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Utah Jazz: Raja Bell, Earl Watson to start

Published: Thursday, March 24 2011 7:04 p.m. MDT

Utah Jazz point guard Earl Watson, at top right, pulls in a rebound as Utah Jazz small forward C.J. Miles gets out of the way. The Utah Jazz face the Cleveland Cavaliers in NBA basketball in Salt Lake City, Utah Friday, Jan. 14, 2011.

Ravell Call, Deseret News

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SALT LAKE CITY — Raja Bell is returning to the starting lineup, and Earl Watson will remain a starter for now.

Bell, who was recently replaced as the starting shooting guard by C.J. Miles, will fill in for the injured Andrei Kirilenko (bruised knee) as the Jazz take on the New Orleans Hornets at EnergySolutions Arena.

Watson, meanwhile, will start again for Devin Harris (strained hamstring).

Miles will slide to the small forward position, with Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson rounding out the starting five.

The Jazz are hoping to snap a three-game losing streak, which has dropped their record to .500 at 36-36 for the first time since early November.

Kirilenko and Harris both underwent MRI tests earlier today.

Team orthopedist Dr. Lyle Mason confirmed that Kirilenko has a bruised left peroneal nerve. He is considered day-to-day.

Harris' test confirmed that his injury is a strained right hamstring. He is also day-to-day.

Rookie Derrick Favors was cleared to play by the team's medical staff after missing Wednesday's game with a sprained left ankle.

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