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Damian Jones Provides Instant Impact In Jazz Debut

Feb 15, 2023, 7:57 PM

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Utah Jazz center Damian Jones (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

MEMPHIS – Damian Jones made his Utah Jazz debut against the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday.

In his first five minutes, he recorded 7 points, 2 rebounds, and two blocks.

The Jazz’s big man core is already deep. Damian Jones showed that he could be a rotational piece to finish out the season.

Jones, drafted in 2016, has been a journeyman so far in his young career. He’s played in Golden State, Sacramento, Atlanta, Phoenix, and Los Angeles.

The Jazz are in Memphis to close a four-game road trip before returning home to host the All-Star Weekend in Salt Lake City.

Despite a significant shakeup to the team’s roster at last week’s trade deadline, the team is 2-1 through the first three games of the road swing.

Markkanen Questionable Against Grizzlies

Markkanen is preparing to start in Sunday night’s All-Star game but is listed as questionable against the Grizzlies with right knee soreness.

The forward hasn’t missed a game since January 16 and is averaging 25.7 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 1.7 assists over the last 12 games since returning to the floor.

In addition to Sunday’s main event, Markkanen is also set to compete in Saturday night’s Three-Point Shootout.

Since trading Mike Conley, Malik Beasley, and Jarred Vanderbilt a week ago, the Jazz have gone 2-1.

Grizzlies Limping Into All-Star Break

Despite owning the second seed in the West heading into Friday’s All-Star break the Grizzlies have hardly looked like a contender in recent weeks.

Memphis is just 3-9 in its last 12 outings including a 119-109 loss to the league-leading Boston Celtics on Sunday.

The team’s struggles are due in part to the absence of Steven Adams. Adams hasn’t played since suffering a right knee sprain in January.

The Grizzlies are 3-7 in their last 10 games without the veteran center.

Utah Jazz Vs. Memphis Grizzlies Broadcast

The Utah Jazz and Memphis Grizzlies will tip off at 6 pm MT. The game will be televised on AT&T SportsNet and can be heard on 97.5 The KSL Sports Zone. It can also be streamed on DirecTV Stream and FuboTV.

Chandler Holt is a Digital Sports Producer for KSLSports.com, specializing in all things basketball and football. Follow Chandler on Twitter at @ChandlerHoltKSL.

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