Utah Jazz notebook: Roster remains the same — for now — but Paul Millsap misses another game
NEW YORK — Despite national reporters that claimed otherwise, the Utah Jazz roster remains the same.
While the team did not sign D-League guard Travis Leslie on Saturday — as it's been reported they soon will — the Jazz had a more pressing alteration to their lineup against the New York Knicks.
Starting power forward Paul Millsap sat out the finale of this rough four-game road trip with inflammation in his right knee.
"It's just too frustrating. You want to be out there so bad, especially with the position that we're in right now," said Millsap after receiving treatment on his knee before Saturday's blowout loss at Madison Square Garden. "But you've got to know your body. You've got to know how you're feeling and what you can and cannot do and be smart about it, so I've just got to be smart."
Millsap will be re-evaluated by the team's medical staff today in Utah.
For now, he is listed day to day by the Jazz, who host Detroit on Monday. Millsap recently missed two games with a sprained left ankle, so he's trying to keep his spirits up.
"I'm doing OK," he said. "My mental's good, strong. Gotta be."
The seventh-year player said he was hurt Wednesday in Cleveland when one of the Cavaliers knocked knees with him after his layup attempt was blocked late in the game.
"I hit somebody's knee, came up hobbling a little bit," Millsap said. "Got through it last game (Friday in Chicago), made it most of the game and then it started bothering me a little bit during the game, so I put a sleeve on it.
"Today," he added, "it just don't feel right."
That, Millsap admitted, made him noticeably less able to do his job and move the right way as he scored 10 points Friday in Chicago. He didn't finish the game, although Millsap said he wasn't sure if his knee played a factor in that or not.
"I couldn’t move really. It bothered me a little bit. I'm not going to say it didn't," he said. "I wasn't able to do what I really wanted to do."
Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin appreciated Millsap playing through pain.
"(Friday) night he looked OK, but he was not moving like himself. Paul is one of the guys, he don't want to miss games," Corbin said. "You know if he's out, he's hurt. He will try to play through injuries. We really appreciate his effort, but the best thing for him now is to make sure we take care of it and get a look and see what is going on."
The Jazz had another scare when Marvin Williams hurt his left hand.
"I just smacked my hand on the floor pretty hard," he said.
Postgame X-rays revealed that Williams has a bruised hand.
SHORT-HANDED AGAIN: The Jazz only lasted one night with their 14 non-Raja Bell players healthy and available. Mo Williams returned from his 32-game absence from a thumb injury/surgery on Wednesday and Al Jefferson came back after missing three games with a sprained ankle on Friday.
But, as has so often been the case this season, Utah found itself a bit short-handed again on Saturday.
Millsap's injury forced Corbin to use his 12th different starting lineup of the season: Mo Williams, Randy Foye, DeMarre Carroll, Derrick Favors and Jefferson.
"We were just getting everybody back into the fold," Corbin lamented in his pregame media availability. "We were trying to find a comfort level, a rotation that's going to carry us through the rest of the year, and here we go again. We've got another guy out."
INSIDE INFO: It didn't pan out in Saturday's lopsided loss, but the Jazz coaching staff took input from Marvin Williams while game-planning for the Knicks.
The small forward played for New York coach Mike Woodson in Atlanta from 2005-10. Knowing that, Jazz assistant Michael Sanders took time to hear what Williams could tell him about Woodson's tendencies.
"You try and get their input," Corbin said. "I think the guys welcome that. They want to be a part of it. They know that you value what they think, and if we can use that, we will use it."
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