Why the Utah Jazz were so bad in the NBA playoffs

When the Utah Trail Blazers were eliminated from the NBA Playoffs last season, they had a couple of things going for them: They had just won their second straight title, and they were one of the most decorated teams in the league.

But in the aftermath of that loss, many fans wondered if their franchise was ready to return to the postseason, given the circumstances that led to it.

Utah, of course, was not ready to make that comeback.

They were just 4-8 the year before.

Their offense had struggled.

The defense had been dreadful.

And the team’s star power — including a star forward — had faded in the face of injuries to key players.

So, after a season in which their fans booed the team for not having enough stars to lead them to the title, many were concerned that Utah would miss the playoffs this time around.

That’s when the Jazz decided to change their strategy, according to a source familiar with the team.

They decided to focus on winning basketball games, and instead of letting the losses affect their season, coach Quin Snyder said they were trying to be more focused on winning games.

In order to accomplish that, the Jazz started putting a lot of emphasis on the way they played and the way that they played in the playoffs.

The focus was on winning, and the players got better at it.

And while some of those changes worked for Utah in the regular season, that focus in the postseason made it far more difficult to execute those strategies.

“I think we were more focused, and that led us to be better at basketball in the Finals,” Jazz forward Gordon Hayward told reporters this week.

“It was a more focused effort.

I think we did a lot better in the conference finals, too, where we had the chance to win the championship.

But, we’re not satisfied.

We’re not done.

We’ve got to continue to win basketball games.”

Utah finished the regular-season tied with the Portland Trail Blazers for the best record in the Western Conference, and won five of their six games in the series.

They were just one of four teams to advance beyond the first round, but their focus was not to finish the regular seasons with a whimper.

The Jazz were also working on a more streamlined approach to the playoffs, as the team put the playoffs under a different spotlight than they had in the first half of the season.

The Jazz were coming off of a season when they lost eight straight and made the playoffs for the first time since 2013.

They also were a team that was struggling in the offseason, with some of the biggest free-agent signings coming on the heels of the trade deadline, which meant some players were already coming off the books.

But the team did everything in its power to make sure that those changes would not negatively affect the team this time.

In a way, the changes were a relief for many Jazz fans, especially those who were frustrated by the team losing so many key players and the team missing the playoffs after so much of the year.

They felt the team was getting better and better every game, and it seemed that this time the team would be able to finish off the regular schedule in style.

The changes were also a way to help build momentum heading into the playoffs in a way that would allow the Jazz to play at a higher level.

The change was made even more important because the Jazz were still the team that had a lot to prove in the second half of last season.

With a few more wins in the West finals and another championship in sight, the organization was ready for a second chance.

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly how much of a positive the changes had on the team, but it was evident by the way the team went about their business that the team had the same focus.

“When you get a year like that, you realize that we’re getting better all the time, and we’re trying to figure out how to get better,” Hayward said.

“And I think that was the difference, that we were just focused on getting better.

I thought that last year was just a little bit of an adjustment. “

The players have become a lot more mature.

I thought that last year was just a little bit of an adjustment.

We were trying a lot harder to be aggressive.

We weren’t able to do that in the preseason, so I think there was a bit of a learning curve.

But I think the more we play together, and more we work together, I think it’s going to help.”

There were some changes in the team before the playoffs started.

After a few years of losing, the Utah starters started playing better, with Hayward, Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors, Alec Burks and Derrick Favored all playing at a high level.

This was a team with some very young players coming into their own, and now it was going to be the Jazz that were getting those minutes.

The team’s coaching staff was

The Suns’ biggest move is on paper: The Warriors

Byu L. Wong-USA TODAY Sports The Phoenix Suns traded away one of their two biggest assets to acquire a second one, acquiring center Ty Lawson from the Brooklyn Nets.

The team’s biggest move on paper was the trade of Lawson, who averaged a career-low 4.8 points per game last season, and center Nick Young, who will replace Lawson in the starting lineup, in a four-team deal that sent veteran point guard Jarrett Jack to the Nets for Lawson and a future first-round pick.

The trade of Jack, who played at Michigan State, is expected to be a significant boost to the Suns’ offense and playmaking.

Jack is a versatile point guard who can play in multiple roles and is one of the league’s premier defenders.

He can also be a scorer on the offensive end, averaging 13.6 points per 36 minutes in the 2015-16 season.

Jack was also a key part of the Suns playoff run in 2016-17.

The Nets acquired Jack from the Lakers in a three-team trade on Monday.

He averaged 13.2 points and 6.1 rebounds per game for the Lakers last season and played well for them during the 2016 playoffs.

The Suns also got two future firsts from the trade.

The second deal was a two-team swap of forward Nick Young with guard Darrun Hilliard in a two, two-for-one deal.

Young played for the Los Angeles Clippers and will be a restricted free agent next summer.

He had been a key piece for the Clippers’ title run last season.

The move allows the Suns to get back the services of forward Marcus Morris, who was acquired from the Houston Rockets in a five-team, three-way deal.

Morris was a dominant defensive player in college who led the nation in steals per game.

The Suns also added a veteran power forward in guard Matt Barnes, who had a breakout season for the Warriors last season as they finished second in the Western Conference.

Barnes, 31, averaged 11.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game in the 2016-2017 season.

He was one of three Warriors players who scored at least 20 points per contest in a game in 2016.

The Warriors have a strong core of Durant, Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry and Harrison Barnes.

They won two titles last season with Durant and Durant’s teammate, K.J. McDaniels, leading the team.

The 76ers’ trade for point guard John Collins and forward Kyle Kuzma will allow them to bring back veteran center Andre Iguodala, who they acquired in a seven-player trade with the Toronto Raptors.

Iguodal, 36, was an All-Star last season in a season that saw him play in all 82 regular-season games.

He won the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award for his work at the power forward position.

He also was a key contributor in the Warriors championship run last year.

The Sixers will need to add more depth on the wings as they try to get to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2005.

The Timberwolves also traded forward Anthony Bennett to the New Orleans Pelicans in a deal that landed guard Brandon Roy from the Philadelphia 76ers.

The move was part of a three in a row trade that sent Pau Gasol to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Gasol has been a vital part of Minnesota’s success this season.