Report: Joe Ingles Removed from Jazz Starting 5, Mike Conley to Stay in Lineup

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistFebruary 26, 2020

Utah Jazz's Joe Ingles (2) shoots as Houston Rockets' Russell Westbrook defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Kim Raff)
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Looking for a spark after losing eight of their past 12 games, the Utah Jazz are reportedly removing Joe Ingles from their starting lineup.

Per The Athletic's Shams Charania and Tony Jones, Royce O'Neale is expected to replace Ingles in the starting five beginning with Wednesday's home game against the Boston Celtics

Charania and Jones initially reported Mike Conley Jr. was being benched in favor of O'Neale, but noted that "after telling players" of the new lineup the team opted to shift Ingles to the bench. 

Ingles has started 37 of 57 games for the Jazz this season. However, he's been in a considerable rut of late.

Over his last 10 appearances, the 32-year-old has mustered just 6.5 points per game on 33.8 percent shooting from the field, including 30 percent from beyond the arc. 

O'Neale, meanwhile, will return to the starting lineup following a two-game stint on the bench. 

To date, he's averaging 6.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game while shooting 44.5 percent from the field, including 40.1 percent from three. 

The Jazz (36-21), who have dropped three straight, currently sit a half-game clear of the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference standings. 

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