Utah Jazz: C.J. Miles, Derrick Favors to start again tonight
SALT LAKE CITY — They aren't exactly at 100 percent, but the Utah Jazz should have plenty of guys to fill a roster tonight when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves.
They don't expect to have any lingering drama, either.
Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said he'll stick with the same starting lineup that got the team off to such a successful beginning Monday, with C.J. Miles in the shooting guard spot and Derrick Favors as the power forward starter.
Devin Harris expects to play with his improving right hamstring strain, while Andrei Kirilenko and Al Jefferson while round out the starting five.
"We'll keep the rotation like it was the last game and we'll see how it goes," Corbin said. "I think we did a pretty good job the other night against Philly. We'll play it by ear right now."
The Jazz will be without the services of Paul Millsap (knee), Ronnie Price (toe), Francisco Elson (ankle/knee) and Mehmet Okur (back), but Corbin expects the team will suit up 11 players.
Officially, Harris, Raja Bell (toe) and Gordon Hayward (foot) will be game-time decisions, but they each went through this morning's shootaround and should be good to go.
Along with saying that he will play tonight, Bell also put an end to commenting about his new position as a backup or his dissatisfaction with how Corbin told him that he'd been relegated to a reserve role on Monday.
At practice Tuesday, Bell said he agreed with the move but had a beef with how he was only briefly informed that he'd come off the bench after starting the 60 games he'd played in this season.
Without giving specifics, Corbin said the matter has been resolved as far as he's concerned.
"We spoke," the Jazz coach said. "I didn't sit down with him in particular. We spoke about it and hopefully everything's cleared up."
Asked if he disapproved of a player taking this public, Corbin responded: "It is what it is. My door's always opened. You have to deal with it. ... We hope that if we have guys with issues or concerns that they'll come to us and talk about it, but it is what its. So we addressed it and we'll just more forward."
And both sides are at peace with the decision and the minor conflict that was made public?
"I would like to think so, yes," Corbin said. "I am."
With the Timberwolves in town, Corbin also hopes the Jazz have a bitter taste in their mouths from the Minnesota manhandling they received last Friday in a 122-101 blowout loss at Target Center.
"I thought they kicked our butts in all areas," Corbin said. "I think we should come out and be ready to play tonight and play the style of ball that we're capable of playing."
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