Mack finished with eight points (3-9 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four assists, two steals and one rebound across 26 minutes in Saturday's 105-98 win over the Nuggets. Though George Hill (toe) missed a second straight game, Mack has been bypassed for the starts in both contests, as coach Quin Snyder has elected to go with Dante Exum. Snyder may just have wanted to keep Mack on the bench in order to leave his second unit intact, as Mack has still outpaced Exum for minutes in both contests, just as he had in the preceding four games. Look for Mack to retain the primary backup duties when Hill returns, which could come as soon as Tuesday's tilt with the Suns or Thursday's game against the Warriors.
Mack posted a season-high 17 points (7-9 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT), four assists and three rebounds across 28 minutes in Monday's 102-96 loss to the Grizzlies. Despite ceding starting duties at point guard to Dante Exum over the last three games, Mack hasn't seen his production suffer much while transitioning back to a bench role. In those three contests, Mack is averaging 12.7 points (on 61.5% shooting), 3.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.0 three-pointer in 25.7 minutes per game. Both Mack and Exum, however, will likely see their playing time creep closer to 15-to-20 minutes once George Hill (thumb) is cleared to return to action.
Mack produced 12 points (6-8 FG, 0-2 3Pt), two rebounds and two assists across 23 minutes in Saturday's 102-91 win over the Heat. Mack started at point guard in the Jazz's first two games without George Hill (finger), but he's given way to Dante Exum at in the last two contests. The starting role ultimately hasn't mattered much for either player, as Mack has seen between 23 and 28 minutes in all four contests, while Exum has settled between 20 and 29 minutes. Though he shot the ball well Saturday, Mack isn't expected to earn a boost in court time as a result.
Mack will not start Friday against the Magic. Regular point guard George Hill (finger) remains out Friday, but Mack will return to the bench, and the Jazz will go with Dante Exum as the starting point guard. Mack and Exum will still handle the bulk of the point guard duties in Hill's absence, but the lineup change could result in a few less minutes for Mack, and a few more for Exum.
Mack will start at point guard for Monday's game against the Sixers, Jazz radio play-by-play announcer David Locke reports. George Hill is the usual starter for the Jazz, but he's dealing with a sprained thumb and is set to be sidelined Monday. That opens up the opportunity for Mack to move into the starting lineup and he should see his minutes increased after averaging 17.0 minutes up to this point in the season. That said, he'll have to share the extra playing time with Dante Exum and Raul Neto as well, which could still limit his upside a bit.
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