Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Devin Harris went through shootaround this morning and plans on playing tonight when the Utah Jazz take on the Charlotte Bobcats (5 p.m. MT, ROOT Sports).
Harris sprained his right knee in Monday's 109-100 win at Cleveland during the Jazz's first road victory in three weeks.
"I wasn't really that worried," Harris said after today's prep session at Time Warner Cable Arena. "The swelling came down. I'll just warm up as hard as I can (tonight). If it still feels good, I expect to play. It's feeling pretty good."
Josh Howard will also start again despite missing Tuesday's practice with a sinus infection. Corbin said the Jazz's veteran-heavy first five will remain the same as it was in Cleveland, with Harris, Raja Bell, Howard, Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson.
Earl Watson sat out the second half of Tuesday's practice after banging up his knee a bit, but said he's fine and called the injury "nothing." He went through shootaround as well, and could be called on for extra action along with backup Jamaal Tinsley depending on how Harris holds up.
Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said the team will carefully watch Harris to make sure he's "completely healthy." They might pull him early if he's limping to avoid risking doing further damage to his MCL.
"We need everybody to be full speed," Corbin said.
The Jazz (18-19) are looking to put together back-to-back road wins for only the second time this season. They're facing a Charlotte team that only has five wins, but the Bobcats stunned Orlando on Tuesday by rallying from 20 down to win going away.
"It's an important game for us. We need to make sure we continue to grow on the road," said Corbin, whose team has a 4-13 road record. "We had some success in Cleveland the other night, but we have to play a certain way. We can't afford to think we can just show up and just win a game because anybody's record is what it is."
The Jazz have been reminded what happened the last time they did that in a similar situation. Utah beat a good Memphis team on the road and followed it up with a stinker of a showing in a loss to a then-four-win New Orleans team.
"We can't afford to have no letdowns," Corbin added. "We need to get this win tonight."
Utah visits Philadelphia and Chicago this weekend to wrap up this season-high five-game road trip.
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