The Utah Jazz, armed with ample dimension, perimeter taking pictures and defensive may, deepened their expertise pool with the addition of veteran ahead Ersan Ilyasova throughout the All-Star break.
Ilyasova joins a Jazz group that has the perfect file within the NBA regardless of three losses over their previous 4 video games. Utah will look to reclaim its successful stride on Friday when it opens the second half of the season in opposition to Houston Rockets in Salt Lake Metropolis.
The 33-year-old Ilyasova (6-9, 235), a local of Turkey, performed final season for the Milwaukee Bucks. He’s a profession 36.5 % 3-point shooter and may present a further weapon to a group that leads the NBA in 3-pointers made and tried per recreation, and ranks third in share.
However past that, Ilyasova affords the expertise of 51 playoff video games with three groups.
“The factor that he brings is expertise, to begin with,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder stated. “His means to play a number of positions defensively. Being a vet, I feel he is aware of tips on how to guard a number of positions.
“The benefit of our group is our guys are concerning the group and assimilating, and something he can do to assist us be higher, we’re enthusiastic about.”
The Rockets’ ongoing roster disaster continued in earnest on Thursday when the group and ahead P.J. Tucker got here to a mutual understanding that Tucker would now not play for the Rockets. Tucker initially traveled with the group to Sacramento however returned to Houston because the Rockets suffered their 14th consecutive loss, falling to the Kings 125-105.
Tucker performed 268 video games with the Rockets, 220 of them as a starter. With the franchise in a tailspin, his manufacturing dipped to 4.4 factors and 4.6 rebounds per recreation, lows for his time in Houston. He was taking pictures 36.6 % general and 31.4 % from behind the arc, career-low marks, and his 46.9 efficient subject objective share matched the bottom determine of his nine-plus-year profession.
“We will strive to determine one thing that works for him and works for us so far as him not being on the group anymore,” Rockets coach Stephen Silas stated.
The feedback have been much like what was heard earlier than James Harden was traded and DeMarcus Cousins was launched.
“I used to be beneath the idea that he was going to be enjoying (in opposition to Sacramento), and he did not play. That was disappointing, however it’s no secret that it has been a tough 12 months. He is been skilled, he is been within the lineup and attempting and doing what he can. However at this level, we’ll do what’s greatest for the group and do what’s greatest for P.J., and that is most likely not having him right here,” Silas stated.
The Rockets have been additionally with out Christian Wooden (ankle), John Wall (knee), Danuel Home Jr. (knee), and David Nwaba (wrist) in opposition to the Kings and misplaced Eric Gordon to a groin damage within the third quarter.
Gordon will bear an MRI in Utah and has been declared out in opposition to the Jazz.