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  1. Mehmet Okur returns to Jazz tonight

    Dec 17, 2010, 2:13 PM EDT

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    The 18-8 Utah Jazz will get better tonight. Soon that may be significantly better. Center Mehmet Okur — out since rupturing his Achilles tendon in the first game of the playoffs last season — will suit up and come off the bench for the Jazz tonight, the team announced at shoot around this morning. Not…

  2. Francisco Elson out for Jazz Monday with visa issues

    Dec 13, 2010, 10:15 PM EDT

    Francisco Elson

    Francisco Elson was born in the Netherlands, now is playing in the NBA on a Canadian visa. Hasn’t been a problem for seven NBA seasons. Recently it came time to renew his visa, and that means Elson will be out for the Jazz Monday night against the Warriors. The reason is you have to spend…

  3. Baseline to Baseline Weekend Edition: The hits just keep on coming

    Dec 13, 2010, 9:34 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    What happened while you were falling backwards into the endzone…. Friday Bulls 88 Lakers 84: I’m just saying. At some point, maybe, if the Lakers are in a one-possession game with less than 40 seconds remaining, two-for-one or no, maybe the Lakers should work for a quality shot instead of giving Kobe Bryant the ball…

  4. Raja Bell out, Gordon Hayward to start for Jazz against Magic

    Dec 10, 2010, 2:22 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Phoenix Suns

    Gordon Hayward has had really good seats for recent Jazz games. He has sat out he last two with the dreaded DNP-CD and in none of the last 10 games has he played five minutes. So, he’ll start tonight against the Magic. Raja Bell is out with a thigh injury and Jazz coach Jerry Sloan…

  5. Jerry Sloan has Erik Spoelstra’s back

    Dec 9, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

    CSKA Moscow v Miami Heat

    Just a couple weeks ago there was everything but a countdown clock for when Pat Riley was going to come down from on high and tell Erik Spoelstra to go spend more time with his family. Or, go get a wife and family to spend time with. Either way, get out. Now, six wins later…

  6. Phil Jackson continues a marvelous career of post-game jabbing

    Nov 27, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

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    Well, at least he didn’t demean any other coaches this time. In Phil Jackson’s historic, legendary career, he’s also managed to get away with being a coach who constantly demeans the other team and blames the officiating crew more than his own team for any loss. It’s a trademark of his competitiveness, a symbol of…

  7. Saturday Starting 5: Injury Damage

    Nov 20, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Portland Trail Blazers

    Hey, so, you’re stuck with me on the weekends, so I thought we’d put together something you can count on. Every weekend here at PBT we’ll have the Saturday Starting Five. Five elements, chosen thematically (so I’m not just basically vomiting words onto a screen for you) and brought for discussion about the NBA. Today’s…

  8. Jerry Sloan to miss next two Jazz games

    Nov 18, 2010, 2:09 PM EDT

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    The comeback king Utah Jazz will have to do it without coach Jerry Sloan on the sidelines the next couple games. He will miss the Jazz’s next two games to attend the funeral of a family member, the Jazz announced today. Those are games Friday night in Salt Lake City against San Antonio, followed by…

  9. Timberwolves make it official, sign Sundiata Gaines

    Nov 12, 2010, 1:33 PM EDT

    Sundiata Gaines

    We told you yesterday they were thinking about it, today the Minnesota Timberwolves made it official, signing Sundiata Gaines to help fill their depleted back court. Gaines is a stop-game measure due to injuries —Luke Ridnour and Jonny Flynn are expected back next week, Martell Webster and Wayne Ellington could help some but they are…

  10. Timberwolves waive Maurice Ager, eye Sundiata Gaines

    Nov 11, 2010, 7:46 PM EDT

    Sundiata Gaines

    As if it weren’t hard enough to be an Minnesota Timberwolf, the Wolves’ point guards seem to have a particularly tough lot in life. Dust off jokes about Minny’s one-time glut of PGs if you must, but these days, the point man is practically endangered in Minneapolis. Jonny Flynn is still recovering from hip surgery,…

  11. Miami still figuring out how to use Chris Bosh

    Nov 11, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Miami Heat

    Every fanbase seems to pick someone on the team to be their whipping boy — the guy whose fault it is, even when it isn’t. Someone to be the lightning rod of fan wrath. In Miami, it seems to have become Chris Bosh. And with the now national Heat fan base, he has taken incoming…

  12. Game of the night: When the Jazz are down 18, they have you just where they want you.

    Nov 11, 2010, 4:14 AM EDT

    Vince Carter, Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap

    A huge comeback in an NBA game — to pick a random number, let’s say from 18 points down — is not a one-sided exercise. That’s how fans see it, how coaches often see it. Stan Van Gundy looks at how Orlando lost to Utah 104-94 Wednesday night after leading by 18 and sees his…

  13. Game of the night: Paul Millsap goes Reggie Miller and the Jazz beat the Heat

    Nov 10, 2010, 2:10 AM EDT

    LeBron James, C.J. Miles

    It is still one of the greatest basketball highlights out there — Reggie Miller scoring eight points in nine seconds against the Knicks. Paul Millsap kind of looked like Reggie at the end of regulation in the Jazz’s Monday night’s game against the Heat — a much, much thicker version of Miller, but the unbelievable…

  14. Jerry Sloan likely to re-sign with Jazz. Also, Pope to remain Catholic.

    Nov 8, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT

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    It would seem weird if it were any other way. Jerry Sloan is close to agreeing to an extension with the Jazz, as he does just about every year about this time, as the Salt Lake Tribune reports. “It’s just a matter of time and we’ll probably we get it worked out,” Sloan said. “This…

  15. Deron Williams decides to go ahead and kill the Clips on his schedule

    Nov 7, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

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    The Clippers battled last night. They really did. Without Baron Davis (fatness), without Blake Griffin (fouled out), without Eric Gordon (injury), they still managed to tie the Jazz with 7 seconds to go in double overtime. Then, of course, Deron Williams decided he’d played enough minutes and would like to go home. Williams took the…

  16. The season has just begun, but the clock’s already ticking for the Utah Jazz

    Oct 29, 2010, 5:14 PM EDT

    Deron Williams

    The Utah Jazz are struggling. Most thought they would. They’re incorporating all kinds of new pieces (the most notable of which is star big man Al Jefferson), missing a pretty prominent rotation player due to injury, and trying to make it all work in one of the league’s more deliberate and complicated offenses. We knew…

  17. Game(s) of the night: Where the Jazz don’t look too good, but Orlando does

    Oct 29, 2010, 3:18 AM EDT

    DWilliams_dunk

    The first TNT Thursday night of the year, and thank goodness Chuck, Kenny, EJ and C-Webb were in rare form so something tonight was entertaining. Phoenix 110, Jazz 94: Deron Williams said after the game that the new-look Jazz just don’t know the offense. It looked it. The flex offense and motion that are Jerry…

  18. To get Andrei Kirilenko in a trade, you better blow Utah’s doors off with the offer

    Oct 23, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    aKirilenko

    Andrei Kirilenko’s name came up in the now-dead four-team Carmelo Anthony to the Nets deal. It’s going to come up a lot this season in a lot of trade talks — he has a $17.8 million expiring contract. He is the perfect guy to bring in for teams because he can give you some points…

  19. Jazz cut loose Sundiata Gaines, he of the dramatic game winner

    Oct 21, 2010, 2:11 PM EDT

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    The NBA is a business. First. Last. Always. Don’t ever forget it. So it was very hard for Jazz general manager to Kevin O’Connner to call Sundiata Gaines into his office Thursday and cut him loose, but that’s what the business demanded. The Jazz are over the luxury tax and every $1 saved in payroll…

  20. Or maybe not… new report says ‘Melo to Knicks has “no legs,” Nets still frontrunners

    Oct 20, 2010, 10:16 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 10:16 PM: It may be a couple months — specifically after Dec. 15 — before Anthony does get traded. So make yourself comfortable. Dec. 15 is when players signed over the summer as free agents can be traded, so the pool of people that could be traded for Anthony expands that day and the…

  21. Timberwolves, Grizzlies hope preseason success carries over to games that matter

    Oct 19, 2010, 10:24 AM EDT

    Love_Beasley

    Preseason games are not irrelevant. A team’s record in them can have some correlation to the regular season. Not so much with the elite teams — nobody thinks Boston is any better at 6-1 in the preseason, nobody is reading much into the Lakers being 2-3. Come deep in the playoffs those teams will still…

  22. Ronnie Brewer was the one guy who wanted to be in Utah, had to go to Chicago

    Oct 7, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

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    All summer long there was talk about players trying to get to Miami or New York or Chicago — nobody wanted to be in the small markets, everybody wanted to go big time. Not Ronnie Brewer. He wanted to stay on Utah, but they didn’t want him, Brewer told Chris Tomasson of FanHouse. So he…

  23. NBA Season Preview: Utah Jazz

    Oct 4, 2010, 12:33 PM EDT

    Last season: 53-29, they won the Northwest division and got four seed in the West. Then Mehmet Okur went down the first game of the playoffs. The Jazz still got by the Nuggets but the Lakers proved to be too much in the second round. (Which is probably exactly what happens if Okur is healthy.)…

  24. Carmelo Anthony isn't part of team promotional filming

    Sep 28, 2010, 9:23 AM EDT

    Whatever state of limbo it may be in, the trade talks for Carmelo Anthony are not dead. The best sign of that: Denver did not ask him to participate in any of the team’s promotional filming on media day. We all read the quotes about the upcoming season on media day, but another part of…

  25. Deron Williams is Batman, Al Jefferson is Robin

    Sep 27, 2010, 11:41 AM EDT

    Al Jefferson has gone from the constant rebuilding project that is Minnesota to the most stable organization in the league in Utah. From the flatland to the Rockies. He went from Jonny Flynn at point to Deron Williams. Jefferson gets how lucky he is, and who D-Will is, as he told the Salt Lake Tribune.…

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