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Jamaal Tinsley Returns to Utah Jazz’s Lineup Wednesday

Jason O. Watson-USA TODAY Sports

Utah Jazz point guard Jamaal Tinsley returned to the team and is expected to play Wednesday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The 35-year old missed Monday night’s 109-108 overtime loss to the Milwaukee Bucks due to a family matter. He flew with the team to Milwaukee, but missed Monday morning’s shoot-around and was excused from the team.

Tinsley has not played in three of Utah’s last four games, all of which were losses. The reason for him not getting on the court against the Boston Celtics and Atlanta Hawks is officially listed as a coach’s decision.

However, the real reason appears to be more or less because his production has dropped off as of late, and with Mo Williams coming back soon, his playing time could take an even bigger dive.

In the loss against the Los Angeles Clippers on Feb. 23 and a win versus the Charlotte Bobcats on March 1, Tinsley was 0-of-2 shooting with zero points, eight assists and three rebounds in 28 minutes. With Utah in the thick of a playoff race, the team cannot afford to have a player go scoreless even if he is moving the ball well.

However, with point guard Earl Watson being even less productive, expect to see Tinsley get some quality playing time against the Cavaliers. He must be on his game in order to cover Kyrie Irving though, assuming the second-year player’s knee holds up.

The nine-year veteran is averaging 3.8 points, 5.0 assists, 1.1 steals and 20.8 minutes per game while shooting 36.1 percent from the field this season.