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Looking at individual stats reveals nothing about the Utah Jazz. They have one player among those with the 50 highest scoring averages so far this season. They have only one player among the top 50 per game in rebounding. They don’t have anyone with a top-30 assist average. And they have the NBA’s best record — by a considerable margin. Take note: The Jazz are off to the best start in franchise history, are on pace to shatter the NBA record for 3-pointers made per game, have won 20 of their last 22 games and just handed the reigning champion Los Angeles Lakers their worst loss of the season. “They’re the hottest team in the league,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said after his team, which was without Anthony Davis and Dennis Schroder, lost 114-89 in Salt Lake City on Wednesday night. “Nobody’s playing as well as the Utah Jazz in the NBA right now.” At 26-6, the Jazz sit atop the NBA. That alone is impressive. The rest of the team numbers only adds to the story. They have led by double figures at some point in 26 of their 32 games, led by at least 20 points in 19 of them and led wire-to-wire six times. They are third in the NBA in points per game scored — despite playing at the league’s 22nd-slowest pace — and are second in points per game allowed. And what they’re doing from beyond the arc is historic. Utah is averaging 17 3-pointers per game, well ahead of the NBA record of 16.1 per game set by the 2018-19 Houston Rockets. The Jazz have made 544 3s, the most in NBA history by any team in its first 32 games. “At the end of the day, everybody’s coming for us,” guard Donovan Mitchell said. When counting all players, not only those who have made enough appearances to qualify for the league leaders in various categories, the Jazz don’t anyone ranked in the top 20 in points per game and only one in the top 50; Mitchell is 21st. Rudy Gobert, ranked third, is the only Utah rebounder in the top 50. Mike Conley leads the Jazz in assists per game; he entered Thursday ranked 32nd in the league in that stat. Conley is averaging 16.3 points and 5.7 assists. Those are good numbers, hardly eye-popping ones, but this is where just looking at the stats the Jazz are putting up can be dangerous. Utah openly clamoured for Conley to make his first All-Star team this year and join Mitchell and Gobert on the squad; not enough voters agreed, quite possibly overlooking him because averages like his are fairly common — going into Thursday’s games, 24 players had those averages in both categories. What voters might not have realized is this: Conley is averaging that in only 29 minutes per game. The Jazz often are playing reserves by the midpoint of the fourth quarter, a perk that comes when games have turned into blowouts. “A lot of these games we’ve played we’ve won by double digits, so you’re not normally playing late in the fourth quarter and stuff like that,” Conley said. “Our team is that good right now.” Tests are coming, though. The Jazz end the season’s first half with a four-game road trip that starts Friday in Miami. Once the All-Star break ends, Utah plays five of its first six second-half games on the road as well. But with the way they're playing now, even Vogel concedes that the Jazz are doing a whole lot right. “They way they’re shooting the ball, they way they’re connected defensively, the continuity bump that they’re getting by having the same team come back,” Vogel said. “All those things are playing out well. Coach Quin Snyder is doing a phenomenal job with them. They’re playing like the best team in the league right now.” ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Tim Reynolds, The Associated Press
CF Montreal lost a head coach and Major League Soccer said goodbye to a marquee name with news Thursday that Thierry Henry was stepping down. Citing family reasons, the 43-year-old former star striker said he was quitting the club after one season at the helm to return to London. Kevin Gilmore, Montreal's president and CEO, called it a "difficult day" but said Henry was leaving on good terms. "I'm surprised but given the circumstances it doesn't shock me that this has happened given what he went through last year," he told reporters. Separation from his children plus the prospect of having to spend another season on the road due to pandemic-related travel restrictions contributed to Henry's decision. "Last year was very difficult on this club across the board," said Gilmore. "But especially with those that had to spend the last four months of the season outside of Montreal. And the prospect of starting a season like that again is very difficult. And it's taken its toll on a lot of people. Obviously it's taken its toll on Thierry and his children. "He made a difficult decision — although I keep saying when you make decisions based on family, they're always good decisions — to stay in London and give up his position as the head coach of the club in order to be close to his family." The announcement comes on the eve of training camp. Players report Monday for a seven-day quarantine period, medicals and COVID-19 testing prior to the start of team training March 8. The MLS regular season kicks off April 17. Montreal said it will take a committee approach to coaching led by assistant coach Wilfried Nancy until a successor is found. The new head coach will take charge of a roster that has been radically changed since last season with 11 players having left and eight new faces. Henry spoke to the Montreal players and staff Thursday via video but not the media. “It is with a heavy heart that I’ve decided to take this decision," the French native said in a statement. “The last year has been an extremely difficult one for me personally. Due to the worldwide pandemic, I was unable to see my children. "Unfortunately due to the ongoing restrictions and the fact that we will have to relocate to the U.S. again for several months, (this year) will be no different. The separation is too much of a strain for me and my kids. Therefore, it is with much sadness that I must take the decision to return to London and leave CF Montreal." Henry was hired in November 2019, succeeding interim coach Wilmer Cabrera on a two-year contract with an option for the 2022 season. Henry has been linked to the managerial opening at England's Bournemouth in recent days. But Montreal officials said there had been no contact with the Championship side, which recently handed the manager's job to Jonathan Woodgate through the end of the season. "Bournemouth was nothing more than a rumour," Gilmore said. Still, Montreal says it will be entitled to compensation if Henry takes a position with another club in the near future. Gilmore said Henry was not focused on a job hunt. "Right now his sole and only focus is his children and his family." But Montreal sporting director Olivier Renard said he hopes Henry returns to coaching as soon as possible. "He deserves it. I can say that I was very proud of him last year … You could see he was in difficulty about his family, about the players. He was the leader of the team." Henry led Montreal (8-13-2) to the playoffs last season, for the first time since 2016. Montreal, which finished out the 2020 campaign based in Harrison, N.J., exited in the play-in round in November thanks to a 95th-minute goal by New England's Gustavo Bou. Gilmore said Henry flew home for the holidays, returning to Montreal the last week of January. After finishing quarantine in early February, he told the club he had to fly home to deal with some personal issues. "His children were struggling with him having just left," said Gilmore. Last Thursday, Henry indicated he was leaning towards not coming back. Gilmore said while the club tried to find ways to ease his burden, Henry told them Monday he was stepping down. "Is it perfect timing? Absolutely not. But like I said there is no deadline or prescription date on personal decisions and we fully understand where he's coming from," Gilmore said. "Of course it's a loss when you lose a person like Thierry Henry, who's a football legend known worldwide and is associated with your club," he added. "The thing is he'll always be associated with this club." Gilmore said the team is in the process of finalizing where in the U.S. it will play home matches this season while the border restrictions continue. A return to New Jersey or Florida are possibilities. Toronto FC is also looking at Florida, with Orlando and Tampa possible venues. Vancouver is reportedly looking at Utah. Henry's departure marked the second coaching move in two days in Montreal, following the firing of Canadiens head coach Claude Julien and assistant coach Kirk Muller. The NHL team appointed Dominique Ducharme interim head coach. Henry was an elite forward whose playing resume includes Monaco, Juventus, Arsenal, Barcelona, the New York Red Bulls and France. He retired in December 2014 after a 20-year career that saw him score 411 goals in 917 matches. Henry was an academy coach at Arsenal and an assistant coach with the Belgian national team before taking charge of AS Monaco and then Montreal. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 25, 2021 Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press
Back with the Washington Nationals after sitting out last season because of COVID-19 concerns, Ryan Zimmerman said Thursday the time away made him realize he is nowhere close to being ready to retire at age 36. “I missed the game a lot,” Zimmerman said during a video call. “I missed what it takes to prepare every day. As you get older, there’s more and more you have to do to get ready, but I missed all of that, as well.” The two-time NL All-Star was one of the first players to announce he would opt out in 2020. The father of a newborn son, and the son of a mother with multiple sclerosis, Zimmerman decided the safest course of action would be to not play amid a pandemic. There were other factors he considered, including whether he would need to change his pregame and postgame routines. “Was it really worth it for me to risk injury to myself, the health of my family, at the time, for a season that was 60 games? Who knows if people really thought it was going to make it through? If people thought it was going to count as a real season?” Zimmerman said. “I don’t really second-guess or wish I would’ve played,” he said. Arriving in Florida this time around — he brought his wife and three children -- raised new questions. “You just didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t know if I was going to be the weird guy wearing a mask in the grocery store,” Zimmerman said. “But ... I think a lot more people are more aware now -- obviously of themselves, but I think of other people, as well. Hopefully if anything positive can come out of this, maybe we’ll start caring about other people more, which would be nice. But as far as being down here now for two weeks, I feel a lot more confident than I did flying down here." Zimmerman, the first amateur draft pick in Nationals history in 2005, is expected to be the backup to free-agent addition Josh Bell at first base. “He's faced all the guys I’m going to face this year,” Bell said. “He knows all the umpires, he knows all the zones, he knows the division more than anyone else on this squad.” Washington’s first exhibition game is Sunday against St. Louis, and Zimmerman hopes to appear in more Grapefruit League games, but fewer innings. “He’s the face of this organization — and he will be for a long time. He really will be,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. “To have him back here, have him in that clubhouse, talking to the young players, it’s awesome.” Notes: RHP Jeremy Jeffress threw 22 pitches in his first bullpen session. ... Steve Arnieri won the team’s inaugural Phil Rizzo Scout of the Year Award, named in memory of GM Mike Rizzo’s late father. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Howard Fendrich, The Associated Press