Utah Jazz notebook: Mo Williams to get pins removed from thumb; Durant takes shot at Jazz fans
SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz and Mo Williams headed in different directions after Tuesday night's game.
After the Jazz left for Minnesota for their game tonight against the Timberwolves, their injured point guard took a red-eye flight to New York City.
Later today, Williams will have two pins removed from his surgically repaired right thumb. He will then begin his full rehab when he returns to Utah after spending the All-Star break in Dallas.
"I wish him a speedy recovery," Thunder star Kevin Durant said Tuesday.
The Jazz should have a clearer timetable for their usual starting guard's return after he is re-evaluated.
"We couldn't do anything until we get the pin taken out," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said. 'Hopefully, everything goes well."
Williams will be fitted for a support brace for his right hand. Corbin said the guard's return, in part, depends on how quickly he can get mobility to return after he's been unable to use the thumb for about six weeks.
"He can progress as he can tolerate his pain," Corbin added. "Don't want to say if (that’s) two days or three weeks."
The Jazz also hope to get sixth man Gordon Hayward back after the break. The swingman has missed the past nine games with a sprained right shoulder. Although listed as doubtful, Hayward won't play at least until the Jazz host Golden State next Tuesday.
"I love where we're at. Even with all the stuff that's been going on, we've been staying together. We've had our ups and downs, but we're staying together. We always bounce back," Jazz center Al Jefferson said. "After the All-Star break when we get our guys back (Hayward and Williams), we all get on the same page, I think we're going to be pretty tough."
LOW (VOLUME) BLOW: Durant couldn’t make up his mind whether he wanted to take a shot at Jazz fans or compliment them.
In a matter of hours, the MVP candidate did both.
Following Utah's 109-94 blowout win over OKC, Durant took this dig at the traditionally loud Jazz crowd:
"Nah," he said when asked if EnergySolutions Arena is among the loudest NBA buildings. "It's not even as loud as an empty Oklahoma City arena."
That contradicts the praise he dished out to Jazz faithful after the Thunder's morning shootaround.
"With this crowd here, this team is never out of it. From the minute we come out when guys come out to warm up, they're right on top of you," Durant said. "They're right behind our bench. It feels like a college atmosphere and I love it."
Durant continued: "Our crowd is just like that. Sacramento is just like that, Portland. This is the only thing in town as far as professional sports is concerned, and it's always fun to play. Especially on the road, you like feeling like the villains."
HOME, SWEET HOME: Speaking of ESA, Jazz guard Randy Foye was asked to name the Thunder's weakness Tuesday morning.
"The weakness is that they're in our building," he said. "This is a tough place to play for anyone."
The Jazz improved to 20-6 at home with the victory.
NOTES: Foye has made a 3-pointer in 20 straight games. Utah improved to 9-3 when DeMarre Carroll hits double figures in scoring. He had 13 points, the sixth time in seven games he's hit the 10-point mark. Jazz guard Earl Watson on Utah beating OKC, Miami and San Antonio at home: "I think you should expect it anyway. I think you should prepare every game like it's the NBA Finals Game 7 to have some consistency in preparation and expect to win."
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