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Raul Neto showing his value as a backup PG

He’s also a menace to opposing player’s ankles

NBA: Los Angeles Clippers at Utah Jazz Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

Raul Neto has been a solid asset for the Utah Jazz since his return from injury. He’s quietly averaging 5.7 points in just over 11 minutes per game and is shooting 55.6 percent from 3-point range in his last six game.

He’s also had a positive +/- in every game except one (against Detroit he was at +0) and is an overall +23 in those six games. It’s not the most sound correlation, but the Jazz are 3-3 since his return (after going 4-11 during his absence) and Neto might be making a subtle, yet real, impact.

And in case you need another reason to like Raul Neto, he did this against the Pistons:

Unfortunately, there’s a reason the gif gets cut off before the basket. Neto missed the open layup. But he still made Stanley Johnson look like he was roller-skating in an ice rink, so he gets some style points.

Editor’s Note: Check out Raul Neto getting clowned by his teammates on twitter for the $100 dollar move and two cent finish.

Yesterday Today is Australia Day, which gives us a chance to give our well-wishes to Dante Exum and Joe Ingles.

Both of these guys are integral parts of the Jazz organization (though for different reasons) and we’re happy to have them with us. We’ll be even happier once Exum finds his way back onto the court.

Former Jazz standout Carlos Boozer has been busy this week. Firstly, he’s joining the BIG3 league. The former All-Star will be a co-captain for the Ghost Ballers.

He also made an appearance with NBA TV’s The Starters, while in his best James Harden costume.

The Jazz didn’t play yesterday, but their fingerprints were all over the Knicks/Nuggets game last night. Three former Utah Jazz players combined for 59 points, 14 rebounds and 15 assists (and just one turnover) shooting 26/37 (70.3 percent) from the field.

While Enes Kanter and Trey Lyles have posted 20-point games with some degree of regularity in recent weeks, Trey Burke’s 18/11 night was special for him. Not just because it was his first double-double since December of 2014; it was also just his ninth game played since the start of the 2017 calendar year (including playoffs).

In light of tonight’s game against the Raptors, just over 12 years ago Andrei Kirilenko put together a triple-double in a 13-point victory over Toronto at home in the then-Delta Center.

Kinda makes you wish the Jazz that Kirilenko on the team right now.