If you were excited to see a familiar face make his return to Salt Lake, unfortunately you are going to have to wait as Derrick Favors was ruled out well in advance of this matchup.
Derrick Favors didn't travel with the team to Phoenix and he'll stay behind for the rest of the trip.— Will Guillory (@WillGuillory) November 22, 2019
That means he'll miss what was supposed to be his return to Utah on Saturday and Sunday's game vs LA Clippers.
Not only will Favs not be in uniform, he won’t even be in the building. Like many of you, I was disappointed we wouldn’t get to see Favors back in action against the team for which he played most of his career. In fact, here are some of his franchise rankings during his Jazz tenure: 10th in games played (576), 7th in made field goals (2821), 4th in rebounds (4250), 7th in blocks (772), 4th in field goal percentage (.526), and 8th in win shares (47.6).
He was a really good player for a really long time and will always be a Jazzman in our hearts. Ultimately, I think the Jazz made the right move in trading him this summer, but miss him eat the same time.
The Utah Jazz look extend their two game win streak with another home game tonight. This is actually only the 2nd time all season that they are playing consecutive games at home. After this they go on a long 5 game road trip, so getting tonight’s game is important.
The Pelicans come to Utah riding a 3 game winning streak against the Warriors, Blazers, and Suns. They've had some issues early on, particularly with health, but Brandon Ingram’s progression and JJ Redick’s hot streak has kept them afloat in the loaded West. The Jazz will need a better effort than they finished last night with if they want another win.
When: Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019 • 9:00 PM ET
Where: Vivint Smart Home Arena • Salt Lake City, UT
TV: AT&T Sports Net Rocky Mountain, FSNO
Radio: 97.5 FM | 1280 AM The Zone
What to watch for
Will Utah’s backcourt build off last night’s success?
Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley were fantastic last night. The two combined for 57 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists. They were efficient was well, going 21-38 from the field, 7-16 from 3, 8-10 from the line, and gave up only 1 turnover. Games like that put this duo among the league’s best backcourts. This type of play is exactly what we imagined when Mike Conley was brought to Utah and we’re starting to see it come to fruition. Now it’s down to delivering that play more consistently. Will they do it again tonight?
I’ll go back to a different era for today’s highlight. This remains one of my very favorite Deron Williams highlights.
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