Utah Jazz forward Simone Fontecchio (16) shoots against the New York Knicks in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

For a few games Rudy Gay had been favoring his left hand, shaking it out after plays and holding it in some sort of clear pain. He then missed Tuesday’s game against the New York Knicks and later the Utah Jazz announced that he would miss at least two weeks.

“Gay was examined Wednesday by the Utah Jazz medical staff and underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) testing,” a statement from the team read. “The MRI revealed a third finger MCP joint sprain in his left hand. He will be reevaluated in two weeks.”

Rookie Simone Fontecchio played just over 16 minutes on Tuesday in Gay’s absence and on Friday night, Jazz head coach Will Hardy said that Fontecchio would likely be getting the lion’s share of Gay’s minutes while the 17-year veteran continues treatment on his hand.


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“It’s always going to be a game by game thing, but I think Simone has shown in that role that he can really help us,” Hardy said. “Obviously, he’s played a lot of basketball in his career and so he’s easy to plug in. He knows what he’s doing. He can really shoot the ball, his teammates, trust him, he’s shown a great understanding of our spacing and Ochai (Agbaji) has been spending some time in the G league, so Simone will …read more

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Utah Jazz: Rudy Gay sidelined with hand sprain

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