Utah Jazz: Josh Howard Lost for Season, Gordon Hayward’s Role Increases

March 20th, 2012 by Zac Watne Leave a reply »
Per the Salt Lake Tribune, Utah Jazz starting small forward Josh Howard is done for the season.

Howard recently had an MRI on his left knee and it revealed a chip in his left lateral femoral cartilage. He plans to have surgery to remove the chip, but a date has not been set.

With the Jazz winning three games to climb back into the playoff hunt—most notably their recent 103-99 victory in Los Angeles against the Lakers—their future is a bit murkier without Howard's presence on the floor. 

Howard was averaging 8.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in 23.4 minutes. Using a combination of Gordon Hayward for points and assists and Evans for rebounds, could potentially fill the gap that Howard leaves behind.

Hayward is averaging 10.0 points and 2.9 rebounds per game in 27.4 minutes, while Evans is averaging 1.3 rebounds and 1.6 points per game in only 6.4 minutes per game. 

Neither Evans or Hayward have the experience that the nine-year veteran brings to the lineup, and time will tell how much the loss of Howard hurts the Jazz’s chances at making a run at—and possibly through&mda ...

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