Utah Jazz: Uncertain whether Derrick Favors, Marvin Williams will play tonight
Ben Brewer, Deseret News
SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz know they'll play the Los Angeles Clippers tonight at ESA. They also know that their opponent is a talented team that brings a 10-6 record into this 7 p.m. showdown.
The Jazz remain unsure, however, who they'll have at their disposal as they try to snap a two-game skid in the first of three home games this week.
Both Marvin Williams (concussion symptoms) and Derrick Favors (plantar fasciitis) are uncertain whether they'll play tonight.
Williams participated in shootaround this morning in his first physical activity with the team since experiencing concussion symptoms following his hard fall last Wednesday in New Orleans.
The Jazz's usual starting small forward has gone through a series of concussion tests. He'll be reevaluated prior to a final call being made before tipoff.
"I'm doing better — went through shootaround," said Williams, who sat out the Jazz losses in Oklahoma City and Houston this weekend. "As long as my headache doesn't come back, hopefully I'll be all right for tonight."
Favors did not attend the Jazz's shootaround. He had an MRI taken on his strained right arch Sunday, but initial results came back inconclusive. His status is in TBD-mode, although it would appear unlikely he'd play tonight based on his absence from shootaround.
Some short shots from shootaround:
— Jazz center Enes Kanter on how good Clippers power forward Blake Griffin is: "He's a good player, that's it."
— Guard Randy Foye on his former teammate Chris Paul:
"People don't realize the nastiness that he has. He's always smiling, really professional, but he has a nastiness about him where he always want to win no mater what."
Foye said looks can be deceiving with CP3. Even he's smiling or acting like his friend, Foye said one thing is for sure about Paul.
"He's out there trying to rip your heart out on the court."
— Point guard Mo Williams on his former Clipper backcourt mate:
"It's always tough going against a guy like Chris Paul. But at the end of the day it's about wins and losses. It's not me against Chris."
— Jazz center Al Jefferson on the team being 6-0 at home: "I don't know. We've got our fans who give us the energy, we've got that comfortness at home. We've just got to find a way to get it on the road."
— Big Al on Clipper bigs DeAndre Jordan and Griffin:
"Jordan have improved his game every since he's been in the league. Blake too. Very talented guy. We're going to try to stay between them in front of the basket or keep them from the basket, getting them lobs, keep them off the boards."
Added Jefferson: "I still think it's going to be a handful tonight. They run the floor. They do a lot of good things."
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