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Utah Jazz Should Give Derrick Favors More Playing Time Immediately

Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Now is not the ideal time for an NBA team to be engulfed in a losing streak, not that there is an ideal time to be doing so.

A 102-91 setback to the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday extended the Utah Jazz‘s losing streak to three games. At a time of season when teams are positioning for playoff berths and seeding, it’s not a good time for a slump.

Once a team loses, a coach just needs to make the best of it and get ready for the next game. For the Jazz, a very positive development was that Derrick Favors, starting for the injured Paul Millsap, had 17 points and 15 rebounds, plus three assists.

He was 6-of-11 from the floor. If Favors can contribute like this for the rest of the season, the Jazz will have some promising potential to enjoy.

Favors led all rebounders on his team. Going into that game, he had modest stats with 9.5 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.

The Jazz has only been using Favors around 22 minutes a game. They may want to increase that on a permanent basis after seeing what Favors can do in 38 minutes of action to the Hawks. He’s been shooting a commendable 48.1 percent from the floor.

Favors has averaged around 20 minutes of game time in his NBA career per contest, and is averaging under double figures in scoring. It should be a no-brainer for the Jazz to give Favors more playing time and see what he can do.

The Jazz need to do things differently to turn around their fortunes right now.