Player News - Jazz

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Updating a previous item, Rudy Gobert (knee) remains doubtful to play against the Clippers on Sunday.

The questionable update from earlier today did seem a little odd and another report called him unlikely to play, so Gobert likely needs at least another game off. The Jazz haven't provided many encouraging notes on Gobert outside of a report he is walking without a limp. For now, expect Derrick Favors to log most of the minutes at center. Joe Johnson, Joe Ingles and Rodney Hood also should benefit, especially with no Blake Griffin (toe).
Apr 22 - 9:48 PM

Rudy Gobert (knee) has been upgraded to questionable to face the Clippers on Sunday.

Interesting. An earlier report said he was unlikely to play and there has been very little encouraging news on Gobert since the day after his injury. The Jazz listed Derrick Favors as doubtful for almost a month last season, so don't put too much stock into this update. If he can go, this would obviously be a massive swing with him in and Blake Griffin (toe) out.
Apr 22 - 9:19 PM

Rudy Gobert (knee) is unlikely to play in Game 4 on Sunday.

Sadly, this isn't a surprise for the Jazz and they'll continue to have to play Derrick Favors more minutes than they probably want to. Favors has looked gassed in the fourth quarter, playing 34.7 minutes per game in his last three. Jeff Withey has also been in the rotation and the Jazz do use Boris Diaw at the five. Joe Johnson and Joe Ingles are also getting some added opportunity, and now the Jazz could go smaller a lot more now that Blake Griffin (toe) is out.
Apr 22 - 4:04 PM

Gordon Hayward scored 40 points during a 111-106 Game 3 loss to the Clippers on Friday, adding eight rebounds, four assists, two blocks and four 3-pointers in 42 minutes.

He got off to a fast start with a playoff franchise-record 21 points in the first quarter, and he becomes the fourth different Jazzman to score at least 40 points in a playoff game. This comes as a mild surprise after Hayward couldn't get many easy shots in his first two games, making just 12-of-33 from the field in the two L.A. games. Coach Quin Snyder looked to make an extra effort to get his Hayward some shots in sets, so maybe that'll continue in Game 4.
Apr 22 - 1:02 AM

Derrick Favors scored two points with six rebounds, two assists and one steal in 38 minutes against the Clippers on Friday.

He just doesn't have it right now, but the Jazz really have no choice with Rudy Gobert (knee) out. Favors could see a slight hit in playing time, but he's still too risky to use in DFS unless his price drops on most sites.
Apr 22 - 12:54 AM

Alec Burks (knee) had a platelet rich plasma (PRP) injection to his left knee on Thursday and he will not play in Game 3 on Friday.

He is basically out indefinitely. Burks has not been in the rotation and didn't really play much this season unless George Hill, Rodney Hood or Gordon Hayward missed time.
Apr 20 - 6:55 PM

Rudy Gobert (left knee) is out for Game 3 against the Clippers on Friday.

The Jazz were lucky to get a 1-1 split in L.A. for the first two games, and a lot of it has to do with Derrick Favors being able to log 32.5 minutes per game. Besides Favors at the five, it's been Jeff Withey and even Boris Diaw picking up some extra minutes. Joe Johnson and Joe Ingles have also stepped up as the Jazz go with more small-ball fours. Gobert should be considered doubtful for Game 4 on Sunday.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: One of the most notable changes in Utah’s dynamic following Gobert’s injury has been Joe Johnson’s spike in usage; it’s climbed 7.8% to 27.4% according to our CourtIQ tool. He’s averaged 30.1 minutes per game he’s taken at least 14 shots in both contests, well above his average of 8.0 FGAs. With Gobert still sidelined, he’ll be a solid value option on the short slate.
Apr 20 - 2:44 PM
Joe Ingles - G/F - Jazz

Joe Ingles looked great in another start at shooting guard, scoring nine points with six rebounds, three assists, three steals and two triples in 33 minutes.

He's arguably one of the most underrated players in the NBA and has been a huge contributor to the Jazz all season. Ingles finished 3-of-5 from the field and his ability to handle the ball in the first unit takes a lot of pressure off George Hill and Gordon Hayward. Ingles had eight points, two rebounds, two assists, one block, two steals and one triple in Game 1, and it helps that he has some extra motivation in this matchup -- he was waived by the Clippers back in 2014. The restricted free agent can expect a significant raise this summer.
Apr 19 - 1:35 AM

Gordon Hayward scored 20 points in Tuesday's 99-91 Game 2 loss to the Clippers.

The series is all tied up at one win apiece, but it will shift to Utah for Games 3 and 4 on Friday and Sunday. Hayward is getting a lot of attention from the Clippers' best perimeter defender in Luc Mbah a Moute, and while he only shot 5-of-15 from the field, he hit all seven of his free throws with six rebounds, two assists and three triples in 39 minutes. He should flirt with 40+ minutes the rest of the way. George Hill added 12 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two triples, while Joe Johnson notched 13 points with one rebound, one assist and one steal.
Apr 19 - 1:26 AM

Derrick Favors started at center in Tuesday's Game 2 loss to the Clippers, finishing with 13 points, seven rebounds and one block in 33 minutes.

Playing Favors at less than 100 percent for 33 minutes isn't ideal, but even though he was absolutely exhausted, he put in a pretty good shift tonight just like he did in Game 1. He finished 5-of-7 from the field and 3-of-5 from the line, and with Rudy Gobert's (knee) timetable to return still up in the air, the Favors should see 30+ minutes as long as his troublesome knee holds up.
Apr 19 - 1:18 AM

Raul Neto (ankle) is available for Game 2 vs. the Clippers on Tuesday.

Neto will join the active list and Alec Burks will be inactive. At best, Neto will see a handful of minutes off the bench and can't be trusted in fantasy lineups.
Apr 18 - 10:16 PM

Rudy Gobert (left knee) was seen walking without a limp on Tuesday.

To be clear, Gobert will still miss Tuesday's Game 2 against the Clippers, and head coach Quin Snyder said he was hopeful to have him back "in a week or two," so Friday's Game 3 also seems a bit unlikely. Walking without a limp obviously isn't close to the sort of movement required to play in an NBA game, but at least he appears to be progressing in the right direction. Derrick Favors will start in Game 2, with Joe Johnson, Boris Diaw and Jeff Withey seeing an uptick in minutes.

Raul Neto (ankle) practiced on Monday, but he remains questionable to play in Game 2 against the Clippers on Tuesday.

With Utah's backcourt fully intact, Neto will be a negligible part of the rotation, so his playing status is irrelevant.
Apr 17 - 3:54 PM

Derrick Favors will draw the start in Tuesday's Game 2 against the Clippers.

Rudy Gobert (knee) has officially been ruled out for Game 2, so Favors should see his minutes in the 30s as Utah's starting center. Favors posted 15 points, six boards, two assists and one block through 32 minutes sans Gobert on Saturday, so that should be the baseline expectations for Favors moving forward.
Apr 17 - 2:43 PM

Rudy Gobert (left knee) has officially been ruled out for Tuesday's Game 2 against the Clippers.

This is not surprising at all considering that Gobert is dealing with both a hyperextension and bone bruise to his left knee, an injury that typically requires a multi-game absence. Head coach Quin Snyder said that he was hopeful to have Gobert back in action "in a week or two," so Game 3 on Friday also seems quite unrealistic. Derrick Favors should be Utah's starting center moving forward, and there will be more minutes available for guys like Joe Johnson, Boris Diaw and Jeff Withey.


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