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    Ainge’s departure from Boston, meanwhile, was not nearly as unexpected around the NBA as Stevens’ new position. There have been whispers about his connection to new Utah Jazz owner Ryan Smith for some time. And additional rumblings persist about potential changes coming within Utah’s front office at the urging of new minority partner Dwyane Wade, despite Utah’s success this year. The Celtics messaged that Ainge “retired” from his post and will serve a senior advisory role to Boston’s ownership group, but since his departure, Ainge has also been linked by league sources to possibly joining Portland in some capacity as well.
    – via Jake Fischer @ Bleacher Report

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    The chatter is that Gobert is vulnerable away from the basket Los Angeles is almost certainly going to go small in large doses with Marcus Morris Sr. at center. The chatter is that Gobert isn’t effective offensively against switching defenses. The Clippers will switch everything whenever Ivica Zubac isn’t on the floor, which figures to be plenty. The chatter is that Gobert gets cooked defensively when he encounters switches. The Clippers will try and get him switched onto Paul George or Kawhi Leonard plenty.

    – via Tony Jones @ The Athletic

    good luck. You'll need it Clipps

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    The chatter is that Gobert is vulnerable away from the basket Los Angeles is almost certainly going to go small in large doses with Marcus Morris Sr. at center. The chatter is that Gobert isn’t effective offensively against switching defenses. The Clippers will switch everything whenever Ivica Zubac isn’t on the floor, which figures to be plenty. The chatter is that Gobert gets cooked defensively when he encounters switches. The Clippers will try and get him switched onto Paul George or Kawhi Leonard plenty.

    – via Tony Jones @ The Athletic

    yep. Where's Mitchell's big games been?

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    https://www.ksl.com/article/50181394...ainst-clippers

    As impressive as the first-round win was, the Jazz won't get much credit for beating a team that was clearly overmatched. Even Memphis' only win was considered somewhat of a fluke with extenuating circumstances by virtue of Donovan Mitchell unable to play with an ankle injury. With Mitchell back, the Jazz won four consecutive games and rarely trailed in any of them.
    the bigger fluke was Gobert in rare foul trouble

    No excuses now, unless a rash of injuries decimates the roster. Not even missing guard Mike Conley, who is listed as day-to-day with a mild hamstring strain, is enough to justify the favored Jazz blowing this series.
    yeah right. Their 2nd best player. M<ore Mitchell and Clarkson

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    https://www.ksl.com/article/50181014...azz-in-round-2

    When Morris plays at center, the Clippers have a shooter at every position and can also switch nearly everything on defense (Utah's Achilles' heel in the past).
    I thought Rubio and Favors in the corner were?

    "The playoffs I won't say come down only to matchups, but certainly matchups are a big part of it," Snyder said. "And you're going to have what you consider to be better matchups than others, but hopefully we have some advantages there at certain places as well."
    you could have advantages if you chose but you will play the same guys no matter what

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    https://kslsports.com/460852/utah-ja...eries-preview/

    “The first quarter I felt a little tug or whatever in my hammy, I came to the bench and made the staff aware,” Conley said. “I told them I’d try to just run on it and play through it and see how it feels, and it just kept getting sorer and sorer the more I was running on it.”
    stupid!

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    https://www.deseret.com/2021/6/6/225...ll-mike-conley

    Will rest be beneficial or detrimental for the Utah Jazz against the LA Clippers?
    Conley is hurt? You serious?

    There’s no way of knowing if the Jazz lost that game due to being out of rhythm, having lost some continuity over the break between the regular season and postseason, or because they were caught off guard by the aggressiveness of the Grizzlies, or if they just weren’t prepared enough. No matter the reason, the Jazz are hoping they can avoid repeating a Game 1 loss, so finding a balance in preparation is important.
    we do know they likely win if Gobert isn't in rare foul trouble

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    https://www.deseret.com/2021/6/6/225...-kawhi-leonard

    Slow starts and early turnovers won’t cut it this time around. The Jazz will need to compete at the highest level from the opening tip of Game 1.
    good luck with that!

    With excellent perimeter defenders in Leonard and Paul George, the Jazz might look to score more on the interior than they might have against a different team. Either way, well-timed screens and hard rolls with intention will either lead to opportunities for Gobert or create space for a shooter to get open.
    will miss Conley

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    https://www.deseret.com/2021/6/6/225...ll-weber-state

    It remains to be seen if Lillard will get moved by the Portland Trail Blazers, but if he does, could the Utah Jazz get the former Weber State star?
    probably could but they prefer Mitchell

    Lillard signed a four-year, $196 million supermax contract extension in 2019 that will kick in next season, which will see him make $39.3 million next season, per Spotrac. The least drastic of the two frameworks would be trading a combination of rotation players such as Bojan Bogdanovic and two of Royce O’Neale, Jordan Clarkson, Joe Ingles or Derrick Favors plus perhaps another player who doesn’t make very much money (Mike Conley will be a free agent and thus cannot be traded this offseason).
    that's not getting him

    For Portland, the thinking would be that it may want/need to move on from Lillard, but want to remain competitive by getting good players for him instead of bottoming out by trading him to a team for draft assets. A core of CJ McCollum, Jusuf Nurkic, and two of the above-listed Jazz players might not have real star power, but could probably contend for a playoff spot in the Western Conference.
    no it couldn't

    The thought process: As excellent as Mitchell is right now at age 24, Lillard is more proven as a star in the playoffs at age 30 (he’ll be 31 next month). The Jazz could bring the 33-year-old Conley back in free agency this summer and have the Conley-Lillard backcourt play alongside the 32-year-old Bogdanovic, 28-year-old O’Neale (birthday was on Saturday) and 28-year-old Gobert (will be 29 on June 26).
    Conley makes less since with him than he does now

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    https://www.slcdunk.com/2021/6/6/225...-kawhi-leonard

    Kawhi Leonard is probably the consensus best player in the series but the next three players there’s definitely room for debate. How do Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert stack up compared to Paul George.
    Mitchell doesn't. Conley does

    How healthy is Mike Conley? Will he make it through this series?
    the only question that matters

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    https://thejnotes.com/2021/06/07/uta...s-mike-conley/

    However, maybe of almost equal importance, Conley is a far better defender on the perimeter than Ingles and Sixth Man of the Year Jordan Clarkson, who would likely see the most significant uptick in minutes should the Jazz take the floor without their starting floor general.
    where they will miss him most

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