Mike Conley expected to miss a few more weeks with hamstring injury
Having missed two weeks with his hamstring strain early in the season, the lefty veteran re-injured it on Dec. 17 against the Orlando Magic, bound to miss a considerable amount of time recovering from this lingering injury.
The Jazz have already made a few adjustments, trading Dante Exum for Jordan Clarkson, who should help them with instant offense off the bench or as a potential backcourt partner for Donovan Mitchell, who will take on the bulk of backcourt duties.
Joe Ingles has replaced Conley as the main playmaker, but despite a hot start on Thursday against the Portland Trail Blazers, he’s struggled mightily with his shot, which could come back to haunt the Jazz unless he’s put his woes behind him.
Ingles seems to have done so in the past few games, as he’s shooting a striking 53.4% from the floor in December and a scorching 53.6% from deep in December. He’s made 50% or more of his field goals in eight of his team’s 12 games this month and is riding 27- and 26-point performances in his last two outings.
The Jazz are 3-1 since Conley’s injury and could sustain their success without him, but the margin for error is slim, as they find themselves five games out of first place and in the sixth spot of a ruthless Western Conference.