Laura Seitz, Deseret News
SALT LAKE CITY — Jamaal Tinsley has had a rough couple of days.
On Thursday, Tinsley had a wisdom tooth extracted.
The backup point guard was sent home early from practice on Friday in pain and was excused again before Saturday's shootaround ended. He attended the Jazz's game against the Clippers but could barely speak and didn't play.
"He didn't look good this morning," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin admitted.
Media didn't get to see him in the morning, but a puffy-cheek Tinsley looked miserable in the locker room on Saturday night.
Unable to easily speak because of inflammation in his mouth, Tinsley nodded, shook his head and quietly mumbled a few inaudible words to explain that he was in too much agony to take to the court Saturday.
While he feels for his teammate, no doubt, Al Jefferson had an easier time in 2009 when his wisdom teeth were yanked out.
"It wasn't that bad," Jefferson said. "I got them out and I kind of recovered the next day."
Tinsley only wishes that were the case.
He's been bothered by this nagging tooth problem since the Jazz opened camp almost three weeks ago. In fact, Tinsley missed Media Day on Oct. 1 because of this mouth problem (and you know it had to be serious for an NBA player to miss out on an opportunity to talk to sports writers).
Thursday was a rare day off at home for the Jazz, so it made sense for Tinsley's tooth to be taken care of then.
It's uncertain when Tinsley will return to action. The Jazz practice this morning and play at Portland on Monday night.
HIGH INTENSITY: Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin enjoyed how the Jazz had a physical and hard-fought preseason game against the Clippers on Wednesday — an intensity that was duplicated in Saturday's 99-91 home win.
"We have two players that played there last year," Corbin said, referring to Mo Williams and Randy Foye. "The West is going to be that way all year long."
Also, the Jazz hope to make their mark as a tough-nosed team.
"Some teams have some emotion about playing each other for whatever reason that it is," Corbin said. "We're just playing hard and we're looking to create that identity every night we step on the floor."
A GOOD RAP: Mo Williams jokingly shared some rap lyrics with media after shootaround Saturday morning, something about, well, you'll have to ask him.
New team motto?
"No, no, no," Williams said, laughing.
The starting point guard then looked at a big sign on the wall in the arena tunnel between the Jazz locker room and the court entrance.
"The team motto," he said, "is 'We Are Utah Jazz.' "
The marketing department will sing (maybe rap?) his praises for knowing that.
WATCHING WOES: NBA TV picked up Saturday's Clippers-Jazz game. Only problem? Many fans in Utah couldn't watch it because the game was blacked out on some providers.
Only one of Utah's final two preseason games will be televised. The Jazz game at Portland on Monday will be on ROOT Sports. The two teams' rubber match Thursday at EnergySolutions Arena will not be on TV.
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