The Utah Jazz have entered in the stretch run for the 2014-2015 season, and there are only four games remaining: vs Memphis Grizzlies, @ Portland Trail Blazers, vs Dallas Mavericks, and @ Houston Rockets. All four are Western Conference playoff teams, and will be a great final text for our young club. Still, we can't all just be looking forward to the NBA Draft or NBA Free Agency just yet -- I don't think we talked about the great stuff that happened last week enough!
1. Duke wins the NCAA National Championship.
This week we saw Duke collect their fifth NCAA Title, and all of them under head coach Mike Krzyzewski. He coached current Jazz head coach Quin Snyder, assistant coach Antonio Lang, and and rookie Rodney Hood when they all played there. So what did they have to say after their Alma Mater won again? "I didn't say anything."
2. It's all good in the [Rodney] Hood!
Speaking of Hood, he is heating up right now after finally getting healthy. He has scored 17, 25, and 20 points in his last three games, while shooting .535 fg% and taking 14.3 FGA per game. He and fellow rookie Dante Exum have a long way to go still, and they know it. They both will play in the Summer League.
3. Playoffs? Playoffs! Playoffs??
Many National writers are getting on the Jazz-hype train. Sports Illustrated thinks that the Jazz are starting something big; while Hardwood Paroxysm poses the question of a playoff return. And Bleacher Report tells you how they will do it!
4. The gift that keeps on giving, er, gif-ing.
Quin Snyder interviews are the best, and no one documents them quite like Moni does.
5. Enes the Menace.
Since the injuries to Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka the Thunder defense has been in shambles. Some individuals have noticed this. Others have been so bold as to link what's happened in Utah after the trade deadline and what's happened to Oklahoma City to a single move: Enes Kanter. It's now de rigueur to even wonder if the Thunder want him back or not.