Jazz turn to Mack with starting point guard Hill out for Game 2

Jazz turn to Mack with starting point guard Hill out for Game 2

OAKLAND -- Starting point guard George Hill is officially out for the Utah Jazz Thursday night when they take on the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals. According to head coach Quin Snyder, reserve Shelvin Mack will start alongside Joe Ingles in the backcourt for Utah as they attempt to even the series at one game apiece.

“Everybody’s got to try and fill that void that George leaves, especially on the defensive end,” Rodney Hood told NBC Sports Bay Area during pregame. “He’s a really good defender and everybody has to be more aggressive and confident offensively.”

Mack, 27, started 27 games for the Jazz during the 2015-16 season after coming over in a midseason trade with Atlanta Hawks, but his numbers are down across the board this year. In 55 games with the Jazz this season, Mack has averaged 7.8 points and 2.8 assists in 21.9 minutes a night.

He is tasked with filling some big shoes. Hill was Utah’s second-leading scorer during the regular season, posting 16.1 points and 4.1 assists in 31.5 minutes a night. 

A former second-round pick, Mack has struggled throughout the playoffs, averaging just 1.8 points per game on 25 percent shooting. He’ll pick up the start, but won’t be the only Jazz player to see time at the point.

“Guys have to step up, it’s a shared load, it doesn’t really fall to one guy in particular,” Snyder said. “We’ve got to compete at the position.”

Snyder will use Dante Exum and Raul Neto as well as Mack as he searches for answers on both ends of the court.

Favors feeling better

Coming off a huge performance in Game 7 against the Los Angeles Clippers, veteran big man Derrick Favors played just 12 minutes in Game 1 against the Warriors due to a recurring back issue. Following the loss to Golden State, Favors, wrapped in ice, said the Jazz were taking a cautious approach to the injury.

During pregame on Thursday evening, the 6-foot-10 power forward told NBC Sports Bay Area that he is feeling much better and ready to play for the Utah. 

Reports: Andrew Bogut agrees to one-year deal with Warriors' division rival


Reports: Andrew Bogut agrees to one-year deal with Warriors' division rival

With training camp right around the corner, Andrew Bogut is no longer unemployed.

The former Warriors center has agreed to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to multiple national reports.

News of the agreement was first reported by The Vertical. According to Turner Sports, the deal is for the veteran minimum.

After four seasons in Oakland, Bogut started the 2016-17 season with Dallas. In February, he was traded to the 76ers, who waived him four days after the deal. Five days later, Bogut signed with the Cavs. In his first minute of action with Cleveland, the 12-year veteran suffered a season-ending leg injury.


Bucks sign former Warriors wing


Bucks sign former Warriors wing

Brandon Rush found a new basketball home on Monday.

The 32-year old signed with the Bucks, his agency announced on Twitter.

Rush played for the Timberwolves last season.

He averaged 4.2 points over 47 appearances (33 starts) and shot 38.6 percent from 3-point territory.

During the 2011-12 campaign in a Warriors uniform, Rush averaged a career-high 9.8 points per game, while shooting over 45 percent from deep.

After scoring 14 points in the 2012-13 season opener, he tore his ACL in Game No. 2 against the Grizzlies.

In July 2013, the Warriors traded Rush to the Jazz in the deal that brought Andre Iguodala to Golden State.

Rush returned to the Warriors in the summer of 2014 and won a ring.

During the 2015-16 season, he started 25 games and averaged 4.2 rebounds a night, and shot over 41 percent from distance.

The Blazers selected Rush with the 13th overall pick in 2008 but was traded to the Pacers two weeks later.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller