Jay King: Joe Johnson is available for the Jazz. Had missed 21 straight games.
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David Locke: Joe Johnson is available for the Utah Jazz tomorrow
Rodney Hood and Joe Johnson got a little more involved. Both players participated in a non-contact session Monday, boosting hope that they’ll be able to return for the upcoming road trip. The Tribune has learned that Hood is targeting a comeback on Wednesday against the Chicago Bulls. Neither coach Quin Snyder nor anyone else got that specific, but it was a big moment for both to be practicing.
Raul Neto did not practice after leaving the Milwaukee game and entering the team’s concussion protocol. The Jazz haven’t said whether any of the three — Hood, Johnson or Neto — will be available for Wednesday’s game.
Andy Larsen: Joe Johnson again “showing progress”, again still will be reevaluated in two weeks due to his wrist tendon instability.
Kyle Goon: Joe Johnson out on the court with just a small wrap on his right wrist. No cast or brace. Looking for an update on him tomorrow.
Eric Woodyard: Injured Jazz player Joe Johnson is at practice today getting up left-handed shots. That left hand is gonna be strong when he gets back.
Snyder provided an update on veteran forward Joe Johnson ahead of the Miami Heat game. “Joe is in a splint. He’s riding the bike during practice,” Snyder said. “He’s going to all the shootarounds. He’s in the film sessions. He’s coming with us on the road so his rehabilitation process is really more just waiting and time and then reevaluate where he is and what happened when they take the cast off and look at it.”
After Joe Johnson missed Tuesday morning’s practice with what was initially believed to be a wrist sprain, an MRI revealed the real issue later that evening. The NBA veteran will miss at least two weeks with tendon instability in his right wrist before being re-evaluated by team doctors. “Unfortunately, we’re in a situation where Joe (Johnson) and Dante (Exum), a couple of our important players are out. It is what it is,” Snyder said during Wednesday morning’s shootaround. “It’s more than just one guy stepping up, it’s our whole team continuing to execute together and play to each other’s strengths and Jonas is part of that.”
Tim MacMahon: F Joe Johnson (groin) will miss his third straight game. Reserve PG Shelvin Mack (ankle) is also out.
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Davis said that hearing former players such as Kevin Garnett express regret about not asking sooner for a trade to a more competitive franchise has made him think. “It makes you think, ’cause you’re wondering if you’re following in that same path,” he said. “But then again, you’re like, ‘This year could be the year.’ So, just got to take it year by year and just see, and see where the team is going, what direction they want to go to and just see where their head is.”
As New Orleans star Anthony Davis prepares for the second half of the season with the Pelicans holding on to the eighth seed in the Western Conference, he still thinks about what could have been this year had teammate DeMarcus Cousins not ruptured his Achilles. “We could have gone through the playoffs. No one could really stop us as bigs. We go to the Finals if we went,” Davis told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols in an interview over All-Star weekend. [Teammate Rajon Rondo] reminds us of it: ‘You guys are the two best bigs. I know what it takes to win championships; we got it.’”
Davis said he has been mirroring Russell Westbrook’s approach to keep the Pelicans in the playoff picture. They are 4-5 since Cousins’ injury, compared to 27-21 before that. “You kind of have that Russell Westbrook mentality when [Kevin Durant] went out,” Davis said. “Russ just went out there and played, and he shot 40 shots sometimes, you know, whatever it takes to help your team win, and I’m kind of taking that approach.”
Bulls point guard Cameron Payne is set to make his season debut Thursday against the 76ers after he foot surgery sidelined him for nearly two-thirds of the season. He’ll play secondary to Bulls starting point guard Kris Dunn.