The Jazz are 17-24 at the halfway point and clawing to …

The Jazz are 17-24 at the halfway point and clawing to keep ahold of 10th place in the Western Conference. It’s not a sunk season yet, but it also isn’t necessarily the season the Jazz have hoped for, either. After reaching the second round of the playoffs last season, the franchise still had aspirations of being a winning team despite losing Gordon Hayward. Those ambitions were constructed in large part around Rudy Gobert’s defensive abilities. But his injuries so far have created a specter of what could have been this season. “What we’re in the process of doing right now is kind of experiencing new things,” coach Quin Snyder said Wednesday night before the Jazz clinched a rare road win against the Wizards. “The injuries have exacerbated that because we’re experiencing new lineups.”
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April 20, 2018 | 5:47 am EDT Update
Will Guillory: Will: DeMarcus hasn’t really talked to anybody about his plans in free agency, that’s why you haven’t heard much about it. But everyone within the organization likes what he brings and they’d love to have him back. At this point, I’d bet on him coming back to New Orleans after free agency, but a lot can happen between now and then. He’s developed a really good relationship with Anthony Davis and everyone else on the team, and I think he’d love to finish what they started this year. The Pelicans’ success in the playoffs certainly doesn’t hurt their chances either.
Storyline: DeMarcus Cousins Free Agency
Heat center Hassan Whiteside suggested a change in Miami’s offensive approach has affected his production in the playoffs. “It’s just different, man. I feel like our offense is a lot different. I’m not as involved in as many dribble handoffs as I was and post-ups as I was in the regular season,” Whiteside said after scoring five points in 13 minutes in Miami’s Game 3 loss to Philadelphia. “That’s what coach [Erik Spoelstra] wants. Coach wants me to just be in the corner and set picks. That’s what he wants. I’ve just got to trust it.”
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Storyline: Whiteside-Spoelstra Dynamic