Next road game against the Chicago Bulls figure to be a challenge for Utah Jazz
Matt Slocum, AP
PHILADELPHIA — Utah was blown out by the Chicago Jazz and former teammates Carlos Boozer, Kyle Korver and Ronnie Brewer during its visit to the United Center a year ago.
It gets worse.
The Bulls, who host the Jazz tonight, have the best record in the Eastern Conference at 33-9 and didn't play Friday night.
Oh yeah, and Utah will be playing its sixth game in nine nights and fifth straight on the road.
"You've got to expect to win the game," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said. "We can't go in there and lay down. We're going to play hard."
Jazz guard Raja Bell remembers the 118-100 beating by the Bulls well.
"They spanked us pretty good there last year. Obviously, we'd like to get that back," Bell said. "But more than anything, we're a team that's out on the road trying to get every win that we can get to keep up the pace in this race for the eighth spot."
Paul Millsap brushed off the suggestion this game might have extra meaning for him because it's another matchup against Boozer, his former teammate.
"We've got to have confidence going into that game knowing that we can play with any team in this league," Millsap said, adding that he gets up equally for all opponents.
"They're one of the top teams in this league," he added. "We've just got to let this go and don't feel sorry for ourselves for this (loss to Philly). We've got to move on to the next game."
Al Jefferson said it will be important for the Jazz to go in with a play-to-win attitude.
"At the end of the day, they can be beat. They put their shorts on the same way we put our shorts on," the Jazz center said. "They at home waiting on us right now. (We'll) get in sometime in the morning, get rest and try to come in there and pull this one off."
The game, that is. Not the shorts.
EXTRA ACTION: Jeremy Evans and Alec Burks had their numbers called Friday for extended action.
Evans played 12 minutes because Corbin wanted to give Sixers big Thaddeus Young (21 points) a different look after rookie Enes Kanter got a couple of early fouls.
"I thought it would be a better matchup to use his versatility a little bit," Corbin said. "And I thought he did a pretty good job."
Evans said he's still trying to get a "comfort level" when he gets his rare opportunities. He ended up grabbing five rebounds and blocking an alley-oop attempt.
"I seen him cutting, the ball goes up and I'm going to go for it wherever it is," Evans explained. "Trying to get stops."
Burks ended up playing the final 10 minutes and was pitted against Philly's all-around threat, Evan Turner.
"I'm just playing hard, trying to be aggressive on both ends of the floor so I can get some more minutes," Burks said. "I'm just excited to see the court. We could be down 30, up 30. Whenever I get to see the court, I'm hyped."
Bell was even hyped to watch how Burks played down the stretch, even though the veteran remained on the bench after playing just over 17 minutes.
"He's a really good defender. I don't know if he knows it yet, but he can be," Bell said of Burks. "He's rangy. He's athletic. He's quick. I was just hoping that he would be able to do a good job on the kid (Turner)."
'T' TIME: They might start calling him Coach Hornatech. OK, probably not. But assistant Jeff Hornacek became the ninth player or coach to receive a technical foul this season.
Hornacek, who played for both teams on the court Friday during his NBA career, was T'd up midway through the third quarter for saying something while sitting on the bench.
Coach Corbin and Earl Watson top the team with three techs apiece.
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