Jazz guards Rubio, Exum out for Game 5 vs. Rockets

NBA.com Global on May 08, 2018 03:05 PM
Jazz guards Rubio, Exum out for Game 5 vs. Rockets
FILE - BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 15: Head Coach Quin Snyder and Ricky Rubio #3 of the Utah Jazz talk during the game against the Boston Celtics on December 15, 2017 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Utah will remain woefully thin in the backcourt as they try to stave off elimination at Houston.

Ricky Rubio and Dante Exum will both miss Game 5 on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) with strained left hamstrings, the team announced on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time). Rubio suffered his injury in Game 6 of Utah's first-round series against Oklahoma City. Exum came up hobbling during Sunday's (Monday, PHL time) Game 4 loss to the Rockets.

Combined, Rubio and Exum are averaging 41.4 minutes, 19.1 points and 8.0 assists per contest. After Rubio went down, Exum had become an intriguing defensive wildcard for the Jazz, who have had their hands full containing Houston's star backcourt of James Harden and Chris Paul.

Now, Utah will be forced to rely even more on standout rookie Donovan Mitchell and reserve guard Alec Burks.

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