Earlier in the week, we wrote about how the Utah Jazz need to make some decisions when it comes to rest and the overall health of their roster. Especially with the playoffs looming in the next month.
And Saturday afternoon’s 127-115 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Lakers shed some light on what decisions the Jazz could be making as the regular season enters the home stretch.
To put it simply, with star guard Donovan Mitchell out because of a sprained ankle, the Jazz rested many players of consequence.
Rudy Gobert? Out for rest.
Mike Conley? Out for rest.
Derrick Favors? Out with knee soreness, although the Jazz had hoped he would be back for Saturday’s matchup.
Joe Ingles? He played, but he sat a game earlier in the week.
Jordan Clarkson? He played, but he’s just coming off a sprained ankle that caused him to miss games.
If you’re keeping track at home, the vast majority of Utah’s rotation has missed at least a game in the past week, with the two notable exceptions being Bojan Bogdanovic and Georges Niang.