The hapless Utah Jazz will have bodies out of the rotation yet again, as point guard George Hill (sprained right thumb) and power forward Derrick Favors (left knee bone contusion) will be out of the lineup against the Chicago Bulls on Thursday, according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.
The team will heavily rely on Hood and Gordon Hayward to provide much of the scoring punch.
Dante Exum and Trey Lyles will likely take the place of Hill and Favors as they did last game. Exum is young and has frustrated coach Quin Snyder by running a makeshift offense instead of his own, so it’s likely he’ll shift to a shooting guard position once Hill, who is missing his sixth straight game, returns from injury.
Favors had an MRI on Wednesday which revealed a left knee bone contusion and could miss an extended period of time. The knee has been the big man’s worst nightmare for most of this season and could cost him many games until it fully heals.
“Rest is the main thing and then treatment to the extent that he can do it, whatever that entails,” Snyder told MacMahon. “Then hopefully in time he gets better.”