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Welcome back, Joe Ingles | Utah Jazz

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Reinforcements return just in time.

After a tough three-game streak where the Jazz fell to Toronto, Indiana and Detroit, Utah returns home intent on getting back to winning ways. Cleveland, one of the league’s most improved teams, stands in their way — with a warning set for 7 p.m. MST.

Throughout the losses, the Jazz missed several key players in each contest. While that’s no excuse, playing without key players like Rudy Gobert and Joe Ingles has seriously hampered the Jazz on both sides of the court.

“Well, there’s a guy named Rudy Gobert who wasn’t there,” head coach Quin Snyder said after the game against Detroit. “I don’t think there’s any mystery that if Defensive Player of the Year isn’t on the pitch, you won’t be as good defensively,”

While Gobert is still sidelined by health and safety protocols, the Jazz will get help when they face the Cavaliers. After missing the last four games due to health and safety protocols, Ingles is making this return to the roster.

In a move that is sure to strengthen the Jazz on offense, Ingles’ return comes as Utah struggles on the offensive side of the field. Not only are shooting percentages down across the board, but the Jazz are also down an average of five points heading into the losing streak.

Not only can Ingles stretch the ground – 37.6% of three-point territory – his ability to facilitate the attack and dictate the pace of the second unit should allow the Jazz to thrive within minutes with Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley on the bench.

The teams are no strangers to each other, having played Dec. 5 in Cleveland. Mitchell dropped 35 points in the win, helping hold off a big night from Darius Garland and his 31 points.

STATISTICS
Utah (28-13, 14-7 at home / No. 3 in the Western Conference)
Offense
* 115.7 points per game (No. 1 in NBA)
* 116.7 Offensive Rating (#1 in NBA)

Defense
* 107.5 points per game (No. 13 in the NBA)
* 108.5 Defensive Rating (No. 13 in NBA)

*Donovan Mitchell: 25.9 points / 5.2 assists / 3.8 rebounds
*Bojan Bogdanovic: 18.2 points / 4.2 rebounds / 41% 3P territory
*Mike Conley: 14.0 points / 5.4 assists / 3.0 rebounds / 42.4% 3P territory
*Jordan Clarkson: 15.1 points / 3.5 rebounds / 25.8 minutes

Cleveland (23-18, 12-9 away / No. 6 in the Eastern Conference)
Offense
* 107.2 points per game (No. 22 in the NBA)
* 109.9 Offensive Rating (No. 14 in NBA)

Defense
* 102.5 points per game (No. 2 in NBA)
* 105.0 Defensive Rating (#3 in NBA)

*Darius Garland: 19.4 points / 7.3 assists / 38% 3P territory
*Jarrett Allen: 16.9 points / 10.9 rebounds / 1.5 blocks
*Evan Mobley: 14.8 points / 8.1 rebounds / 1.8 blocks
*Kevin Love: 14.2 points / 7.4 rebounds / 41.1% 3P territory / 21.5 minutes

MATCHUP TO WATCH
Mike Conley vs. Darius Garland
— When these two teams met a little over a month ago, Garland nearly beat the Jazz by dropping 31 points in the game. In the rematch, expect the Jazz to focus heavily on Garland, which brings us to Conley. Very likely to defend the young playmaker, the best way for Conley to be effective is to make life difficult for Garland.

INJURY REPORT
Utah
DOUBTFUL – Joe Ingles (Return to Competitive Reconditioning)
DOUBTFUL — Norvel Pelle (disease unrelated to COVID)
OUT – Udoka Azubuike (Health and Safety Protocols)
OUT – Jared Butler (Health and Safety Protocols)
OUT — Malik Fitts (right wrist injury)
OUT — Rudy Gay (Health and Safety Protocols)
OUT — Rudy Gobert (Health and Safety Protocols)
OUT — Elijah Hughes (Health and Safety Protocols)

Cleveland
QUESTIONABLE – Rajon Rondo (right hamstring pain)
OUT — Isaac Okoro (left elbow sprain)
OUT – Ricky Rubio (ACL tear in left knee)
OUT – Collin Sexton (left knee meniscal tear)

BROADCAST INFORMATION
Time: 7:00 PM MST
Site: Vivint Arena / Salt Lake City, UT
TV: AT&T Sports Net
Radio: 1280 The Area