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Simone Fontecchio Sparks Jazz Offense With Efficient Scoring

Nov 8, 2023, 6:20 PM

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Indiana Pacers forward Oshae Brissett (12) and Utah Jazz forward Simone Fontecchio (16) go for a rebound during a game at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City on Friday, Dec. 2, 2022. (Photo courtesy of Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)

(Photo courtesy of Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)

INDIANAPOLIS – Simone Fontecchio was an unseen hero for the Utah Jazz in the second quarter against the Indiana Pacers.

He scored 10 points on 4/5 shooting with two makes from deep.

Fontecchio scored all of his points in the second quarter and was the third-leading scorer for Utah going into the half.

He only trailed Jordan Clarkson and Lauri Markkanen who added 15 and 11 respectively.

Fontecchio currently averages 4.2 points in 8.2 minutes a game.

Fontecchio added 3 rebounds and a block in his 9 first-half minutes.

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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Simone Fontecchio Sparks Jazz Offense With Efficient Scoring