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Utah State’s Queta joins Jazz for pre-draft workout

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz finally tested out a draft hopeful with local ties Saturday morning.

Within months, Neemias Queta went from an unknown freshman to guiding Utah State to its best season in years. The Portugal native tallied 12 points, nine rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game.

Queta received the Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year awards and elected to make an exploratory leap to the next level after only one season at USU.

On top of his workout with the Jazz, he also got a coveted invite to next week’s draft combine.

Queta does have options — if it doesn’t work out this year, he can return to the Aggies before May 29.

“He’s still got a young body. He’s gonna have to get a lot stronger. He got pushed around a little bit today,” said Walt Perrin, Utah Jazz vice president of player personnel. “We don’t advise underclassmen what to do. We tell them what we think in terms of what they need to work on and how they may translate to the NBA and what they could do if they go back to college … It’s their decision.”

 

Jazz fans to welcome team home at airport

SALT LAKE CITY – Jazz fans are planning to welcome the team home at the airport following Utah’s exit from the 2019 NBA Playoffs.

According to fans on Twitter, the team will land around 1:41 a.m. Thursday morning at 135 2400 West in Salt Lake City but could be delayed.

The Jazz fell 100-93 to Houston in Game 5 of their playoff series Wednesday night.

Utah Jazz eliminated from 2019 NBA Playoffs

HOUSTON – The Utah Jazz fell 100-93 to the Houston Rockets Wednesday night in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series.

Houston won the series 4-1 and will face the winner of the Golden State vs. Los Angeles series in the second round.

Royce O’Neale led the Jazz with 18 points; Ricky Rubio had 17 points and 11 assists and Jae Crowder added 15 points in the loss.

Donovan Mitchell finished the night 4-for-22 from the field and 0-for-9 from 3-pointer range.

Utah trailed by as many as 12 points in the third quarter after leading by seven with 3:26 to play in the second quarter.

The Rockets ended the first half on a 14-3 run to take a 46-42 lead to the locker room and opened the second half with a 10-2 run.

The Jazz chipped away at Houston’s lead and Rubio tied the game at 75-75 in the fourth quarter and a layup from George Niang gave Utah a 77-75 lead with 9:00 to play.

However, Chris Paul scored 5-straight points to put the Rockets up 85-80.

A 3-pointer from Crowder made it 92-91 with just over 2:00 to play, but Rubio missed a 3-pointer from the left corner that would have given Utah a 2-point lead with 1:09 to play.

The Jazz finished 9-for-38 (24%) from downtown and had 15 turnovers in the loss.

It’s déjà vu for the Jazz, who were eliminated by the Houston Rockets in Game 5 of a playoff series for the second-straight season.

Donovan Mitchell assists at crash scene a day before leading Jazz to win against Rockets

SALT LAKE CITY — Donovan Mitchell was the hero Monday night for thousands of Jazz fans as he led the team in a fourth-quarter rally to stave off elimination. 

But that was at least the second act of heroism Mitchell carried out in recent days, as he stopped to help at the scene of a car crash on Sunday.

“I was driving by, a lady was falling out of her car, the airbags went off, she was grabbing her chest and I was like, ‘Oh shoot.’ Like a natural instinct to found out what happened,” Mitchell explained to Salt Lake Tribune.

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A previous version of this story indicated the crash occurred Monday before Game 4.

Jazz avoid elimination with win over Rockets in game four

SALT LAKE CITY — Donovan Mitchell scored 19 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Utah Jazz to a 107-91 win over the Houston Rockets and avoid being swept in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

The Jazz trailed 79-76 after the third quarter, but they started the the final period on a 15-1 run—with 13 of those points coming from Mitchell during that stretch—to take control of the game.

“We’ve had our backs against the wall plenty of times the past two years we’ve been together as a team,” Mitchell said. “This is familiar ground with us. Everybody responded the way we expected them to, but the biggest thing for us is take what we did today and multiply it..”

Jae Crowder and Ricky Rubio helped the Jazz get off to a great start. Crowder scored the first nine points of the game for the Jazz, and scored 14 of his 23 points in the first quarter.

Rubio had 11 of his 18 points in the first quarter, as the Jazz jumped out to a 30-16 lead.

“We have heart,” Rubio said. “We can go there and lose, but it’s not who we are believing that this is just, okay, don’t get swept and that’s it. This is us believing that we can do bigger things. We believe we can do it.”

Game five is Wednesday in Houston.

Donovan Mitchell assists at crash scene before leading team to win against Rockets

SALT LAKE CITY — Donovan Mitchell was the hero Monday night for thousands of Jazz fans as he led the team in a fourth-quarter rally to stave off elimination. 

But that was at least the second act of heroism Mitchell carried out Monday, as earlier he stopped to help at the scene of a car crash.

“I was driving by, a lady was falling out of her car, the airbags went off, she was grabbing her chest and I was like, ‘Oh shoot.’ Like a natural instinct to found out what happened,” Mitchell explained to Salt Lake Tribune.

Visit the Salt Lake Tribune for the full story. 

Donovan Mitchell assists at crash scene before leading team to win against Rockets

SALT LAKE CITY — Donovan Mitchell was the hero Monday night for thousands of Jazz fans as he led the team in a fourth-quarter rally to stave off elimination. 

But that was at least the second act of heroism Mitchell carried out Monday, as earlier he stopped to help at the scene of a car crash.

“I was driving by, a lady was falling out of her car, the airbags went off, she was grabbing her chest and I was like, ‘Oh shoot.’ Like a natural instinct to found out what happened,” Mitchell explained to Salt Lake Tribune.

Visit the Salt Lake Tribune for the full story. 

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