Favors has spent nearly his entire career in Utah and is coming off a 2017-18 campaign where the big man started all 77 games he played in. That translated to averages of 12.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.1 blocks across 28.0 minutes, though there's a chance his role changes a bit despite being re-signed. The emergence of Donovan Mitchell and continued dominance of Rudy Gobert make Favors a complementary piece. He's still going to see plenty of run on a night-to-night basis, but Favors may have to settle for more of a backseat role, often backing up the center position in addition to his typical work at power forward. The Jazz are also playing it safe and the second year of Favors' deal isn't guaranteed.
Favors contributed just five points (2-2 FG, 1-2 FT), one rebound, one assist and one steal in 16 minutes during Sunday's 100-87 loss to the Rockets.
Favors was questionable heading into Sunday's Game Four but eventually took the floor, albeit from the bench. He played primarily as a backup center to matchup with the smaller lineup of the Jazz, a role that has not sat well with his production over the past couple of seasons. Whether he moves back into the starting lineup for the must-win Game 5 on Tuesday or not, his upside is certainly limited and his impact on the game is going to reflect that.
Favors (ankle) will be available for Sunday's Game 4 against the Rockets but will not start.
Favors was forced to leave Friday's Game 3 early after spraining his ankle, but it looks like he'll still try to give it a go Sunday night. The move to bring Favors off the bench might be as tactical as it is health-related, as the Jazz struggled mightily to both score and defend in Friday's blowout loss, and starting out with Jae Crowder at the four in a small lineup may help on both sides of the ball. Expect Favors to see his role slightly reduced, as he'll likely see majority of his minutes in relief of center Rudy Gobert.
Favors (ankle) remains questionable for Game 4 against the Rockets on Sunday, Kyle Goon of the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
It was reported a day ago that Favors was going to try to play in Game 4, but his designation as questionable indicates the Jazz aren't quite ready to give him the go ahead. Look for Favors to test out the ankle during pregame warmups to make sure everything feels fine, so a final word on his availability may not come until just before tip-off. An absence from Favors would likely mean more Jae Crowder and Jonas Jerebko.
Favors (ankle) intends to try to play in Sunday's Game 4 against the Rockets, Tony Jones of The Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Favors sprained his ankle during Game 3, forcing him out of the contest. While there seems to be some optimism that he can take the court for Game 4, nothing is set in stone. So, he should be tentatively be considered questionable for the time being. More information may arrive after Sunday's morning shootaround.
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