OREM After averaging 43.5 points per game in the Utah Flash's two wins last week, Morris Almond's days with D-League club might be numbered.
All the talk about Gordan Giricek on his way out with the NBA's Utah Jazz or with the team's injuries or absences by key players, fans are wondering if Almond could provide the lift the Jazz need now.
It wouldn't be a surprise if the Jazz called Almond up now, but it's not being talked about with the parent club, according to Flash coach Brad Jones.
"Honestly, we have not had one discussion what his future is with us or with them," Jones said.
If Almond is displeased at the D-League assignment, he isn't showing it in his play and attitude.
"It's not about the numbers," Almond said. "It's about game experience. Because you can't substitute that for anything. ...
"It's a good run and a good way to stay in shape in the meantime," Almond added. "When my number is called for the parent club, I'll be ready."
With Almond getting plenty of minutes with the Flash, Jones added the Jazz see the benefits of him honing his game without being in an NBA pressure-cooker situation.
"I know that they're excited that he's getting to play," Jones said. "And from our point of view, we feel he's getting better like the Jazz want him to."
FITTING IN: Aristide Sawadogo immediately had the chance to get significant playing time in his first games with the Flash.
Against Austin last Friday, Sawadogo had to fill in for a struggling James Lang limited by foul trouble to put in 18 minutes and shot 4-from-4 from the field.
"I feel all right, just trying to get in shape," Sawadogo said.
Despite sitting out the early part of the season since being waived by the Dakota Wizards in training camp, Sawadogo seems to have found his feet quickly as the Flash were needing another big man to fill in for Kyrylo Fesenko while he has been with the Jazz.
"He gave us a lot of energy early," Jones said of Sawadogo's play against Austin. "He's only been with us for under a week and learned our stuff. We've done some extra work with him as far as practice sessions trying to get him ready to at least go in and do some stuff."
WHAT'S COMING UP: The Flash face the Albuquerque Thunderbirds (4-5) in a home-and-
home series this weekend.
First up is a trip to Albuquerque on Friday, before heading home Saturday for a return matchup with the T-Birds.
Albuquerque features guard DJ Strawberry, who scored 26 points in his D-League debut last weekend after being sent down by the Phoenix Suns.
If Josh Gross plays for the T-Birds, as he didn't get any action in Sunday's loss to Colorado, he will be someone to watch. Gross comes in averaging 19.5 ppg and is shooting 51.4 percent from the field.