Utah Jazz: 'Injuries' not slowing down the Jazz

Published: Sunday, Dec. 18 2011 12:05 p.m. MST

PORTLAND, Ore. — Paul Millsap doesn't consider it an injury, per se. He even joked, "What injury?" when asked about it after sitting out Saturday's scrimmage.

But Millsap's sore right quadriceps muscle kept him out of practice Sunday and has him questionable for tonight's preseason opener at Portland.

Officially, Millsap is listed as day-to-day with right quad tendinitis.

The Jazz did get center Al Jefferson back on the practice court Sunday after he sat out the intrasquad game with a sore left hamstring.

Big Al said he was being extra cautious.

Point guard Earl Watson's right calf has experienced soreness since he changed shoes, but he worked out with a sleeve on his lower leg.

MAN VS. INJURY: Derrick Favors' right pinkie was hurt during the scrimmage, but he practiced.

Asked if the dislocated finger would affect his play or require taping, the 20-year-old power forward shook his head.

"No," he said. "I'm a man."

FAN/COACH FAVORITE: Most of the small forward talk this preseason has revolved around Gordon Hayward, C.J. Miles and, lately, Josh Howard.

The man with pogo sticks for legs reminded everyone at Saturday's scrimmage — 10,300 fans and his team — that his energy almost demands court time.

Second-year forward Jeremy Evans scored 10 points at the EnergySolutions Arena event, and made his coach smile just to talk about him on Sunday.

"(Evans) is such a tremendous joy to have on the team because he competes every day. He's just trying to get better," coach Tyrone Corbin said. "He's cherishing every moment he steps on the floor and he's trying to make the most of it."

Continued Corbin: "I have a lot of respect for the guy. He'll continue to get stronger, he's running the floor extremely well, he plays defense, he's doing a lot of good things out there."

PEP TALK: Corbin found himself consoling a UC-Davis basketball player Saturday afternoon. His son, Tyrell Corbin, was distraught after his Aggies were blown out by UCLA, 82-39.

UC-Davis has struggled to a 1-9 start, putting Utah's 2011 Mr. Basketball in an unfamiliar position. Corbin said his son is used to winning, and the former state champion from West High has never experienced that bad of a loss.

"He thinks it's the end of the world," the Jazz coach/compassionate father said.

Corbin offered life-lesson advice to his son, a freshman starter who's averaging 6.3 points and 3.2 assists.

Corbin's counsel was similar, no doubt, to what he told Jazz players during their late-season slide after he took over for Jerry Sloan last season.

"Look, this is what makes you stronger," Corbin told Tyrell. "You've got to find a way to fight your way through it. It will indicate some who you are.. I like the fact you don't like it, you feel embarrassed. Now you have to work your way through it."

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