Utah Jazz: Can the Jazz steal one against the San Antonio Spurs--Deseret News
New Jersey made it clear before Derrick Favors stepped on any of their courts last season that they wanted to trade him. Some wondered if Gordon Hayward was worthy of a top 10 pick.
Jazz fall to Spurs 106-91 in Game 1--Deseret News
Paul Millsap led Utah with 20 points, while Gordon Hayward added 17 points and Al Jefferson added 16.
Utah Jazz-San Antonio Spurs: Game 1 Analysis--Deseret News
Gordon Hayward had a nice playoff debut, tallying 17 points and three rebounds. His aggressiveness earned him a 12-12 free throw outing. He mixed it up defensively and did not back down from Ginobili.
Utah Jazz notebook: Josh Howard starts, Gordon Hayward not out and Blake Ahearn's family survives storm--Deseret News
ONE-NOT-DONE: Gordon Hayward hit the basketball map while leading Butler to the 2010 NCAA championship game, but Sunday was his first time in an NBA playoff game.
After Game 1's results, Hayward is happy he's in the pros.
"Everybody's been asking me, 'You played in an NCAA game, are they similar?'" Hayward said. "One thing that's different is our season would be done if it was NCAA. We've got three more games to make a run at this and make adjustments and try to come back."
And that would only get the Jazz to the Elite Eight.
Utah Jazz: Spurs romp past Jazz for 106-91 win in Game 1--Salt Lake Tribune
Paul Millsap scored a team-high 20 points for the Jazz, while Gordon Hayward added 17 and made all 12 of his free throws during his playoff debut. But Jefferson never came close to taking over, Utah committed 16 turnovers, and only three Jazz players scored more than nine points for a team that shot just 42.1 percent from the field.
Kragthorpe: Jazz must make changes to compete with Spurs--Salt Lake Tribune
"The biggest thing that we’re going to learn," the Jazz’s Gordon Hayward said, "is the different ways that we need to guard the pick-and-roll — what worked and what didn’t."
Really, not much worked Sunday. My solution: Hayward should defend Parker occasionally, making him go against a much bigger defender, who’s as athletic as Devin Harris or Jamaal Tinsley.
NBA: Jazz’s Josh Howard surprised by starting role against Spurs--Salt Lake Tribune
Normally, the Jazz own the lane. Not Sunday. San Antonio outscored Utah 58-44 in the paint, with Tony Parker alternately sinking layups and setting up the Spurs’ big men for power slams.
According to ESPN, San Antonio scored 48 points within five feet of the basket, the most by any team during the past two postseasons.
"They get the ball in the paint, and then it is pick your poison: [They] kick out, start shooting 3s, dump down passes or [hit] little floaters," Jazz guard Gordon Hayward said. "We have to find some way to keep it out of the paint and make it difficult."
NBA: Methodical Spurs beat Jazz 106-91 in Game 1--Salt Lake Tribune
Paul Millsap scored a team-high 20 points for the Jazz, and Gordon Hayward added 17 and made all 12 of his free throws during his playoff debut. But Jefferson never came close to taking over, Utah committed 16 turnovers, and only three Jazz players scored more than nine points for a team that shot just 42.1 percent from the field.
NBA: Utah Jazz’s playoff novices not feeling overwhelmed--Salt Lake Tribune
Second-year players Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors played well, and so did DeMarre Carroll in his first postseason action. Jazz rookies Alec Burks and Enes Kanter also had some decent moments in a 106-91 loss to the Spurs at the AT&T Center.
Hayward posted 17 points, thanks mostly to aggressive driving that resulted in his 12-for-12 free-throw shooting. Favors and Carroll teamed for 14 points and 12 rebounds, even though Carroll lost his starting position to Josh Howard.
Hayward applied what he learned during Butler’s 2010 run to the NCAA championship game to his first playoff appearance.
"I tried to treat it just like a normal game," he said. "If you try to make it out to be bigger than it is, that’s when you start to struggle."
Butler Bulldogs and Atlantic 10: A relationship on hold--The Indy Star
Who's Committed to Their School Now?--Raptors HQ
NCAA Division I Commitments
Junior Lomomba, Memorial in Wisc. (Montreal) – Cleveland State
Here's what UW-Milwaukee needs to do with its athletic program--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Personnel foul--UWM Post
University slow on athletics transparency--UWM Post