As if coming off an embarrassing loss to the Houston Rockets wasn’t already difficult enough to deal with, the Utah Jazz received more bad news on Wednesday as they’ll be forced to play against the New Orleans Hornets without one of their key players, Gordon Hayward.
The guard will miss his second straight game on Wednesday while recovering from a shoulder injury, which is the last thing the Jazz want to be dealing with. Even if Utah is going against a New Orleans team that has just 15 wins on the season, the Hornets have show improvements at times over the last few weeks and could give the Jazz a run for their money.
Hayward is averaging 13.5 points per game to go along with 2.5 assists and 2.9 rebounds this season. He may not be the best player on the squad, but he’s certainly a key surprising factor for the Jazz each night he steps on the court.
Plus, Utah is holding on to the No. 7 spot in the Western Conference at the moment with a 24-21 record. They’ve proven to be capable of competing with some of the best teams before and there’s no reason why they can’t remain in the hunt over the rest of the regular season.
Of course, first thing is first when it comes to getting Hayward healthy again. Luckily, the shoulder injury doesn’t seem too severe, so let’s hope Hayward returns to the lineup sooner rather than later.
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