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The Downbeat #1579: The Utah Jazz Patronus Edition

Its Friday! Woot! Woot! Enjoy reading about your Utah Jazz!

Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Yippee the Utah Jazz beat the Los Angeles Lakers 80-73 last night! It was not a pretty game but a win is a win. Its good for the Jazz to learn how to win ugly games, especially on the road. So good job Jazz.

I wonder what this guy is up to after the Lakers loss.

Its March Madness and the Jazz got into some TBT action yesterday

What are your best memories of a Jazz player in March Madness?

Grantland wrote another great article about the Jazz and their amazing play since the All-Star break. It has great quotes from Quin Snyder. It talks about Rudy Gobert. It also brings up the steady play of Derrick Favors. Read it here.

Two quick paragraphs from the article. Go read the rest.

With all the Gallic hype, Favors’s bruising interior play has largely been overlooked as a factor in the Jazz’s success. Already in his fifth season, he’s only 23, and his improvement is a reminder that even prospects from the apex of the lottery take time to flourish. The former Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket is averaging 16.3 points and 8.2 rebounds a game and borders on a top-10 standing in blocks. Among power forwards, only Anthony Davis and Blake Griffin have a higher PER, though you won’t spot Favors stunting in Foot Locker or Kia ads. “In Derrick’s case, there was a humility about him that’s unique,” Snyder said. “I don’t think he’s as concerned about being recognized in that way. He’s a great example of the whole team and for the whole organization.”

Despite the teamwide improvement, Utah’s offense is no delicate, freewheeling butterfly. The Jazz play ponderously slow,1 turn the ball over frequently due to a pair of youthfully indiscreet PGs in Dante Exum and Trey Burke, and predominantly focus on mashing the ball into the paint, where they gorge on offensive rebounds and second-chance points. They score capably in the trenches, but are pedestrian from 3-point range and scattershot from the void between. “We want to try to get good shots, that’s the best way of looking at it,” said Snyder, who maintains that Utah’s snail-like tempo wasn’t an intentional strategy going into the season. “Whether it’s fast or more deliberate, you try to adapt to your personnel. To me, we just want to be efficient.”

What do you think are the reasons for the Jazz's good play of late (minus these last two ugly games)? Defense of course but what else? anything else?

Randy Rigby went on 1280 to talk about Greg Miller's resignation. He confirmed that this action will not influence the Jazz in anyway. Transcripts via Moni

What does Greg Miller’s resignation as CEO mean for the Utah Jazz, specifically?

Let me assure our fan base in a major way. This, i–the moves have ha–that happened today, will have no effect on the Utah Jazz. The Miller family is in control, and will remain in control, of the Utah Jazz. They will continue to run the Utah Jazz, and the other entities.

And this made me smile. As the biggest Jazz fan and someone who would LOVE an autographed ball from the Jazz but this still made me giggle:

Autographed Jazz basketballs >>> Millions of dollars
Our brand, our name, reaches across the world. The governor, when he went and visited some of the key government positions in China, he gave them an au–I got him some autographed basketballs. He said, “We could’ve given them millions of dollars and it wouldn’t have meant more to them than receiving that autographed NBA Jazz basketball.”

For more of Randy's interview go to Moni's fantastic blog.

So the Shums put this out on Twitter and I am sharing it here. Please answer in the comment section

And also what would our current Jazz players and former Jazz player patronuses be?