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Utah Jazz: Gordon Hayward won't play against the Thunder

Published February 12, 2013 2:31 pm

NBA • Jazz forward is practicing but still not game-ready; he's doubtful for Minnesota
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The Utah Jazz have already ruled forward Gordon Hayward out of Tuesday night's game against Oklahoma City because of sprained shoulder.

After the morning shoot-around at EnergySolutions Arena, the team issued a statement said Hayward would not play against the Thunder.

He was listed as doubtful for Wednesday night's game at Minnesota, which is Utah's last before a five-day break for All-Star Weekend.

Hayward, the Jazz's No. 3 scorer, has missed eight games since suffering a shoulder injury in the final moments of a 114-110 overtime win over Indiana on Jan. 26.

The Jazz hope to snap a two-game losing streak against Oklahoma City, but it won't be easy.

The Thunder are battling San Antonio for the best record in the Western Conference. They have won four straight games by an average margin of 26 points.

"They play hard every game," said Jazz forward Paul Millsap. You can see them out there competing every game. They're hungry, [but] that's a team you want to beat."