He’s coming with us on the road so his rehabilitation process is really more just waiting and time and then reevaluate where he is and what happened when they take the cast off and look at it. —Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder
SALT LAKE CITY — Generally speaking, Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder doesn’t view himself as the go-to source for medical updates.
But on Friday, Snyder provided an update on veteran forward Joe Johnson ahead of the Miami Heat game.
“Joe is in a splint. He’s riding the bike during practice,” Snyder said. “He’s going to all the shootarounds. He’s in the film sessions.
“He’s coming with us on the road so his rehabilitation process is really more just waiting and time and then reevaluate where he is and what happened when they take the cast off and look at it.”
Johnson suffered a wrist injury on his shooting hand during Utah’s 104-89 win against Dallas on Monday, Oct. 30.
The seven-time NBA All-Star then sat out the next day’s practice before team doctors used an MRI to determine that he has tendon instability.
He has missed the last five games.
Johnson, 36, has played in seven games this season, averaging 6.4 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists off the bench for the Jazz. He is currently in his 17th NBA season out of Arkansas.
“I’ll have something for you in a couple days,” Snyder said.
NETS UP NEXT: The Jazz won’t get much time to rest as the Brooklyn Nets prepare to enter Vivint Arena at 7 p.m. Saturday night. Utah is the last stop of a five-game road trip for the Nets. On Friday night, Brooklyn traveled to Portland. Third-year guard D’Angelo Russell leads the team in scoring with 20.4 points per game.
THABO PLAYS THE FOUR: During Friday’s shootaround, Snyder experimented with running Thabo Sefolosha at power forward, instead of his natural small forward position. Standing 6-foot-7, weighing 220 pounds, his length is a matchup problem for most teams around the league. Snyder has even considered changing the starting lineup.
“He fits right in to what they do,” said Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. “They have a lot of long-armed players. They have a lot of guys that are disruptive with your passing angles.”
TAKE NOTE: Eighth-year veteran Derrick Favors tied Howard Eisley Friday night for the 20th most games played in franchise history with 435.He entered the game averaging 10.7 points, and 4.7 boards in 26.6 minutes. He also ranks sixth in franchise history in blocked shots. The Atlanta native is the longest tenured Jazz player on the roster.
ROOKIE GETS THE START: First-year guard Donovan Mitchell has come off the bench for most of this season, but in Friday’s game against Miami, he started in the place of Rodney Hood. Coach Quin Snyder said the decision to play with the lineup is “not because of any one or two guys.”
“You look at the five-man lineups and things like that and how telling is all that stuff after ten or so games,” Snyder said. “At the same time, we’ve considered finishing different lineups. We’ve considered all that, you know finishing different quarters.”
Mitchell is the first Jazz player to post 143 points through the first 11 games.