INDIANAPOLIS — After a practice and a shootaround, Utah Jazz coach Ty Corbin likes what he's seen so far of his new players and his new team.
"I know everybody's excited that the trade deadline's over," Corbin said today after running through a prep session for tonight's game against Indiana. "We know we're going to be together for the rest of the year, so it's a chance for us to go out and show that we're excited to be here."
For now, Corbin will continue with the same starting lineup that he used Wednesday in Dallas after All-Star point guard Deron Williams was traded from the team to New Jersey.
Earl Watson will begin at the point, with Raja Bell, Andrei Kirilenko, Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson rounding out the first five. The Jazz (31-27) are hoping to snap a five-game losing streak and looking to give Corbin his first win after four losses as the team's new head coach.
New acquisition Devin Harris, who's likely to eventually become the starting point guard, will be among the first to be brought off the bench against the Pacers.
Rookie big man Derrick Favors, also picked up from the Nets in Wednesday's trade, will see limited action in a reserve role.
"Devin's a veteran guy, so he picks things up a little faster," Corbin said. "He seemed to have retained what we did yesterday till this morning. We'll see how it transfers when the speed picks up in a game situation."
As for the 19-year-old Favors, Corbin said the Jazz will "bring him on a little slower."
Harris has no qualms with being a backup for now.
"I'll get to see it in live speed and talk to the coaches, get the feel of it and just try to help," Harris said. "I'm totally at (Corbin's) disposal. I'm trying to learn the system as fast as I can. I think it's better to come off the bench and really see how the guys are running it and try to catch up to their speed, just try to get in there and get a feel for it."
Harris has a good working knowledge of the Jazz system, having played against Utah for the past seven seasons in Dallas and New Jersey.
"It's not overwhelming at the moment," he said.
Favors spoke positively, but it seems obvious the extremely talented but raw 6-foot-10 player will be a work in progress.
"There's a lot that they're throwing at me real fast, but I'm picking it up," Favors said. "I hope to contribute, just come in and play my role. Come in rebound, play defense, bring a lot of energy off the bench."
Added Corbin: "Derrick will take a little bit longer because he's such a young guy. He's spinning from the trade."19 comments on this story
Tonight will also mark the first time Indiana native Gordon Hayward will get a chance to play in his home state as a professional.
"To be able to come here and play and at least be on the court and not in the stands is really special," said Hayward, who hit a championship-winning shot at Conseco Fieldhouse during his Brownsburg High School days. "It will be fun to play in front of my home crowd and my friends and family."