SALT LAKE CITY — The good news for the Utah Jazz in terms of their postponed game against the Washington Wizards is that they won’t have to play a back-to-back-to-back.
The rest of the news isn’t so great.
Because of limited availability at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. along with the busy schedules of the Jazz and Wizards, finding a good date to make up the game that was called off due to Winter Storm Jonas two weeks ago was a difficult task for the NBA.
Turns out, the league rescheduled the Jazz-Wizards game for Feb. 18.
That day isn’t ideal but it’s probably better than the alternatives.
Though Utah avoided playing on three consecutive nights — something it hasn’t done since the lockout season in 2012 — the Jazz will have to fly cross-country for one game and then return back across two time zones for a home game the following night against the Boston Celtics.
The Jazz — aside from Rising Stars Challenge participants Rodney Hood, Raul Neto and Trey Lyles — will be off from next Thursday through Wednesday, Feb. 17, for the All-Star break.
The team will likely practice on Feb. 17 before making a 2,000-mile flight to D.C. for the one-game trip.
The Wizards ended up with a back-to-back-to-back. They’ll host the Jazz that Thursday, the Pistons on Friday and then travel to Miami for the third game in as many nights.
GOING GREEN: The Jazz were impressed enough with point guard Erick Green to keep the reigning D-League player of the month for another 10 days (or thereabouts).
“We’ve felt like he’s done everything we’ve asked of him,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. “The minutes he has played, he’s played pretty good. We’ve had a couple of situations where guys have gotten banged up a little bit. We feel good about what he brings.”
Green averaged 26.7 points, 4.4 assists and 4.4 rebounds for the Reno Bighorns before being called up from the D-League by the Jazz. He’s appeared in only two games for Utah, averaging 2.0 points and 3.0 minutes.
Coincidentally, the Jazz drafted the 6-foot-3 point guard for Denver in the second round of the 2013 draft. Utah then sent the Virginia Tech star and $3 million to the Nuggets in exchange for French center Rudy Gobert, a late first-round pick.
Green saw action in 46 NBA games with Denver. He averaged 3.2 points in 9.1 minutes.
It’s uncertain whether Green will be allowed to participate in the D-League All-Star Game next Saturday. Technically, he will still be under his second 10-day deal with Utah, but the Jazz wrap up their pre-All-Star-Weekend schedule Wednesday in New Orleans.
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