Utah Jazz: End-of-bench guys seeing more time

Published: Sunday, Dec. 2 2012 9:56 p.m. MST

Foye lauded both Burks and Kanter for their weekend showings.

"I'm not surprised," said Foye, who had another good performance with 20 points in Houston. "I see them every day in practice. I see them working out before games, after practice working out, so it's not nothing new to me."

They haven't complained about their playing time, but Burks has only averaged 9.4 minutes this season after logging 15.9 mpg as a rookie. Evans has only seen a total of 25 minutes in five games, while Kanter has played 14.2 minutes an outing.

Each, no doubt, would relish a bigger role.

"We just showed we should be playing," Burks said. "We're a deep team. Everybody knows that. We're just fighting hard, trying to win."

Corbin doesn't disagree with Burks' assessment. Foye's stellar play this season has taken minutes away from Burks, and the Jazz coach has repeated his preference to put players in for more than just a token minute or two at a time so they can get into a good rhythm.

"He'll continue to work, and opportunities will continue to present themselves," Corbin said. "I feel good about all the guys on this team. I'm not hesitant of putting them in the game."

Depending on injuries, the coach might not have a choice.

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