The Utah Jazz just released an update on the injury situation for bigman Derrick Favors. It’s not good news. It’s not horrible news, but at the very least it does confirm the speculation that surrounded Favors’ play of late - he was playing hurt.
From the release:
The following is a medical update on Utah Jazz forward/center Derrick Favors:
Favors was examined Saturday by the Utah Jazz medical staff and underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) testing, the results of which showed a bone contusion on his left knee. In order to allow the injury proper time to heal, he will continue to receive treatment and will be reevaluated later this week. Further updates will be provided when appropriate.
Now in his seventh season with the Jazz, the 25-year-old Favors (6-10, 265, Georgia Tech) has appeared in 47 games (39 starts) this season and is averaging 9.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.9 blocks in 24.1 minutes.
The Utah Jazz, NBA.com, 2016
Favors hinted as much when he defended himself on twitter (the comment was made that Favors leads the league in getting something bad happen to him, I don’t remember if it was dunked on the most, or blocked the most on dunks or something), and suggested that he was playing on one leg.
A bone contusion is something that only goes away with time. He’s going to either play through it (and shut up about injuries) or sit out. With him, the starting PF and back-up C out it’s very thin in the middle. If Rudy Gobert is also out - like the game against the Thunder - then the Jazz Xs and Os on defense are completely gone.
I hope he and Rudy, who isn’t mentioned as having a time intensive injury, are healthy for the playoffs. I rather they were both iron men like Karl Malone, but no one was as tough as him.
If Favors is missing a week of action that probably means Monday’s game at home against the Los Angeles Clippers, and then the four game road trip that goes out East to face the Detroit Pistons, Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls, and Indiana Pacers. Maybe he goes on the trip - we’ve seen Jazzmen come back in the middle of road trips before this season.
I hope it all works out for the team, the players, and us very neurotic fans.