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Don't be surprised if the Utah Jazz come out of nowhere to scare the rest of the Western Conference in the 2018 NBA Playoffs. If we think we've seen all of what the Utah Jazz are truly capable of this season, we best prepare ourselves for an entirely different world in the playoffs. Donovan Mitchell has ...

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Despite 26 points from Las Angeles Lakers’s rookie Kyle Kuzma, Donovan Mitchell’s (45) matching 26 points helped his Utah Jazz to a victory. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Story of the Game

The Utah Jazz’s 117 – 110 home win over the Las Angeles Lakers lifted them into fifth place in the Western Conference playoff standings, but the victory didn’t come as easily as predicted. With Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Luol Deng, and Isaiah Thomas all unavailable, the Lakers had only nine players to put into action against a team that had won 25 of its last 30 games.

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At the 2015 NBA Draft, the Utah Jazz selected Trey Lyles with the No. 12 overall pick. However, after just two seasons, the Jazz traded Lyles and Tyler Lydon to the Denver Nuggets for Donovan Mitchell. As the Jazz and Nuggets are battling for playoff position in the final games of the 2017-18 NBA ...

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Dallas Mavericks center Nerlens Noel and Utah Jazz forward Thabo Sefolosha have been suspended five games without pay for violating the league's ant-drug program, the NBA announced on Tuesday. Noel's suspension begins Tuesday night when Dallas faces the Trail Blazers. Sefolosha, who has ...

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The (hopefully) soon-to-be DPOY certainly has a case.

First off, thanks to DLC_Jazz for picking up for me last week! My wife and I welcomed baby #2 into our family and almost have a full starting 5 now! We introduced her to Jazz basketball pretty quick having watched a couple games already, and I’m pretty confident we have ourselves another fan to add to Jazz nation.

Anyways, we know Rudy Gobert is a strong candidate for the Defensive Player of the Year award this year, but where does he stack up in the NBA overall? His return brought a one-of-a-kind resurgence for the Utah Jazz this season, which certainly bolsters his case among the NBA elite.

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Tim Bontemps over at the Washington Post wondered if Rudy is a top 10 player in the league, and showed that some of the numbers say yes, but that overall he is just outside:


No one would dispute that Gobert is the foundation of everything the Jazz is doing. But the case for placing him among the 10 best players in the game is complicated.

Unlike James Harden, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and LeBron James — fixtures on any such list — Gobert doesn’t typically have a line in a box score that is going to lead “SportsCenter.” His season averages — 14.0 points, 10.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocks — don’t stand out to anyone. Sometimes they don’t even stand out to his coach.

“We show more offensive highlights than we do defensive highlights,” Snyder said. “Historically...​