Utah Jazz: Raja bell out tonight, Al Jefferson ankle still causing problems

Published: Monday, Jan. 30 2012 6:20 p.m. MST

"It's unfortunate he got hurt. I thought he was coming along really well before he got hurt," Corbin said. "He was really getting used to things. We were starting to expand some of the calls with him in the game. He missed some time and now his timing's off again."

But Corbin liked how Howard, who really struggled in his first two games back, was more patient in Saturday's win.

"Tonight I think he'll relax a little more. He's a veteran guy. He knows how to pace himself a little bit," Corbin said. "He's going to be on the floor a little bit more tonight, so there's not as much a sense of urgency. We need him to have a big game for us."

This will be Favors' third start at center in place of Jefferson, who missed last Wednesday's double-overtime loss to Toronto and a Dec. 30 win against Philadelphia.

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