Morning links: Jazz a top 5 team; Mitt Romney praises great-nephew Eric Mika; Ainge, Ferrin named best-ever players

The Utah Jazz made a big jump in Jeremy Woo’s latest NBA Power Rankings for Sports Illustrated as they moved up to No. 4.

Of the Jazz, he wrote, “The Jazz have held opponents to 100 points or less in each of their last nine wins. In a season where so many teams are pushing the pace and jacking threes, it’s a remarkable feat. So, how seriously should we take them in the playoffs? If Utah can avoid further injury woes and stay the course, it’ll be fascinating to see how they hold up. Rudy Gobert’s got quite a case for Defensive Player of the Year.”

John Schuhmann of also had the Jazz taking a step forward in his Power Rankings as they moved from No. 8 to No. 5.

After talking about Gordon Hayward’s play recently, Schuhmann wrote, “They rank seventh offensively over the last month, with Hayward and George Hill combining to shoot 50 percent from the field and 40 percent from 3-point range.”

Eric Mika recognized for big win

Mitt Romney took to Twitter on Monday morning to congratulate his great-nephew Eric Mika on his play in BYU’s upset win over the Gonzaga Bulldogs.

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