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There are a number of things ailing the Jazz. The team's rotation is still changing almost nightly 73 games into the season. A lot of this is because of injury, with power forward Derrick Favors' sore knee being the most prevalent. Salt Lake Tribune
Without Favors starting next to Rudy Gobert, and then playing center when Gobert is off the floor, Utah's defense noticeably slips whenever the French big man has to take a rest. Without Favors, Boris Diaw and Joe Johnson are taking on expanded roles, which the Jazz don't want to do because they want to monitor the minutes of both veterans. And Hood is still battling a sore knee that has limited him, even if he's played the last three games. With Hood at less than 100 percent, the Jazz have lacked that second dynamic perimeter scorer to take pressure off All-Star Gordon Hayward, and the stress of lacking multiple perimeter guys creating offense at a high level has bogged down the entire offense. Salt Lake Tribune
Lou Williams, back in his sixth man role with Ryan Anderson out and Eric Gordon starting, had 31 points, hitting 7 of 8 3-pointers, in 31 minutes. Gordon and Trevor Ariza had 24 apiece in the most balanced Rockets offensive romp of the season. Westbrook scored 18 of his 39 points in the fourth quarter, adding 13 assists and 11 rebounds for his 36th triple-double of the season. But the Rockets had four players score at least 20 points, with Nene adding 17 in 25 minutes off the bench. Houston Chronicle
Doesn't matter where Derrick Rose ends up in free agency ... he'll NEVER win a championship -- so says Ron Harper.
Earlier this week, Rose says finding a winning team is more important than a big contract when he searches for a new team this summer.
"Not even thinking money," Rose said ... "I'm not going to negotiate with people where money is the number one thing I'm asking for. I want to win." TMZ Sports
Charles Oakley says he's "hurting" that ex-teammate Patrick Ewing didn't call him after he was forcefully removed from Madison Square Garden last month ... saying, "You should have been the first!" "I'm hurting because he didn't call in and show love because I had his back for 10 years," Oakley told TMZ Sports. TMZ Sports
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