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  1. Video: Lamar Odom with the rainbow circus shot

    Jan 26, 2011, 8:44 AM EST

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    Pretty much everything was working for the Lakers against the Jazz Tuesday. Case in point: This prayer, rainbow arch shot from Lamar Odom. No way that falls, except of course it does for the Lakers on this night. Really, this shot was the highlight of a game that was over early.

  2. Tim Duncan is fine, expected to play Wednesday in Utah

    Jan 25, 2011, 2:46 PM EST

    Tim Duncan

    This is just going to fuel the “Tim Duncan is the ultimate basketball-playing robot and not human” conspiracy theory (those people are crazy and would better be served proving how the moon landings didn’t happen). Tim Duncan left in the second quarter of the Spurs Tuesday night win over the Warriors after his knee buckled…

  3. Could Deron Williams be the next Carmelo Anthony situation?

    Jan 24, 2011, 10:01 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v Phoenix Suns

    Next season, Deron Williams will make a cool $16.4 million. The year after that he will make a cool $17.8 million to lead the Utah Jazz — if he picks up his player option. Utah has been a frustrating place for Williams this season. They started out the season hot, as the cardiac kids winning…

  4. If not ‘Melo, Nets may eye Andrei Kirilenko this summer

    Jan 19, 2011, 10:26 AM EST

    Andrei Kirilenko

    The New Jersey Nets are in full-out Carmelo Anthony mode. They move to Brooklyn in two years and see the Knicks as their rivals and competition. They also see a resurgent Knicks led by Amar’e Stoudemire and feel the need to counter that with their own star. Someone who can be the marque name to…

  5. John Wall asks coach to fine him when he sulks

    Jan 18, 2011, 9:24 AM EST

    John Wall, Deron Williams

    John Wall played maybe his best game of the season Monday. Matched up on the elite Deron Williams of Utah, Wall had 19 points (7-of-12 shooting) and a career high 15 assists — one of those a pass to Nick Young in the corner to seal the win with a three. Wall did a good…

  6. Paul Millsap, the model for offensive improvement

    Jan 16, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Utah Jazz v Golden State Warriors

    From the Salt Lake Tribune: Millsap attributes his improvement to “just knowing the offense,” saying that expanding his offensive game was a product of studying Jazz power forwards of the past, Karl Malone and Boozer. Actual shooting practice is also a big part of the equation. “He recognized where the shots were going to come…

  7. Raptors sign Sundiata Gaines to 10-day contract

    Jan 13, 2011, 2:46 PM EST

    Sundiata Gaines

    Is there a dramatic game winner in the Raptors future? Toronto has signed guard Sundiata Gaines to a 10-day contract, giving them a little more depth at the point as Jose Calderon and Jerryd Bayless fight through injuries. Gains made some fans last season in Utah — highlighted by hitting a dramatic game winner —…

  8. Jerry Sloan swears a lot (and it’s funny)

    Jan 12, 2011, 10:05 AM EST

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    When you think funny, cutting edge team videos, the Utah Jazz are not exactly the team that pops to mind. This may be the most button-down organization in the league, with old-school hard-ass Jerry Sloan as coach. Yet there it is. A pretty funny video (via Ball Don’t Lie) put out by the Jazz in…

  9. Matt Harpring doin’ work…with a Shake Weight.

    Jan 7, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

    Matt Harpring

    Aside from breakfast and family, what have I always said is the most important thing? Animated GIFs of Matt Harpring using a Shake Weight. So start your day off the right way, and enjoy these gems courtesy of SLC Dunk.                  

  10. Deron Williams thinks the Jazz have a lot of work to do

    Dec 31, 2010, 8:46 PM EST

    Deron Williams

    There was a lot of frustration in the Jazz locker room Thursday night after Utah lost to Portland for the second time in a week. They feel like things are slipping away. The Jazz are not bad (22-11, four seed in the West), but they are clearly not elite in the way the Spurs, Lakers…

  11. Video: Did Deron Williams call bank on this?

    Dec 31, 2010, 8:46 AM EST

    Deron Williams

    After Tyreke Evans dramatic game winner Wednesday, our own Matt Moore started a debate on twitter about should that shot be better defended? Should you put up at least a token defense on those long end of quarter or end of game shots? Sometimes it doesn’t matter. The Trail Blazers did more than just put…

  12. Mehmet Okur returns to Jazz tonight

    Dec 17, 2010, 2:13 PM EST

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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…

  13. Francisco Elson out for Jazz Monday with visa issues

    Dec 13, 2010, 10:15 PM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 13, 2010, 9:34 AM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 10, 2010, 2:22 PM EST

    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…

  16. Jerry Sloan has Erik Spoelstra’s back

    Dec 9, 2010, 1:49 PM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 27, 2010, 2:02 PM EST

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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…

  18. Saturday Starting 5: Injury Damage

    Nov 20, 2010, 8:00 PM EST

    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…

  19. Jerry Sloan to miss next two Jazz games

    Nov 18, 2010, 2:09 PM EST

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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…

  20. Timberwolves make it official, sign Sundiata Gaines

    Nov 12, 2010, 1:33 PM EST

    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…

  21. Timberwolves waive Maurice Ager, eye Sundiata Gaines

    Nov 11, 2010, 7:46 PM EST

    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,…

  22. Miami still figuring out how to use Chris Bosh

    Nov 11, 2010, 8:46 AM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 11, 2010, 4:14 AM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 10, 2010, 2:10 AM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 8, 2010, 7:15 PM EST

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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…

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