Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles (2) tries to get past Oklahoma City Thunder guard Terrance Ferguson (23)  in Salt Lake City.
Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles (2) tries to get past Oklahoma City Thunder guard Terrance Ferguson (23) in Salt Lake City. Chris Nicoll

Aussie Joe hit with fine after low blow

IT'S been an eventful couple of days for Aussie Joe Ingles in the NBA.

The Jazz cult figure got the news this morning that his hip pocket will be US$15,000 lighter after he gave New Zealander Steven Adams an old fashioned whack in the groin in Utah's 96-87 win over Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday.

To make matters worse, he was in doubt to play today, having been suffering from "gastric distress".

That's American speak for the runs, but it just sounds nasty.

Word this morning is Ingles will suit up for the 1.30pm AEDT tilt with the Los Angeles Clippers, in a rematch of last year's Western Conference first round playoff opponents.

Ingles hoping to improve on the Jazz's 2-1 record to begin the NBA season.

 

Slow Mo Joe - now Low Blow Joe - has been shooting the lights out in the early going, making 12 of his 19 three point attempts, at the remarkable clip of 63.2 per cent. That's not sustainable, but he continues to win over Jazz fans with his on-court exploits.

He lit up the Thunder with 19 points and five treys and told Thunder rookie and former Adelaide 36er Terrance Ferguson all about it.

Boomers brute Aron Baynes also in action this morning, a couple of days removed from becoming the first Australian to start for the Boston Celtics in 102-92 win over boom compatriot Ben Simmons' Philadelphia 76ers.

He will be hoping to draw the start against the New York Knicks at 10.30am AEDT, after posting 10 points and eight rebounds in just 14 minutes of action on Saturday.

News Corp Australia


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