Utah Jazz: Paul Millsap, Kyrylo Fesenko good to go tonight; not Jeremy Evans
Ravell Call, Deseret News
OAKLAND, Calif. — The Utah Jazz will be a little shorthanded tonight, but not as bad as it could've been.
Rookie Jeremy Evans (wrist) will miss the 8:30 p.m. game against the Golden State Warriors, but the Jazz will have the services of starting power forward Paul Millsap (ankle) and reserve center Kyrylo Fesenko (gastric distress).
"It's going to take a little bit more than this to stop me from playing," said Millsap, while icing his sprained right ankle that was tweaked during Wednesday's game. "I love to get out there and compete. A minor sprain's not going to keep me out."
Evans isn't quite so fortunate. His sprained right wrist, injured in Sunday's game at Oklahoma City, hasn't responded to treatment as quickly as he'd hoped, so he'll be forced to miss a second straight game.
Evans had a second MRI taken of the wrist, which is still causing him problems. It confirmed that the injury is a sprain. Evans said he feels about 90 percent but the team's medical staff will keep him sidelined until it's 100 percent better.
That's a bummer for the first-year forward, who thought he'd be back at practice on Monday. Instead, he's only been able to do cardio exercising this week while receiving treatment (ice and stimulation).
"It's kind of hard not being able to play and just seeing other guys out on the court and just wishing you could go out and help in any kind of way," said Evans, who's only seen action in two of the 2-2 Jazz's games so far (one miss from a coach's decision). "But you can't do anything about it, keep cheering for them."
As for Fesenko, he practiced Thursday and made it through this morning's shootaround after missing Wednesday's game because of what the team calls "gastric distress."
Fesenko will be suited up for action. Asked if he'll play, Fes said it wasn't his decision: "I don't know. Ask coach."
The Warriors could be without electrifying second-year guard Stephen Curry, who's day-to-day with a sprained ankle. High-scoring Golden State is off to a quick 3-1 start and presents defensive challenges with or without the son of former Jazzman Dell Curry.
Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said his team needs to dictate control of the tempo against the sharpshooting Warriors, who average 109.8 points.
"Hopefully, they have to match up with us (and) hopefully we do what we want to do," Sloan said. "If they dictate the game they're probably going to beat us.
"We've had that problem in the past. We've tried to get in a shooting contest with them and sometimes they beat us."
Golden State's last win over the Jazz came four games ago in Utah when an eight-player, injury-plagued squad won 118-108 at ESA. The Jazz swept last season's three-game series.
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