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Welcome Back, Joe Ingles | Utah Jazz

Welcome Back, Joe Ingles | Utah Jazz

Reinforcements are returning just in time.

After a tough three-game stretch where the Jazz fell to Toronto, Indiana, and Detroit, Utah returns home looking to return to its winning ways. Standing in their way is Cleveland, one of the most improved teams in the league — with tipoff set for 7 p.m. MST. 

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— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) January 12, 2022

Throughout the losses, the Jazz missed multiple key players in each contest. While it’s not an excuse, playing without key players such as Rudy Gobert and Joe Ingles severely hampered the Jazz on both ends of the court. 

“Well, there’s a guy named Rudy Gobert that wasn’t out there,” head coach Quin Snyder said postgame against Detroit. “I don’t think there’s any mystery in that if the Defensive Player of the Year is not on the floor, you’re not going to be as good defensively,”

While Gobert is still sidelined in health and safety protocols, the Jazz will be getting some help when they take on the Cavaliers. After missing the last four games due to health and safety protocols, Ingles make this return to the lineup.

| “We gotta keep locked in, and obviously keep trying to play the way we want to play.” #ShootaroundInterviews | @ZionsBank

— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) January 12, 2022

In a move that is sure to bolster the Jazz on offense, Ingles’ return comes when Utah is struggling on the offensive end of the court. Not only are the shooting percentages down across the board, but the Jazz also averaged five points lower before the losing streak. 

Not only can Ingles stretch the floor — 37.6% from three-point territory — his ability to facilitate the offense and dictate the pace for the second unit should allow the Jazz to thrive in minutes with Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley on the bench. 

The teams are no strangers to one another, having played on Dec. 5 in Cleveland. Mitchell dropped 35 points in the victory, helping hold off a big night by Darius Garland and his 31 points. 

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— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) January 12, 2022

STATS
Utah (28-13, 14-7 home / No. 3 Western Conference)
Offense
*115.7 Points Per Game (No. 1 in NBA)
*116.7 Offensive Rating (No. 1 in NBA)

Defense
*107.5 Points Per Game (No. 13 in NBA)
*108.5 Defensive Rating (No. 13 in NBA)

*Donovan Mitchell: 25.9 points / 5.2 assists / 3.8 rebounds
*Bojan Bogdanovic: 18.2 points / 4.2 rebounds / 41% 3P-territory
*Mike Conley: 14.0 points / 5.4 assists / 3.0 rebounds / 42.4% 3P-territory
*Jordan Clarkson: 15.1 points / 3.5 rebounds / 25.8 minutes

Cleveland (23-18, 12-9 away / No. 6 Eastern Conference)
Offense
*107.2 Points Per Game (No. 22 in NBA)
*109.9 Offensive Rating (No. 14 in NBA)

Defense
*102.5 Points Per Game (No. 2 in NBA)
*105.0 Defensive Rating (No. 3 in NBA)

*Darius Garland: 19.4 points / 7.3 assists / 38% 3P-territory
*Jarrett Allen: 16.9 points / 10.9 rebounds / 1.5 blocks
*Evan Mobley: 14.8 points / 8.1 rebounds / 1.8 blocks
*Kevin Love: 14.2 points / 7.4 rebounds / 41.1% 3P-territory / 21.5 minutes

MATCHUP TO WATCH
Mike Conley vs. Darius Garland
— When these two teams met just over a month ago, Garland nearly beat the Jazz by dropping 31 points in the game. In the rematch, expect the Jazz to focus a lot on Garland, which brings us to Conley. Most likely to defend the young point guard, the best way for Conley to be effective is to make life difficult for Garland.

INJURY REPORT
Utah
QUESTIONABLE — Joe Ingles (Return to Competition Reconditioning)
QUESTIONABLE — Norvel Pelle (non-COVID related illness)
OUT — Udoka Azubuike (Health & Safety Protocols)
OUT — Jared Butler (Health & Safety Protocols)
OUT — Malik Fitts (right wrist injury)
OUT — Rudy Gay (Health & Safety Protocols)
OUT — Rudy Gobert (Health & Safety Protocols)
OUT — Elijah Hughes (Health & Safety Protocols)

Cleveland
QUESTIONABLE — Rajon Rondo (right hamstring soreness)
OUT — Isaac Okoro (left elbow sprain)
OUT — Ricky Rubio (left knee ACL tear)
OUT — Collin Sexton (left knee meniscal tear)

BROADCAST INFORMATION
Time: 7:00 p.m. MST
Location: Vivint Arena / Salt Lake City, UT
TV: AT&T SportsNet
Radio: 1280 The Zone