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

M.I.T. Libraries Pay $12 Million for 1,300 Books in 2017

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Libraries, the largest independent library chain in the United States, announced Wednesday that it has paid $12 million to settle a lawsuit brought by former employees who said they were pressured to work long hours for less pay and less benefits.

In a statement, M. i.t., which owns and operates about 2,600 independent bookstores in the U.S., said it will pay $8 million to compensate former employees and other affected workers.

In addition, the company will pay an additional $5 million to the National Labor Relations Board to settle its claim against a former employee who alleges he was discriminated against in retaliation for filing a complaint.


was the target of a class-action lawsuit by former library employees in June 2016, after a former M.iu.t.’s chief executive told employees to work less and report fewer absenteeism issues, according to a statement by M. ii.t.; a class action suit was filed by employees of the same chain in June 2017.

Mii,t.’ attorneys argued that the chain was not liable for the actions of employees because the company had a fiduciary duty to ensure its books were accessible to customers and employees, said Michael F. Schott, Mii, t.’s general counsel.

He added that Mii was not responsible for the employees’ treatment of employees who had complained of workplace harassment.

M ii,t., in response to the lawsuit, said in a statement that the company is cooperating with the court-appointed mediation committee and has no further comment.

Mai.i.,t., was the subject of an investigation by the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division and other agencies in 2016.

In May 2017, the agency told Mii that the investigation found that the Mii chain failed to pay employees at least $5,800 per month in overtime and other wage and hour-related compensation, according, to the statement.

In May 2018, the Labor Secretary, Robert L. Bork, announced that the department was investigating whether Mii’s failure to pay wages and overtime had a material impact on employees’ performance, and that the probe would continue for two years.

In August 2018, a federal appeals court upheld the department’s decision to extend the investigation, which had started in 2016, for two more years.

Miu.i.’s statement said that the agreement is a first step in a legal proceeding that is expected to be resolved before the end of the year.

M i. t., a unit of the M ii, t., conglomerate, has more than 30,000 stores in 20 countries.

The chain is based in New York City and operates in 30 states.