Withey will return to the bench for Monday's game against the Clippers, Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune reports. Withey drew the spot start on Saturday against the Thunder with Rudy Gobert (knee) sitting out, posting two points (1-5 FG), five rebounds, one assist and two steals across 23 minutes. With Gobert back to full strength and re-entering the starting five, Withey will head back to the bench and could find himself outside the regular rotation completely.
Withey is a late addition to Saturday's starting lineup at center against the Thunder, reports. Although the team had already confirmed Rudy Gobert as a starter, they opted to sit him out at the last minute. As a result, Withey will draw a rare stating opportunity. He could be an interesting DFS play, but figures to return to a a role outside of the rotation when Gobert returns.
Withey played five minutes in a 88-72 loss to the Clippers on Monday, finishing with no points (0-2 FG), one rebound and one block. Withey saw only garbage-time minutes with the Clippers rolling to a decisive win, and that's typically been the extent of his opportunities this season. The reserve center has played in only seven of the Jazz's 22 games since the beginning of January, averaging only 4.3 minutes per contest during that span.
Withey received three minutes in a 110-77 win Friday over the Pistons, registering five points (1-1 FG, 3-3 FT) and one rebound. Withey looks to be the 13th man on the Jazz roster, as he was active Friday, but saw fewer minutes than every other player on a night in which coach Quin Snyder emptied the bench in the blowout win. Runaway victories or big losses are about the only occasions Withey sees the floor these days now that both Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors are healthy. Withey has appeared in only three of the Jazz's 15 games since mid-December.
Withey delivered four points (2-3 FG) and three rebounds across 11 minutes in Monday's 112-103 win over the Timberwolves. With Derrick Favors (knee) missing the last six games and facing an uncertain timetable for a return, Withey has been one of a few big men on the roster who has seen expanded opportunities. The 26-year-old has played in each of the six contests that Favors has sat out, while logging 10 or more minutes in the last five games. Even so, with starting center Rudy Gobert typically claiming 30-plus minutes, there probably isn't room for Withey to see his role expand much further, so he'll have difficulty approaching double-double production in any given game.
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