Rematch: Jazz get back Hayward, now missing Favors vs. Wolves

  • Blog Post by: Jerry Zgoda
  • January 21, 2014 - 7:21 PM

Utah is getting swingman Gordon Hayward back for tonight's game against the Wolves in Salt Lake City after he missed five games because of a hip flexor.

But the Jazz also will be missing starting center Derrick Favors tonight, just three days after the Wolves clobbered the Jazz inside during that blowout victory at Target Center.

Favors, like Hayward before him, is out with a hip-flexor injury.

Enes Kanter will start for Utah at center.

Wolves coach Rick Adelman isn't fond of playing consecutive games against the same opponent, but that's what we've got here with this home-and-home situation.

"They're going to respond when you play a team back-to-back," Adelman said. "Especially when they're at home and there's a couple days off. You know they're going to play a lot harder and shoot the ball better. It's a good challenge for us to step up."

Tonight starts a challenging four-game trip that also takes the Wolves to Golden State, Portland and Chicago.

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