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After a lackluster defensive effort in the first half, the Jazz’s bench unit ratcheted up the intensity against the Trail Blazers in the fourth quarter on Sunday, rallying for a 123-112 victory at the Moda Center in Portland to bolster their preseason record to 4-0.

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SALT LAKE CITY — Immediately following Joe Ingles' masterful birthday performance on Tuesday, where he drained 24 points against the Toronto Raptors, he welcomed the media to his locker.

"After the first few (shots) didn't go in, was it hard to maintain that confidence to keep shooting?" a local reporter asked.

"No. I'm the best shooter in the league," the newly turned 31-year-old Ingles shot back. "That's a silly question."

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IN the roughly 0.51secs it takes Joe Ingles to catch and shoot the ball from outside the three-point line, 18,000 people inside the spectacular arena in ...

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NBA GMs show the Jazz some love in annual survey


The Utah Jazz were well represented in the 2018 edition of the annual GM survey conducted by NBA.com. Although there was some disrespect given in some areas, GMs across the league think pretty highlight of the Jazz as a team, especially defensively. If you don’t want to read the entire piece, here is a rundown of all the areas the Jazz showed up in this year’s NBA GM survey:

Jazz received fourth-most votes for best team in Western Conference.

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The Utah Jazz enter this season as either the NBA’s least-respected title contender or its most feared underdog. Coming off a shocking 48-win season and valiant trip to the second round, this team is ocean-bottom deep, with at least a dozen guys who, on any given night, can step into Quin Snyder’s scheme without disrupting the finer machinations that make it hum.

Almost everyone on this year's roster can impact both sides of the ball without damaging the team's familiar aesthetic. A year ago, the Jazz were built along similar lines, but entered the season a bit older and less sure of what they wanted to be. They were hungover from the loss of Gordon Hayward, with far more questions than answers. Right now it's a squad full of two-way competence, with reserves who’re talented, bouncy, and elastic that thrive off their own experience, confidence, and grit. With your life on the line, how many teams would you rank ahead of the Jazz right now? Three? Maybe four?

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