Throughout the years until his death in 2009, Larry H. Miller wasn’t just a Utah business magnate and NBA owner, he was also an avid coin collector — and left behind a wide array of rare coins worth millions.
It was a season that began with cautious championship aspirations. It ended in the same result: a first-round loss. But it also ended with a sense of pride and, maybe surprising to some, with optimism for the future.
Moments after a somber walk away from the court, Donovan Mitchell sat in front of a camera. With red, tear-stained eyes, he made a proclamation: “This is just the beginning, man. This is just the beginning.”
Utah lost a 3-1 series lead for the first time in franchise history. No amount of records (and there are more than a few) or historic performances will help Donovan Mitchell get over the fact that he feels his team should still be playing.
Mike Conley’s 3-pointer at the buzzer rolled on the rim, then rolled out. The Utah Jazz rallied from a 19-point deficit but the Denver Nuggets held on to beat the Utah Jazz 80-78 Tuesday in Game 7 to advance to the West semifinals.
Move over, Houston Problem, Utah now has a Denver Dilemma. See what's coming up next in the Jazz's first-round series against the Nuggets by following along on this page for the schedule, results and statistics as well as previews, recaps and analysis.
In the playoffs, a game can change everything. Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz have the chance to flip the narrative back, but they'll have to do it in a win-or-go home Game 7 against the Denver Nuggets.
Ryan Miller, KSL.com | Updated Aug 30th - 10:27pm
For the third straight game, the Jazz looked simply disinterested in guarding Jamal Murray. The Denver point guard scored another 50 — his second 50-point night in three games — and the Nuggets topped the Jazz 119-107 Sunday night in Game 6.
The NBA Playoffs resume this weekend — Utah and Denver are now scheduled to meet in Game 6 at 6:30 p.m. MDT Sunday — but the games have taken a backseat to things the players see as much more important: racial inequality, social justice and police accountability.
In a joint statement Friday, following two days of postponed games amid protests of police brutality, the National Basketball Players Association and the NBA announced that all parties had agreed to return to the court this weekend — along with new initiatives to promote change.