Player News - Jazz

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Gordon Hayward has been diagnosed with a left quadriceps contusion suffered during the fourth quarter on Saturday.

X-rays were negative, so he didn't suffer a fracture due to the contact from Austin Rivers. Hayward did return from this injury, but he asked out for a second time. Coach Quin Snyder also said Hayward is "fine" from this injury, so most signs point to him being ready for Monday.
Mar 25 - 7:49 PM

Coach Quin Snyder said he thinks Gordon Hayward is "fine" after bruising his left leg.

The coach added Hayward's injury wasn't to his knee joint and it was to a muscle in his leg. Hayward was not available to comment after the game, but the Jazz said that's their standard procedure for an injured player. For now, Hayward sounds like he'll be ready to roll for Monday against the Pelicans.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 25 - 6:42 PM

Rudy Gobert had very little help during a 108-95 loss to the Clippers on Saturday, scoring 26 points with 14 rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 36 minutes.

The Jazz probably would've lost by 35 without the Stifle Tower today. While he is known for his defense, Gobert's offense has reached a new height with his 22.5 usage rate, 20.6 offensive rebounding percentage and a 69.3 true shooting percentage over his last five. Advanced stats aside, that translates to box-score averages of 22.0 points, 15.0 boards, 4.2 blocks and 0.6 steals. He's a fantasy monster right now.
Mar 25 - 6:28 PM
Boris Diaw - F/C - Jazz

Boris Diaw scored six points with five rebounds, five assists and one steal in 21 minutes against the Clippers on Saturday.

It did not go well for Diaw and the Jazz are missing Derrick Favors (knee) right now. Sure, Favors may be playing on one leg, but that one leg is probably better than Diaw or Jeff Withey. Diaw can remain on the wire in just about all leagues.
Mar 25 - 6:23 PM

George Hill scored nine points with one rebound, one assist and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes against the Clippers on Saturday.

He did suffer what looked like a groin injury, but he stayed in the game after a timeout. He also was shut down by Chris Paul in this game, so there's no need to worry. Hill's minutes were climbing with 36.7 minutes per game over his previous three, but it's worth a mention he hasn't played in a back-to-back set since before this recent spike. The Jazz have games every other day from now until Apr. 4, so Hill should be all set for this four-game week coming up.
Mar 25 - 6:21 PM
Rodney Hood - G/F - Jazz

Rodney Hood made 4-of-13 from the field for nine points with four rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer in 23 minutes against the Clippers on Saturday.

He has not shown up since returning from his knee soreness, averaging 7.7 points, 3.0 boards, 0.7 steals and 1.0 treys on just 33.3 percent from the field in those three. Joe Ingles has outplayed Hood for the majority of the season and his knee issue may be the reason. Regardless, Hood isn't a fantasy option for most owners in this crucial part of the season.
Mar 25 - 6:15 PM
Joe Johnson - G/F - Jazz

Joe Johnson scored 14 points with three rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers in 26 minutes against the Clippers on Saturday.

He was really the only guy to step up on the perimeter for the Jazz. Johnson has been fairly inconsistent lately and this was his first game above 42 percent from the field since Mar. 13. He will likely be coming off the bench against the Pelicans on Tuesday.
Mar 25 - 6:12 PM
Joe Ingles - G/F - Jazz

Joe Ingles (right elbow) scored one point with three rebounds, five assists and one steal in 27 minutes against the Clippers on Saturday.

He looked to suffer a non-contact injury to his non-shooting elbow and left the game after the injury. Ingles didn't get treatment or medical attention after he checked out, and he did return shortly afterwards. For now, Ingles sounds like he's going to be OK. If Gordon Hayward (knee) does need to miss time, Ingles would be asked to step up.
Mar 25 - 6:04 PM

Gordon Hayward had left knee soreness in the fourth quarter against the Clippers on Saturday, finishing with 13 points, five rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

He banged knees with Austin Rivers and came out of the game on the next possession. After about two minutes on the bench, Hayward did return to action for two minutes and even hit a trey in that time, but he asked out of the game after that and did not return. Hayward had a big ice pack on his left knee and went to the locker room before the game was completed. It didn't look bad and hopefully he'll be ready to play against the Pelicans on Monday to start his four-game week.
Mar 25 - 5:58 PM
Boris Diaw - F/C - Jazz

Boris Diaw will start against the Clippers on Saturday.

The Jazz had the same plan against the Clippers in their last game with Diaw as the starter. In that one back on Mar. 13, Diaw scored five points with three boards in just 21 minutes, so there's not much to like here from a fantasy perspective. Joe Johnson scored 14 points in 28 minutes in that game, as well.
Mar 25 - 3:06 PM

Shelvin Mack (ankle) is questionable to play against the Clippers on Saturday.

The Jazz won't need Mack anyway with George Hill somewhat healthy against Chris Paul.
Mar 24 - 3:29 PM

Derrick Favors (knee) will not play against the Clippers on Saturday.

The good news is he was doing some shooting at practice on Friday. Favors' bone bruise has kept him out since Mar. 7 and the Jazz aren't in a rush to bring him back, especially after he said he was playing on one leg earlier this month. The last time the Jazz played the Clips on Mar. 13, Boris Diaw got the start in the win. Joe Johnson may come off the bench, but he's still the better DFS play.
Mar 24 - 3:26 PM
Rodney Hood - G/F - Jazz

Rodney Hood had another forgettable game on Wednesday, logging 21 minutes to finish with three points on 1-of-4 shooting, three rebounds, one assist and one turnover.

Hood was in foul trouble during his return from a knee injury on Monday, but tonight he was the victim of his own inefficiency -- Joe Ingles played 25 minutes, Joe Johnson played 23 minutes, and even Alec Burks logged 19 scoreless minutes. With his uninspiring play and recurring knee soreness, Hood is tough to trust if you're battling for the fantasy playoffs.
Mar 23 - 2:03 AM

Raul Neto scored a season-high 10 points in 14 minutes on Wednesday, going 4-of-4 from the field with two 3-pointers and one assist.

Dante Exum has been unimpressive lately, so coach Quin Snyder rolled with Neto as his primary backup PG tonight. The veteran made the most of the opportunity, knocking down some easy looks from the corner for his first double-digit scoring performance since Mar. 17 last season.
Mar 23 - 2:02 AM
Boris Diaw - F/C - Jazz

Boris Diaw drew the start on Wednesday in place of Joe Johnson, but finished with just five points, one rebound, one assist and one 3-pointer.

Diaw played 14 minutes and this is a predictably quiet return -- he's averaging 15.5 minutes off the bench this season, and that only goes up to 21.2 minutes as a starter. There's no reason to touch him in most leagues.
Mar 23 - 2:01 AM


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