Utah’s Alec Burks has been out with a shoulder injury for a couple games, ever since Arron Afflalo tried to make a play on the ball and instead made a play on Burks’ head. That fall aggravated long-standing shoulder issues that were expected to sideline Burks for two weeks.
Now, there’s good news and bad news.
The good news is Burks is going to be back sooner than expected, possibly as early as Monday against Sacramento but certainly by later in the week.
The bad news is Burks is going to need shoulder surgery after the season. From the Salt Lake Tribune.
Burks’ shoulder, which has been an issue since his days at Colorado, will still likely require surgery, The Tribune has learned. But the hope is that he can avoid it until the offseason…
The Jazz organization originally feared that Burks would need surgery immediately, a procedure that would have put the remainder of his season in jeopardy. But Burks got four medical opinions. He went through an MRI, strength tests, and shooting drills to determine the strength and the flexibility of the shoulder.
The Jazz, mired in an eight-game losing streak, could use him.
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Burks is the starting two guard for Utah and has averaged 13.3 points per game, although with a slightly below averaged true shooting percentage of .515. He is shooting 35 percent from three.