Wednesday, April 11, 2012

News On The Horizon 4/11/2012

Utah Jazz Extra: Players celebrate Easter in different ways--Deseret News


HOT: Gordon Hayward

Second-year swingman has hit double digits in a career-best seven straight and continues to play good all-around ball.

NOT: Alec Burks

The rookie hasn't hit double figures in April and has seen his playing time slip a bit after a couple of weeks with big minutes.

Forget the Alamo: Utah Jazz lose in San Antonio after poor first half--Deseret News

"We'll always fight to the end. I think we've shown that throughout the season," Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward said. "It's just you can't come back on every single team, especially on the road."

Especially (times two) when you're playing the Western Conference's top team, which has now won 11 games in a row.

"They're too good for that," Hayward added.
"That's the beautiful part of this two-game stretch," Hayward said. "We can get a little bit of revenge hopefully."

Especially if the Jazz play like they did in the second half when they outscored the Spurs 64-57 and, according to Jefferson, picked up some confidence.

"Our fans are going to help us out, but (the second half) proved that we can play with these guys," Jefferson said. "We played them pretty good, but we're a young team. We make mistakes and they don't really make too many mistakes."

The Spurs have beaten the Jazz in three consecutive games this season, including a 106-102 win in Utah on Feb. 20, but they're expecting a doozey tonight.

"It's going to be another tough one," Parker said, "as it's always tough to play in Utah."

Ginobili noted that both teams had a two-hour-plus flight after Sunday night's game. The Jazz's physicality, he said, also makes it a tough task.

Utah hopes so.

"We need to come out and punch them in the mouth first," Hayward said. "They did it to us (Sunday), so it's what we've got to do to them (tonight)."

Harris leads Jazz past starless Spurs, 91-84--Deseret News

Paul Millsap had a couple of big buckets late in the fourth quarter, including a huge putback slam. Gordon Hayward added 16 points, and Al Jefferson chipped in 12 points.

Watson needs knee surgery; Miles is out indefinitely--Deseret News

SWAT LAKE CITY: The Jazz defense can take direct credit for 13 of the Spurs' 52 missed shots. Utah, fourth in the NBA in rejections, had a baker's dozen worth of blocks.

"We have to protect this house," Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward said. "No easy buckets."

Six Jazz players had blocks, including four with multiple swats. Jefferson had a team-high four, Evans totaled three in under 18 minutes, while Hayward and Paul Millsap sent back two apiece.

Jazz win the battle of the unknown players--Deseret News

Thus, the no-name game went forward. Paul Millsap, Gordon Hayward, Matt Bonner, Stephen Jackson and others are familiar to serious hoop fans, but to once-a-year-type fans, who would they recognize?

"I like to think all of them," Jazz coach Ty Corbin said.

Utah Jazz: Devin Harris’ hot streak continues--Salt Lake Tribune

Consistent pregame work with teammate Gordon Hayward and assistant coach Jeff Hornacek has refocused Harris’ aim.

So did a chat with his father.

Kragthorpe: Jazz struggle to beat star-less Spurs--Salt Lake Tribune

Even in the Jazz’s injury-weakened condition, Corbin had Paul Millsap, Derrick Favors, Al Jefferson, Gordon Hayward and Harris on the floor at the end against Matt Bonner, Danny Green, Tiago Splitter, Stephen Jackson and Gary Neal.

Utah Jazz’s strong chemistry more crucial than ever--Salt Lake Tribune

The ability of castoffs such as DeMarre Carroll and Tinsley to co-exist with Utah’s 22-and-younger set — Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors, Alec Burks and Enes Kanter — has been crucial to the club’s resilience.

Devin Harris, Utah Jazz overtake short-handed Spurs--Salt Lake Tribune

Gordon Hayward re-entered the game with 7:02 left and seemed to trigger the defensive intensity.

"We were more active," he said. "We made passes difficult. They are a good team. They run their offense pretty well. They make sharp cuts and sharp passes. So they are hard to defend. But I think we were a little more active toward the end."

Wizards vs. Bobcats: Balanced attack leads Washington to rout of Charlotte, 113-85--Washington Post

With 5.9 seconds left in the third period, Vesely came up about a foot short on an eight-foot jumper, but Bobcats forward Derrick Brown grabbed the air ball, shuffled his feet and was called for traveling. The Wizards got the ball back and Shelvin Mack (11 points) made a jumper that hit the back of the rim and splashed through the net. Mack’s teammates gleefully celebrated as he headed back to the bench because they realized that while this has been a taxing season, there is another team that has had it considerably worse.

Butler basketball's Andrew Smeathers out six months after hip surgery--The Indy Star
Hip surgery sidelines Smeathers--Indy Star Butler Insider

Miami Heat’s Erik Spoelstra comfortable with rotation--Miami Herald

Behind point guard Mario Chalmers, rookie Norris Cole saw the court for 2:58 of the first quarter. Rookie guard Terrel Harris didn’t see it at all Tuesday; Spoelstra said he wanted to use Harris with a pair of ballhandlers in the future.

Miami Heat’s blowout loss to Boston Celtics lingers--Miami Herald

In addition to the center switch, Spoelstra has benched rookie Norris Cole in favor of rookie Terrel Harris. Harris will square off against Rondo and shooting guard Avery Bradley on Tuesday. Although Rondo thoroughly dominated the Heat in Boston, Bradley, pesky and athletic, caused the Heat’s defense some problems as well.

Celtics, Heat make late-season rotation moves--South Florida Sun Sentinel

Miami recently moved Ronny Turiaf into the starting lineup and made Terrel Harris a rotation player ahead of struggling rookie guard Norris Cole. Turiaf allows former starter Joel Anthony to "provide energy off the bench" and Harris is eager to prove his worth.

Former Garfield Heights basketball star Trey Lewis to transfer to Cleveland State--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Louisiana Guard Commits To Cleveland State--Cleveland State Hoops
Report: Cleveland State's Nwamu to transfer--Cleveland State Hoops
Trey Lewis Transfers to Cleveland State--Cleveland State Hoops
Harmon Named to Mid-Major Defensive All-America
Josh Ivory Signs With Men's

Holman Headed to Portsmouth
Holman Named to Mid-Major Defensive All-America
Team Shootout and Elite Camps
Detroit Adds Two on First Day of Spring Signing

Howard Moore Basketball Camps Now Open for

Porter Moser To Sing Take Me Out To The Ballgame At Wrigley
Loyola Men's Basketball Signs Two Players From

Milwaukee Pius senior Carrington Love signs with UW-Green Bay--Green Bay Press Gazette
Carrington Love Signs NLI to Play at Green

Women's basketball: Divilbiss will join Bollant at Illinois--Green Bay Press Gazette
Wojta One of 15 Players Invited to Attend WNBA
Bronk and Leonhard-Perry Retained on Women's Basketball

A great at much more than hoops--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
All-time great Larry Reed passes away--PantherU
UWM Mourns Passing Of Basketball Standout Larry
Annual Senior Salute Set For May
Registration Open For Rob Jeter Milwaukee Basketball Summer

Botham to leave UW-Milwaukee coaching post--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Sandy Botham Leaving UWM Coaching For New Role In Alumni

Bryce Drew on the recruiting trail--Off The Mark

Demmings Named Second Team Freshman

Holman to Participate in Portsmouth Invitational--Horizon League Network
Horizon League Leads All-Defensive Team Honorees--Horizon League Network
Butler's Jones Collects Mid-Major All-Freshman Team Accolades--Horizon League Network
Men's Basketball Signing Central--Horizon League Network

Botham Leaving UWM Coaching for New Role in Alumni Relations--Horizon League Network
Green Bay's Julie Wojta Invited to WNBA Draft--Horizon League Network

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