quin Snyder will have to figure out the rotation for his young backcourt if the Jazz look to see any improvement this year after their abysmal last season.
8-13-14: The Utah Jazz were coming off a rebuilding year and struggled finishing last in the Western Conference and winning only 25 games but they resolved their coaching issue by hiring Quin Synder and have acquired Steve Novak, Carrick Felix, a 2015 second round pick with cash considerations with trades to the Toronto Raptors and Cleveland Cavaliers respectively and even signed away Trevor Booker from the Washington Wizards for two years worth $9.7 million.
Utah Jazz 2014 Draft Overview
Round 1, Pick 5, Dante Exum, PG, Australia
Round 1, Pick 23, Rodney Hood, SG, Duke
4-7-14: The Jazz played three games this past week in a four-day span. Unfortunately, the team lost each of the games and its losing streak moved to five games. In addition, Tyrone Corbin’s squad won just one game in its last 12 tries. However, Derrick Favors had a strong rebounding week. On Friday, he had a game-high 11 rebounds, but Utah fell to the New Orleans Pelicans, 102-95. Then on Sunday, the Jazz played the front end of a back-to-back set in Oklahoma City, and Utah fell by 20 points. Favors led all players at Chesapeake Energy Arena with 13 rebounds. He then duplicated that performance on Monday against the New York Knicks, but the Jazz lost, 92-83.
4-1-14: The Jazz hosted three opponents this past week and went 1-2. Utah faced the Orlando Magic on Saturday, and Richard Jefferson made up for Alec Burks’ absence by going for a game-high 21 points en route to the Jazz’s 89-88 victory. Burks remained out for the rest of the week as Utah struggled in the next couple of contests. On Monday, Gordon Hayward scored a game-high 32 points, but that performance was not enough as the Detroit Pistons defeated the Jazz, 114-94. Then on Wednesday, Utah fought hard and Derrick Favors posted a double-double, but the Jazz lost to the Memphis Grizzlies by four points.
3-24-14: Finally, Utah ended its stretch of playing very difficult opponents. This past week, the Jazz played the Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets and Memphis Grizzlies. Utah fell in each of those four contests and moved its losing streak to six games. On Friday, the Jazz lost to the Clippers by nine points and dropped to 22 games below .500. Utah then went on a three-game road trip. It began on Sunday in San Antonio, where Derrick Favors scored a game-high 28 points, but the Spurs won by 18 points. Then, the Jazz lost games in both Houston and Memphis.
3-17-14: Utah had an interesting beginning to its week. The Jazz played at Madison Square Garden and then faced arguably the worst team in the league. On Friday, Utah lost by 27 points to the New York Knicks to fall to 20 games below .500. The Jazz bounced back in Philadelphia the next night. Derrick Favors put up a game-high 14 rebounds as Utah beat the 76ers, 104-92. Unfortunately for Utah, that was its only victory of the week. The Jazz returned home for a three-game homestand. Kyle Korver, DeMarre Carroll and Paul Millsap all started for the Hawks against their former team on Monday as Atlanta defeated the Jazz, 112-110. On Wednesday, the Jazz lost by seven points to the Dallas Mavericks.
3-10-14: The Jazz sure had a frustrating week, as the team began its six-game road trip. Utah played four games and lost them by an average of more than 15 points per game. On Friday, the Jazz fell by 20 points at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Utah fought hard in Indiana on Sunday, but lost, 94-91. The Jazz’s interior defense was strong in that contest as Utah held Roy Hibbert to 1-of-9 shooting. On Monday, Enes Kanter scored a career-high 27 points, but the Milwaukee Bucks blew out the Jazz. Then, on Wednesday, Utah traveled to Washington and lost by 13 points.
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.