Storyline: Derrick Favors Injury

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Lingering issues with his left knee have forced Derrick Favors to miss roughly one-third of the Utah Jazz’s games this season. But, after going through a full practice Friday, Favors was pronounced good to go for Saturday night’s home game against the Charlotte Hornets. “It feels good,” Favors said of his balky knee following Friday morning’s practice session at the Zion’s Bank Basketball Center. “The knee’s doing good. It helped (having several days off), got a lot of treatment and it feels good.”

Favors, whose averages of 9.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per game are his lowest since the 2011-12 season, said he doesn’t think the persistent soreness will continue to be a problem beyond this season. “It’s not,” he said. “I’m just being smart with it, though. I missed a couple of games, it’s been sore here and there, but we’re taking the smart approach, thinking long-term, just being smart with it and making sure I’m a hundred percent healthy when we need it.”
1 year ago via ESPN

Utah Jazz power forward/center Derrick Favors will play Wednesday night after missing the previous 12 games due to a bone bruise in his left knee, league sources told ESPN. Favors isn’t expected to play much against the Oklahoma City Thunder, as he will be on a strict minutes restriction. He returned to practice this week and was a full participant Tuesday. “I don’t want to try to do too much too soon,” Favors told Utah reporters Monday. “I want to get back into a rhythm and get in shape.”
1 year ago via ESPN

Jazz PF Derrick Favors on his problematic left knee: “It’s just something I’m trying to fight through and deal with. It just keeps getting sore, really sore, on me. We’ll see [if he needs to sit for an extended period]. I need to talk to the trainers and coach about it. We’ll see. We’ve just got to figure stuff out with it. It’s tough. I want to be there for my teammates, want to play, want to get wins. At the same time, I’ve got to be smart with it and just try to figure out how to make it better.
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