Sunday, April 29, 2012

News On The Horizon 4/29/2012

Utah Jazz forward Josh Howard known as 'The Spurs Killer'--Deseret News

Howard is just one of several Jazz players with playoff experience, but there are plenty who don't have it. Carroll, Gordon Hayward, Alec Burks, Enes Kanter, Blake Ahearn and Derrick Favors have never been in the playoffs. Al Jefferson has only been there once, with Boston in 2005.

Upsetting the Spurs a tall task for Utah Jazz--Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Both Al Jefferson and Gordon Hayward used the phrase "shock the world" when talking about the Utah Jazz toppling the San Antonio Spurs in the first round.
Most concur with Hayward and Jefferson that it might "shock the world" if the Jazz win the series — let alone more than one game. But it wouldn't be that much of a shocker if the smooth-as-ever Spurs go on to add another Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy to their set of four.

Utah Jazz head-to-head matchups against the San Antonio Spurs--Deseret News

Gordon Hayward

Shooting guard

11.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg

The former Butler star has made huge strides in his second year and has gotten better as the season has worn on. Over the last 15 games, he has averaged 17 points, five rebounds and four assists, while shooting above 50 percent from the field. He's also turned into a 3-point threat, hitting 42.4 percent since the All-Star break after connecting on only 24.6 percent before.

Howard, Bell could be Jazz’s X-factor vs. Spurs--Salt Lake Tribune

More than Bell, who finds himself behind Gordon Hayward and Alex Burks in the shooting guard rotation, Howard seems positioned for a significant opportunity against the Spurs.

NBA playoffs: Analyzing the matchups in Jazz-Spurs series--Salt Lake Tribune

The Spurs start Tony Parker and sharpshooter Danny Green. At crunch time, however, Manu Ginobili joins Parker. They form one of the best tandems in the NBA, with Parker enjoying an MVP-caliber season. Both players can get to the basket and create open shots for others. They fuel the league’s second-best offense (103.7 ppg). The Jazz counter with Devin Harris and Gordon Hayward. Both made critical contributions during a 21-12 finish to the regular season, which got Utah into the playoffs. Like Parker, Harris can penetrate and disrupt the defense. Like Ginobili, Hayward can score or facilitate.

Monson: Jazz have mastered the art of being good--Salt Lake Tribune

After Sloan’s sudden resignation a year ago, Corbin utilized players like Paul Millsap, Jefferson and Harris, meshing them with youngsters Gordon Hayward, Favors, Alec Burks and Kanter, all of whom are 22 years old or younger.

Do dollars make sense for Butler to join Atlantic 10?--The Indy Star

Richardson's Game 1 take: Heat 100, Knicks 67--South Florida Sun Sentinel

Coaching: A- Spoelstra once again raised a few eyebrows with his rotation, but getting quality minutes from Battier and Mike Miller were beneficial moves. He also appeared to have the Heat locked in defensively, considering the number of turnovers forced and charges taken. The fact the team kept its foot on the pedal in the second quarter is further proof Spoelstra made focus a priority. About the only questionable move was turning to rookie Norris Cole so early.

Eligibility update--Off The Mark

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