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NFL LB Kyle Van Noy Attends Game 4 Of Mavs/Jazz Series

Apr 23, 2022, 4:52 PM | Updated: 6:41 pm
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Kyle Van Noy #53 of the New England Patriots reacts against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
(Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – NFL free agent and former BYU Cougars linebacker Kyle Van Noy attended the NBA playoff game between the Utah Jazz and Dallas Mavericks.

The Jazz hosted the Mavericks at Vivint Arena for Game 4 of the series on Saturday, April 23.

During the fourth quarter of the game, Van Noy signed a pair of footballs before throwing them into the crowd.

The nine-year NFL veteran is currently a free agent ahead of the 2022 season. Prior to free agency, Van Noy was released by the New England Patriots.

During his NFL career, the former BYU standout has played for the Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins, and Patriots.

In 111 career games, the two-time Super Bowl champ has recorded 424 total tackles, 288 solo tackles, 28.5 sacks, nine forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries, three interceptions, and one touchdown.

Mavericks vs. Jazz

Luka Doncic will be available for the Mavericks when they face the Jazz in Game 4 of their opening-round playoff series.

Doncic has missed the first three games of the series with a calf strain suffered on April 10 but will be back in action in a crucial Game 4 matchup.

After dropping Game 1 at home, the Mavericks bounced back with impressive wins over the Jazz without Doncic or forward Tim Hardaway Jr. behind the brilliance of Jalen Brunson to take a 2-1 series lead.

Brunson is averaging 36 points per game over the last two outings while shooting 57 percent from the floor, 43 percent from the three-point line, while handing out 10 assists, and committing just one turnover.

The Mavericks are shooting 45 percent from the three-point line in their last two games on an impressive 44.5 attempts per game.

Doncic was the NBA’s third-leading scorer at 28.4 points per game during the regular season and the fifth-leading assist man at 8.7 assists per game.

The superstar guard led the Mavericks in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals, and usage during the regular season.

Kidd didn’t elaborate on how many minutes Doncic would play but indicated the team would monitor how the guard looked in his early minutes before assessing his availability for the remainder of the game.

Prior to the game, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski indicated that Donic would be on a minutes restriction in Game 4.

“The plan is that his minutes will be limited in his first game back since suffering a calf strain on April 10,” Wojnarowski tweeted.

The Mavericks could use the added depth on the perimeter as both Dorian Finney-Smith and Reggie Bullock are averaging more than 44 minutes per game in the playoffs, leading the entire league.

Utah’s game against Dallas is broadcast on TNT, AT&T SportsNet, The Zone Sports Network, and KSL NewsRadio.

Kyle Ireland is a Locals in the NFL Insider for KSLSports.com and host of the Yards After College Podcast. Follow him on Twitter (@kyleireland) and Instagram (@kyleirelandksl).

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