Memphis, Tenn. • Many of Utah’s bumps and bruises have healed just lately, leaving only one main well being query on each and every Jazz fan’s thoughts.
When is Dante Exum coming back?
The 22-year-old guard remains to be running on his restoration from a left shoulder injury from the preseason. Coach Quin Snyder mentioned he’s been taking part in two-on-two and three-on-three scrimmages with touch and taking part in crew practices. Many fanatics have been ready to see Utah’s 2014 lottery pick in motion right through pregame drills in contemporary weeks, drumming up anticipation for his comeback, centered earlier than the end of the month.
Exum is touring with the Jazz on the three-game highway go back and forth, and Snyder appeared inspired by what he’s noticed in recent years.
“We’re continuing to monitor how he’s doing, but there’s not been a lot of contact in practice because of the games,” Snyder mentioned. “But he’s involved in everything we can get involved in.”
Some of the key figures in Exum’s restoration are in reality some of the gamers who don’t get a lot time in video games: Tony Bradley, in addition to two-way gamers Erik McCree and Georges Niang. They’re some of Exum’s scrimmage companions in the touch drills he’s ready to do.
They all provide distinctive matchups, from Bradley’s duration, to McCree’s talent to assault from the wing, to Niang’s all-around talent to shoot outdoor in addition to submit up. Bradley, McCree and Niang are all touring with the crew this week as smartly, and Snyder mentioned he’s loved seeing the banter between them and Exum.
“Those games get pretty spirited,” Snyder mentioned. “They talk to each other a little bit and remind each other who won the last game. That’s the kind of competitiveness we need.”
Donovan Mitchell handed an intriguing milestone in the 3rd quarter of Friday’s sport: He hit his 150th Three-pointer of the season.
With that shot, Mitchell was the quickest rookie to succeed in that mark — now not a foul accomplishment for a prospect who was once noticed as an iffy shooter earlier than he was once drafted.
“There are bigger things to look at, but I’m honored to have that under my belt,” Mitchell mentioned. “My biggest thing is always repetition and getting reps, no matter how I get them. Something like this shows that repetition and hard work definitely comes through in the end.”
Overall, it was once a tricky taking pictures night time for the rookie, who was once four for 15 from the flooring. But 3 of the ones box objectives have been Three-pointers — a transition dunk was once his lone basket inside of the arc.