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Malik Beasley Leaves Jazz Game With Ankle Injury

Oct 4, 2022, 9:35 PM
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Utah Jazz wing Malik Beasley (Photo: Utah Jazz)
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SALT LAKE CITY – Malik Beasley played just eight minutes in his second outing for the Utah Jazz before leaving the game with a left ankle sprain.

The guard suffered the injury late in the first quarter and remained on the floor early int the second quarter, but was subbed out of the game before he was ruled out for the night.

Beasley appeared to step on the foot of a Portland defender causing the sprained ankle on a fast break.

The new Jazzman was off to a significantly better start than his in his preseason debut when shot just 2-12 from the floor for seven points. Beasley left the game with six points on 2-4 shooting including 2-3 from the three-point line.

Beasley Looking To Regain Status With Jazz

Beasley was acquired by the Jazz from the Minnesota Timberwolves in the Rudy Gobert blockbuster in July.

The wing is a talented scorer but lost traction in Minnesota after the team selected Anthony Edwards with the number one overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, and an arrest before the 2020 season.

Now a member of the Jazz, Beasley wants to prove that chapter of his life is behind him.

“I’ve been through a lot over the past few years,” Beasley admitted, “and my main goal is to be way better off the court.”

Beasley’s numbers took a hit after returning to the floor last season averaging just 12.1 points and 2.9 rebounds, but he was able to appear in 79 games for the Timberwolves.

The new Jazzman credited those close to him with the desire to rebuild his life.

“My family has been a big influence to me, my therapist has been a good influence because I get help now weekly by weekly,” Beasley said. “So just continue to be strong on and off the court.”

In 336 career games, Beasley averages 10.4 points and 2.5 rebounds while shooting 43 percent from the floor and 38 percent from the three-point line.

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