We’ve corresponded with Dante throughout this whole time. We’re excited for him to get back, and I know he’s excited and enthusiastic about rehabilitating and trying to get back. —Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder
LOS ANGELES — Dante Exum was in town Tuesday, but, instead of enjoying a basketball game in the evening with his teammates, he was laid up in bed, after undergoing shoulder surgery earlier in the day.
Exum’s procedure to stabilize the AC joint in his left shoulder was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles, and he was to return to Salt Lake City to begin rehabilitation. No timetable has been given for his return to the court, and he’s listed as out “indefinitely.”
“We’ve corresponded with Dante throughout this whole time,” said Snyder, who added that Exum has been to some Jazz practices. “We’re excited for him to get back, and I know he’s excited and enthusiastic about rehabilitating and trying to get back.”
Exum didn’t travel down with the team Monday, and a Jazz official said it was just a coincidence that he had surgery the same day as a game in the same city.
The fourth-year guard from Australian was injured in a preseason game against Phoenix on Oct. 6. He also sat out his entire second NBA season because of a knee injury.
INGLES GETS FINED, SICK: It wasn’t a good morning for Joe Ingles, who had battled gastric distress the day before and as Snyder said, “he’s had about 24 hours of not eating or not being able to hold anything down and has been getting IVs.”
Also on Tuesday, Ingles received a $15,000 fine from the NBA for hitting Steven Adams in the groin in Saturday’s game against Oklahoma City.
After that game, Ingles had smiled and said “no comment” when asked about a couple of altercations he had in the game that caused Adams and Carmelo Anthony to get technical fouls.
He wasn’t talking Tuesday night as he left to warm up during the 30-minute player availability before the game and didn’t return.
Ingles ended up starting the game, but he clearly wasn’t 100 percent and only played 18 minutes, going 1 for 5, all from 3-point range, and finished with three points and two rebounds.
NAME TAGS: Before the game, Clippers coach Doc Rivers praised the Jazz as being the same team they always are even with all the changes they made. Both the Clippers and the Jazz feature nine new players from last year when the two teams met in the first round of the NBA playoffs.
“We need name tags for both teams so we can meet each other again, but it’s the same two teams,” he said.
Rivers also brushed off any revenge factor for his team that was knocked off in Game 7 on their home court by the Jazz.
“I think you always know that team beat you, but half our guys don’t (know) and half their guys don’t,” he said. “It’s two good teams, so it always lends itself to a good game.”
JAZZ NOTES: It was a record 105 degrees in Los Angeles Tuesday and still in the 90s at game-time. Rodney Hood practiced with the team during Tuesday’s shootaround, but he wasn’t available for the game. No word yet on whether he’ll play in Wednesday night’s game at Phoenix. The first game of the World Series, being played a few miles north at Dodger Stadium, was broadcast on the giant video board for two hours before the basketball game tipped off. After playing Phoenix, the Jazz return home for a four-game homestand beginning Saturday night against the Los Angeles Lakers.