Utah Jazz's 101-78 preseason win over Warriors filled with surprises
“I thought,” Corbin said, “from the work they put in all summer to come into training camp in great shape and continuing that through camp and now to come out and give a performance like this the first night is encouraging to see.”
Six Jazz players scored in double figures, including 10 apiece from Kanter and Favors (14 rebounds). Hayward missed 8 of 12 shots but contributed eight points, eight assists, seven rebounds and three steals.
“I thought everybody gave us something," said Corbin.
That first unit — Richard Jefferson had a quiet four-point outing — eventually played well after a shaky start. Corbin credited Burke for the turnaround.
“I thought Trey started off a little slow and he got himself going,” Corbin said. “The other guys kind of followed suit there.”
Burke might’ve surprised some onlookers when he hit two 3-point attempts, something he did regularly at Michigan while earning 2013 NCAA player of the honors but struggled to do in summer league while going just 1 for 19 from deep.
“I didn’t press tonight,” Burke said after finishing with 12 points and three assists. “I let it come to me and played within the system.”
Corbin said he still might tinker with his starting lineup and rotations. He wanted to put the 33-year-old Jefferson, entering his 13th season, into the opening lineup to steady the younger starters.
"He’s come into camp in great shape. He has experience. He knows how to play," Corbin said. "He can read situations, guard bigger, smaller guys. He will be effective for us."
Corbin insisted the move wasn't a knock on Burks, whom he has also been impressed with over the offseason and into fall.
"He’s worked his butt off to get better," Corbin said. "I told him this morning ... it’s not to say that you don’t deserve to start.”
NOTES: Five of the Jazz’s 20 players in camp didn’t see action Tuesday. Brandon Rush (knee) and Marvin Williams (Achilles' heel) continue to rehab from surgeries, while Brian Cook, Lester Hudson and Dwayne Jones were not given playing time. Jazz big men Kanter, Andris Biedrins and Rudy Gobert were each called for moving screens on high pick-and-rolls. Utah outscored Golden State 42-20 in the paint.
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