Juancho Hernangomez Receives First Jazz Start Against Bulls

Mar 16, 2022, 7:17 PM | Updated: 7:28 pm
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Juancho Hernangomez #41 of the San Antonio Spurs warms up before a game against the Memphis Grizzlies at AT&T Center on January 26, 2022 in San Antonio,Texas. (Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images)
(Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – Forward Juancho Hernangomez entered the Jazz starting lineup for the first time as Utah faced the Chicago Bulls.

The Jazz hosted the Bulls at Vivint Arena on Wednesday, March 16.

Hernangomez started in place of Bojan Bogdanovic and Danuel House Jr. who were out against the Bulls due to injury.

Hernangomez was acquired by the Jazz in a trade involving the Portland Trail Blazers and San Antonio Spurs on February 9.

As a member of the Jazz this season, Hernangomez has averaged 2.5 points, 0.5 rebounds, 0.5 assists, and 0.3 blocks in 4.8 minutes per contest.

Hernangomez first entered the league as the No. 15 overall pick by the Denver Nuggets in the 2016 NBA Draft.

During his NBA career, the forward has played in 284 games, including 57 starts.

Jazz vs. Bulls

The Jazz appeared as though they were finally getting healthy after the All-Star break, but the injuries are once again adding up with little more than three weeks left in the regular season.

Bogdanovic will miss his second straight game with a calf strain, just one game after missing Friday’s loss in San Antonio with a leg contusion.

House Jr. will miss the game due to a bone bruise in his knee, while Trent Forrest is out with a wrist sprain.

After facing the Bulls, the Jazz will host the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday before embarking on a six-game road trip beginning in New York and finishing at Golden State.

Bulls Trying To Fend Of Celtics

The Bulls have been one of the league’s most surprising teams, owning the best record in the East for much of the first half of the season.

However, like the Jazz, the team has been decimated by injuries, specifically to their backcourt, and now find themselves battling to hold onto their spot in the top of the Eastern Conference.

Lonzo Ball underwent knee surgery in late January and has not yet returned to the team, while Patrick Williams suffered a dislocated wrist in October and is hopeful to return to the lineup before the end of the season.

The Bulls are just 2-6 in their last eight games including Monday’s loss to the Sacramento Kings.

Utah’s game against Chicago is broadcast on AT&T SportsNet, NBA League Pass, and The Zone Sports Network.

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