SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Jazz will be extra short-handed tonight when they host the Memphis Grizzlies as rookie Walker Kessler has been ruled out by the team.
Kessler joins a list of Jazz players who are missing the game due to various illnesses.
The Jazz beat the Grizzlies on Saturday night 124-123 in Salt Lake City.
Kessler was the latest player to be scratched by the Jazz due to an illness. The rookie center missed Saturday’s win over Memphis along with Rudy Gay and Simone Fontecchio.
Gay and Fontecchio are both in the NBA’s Health and Safety Protocol while Kessler is only listed out due to an unspecified illness.
Second-year guard Leandro Bolamro was also added to the Jazz injury list and has been placed in the health and safety protocols.
Jazz injury report:
OUT – Walker Kessler (illness)
OUT – Leandro Bolmaro (health & safety protocols)
OUT – Simone Fontecchio (health & safety protocols)
OUT – Rudy Gay (health & safety protocols)
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) October 31, 2022
Though short-handed the Jazz came away with an exciting victory over the Grizzlies to move to 5-2 on the season.
Kelly Olynyk and Lauri Markkanen each scored 23 points and made clutch baskets late in the game to wrestle away a late five point Memphis lead.
Jordan Clarkson added 21 points and six assists to push the Jazz to victory.
The Grizzlies weren’t at full strength either in Saturday’s loss.
The team was playing without superstar Ja Morant who missed the game due to an illness.
The guard was listed as questionable by the Grizzlies on Monday morning ahead of the Halloween night game.
"A lot of physicality and attention to detail."@mymikecheck sits down with @dillonbrooks24 head of our 2nd game in Utah. pic.twitter.com/Hr85FfSjMK
— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) October 31, 2022
The Grizzlies got big performances from both Desmond Bane and Dillon Brooks in Morant’s absence.
Bane scored 32 points on 11-23 shooting while Brooks at 30 points on 12-20 from the floor.
Memphis had a chance to win the game at the final buzzer, but Bane tripped as the ball was inbounded and was unable to get a shot away.
The Jazz and Grizzlies will face each other in Salt Lake City at 7 pm MT on Monday night. The game will be televised on AT&T SportsNet and can be heard on 97.5 The KSL Sports Zone. The game will also be streamed on DirecTV Stream and FuboTV.