The injury bug has finally hit Utah again.
After 40 games when the team faced only minor injuries up and down the roster, the bug hit all at once over the course of a two-game stretch in Detroit and Milwaukee.
In Detroit, Dante Exum stepped on Derrick Favors' foot and rolled his left ankle. Minutes later, Thabo Sefolosha strained his right hamstring going to the basket. Then against Milwaukee on Monday, Ricky Rubio strained his hamstring stretching for a first-quarter layup after a strong start, and immediately checked himself out of the game.
And the bug even extended to the G League’s Salt Lake City Stars. Center Tony Bradley underwent a successful partial meniscectomy and debridement of his right knee thanks to an injury he suffered on Friday.
Both Rubio and Sefolosha underwent MRIs on Tuesday to diagnose the severity of their hamstring strains, and both were categorized as mild. They’ll be re-evaluated in one week, according to the Jazz. Bradley, meanwhile, will be re-evaluated in one month.
Exum’s ankle sprain wasn’t mentioned in the release, nor was Grayson Allen’s ankle sprain he suffered in practice at the end of December. Exum’s injury looks to keep him out for a couple of weeks, Tribune sources confirmed.
Raul Neto looks likely to take on a major role in the absence of Rubio and Exum. Neto started the second half on Monday after Rubio’s departure.