The Utah Jazz got back on the winners list against the Sacramento Kings today, as veteran point guard Mike Conley Jr. returned from a lengthy absence with a hamstring issue.
Conley had missed 19 of the Jazz' last 20 games, with Utah going on a tear without their high profile offseason acquisition, posting a 16-4 record in that time.
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Joe Ingles has moved into the starting line up in that time, playing arguably the best basketball of his NBA career during the stretch, and while it remains to be seen what five Utah coach Quin Snyder will ultimately settle on, for tonight at least, Conley came off the bench.
pic.twitter.com/3BALaBlex6- Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) January 19, 2020
Ingles was once again a playmaking machine for the Jazz, with only a lopsided scoreboard preventing him from topping his career-high assist total of 14.
Utah ran out 123-101 winners on the night, with Ingles spending the final 7:14 on the bench, closely followed by the rest of the starters, as time wound down on a game that would move the Jazz to 29-13 on the season, just half a game out of the second seed in the Western Conference.
Ingles struggled through a rough shooting night, only scoring two points on the night, though, he did dish out 12 assists while also reeling in nine boards.
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The obvious chemistry between Ingles and Gobert was once again on full display, with the Australian delivering the assist on five of the big mans nine baskets on the night.
Conley played 15 minutes in his return, finishing with three points and three assists.
With Ingles balling and the Jazz rolling, the only question that remains to be answered is whether or not Conley moves back into the starting line up or stays in a reserve role.