SALT LAKE CITY -- Jazz rookie point guard Trey Burke has been listed as day-to-day after suffering a broken right index finger in the first quarter of Saturday's blowout loss to Los Angeles Clippers.
Burke, Utah's first-round pick in this year's draft, fractured the finger with 5:26 left to play in the first quarter of a 106-74 preseason loss at EnergySolutions Arena. He appeared to be in a significant amount of pain and was escorted to the locker room shortly afterward. After telling team officials he was good to go, the 2013 NCAA Player of the Year returned to the court wearing a splint just before halftime but X-rays taken at halftime showed a fracture and Burke was held out for the second half.
"It's hurting pretty bad right now but right now it's day-to-day," he said. "I tried to come back in and play on it but it was a little too sore. Obviously it's not something I wanted but I've never been an injury-prone type of guy so I'm just trying to stay positive through a time like this."
The Jazz went into Saturday's game with L.A. on the heels of Friday's 96-86 loss to Portland. They struggled right from the start against the Clippers and never could find any consistency.
They trailed by 20 late in the first half and by as many as 32 in the second.
Veteran Richard Jefferson led the Jazz with 13 points off the bench. Teammate Alec Burks got the start at shooting guard and finished with 12 points on 4-for-9 shooting.
Journeyman backup point guard John Lucas III played extra minutes in Burke's absence and finished the game with 11 points and four assists.
No L.A. starter played more than 24 minutes. All-Star point guard Chris Paul scored six points and had 10 assists in 23 minutes of action. Teammate Blake Griffin had 12 points in only 18 minutes of work.
For the Jazz, the biggest news coming out of the game was the injury to their prized rookie.
Team officials said Burke will see a hand specialist and be reevaluated on Monday.
Speaking after the game, the 20-year-old said he insisted on returning to the game in the second quarter, believing he wasn't seriously injured.
He said his mentality is to keep playing through pain.
"I knew the team was down," he said. "Me, I wanted to get back out there and help the team win. Obviously, it wasn't a smart decision just because it was hurting so bad. I just decided to sit it out (in the second half)."
Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said he wasn't sure when X-rays were taken but afterward Burke said they were taken at halftime.
"It's a significant blow for us," Corbin said. "It's unfortunate to get the news that it is a fracture. We'll see what the specialist says when he looks at it but it's a downer for us."
Burke played a total of 14 minutes on Saturday, scoring two points on 1-for-6 shooting. He also had four assists, a rebound and two turnovers.
The injury occurred after trying to make a pass off a pick-and-roll play. He said he believed his had collided with Clippers' player at which point his index finger appeared to dislocate.
"It's a minor setback for a major comeback," said Lucas, Burke's mentor on the team. "We don't know everything that's happening. He'll going in and have the evaluation and see what goes on. But I know Trey, he's going to stay in the gym, he's going to keep his condition up. He'll be ready when he's back and healthy."
The Jazz will play host to the Trail Blazers on Wednesday.
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