Utah Jazz: Bell, Harris, Watson all hope to go tonight vs. Lakers
SALT LAKE CITY Meanwhile, in non-Miller vs. Malone news, the Utah Jazz could have their full backcourt available for tonight's game against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Officially, starters Raja Bell (adductor) and Devin Harris (hamstring) are game-time decisions, and key backup Earl Watson (ankle) is listed as doubtful.
But all three guards participated in shootaround and said they're hopeful they'll be able to go against the Lakers in the 7 p.m. tipoff (ROOT).
"The guys looked good this morning," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said. "They're pretty energetic."
Corbin said Harris looked "the better of the three," and the usual starting point guard admitted he's "feeling pretty good" after missing Thursday's game.
"I went through a hard workout yesterday. I went through shootaround today and everything feels good," said Harris, whose hamstring was tweaked in Wednesday's loss to the Clippers. "If nothing crazy happens, I'll play tonight."
Bell hasn't played in three games, but he's also optimistic about the progress of his strained right adductor.
"I'm feeling pretty good," he said. "I had a good practice yesterday, played some 2-on-2. I'll go out there and see what it does tonight. It hasn't given me any reason to think it won't work."
As for Watson, he left the team in Oakland to receive unique laser treatment from a specialist in Los Angeles. After one treatment of the cell-regenerating laser, Watson said "significant swelling went out." He received multiple treatments before returning to Utah on Friday afternoon.
"It helped amazingly," he said.
Watson, who left the court in agonizing pain Wednesday, said he had "no pain" while going through shootaround.
"I'm going to play until they say I can't play," Watson said. "My goal is to get my mindset ready to come out and play and play the way I play and help my teammates try to get a win."
The Jazz (12-9) are hoping to avoid a third consecutive loss overall and to the Lakers (14-9) this season. L.A. won in Utah 90-87 in overtime on Jan. 11 and blew the Jazz out 96-71 on Dec. 27.
Utah had Friday off, but the Lakers were in Denver for a late-night 93-89 victory over the Nuggets.
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