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Jazz's Walker Kessler: Blocks six shots Wednesday
Kessler recorded nine points (4-11 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT), eight rebounds, two assists, six blocks and one steal in 28 minutes during Wednesday's 105-91 loss to the Grizzlies.
Kessler continues to come off the bench, something that is likely to change sooner rather than later. Since returning from injury, he has blocked a total of 10 shots in three games, adding a combined 27 rebounds. After a slow start to the season, it appears that Kessler is fully healthy and looking a lot like the player we expected to see coming into the season.... See More ... See Less
Jazz's Walker Kessler: Coming off bench Wednesday
Kessler isn't in the starting five for Wednesday's game versus the Grizzlies, David Locke of Utah Jazz radio reports.
Kessler will come off the bench for the third straight contest, with Omer Yurtseven starting at center. Kessler played 26 minutes in his previous appearance and is being ramped up for a full workload.... See More ... See Less
Jazz's Walker Kessler: On minutes restriction Monday
Kessler is expected to be available for 21-to-26 minutes Monday against the Pelicans, Eric Walden of The Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Kessler played 21 minutes off the bench in Saturday's win over New Orleans, which marked his return from a seven-game absence to recover from a sprained UCL in his left elbow. Omer Yurtseven will start again Monday, and Kessler should continue ramping up physically while protecting his elbow. That being said, Kessler has yet to settle into a rhythm this season, so Utah incorporating quality play from Yurtseven and Kelly Olynyk could become a center rotation to monitor.... See More ... See Less
Jazz's Walker Kessler: Double-doubles in return
Kessler (elbow) supplied 11 points (5-10 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-1 FT), 11 rebounds, two blocks and one steal across 21 minutes during Saturday's 105-100 victory over the Pelicans.
Kessler returned to action Saturday following a seven-game absence and played 21 minutes off the bench. Despite the extended layoff, he got right back to business, producing a double-double with three combined steals and blocks. After a slow start to the season, managers will be hoping that Walker has had time to rest his elbow and will start to look more like the player from last season. Given what we saw from him here, Walker should once again be deployed in all leagues moving forward.... See More ... See Less
Jazz's Walker Kessler: Available off bench
Kessler (elbow) will be available off the bench Saturday against the Pelicans, Ben Anderson of KSL News Salt Lake City reports.
Kessler does not have specific restrictions, but coach Will Hardy made it sound like the decision to bring him off the bench was partially to keep his minutes in check. Regardless, Kessler's fantasy managers will be glad to have him back in lineups for his ability to swat shots at an elite level.... See More ... See Less
Jazz's Walker Kessler: Expected to play Saturday
Kessler (elbow) is now listed as probable for Saturday's game versus the Pelicans, Eric Walden of The Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Kessler has been upgraded from questionable to probable Saturday after missing the last seven games with a left elbow sprain. The second-year big man will likely replace Kelly Olynyk in the starting five against New Orleans.... See More ... See Less
Jazz's Walker Kessler: Questionable for Saturday
Kessler (elbow) is questionable for Saturday's game against the Pelicans, according to Jazz radio host David Locke.
Kessler was cleared for basketball activities Monday, but he wasn't expected to be re-evaluated until after the weekend. If Kessler gets the green light for an early return, he would provide a huge lift to Utah and his fantasy managers. John Collins, Kelly Olynyk and Omer Yurtseven all took on larger roles in Kessler's absence.... See More ... See Less
Jazz's Walker Kessler: Cleared for basketball activities
The Jazz announced Monday that Kessler (elbow) has been cleared to begin basketball activities and will be re-evaluated in one week, Michael Scotto of USA Today reports.
Kessler sprained the UCL in his left elbow during the regular-season opener but tried to play through the pain. He was eventually shut down after making eight appearances and was expected to miss at least two weeks. It appears he'll miss more time than expected, but his return to basketball activities is still a great sign. However, as long as he remains sidelined, Ochai Agbaji, Lauri Markkanen and John Collins should start in Utah's frontcourt, while Kelly Olynyk handles an increased bench role.... See More ... See Less
Jazz's Walker Kessler: Out at least two weeks
Kessler will be out for at least two weeks due to a UCL sprain in his left elbow, Sarah Todd of The Deseret News reports.
Kessler suffered his injury in the opening game of the season but has been playing through discomfort. However, the second-year big man will now rest his elbow without contact for at least two weeks in order to get healthy. Kelly Olynyk and Omer Yurtseven are candidates to see increased roles in Kessler's absence.... See More ... See Less
Jazz's Walker Kessler: Downgraded to doubtful
Kessler (elbow) has been downgraded to doubtful for Wednesday's game against the Pacers.
Kessler was previously listed as questionable, as he's dealing with a left elbow sprain. This is really unfortunate timing, as he is coming off the best game of his season against the Bulls. Assuming Kessler is unable to play Wednesday, we're likely to see a lot of Kelly Olynyk at the five. Omer Yurtseven could see a bump in minutes off the bench as well.... See More ... See Less
Jazz's Walker Kessler: Dealing with elbow sprain
Kessler is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Pacers due to a left elbow sprain, Andy Larsen of The Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Kessler had arguably his best all-around game of the season Monday versus the Bulls, posting 15 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks in 31 minutes. However, he's emerged from that contest with an injury. The severity of the elbow sprain is unclear, but if Kessler is unable to suit up Wednesday, Kelly Olynyk, Omer Yurtseven and John Collins could be candidates for increased playing time at center.... See More ... See Less
Jazz's Walker Kessler: Looks great against Bulls
Kessler ended with 15 points (5-12 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 4-6 FT), 15 rebounds and four blocks in 31 minutes during Monday's 130-113 loss to the Bulls.
Kessler's start to the 2023-24 season hasn't been ideal by any means, but he was terrific against the Bulls and even connected on another three-pointer, marking his second make of the campaign. His four blocks brought his average up to 2.1 per game, so he's starting to catch up to the pace we saw during his rookie year when he swatted 2.3 per night.... See More ... See Less
Jazz's Walker Kessler: Struggles continue Saturday
Kessler closed with four points (2-3 FG), four rebounds and three blocks across 22 minutes during Saturday's 123-95 loss to the Timberwolves.
Kessler showed promise as a rookie, averaging 9.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game, but he has regressed drastically in the early stages of his sophomore year. Kessler has acknowledged his struggles after a summer in which he represented Team USA in the 2023 FIBA World Cup, but the reality is that he has been delivering subpar outings every time he steps on the court. Kessler has scored in double digits just once this season and has grabbed 10 or more rebounds just twice across seven contests.... See More ... See Less
Jazz's Walker Kessler: Available Thursday
Kessler (elbow) is available for Thursday's game against the Magic, KSL Sports reports.
Kessler was carrying a probable tag prior to this update, as he's dealing with some mild soreness in his elbow. He's off to a slow start this season, compiling averages of 8.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.0 blocks.... See More ... See Less
Jazz's Walker Kessler: Expected to play against Orlando
Kessler is probable for Thursday's game versus the Magic due to left elbow soreness, Eric Walden of The Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Kessler has yet to miss a game this season and is expected to play on the second leg of Utah's back-to-back Thursday. The second-year center is averaging 8.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 22.8 minutes per game across his first five appearances this season.... See More ... See Less
Jazz's Walker Kessler: Breaks out of early season funk
Kessler contributed 22 points (10-11 FG, 2-3 FT), 13 rebounds and one block across 29 minutes during Monday's 110-102 loss to the Nuggets.
Kessler broke out in a big way Monday, posting his first double-double of the season with uber-efficiency. The 22-year-old averaged just 5.7 points and 5.7 rebounds in Utah's first three games, with his limited production out of the gate perhaps sending fantasy managers into an early panic. Now that Kessler has at least one excellent stat line on his ledger, his managers can breathe a little easier heading into the Jazz's next game Wednesday against the winless Grizzlies.... See More ... See Less
Jazz's Walker Kessler: Efficient against Sacramento
Kessler closed Wednesday's 130-114 loss to Sacramento with eight points (4-5 FG), eight rebounds and one block in 22 minutes.
Kessler tied for the fewest minutes of any starter for the Jazz on Wednesday, but he was still efficient from the floor and approached a double-double in the loss. The 22-year-old averaged 9.2 points and 8.4 rebounds in 23.0 minutes per game while shooting 72.0 percent from the floor as a rookie last year.... See More ... See Less
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