There are certain players that when they are on the floor make the whole greater than the sum of the parts, Jazz coach Quin Snyder says. Joe Ingles ‘the part’ has gotten better, and then Joe Ingles ‘the teammate’ makes other people better.
There just hasn’t been anything that he’s not willing to do for the team. That’s where he’s found his game. He’s found his game making the team better when he’s on the floor. The things that he’s been able to do to make the team better have continued to multiply.
Ingles and his now wife, Renae, were picking over their lunch in a Los Angeles restaurant and discussing what to do with their lives when he first heard from the Jazz. It was October 2014 and he had just been cut by the LA Clippers, bad news he delivered to Renae moments before she boarded her 15-hour flight from Australia.
Los Angeles Lakers: Josh Hart suffered a small fracture in his left hand during practice on Wednesday and is likely going to have to miss time. Without Hart, it’s going to mean more opportunity for guards Isaiah Thomas, Lonzo Ball and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Hart had been averaging 32.1 MPG in his past 10 games.
Memphis Grizzlies: A rib injury will cost Tyreke Evans a third straight game, as the veteran has been ruled out for the home game against the Suns. This is a big blow for those with Evans on their team; he has averaged 25.0 PPG on 50.0 percent shooting in three games against Phoenix this season.
That hot streak wasn’t too surprising. Ingles has developed into a premier 3-point shooter, ranking second in the league behind Golden State’s Klay Thompson at 44.4 percent after finishing fourth last season.
Ingles is a key cog in the league’s sixth-rated defense, versatile enough to guard multiple positions, using length and anticipation to make up for a relative lack of quickness. He’s also the Jazz’s best communicator, making sure his teammates know the right coverage and demanding accountability when they don’t execute.
Detroit Pistons: Coach Stan Van Gundy indicated that he hopes Reggie Jackson (ankle) can return to practice before the team’s West Coast road trip begins on March 13. If you read into that a little bit, it looks like we are still at least three weeks away from Jackson returning to game action. He has been sidelined for more than two months already, last playing on Dec. 26.