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Utah Jazz: Bell will miss tonight's game, but Fesenko will play

Published: Monday, Dec. 13 2010 6:37 p.m. MST

Utah's Kyrylo Fesenko guards the Buck's Keyon Dooling as the Utah Jazz and the Milwaukee Buck play NBA basketball Monday, Nov. 29, 2010, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Tom Smart, Deseret News

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SALT LAKE CITY — Shooting guard Raja Bell won't play when the Jazz face the Golden State Warriors tonight, but reserve center Kyrylo Fesenko will.

Bell has missed Utah's last two games due to a strained right adductor muscle.

With Bell unable to go, rookie Gordon Hayward will 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."

Fesenko returns after having missed Utah's last three games with a sprained left ankle.

But Utah also will be without reserve big man Francisco Elson, due to work visa issues, for tonight's game.

Tonight ends a stretch with 10-of-12 games at home for the 17-8 Jazz, who start a stretch with 6-of-7 on the road Friday at New Orleans.

e-mail: tbuckley@desnews.com

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