Friday update: Sexton is available to play against Denver, so clearly this is a minor issue for the Jazz guard.
Thursday update: Sexton is listed as questionable for Friday’s game against the Nuggets. Look for Clarkson to get more minutes if Sexton can’t play.
Utah Jazz shooting guard Collin Sexton will not return to Wednesday’s game against the Houston Rockets due to an oblique injury, according to the team. Sexton has been on fire to start the season and is one of Utah’s cornerstone pieces going forward.
Collin Sexton (left oblique contusion) will not return tonight.— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) October 27, 2022
Sexton arrived in Utah as part of a sign-and-trade deal involving Donovan Mitchell going to the Cavaliers. The Jazz signed Sexton to a four-year, $72 million deal, showing they were committing to him being part of the franchise for the long haul. Utah has been a big surprise season so far this season, knocking off three West playoff contenders before losing to the Rockets in their last game.
If Sexton is out for an extended period of time, the Jazz will lean even more on Mike Conley and Jordan Clarkson in the backcourt. Utah is trying to lose games, so they might hold Sexton out longer than necessary if it means dropping a few more contests.