Utah Jazz basketball: Paul Millsap working his way out of slump

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 27 2012 9:55 p.m. MST

"Paul's been a true pro the whole time he's been here. He knows how to respond to it," Corbin said. "It's just the way the game went (Monday) night. It was going good so I decided to go with it. He didn't do anything wrong. I just decided to stay the way we were."

What might've seemed a slight to Millsap was a definite vote of confidence for Favors, the Jazz's third-year big man whose potential is starting to take shape.

"He just disrupts so much on the defensive end," Corbin said of the lengthy 6-10 Favors. "And offensively, he's learning how to cut and dive to the basket and be available on the weak side when we run the pick-and-roll or post Al on the strong side."

Point guard Mo Williams, a tri-captain with Millsap and Big Al, pointed out that this is a testament to the Jazz's depth. He believes it's important that the team stays together and that players trust the coaching staff to make the right decisions. Millsap also called it an "in-house" situation.

"I don't think it's anything to start any controversy about. I think we're just showing depth," Williams said. "We're showing how the young guys are growing. Paul's a veteran. … I don't see it as a struggle. I don’t see it as a demotion. I see it as it's a team sport."

Williams, who hopes to play tonight after missing the past two games with a foot injury, said he'd take the same attitude if Jamaal Tinsley or Earl Watson had the hot hand and stayed on the court instead of him.

And he's hardly worried about Millsap's so-called slump.

"Obviously, we're going to need him. It's no secret," Williams said. "I'm not really concerned about Paul at all."

The Jazz do know Millsap well. He's the type who punches the clock early and will stay late to work the kinks out.

"There were a few games where I felt like I pressed it a little bit. You want to get yourself out of your slump a little bit so you want to continue to press it, force the issue," Millsap said. "But right now, I've just got to let the game come to me and continue to feed off my teammates. I have no complaints."

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