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The Utah Jazz will make the Playoffs

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The Jazz control the tiebreakers that could determine who makes it into the playoffs

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It finally happened. The teams competing with the Utah Jazz for one of the 6-8 seeds in the playoffs all lost and the Jazz gained ground.

Here’s what happened on Tuesday night.

Denver lost to the Dallas Mavericks. Yes, the tanking Dallas Mavericks beat the Denver Nuggets. It could also be a sign of trouble in Denver as there were a lot of strange things going on in that game. For example, Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray sat the entire 4th quarter. For whatever reason, as the Nuggets reintegrating Paul Millsap into the lineup has not been great.

There may be some bad juju going on in Denver and I couldn’t be more pleased.

New Orleans beat the Clippers. With this loss, the Los Angeles Clippers sit only a half game ahead of the Jazz.

The Oklahoma City Thunder lost to the Houston Rockets. The Thunder are 6-4 in their last ten but have struggled to beat some easy games. Making the playoffs isn’t a given for them at this point.

The Jazz have dealt with adversity this season with Rudy Gobert’s injuries and a horrific December schedule, but they may have won the games that counted the most. The Jazz’s fate is in their own hands and that’s all they could ask for at this point.

Did Tony Jones reveal when Dante Exum would return?

Exum has definitely been in full contract drills. At this point it is up to the Jazz and Quin Snyder to decide when it is time to integrate Exum into the games and not just practice.

Whenever it happens it’s going to not suck.

Kevin Love released a fantastic piece about learning to deal with his mental health in positive ways. It’s well worth the read.

It was also great to see Jazz players come out in support of Kevin Love and his message.

Thabo Sefolosha is back to traveling with the Jazz again!

Get well soon, Thabo!

Finally, Rudy Gobert might be a better shooter than Ben Simmons.

It’s a really small sample size, but from 16 ft to <3-pt Rudy is shooting 4/8 for 50 percent.

From the same distance, Ben Simmons is shooting 11/25 for 44 percent.

The reason I bring this up is that Rudy has started taking this shot more often. Before January he’d only taken two jump shots from that range. Since January Rudy has taken it 6 times. Is this something that Rudy is going to do with more regularity?

If that jumpshot becomes a reliable weapon, Rudy’s dribble drive game becomes more potent. Gobzilla’s reign of terror may become even more destructive.