But somewhat missed in the blowout was an injury to Elijah Millsap. He got hit on the head on a made contact layup, was down for a bit, but came back to play because he's just that tough. Thankfully, he can be tough but the Utah Jazz can be safe and smart.
Via the Utah Jazz:
Millsap has been diagnosed by the Jazz medical staff with a mild concussion after receiving an elbow to the head during the second quarter of tonight's 94-66 victory over Charlotte.
Per the NBA's Concussion Policy, Millsap will now begin the NBA-mandated protocol for return-to-participation following a diagnosed concussion and his status moving forward is day-to-day.
Further updates will be provided when appropriate.
Via the Utah Jazz:
The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has recalled guard Ian Clark from the NBA Development League's Idaho Stampede, the Jazz's exclusive D-League affiliate.
Clark was assigned to the Stampede on Feb. 24. Clark (6-3, 180, Belmont) appeared in seven games (six starts) for the Stampede, averaging 14.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.1 steals in 32.0 minutes per contest. He scored in double figures in five games, reaching 20-plus points once. In his last three games, Clark averaged 15.0 points on 44.4 percent shooting (16-of-36) and 3.7 assists.
The 6-3 guard has appeared in 20 games as a reserve this season for the Jazz, averaging 1.9 points in 6.7 minutes per game.
I like Clark, but the evidence (signing Patrick Christopher, Elijah Millsap, Elliot Williams, Chris Johnson instead of just playing him more) suggests that the Jazz are not sold on his long term ability to play shooting guard at the NBA level. In Idaho the idea is for him to somehow become a combo guard, with more of an emphasis on point. This is what he was spending much of his time in training camp on (as the 3rd or 4th string PG). Over his career he has demonstrated, to me at least, that he is good enough to be BETTER than most NBA-DL shooting guards. Last season in the DL he averaged 12.4 ppg (34.4 3pt%), 3.3 rpg, 5.3 apg, and 1.6 spg. This season "down there" he is scoring more, shooting better (40.4 3pt%), but rebounding and passing less. His turn overs have increased as well. Meh. Ian is a career 35.8 3pt% shooter at the NBA level, and while he's only 6'3, he does have the ability to do good things out there on the floor.
He's not the defender that Eli is, or have the body or size that some of those other guards had (Pat, Elliot, Chris, etc) -- but I think he's able to play in this league. We'll see if he gets a shot against the Wizards.