Utah Jazz notebook: Tyrone Corbin testing out a 5-man wing rotation
Tom Smart, Deseret News
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tyrone Corbin likes what each of his five wings brings to the court.
But finding a way to juggle playing time between his five healthy wings — now that Raja Bell has returned — will be a challenge for the Jazz coach.
Bell and Josh Howard will remain his starters for now, but it remains to be seen how he'll distribute reserve minutes between Gordon Hayward, C.J. Miles and Alec Burks.
Matchups might make the biggest difference. Hayward is likely to receive the bulk of the bench action, and Corbin said Miles and Hayward will be paired against the bigger wings. Burks, the odd-man out before Bell's six-game absence, will get smaller guys, maybe even some point guard time.
"There will be some feel game by game until it works itself out," Corbin said. "I like the healthy competition it gives us, the versatility."
Corbin admitted it will be challenging at times, but he doesn't want to tighten up his roster like some other coaches have begun to do.
Hayward (23 points off the bench Monday) and Miles (27 points last Wednesday) have shown they can light it up on occasion. Burks is an aggressive and energetic young player, while Howard adds versatility and Bell is an outside threat and a feisty defender.
"It's difficult to play all the guys that we have," he said, "but I want to make sure we're taking advantage of every opportunity we have to get guys on the floor but to have a chance to win the game also."
INJURY UPDATE: Josh Howard (sinus infection) sat out the Jazz's practice Tuesday in Charlotte, while Devin Harris went through some running and layup drills at full speed but didn't fully participate.
Howard, a Wake Forest product whose family lives in North Carolina, expects to play tonight against the Bobcats.
Harris, who sported a brace, is hopeful his knee will respond to a day of rest and treatment. The point guard said his knee didn't swell up too badly overnight after tweaking it during Monday's game.
"It's good that we have a day off," he said. "Give me a chance to rest it, ice it, get some treatment. I don't think it will be too much of a problem."
NO GIMME: Charlotte is unquestionably the worst team in the NBA and the Jazz are coming off of a nice road win, so it looks like a should-get game for visiting Utah.
Then again, that's what the Jazz thought three weeks ago when they followed a great win at Memphis with a stinging loss to a bad New Orleans team.
"We can't afford to think we can show up and beat anybody as demonstrated on the road before in New Orleans," Corbin said. "They had a lot of guys out and they weren't doing very well and we dropped big there. We've got to make sure we come out and be aggressive."
Corbin wants the Jazz to set the tempo, avoid going one-on-one, make hard cuts while executing the offense and "make the right smart plays."
"We've got to come out and play our style of basketball," Jazz forward Paul Millsap said. "It would be good to get a little bit of momentum going into these games (at Philadelphia and Chicago)."
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