Joe Ingles’ impressive record ends after sitting out vs. Bucks
Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles is considered as the NBA’s Iron Man after playing 418 games straight games over the last five years. But that impressive record came to a halt on Friday after Ingles sat out their game against the Milwaukee Bucks due to a right Achilles soreness, putting an end to the longest active streak in the league.
Prior to the game against the Bucks, the 33-year-old Ingles hasn’t missed an outing since December 16, 2015, back in his sophomore year.
In an era when load management has become a thing, Ingles’ durability is a laudable feat. Jazz coach Quinn Snyder can attest to just how dependable Jingles is, claiming he brushed off minor injuries in the past just to be able to help his team win (via Eric Woodyard of ESPN).
“I know he’d be playing if he could. There’s been a lot of times that he’s played through pain and probably an injury that he hasn’t told us about at times. But, obviously, you miss a player in the short run like Joe, but he’ll be back. He’s just gotta get healthy and we try to do what we can do to make up for not having him.”
Even without their trusted swingman, the Jazz still came away victorious against the Bucks, 131-118 at the Fiserv Forum.
Joe Ingles’ minutes have taken a slight dip at the start of the season, but he still remains a solid contributor. In eight games, the 6-foot-7 lefty has normed 10.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 3.4 assists, while knocking down 46.9 percent of his field goals and 35 percent of his three-pointers.