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Game #46: Timberwolves (14-33) @ Jazz (20-25) Location: Vivint Smart Home Arena • Salt Lake City, UT Time: 7:00 p.m. (MT) TV: ROOT Sports • Radio: 1280 AM / 97.5 FM

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Let's be real. If the Utah Jazz don't win tonight against the Minnesota Timberwolves, well, the trade drums will get a little louder. Some of us, really most of us, just want to see what this team can do when healthy. And so far this season (and last) that was not the case. Utah has 20 wins when it easily should have had more. But this is the reality we live in -- one with injuries. The Jazz are pretty healthy right now, and at home, so we expect a win. Anything less will be . . . very out of tune.

2015 2016 Fanbase Map Minnesota Utah

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Starters:

Player POS G MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG
PG Ricky Rubio PG 41 30.2 9.4 4.4 8.6 2.2 0.1
SG Andrew Wiggins SG/SF 46 35.1 20.8 3.8 1.9 0.8 0.5
SF Tayshaun Prince SF 47 21.1 3.2 2.0 1.0 0.5 0.2
PF Gorgui Dieng PF/C 47 23.9 8.3 6.5 1.3 1.1 1.0
C Karl-Anthony Towns C 47 29.4 16.1 9.8 1.4 0.7 1.8

vs.

Player POS G MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG
PG Raul Neto PG 44 19.0 5.6 1.4 2.3 0.9 0.0
SG Rodney Hood SG/SF 43 30.6 14.0 3.2 2.6 0.9 0.2
SF Gordon Hayward SF/SG 45 35.5 19.9 5.0 3.6 1.2 0.3
PF Trey Lyles (*) PF/SF 43 18.5 4.8 4.2 0.7 0.3 0.3
C Rudy Gobert C 24 32.7 9.4 10.4 1.6 0.8 2.6

So, I don't know if or why Lyles is still starting and for how long. But if he's not then put Favs there.

UPDATE: FAVORS WILL START!


Key Bench:

Player POS G MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG
6 Andre Miller PG 20 10.8 3.6 0.9 2.4 0.5 0.0
7 Zach LaVine PG/SG 47 23.3 12.5 3.1 3.1 0.7 0.1
8 Shabazz Muhammad SF/SG 47 20.5 10.0 3.1 0.5 0.2 0.1
9 Nemanja Bjelica PF 41 18.8 4.7 3.4 1.4 0.4 0.4
10 Nikola Pekovic C 10 13.9 5.4 1.7 1.0 0.0 0.0

No Kevins hurts here and screws up their regular rotation on the bench. (And starters too)

vs.

Player POS G MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG
6 Trey Burke PG 45 24.5 12.3 2.0 2.7 0.6 0.1
7 Joe Ingles SG/SF 44 14.3 4.2 1.7 1.1 0.5 0.1
8 Chris Johnson SF/SG 36 11.3 3.1 1.8 0.8 0.6 0.3
9 Trevor Booker PF 43 22.9 5.7 6.6 1.0 1.0 0.5
10 Derrick Favors (*) PF/C 28 31.7 16.6 8.3 1.5 1.4 1.1

But then again, that's the same deal with our squad. If Favors starts then do I put Jeff Withey here? And man, our bench wings look bad with Alec in the roster.

Injuries / Absences:

  • Kevin Garnett (PF/C) -- OUT, has a sore right knee. The Wolves PR says he's doubtful, gambling websites say he's out. Guess which group of people is more reputable . . .
  • Kevin Martin (SG) -- OUT, he has a sore right wrist, and again, Wolves PR has him as doubtful, but the gamblers have him out
  • Adreian Payne (PF) -- ASSIGNED to NBA DL
  • Dante Exum (PG/SG) -- OUT, with left ACL rehabilitation
  • Alec Burks (SG/PG) -- OUT, with left fibula rehabilitation
  • Tibor Pleiss (C) -- ASSIGNED to NBA DL

GO JAZZ GO!

Poll

Who is going to win tonight?

This poll is closed

  • 18%
    Minnesota Timberwolves
    (7 votes)
  • 81%
    Utah Jazz
    (31 votes)
38 votes total Vote Now