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The Baseline: Tony Jones on the Utah Jazz season, Shaw out in Denver and the Blazers without Matthews

The NBA regular season is nearing a close but we are still going strong as March is sure to bring a month of madness. On this week’s show:

  • Tony Jones from the Salt Lake Tribune discusses how the Jazz are re-invigorating the Utah faithful. He gives his take on who is the future face of the franchise, and just how dominant a defensive force Rudy Gobert will be in the NBA. Have Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors lived up to their hype and contract? How has Trey Burke handled coming off the bench and why didn’t Enes Kanter work out? Our man Tony has all the answers.
  • In our segment of The Drop we weigh-in on the fallout with Brian Shaw being dismissed by the Denver Nuggets. Was this firing more of an an indictment on Shaw or the Denver management? How does a team who amassed 57 wins with virtually the same roster 2 seasons ago become this disappointing? With roster turnover already this season will Ty Lawson, Kenneth Faried and Wilson Chandler be mainstays of the franchise next season?
  • In Portland did the loss of Wesley Matthews for the rest of the season derail the Blazers chances to compete for a title this season? We dissect the importance of Arron Afflalo and Alonzo Gee for this team and how the maturation of C.J. McCollum is needed to offset the loss of the “heart and soul” of the Blazers.
  • We also bring you up to speed with some of the headlines blazing the league, including Russell Westbrook going ham on the competition and entrance into the MVP race.
  • The Spurs are on the rise and the West should be on notice.
  • The Atlanta Hawks just had “Nique Week” in the ATL to owner their former great Dominique Wilkins.
  • Two Atlantic division rivals plan to be heavy players in free agency but can the Knicks and Celtics truly make a splash?
  • Craig Sager returns to NBA prime time and our the league is a better place for it.

All this and a special announcement by us regarding a fun tourney we want you to participate with us in for March Madness.

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