Utah Jazz notebook: Gordon Hayward getting anxious, while the Super Bowl was a snoozer for Big Al
SALT LAKE CITY — The beard on Gordon Hayward's fuzzy face has had more time to develop over the past week and a half than his jump shot.
Since spraining his right shoulder at the end of the Jazz's overtime win over Indiana on Jan. 26, the sixth man has been restricted to cardio exercise and zero basketball.
And, yes, it's driving him crazy.
"I have not shot," Hayward said. "I'm getting anxious to."
"Hopefully, soon," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said.
Hayward called his injury situation "very frustrating," and said he is getting anxious to return to the court. He has missed the past four games and is being listed as "doubtful" by the team but certainly isn't quite ready to hit the hardwood just yet.
Utah backup point guard Earl Watson (leg bruise, stress fracture) also didn't play during the Jazz's 98-91 overtime win over the Sacramento Kings on Monday.
"It's not looking like it (tonight), but you never know," Hayward said. "Hopefully, maybe I'll just wake up one day and it'll be better."
To that point, Hayward said the shoulder is "getting better," but he still isn't sure when it'll be better enough to play or practice again.
"Slowly but surely it's coming along, but still not there yet," he said. "Very frustrating. It's probably the most games I've ever missed in my whole basketball career. It sucks being out, but you've got to be smart about it. I've just got to make sure it's right before I come back."
The Jazz have offered no timetable on Watson's return other to say he'll be back when his discomfort level decreases. His lower right leg has bone bruising and a slight stress fracture.
SUPER BOWL SNOOZER: Al Jefferson admitted he missed the first part of the Super Bowl, but it was for a good reason.
"I was asleep," he said. "I didn't wake up until the lights was off. I was tired."
Jefferson admitted he lost interest in the NFL when the Patriots fell to the Ravens. But he had one thing to cheer for Sunday — make that one person to cheer against.
"I didn't want the 49ers to win," he said, "because I didn't want to hear Mo's mouth."
Mo Williams is the Jazz's biggest 49ers guy and, really, the most vocal of the team's NFL fans.
The Jazz didn’t get a chance to razz or console Williams on Monday, though.
"He didn't show up today," Paul Millsap said at shootaround. "He stayed away from us."
There was a much better reason why Williams stayed home with his family, of course.
"Mo had a new baby," Corbin said. "We'll give him a pass."
Speaking of the Super Bowl, Millsap said he was proud to watch New Orleans host the big game — well, mostly proud.
"I claimed Louisiana up until that point (the lights went off)," he joked.
LAST POINT STANDING: Jamaal Tinsley is now the only true point guard healthy enough to play for the Jazz, but he is confident Utah will continue to do well while Williams and Watson nurse their injuries.
"That's the nature of the beast. The good thing about it, Alec (Burks) gets to play more minutes. Maybe Kevin (Murphy) will get to play a little bit at the two (guard)," Tinsley said. "That's just the nature of the business. Other guys get opportunities to play. I'm a little bit older now and in way better shape than I was when I was younger. It's all good for me."
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