The Utah Jazz will go without the services of Boris Diaw (6-8 and 270 pounds) once again. This time against the Dallas Mavericks. The veteran power forward is suffering from a bruised right leg which caused him to miss the San Antonio Spurs game yesterday.
Look for Derrick Favors to replace Diaw in the lineup once again. There is an assumption that Favors will now become the new starter as Diaw has been unproductive in that role. His first three appearances of the season, going just 1-of-11 from the floor with a combined seven rebounds, two assists, and six fouls.
“He’s been playing banged up. We’ve got to get him healthy.” Head coach Quin Snyder said. “His health is a big thing.” Snyder continued to say: “We know and he knows as the season goes on that he’ll end up playing better and finding a little bit of a groove.”
Interesting enough is that Derrick Favors is also dealing with an injury and is on a minute restriction. Even though he started, Favors only played in 16 minutes. The power forward had six points and three rebounds in 16 minutes for the Jazz. He did not play in the second half as a precaution.
‘He’s on a minutes restriction,” Snyder said. ”We’re being smart with Fav and making sure that we bring him back the right way. I think he was ready to play. I think he got a little cold when we put him back in. He wasn’t quite the same, but that’s why we’re doing what we’re doing.”
Until both Boris Diaw and Derrick Favors can get back to full-time minutes, the Jazz will rely on Trey Lyles for the majority of the minutes. He put up 15 points (6/15) in 29 minutes last night and added seven rebounds with three assists.
With age creeping up on Diaw (34), he still can stand out in the NBA. With the Spurs in 2016, Diaw was averaging 18.2 minutes per game with 6.4 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 2.3 assists, this is where he should be when he returns to game time action for the Jazz.
The Doc’s Take: He has a leg contusion. Pain mobility and swelling will dictate RTP. 2 weeks estimate