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Jazz's Hayward returns, Favors out with injury


Posted Jan 21, 2014 9:43 PM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Gordon Hayward has returned to the Utah Jazz after missing five games because of a hip injury and center Derrick Favors is out with a hip problem.

The Jazz said before playing the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night that Favors has right hip abductor strain. Favors averages 13.5 points and a team-best 9.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocked shots per game.

Enes Kanter will start in Favors' place. The Jazz are just 1-17 when Kanter takes the floor at tip off.

Hayward, a forward, averaged 27 points on 60 percent shooting over the best three-game stretch of his career before straining his left hip flexor. The Jazz went 2-3 in his absence.

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