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Dante Exum's horror NBA injury run has continued with the Utah Jazz's Australian guard limping off the court with a left hamstring injury. Exum was dribbling around Houston Rockets' All-Star James Harden when he suffered the injury, left the court, came back on, attempted a three-pointer that missed ...
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SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz will be playing without their floor general for yet another postseason contest.
After being upgraded to a questionable status on Saturday afternoon, the team has officially ruled Ricky Rubio out of Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals today versus the Houston Rockets.
Rubio has missed the last four games with a left hamstring strain. Veteran forward Derrick Favors is also listed as questionable with a left ankle sprain.
"He’s shooting. He’s making progress,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said ahead of Game 3. “How much progress? It’s always hard to gauge.”
Utah trails the Rockets, 2-1, in the best-of-seven series. Game 4 is set for 6 p.m. today in Vivint Arena.
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SALT LAKE CITY -- George Santayana, a Spanish-born author, poet and philosopher coined this famous phrase: “Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.”
That’s not good news for the Jazz.
History says the Houston Rockets are going to win this conference semifinal series. So did the eyeball test in the Rockets’ 113-92 Friday win.
Being down 2-1 in a playoff series has usually held dramatic consequences for the Jazz. Throughout their playoff history, they have won 18 series when they went ahead 2-1 and lost just four. But when they fell behind 2-1 in a series, they won six and lost 15.
Friday at Vivint Arena, the Jazz got obliterated.
It has been a wild run of playoff ups and downs. Their theme this year has been “Take Note.” Good choice. They’ve certainly hit both the high and low tones.
In their first round series with Oklahoma City they led by 12 but trailed by 18 in the opening game, and lost. The Jazz won Game 3 by building their lead to 20. In Game 4 the Jazz won after taking a 21-point lead. In Game 5, the Jazz led by 25 but lost.
In Game 1 against Houston, the Jazz trailed by 27 in a loss. Game 2 saw the Jazz lead by 19, only to see it evaporate, yet they hung on to win.
Momentum swings have been a fact of life in the postseason.
“I think it happens because we’re playing really explosive teams. We’ve played teams capable of scoring in bunches,” said coach Quin Snyder. “I think we’ve been able to sustain some of those and respond, because it’s kind of who we are.”
Right now they’re a team with its momentum missing.
Quickly on Friday the Rockets jumped to an 8-3 lead, convincing Snyder to call timeout 1½ minutes into the game. The Jazz had two air balls and one shot blocked in the firs two minutes. They drew a defensive 3-second call. Royce O’Neale lost the ball out of bounds on the way up for a dunk. Joe Ingles had a pass...
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