Tom Smart, Deseret News
SALT LAKE CITY — Al Jefferson and Raja Bell aren't the only things the Utah Jazz are missing tonight against the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Jazz are also missing a spark and, well, an offense.
Without two starters, the Jazz find themselves down to their Northwest Division rival 45-39 at halftime at EnergySolutions Arena.
Paul Millsap and reserve C.J. Miles have nine points apiece, but the Jazz are only shooting 30.4 percent from the field.
Gordon Hayward, who's playing his natural shooting guard position in Bell's absence, has really struggled going 0-for-8 from the field in the half.
Josh Howard started in the small forward position with Bell out of the lineup due to a right strained adductor (groin). He has seven points on 3-for-7 shooting.
Derrick Favors filled in for Jefferson, who's missing his third game with an inflamed right ankle. The second-year big man has had a quiet night with just four points and four boards.
Power forward LaMarcus Aldridge leads Portland with nine points.
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