Jan 18, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Utah Jazz center Derrick Favors (15) goes up for a shot over Minnesota Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic (14) in the first half at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Utah Jazz forwards Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors will be game-time decisions for Tuesday's game against T-Wolves

The Utah Jazz have been without their best player, Gordon Hayward, for the past five games, and the swingman’s status is still very much up in the air for Tuesday’s night match-up against the Minnesota T-Wolves.

According to official release, Hayward was available for shoot-around on Tuesday morning, and that lends itself to some positive feelings with regard to his availability, but we won’t know for a few hours (at least) whether he’ll take the court. The 23-year-old swingman currently leads Utah in scoring at 17.1 points per game, and his all-court play (5.4 rebounds, 4.9 assists per game) is extremely valuable for Utah.

Unfortunately, the Jazz will also be dealing with another member of their “core” who has an injury concern.

Starting big man Derrick Favors has (ironically) a hip injury, but in his case, this is the first game in which his status has been in question. Favors scored 8 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a 26-point blowout loss to these same T-Wolves on Tuesday, but he apparently failed to leave the game unscathed.

With Favors and Hayward in the lineup, the Jazz can certainly be competitive in their home building against a solid but unspectacular Minnesota team. Without them, however, things could get quite dicey for the home team in Salt Lake City. Stay tuned.

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