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Game Preview: Utah Jazz at Phoenix Suns

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The Exum-less Jazz travel to Phoenix to take on the young Suns.

NBA: Utah Jazz at Phoenix Suns Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Jazz won a meaningless battle the other night, but were dealt a severe blow in preparation for the war that is the NBA season. Dante Exum is out, most likely for the season. But he’s not dead or anything—he’s actually been hanging out with Joe Ingles and the adorable Ingles twins—and the Jazz must play on.

Game Info

When: Monday, October 9th at 7:00pm MT

Where: Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, AZ

Radio: 1280 or 97.5 The Zone. There will be no televised broadcast of this game.


Utah Jazz:

NBA: Utah Jazz-Media Day Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

Get used to reading this, folks. Separated left shoulder.

Phoenix Suns:

Brandon Knight (torn ACL)

Alan Williams (torn meniscus)

What to Watch For

Who gets the backup point guard minutes? Who gets the third-string point guard minutes?

On Friday, Quin Snyder used a mix of Alec Burks and Donovan Mitchell at the backup point guard position. It seems that the Jazz have a decision to make. They can either continue this course or keep Raul Neto and vote another player off the island. Dante was going to be a big part of this season, and the backcourt rotations are going to need some serious adjusting.

NBA: Preseason-Sydney Kings at Utah Jazz Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

Can Ricky Rubio find his shot?

The answer up to this point has been no, but we’re going to continue to watch this closely. Rubio is 2-16 in the last three games.

Battle of the Bench Bigs: Alex Len vs. Ekpe Udoh and Joel Bolomboy

The Suns like to start small, but they have a bruising big man in Alex Len coming off the bench. We all know that Rudy can handle him, but it was more of a fight the other night when he was facing the Jazz bench mob, posting a solid 18/9 on 8-10 shooting.

NBA: Preseason-Maccabi Haifa B.C. at Utah Jazz Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

How about the offense?

Overall, Quin Snyder’s system looks good. The ball gets to the right spots most of the time. However, the Jazz lack one go-to scorer as of now. The Jazz led by 16 points at halftime, but let the Suns back into the game quickly by only scoring 19 points in the third quarter. The hope is that Rodney Hood, Rudy Gobert, or perhaps Donovan Mitchell, given time, will become “the guy.”

Most likely Jazz-killer

Of course Devin Booker goes on this list, because he can get hot at any time, but the Jazz had the most trouble with Alex Len last Friday.

NBA: Phoenix Suns-Media Day Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

One more thing

Apparently Thabo Sefolosha is a hero. I didn’t become aware of this story until yesterday.