Saturday evening Utah Jazz fell to the Los Angeles Clippers in a preseason game, but the 32-point loss was irrelevant as the team’s promising rookie Trey Burke left the game with a hand injury. It was later announced that Burke had a fractured index finger. Burke will miss the opening games of the season, and according to his father the point guard could miss around 3-6 weeks of action.
In a text, Trey Burke's father/agent says "guessing" son will be out "3-6 weeks." No decision on surgery yet. Trey is in "great spirits."
— Steve Luhm (@sluhm) October 13, 2013
Obviously the 3-6 week suggestion is merely a guess and Burke will be seeing a specialist on Monday to determine the severity of the injury.
The injury occured when Burke’s hand somehow tangled with Chris Paul’s body, after which Burke grimaced and left the court.
The Jazz selected Burke with the ninth overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft, hoping that the 20-year-old can develop into a solid starting point guard.
In Burke’s absence, John Lucas III should be taking over the starting point guard duties.
The 2013-14 season is most definitely a rebuilding year for Utah, as the team traded for future draft picks and took on short-term contracts of Andris Biedrins and Richard Jefferson.