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NBA Playoffs Snapshots (Apr. 18): Cavs/Pacers, Jazz/Thunder, Rockets/Wolves

Apr 19, 2018 10:44 AM

What happened in three snapshots in the NBA Playoffs on Wednesday, April 18.

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Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Playoffs, Infographic

Donovan Mitchell's MRI On Left Foot Negative, Will Play Game 2

Apr 16, 2018 10:03 AM

Donovan Mitchell underwent an MRI on his left foot following Utah's Game 1 loss to the Thunder.

Results on Mitchell's MRI were negative and he'll play in Game 2.

Mitchell left Sunday's Game 1 in the fourth quarter to get an X-ray on the foot before returning and playing through some apparent pain.

"I just stubbed my toe," Mitchell said. "Nothing major."

Quin Snyder said all signs point to Mitchell being ready for Game 2 on Wednesday.

"The doctors cleared him, so I put him back in the game, but when I saw him, it looked to me that he was feeling it a little bit and just wanted to make sure, so I took him out and just confirmed it," Snyder said. "And then he went back. Everything that we know right now, he's fine. I'm sure he'll undergo further imaging, and we'll update that tomorrow."

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NBA Playoffs: First Round Efficiency Capsules

Apr 13, 2018 1:29 PM

The following graphics show the Net Rating, Offensive Rating and Defensive Rating rankings for all 16 teams in the 2018 NBA Playoffs.

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Tags: Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, Philadelphia Sixers, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Playoffs

Donovan Mitchell, Ben Simmons Named Rookies Of The Month

Apr 12, 2018 4:07 PM

Ben Simmons and Donovan Mitchell have been named the NBA's Rookies of the Month for March and April.

Simmons won the Kia NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month award for the third consecutive month and the fourth time this season.  In March and April, he helped the 76ers post an NBA-best 20-3 record by averaging 13.7 points (on 58.7 percent shooting from the field) to go with rookie highs of 10.1 assists and 9.3 rebounds in 23 games.  Behind Simmons, Philadelphia closed the regular season with a franchise-record 16-game winning streak – the longest winning streak to finish a season in NBA history.

Mitchell earned the Kia NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month award for the fourth month in a row.  In March and April, the 6-3 guard averaged a rookie-high 22.8 points and added 4.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.52 steals in 21 games as Utah tied for the best record in the Western Conference at 17-4.  For the season, Mitchell averaged a team-high 20.5 points, making him the first rookie to lead a team with at least 45 wins in scoring since David Robinson with the San Antonio Spurs in 1989-90.

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Jazz To Sign David Stockton For Remainder Of Season

Apr 6, 2018 9:32 AM

The Utah Jazz will sign David Stockton to a contract for the remainder of the season.

Stockton's second 10-day contract ended on Thursday.

Stockton has appeared in three games for the Jazz.

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Tags: David Stockton, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Thabo Sefolosha Suspended Five Games For Violating NBA's Anti-Drug Program

Apr 3, 2018 3:30 PM

Thabo Sefolosha has been suspended without pay for five games for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program. 

Sefolosha's suspension will begin as soon as he is physically ready to play.

Sefolosha signed a two-year, $10.5 million deal with the Jazz last offseason.

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Rudy Gobert Glad Jazz Didn't Try To Tank

Mar 18, 2018 2:00 PM

Rudy Gobert is relieved the Utah Jazz didn't choose to rebuild following the departure of Gordon Hayward in free agency.

“We're past that point,” Gobert told USA TODAY Sports recently about how they recovered from the loss of Hayward last summer. “It doesn't matter who's with me, or who's not with me. I'm just trying to win. I'm not worried about that.”


The Jazz have been buoyed by Donovan Mitchell, who the Jazz traded up to select in last year's draft.

“Just try to teach players how to make winning plays, not only good basketball plays but winning plays,” Gobert said in explaining coach Quin Snyder’s system. “Teach every single one to help the team win games. A lot of teams are very good doing skill work, strength work. But if you want to win, you have to teach a player how to win. That's why I don't believe in tanking, all that stuff. I believe you learn how to win by winning. You don't learn how to win by losing on purpose to get a 19-year-old who you've never seen."

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David Stockton Signs 10-Day Contract With Jazz

Mar 16, 2018 10:44 PM

David Stockton has agreed to a 10-day contract with the Utah Jazz.

Stockton had been playing with the Reno Big Horns of the G League, averaging 16.3 points and 5.2 assists per game.

Stockton briefly played in the NBA in 2015 with the Kings.

One of Utah's scouts, David Fredman, has been recommending a Stockton call-up to GM Dennis Lindsey and coach Quin Snyder

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Jazz Assign Dante Exum To G League As Part Of Late Stage Rehab

Mar 13, 2018 1:27 PM

The Utah Jazz have assigned Dante Exum to the G League for a rehab stint.

Exum will participate in a closed practice on a rehab assignment as part of his last stage in return to play protocol. 

Exum underwent surgery to stabilize the AC joint in his left shoulder on Oct. 24, 2017 after suffering the injury in a preseason game against Phoenix on Oct. 6. 

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Ben Simmons, Donovan Mitchell Named Rookies Of The Month

Mar 2, 2018 11:31 AM

Ben Simmons and Donovan Mitchell have been named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played in February.

Simmons won the Kia NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month award for the second consecutive month and the third time this season. In February, he led East rookies in scoring (16.0 ppg) and rebounding (7.3 rpg) and paced all first-year NBA players in assists (7.7 apg). He also tied for the rookie lead in steals (2.00 spg) and ranked third among that group in field goal percentage (55.0). The 6-10 guard/forward from Australia helped the 76ers to an 8-3 record for the month, the second-best mark in the East.

Mitchell earned the Kia NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month award for the third month in a row. In February, he averaged a rookie-high 21.4 points to go with 4.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.30 steals in 10 games as Utah went 8-2 with him in the lineup and 9-2 overall. He topped all first-year NBA players with 29 three-pointers made and led West rookies with 29 free throws made.

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Jazz Submit Bid To Host 2022 Or 2023 NBA All-Star Game
Vivint Smart Home Arena recently underwent an extensive series of renovations.

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Video: Donovan Mitchell Wins Slam Dunk Contest With Vince Carter Homage
Donovan Mitchell defeated Larry Nance Jr. to win the 2018 Slam Dunk Contest.

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Jae Crowder Happy To Be Playing In System Again
Jae Crowder had a productive first game with the Jazz.

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Jazz To Sign Naz Mitrou-Long To 10-Day Contract
Ricky Rubio suffered a hip injury on Friday.

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Boris Diaw Receiving Interest From Several Teams
Boris Diaw has an NBA out in his deal with Paris-Levallois.

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Cavaliers Acquire Rodney Hood, George Hill In Three-Way Trade With Jazz, Kings
Rodney Hood will be a restricted free agent in 2018.

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Nuggets, Jazz Discussing Trade Involving Wilson Chandler, Joe Johnson
Wilson Chandler has a $12.8 million player option for the 18-19 season.

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Forbes Values Average NBA Franchise At $1.65 Billion
Every NBA team is valued at $1 billion or more for the first time in league history.


Derrick Favors Remains Available In Trade Talks
The Jazz are unlikely to re-sign Derrick Favors long-term due to the presence of Rudy Gobert.

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Thunder, Bulls, Pistons Interested In Rodney Hood
Rodney Hood will be a restricted free agent this offseason.

Tony Jones/Salt Lake Tribune

Ben Simmons, Donovan Mitchell Named Rookies Of The Month
Ben Simmons tied for the lead among Eastern Conference rookies in scoring (17.1 ppg) and led all first-year NBA players in assists (6.7 apg) in January.

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Joe Johnson Seeking Trade From Jazz
If the Jazz don't find a trade for Joe Johnson, he could become a buyout candidate.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Jazz Awarded $2.62M Injury Exception For Thabo Sefolosha
Thabo Sefolosha is out for the season to repair an avulsion of his MCL.

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Thabo Sefolosha To Undergo Season-Ending Knee Surgery
Thabo Sefolosha averages 8.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game for the Jazz.

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Rodney Hood Fined $35,000 For Phone Slap
Rodney Hood slapped the phone out of a fan after he was ejected.

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Jazz To Sign Georges Niang To Two-Way Contract
Georges Niang has played for Santa Cruz of the G-League this season, averaging 18.4 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists.

Tony Jones/Salt Lake Tribune

Pistons, Jazz, Blazers Interested In Nikola Mirotic
The Bulls are seeking a first round pick for Nikola Mirotic.

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Jazz Guarantee Contract Of Raul Neto For Remainder Of 17-18
Raul Neto has been out recently with a sprained knee.

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Jayson Tatum, Donovan Mitchell Named Rookies Of The Month
Donovan Mitchell led all rookies in scoring (23.1 ppg) and steals (1.77 spg) in 13 games during December.

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Rudy Gobert Out Two More Weeks With Knee Injury
Rudy Gobert suffered a left PCL sprain and bone bruise on Dec. 15.

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