The Utah Jazz (14-10) host the Sacramento Kings (8-13) tonight. It will be the Jazz’ 25th game this season, and that’s a solid data set, right? A sample size under ‘n = 50’ is small, but at least 25 is a useful number for us sports fans. Well, the team is doing okay. They aren’t great. They aren’t bad. But a big deal has been the injuries. I figured out who has been out, which games, and more importantly, what the cumulative effect is for missing so many rotation guys out at the same time. Here’s a table. Enjoy.
The team is missing 2.92 rotation guys per game. (Also, love how there are 1.48 DNP-CD’s per game too, I guess Quin Snyder *really* doesn’t trust Raul Neto or Joel Bolomboy at all.) The main guys missed have been new starting point guard George Hill, starting power forward Derrick Favors, and bench scorer Alec Burks.
Clearly, the height of the absurdity was the last game, the 7 point loss at home to the Golden State Warriors, where Hill, Favors, Burks, Gordon Hayward, and Rodney Hood were all injured.
When the team is missing only TWO rotations players (or fewer) the team is 6-1.
Tonight the Jazz will again be without Hill, Hood, Favors, and Burks. Get healthy soon guys.