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(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By LYNN DeBRUIN AP Sports Writer Tyrone Corbin remembers the scared pup that arrived in Salt Lake City as part of the Deron Williams trade two year ago.
Now the Jazz coach has so much confidence in Derrick Favors he wasn't afraid to unleash him with Utah's playoff hopes on the line.
The 6-foot-10 Favors delivered Sunday night, blocking a shot with 40.9 seconds left to preserve Utah's 97-90 road victory over Golden State. The win, coupled with the Lakers' loss to the Clippers, allowed Utah to reclaim the Western Conference's final playoff spot.
If the Jazz go 3-1 over their remaining four games (Oklahoma City on Tuesday, Minnesota twice then Memphis), the Lakers would have to win their last five because Utah owns the tiebreaker.
Favors, all grown up, looks forward to that crunch-time pressure.
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Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter will have surgery to repair damage on his dislocated left shoulder and will miss the rest of the season.
The team announced the decision Tuesday before Utah's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Surgery is set for Wednesday and will be performed in Chicago by Dr. Guido Marra.
The 20-year old Kanter hinted last week that he might be done when...
The Utah Jazz currently sit .5 games up on the Los Angeles Lakers for the 8th spot in the Western Conference, after appearing dead in the water two weeks ago on March 24th. But since that point, the Jazz have gone on a 5 game winning streak, and have won 7 out of their last 8 games, which has allowed them to regain possession of the #8 seed in the...
Some Utah Jazz players watched the Lakers-Clippers game on a big-screen television inside the locker room while they prepared to face the Golden State Warriors. Others followed the contest on cellphones while riding on the late bus to the arena. Coach Tyrone Corbin just checked the final score when the Lakers lost.
''You could see the look on everybody's face change...
Mo Williams scored 25 points, Al Jefferson added 19 points and 12 rebounds, and the Utah Jazz regained the Western Conference's final playoff position by holding off the Golden State Warriors 97-90 on Sunday night.
Williams made a 3-pointer with 13.4 seconds remaining to put Utah ahead by six and spoil Golden State's shot to clinch a playoff berth in front of a sellout crowd...
Entering the 3rd week of the Fight for the playoff series has the Portland Trailblazers out of the running, and the Utah Jazz clinging to the 8th seed. The race is still tight, with Utah one win ahead of the LA Lakers. Dallas has dropped off some though, and are now further back from 8th. Meanwhile, Golden State and Houston are still fighting for not only a guaranteed spot...
Game Time: 8:00 PM CT
Television/Radio: FS Oklahoma/WWLS 98.1 FM
Line: Oklahoma City -3.5
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