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Ricky Rubio, Raul Neto probable to play for Jazz vs. Suns

Ricky Rubio, Raul Neto, Jazz

A little over a week ago, the Utah Jazz were scraping at the bottom of the barrel for backcourt help. It appears they will no longer have that problem.

Ricky Rubio and Raul Neto are officially probable to return against the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday, per Eric Walden of The Salt Lake Tribune. The two point guards were sidelined on Monday against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Following the outrage that spread like wildfire: from the racial howling in the crowd directed at Russell Westbrook during Monday’s game, to a social media fracas shortly after, to finally an official lifetime issued to the fan on Tuesday. The Jazz are using their match-up against the lowly Suns as an opportunity to get postseason ready.

Ricky Rubio, 28, will make his return after missing the last two games with a hip injury. The eight-year vet is currently averaging 12.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 6.1 assists for Utah.

Raul Neto, meanwhile, has been dealing with a hamstring issue and has been sidelined in the team’s past six games. In 25 games played so far, he is averaging 4.9 points and 2.3 assists.

Head coach Quin Snyder has been endowed with a Herculean task for much of the year, trying to win games while at least one or two of his players have consistently been sidelined throughout its entirety.

“The guys that are able to play, they feel that, and oftentimes raise their level and do different things,” Snyder told Andy Larsen of The Salt Lake Tribune. “It’s not unfamiliar to us. It doesn’t make it easier. The ballhandling responsibilities go to the guys who are quote-unquote twos or threes.”

The team also saw guard Dante Exum return to the court in a timely sequence of events, after missing close to 30 games with an ankle injury. He finished scoreless with three assists in 15 minutes of action.

The Jazz currently sit at 37-29 after the loss to the Thunder.