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Whicker: The 3-point shot is thriving in Utah, but it began in Anaheim

As the Utah Jazz approached Wednesday night’s Game 5 as if the 3-point line were the Berlin Wall, the friends and relatives of Les Selvage must have been smiling. The Jazz took 37 shots in the first half of what became . Thirty were launched from behind the 3-point line, which the American Basketball Association brought us in 1967. Selvage represents a rough thru-line between those days and Wednesday. He attempted 5.9 3-point shots per game for the Anaheim Amigos, who moved to Los Angeles the n...
Tags: Utah, Berlin Wall, Sports, Alabama, Los Angeles, Sport, Indiana, Soccer, Missouri, Nba, Jazz, Ncaa, Tim Duncan, West Coast, Aba, Steph Curry


Clippers vs. Jazz live updates: Game 4 of NBA second-round playoff series

Kawhi Leonard and the fourth-seeded Clippers will look to even their second-round playoff series with a Game 4 victory over the Western Conference’s top-seeded Utah Jazz tonight at Staples Center. Leonard (34 points) and Paul George (31 points) led all scorers in Game 3 on Saturday, pulling away from the Jazz to secure their first win in the best-of-seven series. Reggie Jackson and Nicolas Batum added to the Clippers’ offense with 17 points each. All-Star Donovan Mitchell scored 30 for the Jazz ...
Tags: Sports, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Jazz, TNT, Reggie Jackson, Mitchell, Paul George, Utah Jazz, Clippers, Western Conference, Kawhi Leonard, Quin Snyder, Nicolas Batum, Whicker


Clippers converge on Donovan Mitchell as Jazz’s injury concerns grow

LOS ANGELES — Moments after taking a hobbled jog back to the visiting locker room, Donovan Mitchell slipped back through the Utah Jazz bench and slung an arm over the shoulder of his head coach. It looked at least a little like the 24-year-old was lobbying for a return to the court as the Jazz trailed in the fourth quarter of Game 3 of their second-round playoff series against the Clippers. But as he tried to work Quin Snyder on Saturday night, Kawhi Leonard was working on the court: The Clipper...
Tags: Utah, Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Jazz, Staples Center, Mitchell, Utah Jazz, Snyder, Clippers, Mike Conley, All Star, Conley, Serge Ibaka


“No Problem” is Shirking Your Responsibility

“When you say, “no problem,” you’re letting yourself off the hook, refusing to acknowledge what was said and closing the door for a useful interaction. Because there is a problem. Exploring what the problem is is far better than denying it.”This, from consummate marketer and author, Seth Godin.I am as guilty as anyone in not coaching by giving immediate constructive feedback. When someone apologizes for an error I’m the first to say “no problem.”Thursday night, Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz...
Tags: Utah, Law, Uncategorized, Nba, Jazz, Los Angeles Clippers, Mitchell, Seth Godin, Utah Jazz, Snyder, Godin, Donovan Mitchell, Quinn Snyder, Seeing Snyder


Clippers, down 2-0 to the Utah Jazz, have issues on both ends

SALT LAKE CITY — The last time the Clippers fell behind 2-0 in a playoff series, back on May 25, they made it a point to express their unwavering confidence. Reggie Jackson wore a T-shirt adorned with a happy face to his virtual postgame news conference and signed off that night by saying: “No worries. Remember, no worries!” Clippers Coach Tyronn Lue also was unequivocally calm, shrugging off the Clippers’ first two losses at Staples Center: “I am not worried about it,” he said. “You gotta win f...
Tags: Utah, Sports, Dallas Mavericks, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Jazz, Dallas, Espn, Salt Lake City, Jackson, Reggie Jackson, Mitchell, Alexander, George, Utah Jazz


Alexander: Clippers’ task is not impossible, but it’s not easy

There are parallels, and there’s one important difference. The Clippers are down 2-0 in a series, again. They’re playing a team with a dynamic player who demands special attention, again. This time they’re coming home after losing two on the road, but those losses were to the team with the NBA’s best regular-season record. They do have a one-game winning streak at Staples Center, and the odds are it’s going to sound like a library compared to what they’ve faced in Salt Lake City this week, which...
Tags: Utah, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Steve Ballmer, Nba, Jazz, Espn, Salt Lake City, Jackson, Reggie Jackson, Memphis, Staples Center, Rajon Rondo, Mitchell, Alexander


Ivica Zubac back in Clippers’ starting lineup for Game 2 against Jazz

SALT LAKE CITY — Nineteen minutes, 21 minutes, 11 minutes. Eight, 20, five. Three, 20 … TBD. Ivica Zubac’s minutes have fluctuated wildly so far this postseason, and looking ahead Wednesday to Game 2 against the Utah Jazz, the 7-foot Croatian center reiterated that he was game for whatever Coach Tyronn Lue needed. Lue needed him back on the floor at tip-off, lining up immediately with three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert. Down 1-0 in their Western Conference semifinal series a...
Tags: Utah, Sports, Oklahoma City Thunder, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Jazz, Dallas, Salt Lake City, Cleveland, Paul George, George, Utah Jazz, Mavericks, Clippers, Ty


Clippers vs. Jazz live updates: Game 2 of NBA second-round playoff series

Kawhi Leonard and the fourth-seeded Clippers will look to even their second-round playoff series against the Western Conference’s top-seeded Utah Jazz tonight at Vivint Arena. All-Star Donovan Mitchell led the Jazz with 45 points in their Game 1 victory on Tuesday. Leonard paced the Clippers with 23 points while fellow All-Star Paul George added 20 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double. Point guard Mike Conley was ruled out for the Jazz on Thursday with a hamstring injury. The Clippers rule...
Tags: Sports, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Jazz, Espn, Mitchell, Paul George, Utah Jazz, Clippers, Mike Conley, Serge Ibaka, Kawhi Leonard, Leonard, Whicker, Donovan Mitchell


Jazz take exception to Clippers’ path to playoffs

SALT LAKE CITY — Remember how the Clippers backpedaled into the No. 4 playoff seed with regular-season-closing losses to Houston and Oklahoma City, the teams at the bottom of the Western Conference standings? Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder does. He gave the public a glimpse at the Jazz’s bulletin board on Tuesday morning, when he told reporters: “Obviously, we’re a matchup that the Clippers felt like was an advantageous matchup for them.” At the time, Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said it was a matter ...
Tags: Utah, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Jazz, Dallas, Kobe Bryant, Houston, Clarkson, Memphis, Staples Center, Lakers, Oklahoma City, Alexander, Utah Jazz


Kings Season Ends With 121-89 Loss To Top-Seeded Jazz

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP/CBS13) — It’s back to the offseason for the Sacramento Kings. Jordan Clarkson scored 33 points, Rudy Gobert added 13 points and 16 rebounds and the Utah Jazz took the No. 1 spot in the NBA playoffs, beating the Kings 121-99 on Sunday night. Utah (52-20) won its final two to edge Western Conference-rival Phoenix for the top spot. It’s the first time in franchise history that the Jazz have finished with sole possession of the best record in the NBA. Mike Conley had 11 points...
Tags: Utah, Sports, Sacramento Kings, Sacramento, Basketball, Kings, Nba, Jazz, Clarkson, Harrison Barnes, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Suns, Utah Jazz, Holmes, Mike Conley


Jazz Rout Kings 154-105, Snap Two-Game Losing Streak

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP/CBS13) — Bojan Bogdanovic scored 24 points, Utah made 24 3-pointers, and the short-handed Jazz bounced back from consecutive losses and set a franchise scoring record in a 154-105 win Wednesday night over the Sacramento Kings, who have lost 12 of the last 15. Rudy Gobert had 12 points and 10 rebounds, Jordan Clarkson scored 23 points and Georges Niang scored 19 with five 3s for Utah. Coming off back-to-back losses to Minnesota, the West-leading Jazz jumped on the Kings and...
Tags: Utah, Minnesota, Sports, Sacramento Kings, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Fox, West, Basketball, Kings, Nba, Jazz, Lakers, Thomas, Suns, Utah Jazz


With Anthony Davis’ return, Lakers can work out a closing lineup

Whether it’s Thursday, Saturday or maybe even a little longer, the Lakers figure to add a powerful weapon when Anthony Davis wedges back into the lineup in the coming week. It was easy to sense two months’ worth of fatigue and burnout from patchwork lineups and rotations as forward Kyle Kuzma offered some sentiments on Davis’ imminent return: “His ass better play. … Hopefully, he’s ready to go.” The Lakers (35-23) are a team that has been desperately waiting to be whole – not just because Davis ...
Tags: Utah, Sports, Nike, Sport, Soccer, Davis, Nba, Jazz, Anthony Davis, Kobe Bryant, Cleveland, Detroit, James, Lakers, Alexander, Andre Drummond


Alexander: While waiting for LeBron and A.D., Lakers have stayed close

Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James looks on from the bench during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz Saturday, April 17, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Lakers guard Dennis Schröder, right, gets a handshake from LeBron James during the second half of their overtime victory over the Utah Jazz on Saturday, April 17, 2021, at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Sound The gallery will resume in seconds Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron Jam...
Tags: Utah, Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Brooklyn, Davis, Nba, Jazz, Espn, Lebron James, Anthony Davis, Ben McLemore, Los Angeles Lakers, Staples Center, James


Lakers outlast Jazz in OT on Dennis Schröder’s late-game heroics

There’s no time to be picky about wins. Certainly not at a time that the Lakers – whose starting lineup is a fill-in-the-blank adventure from night-to-night – are facing right now. The Utah Jazz presented the Lakers with a golden opportunity for a Saturday matinee victory, but it took a nail-biting regulation finish and overtime to pull it out, 127-115. While Andre Drummond led the team with 27 points, it was Dennis Schröder who starred at the finish – scoring 25 points, including the game-tying...
Tags: Utah, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Jazz, Lebron James, Anthony Davis, Staples Center, Lakers, Andre Drummond, Utah Jazz, The Lakers, Ersan Ilyasova, Kentavious Caldwell Pope, Jordan Clarkson


Ahead of Lakers’ 2-game set with Jazz, injuries seize the spotlight

In another season, an alternate universe where the world and the NBA are set in their normal rhythms, the weekend would be ushering in something special: a two-game series between the Lakers and the Utah Jazz, each with a legitimate chance to play for the Larry O’Brien trophy this summer. Those teams will still meet, on Saturday afternoon and Monday night, but the billing of two Western Conference contenders squaring off is significantly diminished by the players who won’t be suiting up. The Jaz...
Tags: Boston, Sports, Denver Nuggets, Sport, Soccer, Brooklyn, Portland, Davis, Nba, Jazz, Dallas, Miami, Philadelphia, Espn, Lebron James, Anthony Davis


Top 5 Western Conference Teams After Trade Deadline

Now that we have the Eastern Conference out of the way, let’s head out west. The Western Conference saw their fair share of happenings before the trade deadline. The Lakers acquired another big man, but it was not via the trade. Andre Drummond finally was bought out by the Cavs and signed with the Lakers. The Denver Nuggets made a huge splash by landing Aaron Gordon from the Orlando Magic. Denver also added JaVale McGee also and that will help defensively. The Clippers added championship exper...
Tags: Sports, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns, Toronto, Los Angeles, Basketball, Portland, Davis, Nba, Jazz, Lebron James, Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers, Rajon Rondo, Los Angeles Clippers


Jordan Clarkson, Montrezl Harrell have a sizzling battle for Sixth Man of the Year

Editor’s note: This is the Wednesday, Feb. 24 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter from reporter Kyle Goon. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here. In a matchup between the Lakers and the Utah Jazz, the next Sixth Man of the Year is likely to be on the court. Who you think that is might just be a matter of taste. The reigning award winner, Montrezl Harrell, is slamming down dunks nightly for the Lakers. The challenger, Jordan Clarkson, has become a lethally efficient s...
Tags: Utah, Washington, Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Williams, Nba, Jazz, Miami, Lebron James, Anthony Davis, Cleveland, Clarkson, Anthony, James


Clippers play before fans Friday for the first time since March

The last time the Clippers played with fans in the stands to witness it was March 10, on the eve of the NBA shutdown following Utah center Rudy Gobert’s positive coronavirus test. They thwacked the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center that spring night, in front of a crowd that was announced as 18,064 but reported by the Associated Press to be noticeably smaller than normal, with large pockets of empty seats reflecting the growing concern over the spreading pandemic. “I was surprised,” then-Cli...
Tags: Utah, Minnesota, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Jazz, Associated Press, Espn, Cleveland, Clarkson, Reggie Jackson, Staples Center, Golden State Warriors, Orlando, Paul George


‘Three-Ring Circus,’ part 5: Kobe Bryant’s first Lakers season ends with air balls, determination

Editor’s note: This is the final installment of a five-part serialization of “Three-Ring Circus,” Jeff Pearlman’s book about the Lakers era that featured Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal and Phil Jackson. The book was released Tuesday. Three-Ring Circus Kobe, Shaq, Phil, and the Crazy Years of the Lakers Dynasty Parts 1 2 3 4 5 The 1996-97 Lakers were a flawed-yet-entertaining-yet-underperforming team. Led by the dominant Shaquille O’Neal, they completed the regular season with a 56-2...
Tags: Utah, News, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Stockton, Portland, Nba, Jazz, Salt Lake City, Kobe Bryant, Houston, Pacific, Chris Morris, Los-angeles-lakers, NICK


Rested Clippers face willful if exhausted Nuggets in conference semifinals

Kawhi Leonard is one efficient dude. The Clipper, with the 24th best player efficiency rating in NBA history, per basketball-reference.com, took a question Wednesday about his team’s second-round opponent and delivered a succinct and precise CliffNotes report. “Got a great center in (Nikola) Jokic, (Jamal) Murray as well at the point guard spot,” Leonard said, via a Zoom video conference before practice in the bubble at Lake Buena Vista, Fla. “They play together. They’ve been together for a whil...
Tags: Utah, Sports, Mike Malone, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Jazz, Dallas, Espn, Reggie Jackson, Rivers, Denver, Milwaukee Bucks, Murray


Nuggets edge Jazz to complete comeback from 3-1 down, will play Clippers

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Nikola Jokic made the tiebreaking basket with 27 seconds left and the Denver Nuggets advanced to the second round of the playoffs by the slimmest of margins, beating the Utah Jazz 80-78 in Game 7 on Tuesday night when Mike Conley’s 3-pointer spun out at the buzzer. The Nuggets became the 12th team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 deficit to win a series, but only after they blew a 19-point lead in this game. After Jokic’s basket, the Jazz got the ball to Donovan Mit...
Tags: Utah, Sports, Denver Nuggets, Sport, Ap, Soccer, Michael Jordan, Portland, Nba, Jazz, Denver, San Antonio, Los Angeles Clippers, Mitchell, Murray, Utah Jazz


NBA players, coaches keep speaking up for Breonna Taylor and Black Lives Matter

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — It’s been possibly the most oft-repeated answer to any question asked in the NBA bubble. And it rarely matters what the question is. Justice for Breonna Taylor, players have said. Many, many players. There’s been a movement afoot at the Disney campus of players using their media time to fan the heat of attention on Taylor, who was killed by three Louisville police officers who have not been charged with a crime. She has since become one of the most prominent faces in Ame...
Tags: Kentucky, Disney, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Cameron, Portland, Nba, Jazz, Taylor, Toronto Raptors, Mitchell, Louisville, Lakers, Paul George, Utah Jazz


Relationship Between Jazz’s Rudy Gobert & Donovan Mitchell “Unsalvageable” After Coronavirus

It seems like it was forever ago when Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert made light of the COVID-19 situation by touching all of the mics during a press conference before testing positive and essentially shutting down sports. Not only did Gobert contract the virus that has caused a worldwide pandemic, but he also gave it to fellow teammate and burgeoning superstar Donovan Mitchell. While Gobert has since apologized for his reckless actions and donated $500k to support those who have been affected by cor...
Tags: Sports, Basketball, Nba, Pop Culture, Jazz, Mitchell, Utah Jazz, Rudy Gobert, Gobert, Joe Ingles, Donovan Mitchell, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Rudy Gobert Donovan Mitchell


Detroit Pistons Player Christian Wood Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Detroit Pistons forward Christian Wood is the latest NBA player to test positive for coronavirus. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news last night after receiving word for a league source. The Pistons didn’t mention Wood by name, but released a statement saying that a player had tested positive for the virus and would “remain in isolation and under the care of the team’s medical staff.” One source told The Athletic Saturday night (Mar. 14) that Wood, who is 25 years old, is “100 percent OK” a...
Tags: Sports, Nba, Pop Culture, Jazz, Philadelphia, Espn, Detroit, Wood, Detroit Pistons, Pistons, Utah Jazz, Rudy Gobert, Gobert, Adrian Wojnarowski, Christian Wood, Little Caesars Arena


Waka Flocka Flame: The Coronavirus is “Fake” & “Minorities Can’t Catch It”

Waka Flocka Flame says he’s not worried about the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic because he believes minorities are immune to it. During a recent interview on Real 92.3 LA, Waka discussed a range of topics, including his marriage with Tammy Rivera and his new WEtv show reality show Waka & Tammy: What the Flocka. He also said that because of his ethnicity, he and countless others can’t catch the coronavirus, despite actual evidence proving otherwise. “It’s fake… Minorities can’t catch it,” he said...
Tags: Videos, Celebs, Washington, Atlanta, Hip Hop, Nba, Pop Culture, Jazz, Waka Flocka Flame, Puerto Rico, Celebrity Interviews, Waka Flocka, Utah Jazz, Rudy Gobert, Waka, Radio Interviews


Jazz stars Mitchell, Gobert test positive; Gobert apologizes

Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz confirmed Thursday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus, publicly saying that he is personally dealing with the pandemic that has temporarily shut down the NBA and other major sports leagues. Later, his Jazz teammate Rudy Gobert - the first NBA player to test positive, which prompted the league to suspend the season - also confirmed his status and apologized. ''I was careless and make no excuse,'' Gobert said in an Instagram post.
Tags: News, Nba, Jazz, Detroit Pistons, Utah Jazz, Rudy Gobert, Gobert, Donovan Mitchell, Mitchell Gobert


Everything Is Cancelled

Last night, the NBA suspended its entire season after a player on the Utah Jazz tested positive for coronavirus. This seems likely to spell doom for any large public gatherings of people in the immediate future, something that will hit the music world especially hard. The coronavirus epidemic has already led to cancellations or postponements … More »
Tags: Music, News, The Who, Nba, Miley Cyrus, Utah Jazz, My Chemical Romance, Bikini Kill


Gobert health scare shuts down NBA, teammate tests positive

It started as a joke: Before leaving a post-practice interview session Rudy Gobert touched all the tape recorders that were placed before him on a table, devices that reporters who cover the Utah Jazz were using during an availability with him on Monday before a game with the Detroit Pistons. Gobert is now the NBA's Patient Zero for coronavirus after becoming the first player in the league to test positive, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. ''As a...
Tags: News, Nba, Jazz, Oklahoma, Detroit Pistons, The Associated Press, Utah Jazz, Rudy Gobert, Gobert


VIDEO: Utah Jazz Player Rudy Gobert Rubs Hands All Over Mics at Press Conference Before Coronavirus Diagnosis

Video footage has surfaced showing Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert groaning and rubbing his hands all over the microphones Monday (Mar. 9) at a press conference at Zions Bank Basketball Campus in Salt Lake City, Utah prior to him testing positive for COVID-19 aka coronavirus. Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert groaned and touched all microphones at a press conference before being ‘preliminary’ diagnosed with the Coronavirus pic.twitter.com/bbWU3qH06g — Breaking911 (@Breaking911) March 12, 2020 As we ...
Tags: Videos, Utah, Wtf, Sports, Oklahoma City Thunder, Nba, Pop Culture, Jazz, Utah Jazz, OKC, Rudy Gobert, Gobert, Salt Lake City Utah, Really, Coronavirus, Zions Bank Basketball Campus


NBA Suspends Remainder of 2019-2020 Season After Utah Jazz Player Rudy Gobert Tests Positive for Coronavirus

The NBA has announced that the remainder of the 2019-2020 season has been put on hold after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus. As a result of Gobert’s positive test result, which was reported shortly before tip-off of tonight’s game between the Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder in OKC, the rest of the Jazz players are currently being quarantined. According to the NBA’s official statement, Gobert was NOT in the arena at the time of his diagnosis. NBA Suspends Remainde...
Tags: Sports, Oklahoma City Thunder, Basketball, Nba, Pop Culture, Jazz, Utah Jazz, OKC, Rudy Gobert, Gobert, Coronavirus



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