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Written by Spencer | 08 May 2012

A look at the end of the season from around the Interent. 

Jazz Vs. Spurs Series Stats NBA.com Advanced Stats 
 

The Utah Jazz? Gone till November Kelly Dwyre BDL

The Utah Jazz couldn't even take a game in the team's opening round series with the San Antonio Spurs. It took a furious rally in the fourth quarter of Game 4 for the Jazz to even lose a game by single-digit points, as the group lost by an average of 16 points per game. The shooters weren't shooting well, nobody could stay in front of Tony Parker, and one-time All-Star guard Devin Harris managed a shockingly-low single digit PER over the first three games of a four-game postseason.

And it doesn't matter. Would we have liked to see the Jazz give the NBA's hottest team a few more close games, or even a win? Sure. But this wasn't ever supposed to be the year for Utah to attempt this. The Jazz went into 2011-12 fully ready to use each of the season's 66 games to develop rotations, give Tyrone Corbin his first full year (if you can call it that, with a shortened season and training camp, and so few practices) as head coach, and see how well the team's bigs played off each other.

Spurs survive scare, advance to Round 2 Fox Sports

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich shrugged when asked about Manu Ginobili's mini-shooting slump.

''I don't even think about it. He's Manu,'' he said. True to form, the Spurs' invaluable sixth man led the charge off the bench when San Antonio needed it most. He hit consecutive 3-pointers after the Utah Jazz had pulled within 61-58 late in the third quarter in Game 4 of the first-round Western Conference series. And after the Jazz rallied from 21 points down to get within four in the final minute, Ginobili turned a steal by Tony Parker into a layup that sealed an 87-81 victory and series sweep.


Kurt Kragthorpe: Utah Jazz benefit from exposure to Spurs’ greatness

Late in the first quarter Monday night, Jazz forward Derrick Favors soared to block Tiago Splitter’s dunk attempt, then guard Devin Harris raced down the court and delivered a pass that sailed high and out of bounds. If there was a snapshot of Game 4 — and this whole series, really — that was it. Even when the Jazz managed to do something right, everything eventually went wrong.

Spurs Sweep Jazz: Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili Lead San Antonio To Second Round (VIDEO) Huffington Post



Spurs Sweep the Utah Jazz, Advance to the West Semifinals PoundingtheRock

With their 87-81 victory over the Utah Jazz, the San Antonio Spurs advanced to the Western Conference semifinals where they will face the winner of the Grizzlies-Clippers series.

It was as one sided as a sweep can be, with the Spurs dominating each game for long stretches and the Jazz looking overmatched. After all the criticism they received last season when they were eliminated by the Grizzlies, I'm sure the Spurs were looking forward to quiet the doubters with a convincing first round win over a team that, on paper, was supposed to be a tough matchup. While not really surprising, the Spurs' victory over the Jazz was impressive and conclusive. If there were still people out there with doubts about the Spurs' chances against big frontlines, this series probably changed that. Some notes on the game and the series after the jump.


Harris sees silver lining in Game 4 loss Roy Burton Standard Examiner

"This team's been doing it all year long," Harris said. "We could have easily just folded in that fourth quarter when they built that lead, but the guys fought it out to the end. We've (come back) multiple times, making the playoffs the way we did, and it shows a lot of character and a lot of heart we have on this team."

Spurs shush Jazz with broom Jeff McDonald of Spurs Nation 

 

SALT LAKE CITY — EnergySolutions Arena was howling. The Utah Jazz, down on the canvas just moments before, were surging. In one brilliant last gasp, they sensed a chance to extend the game, the series, their season.

Then, Manu Ginobili was gift-wrapped a chance to put an end to all of that.

As Ginobili glided alone toward the basket late in the Spurs’ 87-81 Game 4 victory Monday, no defender within 50 feet of him, Stephen Jackson hoped his teammate recalled the lesson of Game 1.

“The older you get, the more you understand,” Jackson said. “Two points is two points.”

Meaning: No dunks, Manu. Just lay it up. Nice and easy-like.


NBA.COM Video Recap Game Four 



ESPN True Hoop 
Jazz from long range: For all the credit due them for a hard-nosed, spirited comeback, the Jazz would make things a lot easier on themselves if they hit a 3-pointer. Yes, the Jazz did not make a single trey in 13 attempts from the floor Monday. Yes, Jeff Hornacek is not walking through that door.


 

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Written by Spencer | 06 May 2012

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Written by Spencer | 02 May 2012

What Did the Utah Jazz Learn In School Today?

Bit prolonged....

What did you learn today? It’s a small twist on the old question “What did you do today?” that parents have been asking...well, since forever. The typical answer from the child is, “Nothing.” Which either leads to more questions, or a satisfied shrug from the parents.

Like many Utah Jazz fans, I crave more than just a “nothing” answer. The Utah Jazz’s answer to this question can be divided into three parts: What did we learn about ourselves, what did we learn about our opponent, and what did we learn about our situation.

What did learn about ourselves?

First, we learned that we have a lot to learn. I am not saying this tongue and cheek either. We have a long way to go as a team and organization before we can/will reach the Western Conference Finals or NBA finals. Our mindset is something that needs to evolve. This year the mindset was make the playoffs. Which we did. I don’t think that fans (thinking realistically) or anybody with knowledge of basketball thinks that we will win this series, which is O.K. The Spurs are a better team than us.

Second, we learned that Favors IS fantastic on the defensive end, and that he has to start next year. Hopefully the FO learned that he should be getting 35+ minutes a night. There have been many fans saying this all year. I think there is no doubt that he is a 20/10/3/3 guy with those type of minutes.

Third, We learned that Ty Corbin still has lots to learn. This is in no way a diss on what he has done this season. I think overall he has been great in a very delicate situation (Too many players for minutes). Ty will be just short of 100 games when this series ends. Which is approximately a full season including preseason and a playoff series. Has he made mistakes? Yes. Has he learned from those mistakes? I would like to say, "yes." However, the decision to start Howard because of his previous playoff experience and simultaneously mess with the starting rotation was not a good decision.

Fourth, credit this to Amar, we learned which players are not afraid to back down from a challenge or a seemingly dire situation. After consideration, I don’t think that any of our players quit, I just feel like some may have not been prepared mentally. The Spurs are a better team than us. It is that simple. 

Fifth, Al Jefferson is improving on a game to game basis. In his post game he mentioned that he enjoys playing against Duncan stating,”Everytime I go against him I learn something new.” At this point, it will be hard to identify just exactly what Jefferson is learning from Duncan. However, based on Jefferson’s growth this year, it is safe to assume that he will incorporate the Duncan knowledge soon. This is information is exponential. Al has turned into a great mentor for our two young bigs. His influence has been noticeable many times throughout the year, both on and off the court. What he learns from Duncan can be taught to Favors and Kanter. 

What did We Learn About our Opponents?

First, Pop knows what he’s doing at all times. I have now doubts that he one of the best coaches the NBA history. He knew our moves before we did.The ultimate chess coach. 

Second, the Spurs are good, really good. They are methodical, concise, patient, disciplined and can play any type of game they want to play.

Third, the Spurs culture is very similar to what we need to REbuild in Utah. Every player puts the end goal first. Every player knows their role, and stick to their role unless their role is changed or they asked to expand their role. The culture starts from the top down and is visible throughout every stage of the organization. The coach runs the team, not the players. They draft extremely well. They develop young talent better than any other team in the league. Period.

Fourth, having a number one draft pick is amazing.

What did we learn about our situation?

First, making the playoffs is a helluva lot better than not making the playoffs. Ask Wesley Matthews who has been tweeting “would you rather” tweets for the past week and a half, “Lion King or Toy Story 3.” 

Second, We are getting better. We have made progress. We have learned from some of our mistakes.

Third, Gordon Hayward was not scared of the playoffs. I didn’t think he would be, but let’s be honest ,he played a good game in what is usually a bad situation for young players.

Fourth, our situation will get better. Assuming that Favors gets 35+ minutes a night, and we don’t have any major injuries, we will be better next year and should makes the playoffs. I can’t see a scenario where Favors gets less than 30 minutes a night. Part of building a winning culture is allowing young players to grow within the culture and be part of the winning and building.

Fifth, we have seen the last of CJ Miles. There will be more on this soon. I often wonder how we could have played this situation differently. 

Playoffs=Progress. Progress=Success.

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Written by Spencer | 30 April 2012

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Written by Matthew Oliver | 29 April 2012

The Utah Jazz entered their first trip to the post season in two years this morning. In the time that transpired between Utah's second round exit in 2010 and now they lost their Hall of Fame head coach, future Hall of Fame point guard and the litany of role players and cornerstones that had surrounded them for the second half of the last decade.

That part of the story has been being told for the last year by local and national sporting press while a team that was predicted to have an utterly disastrous season eked out an playoff berth and forwent a chance to play in this year’s draft lottery. The story has pivoted quickly in the last few days from one of victory and overachievement to impending playoff doom for a Utah Jazz squad that should by all metrics be outplayed and outcoached by a superior and more experienced San Antonio Spurs team

Game 1 followed that script verbatim. Utah held tight for three and a half quarters but could never completely close the game long gap. In the last 6 minutes the Spurs opened the game up wide and it stayed that way. It was obvious enough that the Jazz wouldn't be able to close the gap that Corbin put in parts of the deep bench with two minutes to go. No member of the Jazz that shouldered any significant burden in this game had a positive +/- and the only Jazz men who did the opposite were Ahearn, Burks, Evans and Kanter, none of who saw significant enough time to effect any change. Favors was the flashiest and most exciting defensive player the Jazz had out there today, putting up similar defensive numbers to Jefferson and Millsap in substantially fewer minutes.

To that end, Utah proved the obvious postulate that when your most significant players turn the ball over frequently and are outplayed on both ends of the floor by every lineup your opponent sends out, you lose. There isn't significantly more to say about this game than that.

There are myriad questions that the Utah fan base will be asking of their coach in the next few days, all of which will be rehashed on sports talk radio, Twitter and the spectrum of fan blogs that surround the Jazz ad nausea. Did Corbin insert Howard into the starting lineup for instead of Caroll because of his experience or because he wanted Caroll fresh when Ginobli came in? Did Corbin underuse the recently discovered "big three" and did he wait too long before putting Favors, Millsap and Jefferson on the floor?

The reality is that when you are playing the San Antonio Spurs you are going to get outcoached and outplayed, especially if you are as young and inexperienced as the Utah Jazz are. The questions facing Tyrone Corbin and his squad are legitimate and the answers will be very valuable this offseason as the Jazz make moves to improve but the answers mean very little right now. Utah is playing with house money, there will be no upset and the world will not be shocked. The most the Jazz can ask for from this Playoff run is two nights at ESA with a packed and raucous house and 4 or 5 games worth of incredibly valuable experience for our young wings and bigs.

The fan in me hopes I'm wrong. But the realist knows I'm not.

Here's hoping I look like an idiot sometime around 7 PM this Wednesday.

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Written by Spencer | 29 April 2012

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Courtesy of @prodigyJF Favors

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Written by Kyle Kirkham | 29 April 2012

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I’m going to be completely honest with you. 5 games ago, I didn’t think we were going to make the playoffs. In a matter of fact, after we beat the Lakers and Thunder back to back, there were three separate times I thought this season was over (Kings home loss, Suns home loss, back to back losses in New Orleans and Memphis). But boy was I wrong. Not only did the Jazz make the playoffs, they finished the season on a 5 game winning streak and even had a game to spare. The past two weeks were awesome. We took the defending champs to triple OT, and beat them. We took the trigger happy Magic to OT, beat them. We hosted the Suns in the biggest game in probably two years, and beat them too. Not to mention the two games vs Portland. The Jazz saved their best for last, and it sure made for a fun few weeks.


Devin Harris

Last Week’s Line: 17.8 points (46%), 4.8 assists (2.2 TO’s), 2.8 rebounds, 1 steal

The way Harris turned his season around is incredible. My opinion on him has done a complete 180. Harris was simply fantastic the past two weeks. He led the team in scoring (including his 4 point performance in a meaningless game), assists and hit big shots in pretty much every game. His dagger three vs Orlando was one of the greatest Jazz moments I’ve been a part of (I was upper bowl), seriously. The Jazz don’t have Harris the past 5 games, they don’t make the playoffs.

*Harris played in 63 games this season.

*Harris shot 42% from downtown in April.

DeMarre Carroll

Last Week’s Line:  6.8 points (32%), 3.2 rebounds, 1 assist (.6 TO’s)

DeMarre probably isn’t going to take over the fourth quarter, score 40+ points, or single-handily carry the Jazz to victory. But that’s not his role, us fans know it, he knows it, and that’s what I love about him. When the Jazz first signed Carroll, I thought for sure a trade was coming. Why else would we sign him? But to my (and many other’s) surprise, Carroll has become an impact player. He didn’t score tons of points or rack up double doubles, however Carroll did make small plays, and important ones. Plays that swung momentum and helped win games. His play in the playoffs could prove to be an X Factor.

*Carroll has set career highs in points (16) and assists (6) since joining the Jazz.


Gordon Hayward

Last Week’s Line:  14.6 points (52%), 2.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists (2 TO’s), 1 steal

While Hayward’s stats may have dropped a little, he by all means did not have a down (2) week(s). Gordon was third on the team in shooting % and set a career high in assists vs the Suns. Many of us remember Hayward finishing last season strong as well, the difference this year is that the games actually matter. If I had to bet what three players on the team wanted the playoffs most, Hayward would be one of them. I can’t wait to see how he performs this post season, he definitely earned it.

 

Paul Millsap

Last Week’s Line: 16.5 points (39%), 10.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists (2.3 TO’s), 2.5 steals, .8 blocks

Millsap’s shooting percentages may show that he struggled to find his shot the past two weeks, but that definitely didn’t stop him from hitting them when it counted most. He’s done it all season long, and the season being on the line wasn’t going to stop him. His put back vs the Mavs, his HUGE game vs the Suns (26 points, 15 boards, 4 dimes, 3 steals, a block), he simply wants to win. 

*Millsap finished the season 4th in steals and was the only big in the top 20.


Al Jefferson

Last Week’s Line: 16.6 (45%), 13.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists (.2 TO’s), 1.6 blocks, .8 steals

Al Jefferson has been amazing, he really has. Only have gone to playoffs as a rookie, Jefferson wanted to taste the post season more than anyone. In my last post I talked about how much fun it would be to watch Jefferson play with it all on the line, and it was incredible. Putting up 28 and 26 vs the Mavs, forcing OT (then getting two huge assists) vs the Magic, taking over the fourth quarter vs the Suns, how many other players in the NBA can do that? The list isn’t very long.

*Jefferson had 1 TO in the past 5 games, and a total of 3 in the month of April.


Jamaal Tinsley

Last Week’s Line: 3.2 points (43%), 4.6 assists (2 TO’s), 1.8 rebounds

A few months ago Tinsley was on the bench, getting DNP’s on a nightly basis. Now you could argue he saved Utah’s chances at the post season. Thanks to Tinsley, our bench has been playing its best ball all season. Jamaal and the bench were the only reason the Jazz we able to comeback in the Orlando game in the first place (he finished that one with 9 assists). Big, big ups to Tinsley.


Alec Burks

Last Week’s Line: 10.8 points (47%), 3.2 rebounds, 1 assist (.6 TO’s) (18.8 minutes)

It was really nice to see Burks finish the season out strong. Before the last 5 games, Alec had gone 9 straight games without scoring in double digits. He did it twice in the final five, tying, then setting a new career high (18). Hopefully Burks can take his new momentum into the playoffs, the Jazz will more than likely need it.

*Burks shot 72% from the line this season, but has made 18 of his last 21.


Derrick Favors

Last Week’s Line: 10.2 points (59%), 6.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists (1.6 TO’s), 1.6 blocks, 1 steal (23.8 minutes)

You don’t have to watch Favors for too long before you see how talented he is. He has taken major steps this season (I was seriously starting to worry about him earlier in the year) to become one of Utah’s best players. Thanks to foul trouble, Favors wasn’t able to find his groove in the Dallas and [first] Portland game. However, his impact was definitely felt in the final three. Derrick racked up 2 more double doubles, and scored 13 or more in the last 3 games. His D on Gortat was brilliant; he literally just shut him down.  I can’t wait to see how Favors plays vs the Spurs.

*As a rookie Favors had 4 double doubles in 78 games. This season he finished with 13 in just 65.


Enes Kanter

Last Week’s Line: 7.6 points (68%), 3.4 rebounds (15.8 minutes)

Like Burks, it was really good to see our other rookie finish the season strong as well. Kanter led the team in FG% (and actually took more than 5 shots, yay!) and definitely took a role in the bench’s improved play. Kanter is a mystery; at least he is to me. If you asked me to choose between Kanter and Burks I couldn’t answer, I just don’t know how good he is going to be. His footwork and offense have been great lately, and you have to wonder how far ahead of schedule the 19 year old is.

*Kanter picked up his first double double in Utah’s final game, and finished the season with highs of 17 points (vs the Lakers) and 13 rebounds (vs the Wolves).


Players who didn’t play (very much): Jeremy Evans, Blake Ahearn, CJ Miles, Josh Howard, Raja Bell


Player of the Week: Week 17 and 18

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Enjoy this one Al, you earned it. (Photo via Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

Al Jefferson: 16.6 points (45%), 13.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists (.2 TO's), 1.6 blocks, .8 steals


Runner up: Devin Harris

Special Mention: Everyone else. Seriously.

Thanks to @sproul13 for weekly stats







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Written by Spencer | 29 April 2012

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Q and A with Michael A. De Leon from @Projectspurs

1.How will Pops' experience play out against 1st year coach Tyrone Corbin?

Pop is one of the best at making adjustments out of timeouts and he knows his personnel well. If something isn't working, he knows there's someone, especially on such a deep team, that can change things up for him. Corbin is a smart coach and he has a great staff behind him, but Pop's Pop and there is definitely an advantage there.

2.What Jazz player do you fear has his "coming out party" during this playoffs?

Gordon Hayward. The Jazz already have a mismatch inside, especially if they use their big lineup, but if they get their shots falling outside, that'll be a problem. If we see the same Devin Harris that gave Parker fits when he was with the Mavs, that could also be a bit alarming.

3.What do you think the most critical on court matchup is?

I really like Parker vs. Harris and Duncan vs. Jefferson. Parker can hold his own and is an MVP candidate. I'm hoping we keep saying the same throwback Tim we saw this season. He'll have to knock down that midrange jumper to keep Jefferson honest.

4. Is there adjustments that the Spurs would have to/plan to make in lue of Hayward and Favors surge to end the season?

Pop has experimented with Diaw starting next to Duncan. He likes his defense and his versatility in being able to shoot outside and mix it up inside. He'll start today's game.

5. Although the sample sizes are small, the Jazz have been tremendous with the Millsap/Favors/Jefferson on the floor? What kind of problems will/could this cause for the Spurs. Could this lineup change the outcome or prolong the series?

The Spurs have had their issues against bigger teams and against big rebounding teams. They'll have to space Tim out a bit to make sure they make that frontcourt less effective, but it's something that could cause some problems for the Spurs. Pop will have to counter with Duncan, Splitter and Diaw or Leonard.

6.It's been mentioned Pop might or could go small ball to counter the Jazz beastly lineup forcing the Jazz hand against the 3pt shot. Curious?

That's just a sign of Pop and his ability to make adjustments. With Diaw in at the four, Milsap will be left outside of the post where he isn't as effective.

7. While we have seen the decline of individual players, (Duncan specifically) we have not seen a decline in the Spurs as a team?

Understanding that culture is essential to that success; what advise would you give a franchise that has a rather new owner and coach? Find a solid foundation and continue building around that and around a team culture. The Spurs have managed to stay competitive even though they haven't picked up marquee free agents. They find players that buy in and who will work hard towards that ultimate goal. The Jazz have some good pieces to start with.

Here is our side of the Q and A

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Written by Spencer | 27 April 2012

2012 Playoffs Schedule

 
Posted Apr 27 2012 1:16PM

Here is the complete schedule and national television & radio arrangements for the 2012 NBA playoffs.

WESTERN CONFERENCE - FIRST ROUNDSan Antonio vs. Utah

Game 1 - Sun. April 29, Utah at San Antonio, 1 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 2 - Wed. May 2, Utah at San Antonio, 7 p.m., TNT
Game 3 - Sat. May 5, San Antonio at Utah, 10 p.m., TNT
Game 4 - Mon. May 7, San Antonio at Utah, TBD
Game 5 * Wed. May 9, Utah at San Antonio, TBD
Game 6 * Fri. May 11, San Antonio at Utah, TBD
Game 7 * Sun. May 13, Utah at San Antonio, TBD
• SERIES HUB

Oklahoma City vs. Dallas

Game 1 - Sat. April 28, Dallas at Oklahoma City, 9:30 p.m., ESPN 
Game 2 - Mon. April 30, Dallas at Oklahoma City, 9:30 p.m., TNT 
Game 3 - Thu. May 3, Oklahoma City at Dallas, 9:30 p.m., TNT 
Game 4 - Sat. May 5, Oklahoma City at Dallas, 7:30 p.m., TNT/R 
Game 5 * Mon. May 7, Dallas at Oklahoma City, TBD 
Game 6 * Thu. May 10, Oklahoma City at Dallas, TBD 
Game 7 * Sat. May 12, Dallas at Oklahoma City ,TBD, TNT
• SERIES HUB

L.A. Lakers vs. Denver

Game 1 - Sun. April 29, Denver at L.A. Lakers, 3:30 p.m., ABC/R
Game 2 - Tue. May 1, Denver at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m., TNT
Game 3 - Fri May 4, L.A. Lakers at Denver, 10:30 p.m., ESPN
Game 4 - Sun. May 6, L.A. Lakers at Denver, 9:30 p.m., TNT
Game 5 * Tue. May 8, Denver at L.A. Lakers, TBD
Game 6 * Thu. May 10, L.A. Lakers at Denver, TBD
Game 7 * Sat. May 12, Denver at L.A. Lakers, TBD, TNT
• SERIES HUB

Memphis vs. L.A. Clippers

Game 1 - Sun. April 29, L.A. Clippers at Memphis, 9:30 p.m., TNT
Game 2 - Wed. May 2, L.A. Clippers at Memphis, 9:30 p.m., TNT
Game 3 - Sat. May 5, Memphis at L.A. Clippers, 4:30 p.m., ESPN
Game 4 - Mon. May 7, Memphis at L.A. Clippers, TBD
Game 5 * Wed. May 9, L.A. Clippers at Memphis, TBD
Game 6 * Fri. May 11, Memphis at L.A. Clippers, TBD
Game 7 * Sun. May 13, L.A. Clippers at Memphis, TBD
• SERIES HUB

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EASTERN CONFERENCE - FIRST ROUNDChicago vs. Philadelphia

Game 1 - Sat. April 28, Philadelphia at Chicago, 1 p.m., TNT
Game 2 - Tue. May 1, Philadelphia at Chicago, 8 p.m., TNT
Game 3 - Fri. May 4, Chicago at Philadelphia, 8 p.m., ESPN
Game 4 - Sun. May 6, Chicago at Philadelphia, 1 p.m., ABC
Game 5 * Tue. May 8, Philadelphia at Chicago, TBD
Game 6 * Thu. May 10, Chicago at Philadelphia, TBD
Game 7 * Sat. May 12, Philadelphia at Chicago, TBD, TNT
• SERIES HUB

Miami vs. New York


Game 1 - Sat. April 28, New York at Miami, 3:30 p.m., ABC/R
Game 2 - Mon. April 30, New York at Miami, 7 p.m., TNT
Game 3 - Thu. May 3, Miami at New York, 7 p.m., TNT
Game 4 - Sun. May 6, Miami at New York, 3:30 p.m., ABC/R
Game 5 * Wed. May 9, New York at Miami, TBD
Game 6 * Fri. May 11, Miami at New York, TBD
Game 7 * Sun. May 13, New York at Miami, TBD
• SERIES HUB

Indiana vs. Orlando

Game 1 - Sat. April 28, Orlando at Indiana, 7 p.m., ESPN
Game 2 - Mon. April 30, Orlando at Indiana, 7:30 p.m., NBA TV
Game 3 - Wed. May 2, Indiana at Orlando, 7:30 p.m., NBA TV
Game 4 - Sat. May 5, Indiana at Orlando, 2 p.m., ESPN
Game 5 * Tue. May 8, Orlando at Indiana, TBD
Game 6 * Fri. May 11, Indiana at Orlando, TBD
Game 7 * Sun. May 13, Orlando at Indiana, TBD
• SERIES HUB

Boston vs. Atlanta

Game 1 - Sun. April 29, Boston at Atlanta, 7 p.m., TNT
Game 2 - Tue. May 1, Boston at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m., NBA TV
Game 3 - Fri. May 4, Atlanta at Boston, 7:30 p.m., ESPN2
Game 4 - Sun May 6, Atlanta at Boston, 7 p.m., TNT
Game 5 * Tue. May 8, Boston at Atlanta, TBD
Game 6 * Thu. May 10, Atlanta at Boston, TBD
Game 7 * Sat. May 12, Boston at Atlanta, TBD, TNT
• SERIES HUB

* if necessary
All times are Eastern
TBD - To Be Determined
R - ESPN radio

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Written by Alan Zaugg | 25 April 2012

PHXatUTA

Late Tuesday night at Energy Solutions Arena something amazing happened.

If you weren’t there you may have experienced a glimpse of it on TV or radio. You may have been sitting in your car or on the couch. You may have been at work, listening on your wireless device.

But if you were there, chances are you felt it. Something magical.

Chances are you may have felt that moment where every hair on your body stands on edge, sending an incredible rush of tingling sensations down your back. Or maybe you felt your heart almost skip a beat, and for a moment you felt like nothing else in the world had any substance or meaning.

It’s that moment when the adrenaline rush is so strong you feel like you can conquer the world. The pure rush of insanity that leaves you in wonder and amazement for hours to come.

Yeah...you know exactly what I'm talking about.

But it wasn't just one moment, rather, a collection of events forming one defining experience.  An experience that you and 20,000 other people helped to define.

An experience that one Jazz fan found himself caught up in. A magical night that this particular fan soaked and basked in, even as he made the thirty minute drive home.

It was like Magic.

JeffersonCelebrates

The Associated Press  2012-04-24 

With the 2012 season on the line, and the playoffs looming large, and with the idea that the season could be over before anyone realized or wanted it to be, fans came together in one place to give it a go for one last time. And they came together with a passion not seen in quite some time.

As that one Jazz fan, who was half crazed and passionate himself, sat in the stands, he was brought to remember the days of old. All around him was the unified, overwhelmingly intimidating chants of “DEFENSE” and in the final minutes of the game, “PLAYOFFS.”

Although his ears were ringing with pain, much like they did in days of old, and his voice was cracking, his head pounding from the rush of blood, he basked in the sounds of an arena that was once the most feared arena in the NBA. And, for a moment the sudden realization came over him that, on this night, the intimidating arena had found its lost soul.

The 2012 playoffs have arrived. And after a short hiatus, the Jazz have returned. And it is apparent that the greatest fans in the NBA have returned as well.

And so, with one more game in the season, and two playoff games yet to come, you can bet that Energy Solutions Arena will be rocking and bursting at the seams with excitement. And for those three games, Jazz fans can wreak havoc and intimidation on opposing teams. And with one voice, make ESA the most feared arena on the planet.

The magic has returned. The amazing IS happening.

It’s only fitting that the slogan of the 2012 season has been:

WE ARE UTAH JAZZ!

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