SALT LAKE CITY — Shooting guard Raja Bell may play when the Jazz face the Golden State Warriors tonight, coach Jerry Sloan suggested today.
Bell has missed Utah's last two games due to a strained right adductor muscle.
"I don't know if we'll have Raja or not," Sloan said. "I'd say it's probable."
If Bell cannot go, Sloan added, rookie Gordon Hayward would make a third straight start in his place. Hayward went scoreless as a starter in the Jazz's last two games, Friday's home win over Orlando and Saturday's loss at Dallas.
"I'll go ahead and start Gordon," Sloan said.
"Yeah. Let him have a chance to play some," the Jazz coach added. "It's very important minutes for him, not having played (much previously) — get a chance to see where he is, and how he's gonna react, and try to improve."
The Jazz are calling both Bell and reserve center Kyrylo Fesenko "game-time decisions" for tonight.
Fesenko has missed Utah's last three games with a sprained left ankle.
Tonight ends a stretch with 10-of-12 at home for the Jazz, who start a run with 6-of-7 on the road Friday at New Orleans.
- Fast start propels BYU past UConn, 35-10
- Dick Harmon: Taysom Hill steals center stage...
- BYU coach, players answer questions at fireside
- Dick Harmon: BYU victory comes with 4 rookies...
- High school football: Friday's roundup
- BYU's suspended players expected to be back...
- Saturday morning quarterback: 3 stars and...
- 11-year-old Salt Lake native once again...
- College football predictions: How will... 141
- The good, the bad and the most likely:... 63
- First steps: Utes open season with... 63
- It's go time for the Utes: Utah kicks... 57
- Fast start propels BYU past UConn, 35-10 56
- CBS Sports analyst predicts BYU to Big... 55
- Brad Rock: One thing already missing in... 50
- Brad Rock: What the Utes now know: very... 48