OAKLAND, Calif. — Tyrone Corbin finally broke the silence on his starting lineup.
Mo Williams, Gordon Hayward, Marvin Williams, Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson will take to the court first when the Jazz begin their eight-game exhibition season at 8:30 p.m. MT against the Warriors.
The game will not be televised but can be heard live on 1280 AM/97.5 FM.
Corbin has cautioned that tonight's starting crew might not be the same five who begin the season in the opening rotation.
The Jazz coach also said he plans on spreading out the minutes tonight, preferring to keep his main guys' time limited while giving the bench players plenty of opportunities with different combinations.
"(We're) still in training camp. We're going to look at different guys," Corbin said. "We'll start a way tonight, but that don't mean that that's the way we'll start. We're looking to look at guys and see what combinations — all exhibition season — give us the best chance to win."
Though outsiders might get worked up about starting lineups, Corbin is trying to convince his players to not worry about such matters.
"My message to the guys, 'Don't worry about who's starting. Just be ready to play when you play,'" Corbin said.
For one, Jazz power forward Paul Millsap, in a position battle with Derrick Favors, said he isn't focusing on specific roles.
"I don't think about it. My goal is to get out there and play basketball whenever I'm called," Millsap said. "My job is to get better, continue to get better, and leave that up to Coach."
Gordon Hayward, a possible starter at either shooting guard or small forward, said he looks forward to seeing the Jazz "run a lot more" this season with an increase of athletic players.
He's excited to play the Warriors instead of his teammates, too.
"It'll be good," he said, "to get a fresh start, both offensively and defensively and see where we stand."1 comment on this story
Guards Earl Watson (knee) and Raja Bell (not at camp) are the only Jazz players who won't be available for tonight's game.
The Jazz are also without assistant coach Jeff Hornacek, who did not travel to Oakland with the team because of a "family matter," according to Corbin. The coach did not say when Hornacek will rejoin the team.
Golden State opened its preseason action with a 110-83 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.