SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — When Derrick Favors can find ways to impose his will, good things happen for the Utah Jazz .
Favors has been quietly, albeit effectively, getting it done against the Oklahoma City Thunder , playing in the shadows of Utah rookie of the year candidate Donovan Mitchell and Jazz center Rudy Gobert .
Jazz coach Quin Snyder will start Favors at power forward alongside Gobert beginning with Game 3 on Saturday.
Favors has done his part to make playing alongside Gobert work by extending his shooting range to improve offensive spacing.
It is exactly the type of impact Favors envisioned making when fighting to reclaim his body from knee and back injuries that afflicted him for the better part of two seasons.
There’s no question having Favors at full strength has improved Utah’s ability to counter a Thunder team featuring the potent trio of Russell Westbrook , Carmelo Anthony and Paul George .
The veteran forward/center offers versatility on both ends of the court honed through playing multiple positions as circumstances dictate.
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