Utah Jazz News
11-28-16: On Wednesday, the Jazz bounced back from a loss at Denver by winning the back half of the home-and-home set against the Nuggets. Gordon Hayward filled the box score with 22 points, seven assists and five rebounds in the 108-83 victory. Then, Hayward scored a game-high 24 points on Friday, as the Jazz destroyed the visiting Atlanta Hawks, 95-68.
11-21-16: The Jazz started the season with a 7-4 record and did not lose two games in a row during that span. After returning home from a 4-1 road trip, Utah unfortunately struggled mightily. The Jazz dropped each of its next four games, including Sunday’s 105-91 loss at Denver. On the bright side, Gordon Hayward scored a game-high 25 points in the contest.
11-7-16: Gordon Hayward made his season debut on Sunday at Madison Square Garden, and he scored a game-high 28 points, as the Jazz moved its November record to 3-1 with a 114-109 victory over the New York Knicks. George Hill contributed 23 points and a game-high nine assists in the win.
4-12-16: On both Sunday and Monday, Gordon Hayward was the game-high scorer. In the first of the team’s two games, the Jazz went into Denver and defeated the Nuggets behind Hayward’s 22 points. Unfortunately, Rudy Gobert then left Monday’s 101-92 loss against the visiting Dallas Mavericks due to right ankle sprain.
3-29-16: The Jazz’s recent success got its record back to .500, as the team stands at 37-37 after Rodney Hood’s game-high 30 points in Monday’s 123-75 blowout of the Los Angeles Lakers. Rudy Gobert grabbed a game-high 19 rebounds in the victory to give him two straight games as the game-high rebounder.
3-15-16: Although Gordon Hayward was out on Monday due to plantar fasciitis, the Jazz defeated the Eastern Conference-leading Cleveland Cavaliers, 94-85, behind a game-high 28 points from Rodney Hood, who made four of his nine attempts from 3-point land. Shelvin Mack added 17 points, seven rebounds and a game-high 10 assists in the Jazz’s third straight victory.
2-29-16: Utah has slipped recently, as the team has lost twice in a row and for the fifth time in its last seven contests. Gordon Hayward scored a game-high 27 points on Saturday against the visiting Brooklyn Nets, but the performance was not enough. The Jazz next head on a four-game road trip to try to pick up the pieces.
2-24-16: In overtime on Tuesday night, the Jazz defeated the visiting Houston Rockets to get its record back to .500 in 2015-16. Shelvin Mack, who Utah acquired from the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for a second-round pick at the trade deadline, started and scored 17 points in the 117-114 victory. Gordon Hayward scored a team-high 28 points as well.
2-16-16: Derrick Favors scored a game-high 29 points and Rudy Gobert led all rebounders in the contest with 14 boards, but the Jazz dropped the ball in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s contest at New Orleans. The Pelicans outscored the Jazz, 29-19, in the final 12 minutes and ended Utah’s seven-game winning streak.
2-10-16: The Jazz finally got their record to above .500, and the victory came in heroic fashion. At Dallas on Tuesday night, the Jazz and Mavericks were tied at 119, and Gordon Hayward made a buzzer beater to give Utah its 26th win of the season. The victory was also the Jazz’s seventh consecutive one, which is good for the NBA’s second-longest current winning streak.
1-12-16: The Utah Jazz continue to cling onto the eighth seed in the Western Conference with their recent two-game winning streak, holding off the Sacramento Kings. The Jazz stay on the road for a game against the Portland Trail Blazers before returning home for two games against the Kings and Los Angeles Lakers.
1-4-16: The Utah Jazz were struggling, but won their last two games to go 5-5 in their last 10 games and hold onto one of the final Western Conference playoff spots. A tough stretch comes up ahead with two games against the Houston Rockets, a road game against the San Antonio Spurs and a home game against the Miami Heat.
12-28-15: The Utah Jazz are starting to slip in the standings as injuries are beginning to take a toll on their season. Looking to snap a two-game skid, the Jazz have winnable games against the Philadelphia 76ers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Portland Trail Blazers on deck.
12-21-15: The Utah Jazz have been struggling with the absence of their defensive center Rudy Golbert, only winning three of their last 10 games. They still hold the final playoff seed in the West but have a tough three-game stretch against the Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers this week.
12-11-15: At 10-10, the Utah Jazz are trying to stay above water without their defensive stopper Rudy Golbert. This weekend the Jazz have a home-and-home against the Thunder and then have to travel to San Antonio to play their Spurs, where they have yet to lose at home.
11-20-15: The Jazz put together two wins in a row and are one game above .500. With Rudy Golbert back in the lineup, the Jazz take on some of the Western Conference over the next three games including the Mavericks, Thunder and Clippers.
11-13-15: The Utah Jazz had every intention of making the playoffs this season and is smack in the middle of the Western Conference logjam of about 10 teams. Currently on a four-game road trip, the Jazz have two more to go against the Orlando Magic and Atlanta Hawks before returning home.
11-5-15: One of the best defensive teams in the second half last season, the Utah Jazz have continued where they left off. A 3-2 start behind their staunch defense has them in the upper half in the Western Conference standings in the early part of the season as they look to peek into the playoff picture.
10-6-15: The Utah Jazz have had plenty of offseason hype and backed it up during their first preseason game, a 19-point win over the Los Angeles Lakers. The Jazz face the Lakers again tonight for the second part of their two-game stint in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Jazz continue to play on the road in their third preseason game against the Phoenix Suns on October 9th until their first home preseason game next week.
3-31-15: The Utah Jazz still have a mathematical chance at the playoffs this season after posting a 31-37 record but the chances of that happening are slim to none after struggling for much of this season. Rather than gearing up for a playoff push the team is instead working towards the draft and the 2015/2016 NBA season. The Jazz started this week by making the trip out to Golden State to face off with Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors. During the game Golden State did not have their best shooting contest especially in the first and final quarters of the game but it was enough to defeat the Jazz by the final score of 106-91. The leading scorer in the contest was Stephen Curry who had 24 points for the Warriors while Leandro Barbosa added 19 points in the victory for the Warriors. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Jazz was led by 21 points from Derrick Favors while Trey Burke added 20 points but it was not enough in the loss for Utah. For Utah’s next contest the team stayed home in Salt Lake City to play host to Andrew Wiggins and the Minnesota Timberwolves. During the game four quarters could not decide a winner between the Utah Jazz and the Minnesota Timberwolves and these two teams went into overtime. This game came down to who would have the basketball last as these two teams traded bucket for bucket and shot for shot for much of the contest. When the final buzzer rang the Minnesota Timberwolves and Andrew Wiggins were able to come out on top over Gordon Hayward and the Utah Jazz by the final score of 106-104. The Jazz were back out on the court the very next night at home in Utah when the team played host to LaMarcus Aldridge and the Portland Trail Blazers. During the game the Trail Blazers looked well on their way to another tough loss before the team exploded for 37 points in the fourth quarter to complete a 92-89 victory over the Utah Jazz. The leading scorer in the contest was Derrick Favors who had 26 points and 13 rebounds for the Jazz while Trey Burke added three assists in the loss for Utah. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Blazers was led by Damian Lillard who had 23 points and 12 assists with the help of nine rebounds from LaMarcus Aldridge in the victory for Portland. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 31-40. Get your tickets for next week as the team travels to Denver to face off with the Denver Nuggets before returning home to play host to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The team will then travel to Minnesota to play the Minnesota Timberwolves before returning home to finish their week off back at home against the Denver Nuggets.
3-24-15: The Utah Jazz have turned their attention away from the playoffs and now have their sights set on the NBA Draft Lottery and the 2015/2016 season. The team took another step in the wrong direction last week and currently sports a 28-36 record. The Jazz started this week by staying at home in Utah to play host to Andre Drummond and the Detroit Pistons. During the contest the Pistons managed to score just 55 points in the first three quarters in an eventual loss to Utah by the final score of 88-85. The leading scorer in the contest was Derrick Favors who had 26 points for the Jazz while Rudy Gobert added 10 points and 19 rebounds in the victory for the Jazz. Meanwhile the Pistons scoring attack was led by 16 points from Greg Monroe while Anthony Tolliver added 14 points but it was not enough in the loss for Detroit. For Utah’s next contest the team stayed at home inside Salt Lake City to play host to the Charlotte Hornets. During the game the Jazz held the Hornets to a season low 66 points in a 94-66 rout for Utah. The leading scorer in the contest was Hood who had 24 points for Utah while Gobert added 22 rebounds in the victory for the Jazz. Meanwhile Stephenson managed 17 points for Charlotte but had little help from his supporting cast in the loss for the Hornets. For the next Utah Jazz contest the team stayed home in Salt Lake City to play host to John Wall and the Washington Wizards. During the game neither team shot especially well from the field but the Wizards shot just a little better in an ugly 88-84 victory over Utah. The leading scorer in the contest was Gordon Hayward who had 26 points for Utah while Gobert grabbed 14 rebounds in the loss for the Jazz. Meanwhile the leading scorer for the Wizards was John Wall who had 24 points and six assist while Marcin Gortat added nine rebounds in the victory for Washington. For the final game of the week for the Jazz the team made the trip to the Staples Center to face off with the Los Angeles Lakers. During the contest the Lakers eclipsed the 20 point plateau just once in the contest and were held to 73 points overall in an 80-73 loss to the Utah Jazz. The leading scorer in the contest was Gordon Hayward who had 22 points and five assists for the Jazz while Derrick favors grabbed seven rebounds nit he victory for Utah. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Lakers was led by Black who had 13 points but it was not enough in the loss for Los Angeles. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 31-37. Get your tickets for next week as the team travels to Golden State to take on the Golden State Warriors before returning home to play host to the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Portland Trail Blazers.
3-3-15: The Utah Jazz come into the week fresh and rested up after the NBA All Star Week hoping to turn around one of the worst records in the NBA this season boasting a 19-34 record. The Jazz started this week by staying home in Salt Lake City to play host to the Portland Trail Blazers. During the contest the Jazz held Portland to just 36% shooting from the field and 18% shooting from beyond the arc in an easy 92-76 blowout victory for Utah. The Jazz scoring attack was led by 20 points from Gordon Hayward while Trey Burke added 19 points in the victory for Utah. Meanwhile Damian Lillard led Portland in scoring with 19 points while LaMarcus Aldridge added 14 points but it was not enough in the loss for the Trail Blazers. For the Jazz next contest the team made the trip back home to Utah to play host to Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs. During the contest the Jazz slightly outshot, out-rebounded and out-played the Spurs en route to a 90-81 victory for Utah. The Jazz scoring attack was led by 23 points from Trey Burke while Gordon Hayward added 18 points in the victory for Utah. Meanwhile the Spurs offense was run through Tim Duncan for most of the night as he scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds but it was not enough in the loss for San Antonio. For the Jazz’s next contest the team stayed at home in Utah to play host to Jeremy Lin and the rest of the Los Angeles Lakers. During the game the Jazz out-shot and out-rebounded the Lakers but Los Angeles made the best of their extra shooting opportunities created from the defense. Los Angeles was able to force 212 turnovers in the contest and used the extra shots to edge the Jazz by the final score of 100-97. The Lakers scoring attack was led by 22 points from Jordan Clarkson while Jordan Hill added 16 points in the victory for Los Angeles. Meanwhile the Utah offense was run through 20 points from Gordon Hayward while Derrick Favors added 18 points but it was not enough in the loss for Utah. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 21-35. Get your tickets for next week as the team travels to Denver to take on the Denver Nuggets before returning home to play host to the Milwaukee Bucks. The team will then set back out on the road for a pair of road contests to finish their week off against the Memphis Grizzlies and the Boston Celtics.
2-20-15: The Utah Jazz enters the NBA’s All Star Weekend with no much to cheer about as the team has posted
one of the worst records in the NBA this season with a 19-34 record. The Jazz started this week by
watching a pair of their own in Rudy Gobert score 18 points and grab 12 rebounds and Dante Exum
score four points while helping the World take down the USA Team in the inaugural World vs. USA Rising
Stars Game. Trey Burke also played in the game for Team USA and dropped 17 points but it wasn’t
enough in the loss for Team USA. The next night the Jazz watched as Burke participated in the Taco Bell
Skills Competition on NBA All Star Saturday Night. Burke ran into a hot shooting Brandon Knight and
went out in the first round unfortunately. The next night NBA All Star Weekend culminated with the
playing of the 2014/2015 NBA All Star Game. The All Star Game pit the best of the Eastern Conference
against the best of the Western Conference in a contest that defense was thrown out the window in lieu
of loads of offense. These two teams did not disappoint in the offensive department as these two teams
combined for 321 points total on the night inside Madison Square Garden. Leading the way for the
Western Conference was Russell Westbrook who had 41 points winning the MVP Award while James
Harden added another 29 points for the West. In the East the hometown hero Carmelo Anthony had 14
points in front of his home crowd while LeBron James led the way with 30 points. It was not enough for
Carmelo and LeBron in the contest as the Western Conference once again showed its dominance in a
163-158 victory over the Eastern Conference in the 2015 NBA All Star Game. When the week was all said
and done the team finished with an overall record of 19-34.
2-9-15: The Utah Jazz came into the week still sitting as one of the cellar dwellers in the Western Conference this season posting a 16-30 record. The Jazz started this week by staying at home in Utah to play host to
Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors. During the contest the Jazz shocked the world and the
Golden State Warriors when the team won the game by the final score of 110-100. Utah’s offensive
attack was led by 26 points and 16 rebounds from Gordon Hayward as the Jazz took down the Warriors.
Golden State watched as Stephen Curry scored 32 points to lead all scorers but it was not enough in the
loss for the Warriors. For the Jazz’s next contest the team made the trip to the Moda Center to take on
the Portland Trail Blazers. During the game the Trail Blazers got back on a track with a narrow 103-102
victory over Utah that came down to the final moments of the contest. Damian Lillard led the Portland
attack with 25 points while LaMarcus Aldridge added 11 rebounds in the narrow victory for the Blazers.
Meanwhile Utah was led by 27 points from Gordon Hayward but a sluggish third quarter kept the Jazz
from a victory in the contest. The Jazz were back out on the court the very next night back at home in
Utah to play host to Marc Gasol and the Memphis Grizzlies. During the game Memphis used a big 58
point first half to coast to a 100-90 victory over Utah. The Memphis offensive attack was led by Marc
Gasol’s 23 points while Zach Randolph added 11 rebounds in the victory for the Grizzlies. Burke led Utah
in scoring with 21 points while Enes Kanter added 10 rebounds but it was not enough in the end in the
loss for the Jazz. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 17-32.
Get your tickets for next week as the team travels to Phoenix to take on the Phoenix Suns before returning home to Utah to play host to the Sacramento Kings. The Jazz will then finish their week off with a pair of road games against the New Orleans Pelicans and the Dallas Mavericks.
1-29-15: The Utah Jazz struggled once again last week dropping games and dropping their overall record to 13-26 on the 2014/2015 NBA season. The Jazz started this week by staying home inside Salt Lake City to play host to Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers. During the contest Kobe Bryant took the night off for
the Lakers and the Los Angeles attack suffered for it in a 94-85 loss to the Jazz. Utah’s attack was led by
31 points from Gordon Hayward while Trey Burke added 20 points in the victory for the Jazz. Meanwhile
Nick Young led the Lakers with 23 points while Jordan Hill added 16 points as they tried to pick up the scoring slack in Bryant’s absence but it was not enough in the loss for Los Angeles. For the Jazz’s next contest the team made the trip to south Texas to take on the defending NBA champions in the San
Antonio Spurs. During the contest the Spurs defense caused fits all night long for Utah as San Antonio easily took down the Jazz by the final score of 89-69. Utah managed just 27 points at half time and 47 by the end of the third quarter in the loss. Gobert led the way for Utah with 13 points and 18 rebounds but
it was not nearly enough to stop Splitter and the rest of the Spurs. Splitter led all scorers with 14 points
in the victory for the Spurs over the Utah Jazz. For the Jazz’s next contest the team traveled to Cleveland
to take on LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and the rest of the Cleveland Cavaliers. During the contest the
Cavaliers remained hot since the return of LeBron James and easily took down the Jazz by the final score
of 106-92. James led all scorers in the contest with 26 points and 9 assists while Kevin Love added 13
rebounds in the victory for Cleveland. Enes Kanter had a nice game for Utah scoring 24 points and
grabbing 17 rebounds but it was not nearly enough to overtake the Cavs in the loss for the Jazz. The Jazz
finished off their week the very next night on the road in Milwaukee when the team traveled to take on
the Milwaukee Bucks. During the contest the Jazz took an early lead over Milwaukee before giving it all
the way back entering the fourth quarter. Brandon Knight had 16 points for the Bucks to lead all scorers
while the team tried to hold on to their three point fourth quarter lead. Gordon Hayward had different
plans for his 24 point night as he led Utah all the way back to a 101-99 victory over Milwaukee to finish
their week. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 15-28. Get your tickets for next week as the team stays home all week in Salt Lake City to play host to the Brooklyn Nets, the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Clippers.
1-12-15: The Utah Jazz came into the week reeling off another bad week that left their overall record on the season at 11-21. The Jazz started this week by staying home inside Salt Lake City to host Paul Millsap, Jeff Teague and the Atlanta Hawks. During the game the Hawks used 41% shooting and 26 points from Jeff Teague in a 98-92 victory over the Jazz. Utah’s attack was led by 18 points from Gordon Hayward but the team as a whole shot just 37% in the loss to Atlanta. The Jazz were back on the court the very next night when the team was in Minnesota taking on the Minnesota Timberwolves. During the game Utah used 51% shooting as a team and 28 points from Trey Burke to take down the Timberwolves by the final score of 101-89. During the contest Minnesota was led by Andrew Wiggins and Mo Williams who each scored 20 points but it was not enough in the loss to the Jazz. In a matchup of two fourth place teams the Utah Jazz stayed home inside Utah to play host to the Indiana Pacers in their next contest of the season. During the contest the Pacers rode a big first quarter both offensively and defensively to a big 105-101 victory over the Utah Jazz. Indiana scored 31 points in the first quarter behind 22 points and 8 rebounds from Roy Hibbert while holding Utah to just 16 points. The Jazz attack was led by 27 points and 11 rebounds from Derrick Favors but it was not enough in the loss for Utah. The Jazz had a tough matchup for their next contest as the team left Utah and traveled to Chicago to take on the East’s Central Division leading Chicago Bulls in a road contest. During the contest the Jazz were able to hold down a tough Chicago offense while holding the team to just 77 points. Jimmy Butler led the way for Chicago with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists but it was not enough in the 97-77 loss to Utah. Derrick Favors led the way for the Jazz with 20 points while Gordon Hayward dished out 5 assists in the victory over the Bulls. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 13-23. Get your tickets for next week as the team plays a pair of games on the road against the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets before finishing their week back at home in Utah against the Golden State Warriors.
1-2-15: The Utah Jazz 2014/2015 season to date has not gone according to plan as the team has one of the worst records in all of the Western Conference posting a 9-20 overall record. The Jazz started this week by staying home in Salt Lake City to play host to the Eastern Conference’s own Philadelphia 76ers. During the contest neither team shot especially well on the night but the Jazz were good enough to take down the Sixers. Philadelphia shot just 32% from the field as a team while Utah squeaked out a win with just 36% shooting. The Sixers were led by 20 points from Tony Wroten but it was not enough to overcome the Utah duo of Derrick Favors and Trey Burke who had 17 points each in an 88-71 victory over Philadelphia. The Jazz looked to start a winning streak during their next contest when the team traveled to Los Angeles to take on the Los Angeles Clippers. During the contest the Clippers held Utah to just 41% shooting as a team en route to a 101-97 victory over the Jazz. Utah’s attack was led by 22 points from Gordon Hayward but it was not enough to overcome the big night from Blake Griffin who finished with a game high 24 points. Chris Paul added 20 points for the Clippers while DeAndre Jordan pulled down 19 rebounds for Los Angeles in the victory. The Jazz were at it again the very next night when the team stayed home to play host to the Minnesota Timberwolves. During the contest the Timberwolves took a lead into the fourth quarter before giving up a late comeback to Utah. The Jazz attack was led by 26 points each from Gordon Hayward and Trey Burke in a 100-94 victory over Minnesota. The Wolves watched as Shabazz Muhammad led all scorers with 30 points on the night but it was not enough in the loss to the Jazz. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 11-21. Get your tickets for next week as the team stays home to host the Atlanta Hawks before setting out on the road to face off with the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Wolves will then return to Minnesota to host the Indiana Pacers before finishing their week in Chicago taking on the Chicago Bulls.
12-22-14: The Utah Jazz start to the 2014/2015 season has not gone according to plan as the team has struggled while posting a 6-16 record. The Jazz started this week by traveling home to Salt Lake City to play host to Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat. During the contest the Jazz had no answers for Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh as the two combined for 51 points while the rest of their team shot a combined 50% from the field. Enes Kanter had 25 points for the Jazz in the contest but the team as a whole shot just 44% from the field in a 100-95 loss to the Heat. The Jazz hoped for better results in their next contest when the team traveled to Washington to take on the Washington Wizards. During the contest the Wizards held the Jazz to just 39% from the field and used a big third quarter to propel their team to victory. Washington’s attack was led by Bradley Beal’s 22 points while the Wizards held Utah’s leading scorer Alec Burks to just 19 points. Utah kept the contest close by knocking down12 more free throws then Washington but it was not enough as the Wizards went on to beat the Jazz by the score of 93-84. The Jazz hoped for better results in their next contest when the team traveled to New Orleans to take on the New Orleans Pelicans. During the contest the Jazz had to feel good about shooting 50% from the field as an offense but their defense had no answer for the Pelicans on the night. New Orleans as a team finished with a whopping 60% shooting led by 31 points from Anthony Davis and 28 points from Ryan Anderson off the bench. Utah countered with 29 points from Enes Kanter but it was not enough in a 119-111 loss to New Orleans. The Jazz hoped for better results in their next contest when the team traveled to Miami to take on Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat. During the contest the Heat had trouble knocking down shots with much consistency on the night. Miami finished shooting just 39% from the field despite a whopping 42 points from Dwyane Wade. The Jazz shot much better as a team knocking down 53% of their shooting attempts les by 29 points from Gordon Hayward. Utah used their hotter hand to take down the Heat despite a big night from Wade by the final score of 105-87. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 7-19. Get your tickets for next week as the team sets out on the road to face off with the Orlando Magic, the Charlotte Hornets and the Memphis Grizzlies.
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.