The Utah Jazz (33-41) returned to practice today after defeating the Minnesota Timberwolves (16-58) on Monday in Minneapolis 104-84. The Jazz will return to action on Wednesday when they go up against the Denver Nuggets (28-46) at EnergySolutions Arena at 7:00 PM. The Nuggets come into the game losers of 5 out of their last 7 games including their game on Saturday when they lost to the Portland Trail Blazers 120-114. However, the Jazz and Nuggets met up last Friday when Denver beat the Jazz 107-91 at the Pepsi Center. Since that loss, the Jazz have won 2 straight games as well as returned to playing better defensively as they only allowed an average of 86.5 points per game in their 2 wins.
Derrick Favors missed his second straight game on Monday with back spasms and Rodney Hood left Monday’s game with concussion like symptoms after receiving an elbow to the head. Hood has been diagnosed with a concussion and will now begin the NBA’s Return-to-Participation Exertion Protocol. Favors is listed as questionable for tomorrow night’s game. In Monday’s win Gordon Hayward led the way with 22 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals. Trevor Booker added 17 points and 13 rebounds in place of the injured Derrick Favors. Trey Burke scored 19 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, and handed out 3 assists off the bench. Rudy Gobert finished with a double-double, 15 points and 12 rebounds. Gobert also had 3 blocked shots and is averaging 2.31 blocks per game. He has a total of 171 blocks on the season, which is 2 behind Anthony Davis’ league-leading 173.
Here is Utah Jazz Guard/Forward Joe Ingles with the media following practice:
Here is Utah Jazz Forward Trevor Booker with the media after practice:
Utah Jazz Head Coach Quin Snyder met with the media following practice: