Tuesday's Jazz News: Rodney Hood to play through knee pain

Clippers keeping an eye on Jazz as playoffs near: With Utah almost certain to be the LA Clippers' likely opponent in the first round of the playoffs, the Clippers have kept a close eye on the Jazz, who lost in San Antonio on Sunday and are just a half-game ahead of the Clippers for the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference. The Jazz have five games remaining -- the Clippers play four -- and a matchup between the two sides has grown increasingly likely. -- The Orange County Register

Clippers loom as Jazz’s first-round playoff foe: The Jazz don't know if they will have home-court advantage for the first round of the playoffs. Their opponent, however, is all but decided. With the Oklahoma City Thunder losing to the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday, the Jazz are 31/2 games ahead of OKC with five games remaining. If the Jazz defeat the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday, they will officially be locked into the fourth or fifth spot in the Western Conference. -- The Salt Lake Tribune

Despite knee pain, Rodney Hood says he’ll gut it out: Rodney Hood simply wants to play basketball. The Jazz's starting shooting guard knows his knee won't be fully healthy for the remainder of the season. He knows with each cut to the basket, each change of direction, each jumper he takes, the pain will be there. But it no longer matters. -- The Salt Lake Tribune

Boris Diaw contributes to Jazz's play and palate: Boris Diaw has had a very nice NBA career. He is respected for his knowledge of the game, his leadership, his play and contributions made toward the Spurs’ 2014 NBA championship. “He’s a just a really high IQ basketball player,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. -- Deseret News