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

right foot.

Jefferson leads Utah in scoring (17.4 points) and rebounding

(10.7) and Favors is the team’s leader in blocked shots.