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|Northwest Division||95.1 (5th)||94.9 (1st)|
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Utah Jazz forward Grant Jerrett (shoulder) will be held out of Tuesday's exhibition against the Los Angeles Lakers , Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Jerrett is still recovering from a dislocated right shoulder suffered during the summer league. It's not clear when he'll be able to take the court again.
Utah Jazz forward Chris Johnson (concussion) has been cleared to play in Tuesday's exhibition against the Los Angeles Lakers , the Deseret News reports.
Johnson passed all NBA-mandated concussion tests following the head injury he suffered during practice last week. Though Johnson will likely see some playing time Tuesday, he's likely too far down the Jazz's depth chart to make a serious push for an opening night roster spot.
Utah Jazz guard Raul Neto scored only two points (0-3 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT) in Sunday's preseason debut against the Los Angeles Lakers , but finished the game with a team-leading six steals and four assists.
The Jazz ratcheted up their defensive intensity in the 20 minutes when Neto was on the court, finishing with a plus-20 point differential. In contrast to incumbent starting point guard Trey Burke , Neto is a pass-first defensive stopper who figures to give the Jazz a jolt of energy whenever he's on the court. For now, the question remains how often Quin Snyder may choose to deploy Neto. Burke's development has seemed to flat line since he was selected in the first round of the 2013 NBA Draft, so if he continues to struggle in the subsequent preseason games to come, Neto could make a serious run at the starting job.
Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (sore groin) will not play Tuesday against the Los Angeles Lakers , Jody Genessy of the Deseret News reports.
Favors has been dealing with a small pull in his groin, prompting the Jazz to leave him out of the lineup in their preseason matchup against the Lakers on Tuesday. While the injury doesn't appear to be serious, more information should be available later in the week.
Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder confirmed Rudy Gobert would start at center this season, Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Given the huge minutes he logged from January onward last season, there wasn't any real doubt that Gobert would top Utah's depth chart at center in 2015-16. In just two seasons in the NBA, Gobert has already established himself as one of the league's preeminent rim protectors, and still has plenty of untapped potential on the offensive end.
Fantasy players will draft Gobert for the huge rebound and block totals that he's virtually certain to provide in guaranteed minutes this season, but it's that unrealized offensive upside that could take his value to even greater heights. Gobert shot a robust 60.4 percent from the field last season, so if he can simply raise his shot attempts from the five-per-game to the seven- or eight-per-game range, he should crank out double-doubles with relative ease.
|2014-15 Team Leaders|
|PPG||Gordon Hayward , SF||19.2|
|RPG||Rudy Gobert , C||9.5|
|APG||Trey Burke , PG||4.3|
|FG%||Derrick Favors , PF||52.5|
|FT%||Gordon Hayward , SF||81.2|
|3P%||Gordon Hayward , SF||36.4|
|BLOCKS||Rudy Gobert , C||189|
|STEALS||Gordon Hayward , SF||108|
|MPG||Gordon Hayward , SF||34.4|
|Full Team Statistics|
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