- Joe Ingles missed the Utah Jazz’s Friday game against the Milwaukee Bucks with soreness in his right Achilles.
- Prior to the game, Ingles had played in 418 consecutive NBA games, including 384 straight in the regular season, which was the NBA’s longest current streak.
- Ingles is again questionable for the team’s Sunday game against the Detroit Pistons.
For the first time in five years, Joe Ingles didn’t suit up for the Utah Jazz. The 33-year old Australian missed Utah’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday with a right Achilles soreness. Bu while it’s not uncommon that players sit out games to rest minor injuries like what Ingles has, his absence on Friday meant the end of the NBA’s current iron man streak.
Los Angeles Lakers forward A.C. Green owns the all-time NBA record with 1,192 consecutive games played. But prior to Friday night, it was Ingles who held the longest current active consecutive games played streak.
Iron Man Streak Over
Sad news today, with Joe Ingles ending his NBA-best streak of 418 consecutive games played ?
He’s out with Achilles soreness.https://t.co/oonXfjiaU4
— ESPN Australia & NZ (@ESPNAusNZ) January 9, 2021
Unknown to many, Ingles had not missed a game since December 16, 2015. He played in 384 consecutive regular season games, 418 overall- the longest current streak in the league. With Ingles’ streak over, Cory Joseph of the Sacramento Kings now has the NBA’s longest active consecutive games streak at 275 games.
Interestingly, it was just the 5th longest such streak in Utah history but the longest for a Jazz player whose name isn’t Karl Malone or John Stockton. Ingles streak was also the longest in Jazz history since John Stockton played in 442 consecutive games from 1997-2003.
Undrafted in 2009, Ingles was a star in Australia’s NBL. He went to Spain to play for FC Barcelona from 2010-13 where he won two Spanish League titles and a pair of Spanish Supercup titles. He later joined Maccabi Tel Aviv of the Israeli league and helped the team win the Israeli and EuroLeague title. He was acquired by the Jazz from the Clippers in 2014 and has been one of Utah’s reliable players, thriving in Quinn Snyder’s high-IQ and defense-oriented style .
Back on Track
back on track#TakeNote pic.twitter.com/vS3M3sm0yi
— utahjazz (@utahjazz) January 9, 2021
Despite Joe Ingles’ absence, the Jazz got back on track by defeating the Eastern Conference preseason betting favorites Milwaukee Bucks 131-118 on Friday night, dealing Giannis and Co. their first home loss of the season and putting themselves back over the .500 mark again at 5-4 on the year.
Utah sank a franchise record 25 three-pointers against the Bucks. Roycel O’Neale and Jordan Clarkson benefited from Ingles’ absence and put up big games for the Jazz. O’Neale made a career-high six three pointers on eight attempts en route to an 18 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists night while playing 34 minutes. Clarkson also got an extended 35-minute exposure and he put up 26 points off the bench. Clarkson’s 16.7 scoring average ranks only second to Orlando’s Terrence Ross among bench players.
Utah now heads to Sunday’s game against the Detroit Pistons on Sunday. The Jazz are seven point favorites to beat the Pistons on the road. Utah is also a -285 odds on favorite at the moneyline according to online sportsbook SportsBetting.ag. Ingles is currently listed as questionable for that contest.