Utah Jazz fall to Golden State Warriors in preseason opener, 83-80

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 9 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

The 6-11 backup center's outing gave an indication that his offseason conditioning, including a 51-pound weight loss, could help him earn more playing time and be more effective in his second season.

"The weight loss has been good for him," Corbin said. "He's moving freely. He's feeling good about who he is and he's working hard."

Corbin also appreciated the effort given by DeMarre Carroll, whose shot looked as good as his hustling effort.

"It started in it last year. He's been working on it all summer and it's starting to show now," Corbin said of the outside shooting by Carroll, who hit a 3-pointer and shot 4-for-6. "He's taking good shots and he's making shots. He did a good job tonight, so all that with his hustle on the floor will add to what we're trying to do."

Hayward and Marvin Williams have played with each other for most of the preseason, and that combination could give the Jazz an advantage in several categories against other wings this season.

"They're very versatile. Both guys handle the ball on the perimeter, post up at times," Corbin said when asked about that starting lineup pairing. "They run the floor extremely well, so we can throw the ball up to them and let them create plays. They can also bring the ball up and initiate the offense."

Hayward likes the potential starting combo, even though — or maybe because — it means he'd have to guard the likes of Kobe Bryant and other quick shooting guards.

Size mismatches would tend to be in the Jazz's favor.

"Six-eight, 6-9 across the two and three is pretty tall. I think that will help us out as well," said Hayward, who's the shorter of the two taller wings. "I think we can kind of shoot a little bit, both put it on the floor. Just the similarities in our game will help us out because we'll be so versatile, able to do a lot of things on the floor."

One of the easiest decisions Corbin had to make was inserting a familiar face into the first five. Replacing Devin Harris as Utah's starting playmaker, this was Mo Williams' first game of any sort in a Jazz uniform since playing in Utah as a rookie in 2003-04.

"He's a point guard," Corbin said before the game. "He's relishing in the moment to help lead this group of guys."

GAME NOTES: Jazz assistant Jeff Hornacek did not travel with the team because of what Corbin called a "family matter." Corbin didn't specify when Hornacek will rejoin the team. … Utah next plays Friday at home against Oklahoma City. ... Former Ute center Andrew Bogut (left ankle rehab) has not played yet for the Warriors. Golden State has another ex-Utah player on its squad in Carlon Brown, who transferred to Colorado in 2010.

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