Utah’s Burks out with leg fracture

VIDEO: Alec Burks had a thunderous dunk Saturday. 

Oh, for those happier days when Utah fans wondered how well a healthy Alec Burks might fit in with a Jazz team that fared better without him last season.

Those happier days were based on Burks’ injury-shortened 2014-15 season, limited to just 27 games before he underwent shoulder surgery. To that point, Utah had gone 9-18 but with Burks recovering and rehabbing the Jazz picked up their pace, finishing at a 29-26 clip.

Having the skilled 6-foot-6 wing player available was looking like one of those “problems” most teams would welcome. Burks seemed to have found a home coming off Utah’s bench, averaging 19.0 points and a team-high 15.4 field-goal attempts on a per-36 minutes basis.

And when coach Quin Snyder did start Burks, he drew genuine praise from no less than OKC All-Star Kevin Durant, who saw the value Burks brought two weeks ago against the Thunder in a three-wing alignment to cope with him and Russell Westbrook. “This was like a playoff type of game because this team, they made adjustments,” Durant said. “They started Alec Burks tonight instead of [Raul] Neto. They made the proper adjustments. They have a really, really good coach and they play hard.”

All that came crashing down Saturday, though, when Burks – who earlier in the game against the L.A. Clippers threw down a highlight-worthy dunk – fell to the floor after being fouled on a shot attempt late in the second quarter. An MRI exam revealed a fractured left fibula that will sideline Burks indefinitely, with estimates of about six weeks. He joins guard Dante Exum and center Rudy Gobert among key Jazz players lost to injuries for some or all of 2015-16.

 

6 Comments

  1. Mary Jo Peay says:

    Alec Burks went up flying high leaning forward for his high-flying dunk, when Paul Pierce pulled him back causing him to fall from about 6′ high. He landed on his left side and just lay there kind of twitching and acting like he didn’t know where he was. He did walk off the floor with help back to the locker room. It was very unnecessary and hadn’t ever happened before in previous games. The Jazz were winning, and in my estimation, I think Paul Pierce did it on purpose to get him out of the game. Others may disagree, but that is my opinion. And Paul Pierce got away with it because of “who” he is. I am very disgusted with the call – I think it should have been a flagrant foul and Paul Pierce should have been thrown out of the game. As another commenter said, it is too bad because Alec Burks was out most of last season with a shoulder injury and was just getting recognized again for the excellent player that he is.

  2. Bad luck for him…he just had an injury last year

  3. Mud says:

    How is that a “thunderous dunk”? He did not even touch the rim. Bleh.

  4. Does anyone remember the spurs losing four starters for the year only to land Timmy? I am a die hard Jazz fan but we could use one more key guy. I wish I could see video of the foul. Did Pierce throw him to the ground or what?

    • Dr. Thrash says:

      No, it was clean. He was going for the block, not a hard foul or even intentional. He just nudged Burkes’ trajectory while he was airborne and Alec came down hard. It looked ugly but they were just playing ball.

  5. That is too bad. The Utah Jazz can’t seem to get a break. Like OKC last year, maybe that’s why Kevin Durant can relate…