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Derrick Favors, Rodney Hood, Dante Exum to play vs. OKC

SALT LAKE CITY — The gang isn't all here yet, but it's getting closer.

Three players who were questionable on the medical list after Tuesday's practice have been cleared to play tonight when the Utah Jazz take on the Oklahoma City Thunder at Vivint Arena (7 p.m. tipoff, ROOT Sports).

Most notably, Derrick Favors will make his return to the court for the first time since Nov. 14. The Jazz power forward has missed 13 straight games and a total of 14 this season while dealing with a bone contusion in his left knee.

Rodney Hood, who's been out for three games with a right hamstring strain, and Dante Exum (knee tendinitis) are also expected to play in this showdown with the Thunder.

George Hill (toe) and Alec Burks (ankle) will not play.

Favors said his knee feels good after a month's worth of rehab and work. He practiced the past two days and went through this morning's shootaround.

"I'm not a guy who gets a lot of butterflies. I’m just ready to go out there and play," Favors said. "I’m more excited than anything. I’m just ready to get back out there and start playing."

Jazz coach Quin Snyder said Favors will have a minutes restriction but that hasn't been determined just yet. It might be like it was when Favors returned earlier this season with his knee issue, which would limit him to between 10-15 minutes at first.

"Fav has worked his tail off to put himself in this position. I know he’s excited," Snyder said. "It’s not midseason form obviously when you’ve been out trying to get healthy as long as he’s been, but we’re glad to have him back. Any contribution we can get is a welcome one."

Snyder didn't announce whether Favors would resume his place in the starting lineup, which has had 13 different iterations because of the team's unfortunate string of injuries to key players.

The Jazz coach added that returning players will have to fight for minutes because of how well others have been playing while helping the team win eight of 10 games.

"You have to wait to see where he is initially. Derrick's been one of the more productive players in the league and certainly for us has been an anchor defensively as well," Snyder said. "Fatigue is going to be a big issue, so we’ll be mindful of that. ... The realistic expectation for me is just that he's out there and we’ll go from there."

This will be the first meeting of the season between Utah and Oklahoma City. Both teams have 15-10 records and are tied atop the Northwest Division standings, so there are eventual playoff implications in this series.

The Jazz lost all four games in the 2015-16 season to the Thunder, who continue to play well despite the departure of star forward Kevin Durant.

It's been a phenomenal start to the season for Russell Westbrook, who's averaging a triple-double of 30.7 points, 10.8 assists and 10.7 rebounds. He has 12 triple-doubles so far in only 25 games.

While Utah has had a rare three-day break between games, the Thunder come into this matchup after having lost 114-95 at Portland on Tuesday night.