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Do you want the good news or the bad news first?
OK. Let's go with the good news.
The Utah Jazz are going to the postseason for the first time since 2012. The Jazz needed either the Nuggets or Trail Blazers to lose Sunday to clinch a playoff berth. Denver delivered in a big way, losing 115-90 to the New Orleans Pelicans.
Now the (potentially) bad news for a Jazz team struggling to find its form lately while still trying to hold onto the No. 4 seed, and the home-court advantage that comes with it: Gordon Hayward's status for Monday's game against the Pelicans is up the air.
The All-Star forward suffered a left quadriceps contusion during Saturday's loss in Los Angeles.
"I think he is fine," Jazz coach Quin Snyder said Saturday. "They took him in to get an X-ray, I think everything is good."
Hayward is officially listed as questionable to play against New Orleans. If he can't play, obviously, it would be a major blow for the Jazz, who have just nine games left on their schedule.
The Jazz got some help Sunday in their quest for home-court advantage. The Kings rallied from a late double-digit deficit to beat the Clippers, pushing Utah's lead back to a full-game over fifth-place L.A.
But with the most difficult remaining schedule among the teams with a chance at a top-four finish, the Jazz need to be able to take care of business against lottery-bound teams like New Orleans.
The Jazz have beaten the Pelicans both times they have played this season. Earlier this month, Hayward scored 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds in an 88-83 win in Salt Lake City.