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The Utah Jazz finally won back-to-back games this week despite losing a key bench contributor in the process.
Now they want to figure out how to get the job done outside Salt Lake City.
The playoff-hopeful Jazz will try to end their longest road losing streak in 31 seasons Friday night and drop the Portland Trail Blazers further back in the Western Conference race.
Having lost four straight and 12 of 15 heading into a pair of home games, Utah defeated Philadelphia 107-91 on Monday and Phoenix 103-88 on Wednesday.
The Jazz (36-36) had not posted consecutive victories since a 3-0 stretch encompassing the All-Star break Feb. 12-19. They were seventh in the West at that point but have since dropped to ninth, chasing the Los Angeles Lakers for the eighth and final playoff spot.
Wednesday's win, though, came at a price with Enes Kanter suffering a dislocated left shoulder. The second-year center, averaging 7.2 points and 4.3 rebounds, vowed he would return this season, but that's questionable.
"To be honest, the game was for the playoffs, but when (Kanter) went down I had to step up even more," said Al Jefferson, who matched Gordon Hayward for the team lead with 25 points. "We're going to fight for him to the end, make his injury worth something."
The Jazz open a stretch of six of seven in Salt Lake City on Saturday against Brooklyn, but first they'll try to notch their first road win since the All-Star break.
Utah's nine-game losing streak as the visitor is its longest since a 17-game slide Nov. 21, 1981-Feb. 6, 1982. However, the Jazz were competitive in last week's three-game trip through Texas, losing by an average of 6.4 points.
The Jazz had won five of six in Portland - and five in a row in this series - prior to a 105-99 loss Feb. 2 in the most recent meeting. Utah defeated the Trail Blazers 86-77 the previous night in Salt Lake City.
Portland (33-38) visits the Jazz again Monday following Saturday's game at Golden State, but first must try to recover from two blowout losses. The Blazers, who have lost 15 of 23 to fall to 11th in the West, fell 103-83 at Oklahoma City on Sunday and 111-93 to the Nets on Wednesday - their most lopsided home loss since Dec. 8.
"It was embarrassing," said Damian Lillard, who had five turnovers and shot 1 for 7 inside the 3-point arc. "I don't know any other way to say it."
Lillard's 49 points and 13 assists led Portland in the first two meetings with Utah, though he didn't have to face fellow point guard Mo Williams, who was recovering from thumb surgery.
Hayward (sprained shoulder) also was sidelined for both of those games. The third-year swingman is averaging a team-best 17.0 points with 16 3-pointers in 29 attempts since coach Tyrone Corbin re-inserted him into the starting lineup seven games ago.
LaMarcus Aldridge led the Blazers with 24 points Wednesday, but it's uncertain if there will be any lingering effects from a sprained right ankle he suffered in the first half. The All-Star forward had double-doubles in the two matchups versus Utah and has seven in his past nine games overall, averaging 24.0 points and 10.9 rebounds.
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According to the Utah Jazz, second-year center, Enes Kanter, is out indefinitely with a dislocated left shoulder.
Kanter was examined by the Utah Jazz medical staff and underwent a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test on his left shoulder on Thursday. The MRI test confirmed a dislocation of his left shoulder. Kanter did not travel with the team for Friday night’s game at Portland...
When Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter made his first appearance in his team’s game against the Phoenix Suns during the second quarter, little did he know that a mere few minutes later he would suffer a ghastly shoulder dislocation. To be honest, at first look, the play that resulted in the injury appeared fairly innocuous. Kanter simply was going to the floor in an effort to gain control...
Enes Kanter has one of the best senses of humor in the NBA, but the Utah Jazz center had very little to smile about during his team’s win over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night. Kanter played only three minutes in the game before suffering a dislocated left shoulder. As you can see from the photo above that Deadspin passed along, it did not look comfortable.
Kanter suffered the...
Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter left the court in obvious pain against the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night with what team officials said was a dislocated left shoulder.
An MRI is scheduled for Thursday morning.
Kanter was biting hard into his mouthpiece, supporting his left arm and stopped courtside as if he wanted to try to pop the joint back into place. Head trainer Gary Briggs...
The Utah Jazz announced Wednesday that they’ve signed guard, Jerel McNeal, to a 10-day contract. This will be McNeal’s second NBA regular season stint after going undrafted in 2009.
According to Utah Jazz:
The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has signed guard Jerel McNeal of the NBA Development League’s Bakersfield Jam to a 10-day contract…
A 25-year-old two-time NBA...
For those of you who are a tad squeamish, you might want to check out another post on this quality NBA website but for the rest of you, get ready to see a dislocated shoulder.It happened during Wednesday night's Phoenix Suns/Utah Jazz game in the second quarter of play as Utah's Enes Kanter attempted to corral a loose ball.Watch as Kanter gets tangled up with Phoenix'...
Shoulders can be gross.
During the second quarter of the Suns-Jazz game, 6-foot-11 center Enes Kanter got tangled up with the Suns’ Hamed Haddadi during a loose ball and came away with a clearly dislocated shoulder.
Check out the stomach-churning incident below.
Mo Williams scored 26 of his 28 points in the second half, and the Utah Jazz rallied with a 19-3 run in the final minutes to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 105-95 on Friday night.
Paul Millsap added 25 points and 10 rebounds as the Jazz snapped a nine-game losing streak on the road, their longest since they dropped 17 straight in the 1981-82 season.
The Jazz (37-36) pulled even...
The Utah Jazz were in this position last year and pulled it off. The built-for-championship Lakers never expected to be anywhere close.
With three weeks remaining, the battle for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff berth is on.
''If you're competitive, you've got to love this time, this opportunity,'' Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said Thursday. ...
With the top five teams in the West already a lock for the playoffs, there are only 3 spots left in the west. Problem is, there’s 6 teams with a realistic chance of nabbing those spots, including Utah.
As this race heats up, I’d like to take this opportunity to begin a weekly update of the playoff chances for these teams. I’ll include my thoughts on what each team will...
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Al Jefferson and Gordon Hayward scored 25 points apiece and the Utah Jazz defeated the Phoenix Suns 103-88 on Wednesday night to stay within a game of the eighth-place Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference playoff battle.
Utah (36-36) used a 10-0 run to open the fourth quarter and led by as many as 19 while outscoring Phoenix 56-32 in the paint.
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Alec Burks, SG Utah – DraftKings salary $3,000
During a 14-game stretch From February 1st to March 4th, prior to the return of Mo Williams from a finger injury, the Jazz were a highly competitive 7-7 team. Since his return to the starting lineup on March 6th, which resulted in a seven-minute time cut for Burks, the Jazz are 3-8 playing...