Five Things To Watch: Utah Jazz

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Generations of fans know the Utah Jazz as a model of stability. They were raised on Hall of Famers John Stockton and Karl Malone, coach Jerry Sloan and super significant owner Larry H. Miller, the rock of the franchise. Miller kept the team together, mended issues with coaches and players and even took financial risks to purchase the team. When Miller died in 2009, the franchise slowly lost all the stability he imparted to it as the sole owner. It truly fell apart

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Top five memories from 2013 NBA All-Star Weekend

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LeBron James came into the weekend with the hype he’s built through the monstrous 60 percent, 30-point tear that he’d been on for nearly seven straight games. Kevin Durant dropped (another) 30-spot: It was his third straight 30-point All-Star game. Kobe Bryant made an timely, game-sealing block with the West up 134-126 and under 2:40 seconds to play in the game. Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade each played a well-rounded game.

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NBA players react to All-Star Slam Dunk Contest

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The Slam Dunk contest mostly turned out to be a snooze fest of sorts. Saturday night actually kicked off with a promising reverse dunk off the side of the backboard from former champion Gerald Green, but took a dive from there, as the contestants repeatedly failed to convert their attempts on the first couple of tries. Green was surprisingly the biggest culprit, as the high-flyer ultimately failed to covert his double-dunk attempt in the allowed time.

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Tweet of the Day: Kenneth Faried

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With just two games remaining on the NBA schedule before All-Star Weekend — Heat/Thunder, Clippers/Lakers tonight on TNT — most of the league has shifted its focus towards this weekends festivities in Houston. Today’s case study, Kenneth Faried of the Denver Nuggets, who will be a participant in Saturday nights featured event, the Slam Dunk Contest.

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Tweet of the Night: T.J. Ford

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Did y'all just see Evans block shot then BANG on the HEAD of someone @#1playoftheweek
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If you were on twitter on Wednesday night, you probably heard about what Jeremy Evans did to center Ronny Turiaf during the exhibition game between the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Clippers. Evans scored six points and blocked four shots in the game and displayed the type of athleticism that will quickly help everyone get better acquainted with the second-year forward. Watch the clip below to see his fine play on both ends of the court:

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Tweet of the Day: Jeff Green

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I'm going with Chase Budinger...why? Cause he proved white men can jump
I’m with Green on this one. Jeremy Evans was quite impressive in his two handed-double-dunk (for lack of a better phrase), and I respect that. I also understand Budinger  didn’t do any windmill 360s or jump over any cars. But he had creativity, and jumping over P. Diddy with a “White Men Can’t Jump” motto was a cool idea. Not to mention, he dunked blindfolded. Reverse. So hats off to Jeremy Evans, I suppose his dual ball dunk took

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Tweet of the Day: David Lee

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My favorite night of TV every year as a kid was watching the NBA dunk contest. I'm hype again this year, I predict @ will win!
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I have to say I agree with Lee on this one. Of the four players in the Slam Dunk contest this year, George seems to have the greatest potential to really put on a show. The hype really started following his windmill dunk in overtime vs. the Hornets, and he seems to be the favorite going into Saturday Night. I’m really not sure what to expect out of Chase Budinger or Jeremy Evans, as they really are not big

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Notes from around the NBA: February 23, 2012

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Tonight’s TNT doubleaheader includes the league’s two best teams and a strong contingent of All-Star Weekend participants. In the first game (7 p.m. ET), the Miami Heat (26-7, .788) hosts the New York Knicks (17-17, .500), while the Los Angeles Lakers (20-13, .606) travel to Oklahoma City to face the Thunder (26-7, .788). Miami and Oklahoma City are tied for the league’s top record. This marks the second of three meetings between New York and Miami. Despite hitting a season high

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