Utah Jazz notebook: Corbin considers changing lineup for homestand
SALT LAKE CITY — Tyrone Corbin isn't one to make lineup decisions based on one game, but Saturday's loss to the Los Angeles Clippers has the Utah Jazz coach thinking.
Three of his starters didn't even score in the Jazz's 107-94 setback to the Clippers — with Randy Foye, Jamaal Tinsley and Marvin Williams missing nine shots — and Utah has a three-night homestand this week before embarking on a stretch that includes eight of 11 road games.
Asked if a rotation shakeup is possible, Corbin admitted he's considering it without giving details.
"We may," he said. "When you don't play your best game, you ponder a lot of things. What gives us the best chance to win? We'll look at it going forward. It's one game the starting group just didn't get it going."
In fact, Paul Millsap scored the Jazz's first 13 points and ended up scoring 19. Al Jefferson only had 16 points. Foye has been a consistent scorer and outside shooter for the Jazz, but the team hasn't gotten much offense from either Marvin Williams or Jamaal Tinsley.
With the Rockets only one game behind them and the surging Lakers nipping at their heels for the Western Conference's final playoff spot, Corbin knows this is an important period for Utah for the team's postseason chances.
That's daunting when considering the Jazz are only 10-19 away from the Beehive State with a rough road ahead.
"We've got to win road games. Tonight we didn't get it done after getting off to a decent start in the first half," said Corbin, whose team only trailed by two to the Clippers at halftime Saturday night. "We've got to understand that. What gives us the best chance to win? Maybe we have to tweak some things to see what that is. But we've got to continue to take care of our home business, and then get it going on the road."
The Jazz host Boston tonight before games against Atlanta (Wednesday) and Charlotte (Friday). Next week, Utah bounces from Milwaukee to Cleveland to Chicago to New York in their final four-game road trip of the season.
"We can't let this happen. We've got to be able to come out with the energy, especially in the second half. That's when teams at home try to put you away and use the crowd to their advantage," said Jazz sixth man Gordon Hayward, who scored 23 points Saturday. "So, you can't come out like we did (Saturday). But we've got to learn from this one. We've got some tough games at home and back out on the road."
END THE CURSE?: Jazz center Al Jefferson is hoping to get the first win of his career against the NBA team that drafted him. He has never been able to beat the Boston Celtics in three years with Minnesota or in his three seasons with the Jazz. So far, Big Al is a Big 0-10 against the Celtics, who drafted him in 2004.
CLOSING IN: Foye was 0-for-5 from 3-point range, leaving him four treys from tying Mehmet Okur for the most makes from beyond the arc in one season by a Jazz player. Has hit Okur set the franchise record by hitting 129 in the 2006-07 season (129-336, .384). Foye has drained 125 of 300 from 3-point range this season (.417). He's two from tying his career-high of 127 threes last season.
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