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Jazz to be extremely shorthanded vs Spurs

Jazz, Spurs

The Utah Jazz will be extremely shorthanded against the San Antonio Spurs on Friday.

The Jazz are basically “resting” all of their main players versus the Spurs, who are fighting for the eighth seed out West.

The Jazz are in fourth place in the Western Conference standings. They are 2-2 so far down in Orlando, Florida. Utah has defeated the New Orleans Pelicans and Memphis Grizzlies and lost to the Los Angeles Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder.

Led by All-Stars Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, the Jazz have already clinched a spot in the 2020 playoffs. The Salt Lake City franchise is looking to get to the Western Conference Finals this season after losing in the second round in 2018 and the first round in 2019.

Once the postseason starts, the Jazz will ultimately go as far as Mitchell and Gobert can lead the team on both sides of the floor. Utah has lost to the Houston Rockets in the last two postseasons, so if the Jazz and Rockets meet in this year’s playoffs, we can expect that series to be physical.

In 67 starts this season, Mitchell is averaging 24.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game. He’s expected to sign a lucrative rookie-scale extension with Utah once the 2020 offseason period begins.

Gobert, meanwhile, is putting up 15.1 points, 13.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 2.0 blocks. He could very well win his third straight Defensive Player of the Year Award.

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