Exum (shoulder) finished with seven points (2-3 FG, 1-1 3Pt.), four assists and a rebound over 16 minutes in Monday's loss to Toronto.
Exum's status was uncertain heading into Monday's contest after suffering a shoulder injury during Saturday's matchup with Denver, but he evidently felt healthy enough to take the court in a 124-111 loss. He's averaging 6.6 points, 2.6 assists and 1.8 rebounds over his previous five games and will continue to serve as the backup point guard heading into Wednesday's tilt against Dallas.
Exum was pulled from Saturday's game against Denver due to an injured right shoulder but will return, Eric Walden of the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Exum scored two points in seven minutes before sustaining the injury. The 23-year-old guard has been a bench player for the Jazz, averaging 9.1 points over 19 minutes per game, but is shooting just 39.3 percent from the field.
Exum supplied 14 points (4-9 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 5-6 FT), four rebounds, three assists, and one steal in 25 minutes during Wednesday's 128-125 loss to the Timberwolves.
Exum was on the court during crunch time with Donovan Mitchell (hamstring) unable to finish the contest. If Mitchell ends up missing Friday's matchup with the Grizzlies, expect Exum to be among those called upon to pick up the slack on both ends.
Exum has quietly put together a pair of 13-point efforts off the Jazz bench to open the season, an encouraging sight for both the team and fantasy owners who may be holding the 23-year-old in deep formats and dynasty leagues. There's still hope for the 2014 fifth overall pick to forge a solid NBA career given his young age, but he'll need to avoid the injury bug for the first time since his rookie campaign in order to deliver on his promise. The productive start is certainly a step in the right direction, although it remains to be seen in what range Exum's minutes will settle behind Ricky Rubio as the season unfolds.
Exum's return from a two-game absence was a successful one, as he was considerably more productive than in his one other exhibition appearance back on Sept. 29. The 23-year-old projects to serve as Ricky Rubio's primary backup once again in the coming campaign after demonstrating drastic improvement in his shot last season over a small 14-game sample (career-high 48.3 percent success rate).
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