Utah Jazz notebook: Randy Foye not fretting over swat stat
The Jazz got a win, and Randy Foye played a decisive part in beating the Magic. Even so, he couldn't help but feel a little disappointed in the locker room after the game.
The 6-foot-4 guard clearly and cleanly blocked the shot of 6-10 Gustavo Ayon when the Orlando big tried to tie the game with 1:09 remaining, but the statistician credited Paul Millsap for the swat.
Foye laughed that his teammates weren't giving him proper props, either.
"They ain't giving me no credit for it, man. None of my teammates," Foye said, smiling in his locker. "They act like they ain't seen it, but I can jump a little."
Foye then explained the play that helped the Jazz preserve their tenuous lead.
"I just tried to time it. Really, I tried to foul him," he admitting. "But when he turned to the side and he turned his body, I just swiped at the ball and I got it."
Yes, really. He did.
For the record, Foye has been credited with 11 blocked shots this season in 29 games. Even without factoring in Sunday's rejection, Foye is on pace to top his career-high of 26 blocks, which he had in 2008-09 with Minnesota.
HAPPY HAYWARD: With four minutes remaining Sunday, Gordon Hayward rushed into the lane and released a floater. The shot was spot-on and tied the score at 85-85.
As the swingman returned on defense, he smiled and pointed over to the Jazz bench.
Assistant coach Jeff Hornacek was laughing in approval.
"We've been working on that a lot. A lot of times I go in the lane and either I'm not getting the foul or I'm missing the shot," Hayward said. "We worked on making that little floating shot."
When it finally happened, Hayward just had to share the moment with Hornacek and Jamaal Tinsley.
"It's kind of a little (running) joke because I hadn't hit any all year," explained Hayward, who scored 17 points on 7-for-10 shooting. "So after that first one, that's why I pointed over there."
MERRY CHRISTMAS: Every NBA team is required to give players a day off either on Christmas Day or one day before or after it, so they can have some sort of holiday. Jazz players got a bonus gift: two days off. Some players received treatment for bumps, bruises and nagging injuries on Christmas Eve. However, they didn't practice and will also get Christmas Day off after their four-game, week-long road trip that had them bounce from Brooklyn to Indiana to Miami and Orlando.
The Jazz will have their usual morning shootaround on Wednesday to prepare for that night's home game against a much-improved Golden State team.
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