On Sunday night when the Utah Jazz hit the court in San Antonio to face the Spurs it was hard not to notice that Bojan Bogdanovic was wearing a black brace on his surgically repaired right wrist.

Despite the new accessory, Bogdanovic played naturally and got himself into an early rhythm in the exact way that he has wanted to.

The first to score in the game, Bogdanovic rolled to the basket over the top of a screen and off a pass from Royce O’Neale for a seamless and open layup.

“I get in the game with the easy 2 and then two free throws and that really helped me to get my rhythm.” — Utah Jazz forward Bojan Bogdanovic

“I get in the game with the easy 2 and then two free throws and that really helped me to get my rhythm,” he said.

After that it was smooth sailing. Bogdanovic finished the night with a game-high 28 points on 10-of-13 shooting from the floor, including going 6 of 7 from 3-point range.

He wasn’t forcing difficult mid-range looks, he wasn’t shooting off-balance or out of space and took what the game offered. It was possibly his best game of the early season, so it was clear that the wrist brace wasn’t hampering him. If anything it helped.

After the game, Bogdanovic said he’s been wearing the brace in practice, but has been hesitant to wear it in a game.

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“I really hate to play with anything on my body, any tape, any brace, anything,” he said. “But I really needed it because my wrist is kinda sore whenever I follow through when I’m shooting. This is helping me and preventing me basically to go all the way in that motion.”

Back in May, when Bogdanovic underwent surgery to repair the ruptured scapholunate ligament in his right wrist, I spoke with Dr. David Clark Hay, the orthopedic hand and wrist surgeon at the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles, to get a better understanding of what Bogdanovic could expect after this particular injury and surgery.

One of the things Hay noted is that 100% recovery is not a guarantee. Many patients experience lingering tightness and stiffness that could result in soreness after full extension of the wrist, which is exactly what Bogdanovic is now reporting.

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“The hope is that they can restore full motion, but the common concern is lacking the full flexion,” Hay said at the time. “It tends to leave patients with some residual stiffness, particularly when you follow through on a shot. ... You’d be less concerned with the impact on a post player. But, with an outside shooter, there’s that snap at the end of the shot.”

Bogdanovic has clearly retained all of his skill and ability, as evidenced by his performance Sunday. But, there is a possibility that he never fully regains the ability to fully follow through without some tightness. In order to prevent that and possibly save him from unnecessary soreness, playing with a wrist brace could be the answer.

“I mean it’s helping me,” Bogdanovic said, a little resigned to the fact he had to wear something during a game. “I tried it today and I might start wearing it until my wrist is kind of better.”

The game at San Antonio kicked off a seven-game trip for the Jazz. They’ll continue the trip Tuesday and Wednesday with a back-to-back set against the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks, respectively. From there they’ll face the Milwaukee Bucks, Detroit Pistons, Cleveland Cavaliers and Washington Wizards before returning home to play the Atlanta Hawks on Jan. 15.