Tim MacMahon: Jazz PG George Hill (toe) plans to play vs. the Thunder. Derrick Favors (knee) is out.
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."
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.
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."
Tim MacMahon: An MRI performed Wednesday confirmed a bone contusion in Jazz PF Derrick Favors' left knee, the team announced. He is out Thursday against the Bulls and could miss an extended period due to the knee, which has been problematic since the preseason. "Rest is the main thing and then treatment to the extent that he can do it, whatever that entails," coach Quin Snyder said. "Then hopefully in time he gets better."
Aaron Falk: Utah Jazz power forward Derrick Favors will be OUT tomorrow night against the Chicago Bulls, league sources tell The Salt Lake Tribune
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.
Aaron Falk: Derrick Favors says he hasn't had any setbacks after playing 20 minutes against Detroit. vine.co/v/iiViZTxum0r
Andy Larsen: Quin Snyder told us that Favors had no pain on his back today, which obviously is great news for the team.
Mike Mazzeo: No Derrick Favors tonight. #Nets will face the other piece in D-Will deal, Enes Kanter, Sunday vs. OKC.
Derrick Favors likely will miss his 15th consecutive game, due to back spasms. But he was working on his post moves with assistant Tony Lang, and has been in better spirits this week, especially since he traveled with the team.
Jody Genessy: Derrick Favors (lower back soreness) and Trevor Booker (concussion) are out Saturday vs. the Lakers.
Jody Genessy: Chris Johnson (viral gastroenteritis) is probable vs. Kings, but Derrick Favors (back spasms) will miss his 12th straight game.
Kerry Eggers: PF Derrick Favors (back) will miss his 11th straight game for Jazz tonight. Quin Snyder: "I'd be surprised if he is healthy enough to play."
David Locke: Derrick Favors did NOT travel with the Utah Jazz on the road trip to San Antonio and Houston. Rudy Gobert is with the team
Andy Larsen: Derrick Favors did not travel with the team on their 2 game road trip. Rudy Gobert did. Favors looked like he was really hurting yesterday.
March 20, 2023 | 11:41 am EDT Update
Shaquille O'Neal undergoes hip surgery
Shaquille O’Neal sparked concern after sharing a photo of himself in a hospital bed on Sunday … but TMZ Sports has learned the NBA legend simply needed to fix a nagging injury, and he’s now doing OK. Our sources tell us the 51-year-old went under the knife over the weekend to have an issue with his hip corrected — and everything went according to plan. We’re told he’s already on the mend.
March 20, 2023 | 11:35 am EDT Update
Both Lakers and Austin Reaves interested in re-signing
Austin Reaves’ surge is setting him up for a fascinating offseason. He will be a restricted free agent this summer, and will undoubtedly have multiple suitors looking to pry him from the Lakers — especially after stat lines like Sunday’s. Both the Lakers and Reaves’ camp have interest in Reaves re-signing in Los Angeles, according to multiple league sources who were granted anonymity so that they coud speak freely. The max the Lakers can offer Reaves is a four-year, $50.8 million contract if they chose to use his Early Bird Rights, but they also have the power to match any contract he signs with another team.
The coming weeks will ultimately determine how the situation plays out. The Lakers have 10 regular-season games remaining, and possibly some postseason games as well. In the meantime, Reaves is thriving as his role expands and his confidence grows down the stretch of this season. “It’s special,” Reaves said of playing for the Lakers. “I mean, I grew up a Lakers fan. To do it for this organization, especially, is surreal. Sometimes I gotta stop and really think about what I am doing. … All I’m really happy about is the win.”
NBA Communications: Tonight, the Philadelphia 76ers can become the third team from the Eastern Conference to clinch a spot in the 2023 NBA Playoffs. The 76ers host the Chicago Bulls at 7 p.m. ET on the NBA App. Clinch scenario ⬇️
Temple University interested in hiring Sam Cassell as head coach
Michael Scotto: 76ers assistant coach Sam Cassell has drawn interest from Temple University for its head coaching job, @hoopshype has learned. At this time, however, Cassell is focused on helping the Sixers compete for a championship. Cassell has interviewed for NBA head coaching jobs in the past and is in his 14th season as an assistant coach. He also works closely with Tyrese Maxey in Philadelphia.
From a new $49 million contract to a brand ambassadorship with Visit Milwaukee, Milwaukee Bucks player Bobby Portis has embraced the title of Milwaukee’s hype man and the unofficial mayor of Milwaukee. Portis recently extended his involvement in the Milwaukee community with the launch of his new podcast “Keep It A Buck.”