Burks will not play Tuesday against Portland, Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
It doesn't come as much of a surprise that Burks will miss Utah's season opener considering that he hasn't participated in a full practice for the Jazz ever since undergoing knee surgery in June. In his absence, expect Dante Exum and Shelvin Mack to see increased opportunities.
The Jazz don't have a definitive timetable for his return, so with Burks yet to log a full practice as the regular season approaches, it seems like a virtual certainty that he'll miss multiple games. His absence to begin the season will create more opportunities on the second unit for Dante Exum and perhaps Shelvin Mack.
It's good to hear Burks was going through some agility drills, but considering he's still yet to be cleared for contact with less than two weeks until the regular season opener, there appears to be a chance he won't be ready to go at that point in time. Coach Quin Snyder indicated earlier in September that Burks doesn't have a timetable for a return and that still looks to be the case, as nothing has been reported indicating he's almost back to full strength. Burks will open the season coming off the bench in a loaded backcourt, but needs to figure out how to stay healthy after playing in just 58 games combined over the last two seasons.
Burks (ankle) is without a return timetable, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Burks is yet to be cleared for contact since undergoing knee surgery in June, but coach Quin Snyder said last month that he expects the shooting guard to be back before the start of the regular season. When asked for comment Saturday, Snyder indicated only that Burks is continuing to work toward a return. "There's no way for us to predict day-by-day when he will return," Snyder said. "He's making progress and he's doing everything he can to get back. But he's not at the point where he can return, yet." With Gordon Hayward (finger) expected to miss six weeks, Burks, if healthy, would likely step into an expanded role at the start of the season.
Burks still isn't taking full contact in practice while he continues to rehab his left knee following arthroscopic surgery, so it's not surprising that he'll miss a second straight preseason game.
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