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Jazz Show Versatility In First Quarter Against Indiana Pacers

Nov 8, 2023, 5:46 PM

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John Collins #20 of the Utah Jazz (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

(Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS – The Utah Jazz went up by double-digits in the first quarter against the Pacers before Indiana fought back to tie.

Good ball movement allowed the Jazz to get open looks and shoot 52% from the field.

Jordan Clarkson led the way with 11 points, a good sign for the veteran guard who has struggled to start the year.

Utah assisted on 7 of the team’s 12 makes in the first.

A starting lineup switch to Keyonte George, Jordan Clarkson, Ochai Agbaji, John Collins, and Lauri Markkanen showed signs of success.

RELATED: Elbow Injury Will Sideline Walker Kessler At Least Two Weeks

Both Collins and Markkanen added 7 in the first.

Elbow Injury Will Sideline Walker Kessler At Least Two Weeks

The Utah Jazz announced that Walker Kessler has an elbow injury that will sideline the center for at least two weeks.

The team made the announcement Wednesday, November 11 shortly before facing the Indiana Pacers in their ninth game of the season.

“During Utah’s season-opening game versus Sacramento on Oct. 25, Walker Kessler sustained an ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) sprain in his left elbow,” the team said in a release.

“The injury was diagnosed by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) testing after Kessler continued to play and experienced discomfort. Rest with non-contact activities has been recommended to accelerate his recovery process. He will be re-evaluated in two weeks.”

Kessler’s elbow injury is a significant blow to a Jazz roster that is already off to a rough start.

The Jazz are just 2-6 through eight games and own the second-worst record in the Western Conference.

Worse yet, Kessler is the Jazz’s defensive anchor on a roster that currently has the 28th-ranked defensive rating in the NBA out of 30 teams.

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Chandler Holt is a co-host for the Jazz Notes podcast and a Digital Sports Producer for KSLSports.com, specializing in all things basketball and football. Follow Chandler on Twitter @ChandlerHoltKSL or on Threads @chandlerho1t.

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