Utah Jazz power forward Derrick Favors has been plagued by a right hip issue for several weeks now, and a familiar refrain of “game-time decision” was uttered by the team’s official Twitter account on Wednesday.
Derrick Favors (right hip sprain) did not participate in shootaround today. He will be a game-time decision tonight vs. Brooklyn #BKNatUTA
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) February 19, 2014
Favors missed yet another shootaround as a result of that diagnosed hip sprain, and that has put his prospects of playing against Brooklyn on Wednesday in severe jeopardy. Though the hip injury hasn’t kept him out entirely, Favors has missed three games due to the ailment, and has been visibly limited athletically (at least at times) as a result of compensation for it.
On the season, the 6-foot-10 former #2 overall pick has averaged a more than respectable 12.9 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game, but as a member of the “young nucleus” for this Jazz team, their fan base can justifiably expect more from the 22-year-old. It will be interesting to see if he is available when Utah tips off on Wednesday, but if he’s not, the focus should shift to the long-term health in what could be a problematic area, especially for an athletic big man.