Jefferson, Favors out, Kanter has 1st career start
Center Al Jefferson and reserve power forward Derrick Favors
have been ruled out of Utah’s game against Toronto on Friday night
because of injuries.
Second-year pro Enes Kanter will make his first career start in
place of Jefferson.
Jefferson was coming off a 31-point, 15-rebound game against
Orlando on Wednesday but couldn’t finish because of back spasms. He
vowed to be ready for the Raptors but coach Tyrone Corbin said it
was best that Jefferson and Favors sit. This will be the fourth
straight game Favors has missed because of plantar fasciitis in his
Jefferson leads Utah in scoring (17.4 points) and rebounding
(10.7) and Favors is the team’s leader in blocked shots.