Jazz will be down three point guards in Friday night’s game vs. Lakers
The Utah Jazz will be severely undermanned when they face the Los Angeles Lakers tomorrow night.
The Jazz, currently ninth in the Western Conference standings with a 21-21 record, will be without six players in tomorrow’s game, according to Yahoo Sports’ Keith Smith:
The Utah Jazz announced that point guards Dante Exum, Ricky Rubio and Raul Neto are all OUT for tomorrow’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Grayson Allen, Tony Bradley and Thabo Sefolosha are all OUT as well.
Donovan Mitchell and Joe Ingles are going to have to do the bulk of the ballhandling for Utah tomorrow, as there isn’t a healthy PG available on the roster. Naz Mitrou-Long presumably gets a shot too. He’s averaged 5 APG in the NBAGL this season.
Rubio, Neto, and Sefolosha have all been diagnosed with hamstring strains and will be re-evaluated within a week. Exum and Allen are both dealing with an ankle sprain. While Tony Bradley suffered a knee injury while playing in the G-League.
Utah will be facing a Lakers team that has injury issues of their own, missing LeBron James and Rajon Rondo for the past 10 games. Both are expected to miss tomorrow’s game as well.
This is the first time this season that the Jazz have dealt with injuries that will cause their players to miss a significant amount of time.
They should be able to take advantage of a light schedule. They will be facing the cellar dwelling teams like the Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls, and Detroit Pistons in the coming days.
They could also steal a game against the Lakers, who have struggled mightily since LeBron’s absence.
The Jazz cannot afford to have a losing stretch, if they want to keep their playoff hopes alive.